Author Archives: Richie Burlett

Faux Finish: The 5 Most Common Forms

Over the past decade or so, faux finish has made a serious comeback in interior home painting. When done carefully, faux finishes can create the amazing effect of much more expensive materials. Here are some of the most common forms of this type of interior painting:

  • Marbleizing – to give the effect of real marble
  • Strié – (French for “stripe”) using glaze to give the effect of thin stripes
  • Color Wash – free -form painting that blends differing hues of the same color
  • Graining – to give the effect of wood textures
  • Venetian Plaster – traditional form that gives a textured look to a surface that is actually smooth to the touch

Need help deciding which faux finish style best suits a particular room? Just give us a call!

How many coats of paint will I need!

More is not always better and less might not be either. See some examples below but ask a professional to determine what’s best!

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Wallpaper: To peel or not to peel?

This is a question we hear a lot.  We hear it from people who just moved into a house with wallpapered walls they don’t like.  The rumor you often hear is that you can’t paint over wallpaper, that you have to go through a massive stripping effort before paint can safely be applied.  This is only true in some instances.

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Common problems and how to fix them!

Blistering

This happens when paint detaches from the surface.

Prevent: Paint only on clean, dry surfaces. Cover stains with a good primer. Don’t paint in weather that’s particularly hot and humid. Don’t let moisture come in contact with the surface until paint is thoroughly dry.

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Problems from a home paint job

A variety of things can affect the quality of a home paint job.

The primary reasons paint jobs don’t turn out the way the painter intended usually fall into the following categories:

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Handy Winter Painting Check List

  • To avoid lingering paint odors, use low-VOC or no-VOC paints from a trusted manufacturer
  • Keep rooms and walls at a moderate temperature (no less than 40 degrees) so the paint will create a solid bond with the walls

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Press tape with a putty knife

Nothing is more discouraging when you’ve finished painting than to peel tape off the woodwork and discover the paint bled through. To avoid the pain-in-the-neck chore of scraping off the paint, do a thorough job of adhering the tape before you start. Continue reading

Use Tinted Primer

Before the we paint walls, we fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound. But if you paint directly over it, the compound will suck the moisture out of the paint, giving it a flat, dull look (a problem called “flashing”). Continue reading

Is your surface Oil or Latex?

When painting over existing paint, it is important to know whether the old paint is latex or oil.
To find out, do this simple test. Rub a rag or cotton ball soaked in denatured alcohol over the painted surface. If your rag or cotton ball has paint on it, the surface is latex. If not, the surface is oil based paint. If it is oil based paint, you will need coat of oil based primer before starting.

 

Sanding Tip!

If the trim is new or already smooth, lightly sand using a 120-grit sandpaper until all shine disappears from the trim. If the trim is rough and worn, start by sanding with a coarse, 80-grit sandpaper. Then, move to a less-coarse sandpaper such as 100 or 200-grit to smooth the surface.

If you do not want to worry about messing anything up, Call us. Sanding is one part of our process in making your home beautiful!