Interior Painting tips

Painting walls is a chore, and one that you will want to get right the first time around. Failure to paint the wall properly will cause the colors bleeding; running and you will have to add many coats of paint to cover these mistakes.

Place drop cloths on the area around where you are painting. Some paints say they wash up with soap and water, and the paint still is hard to remove.

Purchase paintbrushes for oil paints or latex, depending on which paint you are using. Same thing goes for the paint roller. It should have a medium nap. If preferred, you can use a paint sprayer and can purchase one at your local hardware center or home improvement center.

You can paint oil based paints over latex, but you can’t paint latex based paints over oil based paints without first prepping the walls. You can buy an etching solution or use a primer to seal in the oil paint. After you have primed the wall, you can begin painting.

First you will want to start with your ceilings. Feel free to paint over the edges because when you paint the walls, you’ll cut your corner in.
Next is your woodwork. Sand and prime before you paint.
Use a semi-gloss enamel paint on your trim and a flat finish or eggshell paint on your walls. Trim being doors, molding etc.

Now that you have finished the ceiling, you can paint the walls. Cut in first with a paintbrush. You do this by painting the corners and areas that the paint roller will not reach.

Roll out two coats on your walls, being sure you let the first coat dry thoroughly first. Be sure to have a window or fan for proper ventilation. If it’s cold outside, make sure the heat is on in your home to help dry the paint.

Be sure to use quality paint. If you have children, you will want to make sure the paint can be washed. Also make sure the paint has a warranty for at least 5 years or longer.

After painting, be sure to clean the brushes, roller and roller pans for your next project.


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.

Interior Painting Ideas

Kitchens:
The kitchen is a room you will tend to spend a lot of time in, especially if you are the main chef in your household. Make sure you are comfortable with your chosen colour scheme as you will probably spend a significant amount of time surrounded by it. Bright, invigorating colour schemes can boost energy levels when you have a lot of cooking and cleaning to get through.
As kitchen walls tend to be dominated by cabinetry, benches and the floor, treat these elements as the starting point for your colour scheme.

The appearance of colours in the kitchen will depend on the properties and textures of each of the surfaces. Glossy surfaces, such as Melteca cabinetry, will reflect more light and look different to low sheen painted walls, so it is important to be careful when trying to match colours in different materials. Sometimes it is better to select a tone lighter or darker rather than trying to create an exact colour match.

Remember no matter what room you are decorating, artificial lighting can be used very successfully to compliment your colour scheme and it is worth reviewing your lighting plan prior to painting.

Living Rooms:
Today’s living rooms are often open spaces that link through to dining and kitchen areas. Knowing where to start and finish the colour scheme between each part of an open plan space can be very difficult. There are two techniques that you can use:
Paint a feature wall in an area between the two adjoining rooms/spaces to create a natural colour break.
Use a progression of colours, then paint a unifying colour throughout the spaces and accent with the other progressional colours.

Living rooms are the ideal place to create focal points or feature walls. Traditionally fireplaces acted as the focal point of most living rooms. If you don’t have a fireplace, select a focal point for your room and decorate around that. The focal point may be a feature wall, lounge suite or similar.

As living rooms are usually subjected to less wear and tear than family rooms, you can choose light and dark colours if desired.

Bedrooms:
When selecting colours for bedrooms it is important to choose colours that are conducive to sleeping. You are also likely to spend more time looking at the ceiling than you would in other rooms.

As a general rule you should avoid using very bright colours and save them for other parts of your home. Most light and pastel shades are ideal for bedrooms. Blue is a popular colour choice for bedrooms because of its soothing qualities. However, if you have trouble getting up in the morning, you may wish to add an invigorating accent to get you out of bed.

Bathrooms:
Bathrooms are one of the smallest rooms in the house and are generally cluttered with towel rails, basins and showers/baths. While this can make them a decorator’s nightmare, it also means you can afford to be a little more courageous with colour. If your original colour choice doesn’t work, you can always repaint a small bathroom quickly.

Avoid using too many colours if your bathroom feels small. Instead, paint a dado on the bottom third of each wall in your chosen colour and paint the remaining two-thirds in white.
Blues and greens are popular choices for bathrooms as they are tranquil and clean. Being cool colours, they can also make your small bathroom appear more spacious.

