Proper Exterior and Interior Paint Storage- Tips from The Repaint Specialists

As a homeowner, you have probably collected a few paint tins here and there, and paint cans, as you probably already know, can take up a lot of space.

So, what do you do with them?

Many people come to the conclusion that storing them in the shed or garage is the best way to keep them out of site. However, depending where you live, that may not be the most suitable option…and here, in Edmonton? It isn’t!

If you have invested in good quality paint from respectable companies like Behr, Benjamin Moore, Clover-dale, or Sherwin-Williams, then there is no doubt you want to save those left overs for future products—instead of throwing away your cash and burning more later.

Luckily, if stored correctly, both interior and exterior paint can last a LONG time! On average, Latex paints can last about 10 years, while Solvent or oil-based paints can keep on truckin’ for 15 years!

Let’s take at what The Repaint Specialists have to say about storing that paint successfully while keeping it off your hallway floor!

1. Make sure your paint can is sealed nice and tight to stop the drying out process. There is nothing worse (okay, maybe there are a lot worse things, but it still isn’t pleasant) than opening what used to be a half full can of paint, to find it all dried out. If paint has seeped into the grooves of the can, you can wipe it out with a clean cloth. We suggest you avoid using a hammer to tap the lid closed as this can damage and distort the lid, defeating the purpose of sealing it in the first place. Instead, use a rubber mallet, or place a board on top of the can and hammer the board until the lid below in closes.

2. Now it’s time to find the perfect spot to store it. Remember how we said not the garage? This is because extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can ruin perfectly good paint. You may have noticed, that here in Edmonton, Alberta, we experience some extreme temperature fluctuations! Find a cool dark place in your home where the temperature stays relatively the same. Think closet, cupboard, or basement. If choosing a basement, be sure to put it on a shelf of the floor to avoid moisture buildup and rust in the can. Keep it away from cold windows or hot furnaces. Extreme heat can actually cause oil based paints to catch fire, which will cost you a lot more than a ruined can of paint.

3. Now that you know paint is best stored in the house, you may be concerned about storage space. If you have a few half cans of the same paint, go ahead and mix those together or, you can even transfer unused paint into more convenient sealable jars! Remember to label each jar with the brand, paint name, purchase date, and mixture number. Psst…now you finally have an excuse to go an buy that label maker!

Need help finding the perfect colour of paint?

 

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Be sure to check out the hottest colour trends of 2018 HERE

Interior Painting Tips Courtesy of Edmonton Painters – The Repaint Specialists

We get it!

You live a busy life filled with work, family, errands, and Netflix. As a result this DIY project you’ve had on the go has been resting on the back burner for months!

It’s finally the long weekend, and are you going camping? No way. You are going to be staying home to do the responsible thing and ‘Get ‘er Done!’

Holding cocktail on a tropical beach

With any luck, there will still be some time to hit the beach when your done #adulting!

WAIT!

We are all for getting things done in a timely fashion, but before you head out that door to show off your hot new swimwear and iconic sunglasses (where did you get those beauties anyway?!) let’s make sure you aren’t making any of these common Time Saving Mistakes!

1. Rushing the Prep Work

This definitely isn’t the funnest part of the job, even if your name is Martha Stewart. Without a doubt, washing, patching, and caulking walls can be tedious and time consuming tasks; however, there is absolutely no substitute for thorough prep work if you want a great-looking paint job, and it will save you time and money in the long run!

2. Not Sanding Walls

For a truly professional, lump-free finish, remember to sand your walls before you start applying your paint. Sanding gets rid of bumps, imperfections, and roller lint that may have been left on from other previous paint jobs. For best results, try to use a drywall sanding pole and 80- or 100-grit drywall sanding paper. You can definitely use a handheld sanding block, it just means you may have to wait a little longer to get going.

3. Trying to Cover in One Coat

The beach will be there tomorrow! It’s a terrible idea to slather on a thick coat of paint in an attempt to finish quickly. For starters, one coat rarely covers well—yes, even dark colours! In addition, a thick coat of paint will most likely run, take days to dry, and look terrible when finished. Instead, take your time, and apply two thin, even coats. We promise you will get much better results!

