One thing that everyone wants during any project is to find a perfect balance of quality and price. The same thing applies to paint jobs as well. You surely don’t want to be paying a large sum of money for a lousy paint job and get ripped off. So, here are a few tips to assess the price of your paint job:
- Prep time: If you want your paint to last long, then you should have a smooth base which does not have any kind of spots and stains. One simple thing you should consider while hiring any contractors or painters is the time they allot as cleanup and prep time. This is something you might overlook as you go through the total amount estimate. To avoid cost leakages make sure you ask for a tentative breakdown allotted for labor hours and materials.
- Area of your space: One of the key factors in determining the total cost of your paint job is the surface area of the space you intend on painting. We all know that the price of painting your whole house will cost more than painting just a couple of rooms. So, avoid comparing apples and oranges and make sure you compare the price that you are paying based on the total area that you are going to paint.
- The paint: There are different brands of paint available in the market that are of different quality and price. It can be a tough choice, but, you can evaluate your paint based on quality and the price of the paint. If the quality seems reasonable for the price you are paying, then you got a good bargain but if it is not, then you are paying a lot more than what you actually should. Also, another thing you should consider is that some companies often boast that their premium paint are self-priming and that one coat of it will be enough. Others, purposefully don’t mention the number of coats required which can lead to your walls being chalky and you having to redo your entire your space from the start.
- Hidden costs: Some contractors will charge extra for things such as moving large furniture or to paint ceilings or modules which are taller than the standard height. Given that these things require extra effort for the contractors they need to make sure they have their costs covered. So, make sure you ask your contractor about all their costs to avoid unexpected expenses.
- Materials: Before your paint job and after you decide on a contractor, ask them for a list of materials that is required for the paint job and the work that should be done on the that you intend on painting. By doing this, you will be aware of all the components involved in the paint job and will be equipped to estimate the price.
- Environment: One thing that most people forget to consider while assessing costs is the weather conditions. If the weather is too hot or cold or the humidity in the air is too high, then you will have to take extra precautions to maintain the proper consistency and the drying time which might cost you. So, go ahead and discuss this with your contractor.
The next time you paint or repaint your space, keep this tips in mind to ensure you get your money’s worth.
Primers are one of the saving graces to any dry, cracked, and uneven walls. Prepping your walls with primer before painting is an integral part of the painting process because primers act as glue, and it adheres to your walls, leaving you with a smooth and uniform surface to paint. Although skipping this step might seem tempting, the results will almost always be disappointing as paint applied to un-primed surfaces are prone to peeling, cracking, and chalking. A good primer job improves the paint’s hide and the ability to cover and reduces the number of coats of paint required to achieve a smooth finish. So, including priming in your paint job will help you get your money’s worth by requiring fewer coats of paint and making the paint job more durable. In order to guide you through the priming process here are 5 things you should know about primers before painting your walls:
Types of primers
There are different types of primers available for various purposes, and if not used properly, the paint might not adhere to the surface properly. Wall primers are either available as oil-based or latex-based. Oil primers are used for surfaces that have chalked and cracked up paint. On the other hand, latex primers are used for dry walls and to provide a flexible finish with cracking and peeling resistance. The best part about latex primers is that they can be cleaned using soap and water.
All primers must be applied to clean, grease-free surfaces (for some, the surface must also be moisture free). Any type of residue left on the wall might cause a hindrance to the primer and get in the way of the smoothness of the coats of paint. Lightly sanding the surface before you begin priming is something you can try to make sure your paint job is great. If you choose to sand, make sure you clean up the dust by using a damp cloth to ensure there isn’t any surface residue when you start priming your walls.
Cover up option
Primers can be used to cover up a dark wall, paint a lightly colored wall, or simply paint over another dark color. Some of you might think that a primer might not be necessary for the latter option, but covering a dark-colored wall with another dark color is a challenging feat, and if you don’t follow the right steps, the result might not be how you pictured it. Also, using a primer will prove to be a lot cheaper as only a couple of coats of primer and one coat of paint is sufficient to cover up the surface compared to the 6-7 coats of paint alone. A great tip is to tint your primer gray to further reduce the number of primer coats.
