REMEDY FAULTS – ESSENTIAL TIPS – HOME DECORATING

REMEDY FAULTS

DARKENED AREAS
Scrape off the affected area, sand, apply knotting, and redcoat when dry.

Keep equipment and paint clean to minimize the risk of paint faults. Surfaces should be clean, dry, and dust-free. Paint should be fresh or sieved and always applied to a compatible undercoat. Keep paint can lids well sealed. To close a can, place a piece of wood over the lid and hammer it shut. Store brushes paint pads, and rollers in a dry place, wrapped in lint-free cloth or paper.


TEARS & RUNS
Let the paint dry. Rub with sandpaper, clean off the dust, and then recoat.


WRINKLING
Occurs when-paint is applied before first coat is dry. Strip and recoat.


GRIT
If grit is embedded in thy paint, sand lightly, brush, and wipe off when thy.


BLISTERING
Strip pant (if open- grain d wood fill), prime und r oat, and then repaint.


POOR COVERAGE
If the undercoat shows through, apply another layer of latex paint.


FLAKING
Surface as not properly prepared Strip, prepare surface, and repaint.


STAINING
Coat the painted surface with an aluminum primer sealer and repaint.


CRAZING
Occurs when paints are incompatible. Strip and prepare surface. Repaint.


INSECTS
In dry paint, sand and recoat the area. In wet paint, brush off and touch up.

Decorating Tips

Decorating Tips

Make a room plan

Make a rough sketch of your room, and photocopy the sketch. Use coloured pencils to experiment.

Choose a scheme to suit the room

Pick warm colours for walls with northern light, cool colours for southern and neutrals for all other exposures

Bright Accessories

Use accessories to balance strong colours on walls.

Use strong shades in moderation

Too much strong colour can overwhelm a room, but by emphasizing individual walls you can create an optical illusion and alter a room’s proportions.

Keep a steady hand

Strong colours hide imperfections – a good idea for rough or uneven walls. Apply paint carefully as uneven strokes will show.


Painting tips & tricks

Dip and Smack vs Wiping

As an amateur painter you probably are in the habit of “wiping” the brush on the lip of the can after every dip. This creates two problems: the lip of the can will fill with paint and drip down the sides, and the bristles can be damaged. There is a dip and smack technique that is easy to perform and will help you to get the job done right. Dip the brush into the paint, and as you pull the brush up, smack it on the sides of the paint can from one side to the other instead of wiping. This “wakes up” the bristles, allows more paint to stay in the brush and eliminates paint from accumulating in the lip of the paint can.


Paint – Dry stripping

This entails the use of a scraper, with a very sharp blade, to remove the paint. It is recommended that you wear safety goggles to prevent flakes of paint from shooting into your eyes. If the paint being removed is very old, wear a mask to prevent your inhaling the dust. Angle the blade until it hooks into the surface, and pull it towards you with even pressure.


Drywall Primer

Primer is an important part of any painting job. Picking the right primer can be a particularly confusing task. You can use the following basic requirements to help you choose the right product for your drywall job.

New drywall needs at least one coat of latex primer. Keep in mind that a good primer coat will still show brush and roller marks. You may need two coats over water-resistant (green colored) dry wall, or areas that have a lot of drywall mud. Generally, one coat of primer is sufficient. You are better off to apply a second coat of the finish paint. Remember that the primer color should be a lighter match but close to the finish color. In other words, don´t use a white primer under a dark blue finish coat; a blue tinted primer will work much better.


Easily Touch-Up Woodwork

To easily touch-up woodwork (if using white finish only), here’s what to do:

Clean trimwork of all dirt and grime

Lay a protective barrier over flooring (next to base), such as cardboard or blue masking tape.

Lightly (and gently – no drips or runs) spray paint onto base or other trimwork. You’ll want to “feather” it, so the finish will appear consistent.

Let dry before moving on to painting other surface(s).

It’s important to note here, that you are touching up the base, and other trimwork, before you paint anything else. Then, after the woodwork is fully dried, you can apply finish paint. If you get wall paint on the trim, simply wipe off with a wet rag (keeping one handy at all times).

Also, make sure the trimwork throughout the room has a good, solid base coat of paint on it prior to doing any kind of touch-up work. Touch-up only when the existing coat looks good and fresh, or nearly freshly painted.