4. Painting Over Partially Dried Paint

At this point we know you are in a hurry to have this project finished. You’ve spent the time prepping, sanding and you even resisted the urge to do one coat. Now, can’t you just apply that second coat and be done with it? We know it’s hard to wait, especially, when you can’t control time; however, painting over paint that’s not completely dry is only going to undo all the good you’ve done so far. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll loosen the partially dry paint and it will start to come off onto your brush or roller, creating a real mess, and putting you back to the start. Even if this doesn’t happen, painting over paint that’s not dry can cause adhesion problems or slower drying times. Just follow the drying time instructions on the paint can, and you and your walls will be in good shape…The good news? Waiting for the first coat to dry is a great time to take a little TLC time, and head to that beach. Go on, you deserve it, and when you get back, you can finish up and go camping next weekend!

Really don’t want to miss out on this week’s camping trip? Let The Repaint Specialist take care of your home!

Just look at how beautiful your home would look after our team of highly skilled, professional painters finished repainting your walls!

Imagine coming home from your mini vacation, free from tedious prep; manual labour; wait times; and clean up, only to find your rooms rejuvenated!

Give The Repaint Specialist a call today for your FREE CONSULTATION

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

Be on the lookout for next week’s blog where we show you how to save time without cutting corners!

How To Create The Illusion Of Space In Any Home

Small homes can offer up a variety of fantastic benefits.

First off, they are cozy, and often very energy efficient—making them cheaper to cool and heat. They tend to cost less to maintain, and are much quicker to get clean! Despite all the benefits of small home living, there are definitely some drawbacks.

At first, the smaller rooms can feel homey, and comfortable; however, small spaces can become cramped quite quickly, and can leave you feeling claustrophobic. The cramped feeling can cause you to become irritable and frustrated, ultimately leading to the resentment of your living space, and you should never hate your home!

So, should one opt out of small home living, and invest in a large home? No.

While large houses make great homes too, there is absolutely no reason to give up on your small home!

Did you know you can actually experience the feeling of spacious living without knocking down the walls  or preforming expensive renos on your small house or apartment?

Yep! It’s true. You can have all the benefits that come with living in smaller spaces with the bonus of feeling like you can really stretch out, and all it takes is a little coat of paint!

Betcha didn’t see that coming!

Now, I know you might think we are a little biased when it comes to paint, but we promise with these 5 Simple Paint Tricks your spaces will seem brighter, fresher, and bigger in no time!


How To Create The Illusion Of Space In Any Home

Use Light Paint Colours: Using light colours like cool blues or creams to help reflect the light off your walls. This will help the room look brighter, cleaner and bigger! Try colours like Soft Focus, Kombucha, or Quite Time from Behr to get your home looking bright and trendy

 Extend Your Ceiling Down The Wall: You can give your low ceiling a lift by simply extending your ceiling down the wall. Mark a line around the perimeter of the room four to six inches down from the ceiling. Fill in that area with your light ceiling paint color. You’ve just increased the height of your ceiling with this handy paint trick! 

Paint The Trim Lighter: If you have dark walls, painting the trim a lighter colour will actually help open the space up and push the walls back. If you already have white walls, painting the trim the same colour is the best way to go!

Use Vertical and Horizontal Stripes: Using stripes to trick the eye is a great way to give the illusion of space, and this look it totally in! Use horizontal stripes to make a narrow room look big, and vertical stripes to give the illusion of a higher ceiling!

Use Monochromatic Paint: Try using one colour scheme throughout the room, in different shades and textures. This includes the furniture, flooring, and walls to keep things “clean,” which also creates the illusion of space.

Decorating not your forte?

Let the experts at The Repaint Specialist create the perfect bright, spacious room for you!

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Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

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 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

Got your own cool tricks to make your rooms appear larger? Share them in the comment section below!

Finding The Perfect Paint Sheen For Your Walls

It’s no big secret!

Walls don’t stay perfect — however, the paint sheen you choose can have a drastic effect on whether or no you hide your walls imperfections or amplify them.

You may have heard the term, but what exactly is Sheen, anyway?

