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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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!

 

A fresh paint a coat can brighten up any home, making it look new. With summer in reach, there’s no reason why we can’t get the ball rolling and get to work. Here are some ideas to spruce up your home!

Adding paint is a great way to freshen up an ordinary-looking fireplace and make it the focal point of the room. You can even paint the existing tile around the fireplace if you’d like. To do so, make sure it is sanded, clean and dry. Then, apply a coat of blocking primer, let it sit overnight and then apply two coats of semigloss latex paint.

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A quick colour change can give an entryway a whole new look, but painting a door isn’t exactly the most fun job on your to-do list.

If your knobs are a little on the boring side, consider replacing them with these vibrant DIY faux malachite knobs by Teal and Lime. Paint them neon and you’ll add a pop of colour that’s sure to give your door a unique personality.

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Whether you want to highlight a specific design feature or just want to add bold colour to your home without a huge commitment, an accent wall adds a unique, dramatic design element. Choose one colour, or pick a fun pattern, like polka dots or an ombre design.

Adding a pattern or print over interior paint creates an instant accent wall…and it’s easy! Just pick out the stencil pattern of your choice from a local craft store and choose a contrasting paint colour you’d like to use. Then, starting with one small section and working your way around the wall, apply the stencil to the area with painter’s tape.

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Step 1: Purchase the Right Tools

When painting a ceiling, be sure to purchase a paint roller with an extension handle. It’s much easier and less tiring to paint a ceiling while standing on the floor rather than on a ladder.

When painting a textured ceiling, be sure to use a thick-nap roller to ensure that you get full coverage over the bumps and irregularities in the textured surface. For a smooth drywall ceiling, you can use a roller with a smooth or shorter nap.

Painting a ceiling may seem overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. And often it’s hard to see what you’re doing since you may be putting white paint over existing white paint, but Home-improvement expert James Young shows us some tricks from the pros.

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Step 2: Prep the Room

To prep the room, remove all of the furniture if possible before you begin painting. Use drop cloths and/or newspaper to protect the floors and any furniture that you must leave in the room.

Use quick-release painter’s tape to mask around trim and the area of the wall where it meets the ceiling.

 

Step 3: Prime the Ceiling

It’s advisable to prime the ceiling before painting, using a primer with stain-blocker. Priming the ceiling or walls before painting should ensure that one coat of paint will be sufficient

 

Step 4: Paint a Cut-In Line on the Ceiling

Begin by painting a cut-in line on the ceiling. This is a 2- to 3-inch strip where the ceiling meets the wall. Start in the corner of the shortest length of the ceiling. For this part of the job, you will need a paintbrush and a stepladder.

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Step 5: Paint the Ceiling

While the cut-in line is still wet, begin painting the ceiling with the roller. This is done while the cut-in line is still wet to prevent a visible line.

The proper technique for painting with a roller is as follows:

  • Dip the roller in the deep portion of the paint tray.
  • Roll it back and forth in the shallow end of the tray to squeeze out excess paint and ensure even coverage on the roller.
  • Use the roller to make a zigzag pattern on the ceiling.
  • Go over the zigzag pattern with straight strokes to even out the paint.
  • Once the paint has dried, you may want to go back and apply a second coat, starting with the cut-in line and finishing with the roller.

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