Fun & Easy Interior Painting Ideas For Your Home

Interior painting is not only important but it is fun.  I remember the first time I got to pick the colors for my bedroom.  I got to display my creativity and have the satisfaction of knowing that the interior painting design and work was mine.

3 Interior Painting Ideas:

  1. Wallpapered RoomUse stencils to add a little elegance or a little zing.  Some rooms may benefit from a picture rather than just solid color.  For instance, maybe your child’s room would look more fun with some farm animals or a jungle painted on the wall.  Maybe your kitchen would look brighter with pictures of fruit on the wall to make your walls look like an orchard that needs picked.  With stencils you can create a whole new world right on the room’s wall.  Stencils can be bought almost anywhere that sells interior painting supplies or school and art supplies.
  2. Stripes are a lot of fun in the right room of the house.  Be sure and use smaller width stripes for small rooms and bigger stripes for big rooms.  Paint a solid color on the wall first.  Use a measuring tape to decide how far apart you want your stripes.  Use a chalk line or laser level to make sure that the lines are straight. Use painters tape to guide you where to paint.  If you alternate matte finish with gloss finish paint it will add some dimension to your stripped walls.
  3. Some rooms might look pretty awesome with geometric shape patterns on the wall.  First be sure and draw out a design on paper.  Graphing paper or ruled paper is best.  I like to use colored pencils to fill in what colors I want on the wall.  Use a pencil to draw the design on the wall.  Use a chalk line to make sure your design is straight and even.  Masking tape or painters tape is great for laying out the designs. Then just fill in the spaces with paint.

Paint is such a versatile thing and your walls are a great space to turn that versatility into creativity.  If your walls need painted there is no reason not to have a little fun.  If your décor needs updated, update it with a little fresh paint.  Even subtle and elegant tones can be fun and display your personality.  Never be afraid to be a little playful while interior painting.

6 Places To Use Eggshell Paint In Your Home

Eggshell PaintI love eggshell paint and how practical it is. It gives you more durability, clean-ability and moisture resistance than flat paint without the crazy shine of a semi-gloss or gloss paint. Here are my 6 favorite places to use eggshell paint.

Use Eggshell Paint in your Kitchen

Eggshell paint is perfect to use in your kitchen for a variety of reasons. First, it helps to protect your walls from moisture. If you don’t have a water proof back splash, eggshell paint is perfect for this area. Second, eggshell paint cleans up very easily, food and other particles do not stick to it as easily as flat paint.

Use Eggshell Paint in your Bathroom

This one has the same reasons as a kitchen. Your bathroom is exposed to even more moisture than your kitchen, especially around the toilet, tub and sink.

Use Eggshell Paint in your Kids Rooms

If your kids are anything like my kids they love to draw their walls, get dirty hand prints on the wall, makeup, marker, crayon and anything else you can think of. I don’t enjoy repainting their rooms every year (or month!), so a good washable eggshell paint is perfect for kids rooms.

Use Eggshell Paint in Low Light Rooms

If you have a basement or any other rooms that does not receive good lighting, and eggshell paint can help brighten the room. The reflective properties (although very subtle in eggshell) help to bounce light around a room and give it a brighter look. Flat paints absorb light and can make a room darker.

Use Eggshell Paint in your Garage

With all of the dirt, dust, and exhaust in a garage, the typical flat white paint that most people use in their garages is just about the worst paint you could put on a garage wall. An eggshell paint will help with durability and clean-ability while not giving the garage a crazy shine like a semi-gloss would.

Use Eggshell Paint on your Exterior

I tell my clients all the time that eggshell paints are great for exteriors. They better resist moisture and they clean easily. If you have had a flat paint on your exterior before, you have probably noticed that dust tends to stick to it and after time, your entire exterior tends to look dirty. With an eggshell paint, you can clean your exterior with a hose or low pressure power washer yearly to keep it looking great.

What Is The Best Bathroom Paint?

Bathroom PaintMany of my clients often ask me what the best bathroom paint is. There are two ways of attempting to answer this question. The first is which type of paint is the best bathroom paint while the second is which brand of paint is the best bathroom paint.

I am going to tack the first topic here of what type of bathroom paint is best. You will see by the end that the brand is secondary.

When you are looking for bathroom paint, you will want to think about a few factors.

