Painting Over Surfaces: Tips For Success

Most surfaces allow you to paint over them. The application process for each of those surfaces is different though. In short, you need to choose the proper paint for the surface, based on what type of surface it is. If that sounds confusing it is because the process can be. The good news is that you can easily get great looking surfaces into the colors you want by first investing in the right type of paint.

Painting wood and other porous surfaces is not as difficult as other types. The benefit here is that these surfaces will easily soak in the paint you are applying on them, even if they have paint already on them. In some cases, it is best to use a chemical solvent to dissolve previous layers of paint first before applying paint over the top. Most finishes and paint types will work fine over the top of wood, drywall or similar porous surfaces.

A bit more challenging is metal. Some types of metal will easily allow other paints to pick up on them. If you need to paint a metal fence or handrail, for example, you can usually doo this fairly easily. For the best application success, be sure that all rust is removed. Run a light sand paper over the top of the metal and then use a spray paint rather than a brush paint. You may need to place a primer coat down especially if the paint is lighter than what is already on the surface.

Painting tile is a bit more difficult. Tile is usually highly glossy which means that paint, as well as other materials, just slide right off of it. This is fine in most cases since it helps you to keep the tile clean. But, if you do want to paint over tile, you will need to find a tile paint. These are sold in most paint specialty shops and online. These paints are able to grab onto the tile better so that the finished product looks great.

If you are trying to paint something that is glossy, it is best to use a layer of flat paint first and then apply the paint you are looking for. That flat paint will form enough of a grip to hold the other layers of paint in place.

Most surfaces do allow you to paint over them, but you do have to be careful with the types of paint you use and the methods of application you use. A professional look is possible in most situations if you take your time and do not over apply too much paint on the project. This is a fantastic way to update the look of any space inexpensively, too.

Interior Painting With Faux Finishes

Faux finishes are one of the more common options you have when it comes to interior painting, but do not think you have just a couple of choices! There are many ways that you can dress up a wall using nothing more than a few tools and some paint. What’s more, faux finishes using paint are far less expensive than purchasing wallpaper to decorate the space with. You do not have to be too creative, or have a lot of experience to have a great looking finished space. The following are some of the more common faux finish options you may want to select from.

Rag Rolling: For a fun and interesting option, consider rag rolling. This gives the wall a lot of pattern and texture to it. The texture basically comes from applying the paint (one or more colors) using a towel or rag rather than using a paintbrush or roller. To create this look, roll paint onto the wall and then roll a rag over the top to pull off some of the paint texture.

Sponging: If you remember sponge painting as a kid, you definitely will love to create the same look on your walls at home, using sponges. The process is the same. You will paint the walls with the color you have selected and then dab the sponge on the wall in various directions. This creates an interesting and one of a kind look.

Antiquing: This process is a different type of faux painting. Here, you will be using a chemical that will help to “crackle” and change out the look of the paint to give it that aged look. You can also do this with just paint, but using colors and application methods that help you to create a faux antique look, such as yellowing are often a better option. The process is quite unique and a lot of fun.

Brick Patterns: To create a faux interior wall of brick, you just need to have a few rectangular brick shaped sponges and the right type of paint. You can then go at the project which allows you to create what looks like a wall of bricks. This particular type of faux painting requires a bit more skill and a lot of patience to get just right.

If there is a texture or a look that you love and you want to create it on your walls, you can do so using just a few tips and tools. Create the look of granite. Select a wood texture. Go with color washing or lime washing. Each of these methods of faux painting is an option you have. It takes just a few extra steps to get this more unique, finished look. It will be interesting and it will look great.

Interior Painting Tips For Lines and Stripes

It looks impressive to have long lines and stripes running across a room. Stripes offer a dramatic presence in any space they are placed in. For those who are looking for something a bit less dramatic but still full of character, you may want to consider the use of interior painting projects using lines that bisect the room either horizontally or vertically. There are many ways to add a lot of character and theme to a room in this way, but do not misunderstand the job. This is one that involves a bit more time and a lot of patience to get just right.

Creating Lines Or Stripes

The first step for this interior painting job is to create lines in pencil (or you can use a chalk line) that represent the areas you will paint (including which color will go where.) This is the most difficult part since you do need to get every line very straight otherwise it will look messy and uneven. For a professional look, be sure you use a measuring tape and a level to ensure each of your lines is perfectly even. Here are some additional tips to creating these paint designs in your room.

Use painters tape to mark off the lines. For example, if you are painting a room with purple stripes of two shades, use painter’s tape across all of the pencil lines you have made allowing only the spaces with the darker color exposed. Paint these.

Allow these stripes to dry thoroughly before removing the painter’s tape.

Repeat the process but this time apply the painter’s tape over the already painted spaces, pressing down firmly on the edges to keep paint from creeping over.

Paint the other spaces with the lighter color and allow them to dry before removing the tape.

For those who are bisecting the room with two colors, use the same technique as listed above. If you find that you are having trouble keeping the lines clean and neat, you can always run a piece of chair rail molding over the actual line. This gives the wall visual and textural appeal and it can help to hide those areas where the paint is not perfect. Without a doubt this project takes a bit more time and patience to get right.

If you are worried about creating the best looking lines, another option is to use a professional to help you with this project. Most of them will be able to help with lines or stripes, assuming they have some experience in creating them. It is possible to create clean looking, beautiful lines in this way. You just need to take the time to do it right.

Indoor Painting Projects

Stencilled Picture Frames

Stenciling a frame is an excellent indoor painting project for beginners. It is easy to make and can be personalized for each room or as a gift for your favorite person.

Begin by purchasing a picture frame that has not been varnished or treated in any way. Pine is a good wood to use. A wooden frame with a flat, wide edge is easier to use and gives you added possibilities in your choice of designs. Lightly sand the frame with sandpaper to remove any roughness. Remove any dust with a tack cloth. A clean frame will insure the paint adheres properly with a smooth finish.

Choose your colors for the frame and the stencil for this indoor painting project. Using the color wheel helps make sure the colors will be in harmony for this indoor painting project. Choose colors that fit in with your décor and enhance the picture you select for your new frame.

Paint your frame with the base colors. Two coats may be necessary. Allow to dry completely.

next choose your stencil. You can use a commercial stencil or make one yourself. The long stem of an ivy leaf is perfect for decorating tall, narrow areas. Different flowers or birds can be used for the corners and randomly placed around the frame. Fabric patterns that you have in your room can be inspirations. You can use the alphabet to personalize the frame. Anything from nature or see around you is a possibility. If you see a picture in a book you can photocopy the page and enlarge or reduce it to fit your frame. The choices are endless for this indoor painting project.

Plan the position of the stencil pattern using paper cutouts. Move the shapes around until you are happy with the design. Trace the designs for the pattern and transfer it to the card stock, acetate or stencil film. Use a craft knife to cut them out. If the acetate or stencil film tears the paint could leak out beyond the outline. Position the design over the frame and apply your accent color. Using a non permanent adhesive helps to hold the pattern in position. Flip the stencil to create a mirror image on the other side of the frame. When using two or more separate colors it may be necessary and easier to make a stencil for each color. Use a different brush for each color to keep the paint from mixing with the other color. Using a sponge is fast and creates texture. Just remember not to overload the sponge with paint. Overloading will allow the paint to seep under the stencil and create a thick uneven border.

Allow the paint to dry for at least 12 hours then apply two protective coats of varnish.

Using these simple steps you can create a beautiful indoor painting project or a beautiful gift that is uniquely yours with very little cost.