There comes a certain point where your home starts to feel bland, and a change is needed. You might think that a complete renovation is needed, but all you need is to repaint! Here’s a guide from your favourite Painters and Decorators in North London for interior painting.Painters and Decorators in North London & Enfield

 

It may be tempting to buy cheaper brands of paint, but it can work out being more expensive in time, money and effort than buying a quality brand, and making sure the surfaces are sealed. Poor quality paints won’t  cover as well so you’ll need more – that’s why they are often in such large cans – and you may have to paint an extra coat or two to get a sufficient finish.


Make sure you’re stocked up on paint in the same colour and finish to complete the job. Paints are made in batches and there may be  slight differences in the colour between batches. It’s better you have a leftover can of paint after you finish, rather than running out  halfway through and, in any case, you’ll be able to exchange or return the unopened paint within 30 days. Once you’ve chosen your  paint  – water or oil based – and the finish – gloss, silk or matte – make sure you stick with it for the duration of the job.

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Once you’re ready to start painting, start from the ceiling and work your way down the room. Make sure that you  clean up paint drips as they happen and remove  loose bristles as they fall out of the paintbrush. Always read the instructions on the tin as some paints – except non-drip gloss and solid emulsions – may need stirring before being applied. Remember the professional painters’ methods: decant paint into a paint kettle, and, if you have to use old paint, pour it into the kettle through a piece of muslin or an old nylon tight leg stretched over the neck of the can.

 

If you require any help painting your  interior walls from professional painters and decorators in North London, do not hesitate to give Absolute Decorating a call on 0797 6404742 for a FREE quote!

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Kitchen and bathroom renovations often offer the highest rate of return in the home, but you don’t need a total overhaul to make these rooms look more attractive. Old plumbing fixtures can make a room feel dated. By merely replacing faucets and knobs you can make the kitchen feel more modern for the cost of a few hundred dollars. Of course, you can replace more than just the plumbing fixtures. Door knobs, light switch plates, wall outlet covers and light fixtures can also be updated to give your home a fresh look.

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If your home is on the smaller side, you’ll want to improve your storage options to make the place feel more spacious. To start with, if you haven’t moved out yet, don’t let your own clutter make the place feel cramped. House hunters will want to see what their storage options are before they buy, so make sure the areas beneath stairs and crawl spaces are clear, and empty the garage of junk before you start showing the home.

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To improve storage inside the home, consider adding built-in shelving into closets and crawl spaces. To improve storage outside, a prefabricated shed isn’t much more difficult to put together than piece of Ikea furniture and only costs a few hundred dollars. Bathrooms are also a big selling point for homes and you can improve the look and storage options in yours with a bathroom vanity cabinet.

When it comes to home improvement, painting is one of easiest and inexpensive ways to dramatically change the look of a room. Yet, there are many factors that can influence how your project will turn out.

When reviewing a contract for painting, it should include the following things;
– How much the job is going to be
– How many coats of paint it will include
– What type of prep work will be done
– What type of products will be used

The reason why you may have someone that’s great at painting and they can make a wall look great, but if the under laying surface hasn’t been prepped you may see imperfections, there may be problems with the adhesion’s. Certain things not addressed prior to painting make a really good paint job not last and it could also make a paint job look really shoddy.

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A lot of times people tackle this project themselves, but you need to understand when you’re over your head because a good paint job is dependent on the prep work. If you have walls that need a lot of repair or re-surfacing hiring a professional may be well worth the money.

If you are looking for a professional painter and decorator in Enfield and surrounding areas, please do not hesitate to call Absolute Decorators on 07976404742 for your FREE quote.

To get the job done right, you need good quality tools. It doesn’t make sense that people are willing to spend £50 on 5L of premium paint but decide to go cheap on the applicators. Later, when they see a hair on the wall or lumps of roller lint under the paint, they’ll realize the mistake. Investing in good brushes or rollers up front is worth the extra pennies.

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It may seem obvious, but you always want to do repair work first so that your walls are smooth, clean, dry and free of loose debris before you begin painting.

DIYers often continue applying a dip of paint until the brush or roller becomes dry. When you overextend each dip, the paint can dry in the brush bristles, and the fabric on rollers can mat down. Be sure to always maintain a smooth line of paint. Once the paint appears to break up, it’s time to re-dip.

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To extend the life of your leftover paint place a piece of clear plastic wrap directly on the surface of the paint, then reseal the container. For oil-based paint, add about a half-inch of water on the surface before resealing.

 

If you would like these services carried out by a professional member of staff, please call the best painters and decorators in Enfield now on 07976404742!

To keep your home’s exterior looking its best—and prolong its life—experts recommend painting every five years or so.

Preparing the Exterior Surface for Painting

Here’s the step-by-step process for proper surface preparation which gives you the best results and a longer lasting paint job.