Painting Home Basics

Interior Painting

When painting a room, it¹s best to paint the ceiling first, followed by the walls, with the trim, cabinets, and doors painted last. Work from the top down. In order to keep a wet edge, only cut in one wall at a time before you begin painting with rollers.

Brushes are used to cut in around the ceiling, trim, windows, and doors before using a roller. They are also used to paint the trim, window frames and doors. There are a number of brush sizes available in both straight edge and angled sash. Your choice depends upon the size of the area you are painting and whether you prefer a straight edge or an angled sash. Rollers are a great time saver for painting larger flat surfaces such as ceilings and walls. Roller covers come in various nap lengths. Your choice depends upon whether the surface to be painted is smooth or if it is more textured. The more textured the surface, the longer the nap should be in order to allow the fibers to push the paint into the crevices on the surface.

High quality applicators will provide the best painting results. Cheap or low quality applicators can make the best quality paint look and perform poorly. Cheap roller covers do not spread the paint evenly on the surface, and often leave fuzz from the roller on the wall. Inexpensive brushes are harder to use because they do not spread the paint evenly and leave unsightly brush marks. High quality applicators can be cleaned and used again.

When painting, always work from the dry area into the adjoining wet paint area. Use the “N” technique when using a roller. Load the roller completely. Apply the paint in the form of an “N” in a 2¹ x 2¹ area. Fill in the center of the “N” with horizontal strokes from side to side. Lightly smooth the painted area with vertical strokes from top to bottom. Continue to use the “N” pattern with a freshly loaded roller directly below the first “N”, working until you reach the bottom of the wall.

Timesaving Tip: If you take a short break from painting, you can wrap your applicators tightly in a plastic bag or aluminum foil instead of washing them!

Always be sure to stir the paint thoroughly before using and do not thin the paint. If you are using more than one gallon of the same color, mix them together in order to insure color consistency. Paint when the room and surface temperature is 50ƒF or above. Avoid touching, wiping, or wetting a freshly painted surface for 30 days to allow the paint to completely cure. After 30 days, the painted surface can be cleaned with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and water. Do not place or hang objects on the surface until the paint is thoroughly dry.

Remember: Its important to follow the directions on the back of the paint label. It contains the most important information you need for your painting project.

Painting Concrete Floors

Preparation is especially important when the surface to be painted is a concrete floor, such as in a laundry room or workshop. First you will want to repair any cracks or holes. You will next need to prepare the concrete with a muriatic acid solution. This process is called “etching.” It’s similar to etching glass— scraping off a bit of the top so that the paint has something to adhere to. Caution: muriatic acid is strong enough to burn skin and eyes. Before you begin the etching process, put on the proper safety gear. If you can’t ventilate the work area, wear a dual-cartridge respirator.

How to prepare and paint a concrete floor:

1. First, sweep and scrape off the dirt from the floor. Clean off any grease, oil, and other contaminants using a cleaning solution.

2. Rinse the floor well to remove all traces of the cleaning solution.

3. Mix the solution to etch the floor by adding 1 part muriatic acid to 3 parts water. Do it in this order—do NOT add the water to the acid.

4. Apply the solution, using 1 gallon per 100 square feet, and scrub the floor with a stiff-bristled brush. Leave the solution on the floor until it stops bubbling.

5. Rinse the floor thoroughly with clean water. Wipe it down with a damp sponge mop to eliminate puddles.

6. If the floor isn’t dry in four hours, repeat the rinsing procedure.

7. After the floor is completely dry vacuum it to remove any powder residue left by the muriatic acid solution.

8. You can now paint the floor with an alkyd or urethane latex floor and deck enamel. It is best to paint with a roller and long pole. First paint the edges then work from the wall farthest from the door back toward the door.

Home Painting Tips

Painting Tips & Ideas

Your home is the best place to spend your quiet moments together with your family. You can do whatever you like and you get to choose your home’s color every time you need to paint it.

Many families prefer to change their home’s paint when the season changes and they feel that a new coat of paint is already necessary. Summer comes after the winter, so you might want to have your home’s atmosphere changed to accommodate the summer feel. This is easily done by painting your home. Just make sure that you paint it with colors that depict the summer time.

