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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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Painting the exterior of your home is a great way to change your curb appeal, but it is a very tedious, difficult task to attempt on your own. Unless you have the skills, tools and time to complete the job, we recommend leaving it to the professionals at Texas Professional Painting.
Either way, here are a few things to keep in mind when thinking about color choice on your home’s exterior – particularly where to add some splashes of accent color.
First and foremost, add color to your entryway. This is what visitors will see when they first walk up to your home. It is visible from the street and seen when people drive by. For a noticeable look, paint the front door a contrasting color to the rest of your house. This will allow for the door to stand out and add more color.
Keep in mind, most neighborhoods with an HOA will not allow bright colors on the exterior of the house. Check with your HOA first before painting any street visible areas.
Accent painting is also commonly done on outdoor shutters. They can be the same color as your contrasting door – but don’t have to be. Just make sure the color you choose to paint the shutters is similar to the color of your siding. Painting the shutters a darker color will also help with not showing smudges or fingerprints left behind.
If you’re not sure what colors you want to use, drive around your neighborhood and look for other houses with similar siding. This will be a good way to see what you like before actually painting.
Painting your garage door is also a popular way to give the exterior of your home some pizazz. The most common garage door color is white. It is simple and will match any color house. A white garage door will also add curb appeal to any home.
If you’re looking for something trendier, go for a soft gray. It’s neutral, chic and classy. It will allow for your garage doors to blend with the overall look – as opposed to being the focal point.
Accent painting can be a huge positive when it comes to resale, as long as your color choice isn’t too bright. Bright colors are a personal choice and can make it very difficult to resell. Homebuyers tend to be more attracted to a house painted white with accent colors.
They are the most attention-grabbing and look very sleek. When seeing a white home, it gives buyers an open mind as to what they can do with the house.
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We know first-hand how difficult it can be to mask that wood paneling from the 1970s and 80s. The good news is wood paneling can be painted over – as opposed to going through the trouble of having to replace it. Changing the color of the wood panels will help achieve a more updated look that you will love.
This is a simple task, but it will, unfortunately, take some time to achieve. Fortunately, the pros at Texas Professional Painting are here to walk you through it – step by step!
First things first, make sure the paneling that you will be painting is free of any dust, dirt or oil. We would suggest using a mild cleaner and water. Use a rag to gently rub the mixture over all of the panels. Having a clean surface to paint over will make a huge difference in the overall look.
Once your walls are dry, start to lightly sand it down, and wipe away any dust left behind. This will take away any gloss or shine. Sanding down the walls is not required unless you have a super mirror finish, which most walls do not. You’ll typically find sanding down the paneling is worth it, though.
Just like painting any other wall, you need to mask off the ceiling, trim and baseboards so they will be protected from any paint. Now it’s time to start painting. You’ll want to do two thin layers of primer. This will help to take out any imperfections and will allow for a good base for the colored paint. Definitely look for ones that say “stain-blocking.” This will help hide any knots that show throughout the wood paneling.
Now apply at least two thin coats of paint. A satin finish will be best for durability. Use a 2-inch angle brush to cut in at the corners. This will be good to get in all the grooves of the wood. For the bigger areas, switch to a paint roller – preferably a foam sponge roller cover. This will help avoid a weird texture on the panels. Lightly sand in between the two coats, and wipe out any excess buildup of paint on the grooves. You don’t want it to get clumpy.
Voila! Gone are the wood panels you were sick of seeing, hidden with some fresh paint.
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There are, however, some simple features you can add to your walls to increase the value of your home and make it pop.
Crown molding is made out of a decorative molding and installed at the top of an interior wall. It makes the wall have more dimension and appear more high-end. Crown molding can also go on the tops of doors and will slightly protrude out.
Adding trim to doorways or hallways will help make the area appear more upgraded. A simple, white trim around the walkway will upscale any area.
This may sound like it’s going to be difficult to achieve yourself and that a professional would need to be hired – but it’s not! It is a simple D-I-Y project that anyone can handle. You can find several tutorials on YouTube or the web.
There are multiple types of finishes for paint on walls. Different finishes are used in different areas of the home. For instance, gloss finish will hold up better on walls that are frequently touched or that you go near often.
This type of paint finish will last longer than others, such as eggshell. One downside of a gloss finish is that it doesn’t hide imperfections well. The good news is it is very simple to touch up.
Textured walls and ceilings are also a great way to make an area more up to date. Ceilings can be textured easily with the use of a paint roller, although it can be very messy.
Wainscoting is a popular decorative wall trim used to add texture to an ordinary wall and to make it appear more appealing to the eye. The height can vary depending on the look you are going for.
By adding these simple options to your doorways and walls, your area will start to feel more like a home. If you need help with a paint job in your home, give Texas Professional Painting a call!
Always make sure you cover your floors before painting. However, there may be a gap or two, exposing your wooden floor to paint splatter. To remove this paint, the most popular method is to use a heating gun.
Apply the heat and slowly scrape away the paint with a putty knife. Be careful to not keep the heat on for too long – because it can ruin the floor’s finish. If you don’t have a heating gun, the next best thing is a hairdryer!
When you’re painting close to your window, it’s common for some paint to get on the glass. First, mix hot water and soap until the water has suds. Next, you’ll want to use a rag to wet the window, and then get a razor for removal.
The main concern you may have is to not scratch the glass. In order for the glass to not scratch, you’ll constantly need to keep the glass wet. Angle the razor at 45 degrees, and slowly start to remove the paint. Keep repeating until the paint is gone.
Whenever you are painting, you’ll always want to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. For the occasions when you spill some paint on a nice shirt, we have the solution for you.