1. Power Wash The Surface

A power washer is the best way to eliminate dirt and peeling/flaking paint from most types of siding. (Do not power wash stucco since it can destroy the surface in seconds.) Keep the spray wand at least 12 in. from the siding to prevent surface gouging. Don’t spray up under the siding flaps. Don’t use it to clean windows: it will break the glass. Always wear eye protection; never spray on a windy day. For the cleanest surface, use a good cleaning agent with the power washer, such as TSP or an all-purpose cleaner. Once the cleaning agent has been applied, rinse the surface with the power washer using water only.

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2. Scrape Off Loose Paint

Since a power washer will not eliminate all loose paint, scrape loose and flaking paint down to bare wood. If the paint cannot be removed it’s most likely bonded to the wood, so it can be painted over. After scraping, sand or “feather” the edge between the scraped areas and the bare wood until it’s smooth.

 

3. Fill Nicks And Gouges

To fix surface imperfections, fill areas where bare wood is much lower than the paint (nicks, gouges, etc.) with an exterior-grade surfacing compound. Allow the compound to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions. Then sand smooth with medium (100-grit) sandpaper.

 

4. Caulk Joints And Gaps

To ensure a good-looking paint job and to prevent water penetration and indoor drafts, caulk all joints where the siding meets the windows, door trim and other openings. Use a paintable acrylic latex or silicone acrylic caulk, but be sure to remove old caulk before caulking each area. Don’t forget to caulk around outdoor electrical boxes, outdoor water faucets and exterior lights; caulk under door thresholds and window sills.

 

5. Re-putty Window Glass

Re-putty any windows where the glazing compound is cracked or missing. Be sure to remove any old putty (and try to get down to the bare wood of the sash). Use an artist’s brush and an oil-based primer to prime the bare wood. After the primer dries, apply a new bead of glazing compound. Follow directions on the glazing compound container for specific drying times before starting to paint.

 

6. Prime All Bare Wood

New paint will not adhere without proper priming. So prime all bare wood, scraped/sanded areas, and all areas filled with surfacing compound. When in doubt about a surface, prime. To ensure better coverage of the topcoat, have Lowe’s tint the primer to a colour that’s identical or close to the topcoat.

 

Wear a good-quality face mask designed to filter out lead particles. Inexpensive dust masks won’t do the job. Lead-filtering masks and replacement filter cartridges are available at Lowe’s, or from safety equipment dealers.

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Wear old clothes that can be thrown away.

Use dropcloths to catch as many paint chips as possible and then dispose of them properly.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to revamp your space and get a whole new look. That is unless you’re doing it all wrong. But, a quality paint job is easy to achieve — when you prepare the surface correctly and use the right tools and products.

We’ve rounded up the most common painting mistakes that you may be making as well as simple fixes to get your projects done right.

1. Pulling painter’s tape up after the paint dries.
It’s best to rip it off right after you apply, otherwise the dried latex may come up with the adhesive.

2. You scrub your bushes at the end of each day.
If you haven’t completed your project, you can wrap them in plastic wrap and secure them with a rubber band. The bristles will stay moist and ready to go.

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3. You dip your paint brush into the can too far.
There’s no reason to dip it all the way to where the bristles meet metal. Only dip it one-third of the way into the can, otherwise you’ll be wasting paint.

4. Using Latex Paint over Oil-Based Paint.
Unintentionally applying latex paint over an oil-based formula seems like a shortcut, but one that you’ll pay for in the end with peeling and cracking.

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5. Painting a Second Coat Too Soon.
We admit it. When it comes to painting, we want things done ASAP. But applying that all-important second coat before the first layer dries will completely mess up the whole job.

6. Over Applying Paint.
It might seem like it would be better to apply just one thick coat to the wall and call it a day…but that’s where gloppy drips come from.

7. Not Using a Primer.
Whether you’re going from dark to light or just painting over a different type of surface (like wood), a primer really is a must.

Painting is a home improvement project that seems made for Autumn. A fresh coat of paint or a new colour scheme around the house can give a home an entirely new look and feel. But paint can be pungent and the aromas may last if it’s applied at a time of year when it can’t dry while the windows are wide open.

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Paint fumes inside a home can make the home uninhabitable, but painting at a time of year like the Autumn, when you can keep the windows open during and after the project, can help air the home out.
But interior painting isn’t the only painting project homeowners can tackle in the fall. Many exterior paints are temperature-sensitive and need the temperature outside to be above 5C. Paint that freezes won’t dry properly, and homeowners might be left with a costly and unsightly mistake on their hands.

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Autumn temperatures tend to be amenable to both interior and exterior painting projects, just be sure to check the weather forecast before making your first brush stroke!

Most people look online and in the papers for potential new home, so the pictures and the price are a real eye catcher. The right colour of paint can bring in the buyers!