No, no, not the actor!

Sheen” refers to the amount of gloss in the paint. It might not sound like much, but it can dramatically affect the texture of your wall and the overall effect on your space. The Repaint Specialists can help you pick the perfect paint sheen that will best suit your needs! Whether your home is suffering from kids colouring on the walls to general bumps and scrapes along the way, we can help you!

GENERAL RULES OF THUMB.

Though it’s always preferable to get an opinion that’s specifically tailored for your space, there’s always a few of general tips of the trade to live by.

During your preliminary planning, try and keep these tips in mind:

  • A lighter colour paired with a flatter paint sheen will create the most coverage of imperfections. If you have many bumps and dents in your wall, then this is certainly the way to go!
  • However, the darker a colour is and the the greater the sheen or high gloss paint you choose, the easier it is to wash. ATTENTION PARENTS: The Repaint Specialists recommend a darker and glossier colour for those spaces that tend to get more dirty than others — or for where little hands and crayons can reach.
  • The only Sheen that can’t be used is Charlie…

NOT ALL PAINTS ARE CREATED EQUAL.

Let go of past experiences and embrace some change. It’s easy to avoid using a sheen you’ve had before if it made for a negative experience — even if all advice points to that sheen for your needs. Remember, not all paints are created equal. High quality premium paints like those from Sherwin-Williams, Behr, Cloverdale, and Benjamin Moore are incomparable to those low quality paints often seen in basic rental apartments and basement suits. You get what you pay for is certainly true in the paint department!

FIND A HAPPY MEDIUM.

Sometimes, no matter what your needs are, your personal preference takes a front seat. For example: a high gloss sheen is something you have never liked, or the idea of a flat sheen simply isn’t working for you. Luckily, there’s always a happy medium.

Que Eggshell. That’s right eggshell! Did you know Eggshell is, in fact, not a colour at all, like some people think, but a sheen — you can get any colour in an eggshell sheen! It’s got a healthy, muted gloss that is easier to clean than a flat, but not so much that it’s overly shiny. Because of its versatility, it is a popular “go to” and a favourite for those spaces where you really need a little bit of the best of both worlds.

Looking for professional guidance on selecting which sheen is best for your space?

Contact The Repaint Specialists here in Edmonton, Alberta @

 Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-683

5 Small Changes To Transform Your Home’s Exterior

Did you know that you can completely transform your home’s exterior in just one day? Yes, you read that right: ONE DAY!

The best part? You don’t even have to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on extravagant home renovations or costly landscaping.

That means you can spend more money on the important things. For example, building a pool to splash away the summer heat in, or buying your wife that new pandora bracelet charm when you’re in the dog house. You’re welcome!

Dying to know the secret? Good; because we are dying to tell you!

Keep scrolling!

Say “Goodbye” to weeks of inconvenient upgrades, strangers coming and going through your yard, and interrupted family schedules.

Are you ready? Here it comes!

The answer is. . . paint!

Wait, wait, wait! I know that may seem anticlimactic, and even down right biased, but here us out!

The thing is, you don’t have to paint your whole house. In fact, with the right colour and application techniques, you don’t have to paint much at all!

Pro Tip: Contrast is Key

5 Small Changes To Transform Your Home’s Exterior

1  Paint Your Shutters. By simply repainting your shutters, you can refresh your home with little effort or cost!

Repaint Your Exterior Trim. With the right contrast, you can dramatically change the way your home looks. You can easily go from country bright to modern chique in a matter of hours!

3  Paint Your Front Entrance. Your entrance way is the first experience visitors have with your home. Keep it fresh, and let it reflect who you are as you change.

4  Reinvent Your Garage Door. For most homes, the garage door is on of the most noticeable features from the street. Keep your home looking impressive for yourself, and passers by.  Matching the front door to the garage door is a great way to give your home personality!

5  Change Up The Driveway!  That’s right! Think outside of the box, and redo your driveway to give your home an impressive, unique quality that no one can ignore!

Any one of the above paint jobs will impact your homes exterior in a positive way; however, you may be more of a Go Big or Go Home kinda person.

For an extreme transformation you can be proud of, choose 2 more of the above suggestions.

