Home Improvement Painting

Every once in a while, it is important to spruce up your home by applying good coat of paint. If this strikes a chord with you, what you need is a number of strategies on picking colors for your home improvement painting project. A number of design and style factors are necessary in this regard.

Each house and home is unique in a number of senses. What color scheme works for one project may be out of place on another one. This means that the decision has to begin with an evaluation of what hues and shades work best in attaining or enhancing the look and feel that defines your home. While a total overhaul may feel like the best decision, what is often needed is but an enhancement of the features already in place and your home has a decidedly novel look that will leave your guests and neighbors awestruck.

Where you are looking for quality results, be prepared to spend some money and time on the home improvement project. Visiting most upscale paint stores you are likely to get free or cheaply priced color chips. They enable you to go home and paint a small surface and then evaluate the effect from up close. These can prove crucial in having a visual idea of the effect you want to achieve. As your house painters Fishers Indiana we always use quality paint.

Homeowners always, right or wrong, prioritize repainting of walls above all other surfaces in the house. The ceiling in particular is almost never given as much consideration. Although universally white is the preferred choice as it makes the rooms brighter and give an expansive feel, it is not the only option. Going for light blue, azure or aquamarine can be decidedly tasteful and just as effectual from a utilitarian point of view.

Giving your home a new look needs not be a costly or lengthy affair. Sometimes all that is required to give your aging home a new lease of life is a fresh coat of paint and a little sprucing. The guidelines provided here will be important in picking colors for your home improvement painting project.

Additionally, if you find yourself in the paint aisle without a clue on how to make a decision and move forward, it is best to consult the help of a professional. Professional painters and interior designers or decorators are highly skilled in recommending the proper color, finish, and brand suitable for your lifestyle. They often have many years of experience and can save you invaluable time, money, and frustration, by guiding you in the right direction.

For more information on picking the perfect paint color for your residential or commercial property, or to schedule a consultation in the Fishers Indiana area, contact Shephard’s Painting today!

House Painters Fishers Indiana

House Painters Fishers Indiana

The House Painters Fishers Indiana experts at Shephard’s Painting can help you with your FHouse Painters Fishers Indianaisher’s IN house painting and home renovation. Our residential painting and commercial painting services will help Fishers residents address their interior painting and exterior painting needs.

The House Painters Fishers Indiana professionals at Shephard’s offer a number of products and services including:

  • Interior painting
  • Exterior Painting
  • Commercial Painting
  • Decks
  • Fences

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Whether it is interior or exterior painting, our house painting pros will get the job done. As professional house painters for many years, our painting services are guaranteed to be of the highest standard in house painting. If you need house painters fishers indiana, our team of professional painters is the answer to your search.

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How to Paint A Ceiling Like A Pro

Step 1: Purchase the Right Tools

When painting a ceiling, be sure to purchase a paint roller with an extension handle. It’s much easier and less tiring to paint a ceiling while standing on the floor rather than on a ladder.

When painting a textured ceiling, be sure to use a thick-nap roller to ensure that you get full coverage over the bumps and irregularities in the textured surface. For a smooth drywall ceiling, you can use a roller with a smooth or shorter nap.

Painting a ceiling may seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. And often it’s hard to see what you’re doing since you may be putting white paint over existing white paint, but Home-improvement expert James Young shows us some tricks from the pros.

Step 2: Prep the Room

To prep the room, remove all of the furniture if possible before you begin painting. Use drop cloths and/or newspaper to protect the floors and any furniture that you must leave in the room. James recommends canvas drop cloths; although they’re slightly more expensive, they tend to work better and are reusable.

Use quick-release painter’s tape to mask around trim and the area of the wall where it meets the ceiling. In our case, we didn’t need to use tape since we also painted the walls and were painting the ceiling and walls in the same color.

Step 3: Prime the Ceiling

It’s advisable to prime the ceiling before painting, using a primer with stain-blocker. Priming the ceiling or walls before painting should ensure that one coat of paint will be sufficient.

Step 4: Paint a Cut-In Line on the Ceiling

Begin by painting a cut-in line on the ceiling. This is a 2- to 3-inch strip where the ceiling meets the wall. Start in the corner of the shortest length of the ceiling. For this part of the job, you will need a paintbrush and a stepladder.

Step 5: Paint the Ceiling

While the cut-in line is still wet, begin painting the ceiling with the roller. This is done while the the cut-in line is still wet to prevent a visible line.

