Wednesday, January 11, 2017

13 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Professional painters are fast, efficient, and have mastered techniques that produce top-notch results while make it all look easy. Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets, including these 13 tips.

1. SAND AWAY FLAWS.
You have to start with a perfectly smooth surface to end up with perfectly painted walls or woodwork. One pro says that sander would be a more fitting job title than painter since he spends so much time pushing sandpaper. Sanding levels out Spackle or joint-compound patches and flattens ridges around nail holes. Sanding also removes burrs and rough spots in your trim.


Sand the walls from the baseboard to the ceiling with fine grit sanding paper on a sanding pole. Then sand horizontally along the baseboard and ceiling. Don't put a lot of pressure on the sanding pole or the head can flip over and damage the wall. Sand woodwork with a sanding sponge to get into crevices.

2. USE TINTED PRIMER
Before the pros paint walls, they fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look (a problem called "flashing"). Those spots will look noticeably different than the rest of the wall. To avoid that, pros prime the walls before painting.

Instead of using white primer, pros usually have it tinted gray or a color that's similar to the finish paint. Tinted primer does a better job of covering the existing paint color than plain primer, so your finish coat will be more vibrant and may require fewer coats. This is especially true with colors like red or orange, which could require three or more coats without a primer.

3. PRESS TAPE WITH A PUTTY KNIFE
Nothing is more discouraging when you've finished painting than to peel tape off the woodwork and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain-in-the-neck chore of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. "Apply tape over the wood, then run a putty knife over the top to press down the tape for a good seal," a painter with more than 16 years of experience says. "That'll stop any paint bleeds."

Use the blue painter's tape instead of masking tape. Masking tape can leave behind a sticky residue that's hard to clean off. Plus, paint can cause the tape to buckle or get wavy, which lets paint run underneath it. Painter's tape can be left on for days (some up to two weeks) and still peel off cleanly. And it stops paint bleed without buckling.

4. ELIMINATE BRUSH AND LAP MARKS WITH PAINT EXTENDER
The secret to a finish that's free of lap and brush marks is mixing a paint extender (also called a paint conditioner), such as Floetrol, into the paint. This does two things. First, it slows down the paint drying time, giving you a longer window to overlap just-painted areas without getting ugly lap marks that happen when you paint over dried paint and darken the color. Second, paint extender levels out the paint so brush strokes are virtually eliminated (or at least much less obvious). Pros use extenders when painting drywall, woodwork, cabinets, and doors. Manufacturer's directions tell you how much extender to add per gallon of paint.

5. SCRAPE A RIDGE IN TEXTURED CEILINGS
The problem with painting along the edge of textured ceilings is that it's almost impossible to get a straight line along the top of the wall without getting paint on the ceiling bumps. Pros have a solution. They run a screwdriver along the perimeter of the ceiling to scrape off the texture. "This lets you cut in without getting paint on the ceiling texture," one of our pros says. "The screwdriver creates a tiny ridge in the ceiling, so the tips of your paint bristles naturally go into it. And you'll never even notice the missing texture."

6. USE CANVAS DROPCLOTHS
Pros don't use bed sheets as drop cloths, and neither should you. Thin sheets won't stop splatters and spills from seeping through to your flooring. And while plastic can spills from seeping through your flooring. And while plastic can contain spills, the paint stays wet for a long time. That wet paint can (and usually does) find the bottom of your shoes and get tracked through the house.

Use what the pros use - canvas drop cloths. They're not slippery and they absorb splatters (but still wipe up large spills or they can bleed through). "Unless you're painting a ceiling, you don't need a jumbo-size cloth that fills the entire room," a pro says. "A canvas cloth that's just a few feet wide and runs the length of the wall is ideal for protecting your floor, and it's easy to move."

7. FINISH ONE WALL BEFORE STARTING ANOTHER
It might seem easy to do all the corners and trim in a room, then go back to roll the walls, but don't. Pros get a seamless look by cutting in one wall, then immediately rolling it before starting the next. The allows the brushed and rolled paint to blend together better.


Cover your paint bucket, tray, or container with a damp towel then switching between brushing and rolling to keep your paint and tools from drying out when not in use.


8. SCRAPE (DON'T TAPE) WINDOWS
Don't bother taping windows when painting sashes - it takes a long time and paint usually ends up on the glass anyway. Go ahead and let paint get on the glass. Once it's dry, simply scrape it off with a razor blade. The paint peels off in seconds. "Just be careful to not break the paint bond between the wood and the glass," a pro cautions. "Otherwise, moisture can get on the wood and cause rot."


