If your home has popcorn texture on the ceilings, there is a good chance you’ll want to get rid of it. The process is messy, but not very difficult. Many homeowners in our part of New York and Connecticut are seeking to get rid of their popcorn ceilings for a number of reasons.
Why Remove Popcorn Ceiling Texture?
- It is out of date! Popcorn ceilings were popular for a number of decades, but the smooth look is now in style, and it looks like it will stay that way.
- It’s hard to clean. How many times have you gone to swipe away a cobweb and it just got stuck in the ceiling texture?
- It can’t be painted other colors. The current trend is to paint your ceiling in a way that coordinates with the rest of the room. But a popcorn ceiling is not an appropriate surface for that.
Why Keep a Popcorn Ceiling?
- If your ceiling is very uneven, it is probably not a good candidate for painting anyways. Also, the texture may be a good way of hiding some blemishes.
- Your ceiling texture could contain asbestos or lead paint. The process of removing the texture would be hazardous to an unprepared homeowner.
- If you are waiting for this look to be in style again, go ahead and keep it! It may be a long shot, but you never know!
How to Remove Popcorn Ceiling Texture
Use lots of tape and plastic to protect your walls, furniture, floors and fixtures. Use a spray bottle to thoroughly soak the texture, and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use a wide-bladed putty knife to scrape the texture off the ceiling. Work in small patches of three or four feet square, then move on to another spot.
Once the texture is off, you will probably need to do some spackling to patch up gouges or nail holes. Make sure to get the surface smooth again, and let it all dry thoroughly before you paint.
If your home was built before the mid 1980′s, consider hiring a professional painting contractor to do the work, since they will be prepared to deal with any lead or asbestos issues.
Professional Popcorn Ceiling Removal in Connecticut and New York
A.G. Williams Painting is a reputable contractor that has been working on homes and businesses for over 100 years. We are certified for lead-based paint removal, and we are skilled in all areas of residential painting. For truly professional results (and to save yourself a lot of work, mess and time), give us a call and schedule a free estimate.
With the holidays approaching and a myriad of opportunities for hosting family gatherings and other celebrations, it often causes us to look again at the spaces in our homes to see if we are ready. Of course, one of the central features of any gathering like this is the food, making the dining room a key location. So what colors are best for painting a dining room?
Everyone is different, and each house has all kinds of factors that influence the color decisions. Nevertheless, there are certain principles that are applicable to everyone.
Tips for choosing a dining room color
- In recent years, a rich, dark red has become one of the most popular and stylish colors for dining rooms.
- Other colors that promote good eating are those that are subconsciously associated with foods: lighter browns, tasteful greens and red-toned neutrals.
- Blue is said to decrease appetite and is therefore not typically seen as a good dining room color, unless the whole family is on a diet!
- Select wall colors that complement your other décor. Most importantly, this would include area rugs, dining furniture, decorations or curtains that you don’t plan to change.
- If you have a lot of rich color in the items just mentioned, you may want to stay with white or a subtle neutral color for your walls.
- For an extra touch of class, consider painting your ceiling a lighter shade of your wall color. This only works if you have a flat, smooth ceiling, and it also looks best if you have crown molding.
- If your dining room is open to, or visible from, other parts of the home, make sure your color choice blends well with those other parts of the home.
When you are painting a formal dining room, you want to make sure you work with a painting contractor who really knows how to do an excellent job. The last thing you need is wavy lines, accidental drips or thin spots in the color.
A.G. Williams is a reliable painting contractor with more than 100 years of experience in residential painting. We serve New York and Connecticut residents, offering superior quality painting at an affordable price. We also offer color consultation services and other redecorating and remodeling services. Call us for a free estimate!
Many homeowners wonder if they can paint ceramic tile in order to save time and money over replacing it. It is possible to paint ceramic tile. However, if the surface is not correctly prepared and the proper painting products used, the results can often be poor.
How to Paint Ceramic Tiles
The basic process involved in painting ceramic tiles is to first repair (if necessary) and clean the surface. Next, the glossy coating on the tiles will be sanded to prepare them for application of a high adhesion primer. Then several coats of oil based paint are applied on the primer. The surface is finished with a clear urethane coating.
When Not to Paint Ceramic Tiles
Tiles that are frequently exposed to moisture, such as sink-area counter tops or above a bathtub, should not be painted. The frequent water exposure may damage the paint. Painting ceramic tiles is also not recommended on the floors of high traffic areas. However, on kitchen backsplashes, walls, and other surfaces, painting old tiles can be a cost-effective way to update part of your home.
Professional Painting Contractor
If you are interested in doing a renovation project in your home, and want to ensure that it is done with excellence, call A.G. Williams. We are dedicated to doing lasting, high-quality work, to give you the results that you want in your home. A. G. Williams is a full service painting contractor serving Westchester, Fairfield, Rockland, and PutnamCounties. We would be glad to give you an estimate and to work with you to make your home more beautiful. If you are interested in remodeling your bathroom, we can even serve as your general contractor!