September 29, 2015-
Interior Paint: Is it all the same?…
No. All paints are NOT the same. When looking for a quality paint for your job make sure to do your homework. How well does the paint…
-Hide (how well does each coat hide the paint underneath? How many coats are required?)
-Surface Smoothness (can you see roller marks when the paint is dry?)
-Staining (can the paint resist staining?)
-Scrubbing (does the paint hold up to an abrasive cleaner, or does it come off on the sponge or cloth?)
-Gloss Change (does the paint’s sheen, or gloss-level change after it has been cleaned? Do you see the marks?)
-Sticking (does the paint dry completely, or does it retain a little bit of tackiness?)
-Mildew (does the paint inhibit mildew growth? Does it have additives specifically formulated to enhance this characteristic?)
-Fading (does the paint fade over time when exposed to UV light, including sunlight?)
-Claimed VOC’s (mg per liter of Volatile Organize Compounds, the stinky stuff that hurts your brain and the environment, among other things)
Some of my favorite paints currently are: Glidden Duo Paint + Primer at Home Depot as well as Behr Paint + Primer. Both paints cover really well and are great quality. Costing between $24-$26 a gallon. This makes it so you can afford to do a project, get the quality you expect and not break the bank!
September 22, 2015-
5 Tips to Select the Right Paint Color For Your Home
⦁ Always consider existing items in your room such as flooring, rugs, artwork and upholstery. You want your new wall color to compliment these items.
⦁ Take your idea paint samples home and test them in different areas of the space as lighting conditions will make the paint sample look different.
⦁ Never examine a paint sample against a white wall. The color is affected by what surrounds it and putting the sample against the white wall will make it appear much darker than it really is.
⦁ Always take into account how color flows from room to room and be careful where placing accent walls because you don’t want to interrupt this flow.
⦁ To see the true color tint….look at the darkest color on the strip.This color has the most color saturation and you can see the true base color much more easily.
September 23, 2015-
Choosing the Right Finish for Your Project
⦁ High Gloss
High gloss is a good choice for areas such as cabinets, trim, and doors. High-gloss, however, is too much shine for interior walls.
Practical application: kitchens, door, and window trim
Durability: very high
Good for rooms where moisture, drips, and grease stains challenge walls. Also great for trim work that takes a lot of abuse.
Practical application: kitchens, bathrooms, trim, chair rails
It’s easy to clean, making it excellent for high-traffic areas.
Practical application: family rooms, foyers, hallways, kids’ bedrooms
Between satin and flat on the sheen (and durability) scale is eggshell, so named because it’s essentially a flat (no-shine) finish with little luster, like a chicken’s egg. Eggshell covers wall imperfections well and is a great finish for gathering spaces that don’t get a lot of bumps and scuffs.
Practical application: dining rooms, living rooms
⦁ Flat or Matte
A friend to walls that have something to hide, flat/matte soaks up, rather than reflects, light. It has the most pigment and will provide the most coverage, which translates to time and money savings. However, it’s tough to clean without taking paint off with the grime.
Practical application: adults’ bedrooms and other interior rooms that won’t be roughed up by kids
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