Choose the Right Paint Finish For Your Room

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.

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.

Entryway

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.

Shutters

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.

Garage Door

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.

Resale Value

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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Ready to change the exterior look of your home? Contact us at Texas Professional Painting today for a free estimate!

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!

Where Do I Start?

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.

What’s Next?

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.

Final Steps

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.

Don’t think you can pull this off on your own? Contact Texas Professional Painting today so we can take care of it for you!

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.

Ceilings

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.

Wood

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.

Interior Walls

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.

Metals

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.

 

1) The paint is flaking or peeling

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.

 

2) Paint colors don’t seem as bright

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.

 

3) It’s been awhile

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!

 

There are a ton of variables that go into determining how to achieve the perfect finish – things like the existing paint color, the new paint color, the type of paint and much more. Although there might not be one answer to how many coats of pain you need on your wall, we want to provide a formula to help determine how many coats are likely needed for whatever your interior painting scenario may be.

 

Primer

Primer is a painter’s best friend. By applying primer to your walls before the new color, you are essentially turning your wall into a blank canvas. I know some of you may be thinking, “but that’s just extra coats I have to paint.” Yes and no. While primer may be an extra coat or two, it is preventing you from having to paint coat after coat of your color – and primer helps avoid walls with streaks. So how many coats of primer do you use? Here is your answer:

  • One coat if:
    • The primer you’re using is tinted
    •  You are painting over a white or very light pre-existing color
  • Two Coats if:
    • Pre-existing paint color is darker than the new paint color
    • Wall you’re painting is unfinished wood
    • Wall you’re painting on is unfinished drywall or plaster
  • No Primer if:
    • Paint is 2-in-1 or self-priming

As you can see, the workload involved in your next painting project depends on the pre-existing paint color, the wall texture and even the paint itself. Once you are all primed up, it should typically take one coat of the new paint color to achieve the flawless finish you are looking for, as long as you are using quality paint.

 

For more information about achieving an even finish for your next painting project, call Texas Professional Painters!

 

 

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