Cleaning Up After an Interior Paint Job

Painting TipsWhen you’re painting an interior room, prepping for the paint job is only half the battle.

It is important to clean up properly after painting the interior of your home in order to protect your floors and other belongings.

Once the paint has dried, it is important to clean it up.

Tools You’ll Need

If you drip while painting and the paint is wet, you can easily wipe it clean with a damp rag. We recommended having one on hand while painting. In most cases, it can be easier to address the drip the instant it happens instead of waiting until you’re finished with the job.

While the paint on your walls is drying, you should clean up all of your tools carefully. Make sure to dump any excess paint from the pans back into the paint buckets unless it has started to dry in which case you should wait for it to dry completely and throw it out.

Make sure to carefully wash your brushes so they can be reused for the next job. For latex paint, move a brush along the bottom of a bucket filled with warm water to remove the paint. Rinse with clean water until the water runs dry, and hang with the bristles pointed down. If there’s stubborn dry paint, use a painter’s comb to loosen it.

If you are using rollers, use a scrap piece of wood to scrape the excess paint off of the roller, back into the paint bucket. Rinse the roller in warm water until the water runs clear and leave them to dry. You should discard the roller if you used an oil-based paint.

Secure the remaining paint cans with the lid and store it in a dry space in your home where it won’t freeze or overheat.

Touch Ups

If you’re working on a big project, chances are flecks of paint have landed where they weren’t supposed to go. If there is paint on the carpet, allow it to dry and snip out the paint spots with a pair of scissors.

Remove the masking tape from windows, door frames, and molding. If there is paint on your windows, it can be scraped off with a bladed scraper.

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Choosing Colors for Sun-Filled Rooms

Choosing Colors for Sun-Filled RoomsRenovating a room that’s constantly bathed in sunlight? If the room you’re re-doing gets lots of natural light, choosing a paint color can get tricky. You don’t want something too yellow that mimics the sunlight but you don’t want something that’ll get easily washed out.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for choosing the perfect color for your newly refinished sun-drenched room.

Paint Zen says that if you have a southern-facing room, you should choose your colors carefully: it’s important to avoid too-bright colors, so nix those from the mix. Then, skip the warm colors like yellow, orange, and gold—too much sunlight and sun-inspired paint can make the room feel too warm and ultimately uninviting.

Instead of bright colors, focus on bold: if you want to make a style statement choose something striking like reddish pink, or dark blue.

If you want to balance out the sunlight for a cozy effect, choose something like light gray, or other colors with a blue undertone. The color won’t give a cold effect, it’ll just complement the sunlight.

For rooms that feel a bit too hot after a day of baking in the sun, go with pale blue or green—it may not actually prevent the temperature from rising in the room, but it’ll give it a cooler vibe.

Houzz says that tinted whites will make the sunshine the main event in the room, so if you prefer to highlight the beautiful windows, then choose an off-white or slightly gray-white for the walls.

If your room is a bit small, consider painting the ceiling in the same color you chose for the walls, too—it’ll give the effect of a larger space, and work really well with your cozy sunroom vibe

Even if you have the perfect color in mind, taking on painting a few rooms in your home can be an overwhelming task. Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Prevent Fading House Paint

Prevent Fading House PaintThere’s nothing like fading house paint to make your home look old and unattractive.

If your house is on the market, fading house paint can discourage potential buyers and make your home look like it’s in worse shape than it is. Many homeowners fail to notice fading house paint, since it fades gradually, over time.

However, there are things you can do to prevent fading house paint and keep your home in tip-top shape:

Pick a Color

We’ve all seen photos of beautiful, brightly colored homes. While they’re undoubtedly lovely, they’re also prone to fading. Colors like tans, browns and beiges may not be the most exciting, but they’re the slowest to fade, especially if your home is in a sunny spot.

Don’t Skimp on Quality

You may be hunting for a bargain, but buying cheap paint might wind up costing you more in the long run, as it fades more quickly and requires you to repaint your house more often. Use only high-quality house paints for your property. For some recommendations that have worked for other homeowners, try this thread.

Choose Your Paint Wisely

One common cause of fading is using the wrong type of paint for your surface. For example, using alkali-sensitive paints on high-alkaline surfaces like masonry makes your home more fade-prone.

If you’ve got fading house paint, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181 to fix the problem. We’re the Sunland, California area’s premier choice for house painting services, and will have your home looking freshly painted and as good as new.

Small Tips on Big Paint Jobs

Small Tips on Big Paint JobsIf you’re planning to paint the outside of your home this spring or summer season, listen up!

We have compiled a list of small tips that will come in useful for big paint jobs.

Check the Weather Forecast

In California, it’s typically warm enough to paint so you rarely will run into temperature issues. However, California does experience occasional rain and wind. It is vital that you choose the right time to paint. Pay attention to the forecast and make sure you paint in ideal conditions for ideal results.

