Tips For Painting Your Ceiling

How To Paint Your Ceiling

While ceiling painting might sound like a potentially awkward job, you’re not alone if you’re hesitant to do it. However, before hiring a professional painter, why not learn about how not-so strenuous painting your ceiling is?

The San Antonio based house painters here at Texas Professional Painting are here to help homeowners paint their ceilings effectively. To do so, they have provided everything homeowners need to know if they decide to take on such a job.

How To Begin Painting Your Ceiling

A beginner-level task, painting the ceiling takes about one hour depending on the area you are painting, costing roughly $40-65 for every 200 square feet. However, the prep work involved will extend your total job time.

What makes ceiling painting simple is that, in most cases, you will be repainting the same color, most likely white. As it hides imperfections, bounces and reflects light and makes rooms look larger, white is one of the most popular ceiling color choices. Though same-color jobs are easier than painting new colors, keep in mind that not all paints, even white paints, are the same shade.

Basic Tips On Painting Your Ceiling

Ceiling paint is thicker and stickier than wall paint, so it’s better at eliminating drips. Use a roller cover with a 3/8-inch nap for smooth painting and a thicker nap for textured painting. Make sure your nap roller cover and extension pole has the right size and length, respectively, and you’ll be good to go.

During the process of painting the interior of your house, the wrong paint will inevitably get on the wrong surface. Before painting the ceiling, protect your now-dry walls by using painter’s tape or running plastic sheets around the room. Once you understand the process, you’ll realize you don’t need to be a professional painter to paint your ceiling.

Materials And Equipment/Tools

  • Angled paintbrush/paint edging tool
  • Drop cloth
  • Extension pole
  • Flat, white ceiling paint
  • Fine/medium-grit sandpaper
  • Inch nap paint roller cover(s)
  • Interior stain-blocking primer
  • Ladder/step ladder
  • Latex/nitrile gloves
  • Paint can pour spout
  • Paint roller frame
  • Painter’s tape/Plastic sheeting
  • Paint tray/liner(s)
  • Putty knife
  • Wood paint stirring stick
  • Spackle compound
  • Vacuum

Interior Painting Preparation

The Room

While they’re good for ceiling coverage and splatter less than paint sprays, paint rollers can produce a mist of droplets that lands on surfaces. For this reason, remove whatever furniture you can and cover any remaining furniture with drop cloths or plastic sheeting. Additionally, cover the floors with down paper or canvas drop cloths.

Speaking of removing furniture, turn off power to the room and remove light fixtures and smoke detectors. Solid electrical box faceplates can be painted over, however, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors cannot.

If you decide to paint the ceiling second, hang plastic sheets around the room and over the windows and doors to protect them. Additionally, put protective painter’s tape over ceiling trim and molding.

Ceiling And Supplies Preparation

To keep the primer and paint sticking to the surface, basically defying gravity, remove any dust by vacuuming the ceiling. If you want, spackle any small holes or cracks. This however, adds two hours of work, as you will have to let the spackle dry and sand it.

Set up the paint liner in the paint tray and set it just outside of the room you’re painting to avoid tripping. Pour the primer into the tray liner using the can spout and put a new roller cover on the roller frame.

After dipping it into the primer or paint, prepare to put your roller on the extension pole. To minimize the pole’s weight, and muscle strain, use the shortest possible extension.

Prime And Paint!

Use an angled brush or paint edging tool for priming and painting the ceiling. When priming, cut in the edges of the ceiling, roll on the primer and let it dry. Use a stain-blocking primer to prepare the ceiling’s surface for paint, hide flaws, cover dinginess and prevent staining.

Paint the edge of the ceiling with a 2-3 inch wide band, then change the roller pad on the roller frame. Add a fresh liner to the paint tray, pour paint into the tray and fill the roller.

To keep track of what you’ve already covered, paint the ceiling in 3-foot by 3-foot sections. Overlap the wet edges of the last section when starting a new one to effectively blend them and prevent permanent roller marks. If necessary, add a second coat of paint.

Get Ready To Paint Your Ceiling!

Now you know all you need to about ceiling and interior painting! Get the proper tools, paint and advice and get ready for this home project. If you need advice, or don’t think you can do this on your own, don’t worry! Contact Texas Professional Painting and have a professional painter come over and help you.

Personal decorations are the best way to make a house feel more like home. Accent painting is not just a modern-day trend; it is a way for homeowners to add personal touches to their everyday living space.

