Learn the advantages and disadvantages of decorating alone and bringing in skilled help

Decorating 101: Do It Yourself or Hire a Pro?

Once you’ve figured out what you want your home to look like, the big question is: Should you decorate it yourself or hire a professional? Or both?

Interior decorators and designers as we know them today barely existed before the 20th century. Before that it was taken for granted that you decorated your home yourself, unless you were Marie Antoinette or somebody with a similar pedigree.

Old habits die hard. Some people still think you need to live in a palace to hire a decorator, or are fearful of the cost (whether real or perceived). For others it’s not so much a question of money, but of ceding control and having the concern that the results might not reflect their tastes. Some dive into the collaborative process without hesitation, while others have confidence in their tastes and skill and prefer to decorate their homes themselves.

Knowing the language of rooftop design will help you through your next repair or remodel project

Know Your House: Learn the Lingo of Rooftops.

When it comes to a roof, knowing a few terms will help you talk to your roofer next time there’s a leak or you decide to reshingle. They’ll also help you discuss a remodel project that includes an addition, skylight or dormer. For the most part, these terms cover the principal parts of a roof and the openings we commonly find going through a roof — creating the possibility of leaks.

Painting Pointers I have some painting pointers to help you out!

Sure you know the basics of painting, but sometimes it’s the little hints that can make the job go more smoothly. I have some painting pointers to help you out!

1. Before you tape off your borders, rub the stub of an old candle around the edges on both sides of your roll of tape. This will help keep paint from sticking to the tape and pulling off of the wall when you remove it!

2. If your room calls for more than a gallon of paint, mix the two cans together. Even though the paint was mixed using the same formula it can have variations from can to can and you don’t want that showing up on your walls!

3. When cutting in keep a wet edge to prevent a hatband you know that line of paint that looks different than the walls where you cut in. To do this, work in small areas at a time and then roll the walls blending the paint as you go. Or work with a buddy, one of you can cut in while the other rolls the walls.

4. To remove your roller from its handle for cleaning, slip a plastic grocery bag over it, and pull the two apart. Simply drop the roller in your cleaning solution and toss the bag.

5. To clean the paint out of a paint pad, run it over a wire mesh screen under warm soapy water!


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.

Painting problems? No worries here, I have some tips to help you out.

Paint Tips

Painting problems? No worries here, I have some tips to help you out.

1. After you’re finished stirring your paint, don’t throw away that stick. Let it dry and then write the color, room, brand, and store and purchase date on the other side of the stick. Keep it in a safe place, this way you’ll have all of the information you need about your paint, and if it’s ever discontinued you’ll have a great sample for a color match.

2. If you’re changing the color of your room it is worth the small investment to buy a quart of paint to test the color. Paint a good-sized swatch onto the wall and live with it for a few days before making a decision. You’ll get a much better feeling than if you simply hold one of those small swatches up to the wall.

3. When starting a painting job, pull on a pair of latex gloves. They won’t get in the way and you’ll have less clean up when you’re through.

4. Small rollers are great for squeezing into small spaces, but refills are expensive. Instead try a ladies sponge curler. It’s the same material but you get a whole package for very little money.

5. When you’re finished painting blow into the can before you seal it. The carbon dioxide that you exhale will prevent a skin from forming on the paint. Or store the paint can upside down to prevent that skin! Just remember to have the lid on tight.


Interior Painting – Frequently asked questions

Can I paint directly over wallpaper?
No. Wallpaper can be painted over with the proper preparations. Be sure to remove any loose wallpaper, scuff/sand the surface, then apply interior oil-based primer.

Can I apply latex paint over oil based paint?
Yes. Be sure to prepare the surface properly before painting. Oil-based paints should be sanded to a flat finish before painting. After rinsing, apply Dutch Boy® oil-based primer and apply desired latex paint.

Can I apply paint directly over a semi-gloss paint?
No. Semi-gloss paint must be dulled to a flat finish by sanding*, allowing proper adhesion. Removing or disturbing old paint from interior or exterior surfaces by sanding, scraping, abrading or other means may produce dust, debris or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust, debris or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children and pregnant women. Structures built before 1978 should be tested by a licensed inspector prior to removing or disturbing old paint.

Can I use exterior paint on the inside of my house?
No. Exterior paints are formulated to be more flexible to withstand temperature and climate change.