Again, this is a great tip to save you a fair amount of time and money, but not at the expense of the room’s appearance, and overall condition. (this is really handy for rental property owners)


Enamel

Enamel is a varnish with pigments added. Enamel has the same basic durability and toughness of a good varnish. It produces an easy-to-clean surface, and in the proper formulation, can be used for interior and exterior applications. For the highest quality interior work, an undercoat is required.


Here’s a trick well-known to old-time painters

Here´s a trick well-known to old-time painters. The stucco coating on the exterior wall surfaces of nineteenth-century masonry houses was marked out to look like blocks of stone. Narrow horizontal and vertical grooves were impressed into the surface of the stucco coating to give the walls the appearance of the regular blocks of stone known as ashlar. After repainting the outside of your house run a carpenter´s pencil along the grooves. This sharpens up the appearance of the building and reinforces the impression of ´stone´ blocks. The impression works best if the paint chosen is in a stone colour.

Design by Room – Ideas for Decorating Your Bathroom with Vinyl

There is no quick fix-up to your home like decorating a bathroom. Redecorating a bathroom can usually be done inside of a weekend, and is a quick and easy way to update a major feature of your home. Regardless of the level of remodel that your bathroom needs, this is one room where a little work goes a long way. Your bathroom receives as much use, if not more, than any other space in your home, and should be a place that is soothing, relaxing, and enjoyable to be in. Stained tile and water damaged floors occur frequently in a bathroom, and replacing even one of these components, particularly the floor, can reinvent the room quickly and with little monetary investment. Here you will find some tips on decorating your bathroom with vinyl.

1. Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring is one of the least expensive materials that you can choose in remodeling. Vinyl is inexpensive, easy to install, and comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and finishes. Vinyl flooring can be purchased at any home improvement store, as well as any flooring store. Vinyl floor tiles can even be found in retail stores in small amounts. Depending on the type, vinyl flooring can range in price from fifty cents per square foot to four dollars per square foot.

2. Styles

When determining the style of vinyl flooring that you want to use, you should consider how it will tie into the overall color and decorating scheme with the rest of the house as well. Neutral colors tend to be the most appealing to potential buyers, if you are considering fixing up the home for a potential sale. If the rest of the home is decorated in a retro style, there is vinyl to match. The great thing about vinyl is that they sky is the limit when it comes to how many choices you have. There are a variety of textures that mimic natural stone, or even realistic hardwood flooring. Regardless of the decor, there is a vinyl option that will complement.

3. Installation

Installing vinyl will depend largely on the types of vinyl product that you choose. Vinyl comes in sheets and various types of tiles. Some tiles are simply peel and stick. These tiles are not generally as durable as sheet vinyl, and should only be used in low traffic, low moisture areas. Sheet vinyl is easily installed, simply cut to the dimensions of the space to be covered, and glue it to the floor with vinyl adhesive.

Tips: Care of Vinyl

Vinyl is a very durable material. It is just about impervious to anything (with the exception of sharp objects), which makes it ideal for bathrooms and kitchens where there tends to be more moisture than in other parts of the home. Cleaning vinyl consists usually of sweeping up dirt and debris and mopping the vinyl with simple soap and water. An occasional wax may be used to keep the sheen of the vinyl in good shape.

Decorate With Color – White Decorating Ideas: Decorating Your Stairs

When you are redecorating a room with a staircase, consider white decorating ideas for the stairs themselves. White is the perfect contrast color for wall paint and complements many design themes.

Paint

Give your main stairs or the staircase banisters a new coat of pure white paint. This will create a really strong contrast to the surrounding area and will provide definition to the stairs. This is an easy and quick decoration idea which will spice up the appearance of your stairs.

Accents

Many of us have pictures and accessories around a staircase as a way of providing an focal point. Consider putting a white frame around any pictures you have hanging over the staircase. This will push the image forward as the frame recede into the background.

Fabric or Carpet

Installing fabric or carpet over your stairs adds comfort during cold winter months. Although this will cost much more than other design ideas, a luxurious white carpet will provide tone and appeal to the staircase.

White Candle

Consider putting a large white candle on the banister at the top and bottom of the stairs. This will provide a warm and comforting ambiance.