Schedule a day on the town, and leave the rest to us! By the time you get back home, we’ll have you wondering if you are in the right neighbourhood. Don’t worry — you won’t be alone! Your neighbours will be second guessing themselves as well!

Need some inspiration? Check out this professional home exterior paint project The Repaint Specialists were working on!

Get your free quote today!

Call The Repaint Specialist in Edmonton, Alberta @

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

Learn more about The Repaint Specialists HERE

Say Goodbye To Textured Ceilings, and Hello To Modern Living!

For many of us, keeping our home modern, clean, and up to date is a priority, not only because it increases property value, but because it makes us feel just as fresh and renewed as our surroundings!

When we first decide to upgrade our homes, usually, the first idea that comes to mind is a new coat of paint or furniture upgrades, and fair enough! Both are an excellent way to renew any space, but what if you happen to like your furniture and wall the way they are? If painting and furniture changes are out of the picture, some may turn to kitchen or bathroom renovations which can be, not only costly, but timely and displacing for the whole family!

So, what are you supposed to when you feel like you’ve run out of options?
Chin-up, you’ll find the answer!

No, literally.

Chin up, and look at the ceilings. There is your answer!

Changing up your ceilings is a great way to think out of the box, and change up your space. You can add new lighting, change the colour, or even texture of your ceilings!

If you are still sporting the “Popcorn” look of the 70’s, it may be time to consider a change!

Why?

Well, for one, like everything from the 70’s, Popcorn ceilings can easily make your home look old fashion and even grungy. In addition to looking out of date, popcorn ceilings are often hard to clean, making them dust collectors which can be bad for your health, and aesthetics (and, if they’ve been there for the last 50 years, that is a LOT of dust!). Popcorn ceilings are also typically white and difficult to paint which can be suffocating for the modern fashionista in you!

Speaking of modern: We have just the solution for you!

Popcorn ceiling may be out, but Smooth ceilings are definitely in, and it’s really no surprise!

Flat, Smooth ceilings give air to a room, making the ceilings appear higher, and the room more spacious. You will also find you have very little trouble changing up the colour to keep up with the latest trends! Go ahead and look in any modern house and home magazine, and it is certain you will quickly find this sophisticated design reigns supreme.

By now, you may be saying to yourself “I think I just found my next DYI project for the month”, and you absolutely can do it yourself; however, it’s important to keep in mind a smooth ceiling will easily show any imperfections, bumps, and smudges. Therefore, you may want to bring in the professionals for this one, and save yourself the time, frustration, and money of doing it yourself.

Take a look at the home we just finished here in Sherwood Park, Edmonton, Alberta.

First we moved out all the furniture & breakables, and were sure to mask and drape all the floors and walls completely! (Don’t skip this step if you decide to do it yourself…things can get messy!) Next, we sprayed water on the ceilings to eliminate dust, and started scraping. Once scraped, we lightly sanded to remove all the texture. Then, we expertly applied 3 coats of mud, which is referred to as a level 5. We finished by removing all the plastic and doing some light cleanup. Voila! It’s now ready for paint.

Want your textured ceilings scraped and smoothed to perfection?

Get your FREE QUOTE from The Repaint Specialists located in Edmonton.

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

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 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

Top 5 Common Paint Problems, And How To Avoid Them!

Look around your neighbourhood, and we bet you’ll agree: Almost every house on the block could be improved, inside or out, by a new coat of paint! There is something about a fresh coat of colour that completely re-energizes a home, and breathes new life into a living space. The older the home, the more rejuvenation; however, without proper maintenance, even a newer home can quickly fall victim to premature wear at tear.

We here at The Repaint Specialists want to help you avoid undue, costly damages, and get the most out of your paint job for years to come.

Keep reading if you want to learn more about prolonging your homes radiance, and keeping your hard earned dollars in your wallet!

The Repaint Specialists Presents

TOP 5 COMMON PAINT PROBLEMS, AND HOW TO AVOID THEM!