How can I best prepare my walls before I paint?
Walls that have never been painted should have a recommended primer applied before painting. For previously painted walls, thoroughly wash them with a mild soap and water solution, then rinse with clean water. If your existing surface was painted previously with semi-gloss paint, the surface should be lightly sanded to a duller finish. If the walls have not been painted in five years or longer or are stained then primer should be used.

How much paint do I need?
To achieve one-coat coverage, paint should be applied at a maximum of 400 square feet per gallon. Rough or textured surfaces may require more paint. On these areas allow for 125-300 square feet per gallon.

How do I prepare the surface?
As a general rule, all surfaces should be clean before painting. Remove any loose, peeling paint, and/or any other substrate that is on the surface*. Scrub all surfaces to remove all dirt, grease, oil, etc. Rinse surface well and allow to dry. Apply appropriate patching material to cracks, nail holes, or other surface imperfections, sand smooth, and remove sanding dust.

*If your existing surface is glossy, dull surface by sanding or use an abrasive cleaner. Remove any residue.

How do I take care of my freshly painted surface?
Freshly painted surfaces may be washed after 30 days. Avoid touching, wiping, or wetting any freshly painted surface for 30 days. After that time dirt and stains may be removed with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and water. Do not place objects on windowsills and shelves until paint is thoroughly dry.

How long should I wait before applying a second coat of paint?
A second coat of latex paint may be applied 6 hours after the first coat. With oil-based paint, you should wait 24 hours between coats.

Should I paint the trim before or after I roll the walls?
The wall area around the doors and windows and along the ceiling should be cut in with a brush, this will prevent the wall from having an obvious and unsightly picture frame effect. Then, the main part of the wall can be painted with a roller, rolling into these areas.

Why do I need to use a primer?
Primers are specifically formulated to seal porous surfaces, block stains, as well as to insure the proper adhesion of the topcoat and produce the best possible coverage.

What is the proper order to follow when painting a room?
When painting a room, the ceiling should be painted first, followed by the walls, then the trim (including doors and windows) and finally the baseboards.

When should I apply?
Room and surface temperature should be between 50 and 85 degrees. Paint dries best between 65F and 85F. Allow at least 4 hours of drying time before recoating.

What is the proper rolling technique?
Fully load the roller with paint by dipping the entire cover deep into the tray of paint. Carry as much paint to the surface as possible. Make a letter “V” in a small 2 foot by 2 foot area with a generous roller load of paint. Fill in the “V”, spreading the paint evenly from left to right. Lightly smooth out with downward motions. Repeat “V” with a freshly loaded roller for every 2 x 2 foot area.

A person with many skill sets can help you with many different tasks

For many people, the perfect household is something they will always strive for. Although this is a common goal, it is not always attainable. Many things can factor into this situation, most of which we can’t control. In case you feel like you need to change your home, a Naperville handyman will be able to alter anything inside your house. If you want a smaller job done such as a small lavatory, large companies like Naperville bathroom remodeling can do the job.

somebody that posses the skills of a carpenter, the coordination of a plumber and the attention to detail as a roofer can save you much time and money. This person can do most any job around your house and could probably do them for a reasonable cost. These types of skills are often hard to find in one person, finding someone who can do the job well can be even more difficult. Somebody with the skill set of a “jack of all trades” can be very valuable to keep around. This person won’t cost as much as hiring a large company to do every little job around your home. There won’t be twenty plus workers going in and out of your house and clogging up your driveway. Somebody like this who has been working in your house for a long time can be much more efficient. Once he or she has enough experience with you, this person will get to know your needs better as well as develop a better idea of what your tastes are. Since you will not have to show people around every time you have a task that needs to be completed, this will save you much time and frustration.

Another advantage to employing somebody with many skill sets is that they aren’t limited to doing only one job. As time goes on and people experience change in their lives, their surroundings will have to change with them. A place that they always go in their home is the lavatory. This is a room that you use every day, no matter what your situation is. Since you use this room frequently, you will want it to change with your tastes. Renovating this room is a great alternative instead of having to deal with your boring surroundings for years to come. Making small improvements to your home can be more time and cost efficient than renovating your whole household or even going so far as to purchasing a new home.

Before you make any large changes or hire a huge company to take care of a job for you, take care of the little things. Using this method will be more time efficient as well as save you money. Because you will not have to pay a large amount of money for one big job that can take months to do, you will be able to save more money and spend more time in your home.