Check out these cool tips so that you can decorate and paint your home for the summer:

1. When you talk about summer, you instantly think of lively colors. Everything seems so bright when summer comes and so there is a need to change your home’s paint into bright colors. By using bright colored paints, your home will open up and it’s like bringing the outside world inside.

2. Have you heard about decorative painting? This is a technique used in painting which is divided into sponging, stenciling/stamping, and ragging. By using these different techniques, it would be a lot easier to brighten the dull house paint that you now have.

3. Before starting the actual painting, you should pick the right color scheme for your home. Remember that the techniques mentioned above require the use of two shades so this is very important step that you have to never forget.

4. If you prefer to sponge your wall, or rag it perhaps, paint first the base color. Leave it to dry thoroughly. Afterwards, dip the rag or sponge to the lighter color paint that you’ve chosen. Drag or sponge the light colored paint over your base coat; do this until you’re satisfied with the effect.

5. If after your painting home summer-project you’re not that satisfied with some of the results, repaint those areas using your base coat.

6. Some people like to do stamping or stenciling when they paint their homes. This technique creates a design that looks like wallpaper over the base coat. Choose a design that has something to do with the summer. It takes just a few artistic touches and creativity to create something that depicts summer season.

7. Choose the paint for your home carefully, as well as the tools needed. Prepare the walls where you need to change the paint. This way, you can expect a much better result.

8. Visit your local paint shops or hardware for the paints that you’ll need. You can even consult the people there and ask for pieces of advice regarding painting your home with a summer theme. The people there will be most willing to test small amounts of paint for your desired color scheme.

9. If you have excess paints, make sure that you keep them in metal cans that are airtight and sealed. The shelf life of paints is reduced once the can is opened, so you can only keep it for a short time for later use.

Now, there are a lot of paint colors that you can choose for your home painting project. The paint greatly varies from texture, color, to patterns. The color of paint that you choose can affect your home’s structures and other things inside your home. So make sure that you choose the right color for the different rooms of you house. The colors should blend together to create the perfect summer atmosphere for your home.

Home Painting Ideas

When one decides to have his house painted, the most difficult part of the decision usually comes when choosing the finest colors that would complement one room to another.

Paint colors can really do wonders to one’s house. The truth is, it can revitalize a home’s surface, from the ceilings to the walls and the exterior. However, it is also a fact that choosing among the thousands of available colors for house painting can make one’s mind go numb.

Since there are numbers of people who are getting confused as to what colors they would settle on for their home, there are several guidelines conceptualized to provide great color ideas for home painting.

These ideas for home painting will help one to select the colors that would perfectly match their house. Not that alone, home painting ideas that are presented here will also serve as a guide for one when deciding of changing the color of his house by simply counting on his own perceptions of colors.

All of these can be possible without creating a strain in both of a person’s mind and purse. How? Just a simple knowledge in color combinations including their effects will do.

The home painting ideas that will be tackled here is different compared to the others. Here, you would know the four very vital ideas in home painting. These are the hue, intensity, temperature and value.

Why are they vital? It’s very simple, these four home painting ideas would serve as the key for one to create a wonderful combinations for his home painting.

The four key ideas for home painting:

• Hue-this is actually a synonym of the term color. Therefore, all colors are hues. Normally, hue refers to prime colors’ combinations along with diverse values as well as intensities.

• Intensity – This is term used when judging the colors’ brightness. Intensity can only be either bright if not dull. When you perceive the color as light, medium or dark, it is the value that you are evaluating.

• Temperature-colors usually come with warmness and coolness. For instance, red and yellow are considered as warm. Meanwhile, blue and lime are known to be cool. The color beige though is referred to as a neutral color, the mixture of warm and cool.

• Value – this pertains to the color’s lightness and darkness. The term value is actually synonymous to tint, tone and shade. Therefore, the added amount of colors white, gray, and black to a pure color is being determined by value. This will later be judged whether it is light colored, medium, or dark.

As one masters these four ideas his home painting’s color selection will be more exciting.

As for guarantee, finding the right color temperature will eventually assist in setting the mood in the rooms of one’s house. And this will have a vital part in affecting his views of the space.
Another idea for home painting is varying the house paint from one color to one with combinations. Through this the aesthetic appeal of your home will likewise change. Knowing the four key ideas of home painting, this will not be a tough task.