9. "BOX" PAINT FOR CONSISTENT COLOR
The same color of paint can vary between cans. "That difference can be glaringly obvious if you pop open a new gallon halfway through a wall," a retired painter warns. To ensure color consistency from start to finish, pros mix their cans of paint in a 5 gallon bucket (a process called "boxing").

Some pros then paint directly out of the bucket. This eliminates the need to pour paint into a roller tray, though the heavy bucket is harder to move.

10. WASH ROLLER COVERS
Whether you buy cheap or expensive roller covers, washing them before their first use gets rid of the fuzz that inevitably comes off once you start painting. Wash them with water and a little bit of liquid soap, and run your hands up and down the covers to pull off any loose fibers (a practice called "preconditioning covers"). You can start using the roller covers right away - you don't need to let them dry.


11. CLEAN DIRTY WALLS WITH DEGREASER
Paint won't bond to greasy or filthy surfaces, like kitchen walls above a stove, mudrooms where kids kick off their muddy boots and scuff the walls, or the areas around light switches that get swatted at with dirty hands. "I always use a degreaser to clean grimy or greasy surfaces," a pro says. "It cuts through almost anything you have on walls for better paint adhesion."

Be sure to read and follow directions - this stuff is potent. Rubber gloves and eye protection are required.

12. START WITH A LOADED BRUSH
Pros take a "load and go" approach to painting. They load the bottom 1 1/2 inches of their brushes with paint, tap each side against the inside of their container to knock off the heavy drips, and then start painting. By contrast, homeowners often take a "load and dump" approach of dragging the loaded brush along the sides of their container and wiping off most of the paint. "It doesn't do you any good to dunk your brush in paint, then immediately wipe it all off," a 16-year veteran painter says.


13. PUSH PAINT TO AVOID PAINT RUNS
When your brush is loaded with paint, it's easy to create runs by applying too much paint in corners or along trim. To avoid that, start brushing about 1/2 inch away from the cut-in area to apply the paint. As the brush unloads, move over and slowly drag the brush along the trim or corner. Let the bristles gently push the paint against the cut-in area where the walls meet. You may have to do this a couple of times to get complete coverage, but it'll avoid excess paint along woodwork and in corners.


From: Popular Mechanics

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The 5 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Painting Furniture

Improve a less-than-stellar piece with paint, patience, and my tricks. I had the oops moments; now you can learn from them.


There is no shortage of tutorials about painting furniture online. And I've used a lot of them to paint dressers, console tables, chairs, mirrors, and more. But I have found problems/issues with a lot of the tutorials-paint chips, finishes aren't smooth, and paint peels. I have had to redo several furnishings, so I decided to compile all the mistakes I've made to help your give your furnishings a makeover that will last.


Here's how to paint a piece of furniture-without making a major mistake:

1. Sand it. There are lots of tutorials out there that claim you don't need to sand. There are also lots of primers and paints promising no sanding necessary. From what I have learned, sanding is a must. Sand all surfaces with a 150-grit sandpaper. (I use an orbital sander with variable speeds.) Be careful not to gouge the surface. You're just looking to rough it up a little so the primer has something to adhere to; you're not trying to strip the surface. Use 80-grit if you are sanding a furnishing with an existing varnish.

2. Remove Residue. Wipe down the surface with a tack cloth to remove any residue. Do not use a paper towel. Don't speculate on whether something is a lint-free cloth. Just use the tack cloth.

3. Prime it. If you're priming laminate furniture, use a Shellac-based primer. Otherwise, most primers will work. Prime using a mini foam roller. Use a foam brush to get into any hard-to-reach areas. Let dry according to can instructions. Once your primer is fully dry, sand away any drips with a 220-grit sanding block, and wipe your piece down with a tack cloth.



4. Paint it. Use a mini foam roller to apply three thin coats of semi-gloss latex paint. Allow six to eight hours in between coats. It is important that you sand between coats if you have any drips or residue on that piece. Use the same sanding block and a NEW tack cloth. The new tack cloth is very important here. You need to remove every speck of lint and dust before applying the Polyurethane Topcoat in the next step. It's clear so everything shows. I've blamed everything from the dog to the paint for the tiny pieces of fuzz I've found when applying the Polyurethane Topcoat, but because I didn't remove everything with the tack cloth.