The proper technique for painting with a roller is as follows:

  • Dip the roller in the deep portion of the paint tray.
  • Roll it back and forth in the shallow end of the tray to squeeze out excess paint and ensure even coverage on the roller.
  • Use the roller to make a zigzag pattern on the ceiling.
  • Go over the zigzag pattern with straight strokes to even out the paint.
  • Once the paint has dried, you may want to go back and apply a second coat, starting with the cut-in line and finishing with the roller.

Tips on Exterior Wood Siding Painting Preparation

Exterior Preparation

Along with using high-quality paint, proper preparation is the most important part of the whole process. Improper preparation will result in the paint cracking and peeling not very long after the job is finished.

The first thing you need to do is to perform a thorough examination around the entire exterior of the house to determine what areas need the most attention. Look particularly for areas that are peeling and chipping. Look also for discolored or rotting areas, which is indicative of damage from water leaks. These areas are also especially prone to contain mildew. It’s important to completely repair any water leaks or other sources of moisture, and also remove all mildew, before you begin priming.

After your examination, a good place to start is to pressure wash the entire exterior. Spend the most time on the areas that are chipping but also go over the rest of the house to remove dirt, cobwebs, and anything else that might be mucking up the surface. A clean surface is absolutely necessary to have before priming or painting.

Next, look for any areas that need to be recaulked. Look for cracks in the corners of the trim and where the trim meets the walls, and around doors and windows. Also look for small holes or cracks on the surfaces of the exterior and use spackle to fill them.

The next thing to do is to scrape any remaining loose paint that didn’t come off with the pressure washing, and then sand down the areas that were scraped in order to get a more even surface. You also need to sand down any areas that you spackled. You must be careful with this part. If your house was built before 1980 there is a chance that the finish contains lead paint. If this is so, you must take extra precautions.

After the sanding, you need to clean the surface of any dust left over from the sanding. No need to pressure wash again, just run a hose over the sanded area or use a duster to clean the surface off. If it is a wood surface you are cleaning, make sure to wait a few days for it to completely dry before priming.

With a clean and caulked exterior, you are now ready for priming. Choose a top quality exterior primer to ensure that the paint finish will last and look beautiful for several years.

Deck Refinishing

It is a common thought that wooden decks add beauty and comfort to a home. However, they do need to be refinished from time to time to maintain that beauty. It is best to maintain your wooden deck every few years (1-3 years). The length of time a wooden deck will stay in good condition depends on one’s choice of deck stain and exposure to various weather conditions. Also, playing a large role in a deck’s longevity is preparation; and by preparation I mean the work involved before applying a finish. This is extremely important in the maintenance of your deck.

Molds, mildews, etc. must be taken care of in order to prevent damage. DO NOT SAND BEFORE THE MOLD IS REMOVED! Sanding while there is mold will only cause the sand to become embedded more intensely within the wood, causing an even larger problem. You can use a deck cleaner (for larger areas) to remove any molds or fungi, and bleach and water for smaller surfaces and spots.

At this point, look at the wood. Take notice of its condition. Is it stable? How does the prior staining look? After some time, stains tend to powderize. This can be removed simply with water. If you chose to power wash your deck, make sure you are experienced with this technique, as it is quite difficult and can cause damage if not properly done. Wood strippers or brighteners can be used in the power washing process.

Sanding is, by far, the most important preparatory step. Power sanders will help considerably in this process, as it requires and extensive amount of work. If the deck is in very poor condition, you may sand before you wash the deck. Washing cleans the wood, opening its pores, allowing for the best absorption of stains. If your deck is actually in fairly good condition, only a light sanding is necessary. This can be done after the washing step is completed.

Deck Sealers

After the surfaces have been cleaned, you may now apply a wooden deck sealer. There are lightly tinted sealers and ones that are solid colors. The more color in the sealer, the longer the life span of the sealer. How long to you want to wood to last and what exactly do you want it to look like? Wood stains may be applied with brushes, rollers, paint pads, or by spraying.

Please note that refinishing your wooden deck is not an extremely quick and easy project, however, the end result is a great reward. In order to prevent excessive refinishing work in the future, figure out a good maintenance schedule for your deck. The more the wood is neglected, the harder the task is to do.

Interior Painting

The first thing to do before starting an interior painting project, or any project for that matter, is proper planning. You need to determine what tools and materials you will need for the job and get an estimate on how much it’s going to cost. You don’t want to run into any unpleasant surprises on the way.

Tools

At the very minimum, you will need drop cloths, good paint brushes, and a complete roller set-up, including a roller pole. You will also probably need a ladder to cut-in high spots, a screwdriver to remove the plates off of light switches and outlets, and lightweight plastic to cover your furniture. If there are any holes to be filled, you will need spackle, a putty knife, sandpaper, and a duster – if there are any cracks, you will need caulk and a caulking gun – if you need to protect the baseboard at any point you will need masking paper, or at the very least, 2″ painter’s tape.