Texas Professional Painting is here to help with any interior painting job. Read ahead to learn how accent painting can spruce up your home!

Benefits Of Accent Paintings

Accent paintings draw attention to certain aspects of your house. Accent paintings can be on walls, hallways and even your household’s crown molding. The best part is that they are entirely personal to your tastes and desires!

Project is Lower in Cost

Accent pieces do not take up much wall space and are created in smaller areas of your home. Since these interior paint jobs are minor compared to repainting your entire home, they are much cheaper.

Creates a Focal Point

Any kind of home interior painting is eye-catching at first sight, but accent pieces help to create a focal point in your home. For instance, an accent wall could be added behind a fireplace, drawing attention to its design and structure.

Various textures can also be used for these projects, making a bold statement in an area of your home. A few popular texture options for diversifying a room are:

  • Wooden edges
  • Brick walls
  • Wallpaper
  • Stone walls
  • Decorative paneling

These paintings can transform an area of your home into an engaging conversation piece.

Adds Dimension to Space

Accent pieces can transform the shape of space inside of your home. Not only do they make areas of your household more inviting, but they can also make a room appear bigger or smaller than it truly is.

Creative Freedom

Regardless of what accent project you do, it can drastically transform your home. These pieces are a way to express your personal style in your own living space.

Trending Colors

Accent pieces are a great excuse to experiment with bold colors. When creating one of these projects, it is wise to use a complementary shade that is bolder or darker than the rest of the room.

Black

This dark color is considered timeless to many people. Black and other dark shades are popular colors for accent pieces, especially for homeowners aiming for a modern aesthetic.

Cool-Toned Greens

Cooler tones of green have become desirable for accent pieces. Green shades, such as sage or olive, go well with neutral colors in living rooms or bedrooms.

Medium Blue

Soothing shades of blue add a calming element to a room, but are still good to use for a pop of color. Blue coordinates well with neutral tones and is easy to implement for accent pieces.

Creating An Accent Painting

Anyone can create an accent painting, but not everyone has the time to do it themselves. Accent projects can be done in smaller increments as a fun DIY project. Alternatively, they can become completed in a single session with professional painters!

Need Help With An Accent Painting? Call Us Today!

Accent paintings require a lot of thought, but the end result makes the process worthwhile! At Texas Professional Painting, our team of San Antonio painters is here to help with any questions you may have. Contact us today to get started on your accent project!

Sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of paint can be an exciting and fulfilling project. With all the different kinds of paint sheens out there, it can be difficult to know which one to buy, especially if you’re standing in a line at the home improvement store needing to make a quick decision.

At Texas Professional Painting, we want to take the stress out of buying paint. We’ve created a guide to help you choose the paint finish to make your home pop. Read below to learn more!

Which Interior Paint Sheen Is Right for Me?

Paint finish is another term for paint sheen. You’ve probably made a trip to the home improvement store to buy paint and been asked the question, ‘What finish do you want?’.

Some stores will give you a quick rundown of what finishes are best for which projects, but it’s better to have this knowledge in your toolbox so you can make an informed decision yourself. Paint finishes come in satin, high gloss, semi-gloss, matte and eggshell and there are some key differences between each.

Sheen, or gloss, is the amount of light reflected off a surface. When paint has more resins, the result will be a shinier or glossier finish.

Below we will highlight finishes from matte (no shine) to gloss (the most shine).

Matte

Matte (sometimes called flat) paint finish has a low gloss percentage, so it doesn’t reflect a lot of light. This means that matte is a good choice if you don’t want imperfections to show through the paint.

Matte has tons of pigment, so the colors will look good anywhere, but it’s best to apply it in rooms that aren’t trafficked as much.

It is the least durable of the paint finish family, so use matte for surfaces in areas like ceilings, living rooms and dining rooms.

Eggshell

If you’re looking for a universal paint finish, eggshell is a great choice. It has a flat look with just a little bit of gloss to it, and it’s great for every interior surface in your home.

Eggshell is a little more durable and reflective than matte, while still keeping its ability to conceal surface flaws.

Another great benefit of eggshell is its stress-free application. Normally when painting interior walls, time is of the essence to avoid lapping. With eggshell finish, you can take breaks and come back to it and the finished product will still look amazing.

Satin

Satin is a very smooth and velvety finish and is a great choice for trim, doors and ceilings. It can also be used for walls in rooms that get a lot of foot traffic.

If you’re looking to paint a kids’ room, satin is the finish for you!