5. Protect It. Finally, use a new foam roller to apply a thin coat of Polyurethane protectant in gloss. You want to make sure you go over this coat very lightly with the foam roller to smooth any bubbles that can occur with the foam roller. Allow 72 hours for it to dry before using; otherwise, it can get sticky.


Article provided via Country Living



Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Hidden Luxury of Color

Uncover a hidden luxury within your home with our deeply atmospheric palette. Create a warm sensuality perfect for your interior with high end, deluxe approach that is subtle, elegant and refined. Inspired by the old masters of the art world these colors imbue a feeling of opulent heritage. Still life paintings offer inspirations of rich layered paint and ambient light effects. Tender purple and pink tones of eggplant also reference classic paintings and define the palette's soft femininity with strong blackened shades creating a darker feel. The tones are an alluring combination, intense teal provides a rich contrast, balanced with neutral grays. This palette has a quietly luxurious mood that would work perfectly in any interior.
Add a true sense of luxury to your interior with 0690 BLUE PERIOD, a deep and velvety tone that will convey a sense of soft sensuality to your space. Inspired by lush fabrics and decadent interior finishing, this color radiates serenity. Celebrate comfort and elegance with 0690 BLUE PERIOD, a color that evokes tranquility. Balance the tone with a dark and mid-tone neutrals within the palette. Apply this dark teal green combination with the lighter tone of 0358 SILKY GREEN for a layered contrast. This color works perfectly inside bathrooms and work spaces to help calm the mind and focus the senses. 

Luxurious Bedroom
Sainsbury's Home
www.sainsburyshome.co.uk
Looking to the sensual shades used in still life paintings of the Dutch masters, 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, echoes this atmospheric light when applied to your interior. An almost black brown, 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, has a true softness and with its warm natural tint, the color is truly engaging. With a chocolate richness this tone can compliment any space alone as an all over color or with lighter tones within the palette to create an alluring contrast. Add a natural quiet to your spaces with 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT. This color compliments kitchen and living room areas and would work well applied as a feature wall or for corner spaces within your home. 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT's warmth radiates throughout a space and creates a sense of welcome.

Taking note of aged surfaces and hard materials that become more exquisite as time passes such as bronze, the exquisite tone of 0781 GOLD FINCH evokes these antique metallic qualities. Explore this classic color and added arresting warmth to your surroundings. When combined with the depth of 0690 BLUE PERIOD and 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, 0871 GOLD FINCH lifts space and adds a true sense of timeless quality. This color is an unchanging classic and can be applied confidently as a feature wall color within living rooms or dining rooms for an elegance that lifts your space and that you will never tire of. Pair with rich textiles such as velvet and silk alongside dark woods and ornate ceramics for ultimate luxury finish.

Look to the intensity of 1306 ROYAL VELVET to bring a touch of silken darkness to your interior. The plush eggplant purple tone of 1306 ROYAL VELVET offers an ethereal depth to the palette. Combine this soft and sultry color alongside the other dark colors of the palette for an ultimate richness and luxury finish for your spaces. 1306 ROYAL VELVET is a universally deluxe color that works best when used in abundance. Apply to the work spaces and dining areas of your home for an atmospheric seated space that invites quiet solitude and intrigue.
Purple interior by AYTM Studio
www.atym.dk

Discover a classic ambiance with 0358 SILKY GREEN. Inspired by rich clay tones this color creates a feeling of calm and coziness within your home. This color references soft faux furs and natural coloring to bring an organic comfort to your home with this sandy, neutral mid-tone. 0358 SILKY GREEN is versatile and centers the overall palette resulting in an elemental tonal combination. Apply in indulgent combinations alongside the intense dark accents of the palette. 0358 SILKY GREEN is a perfect compliment to an open kitchen/living room area and can add a definitive warmth and overall feeling of placidity to the space.
Brown Interior detail by
AYTM Studio
www.aytm.dk

Indulge in true elegance for your home with this complete color range. Apply these rich jewel tones throughout your home to inspire a feeling of genuine decadence. 0690 BLUE PERIOD, 0186 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT, 0871 GOLD FINCH, 1306 ROYAL VELVET, and 0358 SILKY GREEN are the five colors that combine beautifully to create a significant feeling of sophistication within an interior. Create the ultimate luxury finish in your home with these mature and tantalizingly sumptuous colors. Extravagance is for the everyday and it can be achieved with the deep allure of this palette. Paint and discover dark finishes that are balanced with warm tones for a rich blend that is sure to always result in a luxuriously soft and comforting finish.



