What Color Should I Paint My House

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Exterior house paint colors with the DIY: the ideal solution to combine savings and fantasy.

You know, one of the better trades rewarded is that of a painter. Certainly that’s the first thought that comes to mind when you toss and turn in your hands the quote just arrived by the trader to satisfy our desire to renew the color of the walls of the House. Needless to say, at a time of spending review, the cost is of importance. But if the intervention of “revitalization” of the walls cannot be postponed, your best bet is the do-it-yourselfer who, as you will see later, is increasingly accessible to all, look for the now widespread availability of equipment and materials basically similar to those of the technicians, or because in the wake of “Paint your life” the need to give a touch of originality staff also to our House has become a very interesting opportunity to express creativity and personality.

Given that the most difficult part is undoubtedly the choice of colors, and that WardLogHome.com has already responded with a detailed post on the topic, whether newbies of DIY or expert decorators, pull it into the world of self-painting.

Preparation and equipment: well begun

“Well begun is half done”, goes the old but wise said. And in fact, as in all things, even in the “art of painting” the preparation is of substantial importance that impacts all over the continuation of the work.

The preparatory phase can be schematically divided into three parts, namely: the design (choice of colors, combinations, types, accessories); checking or sourcing of equipment and material needed; the preparation of the room to the application of color.

Time to go past the first of three phases, you must focus on equipment: it is very important and we support in times of trouble especially if we have little experience. For this is never overlooked the presence of:

  • Brushes and rollers of different sizes to be used in various situations in which we find ourselves (reach corners, ceilings, walls wide, remodel or refinish, etc …), with, if possible, adjustable handles of different sizes.
  • Latex gloves and a plastic eye protection mask to protect from spills.
  • A jar of ready plaster with relative spatula, needed to smooth the surface of the wall before applying the color.
  • Enough plastic sheeting to repair the floors and furniture area needed to be covered.
  • The indispensable masking tape to protect subjects at risk as light switches, door jambs and any other object that could “limit” with the surface to be treated.
  • If it is necessary to coarse sandpaper, for the possible preparation of the wall.
  • A pair of pliers to remove any nails planted in the wall.
  • A ladder tall enough.
  • At least a couple of buckets or containers for each of the colors in order to dilute and prepare the paint.
  • A large number of old newspapers.

The water: ideal for do-it-yourselfers

Something is missing to the equipment, right? In fact, it lacks the “raw material”, i.e. the paint to be applied. Commercially, the most widespread and suitable for DIY is today the water in a large number of hue, density, size of packaging and the intended use (internal or external). Needs to be mixed with water before use in a proportional quantity which is always indicated on the package.

The water usage compared to traditional tempera, it is much easier and also normally has a number of features that, depending on the type, are more or less marked. You can then choose a painting more humid environments – suitable mainly breathable as wine cellars and taverns or parties upon contact with water like bathrooms and kitchens – or a washable, waterproof and normally suited in bright colors and finishes are most valuable. You can also find in the case, sanitizing-mould and paint, normally based on acrylic resins, or thermal insulation, too.

Prepare the room

It is trite to say that working in an empty room is the best situation possible. The thing though is not always feasible, given the fact that normally the majority of furniture is not easily transportable or there are sufficient spaces “provisional” welcome them. In this case, the walls to be painted, as well as discoveries have even one meter of space ahead, which makes work much easier. For this, your best bet is to bring everything in the middle of the room, covering it with towels. If possible, it is better to remove lamps, remove the curtains and any other object that is easy to remove. If the wall is uniform, may be sufficient to remove the nails and possibly touch up small marks or cracks with putty, while most irregular situations, old walls or uneven paint (especially when tempera) it will be necessary to use sandpaper to restore the surface to a proper consistency to welcome the new paint. To do this it is a good idea to protect themselves with masks to avoid breathing dust produced.

Lastly, proceed to the protection of skirting boards, switches, door frames and door handles with paper tape and place thoroughly old newspapers on the floor above the protective cover.

Smooth surfaces, enough space to work and protected objects: these are the three elements that make us “ready to paint”.

Paint: actually the easy part

If everything said above is well translated into practice, apply the color on the wall is the most easy (and fun). Of course, this is true if you do not want to join difficult decorations or special technical solutions that require some experience and knowledge of their means. But in general, to evenly apply the color you just choose a direction of “stroke” and respect it along the wall, preferably chosen based on the location of light sources in order to make the effect as uniform as possible. According to the different types of paint used and instructions are always present on the packaging, it makes sense to give different “hands” of paint, finishing with brushes of different sizes the most delicate parts like corners or those close to objects that had protected with Ribbon like switches.

In general, except in special situations, colors or desired effect, with the water a few coats are sufficient for an even result. We must of course wait until the correct drying of the first hand before proceeding with the second and choose a direction perpendicular to the previous if possible. Do not rush. The fine finish and well done will often make a substantial difference between a clean and appealing glance and a feeling of “amateurism” must be avoided.

In short, do-it-yourselfers but good for your mind, your body and your wallet. It is also a solution that will give you great satisfaction. Don’t be too daring. If you don’t have much practice, started by something as simple as a closet or a bathroom, and then in increasingly complex situations. Learning is not difficult: and from that moment, your imagination has no limits.

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