Also, included in the goal, these four ideas will guide a person to establish balance in his home painting. And as he understands the colors including their effects to his mood, coming up with a good choice will not be that hard too.

Other ideas for home painting can be found just by simply browsing magazines as well as books. These are inexpensive good inspirational resources. From those ideas presented for home painting, start to picture the kind of home painting you would want to have.

Exterior House Painting Tips

Home owners today knows that choosing a color for their home is one of the most important and perhaps the most difficult task that they go through. In the past, everything was simple where white was the most used and also the most preferred paint color for the exterior walls of the house.

However, in today’s world, there are different color schemes that can enhance the look of your home.By choosing the right paint, you will be able to make your home stand out from the rest of the home in your area. It will also be easier to identify by your visiting friends and relatives. However, choosing the wrong color can also make your home stand out from the rest as the home with the worst paint job in the neighborhood.

This is why you should choose a paint color that will suit your home best and a color that will enhance the look of your home.

It is a fact that living in a home where there is no paint at all can be quite boring. This is why many people paint their home’s exterior to enhance its looks and also for their home to look more inviting. However, there are instances where you have to choose the proper color of your home. Firstly, it will depend on the climate of the area where your home is situated.

So, here are the basic tips and guidelines when choosing a paint color for the exterior of your home:

Lighting – You have to know that light has a significant effect on the house’s color. In cooler climates, the light is diffused. This means that colors will look bolder. However, in lighter climates and areas where there is a lot of sunshine, it will make the color look pale and washed out.

Light Colors vs. Dark Colors – Always remember that dark colors tend to make the house recede. This means that it will make the home look smaller and farther from the street. It will also make it gloomier. On the other hand, light colors have the opposite effect. It will make the home look larger and closer to the street. Also, it will brighten the home and will look more inviting.

Gutters and Downspouts – In most homes, gutters and downspouts are an eyesore. If you want it to make it less noticeable, you can consider painting it with the same wall colors of your exterior walls.

Mildews and Molds – Molds and mildews can be a hassle when painting the exterior of your home. It is important that you should solve this problem first before you apply paint. You can test for the presence of mildew by applying household bleach to the area suspected and if the bleach change colors, then you have a mildew problem.

Moisture – Moisture too can pose as a problem when painting your home. Even the best paint job can be ruined by moisture. Make sure that moisture is eliminated before you start painting. No matter how much coat you cover the problematic area you will see that the moisture will still be noticeable.

Color Families – If you are having difficulties in choosing what color you should paint your home, then you should consider purchasing from a paint manufacturer that offers color families. This simplifies your color choosing a lot more.

It is important to remember that the paint you choose should be made and formulated for exterior use. The paint you use should withstand heat and water for a long time in order for the paint’s color last a long time.

By following these simple tips, you will be able to have a home that is pleasing to look at and a home that is more inviting.

Home Painting Techniques

Painting is one skill which could only be mastered if you truly understand how the medium, that is the paint, could be utilized. You have to learn how to control the paint itself and then master its usage. There are likewise various home painting techniques that you need to become aware of especially if you intend to do it yourself. Do not worry because almost everyone begins with home painting technique as a neophyte.

Whether or not you plan to redesign the whole package of your home or if you only wish to refurnish one side say the kitchen or bathroom area, you still need to become aware of the home painting techniques that you have to apply. You may always find the first time you try out home painting by yourself an intimidating task. How much more if you really are not equipped with enough knowledge of the home painting techniques, right? This article is then a must-read since it would be tackling some of the commonly adopted home painting techniques as elaborated by many professionals. Your task would then be made easier and you would likely be able to come up with a laudable quality creation.

Choosing the Paint to Use

Doing it yourself would always be a daunting task, so to speak. Home painting professionals agree that the latex paint is to be highly used both for the painting applications of the outdoor and indoor home areas. The latex paint is known to smoothly apply. It wears best and could be cleaned up simply. As a way of refuting the myth, the latex paints do not involve oil-based ingredients. The base is in itself water-soluble. And it goes to say that the rollers and brushes may at any rate be cleaned up using the warm and soapy water. Another good point with the latex paint is that the spills may be thoroughly cleaned up even without using some toluene-based or mineral spirit solvents.