This is the monthly color and design news update from Davis Paint. The article above aims to preview the forth-coming season and give insight and relevant information for using color to help inspire personal projects.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Mechanics Corner: Painting Farm Machinery

This article is written by Andy Overbay from Progressive Dairyman 
"I had a friend tell me one time that my dad was like his: “He doesn’t care what it looks like as long as it runs.” My thought was, “This guy sure doesn’t know David Overbay.” 
One thought that was drilled into me from a boy is that cleaner really does run better, and one of Dad’s favorite sayings when asked why he bought a new tractor or took the time to paint an old one was, “Every once in a while, I like to burn the paint off a manifold.”
As we well know, using farm equipment places them in situations, especially around a dairy, where a clean, fresh paint job is hard to maintain. In order to keep a sound protective finish on our machines, we need to freshen the paint from time to time.
This is problematic because few farms have the luxury of a dedicated paint booth and proper painting equipment. Goodness knows we didn’t, but that didn’t stop us from getting the job done.
Over the years, I have seen a wide range of paint job “successes.” Some were pristine, mirror-like finishes. Some were epic failures. As a youngster, Dad liked to have me paint things like truck frame rails and other less-than-noticeable areas because I was small enough to get in there and I put the paint on thick … not recommended, by the way.
I can remember one truck-frame job years ago when a neighbor visited and inspected our new dump bed that Dad had built. When the neighbor asked about me painting the frame, Dad remarked, “Andy does a good job. I know if he gets as much paint on the truck as he does on himself, it will last a long time.”
Painting equipment properly takes time and, just like building a house, a good foundation is essential to doing a good job. There are as many options for paint formulations as there are colors themselves, but without a good, smooth base for the paint to adhere to, even $1,000-per-gallon paint is wasted.
Thoroughly cleaning and de-greasing the machine may take a great deal of time and several trips back to the drawing board. Cleaning and painting are very much like clipping show calves; after a while, you go blind and it all looks the same.
Sanding and using fillers to get that ultra-smooth finish is important, but it is also important to remember that the mechanical integrity of the machine must be maintained. Being overly aggressive with the sand blaster can ruin even a heavily made casting, causing leaks that require expensive repairs or replacement.
After you have achieved a nice smooth surface, selecting the appropriate paint to use will be a major factor in the overall success of your project. While I am not one that subscribes to the “more it costs the better it is” model, cheap paint is just that … cheap.
My best advice is to evaluate the use of the particular piece of equipment, the kind of torture it may be exposed to and ask someone who regularly paints equipment or cars in your area what they would recommend.
When you have decided on a formulation, be sure you have the proper equipment to apply the paint and a clean, dust-free place to paint. What you may find is that while getting a professional to paint your equipment is expensive, creating the environment for you to have the desired level of painting success in a do-it-yourself setting is even more costly.
The benefits of keeping a nice looking line of equipment are numerous. You will elevate the resale value, of course, but you will also find that keeping things neat and nice elevates the level of care taken when operating equipment.
No one cares more about equipment than the person who paid for it, so if you exhibit a “don’t care” attitude toward your machinery, don’t expect anyone you hire to do that for you. Finally, having a fresh, well-maintained line of machinery elevates the reputation you and your farming operation have in the community.
Looking successful makes things like getting a loan or even having a machinery auction easier and more profitable because you have a reputation as a person who cares about the details. PD
Andy Overbay holds a Ph.D. in ag education and has more than 40 years of hands-on dairy and farming experience."

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

5 Key Colors for Fall/Winter 2016/17

November 2016 Color Trends

Fall/Winter 2016 sees a refocus on inspirational sources; we are rethinking and reassessing the world around us. As perspectives change, we gain more confidence with color usage and in turn engage with the effect color has on our surroundings.

Taking inspiration from our 2016/2017 trends, we look to the sheer beauty of dramatic landscapes, admiring the powerful and equally fragile planet. Also looking beyond the land, we seek inspiration from the surrounding oceans and into the dark depths of water. Historical and classical references also provide stimulus along with our innate child-like desire to play and interact.

All of the above reference our trends and inspire new directions in color. Here we will share 5 key colors to work with for Fall/Winter 2016/2017.


