Previously painted rooms

Step by Step Guide To Painting.

Step One: Surface preparation :

The very first thing you want to do is check the surfaces for imperfections. These surface imperfections are usually old nail holes, cracks, cuts or nicks, joint separations or just badly covered drywall tape. Be sure to mix the drywall compound thoroughly before you start.

Step Two: Spot prime surface where patches are:

Start to prime in any corner. Load the roller, place it about 2 feet from the floor and roll upward to the top then back down to the floor. Keep your motion consistent. Top to bottom, no part way up rolls. Be sure to feather out the paint. I usually roll 1 line then move over a half a roller with the dry roller. This spreads the paint out reasonably well. Try to roll as much as you can on the surface, leaving minimal brushwork. After all the rolling is complete, cut the surfaces in with a brush.

Step three: Surface preparation :

Now check to find any nail holes, nicks or cuts that might have been overlooked earlier. Use drywall compound to fill. Fill if necessary then sand complete surfaces. Dust off the surfaces and proceed to he next step.

Step Four: Applying first coat of paint :

Take a brush and cut in. As you finish brushing one surface wall at a time roll immediately. Move to the next surface wall and repeat procedure until all surfaces are completed. Proceed to he next step.

Step Five: Surface preparation :

Now check to find any imperfections that might have been overlooked earlier. Use drywall compound. Fill if necessary then lightly sand completed surfaces. Dust off the surfaces and proceed to he next step.

Step Six: Applying Second Coat Of Paint :

The final coat of paint. Take a brush and cut in. As you finish brushing one surface wall at a time roll immediately. Move to the next surface wall and repeat procedure until all surfaces are completed. Proceed to he next room or clean up.

Previously painted or stained concrete

1. Sand surface using large pad sander available at most rental outlets or building supply stores (coarse grit).

2. Wash with T.S.P General Household Cleaner and rinse well.

3. Follow steps 2 thru 6 as above.

4. Apply concrete stain or epoxy concrete paint.

5. Where car tires are resting, place rubber matting.

Preparing concrete for painting or staining

1. Wash with Muriatic Acid 2/3 water, 1/3 acid.

2. Puddle out on surface and spread with broom. Allow to sit for 5 to 15 minutes. A foaming action will occur.

3. Scrub with stiff bristle brush.

4. Rinse well with hose.

5. Note: do not do this project in bright hot sunshine.

6. Apply concrete stain or clear solvent based concrete sealer (penetrating type).


1: Wash with Bio-Wash Simple Wash available at most building supply stores.

2. Follow steps 2 thru 6 as above.

Poor Gloss Retention Exterior Paint Solution

Poor Gloss Retention: Deterioration of the paint film, resulting in excessive or rapid loss of luster of the top coat.

Possible Causes:

Use of an interior paint outdoors.

Use of a lower quality paint.

Use of a gloss alkyd or oil-based paint in areas of direct sunlight.


Direct sunshine can degrade the binder and pigment of a paint, causing it to chalk and lose its gloss. While all types of paint will lose some degree of luster over time, lower quality paints will generally lose gloss much earlier than better grades. The binder in top quality acrylic latex paint is especially resistant to UV radiation, while oil and alkyd binders actually absorb the radiation, causing the binders to break down. Surface preparation for a coating showing poor gloss retention should be similar to that used in chalking surfaces see Chalking.

A profusion of paint colors plus inviting porches and gathered pieces create a welcoming feel in a retired couple’s 100-year-old home

An Oregon Cottage With 21 Flavors of Color.

Eric and Mimi Kauffman’s 1912 cottage in Oregon is a bold reflection of their zest for life, cuisine and comfort. Bright colors and a verdant garden invite those strolling by to linger and enjoy the wonderful aroma from the kitchen window.

The couple spent the first few decades of their marriage traveling far and wide, guided by their bohemian spirits. When it came time to put down roots, they chose Halfway, Oregon, nestled in Pine Valley near the spectacular Wallowa-Whitman National Forest. Halfway is also the gateway to Hell’s Canyon and the Snake River. This town, with a population of 350, is known for ranching, outdoor recreation and, above all, hospitality.

Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Eric and Mimi Kauffman and their cat, Dottie
Location: Halfway, Oregon
Size: 1,200 square feet; 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Don’t forget about these little areas in your home. The right paint color can inexpensively transform a space

8 Small Spaces Where Paint Can Make a Big Impact.

During my years of painting people’s homes, I’ve learned that small spaces don’t have to be boring or go unnoticed. All it takes is a little paint. By adding paint in strategic places around the home, you can easily and inexpensively transform a space. Plus, there is a good chance you could accomplish at least one of these eight painting projects during the course of one weekend.

Here are eight spaces to consider painting and my tips and tricks on making even the smallest places have a big impact.

Not allowed to paint and limited with nails, a design-minded couple uses furnishings and textiles to make their rooms stand out

Creative Renters Triumph Over the ‘No Paint’ Rule.

“Any San Franciscan knows how difficult it is to find an apartment in this city,” says Sarah Latta, who shares a one-bedroom apartment in the Cole Valley neighborhood with her boyfriend, Darren Carter. “We looked at 23 places before finding this one.”

With three large walk-in closets, the apartment fits the couple’s storage needs for their sports gear and all the decorative items Latta has collected over the years working for Williams-Sonoma and shelter magazines. “Darren calls my closet the throw-pillow closet,” Latta says.

With a strict landlord who enforces a “no paint and limited nails in the wall” rule, the couple was forced to get creative and rely solely on furnishings and textiles to decorate their space. A year later lively colors, tribal prints and collected decor have given their apartment a big personality.

Dizzy spells and headaches, begone. Be kinder to your health and the environment with these safer paint choices for your interior decorating

Easy Green: 5 Ecofriendly Paint Companies.

This series demystifies ecofriendly design and explores simple, easy ways to go greener at home. This week we’re taking a look at five ecofriendly paint companies.

Why choose ecofriendly paint?
Traditional paint products are made with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that release toxins into the air as the paint dries, potentially causing health problems and damage to the environment. Some people also experience headaches and dizziness when using traditional paint. The federal government already regulates VOCs in paint, but the new ecofriendly paint products on the market go a step further with reduced levels of VOCs. To learn more about VOCs, visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

What is the difference between low VOC and zero VOC?
Paint that is labeled “low VOC” contains less than 50 grams per liter, while those labeled “zero VOC” or “VOC free” claim to have no measurable VOCs at all.

Bring on the energy — with red on its exterior, your home can stir up excitement in any setting

When to Paint Your Home Red.

Energetic, lively and the color of good luck, red can excite and enliven a home’s exterior. Whether it’s traditional red brick, a more earthen tone — like Frank Lloyd Wright’s favorite Cherokee Red — or a more electric hue, red makes a home jump out and announce its presence.

Historically, red was the color of choice for many Swedish country barns and farmhouses. The pigment originated at Swedish copper mines and was found to be an excellent wood preservative. It’s likely that the color became popular for barns and farmhouses in the U.S. due to an influx of Swedish immigrants and the color’s popularity in 19th-century Sweden.

A San Francisco Bay Area artist’s sun-drenched home doubles as her gallery and studio

When Memories of Home Are of Paint and Linseed Oil.

Artist Marie Van Elder has always made her home integral to her work. She uses it as a studio, workshop and gallery. The walls are filled with work by her and by her artist friends, and the largest room in the house is her studio space. The rooms have been rearranged as the family has evolved, but the art has always been part of every room. “In a way the art has been part of the house as much as the house has been part of the art,” she says.

Van Elder’s daughters grew up around her art and “would come home from school and go running to see what I did that day,” she says. And they would sometimes work beside her on their own projects. Although Van Elder uses one room primarily as her studio, she says, “Frankly the whole house has been used for art: the kitchen counters, the patio, the garage for art classes for kids, the attic for storage and all the walls for exhibition space. My daughters will tell you that the smell of linseed oil is the smell of home.”

Be a cheer leader with this color that captures the sun and radiates a warm welcome

When to Paint Your Home Yellow.

Thinking of making your home’s exterior color evoke summertime and sunshine? Then consider yellow. Ranging from soft and earth toned to more electric and brash, yellow serves a home’s exterior well. Whether they’re set off by winter’s snow and gray skies or summer’s green landscape and blue skies, yellow homes make their presence known.

I find that the color yellow is best used for traditional-style homes. From the more ocher yellows of stuccoed exteriors on Tuscan villas to the bright, almost neon palette of some 19th-century exteriors, yellow keeps a home warm, welcoming and cheerful.

So let’s leave white to those most rational and platonic of home styles, such as colonial and modernist, and explore using some joyous yellow.