Gilded ceilings, a custom bar nook and exuberant color add flair to this traditional New York City apartment

Park Avenue Pied-à-Terre Paints a Pretty Picture.

The homeowners thought they wanted to slow down and spread out, so they sold their Manhattan apartment and purchased a shingle-clad home on Long Island. It wasn’t long, however, before the couple realized how deeply rooted they were to the city and how much they still wanted a place there. With the help of the couple’s trusted designer, they transformed a raw shell of an apartment on Park Avenue into a sumptuous and cozy pied-à-terre.

Glosses and Finishes – Latex and alkyd paints alike come in several finishes

Latex and alkyd paints alike come in several finishes. It is sometimes confusing when it comes time to decide which finish is right for the job you are doing.

Latex paints are much better for beginners; they are easy to apply and clean up. However, for some areas in the home alkyd paints may be desired for a more “finished” look.

The degrees of gloss:

High Gloss – mostly used for interior surfaces, such as hardwood floors and handrails. High traffic areas. High gloss is not generally used outdoors due to the increased possibility of blistering. Also high gloss finishes require extra precise prep work. This finish will show every imperfection.

Semi-gloss – perfect for indoor and outdoor trim. It makes a beautiful contrast against flat wall paint. It also increases the durability of the trim.

Low Lustre – also a semi-gloss type finish. A fancier term for it. Another great choice for trim.

Eggshell – just as the name implies, it resembles the outer finish of an eggshell. It is smooth and washable, but with little reflective gloss properties. An excellent choice for high traffic areas where you don’t want to use semi-gloss.

Velvet – also an eggshell type finish. Generally alkyd products use the velvet term for finish.

Flat – No gloss, no shine. The perfect look for most of the walls in your home. Flat paint is not very washable, so it may not be your first choice for kitchens, bathrooms and children’s rooms. However it is the classic look.

Benefits Of Latex Paints

Painting tips & tricks

Benefits Of Latex Paints

The benefits of latex paints are:

• No or low odor.
• Quick drying.
• Easy application.
• Easy clean up.

Some interior latex paints also are splatter resistant.

Other pluses: Latex paints are more durable and have increased resistance to blistering and bubbling.


This technique creates a strong, textured look, Prepare the surface with a coat of matte oil- based paint, and working in sections of approximately 2 sq yds (2 sq m), paint on the tinted oil glaze. Place a rolled-up cloth in a plastic bag and run the bag over the surface in a pattern, such as overlapping circles. Wipe off any excess glaze from the bag. When the glaze is dry, protect it with a layer of matte varnish.

Avoid Painting In direct Sunlight

When painting outdoors it is important to follow a few easy steps in order to avoid, “Lap” marks which will show after the paint is dry. Latex paint has a molecular structure which allows vapors to pass through it, which prevent blistering. However, these same properties cause the paint to dry very quickly, especially on hot days, or in direct sunlight. It is best to paint your siding, or foundation in long runs across the house, a few layers at a time, rather than to paint section by section. You won’t see the lap marks until the paint is completely dry, but they will be there.

Asphalt Sealer Coating

Do not work in the sunshine, the best time would be evening or early morning shade.

Do not power wash.

1. Clean with T.S.P General Household Cleaner, heavy-duty mix. For any cracks or puddle areas, fill with premixed asphalt patch. Tamp in place with metal tamper.

2. For small cracks, use premixed asphalt crack repair.

3. Then apply asphalt sealer (not acrylic sealer) with a driveway brush, squeegee or 50 mm roller.

4. In the following years, clean with T.S.P General Household Cleaner and then seal with an acrylic sealer as needed.

Note: Never seal asphalt the first year, let the product cure and Harden.

Building Up Damaged Concrete Surfaces

Clean the area with T.S.P General Household Cleaner and rinse well. While still damp from washing apply a concrete adhesive (Weldbond) to the entire area. Mix the Bonded Topping mix to a thicker consistency (like muffin mix) and trowel over the prepared area. Texture the surface with a broom if that look is desired. Allow to cure for 24 hours, and then follow with the brightening concrete procedure. Leave for one week and seal with a solvent- based concrete sealer.

For severely damaged surfaces I would suggest hiring a Concrete Restoration service to place a new layer of concrete minimum of 1 ½” over the existing surface. If concrete is sinking in some areas I recommend using a Slab Jacking service to lift and stabilize the slab.