COLOR Frequently asked questions

How do colors effect room size?
Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?
This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?
Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?
Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?
Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?
White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?
As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.

Decorate With Color – White Bedroom Decorating: The Zen-like Approach

To create a tranquil and peaceful space in which to begin and end your day try white bedroom decorating. When you choose a monochromatic white color palette to decorate your room you aren’t tied down to matching furniture or accessories. By painting everything white you will create a uniform look that is zen-like in its simplicity.

Paint, Paint, Then Paint Some More

Paint everything in your existing room white. Start with your walls and windowsills, and then move on to your furniture. Your headboard, dresser, nightstands, and entertainment center should all be white. Even if your furniture is crafted in several different styles or if it comes from different design schemes painting everything white will tie it all together. Do not leave a surface unpainted. When you are finished your room will look like a fresh canvass.

Minimal is Best

In a zen-like environment minimalism is best. Don’t overdo it with pictures and knick-knacks. Instead, consider green aspects and tranquil pieces. A small water feature adds a peaceful ambiance. In addition, plants such as bamboo give an open and inviting appearance. Use small pieces to decorate your room, but keep the choices you make vibrant. Small splashes of color will refresh your room while allowing you to rest peacefully.


Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.

Decorate With Color – White Bedroom Decorating: Daybed Furniture

Daybeds are not only practical, they can be used as a feature in a bedroom. If the color of the room is white, deciding on the daybed style will be easier if the room is themed. Daybeds come in all types of materials to suit the budget and to cater to individual tastes.

Wood

Wooden daybeds are very solid and usually come in styles to suit bedroom designs of older times. If the look is country, antique, art nouveau, or art deco, wood is ideal. Wooden daybeds start at around $400.00.

Metal

Metal daybeds, including brass and iron, can accommodate many themes from antique to modern. Lighter than wood and a little less expensive, metal is good as a money saving option. Metal daybeds can be found for a couple of hundred dollars.

Leather & Vinyl

Leather and vinyl are the most expensive daybeds. They’re available for $600.00 as a minimum. Choose leather or vinyl for the most luxurious feel to a room. Designs are varied and can suit many themes.

Tips:

Before purchasing a daybed, research styles and pricing online. Many retailers have catalogs on their websites, so be sure to check out any sales. Consider buying from online stores, sometimes it’s worth paying higher shipping costs in order to find a bargain.

Decorate With Color – Decorating With White

When considering colors for home decor, there is not only a rainbow from which to choose – there’s a whole palette of shades to consider, shades that hover between the colors of the rainbow, a panoply of tones and hues with which to play.

And yet, sometimes the most helpful – and even the most exciting – exercise is to go back to the basics of interior design, striping out all color in order to start with a clean slate; sometimes the most interesting and surprising thing you can do is to go back to good old white.

As many interior decorators know, white isn’t just one shade; there’s off-white, eggshell, ice white, snow white and bright white – and that’s just for starters. Just look at this all-white room: the sheets on the bed are a slightly different shade than the walls, and the walls aren’t exactly the same as the ceiling fan. The pattern on the spread stands out, and the light from the window will change the tones of white throughout the day.

This is the first caution in using white, whether it’s choosing wall paint, a carpet, or fabric for a sofa: not all whites are the same, so you have to be just as careful in matching white to white or to another color as you would matching mauve, sky blue, or emerald.

The second caution is perhaps more obvious: white shows blemishes and scars more readily than any other color, so of course you want to hold off if you have young kids, a lot of pets, or visitors who like to put their muddy feet up on the sofa. But when the kids go off to college, redecorating the living the room in white can be a wonderfully liberating way of celebrating.

Or, look at the next photo on the left. Here, you can see how the white walls, ceiling, and sofas draw the eye to the multi-paned windows, the towering plant, and, most of all, to the collection of international artwork. A white background is most often the best way to show off any stunning work of art, whether it’s a painting, a sculpture, or a piece of furniture you love. White will offer a clean background that will most enhance the viewing.

A completely monochromatic room of white, such as the one shown above on the right presents a cool airy feeling. Notice how the colors of the clothing on the person seem to “pop.”

