Priming Your Walls Before Painting – The Most Important Step!

In most cases, the steps that are taken to prepare for a task are almost as time consuming as the actual undertaking. Painting is no different. If you try to skip the prep work, you will regret how much more time you will spend on touch ups, and you will probably spend more money because you will have to apply way more paint layers than necessary. Preparation includes cleaning  the walls, sanding rough spots, taping off the areas you don't want to paint, and moving or covering furniture. Continue Reading ...

Best Time To Stain Your Deck

Posted on: June 18, 2017 by in Attributed Blog, Home Maintenance, Staining Tips
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Keeping your deck maintained is a must. It will prevent issues like rot, mold and mildew, warping, splitting and insect infestation. There are numerous different finishes to choose from but no matter which stain color you pick, maintenance is essential. There are some things you can do to keep your wood deck looking preserved that don't require a complete refinish, as mentioned in the followed post: Wood Decks - Bob Vila Seasonally, sweep away leaves, needles, twigs and branches. Remove Continue Reading ...

Tricks for Painting a Front Door

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One way to spruce up the exterior of your house inexpensively is to paint your front door. However, painting a door isn't as easy as it sounds. As always, the effort spent getting ready for the project is more time consuming that the actual paint job. One of the first factors you need to think about is what color of paint and its sheen. A handy application that will assist in choosing exterior or interior colors is the Paint My Place app. It lets you upload a picture of the space and Continue Reading ...

How to Prevent Peeling Paint

There are a number of reasons paint cracks and peels. The timing of the paint job is critical, as the temperature can't be too cold or hot, and you have to check the weather forecast for wind and rain, as moisture and high humidity can lead to poor adhesion. Other problems can have to do with a lack of preparation, such as not sanding, scraping old paint, or cleaning the walls before starting your project. Also, if there has been long-term moisture penetration, this can make your paint job Continue Reading ...

Deciding What Type of Roller to Paint With

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One question that gets asked a lot at the local home improvement store is "What type of roller do I need?" It's understandable, since there is always an overabundance of choices, and if you don't pick the right type it will make your project more difficult. A straight forward answer would be that the more rough the surface, the thicker nap you want your roller cover to have. If you have a completely smooth area, a roller with very little nap works best. Roller cover thickness ranges Continue Reading ...

Concrete Floor Stenciling

Posted on: May 21, 2017 by in Attributed Blog, Painting Tips, Remodeling
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If you have a cement floor in your basement or any room in your house, rather than leaving it the boring grey color you can add some pizzazz with concrete floor stenciling. Similar to how you do stenciling on a wall, this technique offers a way to add interest to your room without much cost. It does, however, require a fairly big time commitment, with a good amount of prep work involved in the process. The actual stenciling is also quite repetitious, but the result can be dramatic. The Continue Reading ...

Tips for Painting on Concrete

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If you have a concrete floor that is dull and colorless, there are a number of options to brighten up the space. Giving a concrete floor a coat of paint will not only make it look brand new, but it will also be easier to clean. Now when I say a coat of paint, I'm not talking about covering drywall with a single coat. There are more steps involved with painting concrete. One reason is that concrete is porous. In fact, the pores constitute 12 - 18% of the material, but they are pretty Continue Reading ...

Stenciling a Wall

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Wallpaper adds a decorative element to any room. You can choose from traditional to bold designs to offer dramatic change in a focal wall. Even though there was a time period when wallpaper wasn't the in thing, it has come back in a big way. There is an alternative to wallpaper that can give the same dramatic effect at a lower price tag - - -  stenciling. You can order stencils from a variety of online stores, but even your local home improvement stores have stencils for sale. They can Continue Reading ...

What is Paint Rheology

Posted on: April 30, 2017 by in Attributed Blog, Home Makeover Tips, Painting Tips
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Rheology is a term that refers to how a substance flows, defining its fundamental characteristics and predicting its behaviors. So how does that relate to paint? Believe it or not, it is a huge key to the final appearance of a painting project. That is because paint rheology is what helps manufacturers of different types of coatings scientifically discover how to best formulate the paint so that it flows evenly during application. Another similar term for the gooeyness of paint is Continue Reading ...

Tips for Choosing Complementary Colors

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Selecting the perfect colors for your new home or remodeling project can be challenging. When you look at all of the color choices, it can be an overwhelming decision. Understanding the basics about choosing complementary colors is a good start. Using a color wheel to find matching shades can help, and many interior designers talk about color psychology to determine what mood you want to set for in a specific room. Another concept that offers a way to plan your interior design is called Continue Reading ...