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Rumour has it that we are supposed to use neutral colours, but does anyone know why? They sit in the background and do not get noticed, making your house invisible to the potential buyers.

If you have trouble selecting a suitable but out-of-the-box colour, you could always ask a professional painter and decorator to help you choose. Absolute Decorating are always happy to help you pick and choose what you need to spruce up any home. We complete work in the Enfield and surrounding areas. Manufacturers have ready made pallets for you to choose from.

If you live in an area that regularly sees sunshine, aim for the brighter colours so your house can shine and be noticed by all passers by.

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An important detail when painting is the prep work. If you want a good paint job, you have to prep the surface first. Things like filling in cracks will make the outside look newly refurbished when you are finished.

There are many factors that go into making your home more appealing, which is especially important if you’re trying to sell it. Most people selling a home need to make some changes to the interior in order to increase the value of the property. That usually involves fixing up the kitchen and bathrooms with fixtures and fittings, important rooms buyers always look at, as well as adding a fresh coat of paint here or there to spruce up the room.

What many sellers don’t realize is that buyers will often make a decision on a property before even setting foot inside a house, which is why curb appeal is so important.

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Fresh coat of paint

One way to increase the appeal of your home, and add value in the process, is to use exterior paint in a way that makes your house look a few years younger. Before getting started, you should step outside and look at your property with an unbiased eye. When it comes to paint, you need to look at not only the whole of the house, but also window and door trim, which can often start to peel and flake over an extended period of time.

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Decide what needs to be done first, and then start making the necessary changes. The biggest job you can take on is painting the entire exterior of your house, but this may end up being a necessary evil if the elements have taken their toll over the years. Peeling, blistering, and mildew stains are just a few of the things that can make the exterior of your house look less than its best. These kind of issues will definitely affect the value of the house when it comes time to sell, so it’s important to take care of it sooner rather than later. The money you invest will be returned in the form of increased property value.

 

If you require our help or services when painting the exterior of your house, visit http://www.absolutedecorating.com/ or alternatly give us a ring on 0797 6404742 for a free quote!

 

Whether the paint is peeling or you just want to change your home’s look, a fresh coat of paint can make a dramatic difference.

Colour can be used to create a mood and evoke an emotional response. Certain colours can energize – think red, orange and yellow – while others can be calming – blues, greens and purples. Neutral colours like white convey simplicity and cleanliness.

But before the first brush is dipped into the paint can, make sure to prep the surfaces. On the exterior, peeling or chipped paint needs to be scraped away and bare wood needs to be primed. Inside, walls need to be cleaned and trim taped off.

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PREPARE THE SURFACE BEFORE PAINTING

Take time to caulk all joints, cracks and seams in the surface before painting.

Before painting windows, check around the window panes for loose or missing putty. Replace the putty in these areas before starting the painting job.

Always clean the surface to be painted. Use a wire brush, sanding block or power sander to remove loose paint and grime before applying the primer coat

Use plastic or paper drop cloths to cover sidewalks, shrubbery or other areas needing protection before you start the painting. Use drop cloths to cover floors, furniture, etc., for indoor painting.

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PROVEN PAINTING POINTERS

Thoroughly mix the paint by following the steps outlined in this image. Pour off, into another container, any thin portion of the paint that is floating on top. Use a paddle to stir the paste settled in the bottom of the can. Stir in a small amount of the thin portion of the paint and use the paint paddle to stir with a figure eight motion. As you stir, gradually mix the thin portion back into the main paint can. Finally, pour the paint back and forth from one container to another. This will thoroughly mix the paint and bring it to the proper thickness for application.

Use masking tape where two paint colours come together for a much neater job. Apply the masking tape at the point where the two colours join.

When you’re painting corners, always use the flat side of the brush.

Avoid paint ridges and lap marks on a flat surface by always stroking into the wet paint area, never away from it. Blend each stroke of the brush toward the wet paint area, bringing the layer you’re applying into the wet paint previously applied.

If you are planning a small outside painting job, you may be bothered by insects flying into the newly applied paint. To avoid this problem, add a small amount of insect repellent to the paint when it is mixed.

When you’re painting with a roller, start the job by making several criss-cross strokes on the area to be painted. After you’ve made these strokes, continue to work up and down to spread the newly applied paint evenly over the area.

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CLEANING UP AFTER THE PAINT JOB

Special waterless hand cleaners remove both latex-base and oil-base paints easily and quickly. These waterless hand cleaners will not irritate your skin like many solvents.

Take care of your brushes by cleaning them carefully after each painting job is done and then wrapping and storing them for future use.

Wash latex paints out of a brush with clear warm water.

Clean brushes used with oil-base paints with regular paint cleaner or some type of solvent. Clean the brush thoroughly, then wrap it in wax paper and store it for future use.

Clean rollers in the same basic way as paintbrushes. Take time to clean them thoroughly.

 

Source: fremonttribune.com

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