QUIET PEACE #0592 is a deep-water hue from our trend ABYSS that references the deepest oceans and the seascapes that we are yet to explore. Despite breadth of scientific discoveries in other areas, our planet still provides a great deal of intrigue and inspiration for design. This rich and deep tone can be applied to a variety of environments for a grounding and serene overall affect. This calming, intense blue would work well in a work-space or study area to give clarity and comfort within the space. Build a palette using this tone by combining QUIET PEACE #0592 with others from ABYSS such as softer aqua tones or pale neutral grey's to create a balanced outcome.

www.aytm.dk IMAGE NAME: EUVIRA.JPG DESCRIPTION: Blue chair and hanging lamp by Classicon

NORTH BEACH BLUE #0485 accompanies the QUIET PEACE #0592 tone from the ABYSS trend furthering the exploration of deep blues. This color references bleached textiles and our continuous pre-occupation with denim, not only in our wardrobes, but in our homes. The textile provides inspiration in the form of the stone washed color of NORTH BEACH BLUE #0485, which can act as an effective and innovative neutral for our walls. A touch of grey is mixed in to move away from sky blue colors, thus softening the tone and results in a more measured and sophisticated outcome for interiors. Pair with sandy beach hues for a gentle complimentary palette, or use tonal schemes of blues from ABYSS for a contemporary and cool look.
www.zanotta.it  IMAGE: PLAINENGLISH.JPG DESCRIPTION: Blue Interior by Plain English, 

DUSKY MOOD #1318, comes from the STRATA trend comes into focus and stays grounded in natural references. Charting the impact of the ever-changing landscapes that are redefined by natural forces often beyond our control. STRATA takes note of mans influences on nature and vice versa. Offering an updated version of grey and an alternative to an urban inspired concrete grey tone, here the color gains a dusky purple undertone for added interest. With a new intriguing warmth, DUSKY MOOD #1318 is still easy to use and apply by updating living areas with this inviting yet chic finish, especially when blended with warm taupe's and tinted whites.
www.classicon.com IMAGE NAME: ZANATTAPARCO.JPG DESCRIPTION: Grey Interior by Zanotta

LOCKHART #0098, from our trend, RIPE, takes classic inspiration from historical still life and paintings and conveys a rich and warm atmosphere suitable for any interior. Indulge in this luxurious color and add softness to your space. This timeless color echoes traditional painting techniques that heavily influenced this trend. The color has strong connotations of interior textiles with its velvety finish. LOCKHART #0098 has an inviting warmth so would work well applied to bedroom walls creating a comforting yet sophisticated overall effect. Combine in an interior palette with accents of deep eggplant purple, teal, and pale mustard from RIPE for a rich contrast within your home.

AYTMSTUDIO.JPG DESCRIPTION: Pink Interior by AYTM Studio

FROG GREEN #0779 is the stimulating color from our trend PLAY that responds to our inner child. Conveying a positive message, this lighthearted tone encourages interaction with color and with our surroundings, diverting attention away from complex technology and back to using color to stimulate our minds. FROG GREEN #0779 is modern and clean and offers a fresh, bright color for wall and painted furniture applications. This color would work well with children's play areas and bedrooms for an energetic and encouraging atmosphere. Combine this tone with other from PLAY or alongside a monotone color scheme as a highlight. FROG GREEN #0779 would add a fun accent to furniture frames or in painted graphic patterns on the wall.
www.plainenglishdesign.co.uk IMAGE: GREENROOM.JPG DESCRIPTION: Green children’s bedroom 


QUIET PEACE #0592, NORTH BEACH BLUE #0485, DUSKY MOOD #1318, LOCKHART #0098, and FROG GREEN #0779 are the five colors we see to be key for Fall/Winter 2016/2017. These tones are taken from our 2016/2017 trends ABYSS, STRATA, RIPE, and PLAY. The colors work across a variety of interior applications and can be used singularly or combined successfully as an all over palette for a space. These colors all offer something diverse and convey different moods and aesthetics that are on trend. Each color could add something innovative and exciting into your home whether it is used in isolation or with our suggested complimentary tones, it will be a success.


Be sure to check back monthly for new postings! For the next article, we will be talking about the HIDDEN LUXURY OF COLOR. This will continue our exploration into interior decorating ideas with a focus on bringing richness and luxury into the home by using keep color in inspirational palettes. 

This is the monthly color and design news update from Davis Paint. The article above aims to preview the forth-coming season and give insight and relevant information for using color to help inspire personal projects.

