Painting is probably the most common DIY project a homeowner tackles. Painting an entire house is an entirely different endeavor. In Arizona where ceilings went as high as 16 feet (above), we decided to hire professional painters. House painting is even more challenging with a new house so you’re glad that the builder is responsible … Read More
Picking Paint is Harder than You Think
Who hasn't painted a few walls? After all, painting is the most popular DIY project for homeowners.
But ... picking paint isn't as easy a "picking a color" for your nails: if done right, it will last years (not weeks)! If you want your next painting project to have professional results - we've done all the homework for you.
Picking Colors You'll Love for Years
Even though painting is a relatively inexpensive project, you won't want to be painting every year. That's why it's important to pick colors that you'll love for years. I've used the same paint colors in my homes for years, even though I moved many times.
Your first decision in picking colors is to determine what colors you adore or which inspire you. Maybe you're a primary color gal (like me) or maybe you prefer neutral colors. Can't decide? Look at your wardrobe and you'll find ample inspiration right in your closet or dresser.
Paint Finishes are Just as Important
Matte, glossy, satin ... which is best? Paint sheen is just as important as color and which sheen to use is dependent on where or what you're painting. Baseboard is best in semi-gloss. If you have walls that are textured, you'll definitely want to use flat paint. See our comprehensive breakdown of all paint sheen's and you're on your way to professional results.
Prep & Painting Tools to Get the Job Done
You need more than a roller brush and paint tray for professional results. Like most projects, prepping takes the bulk of your time. Depending on what you're painting, like a brick fireplace or your outdated laminate counter tops, preparing the surface properly will get the best results.
You'll need a bunch of painting tools. Once you see the difference in the outcome of the project, you'll be glad you bought the best ... from paint pails to ladders. See what's in my painting arsenal.
We've got lots of painting articles so consider this your one-stop-shop for everything paint:
- Learn how to calculate how much paint to buy.
- Choose paint colors for small rooms like a small bathroom.
- See how lighting effects how your paint looks and explore more on lighting.
- The DIY painting mistakes you don't want to make.
- Exterior house painting.
- calculate how much paint to buyand how to detect it.
- And so much more ...
For great painting results, make sure you use the best paint brushes and paint you can afford. It will make the time you spend painting worth it and you’ll get to enjoy the results for years. Painting is one of the most popular decorating projects used by homeowners to give their home a new look. … Read More
Getting a great DIY result on a wood stain project doesn’t have to be rocket science. But it does take a little planning on the front end. There’s more to staining wood than brushing on the stain and sealing it. If you’ve got a woodworking project that you’re anxious to stain, here’s what you’ll need to … Read More
Have you tried to buy white paint and gotten confused because there are 100s of white paints? With many types of paint finishes, picking the right finish or sheen is just as difficult.And with no industry standard for paint sheens, it’s no wonder most homeowners are confused. One company’s eggshell can be another company’s satin, … Read More
Buying paint is easy, but you’ve got to figure out how much paint to buy. You have to know the condition of the walls, ceiling and/or trim you’ll be painting, and whether you need a coat of primer first. You also want to include enough paint for touch-ups later on. This is true whether you’re … Read More
Barn red is a color most people recognize. But why red? Why is red traditionally used for painting barns? First you want to ask yourself, why paint a barn in the first place? It’s just a house for animals. Why go through the trouble? A lot of people think you paint a barn or house to … Read More
Color trends are all around us. They affect the clothes we wear, the furniture we buy, and the way we decorate our homes. Some colors may be popular year after year, but they eventually move on. You’ve probably seen a bathroom with
The way we perceive colors is weird. We have three cones in our eyes which perceive red, blue, and green colors. The cones work better in bright light. We also have rods, which can’t detect color, but
Homeowners spend a lot of time picking paint colors. What most of us don’t realize is picking the right paint finish and quality paint is just as important. And it’s not easy when you realize there might be six or more different types of paint finishes
Since you’re reading this article, you’ve probably discovered that picking paint colors is extremely difficult, especially for a bathroom (not to mention the types of paint finishes). With hundreds of colors to choose from, you might be inclined to stick with a safe bathroom paint color like blue or beige.