1. Yellowing

What Is Yellowing?:

We’ve all seen it, and it’s a far too common scenario! You decide it’s finally time to wash the walls, but when as you begin to remove your family photos, you’re taken aback by the unwelcome, rectangular, shade of yellow that has plagued your perfectly white walls. You see, places protected from sunlight, such as your kitchen, behind pictures or inside closets, are most likely to be affected by yellowing.

Why Does Yellowing Happen?

Yellowing is the visual symptom from oxidation of alkyd or oil-based paint/varnish. Extreme heat such as that made from stoves and heaters, or limited exposure of light can also contribute to this type of yellowing. Have you ever taken a wedding dress out a closet years later? Yeah, the same thing applies to your walls!

What Can I Do About It?:

Choosing the right paint to begin with goes a long way! Try and avoid using alkyd paints in spaces with low light availability as these paints tend to yellow without exposure to sunlight. Furthermore, selecting a high quality, non-yellowing acrylic paint or varnish near heat sources and dim spaces will also help a great a deal!

2. Blistering

What Is Blistering?:

You’ve probably seen this one some place or another. Typically, blistering can be found outside on wooden sidings or trims, It appears as small to moderate bubbles under the paint film.

Why Does Blistering Happen?

Blistering is typically happens due to trapped water under the paint. Either the water dries quickly, leaving a hollow space, or trapped moisture expands the paint film. A number of different weather related conditions could can lead to blistering, from direct sunlight, heavy dew or rainfall, to very high humidity. Painting on a damp, dirty or hot surface (or applying oil-based latex paint over improperly prepared surfaces) can result in blistering.

What Can I Do About Blistering:

The cure is the prevention! The best way to avoid blistering is to avoid painting in imperfect weather conditions. Avoid damp, humid, or very hot days, and aim to paint in the late spring when things are still cool but not prone to “April Showers”. If blistering is already a problem, your best bet is to remove the entire coat of paint, and begin a new! While there are some alternative options for blistering, they are often quite costly, labour intensive, and time consuming, In the end, you will save yourself one heck of a headache by simply redoing the project, and getting it done right!

3. Chalking

What Is Chalking?:

This one is pretty self explanatory. When you see your coat of paint has a fine, white, chalky appearance on it, that’s chalking! Although, it is normal to see some amounts of chalking after a new coat, excessive chalking could be a cause for concern.

Why Chalking Happen?

You get what you pay for” has never been so true. Cheap paints often contain high amounts of pigment extenders, or have been thinned to make up for the low cost. This, can ultimately lead to unsightly “chalking”. Additionally, if you do not seal a porous surface properly before painting, chalking will appear.

What Do I Do About Chalking?:

We can’t stress this enough: proper preparation is KEY! Be sure to clean your surface and completely remove all dirt in the area you intend to paint BEFORE you start. To remove existing chalking, you can try scrubbing with a trisodium phosphate cleaning solution, then rinse with water. Afterwards, be sure to give the area ample time to dry and use high-quality latex paint to do the repainting.

6. Peeling

What Is Peeling?:

Again, peeling is just as it sounds, we’re talking about the separation or ‘peeling’ of the upper paint surface.

What Causes Peeling?

A few different scenarios can cause peeling to occur, which happens with the loss of adhesion between a coating and the substrate. Common causes of peeling include excessive moisture, improper surface preparation (we told you this was key!), and painting over a dirty or uneven surface.

What To Do About Peeling:

There is no getting around this one. You simply have to remove all the loose paint, prep the area, and apply a new coat!

5. Wrinkling

What is Wrinkling?:

When your paint surface becomes rough and wrinkled.

How Does Wrinkling Happen?

Wrinkling happens naturally as your home ages and starts to produce less collagen… GOTCHA! In all seriousness though, ‘Wrinkling’ is generally caused by a paint application which is too thick. Likewise, if you apply a second coat of paint over an improperly dried first coat, the risk of wrinkling increases. We may have mentioned it once before, but preparation is key, and painting over an unclean surface or exposing uncured paint to extreme weather – such as rain, dew or fog – can also lead to paint wrinkling.

