Painting And Decorating Help.

By: Susan Sportman


Painting is quick and easy decorating. Pound for pound, paint is the quickest, easiest and most economical redecorating option. Combining new colours and decorative techniques on the ceilings, walls and trim can make your home come alive again.

The first step is to prepare the surface to paint. This important step will save tremendous amounts of time later. The surfaces have to be smoothed, cleaned and primed. Preparation will tremendously influence the final result. Colour washing is a subtle, elegant and easy finish to master. It is a form of antiquing with the goal to make the wall look old. Colour washing works well on textured walls as well as smooth walls. The painter would casually and lightly brush translucent coats of slightly differing colours over a base coat. To enhance the effect, use more than one glaze colour and work it in slightly. A darker shade of glaze should be added around the perimeter of the wall and in the room corners. It is a good idea to work with a partner when adding a wash to the wall. It will help to speed the process as well as help eliminate washing in an unconscious pattern.

Faux leather is a technique that achieves the look of leather or parchment. Natural leather does have imperfections, so do not be afraid for faux leather to have the same. First a base coat is painted on the wall and allowed to dry, followed by a glaze. Before the glaze dries, thin plastic bags or sheets are used to remove the wet glaze. This step creates a subtle texture and calming finish.

Ragging is used to create a diverse texture. It can help conceal an uneven surface. First a solid colour base coat of paint is applied to the surface and allowed to dry. Then a layer of glaze is applied with some of it removed before it dries. Roll a dry, loosely wrapped rag through the glaze to create the desired texture. Various textures may be created depending on the texture of the rag used. Cotton tee shirts work best, but rags can also be purchased at home or automobile centres. When choosing colours for the base coat and glaze, choose colours that are close on the colour wheel.

Preparation For An Interior Painting Projcet.
We humans, are fond of living in clean and beautiful surroundings. All of us have desire to beautify our homes. We keep making efforts to improve our house within our limitation of budget and time. Interior painting is a major part of house improvement projects. Interior painting not only gives enhanced look to the house but it also covers up any flaws which may be there on the walls. Interior painting spruces up a tired and jaded room. Having a fresh coat of paint is just a very low cost idea to give new looks.

For a proper interior painting project, you need to gather up the materials and supplies and prepare the walls ahead of time. Let us discuss few steps involved in preparing a wall.

First of all make space for painting in your room. For this, remove the furniture from the room as much as possible. Heavy furniture should be moved to the centre of the room. Cover this remaining furniture with drop cloth to protect this from getting dirty. Around the doors, windows and mouldings, removable masking tape should be used. Floors can be protected by using a drop cloth.

Before painting, sanding is required. Before sanding and painting is started, cover the things like smoke detectors, heating and air-conditioning systems. Using sand paper or paint scrapper, scrape or sand any flakes or loose paint off the walls. Any nail or screw holes should be treated with filler using a putty knife. Use caulking to fill any kinds of cracks. For a damaged woodwork, you should apply epoxy filler. To remove any dirt and grease, wash all the surfaces. It is also necessary to rinse the surfaces with water – they should be left for some time to dry.

Before painting, turn off the power supply of the room. Then remove all the cover plates from electrical fixtures and switches. All those switches and fixtures should be covered with a masking tape to protect them from paint. Remove any of the air conditioning or heating vents before painting. If you use right kind of tools and supplies, anything can be easily painted.

While painting light coloured paint over a dark coloured surface, you should apply a high quality primer sealer. A high quality primer sealer hides even the darkest of shades like deep reds.

While painting glossy surfaces, priming is very essential. Ordinary paints, usually do not stick to the glossy surfaces like clear finishes, metal, panelling or tiles. By applying the primer, the paint not only sticks to the surface but also does not crack or blister. Painting porous surfaces like new drywall needs good quality priming. Priming a porous surface helps paint to spread more consistently.

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Interior and exterior painting is difficult work and by doing it yourself you may or may not pull off the results that you’ve been expecting. If you are planning to paint the outside of your property then check out Decorator London first. There is a lot of arranging to do, so you really have to to plan it carefully, otherwise you will end up wasting the paint you have bought.

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