Thursday, February 26, 2015

Painting Tips / Part 3

Painting Tips

This last post is a compilation 
of helpful ideas that I have
found by trial and error 
or from internet research 
that are worth sharing.

Some are super clever ideas -- 
wish I had thought of them!

Keeping track of paint colors you've used

One blogger shares the idea that you
can use a link of popsicle sticks
dipped with the paint color used in each room in your house
with the pertinent information written on the back.

Another blogger
suggests that you write the paint color
information on the back of the light switch
plate cover in each room for safe keeping
and easy access to information.

Such a great idea!

Brushstrokes bothering you?

If so, you need to know about Floetrol.
This is a great product if you want 
to give your latex paint the feel of oil-based paint 
without the clean up hassles. 
It's a paint conditioner -- not a thinner.

It allows the paint a little longer drying time and it
enables the paint to fill in between the grooves left
between the hairs in the brush strokes 
(or the nap of a roller) 
creating a smoother finish. 
I use this product when I paint
furniture in a high gloss paint. Works great.


I often buy a cheap brush to use
so I can throw it away after I am done painting.
I'm usually so exhausted after a paint project
that rather than washing out a good brush,
I just pitch the inexpensive one I grabbed
when I bought the paint.
NOT a good idea.

If you are going to buy a good bucket of paint,
you should invest in a good brush.
Cheap brushes will lose their bristles in your paint job
and there is nothing worse than finding
random hairs in your paint finish.

Spend the money on a good brush --
when taken care of properly they can
last for years.

Did you know that oil-based paints
require natural bristle brushes
while water based paints work better
with acrylic brushes?

Natural bristle brushes
(made of hog or badger hair)
are not made to be used with water-based
paint because the bristles soak up the water
making the brush too limp to spread the paint.

Acrylic or synthetic brushes 
(made of nylon and/or polyester)
are specifically made for water-based paint.
There are synthetic brushes that can be 
used on both oil and water-based paints
but check the label on the brush to be sure.

 Brush Prep Work Tip

Before you start your paint job,
wet your brush before dipping it into the paint.

If using a water based paint, wet the brush with water
before beginning your project.

If using an oil-based paint, wet the brush
with paint thinner. Preparing the brush in this manner
keeps the ferrule from drying the bristles 
and making them brittle.   

Paint brush ferrule

Clean Up

Never soak your brushes in water or paint thinner.
Wash immediately when done using them 
and then wrap in a paper towel to remove excess water. 
Allow to dry by hanging or by laying the brush out flat.
Store flat or with the bristle side up.

Paint Fumes Bothering You?

Did you know you can add 
one teaspoon of vanilla extract 
to a gallon of paint and it will reduce 
and sometimes even eliminate 
the fumes of the paint? 
It's true!
(One more reason to love vanilla.)

Have any paint tricks or tips to share?
Feel free to add them here in a comment.
We would all love to hear about it!

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Feel free to read the first and second parts
to this series of picking paints for your home.

Hope you find it helpful.

~ Alison 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Selecting Paint Colors / Part 2

Paint properties 

So we've talked about
selecting the right color for your room
in your home in PART 1 
of this paint tutorial,
so now it is time to talk about
the actual paint.

You have choices in finishes and types of paint --
oil versus water-based paints
and terms used in describing paint colors.
All relevant things to consider 
when making home decor paint decisions.

Let's talk about the options you have for paint
finishes on your walls and trim.

Your choices are

*  flat 
*  eggshell 
*  semi-gloss
*  gloss

 Flat (or matte) is best used on walls with
a lot of bumps or imperfections. It shows the least
amount of reflection -- so it's a good option on
textured walls. However, it is not easy to clean
and shows smudges and marks so if you are painting
a high-traffic area or a kitchen or bathroom --
this is not your best option. 
I recommend this finish for ceilings.

Eggshell (or satin) is great on walls. It's what I always
recommend for walls because it has a little more
luster than flat but yet it's not shiny,
 it is scrubbable* and it works well 
for high-traffic areas, bathrooms, 
kitchens, and kids' rooms. 

* I don't know about you, but I like to wash down
finger prints and scuff marks. Flat paint does not
allow for this so I always recommend eggshell for walls.)

Semi-gloss is tougher than eggshell
but it is a lot shinier. The gloss shows
imperfections and bumps or cracks.
Though paint companies recommend it
for kids' rooms (because it can take the wiping and
scrubbing)  you need to be a fan
of the shiny wall to be happy with the end result.
However, I LOVE it on trim and woodwork
or on a piece of painted furniture.

Gloss will be your shiniest finish
option for woodwork and trim.
If you have a new home with new wood trim
I would opt for this. If your home is older and
has layers of paint and imperfections,
then go with a semi-gloss which will
make bumps and blemishes less obvious.
Gloss on walls is very glamorous
but your walls better be pretty much flawless
for this application -- hire a professional
to get optimal results. :) 

Oil versus Water-based

Clients often ask me which is better...
oil-based paints or water-based? 
Though paint manufacturers have reformulated
their products so they contain less VOCs 
(volatile organic compounds) which the EPA 
warns may have adverse health effects, 
many choose to use 
water-based paints instead. 
However, certain applications call for one or the other.

Advantages of Water-based Paint
  • quick drying 
  • low VOCs
  • cleans up with water
  • an elastic, flexible finish resistant to cracking
  • stable color over time, without yellowing

Advantages of Oil-based Paints
  •  good "leveling" (brush strokes fill themselves in to create a smooth finish)
  •  hard, durable finish
  • attractive glossy finish
  • great for painted floors

Color Terms

When you talk about paint colors,
you hear words like hues, saturation,
values, and intensity.
It's important to know what these mean
 so you make the best decision
when selecting your color.

A HUE is actually the color.
So yellow is a hue, and blue is a hue.

The VALUE is how light or dark the hue is.

SATURATION refers to how dominant
the hue is -- for instance, as a color goes from
red to pink, the red's hue becomes less
dominant as it fades into the shade of pink.

The bottom color has the most
saturation on this card.

INTENSITY is the brilliance of a color -- 
like blue is more intense than a combined color 
such as a blue-green. A stronger intense color
has a more dominant hue.

This storage cabinet's paint color is INTENSE!

Hope this has cleared up
any questions regarding
colors and paint properties.

Stop back for Part 3
to learn about tips and tricks
when painting.