Please visit our website! The Davis Paint Company

Monday, August 1, 2016

Play Your Cards Right When Dealing With Your Deck

Spring House, PA – Maintaining a wooden deck is no game; it’s an important part of home maintenance. Still, if you play your cards right, you’ll draw a winning hand in the form of a finish that is tougher and longer lasting than most, according to Debbie Zimmer, coatings expert with the Paint Quality Institute.
The secret lies in selecting the right type of coating after completing your surface preparation (replacing rotted boards, removing loose or flaking stain, ridding mildew with a bleach solution, and rinsing the surface -- or, when changing the color, removing all of the existing coating by power washing).
Deck coatings fall into two broad categories: water-based latex products, and solvent-based formulations. To get the best weather-resistance, Zimmer suggests that you choose a water-based coating. In addition to being more durable, these products dry more quickly, have little or no odor, and clean up with soap and water, so they’re better overall.
Water-based latex coatings come in both clear finishes and in a wide array of attractive colors. The type you choose will go a long way in determining how long your deck coating will last.
Clear finishes show off the natural appearance of wood, but offer very little protection from the sun’s UV rays. Choose a clear coating and you’ll likely have to reapply it annually.
Semi-transparent stains are more durable than clears. The small amount of pigment they contain helps shield the wood from UV rays and other types of weather. As a result, they last somewhat longer, typically 18 months or so.
More durable still are solid-color stains. Because they contain much more pigment, they impart better protection to the deck. More closely resembling paints, these stains still show the texture of the wood, but conceal the grain. If you want a longer lasting coating, this is the way to go: solid-color stains can last three to five years.
Whichever type of deck coating you choose, you can step up the protection by applying a second coat of the finish. In some cases, it will stretch the life of your coating, and in every case, it will help the wood stand up to the rigors of both the weather and abrasion from foot traffic and furniture.
Still, your ace in the hole when protecting your deck is the quality of coating you apply. The very best are 100% acrylic products.
“Top quality coatings made with 100% acrylic have better adhesion and flexibility than other deck stains. Plus, they typically contain special ingredients that help prevent mildew and other maintenance problems,” says Zimmer. “That translates into longer lasting performance.”
Now that you understand how to get the best long-term protection for your deck, draw on that knowledge when buying stain at your local paint retailer. It’s a sure thing that you’ll pull a winning hand.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Last Call for Pre-Holiday Painting

Last Call for Pre-Holiday Painting

mantelWith the holidays quickly approaching, it’s wise to take a careful look at the condition of your home. There’s still time to enhance things, but the calendar says that you’d better act quickly.
Take a careful look at your most important rooms, starting with your entranceway or center hall, where your company will form their first impression of your home. Then proceed to the family room, dining room, and bathroom or powder room. Pay special attention to the kitchen, since guests always seems to congregate there.
If you find your interior wanting, you need to get busy – before things like card writing, gift buying, food preparation, and other imperatives appear on your to-do list.
Make a list of the rooms that require attention and what it is that needs painting — walls, woodwork, or both. Then prioritize your projects based upon the importance of the room, and the amount of time you expect your visitors to spend there.
Start by wiping down whatever you plan to paint. Then repair the surfaces as needed. Next comes the fun part: choosing new paint colors for your walls and woodwork.
When you’re under the gun with your painting, it’s wise to go with “safer” colors. Can’t-miss neutrals like off-white or pale pastels are great choices. In a happy coincidence, these colors are expected to be in vogue next year.
But if you’re determined to fully embrace the holiday spirit, then go ahead and paint your rooms in the colors of the season.
If Thanksgiving is your main event, then apply rich autumn shades like burnt umber or gold to the walls; paint the trim in either white or the lightest tint from the same color cards.
Focused more on Christmas? Then choose festive hues from the red and green color families. Burgundy, crimson, and forest green are seasonal favorites; they also are wonderful choices for dining rooms and other areas where food will be served. Sprinkle in a few silver or gold accents, and your rooms will be picture-perfect for the year-end holidays.
When you purchase your paint, keep in mind that glossier coatings are more stain-resistant and more washable. Satin finish is a good choice for most walls, but you may want to use paint with a higher level of sheen in the kitchen and other high-traffic areas. As for the trim, it’s always wise to use gloss or semi-gloss paint. You’ll be happy you did when the festivities end and the cleanup begins.
At holiday time or anytime, always choose the very best quality coating you can afford. Top quality 100% acrylic latex paints wear much better than ordinary coatings, they’re more fade resistant, and are typically much easier to apply.
The best ‘paint and primer’ products made with 100% acrylic offer another advantage: They typically require one fewer coat to get great coverage, which can save a lot of time – the one thing there is far too little of around the holidays!