Friday, 15 April 2016

Follow these tips and repaint your walls as a pro

Painting the walls at home involves a lot of clutter, dirt and patience. However, if you apply some simple tricks, you will forget your concerns and you will repaint your home as a true professional. Painting the walls at home is part of the mandatory repairs, that you should undertake at least once in 2-3 years. It’s recommended to start this process during the warmer months when windows and balconies are open almost all the time and premises are quickly ventilated.
Moreover - warm air will accelerate the drying of the painted areas and strong odour will not make you dizzy. Check out these tips before starting your painting project:
  • Naturally, the most important element in repainting the house are the materials, that you will use and the colour you have chosen for the walls. You may leave the imagination to guide you, when it comes to selection of colours. You can find more details about the symbolism of the colours according to Feng Shui. The main thing to remember is that before applying any shade on your walls, the surface must be perfectly smooth. You have to remove all paintings and decorations and you should perform plastering if necessary. This is not a task for amateurs, so you’d better rely on professional renovation company. You can ask your friends who have already used the services of such a contractor. They will give you a good piece of advice. Moreover - you may also browse the web and find a reliable renovation company. This will save you disappointment if your painting procedure fails down. Plus, all the tools and supplies will be ensured by the contractor. 
  • Nowadays, the market is flooded with all sorts of materials for painting procedures. Usually paints on latex basis are the most preferred ones. The latex is easy to apply, it dries quickly, it may be washed with water and it offers a wide range of colours. For bathroom and kitchen areas, experts recommend "breathable" latex, because these premises collect too much moisture. However, keep latex far from your upholstery, because if you make some stains, you will have to invest in professional upholstery cleaning service
  • Once you have selected the color, it is time to proceed to the actual painting of the walls in your home. The preliminary preparation of the premises is most important to save all the future hassle. Furniture and decorative items must be removed from the rooms. Those pieces of furniture, which can not be moved, should be covered with canvas or paper. The same refers to carpets. If you make some stains of paint, carpet cleaning will be a nightmare later. So, it’s much better to take preventive measures, rather than wondering how to eliminate stain from various fabrics. Remove any additional coatings, contacts, cornices, paintings and lamps. To avoid confusion when refitting them, put them in envelopes and label them. Cover the floor with old sheets or newspapers.
  • Pick the right tools. You have to be aware, that not all paint brushes are the same and not all will work for you. Since you will be working in areas of varying size and surface, you must have several different models of brushes and rollers. For more rough and porous walls, use a roller with a thick tip. For smooth and treated walls, choose teddy bear with a narrow tip. For windows and specific parts of the room, you will need a small paintbrush with trimmed angle hair (it will paint hard to reach areas). Purchase also a special pan for paint! It will save you the drops on the floor.
  • Create your workstation. To avoid steps of paint on the floor, put all the boxes with paint and supplies in one corner of the room on a cover (cardboard, paper sheet). Remember to close the box with latex, so the paint will not thicken from the air and the brush will remain soft. An important addition to materials for painting is vanilla essence. A few drops in the paint will neutralize the strong smell and you will create a pleasant, working atmosphere.
  • Clean after yourself. Keep handy wipes or cloth with which to wipe splashes and traces of paint. Slippery surfaces are easy to clean and if the droplets dry before you have cleaned them, a razor knife or spatula will be necessary. 
  • What to do with the wet brushes and the rest of the paint? Instead of washing your brushes every time you rest or pause, wrap them with a plastic paper or put them in a plastic bag on the balcony. You can even store them in the freezer. So you can use them the next day.

Once you have finished with painting the walls in your home, do not throw away the leftover latex paint. Within a few weeks you may notice a missed spot and you may fix the problem. Keep paint in plastic containers or in sealed glass jars in a cool place!

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