How to Take Care of Wrinkling:

Again, you are going to have to start all over. So, begin by removing the old paint, and sanding the surface until it is nice and smooth. Remember to remove all dust, dirt and debris! Afterwards, provide ample time to dry between paint coats; the more time, the better. If the weather is too hot, too cold or damp, extra drying time will be required.

Over time, all paint jobs will need to be redone, but by following our advice above, using high-quality paints, and seeking the help of a professional, you can reduce to amount of time and money spent renovating, and spend more time enjoying the memories you create in the home you love.

Have a big deck project coming up? Check out our DIY blog on getting your deck or patio summer ready!

Ready to call in some professional help for results you’ll love?

Contact The Repaint Specialists in Edmonton, Alberta @

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

Should I Buy My Own Paint To Save Money?

You are finally ready to take the plunge, and repaint your family home. You’re excited to get started, but you know, this time, you may not be the right one to get the job done. An important task like this, requires a team of high quality professionals who know exactly what they are doing, and will not let you down. However, there is a budget to consider, and you’re looking to cut costs any reasonable way you can.


So, is pre-purchasing your paint the best solution to keep cost down?

After all, it does give you complete control of paint branding, pricing, and it ensures the correct colour will always be used. You can even pound the pavement and surf the web for the lowest prices around. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?

Hold on! Let’s take a closer look.

Sure, at first glance, buying your own paint and then hiring a contractor might sound like a budget savvy idea, but how much do you really know about paint, and what is your time worth to you?

When you  contract out a paint specialist, and get them to supply the paint for you, it eliminates hours and hours of research, store visits, and driving time from your schedule, thus, freeing you up to focus on the more important things in life! In addition to time saved, chances are, like The Repaint Specialists, your local paint contractor already gets the highest quality products for the lowest guaranteed prices. What’s more, many paint specialists will offer a flat rate, so when more paint is needed for the job, or a sweet price deal can’t be made, you don’t take the hit!

Furthermore, there is so much more to paint selection than meets the eye, and researching all the different kinds of paint, from sheen level to what paint is most appropriate for which room (yes, this really does matter! Find out a bit more about it here), can be such a hassle. Paint specialists are already well versed in all types of paint, and can accurately select paint types that are going to, not only look the best, but last the longest!

Even though most experts agree that it is best practice to let your contractor buy the paint for your project, you may still feel inclined to do it yourself. If you do decide to go this route, remember to do your research, and always buy high quality paint, or you may find yourself dishing out the bigger bucks later on. We suggest trusted brands such as Behr, Cloverdale, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin-Williams! Regardless of your brand choice, be sure and to contact your paint specialist, before the project date, and ensure they are comfortable using the paint you’ve selected.

Looking for help selecting the right kind of paint for your home project?

Or, perhaps you are ready to let us help you get your home looking great for the best available price?

Contact The Repaint Specialists at one of our following Edmonton, Alberta locations!

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

HELP! What Comes First, The Trim or The Wall?

Question: “My wife and I are excited to get started transforming our living room! We picked up all the supplies and did all the prep work as you suggested, but as soon as we picked up the paint brush, we hit a dead end and an interesting debate! Which do you paint first? The trim or the wall? Please help us settle this, so I can win the bet, and we can get on with our renos!”

 

Answer: We hear you loud and clear, and you are not alone! This debate even has some of the pros running in circles, and some may debate that it’s a matter of preference. Either way, you want it done right, and we can all agree that nothing can transform the look and feel of your home like a new coat of paint, and nothing can ruin your new paint job like a messy trim. Here are some tips and advice regarding your trim from our experts at The Repaint Specialists.

What Comes First? The Trim or The Wall?

As mentioned above, this could come down to a matter of preference. After all, either way you run the risk of getting the paint from the trim on the walls, and the paint from the walls on the trim. However, we at The Repaint Specialists tend to advise you to start your project by painting the trim, and be certain to allow plenty of time for the paint to dry before moving on. With a little luck, patience, and high quality products such as those from Sherwin-Williams, Cloverdale, Behr, and Benjamin Moore, you can avoid any unwanted messes and mishaps!