Durable and Cost-Effective
The biggest selling point of primers is probably the fact that they help make your paint job more durable and make it more cost-effective. Plus, in the process, primers help adhere the paint to your walls properly, which is cost-effective and makes your paint job aesthetically appealing. Even though it might seem like an extra cost to you now, in the long run, it will save your money as using a primer will prevent your surface from being chalky, cracking and will make your paint job last a lot longer.
The average drying time of the primer and when you apply the topcoat depends on the manufacturer of the primer. It can vary anywhere from a day to a week. If you fail to follow the directions, it may trigger performance issues and cause adhesion problems. Another thing that you must consider while letting your primer dry is the humidity and the temperature. Most recommend putting on the primer when the temperature is around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (or 25 degrees Celsius) and with a humidity of about 50 percent.
Prepping your walls with a primer is definitely not a step you want to miss during your paint job. While you’re at it, make sure you pay attention to these 5 tips.
If you are thinking of painting your house’s exterior, the first thing you should keep in mind is maintaining an aesthetically pleasing color scheme. Painting all parts of your exterior (rims, doors, walls etc.) the same color would look boring and unappealing, but you want to make sure that the different colors you choose match each other.
To make your life easier here are some of the most popular house exterior color choices categorized based on the vibe you want your house to give off:
If you want your house to have a classic feel, then bold colors might not be the way to go. These days, the most popular exterior paint colors for this category are White Putty, Taupe and Olive Green. The exterior colors follow a neutral paint scheme and are not very eye-catching. It makes the house a perfect match for a colorful landscape, or a decorated patio.
Sea Green as your siding color with white accents can also give your home a classic exterior.
One thing you’ll see in many modern homes is a bold hue in their exterior. This bold hue may not be present in all parts of the exterior portion of the home, but even when it is just present in the trim or in the accent – it makes a statement.
A blue-gray color palette with a white trim is “in” with modern homes. Slate Gray + White + Deep Turquoise and Cream + Deep Blue + Beige are two color combinations that can give your home an elegant, sophisticated look.
“In” with Nature
Paint colors popular in this category too have neutral shades closely revolving around Green and Blue. You might want to look into purchasing Restless Sea, Twinkling Lights, and Nature’s Gift by Behr.
This type of exterior calls for bright, and warm colors. The main colors in trend are Cheerful Yellow, Cinnamon and Pure White. You can couple these colors with white accents which will give a very crisp and clean look.
But, if you aren’t really sure about the kind of vibe to give off and are really just looking for trendy exterior colors, below is a list with a few color options that might help you out.
- Neutral Beige
- Brick Brown
- White, Creams
- Light Grays
Maybe you’re not in the mood to play it safe. Maybe you’re looking for an exterior transformation for your home. Maybe you’re just overwhelmed by all the options and choices. If you’re overwhelmed by all this or if you’re just in the mood for some professional direction, then you can always book a color consultation!
Are you thinking of painting your walls and are unsure whether you should do it yourself or hire a paint contractor? If you’re into DIYs, then painting your walls yourself is definitely a thought that has crossed your mind. But if you’re not one of those people, then painting your walls yourself is definitely something you consider a hassle. Either way, painting an entire room or an entire house may prove to be more work than you might actually think. To make your decision a little easier, here are some of the pros and cons of painting your walls yourself:
A DIY on your walls means you have full control over everything: which shade you want to paint your walls, how you want to paint them and what you want to do with your walls. Some paint contractors may not get the way you envisioned your walls to be colored (though this is unlikely with the right contractor). So, a DIY job will save you the hassle of explaining yourself to someone and will let you take charge.
It is cheaper if you choose to paint your walls yourself. You can save a bit of money as the only things you would need to buy are paint supplies and paint. You won’t need to pay for the labor cost. If your family and friends are looking to take on a DIY project then you could ask them to lend a hand at a “Painting Party,” which could be quite fun. This will save you time and you won’t have to pay for the labor. Just provide pizza and beer!
Quality is one of the few things you might have to compromise if you choose not to hire a professional. Your walls might not have the same polished and professional look and might end up with uneven coats of paints and mismatched spots. Professionals are called professionals for a reason.
Another downside of painting your walls yourself is that the work might not finish in the time that you allotted. The initial plan of finishing the work during a weekend can extend up to a couple of weekends. Plus, the paint finish might not be as you intended it to be. There are multiple things that can hold you back such as unplanned work commitments and family responsibilities and something you didn’t expect! Hiring a painting contractor will ensure your work is finished in an allotted time, something which will most likely get altered if you take on the task.
