Have you ever painted a room in your home, stepped back, and then wondered what exactly went wrong? It all felt so right and your confidence soared as you edged, rolled, and brushed the paint on, but afterwards it looked a little, well, lacking? Professional painters make it seem easy with clean lines, smooth walls, and spotless finishes. How do they do it? Below you’ll find a few of those secrets that will get your interior painting project off to a great start.
1. Patch Your Walls Before Painting
Unfortunately, as much as we all wish it worked this way, paint is not a magic elixir that covers every blemish in your walls. Dings and dents will still be there even after your bright new paint has been applied, along with issues like the holes left behind after moving a picture from one wall to another. Ask any professional painter and they will tell you that patching your walls is a hugely important step in the paint preparation process. This can be done simply with spackle and a small putty knife. Using the edge of the putty knife, fill the holes with spackle and then spread the surplus smoothly over the area.
2. A Little Sanding Goes a Long Way
As the next step in preparing for paint, carefully sand your walls from bottom to top with a very fine grit sand paper. This removes the little rough spots and burrs that develop over time, as well as flattens the ripples created by spackling the holes we talked about before. Sanding also helps provide a surface that your fresh paint will be able to grip onto easily.
3. There Is No Shame in Using Painter’s Tape
For some reason too many people see using painting tape as a sign of weakness. It is true that a lot of professional painters can create a smooth, straight line or cut in over a baseboard without using tape, but that comes from years of practice. Chances are, you might need to do some fancy paint work and you don’t have time to practice for years. Invest in a roll (or two) of blue painter’s tape. Just take the time to make sure you line it up well and push it very firmly into place so that there are no tiny gaps where paint can leak through.
4. Paint One Wall at a Time
Psychologically it can feel like you’re moving faster than you actually are when you cut in around the edges of an entire room before beginning to roll the paint onto the wall. In reality, for a smoother finish that blends well, it is better to paint one wall in its entirety at a time.
5. Tinted Primer Will Give You a Head Start
It used to be that your option for primer consisted of white, white, or white. Now, however, you can order a primer that is tinted a similar color to the one you will be painting your walls. The beauty of this is that it provides a jump-start to the process, especially when you are painting a darker color that is likely to need more coats for complete coverage.
Do You Need the Help of a Professional Painter?
If you have a painting project that you would like help with, we hope you might consider contacting us at A.G. Williams Painting Company. We offer a large variety of interior and exterior services, and have over a century of experience serving Larchmont, Bedford, Darien, and other communities throughout New York and Connecticut.
Are you someone who likes to keep an eye out for popular trends when it comes to interior painting? Maybe there’s a certain room in your home that you’ve been thinking about changing or updating, but you’ve been waiting for the right idea to come rolling along. Well, one technique for painting a room that often appeals to those looking for a classy, sophisticated feel is that of creating shadow stripes.
What is a Shadow Stripe Exactly?
Great question! In short, they are a vertical pattern of alternating 4-12 inch wide stripes of satin and glossy paint. The paint color itself is the same throughout the room, but allowing the paint to alternate between satin and gloss creates a beautiful, textured look. Depending on where you stand in the room and thus changing your perspective of how the light hits the wall, the pattern can seem to change right in front of you.
You also can have an alternating paint color to create another layer of depth. Whether you chose to use one color or two, it really is a very stunning and interesting technique that gives your walls a life of their own while still being reserved and not at all flashy.
Where Do You Use Shadow Stripes?
The ultimate answer is that you can put shadow stripes wherever you would like. Typically, however, since they are considered to be quite formal and classy, they are often considered an ideal paint technique for dining rooms, powder rooms, or sitting rooms. They also work beautifully in bathrooms or a master bedroom.
Would You Like the Help of a Professional Painter?
If you would like the help of a professional painting service for your project, we hope you might consider contacting us at A.G. Williams Painting Company. We offer a variety of interior and exterior services, and have the expertise that comes from having over 100 years of service and craftsmanship experience in New York and Connecticut. Give us a call today!
For a lot of folks, a paintbrush is one of the last things considered during an interior or exterior painting project. With all the decisions that swirl in and around the process of painting, unfortunately the brush often becomes no more than a last minute purchase at wherever might be most convenient. And, even more unfortunately, after the work is done it might just get a cursory rinse and then is simply wrapped up and left on a dark shelf in the basement for next time. The truth is, however, a quality and well-maintained paintbrush is a key element for a successful painting project. Whether you’re a novice or run a professional painting service, you’ll be glad you took the time to maintain your brush properly!
Why Should I Clean a Paintbrush?
Good question! Paintbrush care may seem like nothing more than a messy and annoying step after you’ve already poured a lot of energy into your work. In reality, though, cleaning your paintbrush is a worthwhile investment into your next project. A brush that is left looking like it has a case of bed-head will leave an uneven application of paint, and potentially leave stray strands behind.
An unwashed brush also can develop chunky spots inside the bristles that create annoying (to say the least!) streaks and marks. These kinds of roadblocks begin to take the fun out of an interior painting project very, very quickly.
So, How Do I Clean a Paintbrush?
After that last beautiful coat has found a home on your walls, here are some pointers for keeping your brush looking and working as it should for the next time you need it:
- First, squeeze and wipe any extra paint on the bristles back into your paint container. It saves paint, and it also cuts down on the time it takes to clean up.
- Using a garden hose (or a sink that can be made messy), start cleaning your paintbrush by running the bristles under the water. Note: rinse from the bottom of the bristles (by the handle) to the top.
- While rinsing, squeeze the bristles and comb through them with your fingers. You can also use a wire brush for this. It will eliminate those hidden chunks we talked about earlier!
- Once the paint is gone, use some liquid dish detergent and massage it through the bristles.
- After this is done, hang your brush upside down and let it thoroughly dry. Then, ideally you would use a storage sleeve to keep the bristles in their proper form.
The method above is suggested assuming you are using a latex-based paint. If you’re washing a brush that was used with oil-based, you will need something a bit stronger, like mineral spirits, turpentine, or paint thinner to clean the brush.
Or, Contact a Professional Painting Service!
If you have an interior or exterior painting project in mind for your home or business, we hope you will consider contacting us at A.G. Williams Painting Company, Inc. We have a rich history of over 100 years of quality service and experience in New York and Connecticut to offer, serving such communities as Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Cos Cob, Bedford, and others. We would love the opportunity to put our services to work for you!