Materials

The next thing you need to do is to determine what materials you need. Do you need a primer? If so, what kind? What kind of paint do you need? What colors do you need? Once you know what kind of paint and primer you are going to use, you need to determine how much of it you need. To find this number, you can estimate about one gallon per coat for every 250 square feet of surface you need to cover. When you are buying the materials, double check this formula on the can of each type of paint or primer you get. To find the square feet of a surface, measure the length of it in feet and multiply that number by the width of it in feet. You can also measure and multiply in inches, and then divide by 12. Whatever amount you come up with, add about a quart on to that, so that you will have a little bit of paint left over if you ever want to do touch-up work later.

Preparation

The next step is to prepare the room and the surfaces to be painted. This includes moving and/or covering furniture, laying drop cloths, removing electrical plates, spackling and caulking, scraping, sanding, dusting, and priming. You apply primer to a surface the same way you paint it, so you can refer to the following section for help with the priming as well.

Painting

If you are painting the trim, baseboards, and casings, the next step after the primer dries is to paint these. If you were using the same paint for everything, it wouldn’t matter much what you painted first, but since you are most likely using a different paint for the trimwork, it’s a good idea to paint them first. That way, you don’t have to be careful along the edges and it makes it a lot easier.

The next step is to use the wall paint to cut in the corners, the edge of the trim and baseboards, around the casing of the doors and windows, and anywhere else you can’t use a roller for. In this step, you will not only be covering the trim paint that you got on the walls, but also making a neat straight line along all the edges – something a roller can’t do.

Now that the preparation and cutting in is done, painting the rest of the room will seem like a breeze. The first thing to do is to get your roller set up and ready to go. If you’re painting the ceiling, you should roll this first. Again, make sure to cover any furniture with a lightweight plastic if you plan to paint the ceiling. Now, just roll the walls and you’re done! All that’s left to do is cleanup.

Again, if you’re wondering why each topic is covered so briefly, click on the links in each section to get the whole story. Happy painting!

Interior Preparation

Proper preparation of a paint job is just as important, if not more, than the actual painting itself. In fact, the preparation of the paint job can be up to 75% of the work of the entire project. Being lazy in your preparation can not only damage and ruin your furniture or other belongings, it can also cause your paint job to be completely worthless. If you don’t do things right, your paint will start to peel and crack before you know it and you’ll have to do everything over again. Be sure to go through the following steps to ensure that your paint job is a successful one.

1.) Remove all outlet and light switch covers. Once you remove the cover, screw the screws back into place to ensure they don’t get misplaced. Place tape over the exposed area of the outlet.

2.) Remove all pictures, paintings, etc. from the walls. You probably don’t have to worry about removing the fixtures that hold the frames up since they will be covered again once you put the pictures back up. If you aren’t putting the pictures and paintings back up, you will need to remove the fixtures and spackle the resulting holes before you start to paint.

3.) Pull all furniture away from the walls and into the middle of the room. If you are painting the ceiling, sanding any surface of the room, or if you have furniture that cannot be moved, cover the furniture with a light plastic covering to protect it.

4.) Cover every inch of the floor next to the walls with drop cloths. If you aren’t going to be painting the baseboard, or if you want to be extra protective of your floor, cover the baseboard with taping paper.

5.) Look for cracked edges around windows, where the trim and baseboard meets the wall, or any other corners in the room. Caulk any cracks.

6.) Spackle cracks or holes on walls. When the spackle dries, sand it till it’s smooth.

7.) Use a putty knife to chip off any loose paint, with an emphasis on the word “loose.” You could probably get the whole wall off if you put enough muscle into it, but this isn’t necessary. Once it becomes hard to chip off without some effort, replace your putty knife with sandpaper and sand the area down.

8.) If the walls are dirty, wash with a mild soap and water. If they are too dirty or stained to wash off, cover them with a stain-blocking primer. You may also need to use a primer if the surface is in overall bad condition, or if the paint you plan to use is incompatible with the paint already on the walls. How do you know if they are incompatible? Well, acrylic/latex paints can be applied over an acrylic/latex surface but not over an alkyd/oil based surface. Alkyd/oil based paints can be applied over either kind of surface. To determine what kind of paint is already on the walls, use the following painter’s trick. Apply denatured alcohol to a clean cloth and gently rub the wall. If any paint comes off, then the finish is acrylic/latex. If no paint comes off and the finish is unaffected, then it is alkyd/oil based.