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss is the next stop in the paint finish family and it is (you guessed it) semi-glossy.

This sheen is great for rooms that get a lot of traffic because of its high durability and will be great in rooms that experience a lot of moisture and drips.

High Gloss

High gloss finish is glasslike, shiny and eye-catching, making it a great choice for statement walls as well as trim, molding and cabinets.

This beautiful finish is the most reflective in the paint sheen family, giving surfaces a mirror-like appearance. This beauty comes at a price though, as high-gloss paint is very difficult to apply, and makes surface impurities stick out like a sore thumb.

When using high-gloss on a surface, you’ll want to make sure to sand your wall and use primer before applying the paint.

A tip for applying high-gloss in your home is to use a quarter-inch or high-density paint roller to fully coat smaller spots.

Call Texas Professional Painters Today!

For painting projects that might seem too big to handle on your own, call Texas Professional Painters. We have proudly served San Antonio for years, and we will be happy to make your painting dreams come true.

We provide great prices and friendly service for interior, exterior and restoration painting as well as staining and finishing!

Your home’s deck is built to withstand winter weather, but like most other physical aspects of a home, it requires preventative maintenance and care. Texas Professional Painting understands there’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your deck ready for the winter, so we’ve prepared a guide with the best methods to keep it in shape!

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Deck?

The majority of outdoor decks are made out of treated wood. Since wood is a natural material, you can expect it to wither and break down over time. While all weather will give a deck wear-and-tear, cold weather in particular can be especially damaging. The reason is that moisture from rain, snow, or ice often seeps into cracks within the wood. Cold temperatures then cause the moisture to expand, leading to even more cracks, warping, and sometimes mold, mildew and bugs.

This is why it’s important to prepare your deck for winter, even if you live in an area where winters aren’t particularly harsh. All it takes is a few nights of freezing weather to cause damage that will shorten your deck’s lifespan. Preparing your deck ahead of time will save you time, effort and money in the long run. 

How Do You Protect Your Deck From Weather Damage?

Keep it Clean

The easiest way to prepare your deck for winter is by simply taking the time to clear out any clutter or debris from the top of your deck such as trash, dirt, leaves and planters. Not only will this help improve the overall appearance of your deck, but it also prevents any unnecessary growths like mold and mildew.

If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend cleaning your deck with soap and water. Using a cleaner specifically made for the material your deck is made of is the best way to prevent any damage to previous coatings. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away at any stubborn stains or a pressure-washer to save time.

Use a Tarp 

Another simple strategy to protect your deck from direct moisture damage is to cover it with a non-porous, thick tarp. This will reduce the chance of any rain, ice, or snow from seeping into the wood. You can use a tarp that’s made for pools, as long as it covers the entirety of your deck and can be secured in place. Use nails or screws to prevent the tarp from moving during windy weather. 

Staining & Protective Coating

While the above methods are helpful, the most effective method to protecting your deck is having a local San Antonio painting company like Texas Professional Painting apply a high-quality deck stain.

Sealing your deck with a water-resistant stain/coating is key to surviving the cold. It serves as a protective sealant that fills any cracks and prevents moisture damage such as cracking, warping, and mold. Not only that, but it also increases the lifespan of your deck, prevents rotting, reduces UV damage and improves the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat.

Note: if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, be aware that low temperatures can lengthen the process as the staining can take longer to dry. Plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck.

Contact Professional Painters

Has your deck aged or been damaged by cold temperatures? Texas Professional Painting can help you restore it back to life! Our deck staining services will help improve the appearance of your deck as well as extend its life expectancy by protecting it from harsh weather. We also offer a variety of deck stain colors, so you can rest assured your deck stain will be the perfect match for your home’s exterior! Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss our deck staining options before the winter arrives!

Deciding to re-paint any part of your home is a big step, but where do you start? One of the first steps is to pick the right paint sheen. Before you dive into the different types of paint sheens, keep in mind that a paint sheen is simply the various levels of gloss that a paint can contain when placed in light.

Here are a few of the more common sheens on the market:

Gloss

If you have young children or even fur babies, a high gloss paint will be your best friend. These types of paint are more durable and easier to clean, which is a good choice for cabinets, trim and doors.

Semigloss

If you do not want to commit to the utmost shine, semigloss is a perfect match for you. Even though paints with a higher paint sheen require more prep work, these paints can be easily cleaned due to their popularity in easy-to-reach areas.

