A Simple Explanation of Paint Versus Stain

A Simple Explanation of Paint Versus Stain

Homeowners often ask us, “Is it okay to paint over existing stain?” or “Can stain be applied to existing paint?”

The answer to this question is both no and yes. Each scenario requires extensive preparation of the home’s exterior or it can cause a complete disaster.

Paint vs. Stain

A benefit of using the staining process is the stains ability to penetrate and protect while enhancing the beauty of surfaces with stain colors that complement them. Although, paint can provide surfaces a coat of protection but the beauty comes from the actual color that covers the surfaces.

Painting Over Stain

Most stains for wood need a protective finish to use in the process, like lacquer, enamel, or varnish. To be able to properly paint over stain, the stain’s glossy finish will need to be removed so the paint can have a surface to accurately adhere to.

The best results can be achieved by hiring a professional painter. The entire area will be sanded down and cleaned to prevent debris and dust from getting trapped in the fresh coach of paint. It also can diminish the paint’s adhesion abilities which can lead to a horrible mess in the fresh paint. The painter will next use a primer to apply to the surface. This prevents the stain color from seeping through and will aid in the paint’s adhesion. Normally, darker stain colors will require a primer tinted in the same shade being used to accurately cover up the appearance. Your chosen painter may also sand the primer coat before applying a coat of paint. Oil-based paint is used for the best results over the stain. A second coat will finish the job once the first coat has thoroughly dried.

Staining Over Paint

If you prefer to switch from paint to stain, there will also be a massive amount of preparation work to complete. Stain typically doesn’t require a primer during preparation but many do-it-yourselfers are not aware of this. This is why we always recommend using a professional painter because they have the necessary skills and knowledge to complete the job successfully the first time.

Choosing Between Paint and Stain

It’s best to stick with one of the other. It offers the best results and lowers maintenance issues. When you are contemplating between using stain and paint, consider the following:

Benefits of Stain

  • Stain allows the natural beauty of a surface to be visible, in terms of both color and texture.
  • Stain isn’t as costly by the gallon, unlike paint, which can greatly affect the total budget of the painting project.
  • Stain normally does not require using primer.

Benefits of Paint

  • Paint comes in various colors, while stain colors can have a limited selection.
  • Paint is available in multiple sheens, stain offers a flat sheen solely.
  • Paint provides more consistency in coverage than stain will.

A professional painting contractor can guide you through all of the extra pros and cons of using each product. This will help you make a decision on which would work best for your situation. As an example, if you have shingles and textured siding, the painter will most likely suggest staining the surface. That will allow the natural color of the surface to serve as a vital architectural element of the home’s exterior.  To hide the flaws of the home’s exterior surface, the painter will likely recommend to utilize paint to create a consistent feel and look. Where your geographical location is will also play a factor in decision making regarding the best option for the home’s exterior. The weather has an effect on how long a certain product last and how well it can withstand the elements within your area’s climate.

Once a final decision has been made on a product, your painter will also help with choosing paint or stain colors, only if necessary. This includes using paint samples so you can see exactly how it will look throughout the day. The skills and expertise of a professional painting contractor will prove to be quite invaluable on projects such as this.

Ways to Give Your Small Room the “Big Room Illusion”

Ways to Give Your Small Room the “Big Room Illusion”


When you have only a small space to work with, everything from furniture arrangement to color will count. Rooms that feel small can give an uncomfortable and confining feeling. Luckily, there are specific design trends that can fool the eye into thinking the room has more space than it actually does.

Colors are a Key Element

By using a monochromatic room design – meaning that different tints and shades of a color – you can give a small room a larger feel rather than if it was painted with various colors. Color consistency can reduce the eyes’ capability to accurately observe the room’s real spatial dimensions. This results in the illusion of a spacious room. Since there will not be much contrast in colors, it can give the room a quite peaceful vibe.

Lighting is Vital for Opening a Space

By allowing natural light inside, it can open up the room. Large windows will instantly bring the outdoors’ spaciousness indoors. You can utilize sheer window covers when you prefer to have more light in the room, you can just pull them fully back. Even if the view isn’t that great, by placing plants or flowers near the window, it can instantly transform the area. Not everyone has the option of natural lighting in every room, but there are many ways to use light fixtures to create the effect that you desire.

Get Rid of Unwanted Clutter

When too much too is present, a small space can feel disorganized and jammed. By keeping rooms tidy, it can contribute to an orderly and open feel. There should not be too many pictures covering the walls. A large painting is more suitable for small rooms rather than using various small paintings or portraits. This causes a room feel too crowded and busy when there is too much going on with the décor or furnishings. Do not forget to keep floors as clean and clear and possible. This is vital in preserving the sense of openness.

Find the Focal Point

We recommend finding a focal point that will catch a person’s eye when taking on the task of revamping a small room. Since focal points are the spotlight in the room, furnishings need to be arranged around the focal point so that the focus is instantly drawn to that one specific area. Don’t forget to keep décor at a minimum.

Make the Best of Your Furniture Arrangement

Furniture often takes up most of the available space in a room. In this day, there are many multi-functional furnishings that aids in avoiding taking up too much space. As an example, try using a chest as a table or a bed with extra drawers for storage.

Furniture should always complement the wall color. Larger furniture needs to be placed against a room’s walls and be sure not to block any pathways. This can maximize any open space available. When furniture or décor blocks the view into a room, it will cause it to look cramped and cluttered. By rearranging furniture out of the way, the room will seem larger.