However, you don’t have to ask white to take over the whole room. Sometimes just a bit of white here or there is all that’s needed to add an energetic, elegant splash to a room design. Notice the white tulips pictured here; the silver vase further enhances the white, as it too is reflective, making the green stems stand out even more.

In small doses, white can help brighten up any dark corner of a room. Think of a spot where you’d like to add a window or a skylight, and before you call the contractor, first try hanging a photo done in white, and held in a white frame, on the wall. Under this, place a small white table with a white pitcher, and see if that doesn’t change the whole mood of the interior.

Whether it’s white tulips in a silver vase, a bunch of white glass grapes, a white cup and saucer, or a small white slipper chair, white can add a bit of uplift to any room.

Tip: White works so well because it reflects back a great deal of light, so other colors you use with it will really stand out. Try looking at the photo of the white bedroom again. Obviously, the interior design of this room makes it not as welcoming as it could be. This time imagine infusing the room with just one color: A terrific painting over the bed in blues and a blue striped duvet cover. Or a bedspread patterned in bright yellow and white, and the door painted bright yellow. You can see how starting with an all-white room can free an interior decorator to choose and play with color.

Decorate With Color – Decorating with White: Dining Room Arraingments

When it comes to decorating with white, your home’s dining room arrangements can be a good place to start. White arrangements can give any dining room an air of delicate sophistication.

Advantages of a White Dining Room

Decorating with white can do wonders for your dining room. Adorning the area with a white table, white flooring and white chairs can be a great way to accentuate the room’s importance. Many families only use their dining rooms on special occasions and holidays, making white the perfect color stress the area’s delicate nature. As an added bonus, white tends to go well with any seasonal surroundings and meshes nicely with virtually any home’s decor.

Caring for Your White Dining Room

Decorating with white also comes with its share of risks. If you frequently host large family gatherings, you’ll need to take some precautions to protect your white dining room from stains. First off, if your dining room chairs are cushioned, it’s a good idea to place plastic covers over the seats. Additionally, you should make a point of using absorbent table cloths, particularly if a lot of food is being served. Lastly, as seating small children in white dining rooms is always a risky venture, you may want to set up a separate kids’ table in your kitchen. This will save you a lot of worry and ensure that the kids have a good time.

Decorate With Color – Decorating with White and Green: A Bright Look

If you want to punch up the decor of your home, think about white kitchen decorating for a bright look. The crispness of white against a bright green background can’t be beat for adding freshness to your kitchen.

Think Spring

Among the first colors you see on a bright spring day is the white of a spring cloud and the green of new spring grass. These are the colors you should picture in your mind when decorating with white and green. Think Spring! Grass green walls with shiny white enamel trim and doors will instantly brighten your kitchen with very little cost for paint. Your window treatment can contribute to the theme as well. White wooden blinds will contrast nicely with green walls. If you have nice window moldings another option is to not use window coverings at all, opening the room to the natural greens in your garden.

Color Schemes and Seasons

If you want to use the white in your kitchen, think watermelon and summer. This time, paint the walls with a shiny white semi gloss paint, with watermelon green woodwork and perhaps red and white check curtains hung from a black wrought iron curtain rod. Add watermelon themed accessories and you will think summer every time you enter the room.

Decorate With Color – Decorating with White: A Romantic Fireplace

Decorating with white can be a challenging endeavor. If you want to utilize the beauty of white by creating a romantic fireplace, all you need to know is some common practices of accenting your decor.

Best Practices with Single Color Applications

There are a few rules to follow decorating a romantic fireplace with white. The typical rules when decorating change quite a bit when using only one color, because there are no other colors to compliment or contrast. Another variance you need to include in almost any decor is to utilize differing heights. The differing heights will create dimension to your project and gives your decor balance.

Where to Begin?

Fabric is the best place to start when you are trying to begin a home decor project. Fabric consists of many different types of things from drapery to carpeting. When creating a romantic fireplace, the type of fabric you use is an important decision. Use of certain fabrics such as satin, lace, and chenille to create a romantic ensemble will soften the look and feel of your decorating project while adding dimension.

Accessories and Furniture

Add a white wicker love seat to your ensemble. This will give you a great place to add a couple of chenille pillows and a chenille throw. The use of wicker in your ensemble will add more texture for contrast.