What I Learned While Remodeling My HomeWhat I Learned While Remodeling My Home

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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Are You Ready To Paint Like A Pro?

Are you ready to change the color in one of the rooms in your home? Maybe you just bought a house and have decided to give it a make-over. Taking the time to paint like a professional means you following a few steps for getting the results you can be proud of. Check out how you can prepare and paint walls and trim to get the same results as a pro.

Patience Is A Painting Virtue

Taking your time to prepare a room for painting it is as important as the actual painting process. Moving everything out of a room or into the center of it will not only protect your furnishings from splattered paint, it will also allow you more freedom to paint. The less time you spend worrying about getting paint on your furniture, the more time you will have to focus on your painting project. Invest in a high-quality tarp for the floor, one that will absorb paint drips instead of just preventing them from going on the floor. Paper backed fabric tarps are best. If you use plastic, remember that paint can be slippery on its surface.

Sanding To Provide Strong Paint Adherence

Before you start painting, lightly sanding your walls and trim is a good idea. By doing so, you create a surface that will promote the paint's adherence to it. Use a light sandpaper, just enough to slightly rough it up. Also, when painting trim, avoid using latex paint over oil based paints already there. If you do, you will end up with the latex peeling off later on. As a rule, paint walls with flat latex and use oil-based gloss on trim work.

When To Use Rollers And Brushes

Painting a huge room can be time consuming, especially if you take the time to paint is like a pro. Using a roller is best to get the most coverage, but always remember to never soak the roller in too much paint at a time. Let the excess paint drip off a roller before applying to your walls because if you don't, those drips will soon be rolling down your walls. Use brushes only for cutting into corners or where the walls meet the ceiling. Brushes are designed perfectly for painting on trim work as well. Never attempt to paint an entire room using only a brush because it is time consuming and will leave behind stroke marks you may not see until after the paint is dry.

The Need For A First Coat And Second Coat

Even though a wall may look perfect to you after applying the first coat of paint, you should always apply a second coat. Latex paints work better with two coats because it helps to enrich the color while also providing longer lasting adherence. Applying a second coat also helps to cover small flaws you may have missed during your first coat.

Painting a room can be exciting and you may find it hard to have the patience to take your time. However, by doing so, you will find your results are greater and more durable. 

If you don't have the time to paint like a pro on your own, contact a painting company like M.S. Service Inc.