Preparation

condo paintingAs the race for space in city settings intensifies, it’s no secret that condominium units have become so prevalent and popular. Whether high-rise or low, you want your own condo unit to be as personal as possible, with a welcoming feel and attractive décor. The very first step in that direction is to choose the best possible colour for your interior condo painting.

Colour lies at the heart of almost any design concept, and creating a cozy condo haven is no exception. The predominant colour you select will have a starring role in creating just the right ambiance for the fairly limited space offered by most condominium suites. Want to get your condo painting right the first time? Here are some useful tips to note.

Quick Tips to Consider for Condo Painting:

1.      Extend space with bright colours

When it comes to successful condo painting, interior decorators usually opt for colours that seem to extend the small space afforded by the unit. Bright but neutral colours like cream, white and pale taupe tend to create an illusion of space, especially when compared with darker shades, which may make rooms feel more closed in.

2.      Be true to your own taste

One of the most common mistakes people make when choosing a colour for condo painting is that they consult look-books too much and forget to Continue Reading…

home paintingHiring professionals to do your home painting project is ideal to get the great results you are after, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still save on your bottom line budget. There are a number of simple things that you can do ahead of time to help speed up the process for your painters while lessening the overall cost of the job. Doing what you can to save time before the starting gate opens also means that you can move back into and enjoy your freshly painted rooms that much sooner. Here are some helpful hints to outline the best steps to take when preparing for your painter.

5 Hints for Having a Happy Painter

1. The Takedown

It’s only logical that everything, including paintings, photographs, wall hangings and any other artwork and ornaments, need to be removed from the walls prior to home painting. Rather than leave it to the painter, this is certainly an advance task you can do yourself. That way you are responsible for your great-grandmother’s decorative china plate collection, and can pack and tuck it safely out of harm’s way. That takes care of the obvious items, but here’s the important follow-up: if Continue Reading…

home interior paintingIn most cases, when it comes to home interior painting, walls usually don’t have to be washed beforehand. However, if you find that your walls are especially soiled (greasy from years of kitchen duty or even sticky with nicotine residue, for example), you may want to maximize the effectiveness of the painting project by giving it a go.

Although cleaning your walls isn’t mandatory in general, it may make you feel assured that the most thorough steps have been taken to achieve the best outcome. As far as what to use, in addition to the typical TSP solution, we’ll look at a few other options, so that you can pick the most suitable method for your needs.

Home Interior Painting and 3 Ways to Wash Walls

• Using a TSP Solution

One of the ways you can clean your walls is by using a TSP (trisodium phosphate) solution. This longstanding method is good for removing stains and grease marks. If you decide to go this route, you’ll need to do it a few days before the home interior painting specialists get started. This is to ensure that Continue Reading…

Caulking is a mastic (paste) that dries to a flexible but strong finish. It also works like an adhesive. Normally it is used to fill gaps where wood trim joins the drywall. Sometimes it can be used for other purposes like making a waterproof seal in bathrooms. That is a silicone caulk and not recommended for painting use because paint doesn’t stick to it. But waterproof clear (or colored) silicone can be used on countertop seams etc.

You will normally just use an acrylic paintable caulk for the gaps at joins of wood and drywall. It comes in a tube like toothpaste or a big caulking tube that requires a special trigger tool to dispense it. Rookies do better with the toothpaste tube. Use a damp rag to wipe off the mess you make, or your finger to make a nice seam along a join. You’ll figure it out with time and practice. I can’t make you an expert instantly!

This, in my opinion. is the world’s worst job next to septic tank re-lining. It takes a long time and there is no really good way to do it, despite all the products on the market.

A wallpaper stripper available from a rental place is an excellent investment and it loosens up the glue which holds the paper to the wall. It has to then be scraped off using some kind of spatula or scraper. Usually the walls are all nicked and gouged after so all that has to be fixed up.

If you have a professional painter ask him if you can do the stripping (of the wallpaper!) prior to painting. This should save you a fortune in hourly charges. The painter can come in at the end and do the repairs after you have done most of the ‘grunt work’. If you can’t do this yourself be prepared to pay quite a bit.

How to Prepare for Painting a Wall

You work out prep backwards. What do you want it to look like in the end? If you want walls that look like the side panels of a Ferrari you better be prepared to spend a lot of dough. That requires a plasterer to skim all the walls first to a mirror finish.

Filling and Sanding

Normally you just want to fill in the nail holes and nicks and spots where tape was ripped off the walls. You use a filler or ‘mud’ available at the Paint or Building Supply store. Get ‘Lite’ filler or products that say “sands easily”. You mix it up to a consistency that spreads smoothly but not too thin. You use a knife or spreader that is wide enough to cover the whole area.

When you first start, like everything else in life, you will not do your best job. If it is terrible when it is dry then sand it off and try again. Ideally you want the least amount of excess filler since sanding is messy and the dust flies. (It also kills your vacuum cleaner if you don’t use a filter bag specified for drywall dust.)

Wear a dust mask when sanding. Be prepared to vacuum every nook and cranny. Keep the door closed when sanding and keep the window open. Remove everything possible from the room. Especially all clothes or bedding in a bedroom. Plastic off the mattresses. You will learn the wisdom of being “frugal with filler”.

Various sandpapers are good from fine to coarse. It depends on how much excess filler you need to remove. I like those little disposable sponge blocks – one side is fine and one side coarse. They cost about a buck or so.