New Fall Paint Project

101694126.jpg.rendition.largest[1]Well the summer is coming to an end and now we can start thinking of things to do inside. One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to spruce up the inside is to consider painting a room. A fresh coat of paint or a change of color can really spruce up a space. Here are some things to think about.

Where to select paint: Local Paint stores carry: Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Miller which is Kelly-Moore, Parker, Rodda, Pittsburg Paints, Pratt and Lambert.  Specialty Paints such as C2, Devine, ect. Then there are the box stores such as Behr and Valspar. There are more but stick with a company that gives you good advice.

How to choose: Whites and neutrals are still in style as well as warm grays and soft colors. Don’t just choose a color based on trends. Choose a color based on your surroundings like furniture, art, rugs, accessories and hard surfaces. Paint manufacturers have web sites that can give you inspiration or go to Pinterest and Houzz. If you need professional help ask for it.

Once you have picked the hue or color test it on a sample of posterboard and hang it on the wall to look at in the daylight and at night as different lights affect it. You can try the darker and lighter version of that same color to see the intensity you like.

Selecting the finish: Flat paints are good for hiding imperfections in the wall because they don’t reflect light but often are not scrubable so I use them for ceilings or low traffic areas. Eggshell and satin are often interchangeable so just check with the paint company to see which is best. Usually the sheen is how to decide, how shiny do you want the walls? When it comes to millwork you can use a satin, eggshell or semigloss, again what sheen do you want. You can paint the millwork the same color as the walls or a white or accent color. Gloss paints are really for special effects or a custom look.

Painting: Always follow the manufacturer’s directions for best results, your local paint store can also guide you. When painting over a darker color or a shiny surface use a primer. Use both a brush for corners and trim and where the ceiling meets the walls but a roller will give you more control and a uniform finish, use for areas larger than 2’x2’. Taping takes time but it’s worth it. Use a tapered brush to cut in where needed for better control. Remove tape as soon as possible.

If you are hiring paint contractor be sure to ask questions to get the correct bid and ask for references. Do they move the furniture? Often you are responsible for electronics such as a TV. What type of prep do they do- remove dirt, fill holes, patch, spackle, and prime a gloss surface. Then make sure what they bid is the paint brand you choose- some brands are more expensive and they may bid a lesser brand due to cost. Who is purchasing the paint? How much is needed for each room and surface- for walls, ceilings, prime coats? Time needed to complete the project, do they clean up at the end of the day, where are items stored, when do they arrive. What is their contact information, who is the crew? “What if” there is a problem, will they contact you before they find their own solution. Be sure and read your contract carefully. If your home was built prior to 1978 or has lead paint you will need and EPA certified paint contractor.

I hope this helps you to get started. Remember that paint is usually the least expensive change you can make to your room. Have fun but do your homework and get your samples and color selected before you hire a contractor. Then be there when they start so you see the color. If you are painting do a couple of walls before you get nervous and let it dry to really see the color. Good Luck!