Many of today’s paints are in some limited number of colors which come standard to them. The common finishes that you may want to consider to blend with your base include flat, satin, eggshell, semi-gloss, and high gloss. Just a warning though: the higher level the gloss is with the finish, the harder it is to retouch any error in the home painting technique. The higher level of the gloss is, the more imperfections are likely to show up in the surface.

Tips and Concepts in Home Painting Techniques

Never paint your home out of the paint can itself. While you go about with painting, the brushes or rollers pick up dust and dirt which may bring about the impurities into the surface. The paint would also dry up in the course of time.

If the paint can is open for a long period of time, it would react to the air where it is being exposed. The paint then would become sticker and thicker. Remember that the air could dry up the paint.

The paint can must only be used to store the paint in and never to be carried around the area.

Only use at least half an inch of the paint into the bucket that you are to utilize for painting. If the bucket is accidentally spilled, you would need to clean a big mess and then lose much of it.

Always put back the cap on the paint can lid as you are done with pouring it out.

Home painting techniques are easy to remember especially if you are serious in dealing with your task.

Exterior Painting Techniques

There are all different kinds of siding you might encounter when it comes time to paint the outside of your house. You could have cedar, plywood, hardboard, stucco, or masonry.

Sometimes, you might have a combination. In general, you should use a power sprayer or a roller with a heavy nap for concrete, stucco, and brick. Use a brush, a roller with a medium nap, or a power sprayer for any other materials.


First, check to make sure there’s no rain in the weather forecast. You’ll need to apply primer to any bare siding. For best results, allow the primer to dry according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. A sprayer or roller will speed up the process.


Masonry surfaces always should be primed, especially if water stains are present or if glossy paint is to be top-coated. Cedar and redwood contain resins that bleed through water-based paints, so use an oil-based primer on bare wood.


Paint the roof trim and soffits before the walls if they will be different colors. This will keep the trim paint from dripping onto the newly painted walls.


Paint the inside corners and around the trim. A corner roller or trim brush is a great help when cutting in these areas.


On clapboard or shingle siding, paint the bottom edges of the siding before painting the face. That way, you’ll make sure you don’t miss any spots. A trim roller works great for this job.


Do the walls with a roller or a brush, starting at the top. If you’re up on a ladder, work carefully and don’t overextend your arm — it could throw you off balance. Try to finish strokes directly in front of you so you can make sure there’s no drips. Paint one defined “block” at a time.


Start each stroke by feathering the brush or roller. Feathering means placing the surface of the brush or roller against the siding gradually, instead of abruptly. This eliminates a definite start line and makes it easier to blend the next block of strokes into the present block.


Blend the strokes together by working quickly. It’s important to blend the new stroke into the completed stroke while the paint is still wet so you can avoid lap marks. Never stop in the middle of a section. Paint to the corner of the house so the paint color is consistent.


Move the ladder so you can just reach the completed block of siding. To eliminate lap marks, rewet the feathered edges of the previously painted block with your brush or roller just before you start each stroke. Repeat the process until the top area is completed, then move on to the lower sections.

Great Tip For Painting New Trim work

Here’s a good tip (as an alternative) for painting new trim work.

Most people install the trim work – and then paint.

Well, the following tip is a great way to avoid any mishaps. If you’ve got some delicate areas that would require a lot of masking for protection, such as being next to expensive carpet, or against hardwood flooring, you might consider painting — before – installation.

And once installed, simply putty and caulk where necessary, and then touch-up.

• Set up your new trim either outside, or in large ventilated room where you can lay the pieces out and can be totally unobstructed.

• Lightly spray-on (from a spray can) your finish paint – or – brush on your favorite satin, semi-gloss, or high gloss finish. One, or two coats should do it.

• Let completely dry for several hours (or better yet, overnight).

• Install trim.

• Putty and caulk where necessary.

• Touch-up with your finish paint.

I wouldn’t recommend going this route for new construction. It is, however, excellent wherever a minimal amount of replacement trim might be needed, like for a small repair. You be the judge. I’ve known handymen who have done this for entire rooms, and were completely happy with the results.

It really is for people who might otherwise get real nervous when having to finish painting in delicate, tight areas that require a very steady brush, and firm control.