Tips for Painting Baseboards

Baseboard are the first to show signs of a well loved room, and it really isn’t any surprise. Baseboards can easily become scuffed or nicked during everyday activities. It’s likely your baseboards will require patching, so be sure to thoroughly inspect them before you begin your project. If patching is required, then apply compound according to the package directions. Once the compound is dried, go ahead and give the patched areas a light sanding to reveal a smooth finish. Don’t forget to go along after with a vacuum hose to remove any dust and debris before painting!

Follow these tips for the best way to paint baseboard and other trim around your home:

  • Protect your living space by always using a drop cloth, and applying a painters tape along the bottom where the trim meets the floor. This will provide added protection, especially for expensive hardwood surfaces.
  • Clean messes immediately after they happen by using a damp cloth that is kept near by
  • Use a high quality angled paint brush, and begin by loading the brush with paint approximately two-thirds of the way up the brush, and dab against the container to remove any excess.
  • Use long strokes when applying paint to baseboards, and be sure to work in small sections, avoiding going back and forth over the same area.
  • Allow the first coat to dry thoroughly before determining if a second one is needed.

For guaranteed flawless finish, trust our leading team of experts at The Repaint Specialists in Edmonton, Alberta.

Contact us today for your Free In-Home Quote @

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

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 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

8 Tips On Prepping Your Walls For Painting

We’ve said it before, and we will say it again! PREPARATION IS KEY!

In fact, preparation and planning is so important to any project, that we have decided to give it it’s very own spotlight on our Repaint Specialists Blog!

So, without further ado…

8 Steps To Prepping Like  A Pro 

#1  Before starting anything, you want to make sure your walls and furniture are thoroughly protected! Ideally, you want to remove furniture from the room altogether; however, if this isn’t possible, try and move all the furniture together (away from the walls) and drape them. Don’t forget the floor covers!

#2  It can get pretty messy, pretty fast! Remember to protect yourself and your clothes! Wear safety goggles and overalls/old clothes in case  paint splatters occurs (it will), so you can throw them out after. Or even better, keep them, so you too, can be a fashionista sporting the latest fashions from Ralph Lauren without spending a dime! You’re welcome…  

#3  Clean and dust the walls, ledges, and baseboards thoroughly! For most surfaces you will want to use either a towel or vacuum cleaner. When painting a bathroom or kitchen, you can wash the walls with a solution of approximately three teaspoons of laundry detergent to one gallon of water.

#4  Scrape any cracked or flaking paint with a paint scraper. For other small imperfections on the wall such as plaster bumps, smooth them away with sandpaper. You can use good ol’ fashion elbow grease with a piece of sandpaper stapled to a sanding block, or you can feel free to make the job easier and use an electric sander.

#5  Make sure you have all your materials on hand when getting ready to paint! Things you may need for your project include: primer, paint-can opener, stir sticks, roller covers (close nap on a rolling cage, large nap without rolling cage), paintbrushes (one for latex paint and one for oil-based paint), paint tray, gloves, drop cloth and an extension pole for the roller.

A NOTE ABOUT PRIMER: Don’t skimp out; you get what you pay for! A high-quality primer will help to hide any small imperfections on walls, and help create lasting perfection. Use a good water-based primer on new drywall. Choose an oil-based primer for walls that have heavy stains from water or smoke damage, or if the wall has panelling.

#6  Before painting, protect wall sconces and wall trim with painters tape.

#7  Begin in the corners of the wall and up near the ceiling, “cutting in” the paint with a good quality angle brush. You can then, with a small brush, apply the paint around trim and in the corners of walls where your larger brush can’t reach.

PRO TIP FROM THE REPAINT SPECIALISTS: A great tip that the pros use is to do a “W” pattern to paint walls. Start in the corner of a wall, and roll on a 3′ by 3′ “W”; then fill it in without lifting the roller. Repeat until the section is finished. This helps hide seams and any places where the roller has been lifted and put back on the wall again.

#8 Take your time  picking out a colour you won’t regret! The best option is to use a test board. You can never make a good decision based on looking at the colour swatch in the store. It can be hard to properly recreate the space in our mind, and often, the colour swatch can look a bit different then in real life. Avoid disasters by creating a few sample test boards and placing them around the room in different lightings to ensure you are getting the look you want!

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