First, you’ll want to scratch off any thick coats of paint with a spoon or putty knife in order to not make a hole in your clothing. Turn your clothes inside out, and blot the spots with hot water and detergent. Apply stain remover, and then you can choose to soak it overnight in water before putting it through the washer.
If it’s still there after cleaning, you can either try applying more stain remover, take it to the cleaner, or make it your new designated painting outfit!
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Light and medium green paint is a great color for providing a calming and healthy environment. Green is a natural color that is most found in nature and offers a relaxing feel within your room – like sitting outside. The color is also associated with healing, which can reduce anxiety for the child and the parent. It also allows for better concentration, which can help your child when growing up and learning new skills.
Unlike green, purple is a rare color to find in nature. Purple is associated with royalty and has a luxurious feel. It is the mix of two great colors that are perfect for a baby’s room. Blue is a soothing color, and red is associated with love. Like most rooms for babies, it is best to go with a lighter shade. The darker you go, the more it may look too mature or somber.
White is connected to peace and innocence, but an all-white room can quickly look like a hospital room. While white might seem like a boring choice, it is how you use accents of colors along with it that will be key. Play with ivory or creamy whites and have earthy hues in your furniture and decor. Be wary though, babies and white could be a set up for some staining.
Brown creates a grounded and cozy environment because of its natural earth tones. The hue is also easier for babies to look at since they are constantly being over stimulated by their environment outside of the nursery. You’ll want to associate their room as a place to wind down and sleep. You might be hesitant to use brown because it can remind you of, well, poop. To avoid this, don’t pick medium shades of brown. It is best to either pick a dark shade like chocolate or a very light tan.
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Not all stains are bad – especially in the world of painting! Using a stain can make a big difference on a deck or cabinet, for instance. The challenge is in picking the color and type, so we’re here to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking the right stain for you.
Color and wood type
The color of stain heavily relies on your specific type of wood. The saturation of the wood is quite different across the spectrum. Some woods already have a naturally dark hue, so picking a lighter stain wouldn’t make much of a difference. Surprisingly, not all wood needs staining. Rare woods are not advised to be stained because of their natural color. For example, mahogany is known for its dark color and high levels of natural oils.
Think about the light
Contrary to the name, staining doesn’t last. The sun can fade or can even darken stains. Your deck will be subject to a lot of light, so you may want to pick a stain that is a few coats lighter than your preferred color. Even the cabinets in your kitchen will catch light piercing through the windows.
All about the stains
Not all stains work the same. They react differently depending on the wood you are using. Varnish stains are a non-pigmented, inexpensive paint that is normally used on the more hidden spots of wood because it can look cheap. Be careful. It takes a long time to dry, so dust may collect on it before fully drying. NGR stains are best for hardwoods, which are often used for decks and fencing. Polar and pine wood is lighter and would best be used with pigmented oil stains. This type of stain doesn’t work well with hard woods. If you are looking for an eco-friendly finish, it would be best to go with a water base. This replaces a normal thinner with water.
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With all of the different kinds of paint and surface textures out there, it can be a bit confusing to figure out the right fit for your latest paint job. Here’s a guide to help you figure out what type of paint to use on different interior surfaces.
Using a paint that is specifically formulated for ceilings is the best choice for this surface. The matte finish that hides irregularities is key to making your ceiling look its best when going in with a new coat. Always use a specially formulated paint that is made for ceilings for the best results.
An oil-based or latex paint is the way to go when working with wood. Always remember to prime and sand raw woodwork for the best longevity results. A semi-gloss finish is preferred to be able to clean the surface easily after painting. If the wood won’t be experiencing much wearing away, a satin or matte finish are also safe selections.
Because it’s so user-friendly, latex paint is the best possible choice for the interior walls of your home. Latex is the ideal option to be coated over primed cement, woodwork or drywall.
Use either a latex or oil-based paint when working with metal surfaces like steel or iron. Always remember to properly prime your metals, but you can apply latex directly on some metals with a protective zinc covering and aluminum. Remember that any of these metals must be primed if you’re working with an oil-based paint.
It’s important to remember the mechanics of painting with different types of interior surfaces for the best results. If you’re looking to update a paint job on the inside or outside of your home, allow Texas Professional Painting to do the heavy lifting for the best possible job done.
Interior, exterior and general house painting can seem like a daunting task, especially when you don’t know how often to do it. Below are three common signs your house is in need of a paint job.
Exterior painting done well will resist the elements of nature, but it still won’t last forever. Paint that is flaking or peeling can be a sign of dry rot or mold. A new coat of paint can prevent any further issues. Interior painting of a home should be done carefully, as paint flaking is common when it does not adhere properly to the previous surface.
As the sun beats down on your home, UV rays cause the pigment in paint to breakdown. The exterior paint will begin to look less bright, especially if it is a rich color like yellow, red or blue. More neutral colors like satin, cream or gray absorb less UV rays, extending the life of the paint job. Same goes for the interior of your home. If you leave the curtains open often, you may notice a distinct difference in the color of your walls that are covered by something, such as a photo.
Paint doesn’t last forever. Just because you don’t see any signs of paint being worn doesn’t mean it isn’t time to spruce up your house. Keeping up your house before problems occur can save you time and money in the long run. Timeframes differ for exterior painting, depending on the type of paint used. Interior painting mainly depends on how well it was adhered to the previous surface.
House painting may not always seem like a priority, but knowing the signs of when it’s time to give it a fresh coat can save you time, money and hassle for years to come. If your home is in need of a new paint job, let the experts at Texas Professional Painting handle it for you!