Satin

It makes sense to want the most durable paint on your interior walls, but a satin finish may be the better choice when considering re-painting high traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. This paint sheen is the easiest to clean out of the lower-sheen options, and it resists mildew and fading, which makes high-moisture areas the best fit for this paint sheen.

Eggshell

Eggshell is one of the most popular paint sheens and provides a soft, smooth finish. It is ideal for areas in a home with medium-to-low traffic, such as hallways, doorways and living rooms. It is also great for textured surfaces, such as exposed brick, because it hides the imperfections instead of highlighting them.

Flat/Matte

A flat/matte paint sheen provides a smooth, non-reflective appearance that hides any imperfections like nail holes or patches. This paint sheen is ideal for new construction projects using drywall, especially on the ceiling. Even though this paint is used in low-traffic areas, it is easy to clean up with a damp sponge – but it will not last when using a chemical cleaner.

Call Professional Painters

There are various paint sheens to consider to get that perfect finish for every inch of your home. The creative process can be the most difficult part, so why not get some help with the hard labor? Texas Professional Painting can help get the job done, so contact us to schedule an appointment.

What Time of Year is Best for Exterior Home Painting?

You might be looking at the exterior of your house and thinking it is time for a fresh coat of paint. However, it might not be the best time of year to get the exterior paint redone. The biggest element that can affect the process of painting is the weather. But what weather conditions are best for painting? Keep reading to find out.

The Best Season for Painting 

You could define the best time to paint the exterior by season and summer is typically named the best one to paint in. However, summer can present different conditions in various regions. Due to this, it is important to pay attention to the weather conditions associated with a typical summer such as warm and dry temperatures.

One of the most important things for exterior painting is to have a dry and warm climate to allow the paint to have enough drying time. When it comes to summer, your region could be prone to hurricanes or other tropical weather so you should aim to get the paint job done earlier in the season when it has the potential to be dryer. 

While the warm weather in the summer can help with speeding up drying time, extreme heat can have a negative effect. When temperatures get high or the sun is shining directly on the house it could prematurely cure the paint or in other words making it dry too quickly after applied. 

Painting in Other Seasons and Weather

If you’re still wanting to get your house painted during another time of year, it is possible but if it falls during a time when the weather conditions are optimal. You should try and find a time when the temperature remains somewhat consistent throughout the day. For example, if the day and night temperatures vary drastically it would not be a good time to paint. 

Another important element to keep in mind is the moisture or wet conditions. You don’t want your home to get painted following rain or high humidity due to there still being moisture remaining on the home’s surface. 

When it comes to humidity it is unlikely you will find a time where it is non-existent. Instead, pay attention to the level of humidity in the air. Around 40 to 50 percent humidity is typically the ideal condition, but if it is up to 70 percent the drying and curing time of the exterior can be slowed dramatically. 

With these tips and keeping an eye on the weather forecast, you should be able to plan for sprucing up your home’s exterior paint. If you are unsure a painting professional will be able to advise you on when to start the project. 

For expert advice and to schedule your exterior painting, contact the experienced team of painters at Texas Professional Painting

Accent walls are more than a trend when it comes to decorating your home. An accent wall can include a different color, shade, design or material than the other walls in the room. With thousands of options to choose from, you can add a personal touch into any room in your home.

Picking the Wall

Before looking through the many options to choose from, it is very important to choose the right wall in your room. If your room does not have an architectural feature like a slanted wall or one that is different already, you could benefit from an accent wall. Choosing the right wall in your room should be your first decision.

Color Choice

Accent walls are meant to stand out and embellish your room. Do not let a bold color intimidate you – it could be the perfect touch to the area. As long as the bold color goes well with the room, you can choose whatever you want. The paint color that you choose can be powerful and create the mood of the room.

Specialty Paints

Keep in mind that there are many specialty paints to choose from, such as chalkboard or metallic paint. With this many options, you can easily bring your ideas to life. A fun touch is using chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard wall. This idea is perfect for a kids playroom or even a kitchen wall. Magnetic paint is a fun idea to add along with the chalkboard wall. The ideas are endless when it comes to specialty paints.

Patterns

A patterned accent wall is not limited to only paint. There are many textile options to create a pattern onto your wall, such as wooden wall paneling, stickers, shelving, tiles, etc. Patterns create a fun, personal touch, so think outside of the box! A pattern works well with a simple or busy room. Don’t shy away from a pattern!