Professionals can undoubtedly do a better job of painting spaces which required a bit of skill such as places with strange lighting or spaces that require a lot of preparation. It is better and more practical to hire a contractor and have their team get the job done well, than to realize that it’s just out of your depth, and hire a contractor after wasting time, energy and resources.
So are you still in a conundrum or have you made up your mind?
You may have learned that in Denver, Colorado, hardwood floor refinishers don’t refinish staircases! It’s true, they don’t. And most painters don’t refinish staircases (well, at least). The reason is complexity, experience, and, quite simply, there are easier things they could be doing; why get in that soup if you don’t have to?
Staircases are complex for 3 reasons: they typically have lots of components (balusters, Newell posts, hand-rails, risers, stringers, treads), which are often different species (red oak, white oak, fir) and different finishes (stain & paint).
And, they’re almost always the only way to get to the bedroom areas in a house, so they’re constant traffic areas during the day, complicating production and necessitating fairly thorough daily clean-up.
Experienced painting & finishing contractors know that there’s a large amount of work that goes into refinishing a staircase, often because they’ve underbid one or two. Also, it’s hard work –- masking a 2-story interior entry/stairwell and sanding spindles, staining and spraying clear finishes — this is top-shelf rated, from a difficulty standpoint.
All that said, the work still needs to be done; how can a home re-design be complete without tying in the staircase to the new floor finish, or the new wood doors, etc.?
Here’s the DIY guide to refinishing your staircase:
- Remember the first rule in prep: Clean, Dry, Dull.
- With that in mind, sand the existing wood thoroughly so the new stain will adhere. If your wood is going a lighter stain than current, you need to completely remove the existing finish before proceeding. Either way, clean the surfaces very well after sanding – begin with a vacuum, then a clean cloth dampened with mineral spirits or regular paint thinner, or denatured alcohol, or commercially pre-mixed surface prep compound (make sure whatever you use to clean is compatible with your stain or primer).
- If you’re painting your staircase, sanding is still necessary; handrail assemblies get a lot of wear, so your new finish needs to have a strong bond to the existing finish, paint or stain. If you’re painting and you plan on using primer, it too will bond better over a lightly scuffed surface than one that is merely clean.
- New stain/finish combination products can be found in brands like Minwax Polyshades; these are great products but like any other staining project, practice on a piece of scrap wood until you’re comfortable with the color. Remember, you may need to build up layers of color to get to the desired color, being careful not to over-build the finish.
- If you’re going full-boat (new handrails, baserails, Newell posts, stringers, etc.) then the first thing after sanding is to apply your new stain. Working with traditional oil-based stains is easier than water-based because they penetrate easier, and tend to be more uniform. If using water-based, you may need to “water-pop” the wood before applying stain. Check Youtube for info on this procedure.
- Important note on stain: let it dry for the recommended period. If you don’t, your finish coats won’t.
- If your new stair features iron balusters, the old wood ones will need to be removed first and the baserail will need to be refit (drilled or chiseled) to accept the baluster base. Refinishing the baserail before reinstalling the new balusters is a huge time saver!
- If your balusters are paint and rails are stain, then it’s almost always easier to finish the handrail and baserail first in the new stain color, then carefully mask them with Frog brand tape (made by Shurtech, available everywhere!). Once the baserail is taped you can begin to repaint the balusters.
- Stringers & risers: Do these last – and if you’re in a busy, high-traffic home, do the risers one half (right or left) all the way up, block traffic on that side so the kids don’t kick the soft paint as they’re trotting up, and the next day finish the other side and block it.
- Final steps: Unmasking, touching up after runner (if one is being installed) and other areas that look like they might need a little extra TLC.
Note: If you have basement and main stairs, begin with the basement — these stairs are often much simpler, and in less visible light, so they make great practice areas.
Refinishing your staircase is only complex because of the many components and high-usage. Aside from that it’s still just stain and paint, so don’t get psyched out! Just take your time and don’t rush application or drying.
If you’re located in Denver, CO, get your staircase refinished professionally! Contact the crew at Imhoff Fine Residential Painting today for an estimate.