Prepare Before You Paint

You might want to roll up your sleeves and start slapping paint onto the house, but if you don’t make sure to prep the surface first, the paint won’t stick. You should clean the siding and trim of your home thoroughly and buff away peeling paint to create a level surface. Cover outdoor furniture, vehicles, plants, or otherwise that might be in the “splash zone.”

Commit to Caulking

It can be a bit of a burden, but you should take this opportunity to caulk any visible holes or cracks. Often times, these can be found around the windows, foundations, or door jambs. Filling these holes will help paint go on smoothly and can also prevent pests from getting in. If you wait to caulk after you’ve painted, the caulk might be visible.

Carefully Consider Color

You should carefully consider the color you’re committing to. We highly suggest sampling colors and painting portions of the wall before you start the “official painting.” Make sure to view the colors in the daylight and evening because they often change under different lights.

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Recognizing the Need for Exterior Paint

Recognizing the Need for Exterior PaintDoes your home need exterior paint? You might not be able to tell. Keep in mind that a fresh paint job is a critical component of home maintenance, and that peeling or chipping paint can make a home that’s otherwise in great condition look run-down. Follow these handy tips to determine whether it’s time for you to hire a painter.

Create a Schedule

The general rule is that houses need to be painted every 5 to 10 years depending on the surface of your home, the climate in your area and the quality of your last paint job, including the quality of paint used. However, your home could need more (or less) frequent painting. For example, a wood surface might need repainting after 3 years, but high-quality painted brick can last up to 13 years.

Southern Exposure

The south and west sides of your house typically get the most sun – and are the first to show signs that your house needs repainting. Most likely, you’ll be able to see that your paint is fading. If you have any doubts, wipe a dry rag or towel in a dark color along the side of your house. If chalky paint comes off, that’s a sure sign it’s time to repaint.

Watch for Cracks

Cracking, chipping, peeling – these are all signs that the paint on your house has seen better days. By this point, you’re actually past due for repainting, since your house has become vulnerable to moisture. If you’ve got a stucco house, this applies to you, too – it’s a myth that stucco doesn’t need regular painting.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs and have decided it’s time for some exterior paint for your home, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’re the Sunland, California area’s premier choice for house painting services.

Neutral Colors for Your Home

Neutral Colors for Your HomeNeutrals are in, and chances are, they always will be. Painting your home in neutral colors might sound simple, but it is a bit more complicated than simply choosing a white or off-white color. Plus, if you go with one neutral color throughout the home, it could give it a bit of an impersonal feel. Here are some tips for choosing neutral colors for your home that will leave your home feeling comfy and looking modern.

What is Neutral?

First of all, let’s define what a “neutral” color is: Hey There Home says it’s not necessarily white, but rather a light to medium color that works well with other colors. The trick is to choose a neutral that has an undertone that will work with the rest of your décor.

What is an Undertone?

Unfamiliar with undertones? That’s okay. To identify an undertone, all you have to do is look at the darkest color on a paint swatch. Whatever that color is, whether it’s black, brown, blue, yellow, or brown, is the undertone for the color you chose.

Samples, Samples, Samples

Make sure you are sampling paint colors before you permanently paint your home with them. Hold swatches up against your furniture. Looking at samples against white walls will make the sample appear lighter, and, according to the Washington Post, often causes people to choose a color that is much too light.

Experiment with Shades

Once you have a color in mind, consider painting surrounding rooms in the same tone, but in a softer shade. It’ll give your home some depth and intrigue, and you won’t have to worry about picking out clashing colors for the rest of the home.

Don’t Forget the Baseboards

Make sure to refresh your baseboards after you paint: a fresh neutral coat with the same scuffed up baseboards will only revamp your room a little bit. Make sure to paint baseboards over again in order to make the fresh coat of paint standout.

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Paint Colors that Sell Homes

Paint Colors that Sell HomesSpring has officially arrived, even though the weather isn’t quite reflecting that yet.  Regardless, “selling season” is here and many people are starting to prepare to sell their homes.

Many real-estate agents will give you the same advice when it comes to selling your home: you must stage it well. From making sure the inside is clear of cutter and presents as a clean, updated space, to making sure the outside is inviting and full of curb appeal.

People often focus on preparing the inside of their home but the outside is just as important.

One way to get the outside of your home to meet potential buyers standards: a fresh coat of paint.

There are several paint colors that are popular among potential buyers include off-white, gray, yellow, lighthouse red. However, how well the color of your home appeals to a buyer is dependent on the look and feel of your neighborhood as well. If all of the homes on your street have bright, eye-catching colors, you probably want to stay away from painting your home a grayish tone. If everyone has an off-white or neutral home you can show a little personality in your trim choice but you should stick to the basics for the majority of the color.

