Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Spring is in the Air :)

Spring is the air! Like myself I am sure some of you are getting the “itch” to spruce things up, clean things out, and change things around…well, maybe that’s just me! Well, if you are like me, than you will love this blog! My favorite trick to change things up and add character to a space is PAINT.

Did you know that it is just human nature to want to paint our walls? Ever since thousands of year ago, we have been painting our walls…..Cave painting and frescoed walls of Pompeii ring a bell? We are obsessed with painting our walls, and why shouldn’t we be…it’s just so fun! Here are a few things I think you should know about paint…..

1. All paints are not created equal. Don’t buy the cheapest paint you can find. A higher price point means the paint is more likely to leave your brush smoothly and evenly, requiring fewer coats. And higher-quality paint will stand up to stains, scuff marks and scouring for years to come.
2. Most paints come in a spectrum of finishes from matte to glossy, and while glossy is more robust, it’s also far less forgiving. It reflects light instead of absorbing it, highlighting the imperfections in both your paint job and your wall. But consider using a glossy finish on trim for a practical touch of glam. Eggshell—forgiving and durable—is a happy medium for most surfaces.
3. When it comes to color, Be fearless. Find a color that you love and paint it in an unexpected place; try a bold color on the ceiling of an enclosed space or on the back wall of a bookcase for a 3-D effect that is oh-so-21st-century chic.
4. A paint job is only as good as the prep job, so take the time to scrutinize your walls; make sure cracks are filled, holes are puttied and texture is consistent. If you’re covering a dark color with a lighter one, tint the primer with the finishing color. It will reduce the number of coats you need.
5. No matter who paints your walls, every home should have a few basic supplies for the inevitable touch-up. Buy an all-purpose synthetic sash-angled brush; Purdy makes some of the industry’s best. For bigger jobs, invest in a lamb’s wool roller—it won’t spatter your paint, as the cheaper ones tend to do.
6. When it comes to storing your paint, use an airtight container and put it in a cool, dry place, where it will last for years. Label the paint with specifics such as where you used it and when…it makes life my easier later on.

Paint coats our lives. Everywhere you look, you’ll find something cloaked in some form of paint. The idea that such a thin film can protect, interest or even wow us—well, that makes paint the chicest coat of all.

Happy Painting

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