Texture

Creating a textured accent wall will catch everyone’s eye. A wood edge or stone wall is a great idea to bring texture into your room. Adding a brick accent wall is a very popular option, as well. You can go many different ways with texture and create exactly what you want. Your home painting ideas are endless.

If you are looking to add a bold pop of color or wanting to add a dramatic textured, patterned wall, the professional painters at Texas Professional Painting can help you achieve your accent wall goals. We will work with you from concept to completion. Contact us today to get started!

There are so many home painting trends to choose from these days, what matters most is picking the right one for you. Luckily, we are here to give you some great home painting ideas. Whether you’re looking for a home exterior painter or interior painter, Texas Professional Painting is one of the best San Antonio house painters you can find!

Let’s get into some of the most current trends we’re seeing.

Bathroom

Long gone are the days of boring color palettes in your bathroom. These days it’s all about bringing in bold colors to liven up the space. Examples of these colors would be shades of blue, green and gray, which will bring new life to your bathroom. With that in mind, bold isn’t for everyone – so it’s nice to have alternatives.

More neutral colors like creams, whites and pastel colors make for a quiet, yet tasteful, statement in any home.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the house, so you want the place where you spend the most time to look great, as well. What better way to do that then to paint it with colors that welcome anyone? Reds, whites, grays and yellows are all popular choices and will liven up your kitchen in any number of ways. What matters most is choosing a color that will make your kitchen the star of the show.

Bedroom

The bedroom is where you go to relax after a hard day’s work, and you want the walls in your room to encourage that feeling of relaxation. The best way to do this is with colors like soothing blues, soft greens and calming yellows. You want your bedroom to be cozy. These colors will bring that feeling to any room – and make for a great place of rest.

Baby’s Room

Choosing a color for the room of a new family member is always a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be. You want your baby to feel comfortable and at home with soft colors that don’t overstimulate. Whites, greens and purples in soft shades will ensure that your baby feels right at home while still bringing an element of charm to the room.

Home Siding

The color of your home siding is how you stand out from the crowd amongst your neighbors, but you don’t want to be too bold. We suggest soft grays, blues and greens to accentuate the features and lines of your house without drawing too much attention to yourselves. Combine this with white accents to make your home elegant and stylish.

With so many trends and different San Antonio house painting companies to choose from, we know there are many hard choices to make. Just know that we’re here to help you make all the right decisions for your home. Contact Texas Professional Painting today!

Painting the interior of your home is a very common, and sometimes simple, renovation. But it’s not as straightforward as many assume. Most homeowners, when painting inside, don’t know what paint to choose. If you pick the wrong type of paint, there could be a twice-as-expensive do-over in your future.

For various areas of the home, it is recommended to use a certain paint finish. This is usually based on how frequent people could be rubbing against the wall, if it’s just an extra bedroom or if it’s your main living room area.

Here is a guide to choosing the best paint finish for your desired area.

Flat

A flat finish works best in low-traffic areas, such as dining rooms and ceilings. This finish will give off the least amount of shine and durability. Flat paint will be damaged when using any type of cleaner, so it is smart to use this finish when painting areas that will be rarely touched. Flat coats provide the most coverage and require fewer coats when covering any imperfections.

Eggshell

Eggshell works best in foyers, living rooms and on trim. It is very similar to flat paint in the way that it can hide imperfections easily. However, eggshell is more durable. Eggshell gives off a flat finish with a delicate, low sheen.

Satin

A stain finish is the type of finish you most commonly see inside a home. It works best in hallways, children’s rooms and laundry rooms – due to its high durability. Satin finishes give off a velvety sheen, meaning it is much easier to clean than a flat or eggshell paint finish. One downside of using a satin finish is it shows brush strokes easily, meaning it will be tricky to do any touch-ups down the line.

Semi-gloss

Semi-gloss works best in kitchens, bathrooms and any areas that get a lot of wear and tear or moisture. It is extremely durable and cleans easily, and it gives off a shiny and reflective sheen. The downside of this finish is it shows imperfections more than a flat finish would.

High-gloss

High-gloss works best when painting any trim, cabinets or doors. It is the shiniest finish of them all – and is also the most durable. This paint finish is best for areas that will need a good scrubbing from time-to-time. High-gloss can also be used on the exterior of your home when painting your front door or shutters. The downside? If applied incorrectly, any painting imperfections will easily be seen.

Call the Pros!

Don’t think you want to tackle painting a room yourself? Contact Texas Professional Painting today, and schedule us to have your home interior revamped.

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