Even if your home is one of these popular colors already, when’s the last time you gave it a good paint job? Years of weather, dirt, debris, and aging in general can give your home a dingy outside appearance. Freshen up you home with a coat of paint which will help it stand out to people purchasing and will be a “job” that they won’t have to do, making it more “move-in ready!”

Painting the the exterior of your home can be a tough job which is why it is important to hire Richard Stewart Painting, the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Painting Your Rental

Painting Your Rental   Are you living in a rental and you’re no longer feeling inspired by the off-white color that covers your walls? Regardless, many people that rent are allowed to paint as long as the landlord is aware and approves the improvement.

If you are eager to paint your rental space, there are various things to consider before you dip your brush in.

Step One: Read Your Lease

Your lease should indicate whether or not you’re allowed to paint the space you’re renting. You should review your lease and see what it states about painting or making changes to the space. If you find that it is unclear legally in your lease or doesn’t say if you can one way or another, proceed to step two.

Step Two: Ask Your Landlord

Many landlords, especially if you’ve been a reliable tenant, will be willing to compromise with you. Plus, some landlords are also appreciative when tenants are willing to paint because it improves the rental space. Make sure to get your landlord’s approval in writing so that he won’t be able to use it as a claim to keep your full security deposit when you move out.

Step Three: Get Specific

If your landlord is okay with you painting your rental, ask him if he has a color scheme preference. Many landlords will allow you to paint if they approve the choice which is understandable. The landlord owns the property so he wants it to be well-maintained. Decide on a color together so that there are no surprises.

Step Four: Paint!

Once you obtain the approval of your landlord, all that’s left is to pick up the brush! If you want to get the job done right, consider hiring professional painters to come in and take care of your space. Your landlord will appreciate your willingness to make sure the paint job looks perfect.

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Paint Your Home’s Exterior this Spring

Spring is getting closer, (thank goodness) and many homeowners are sPaint Your Home’s Exterior this Springtarting to compile a list of spring chores. Many of us start to take care of our landscape in spring months, but spring is also a great season to give your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint.

If you haven’t repainted your home in a few years, spring is the time to consider doing so for several reasons.

Take Advantage of Ideal Weather

The spring is relatively mild for the majority of the country, making it a great season to knock out some outdoor chores. With summer weather often being excruciatingly hot, it’s a great idea to take advantage of spring to get outdoor chores done while weather is tolerable. Consider repainting your home in the spring months when weather is ideal.

Guarantee Durable Finish

Most exterior latex paints will create a durable and protective finish around your home. However, fluctuating temperature can cause paint to lose some of its durability. If the paint dries too quickly on a hot summer day, the paint might not form an impermeable bond. Paint that dries too quickly is also liable to show brush strokes and clumps. If you paint the exterior of your home during mild weather, you might get a more durable and even finish.

Simplify Other Chores

If you’re planning on mulching or planting flowers this spring, consider painting your home’s exterior before you start working on the surrounding landscape. If you complete your gardening work first, all your hard work will be trampled when you start painting. By painting beforehand, your home will look fresh, making your other outdoor projects stand out even more.

Painting the exterior of your home is a huge job, regardless of the size of your home. There is a significant amount of both preparation and skill needed.

Contact Richard Stewart Painting to paint your home’s exterior carefully and artfully.

Breaking News: Small Rooms Can Be Painted Dark Colors

You probably have a room inside of your home that is relatively small and compact but that you’re desperate to make into an inviting space. You’ve probably contemplated painting the room to give it a bit of a face lift but aren’t sure which direction to go in with it.

However, small rooms can be painted using dark colors and it is a common misconception that the two should not be paired together.

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Make It Mighty

Painting a small room a dark color can help the room feel “bold.” Putting a dark color on four small walls expresses that you aren’t afraid to make a statement using your home décor. A bold and dark room often becomes a bit of a sanctuary, making the dark color totally justifiable.

Let There Be Light

Painting a room a dark color does not mean that the room itself has to be dark as a result. You can paint a room a dark shade of green, and as long as a decent amount of light can get through, the room won’t appear nearly as dark as you’ll envision it. If you’re painting a small room a dark space, allow natural light to brighten up the general space.

All About the Accents

If you are going to paint a small room a dark color, you can easily brighten up the space using lighter colored accents. For instance, if you are going to paint a room a dark navy blue color, consider incorporating white accent pieces into the space. Something as simple as a white vase or bold white picture frame can lighten up a room with dark colors.

Consider the Shade

Dark colors can work well in small spaces, however, it is important to pick the most appropriate dark shade for the space you’re working within. For instance, if you are painting a small kitchen, consider going with a “spicy” color such as red or orange which can easily be tied into kitchen decor.  If you are painting a small bedroom, consider going with a shade of gray that can easily be paired with white or blue in order to make it into a softer space.

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