Last week we talked about the planning and preparation work that must be done before a painting job begins. The next step is where the fun begins:
For most homeowners, the hardest part is choosing the paint.
Colors to match fixtures in the room like flooring, tile or cabinetry that will be around long-term are an ideal choice. Beyond that, a painting project can mean a long list of possibilities that can be fun to choose.
The most popular paints are acrylic latex. Oil paints remain a top choice but require more time to dry and are less practical for high-traffic spaces or rooms with lingering moisture, like bathrooms. Latex paints dry faster, and have multiple options that homeowners can choose from for shine:
· Flat latex paints have no shine and are best to hide seams in drywall and avoid the glare of light sources.
· Satin latex paints have a distinct shine and are ideal for camouflaging scuffs.
· Gloss latex paints are the most durable and have an attractive sheen that many homeowners love.
Latex paint options also include finishes like anti-mold or a new plaster latex, which is designed to be more permeable for never painted walls.
As popular as latex paint is, switching from oil to latex (or vice versa) requires a primer first for the new paint to stick. Staining is also an attractive option for wood trim, however as wood ages stain is less efficient at giving surfaces a uniform look.
There are many other exciting choices which can add character when painting a room:
· Glazes layered over a solid color can offer a beautiful sheen that changes from different points in the room, and in a variety of lighting.
· Texturing one color over another can be done with sponges, special rollers, or even cloth and plastic bags.
· Stamps and stencils can open a world of possibilities with color play and designs around a room.
A contractor can add additional insights about texturing and pattern techniques.
Most textures are painted onto smooth drywall surfaces; however, the contractor can look at a wall or room and discuss possibilities unique to that space.
Coming with an idea already outlined of what techniques a homeowner might want to allow the contractor to give the most accurate quote from the start. Prices for interior painting will depend first on the square footage, and then on any techniques for a custom look.
After the job is complete:
There will always be left-over paint, and so storage space should be predetermined for the paint to be stored safely in case a touch-up is needed over time. And although the initial drying period is usually twenty-four hours, paint can take up to 20 or 30 days to cure and be ready for regular washing.
Once a room has already been cleared out for a paint job, it's natural to see other projects and renovations. Working with the contractor to plan accordingly can make the project an even better improvement to the home.
If you need a professional painter or disaster restoration service in your Phoenix, Az residence or business due to a fire, flood, mold, or catastrophic event, call Adams D & R for restoration and cleaning at 480-418-0015. We have emergency disaster service, day or night.