  • Bathrooms are hot and steamy. Moisture in the air will be a big problem.
  • Walls will get splashed around the tub, sink and toilet. Again, moisture will be an issue for bathroom paint.
  • Bacteria and mold can easily grow around your tub, toilet and sink. This must be taken into account when choosing bathroom paint.
  • Durability. Normal wear around light switches and other areas where hands will come into contact with the walls.

To deal with moisture issues your first line of defense in bathroom paints is the seen. Flat paints have a flat look because the surface is actually very rigid. This rigid surface holds water, moisture and dirt on the walls. This can speed up water damage, hold dirt and bacterial and speed growth of mold and bacteria, and this rigid surface makes the paint harder to clean.

Satin, eggshell or semi-gloss bathroom paints have a more flat surface that will not hold water and bacteria and will be easier to clean. So it is always good to have at least some sheen in your bathroom paint.

Next you will want to look for a bathroom paint that has anti-mold and mildew properties. You will find that most all paint brands have a bathroom or wall paint that is mold, mildew and stain resistant.

A few quick things about these types of bathroom paints. 1 – They contain mildewcides, these are chemicals to help prevent mildew and mold. If you want a chemical free home, stay away from these. 2 – They do not kill mold or mildew, they merely help prevent. 3 – Oil based paint are fantastic for growing mold, they feed off alkyd paints!

Summary of Bathroom Paint

To get the best possible bathroom paint, you should be using water based, eggshell or higher sheen paint with mildew resistant properties and start on a clean surface. If you choose to skip the mildew resistant properties, then make sure to keep your bathroom as moisture free as possible by running the fan and cleaning wet surfaces immediately (which is a good idea anyway!).

So Which Brand of Bathroom Paint is Best?

If you are interested in which brand is the best bathroom paint, I would say that the brands all have pretty similar products on the market and it really just boils down to the price of your bathroom paint. Sherwin Williams has a great but expensive bathroom paint and Benjamin Moore has a great Kitchen and Bath paint that is also quite expensive. There are many other brands that offer great products at even better prices, so shop around and ask a lot of questions.

 

Interior Decorating: Heat up the Bedroom with Red

Red is passion, fire, excitement, and danger. It warms and warns, boldly demanding immediate attention in its purest forms (think of a stop sign).

A fire-cracker of an intense color like red requires special attention when used as an interior color in a home. The following images feature bedrooms decorated with various amounts and shades of red. If something catches your eye, fan the flame and get to decorating.  I’ve made some notes about each room, but would love to hear what you think as well.  (Simply leave a comment.)

Bedroom with Dramatic Red Walls

Dramatic Red Walls

  • Faux red marbled walls contrast white bedding and fireplace
  • Red, white, and black theme duplicated in wall art
  • Black frames and bedspread design create hard edges
  • Gothic, masculine

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom with Red Bedspread and Canopy

Luxurious Red Bedspread & Canopy

 

  • Asian-inspired color scheme
  • Gauze canopy adds intrigue
  • Minimal decorative accessories
  • Airy, light, sensuous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom with Red Walls

Artistic Red Walls

 

  • Unusual pairing of red and purple
  • Creative, swirling wall art
  • Red wall is quieted by the lighter colored bedspread
  • Modern, yet comfortable

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Deep red asymmetrical accent wall

    Bedroom with Red Wall

    Asymmetrical Red Wall

  • Gold pillows and drapery are elegant touches to simple color scheme
  • Black metal table and headboard add contemporary flair

 

If the walls of your bedroom are not red (and you aren’t planning to paint them red anytime soon) accessories are the necessary conduit for color. The following items, ranked in order of “hotness” are a good place to start.

Hot: Bold wall art and picture frames add splashes of color; geometric shapes provide focal points and visual resting places.

Red Wall Art

Swirling Red Wall Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotter: Curvy red lamps, vases, and sculptures; the eye does love an hour-glass figure (especially the male eye)

Red Accessories Banner

Sensual Decorative Accessories

 

Hottest: Satin or silk sheets, comforter, or bedspread; very impractical but fun on occasion (wink, wink)

Luxurious Bedding

Romantic Bed Ensemble

 

Red Satin Bedding

Red Satin Bedding

Red Satin Sheets

Luxurious Satin Sheets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Only Blue Will Do

It’s my favorite color and quite likely yours, too. Blue, ranging from the palest baby blue to a midnight blue/black, is pleasing to the eye and calming to the soul.

The following interior decorating photos and descriptions feature various ways to enjoy this magnificent color (you can tell it’s my favorite) inside of your own home.

Light Blue Living Room

Light Blue Living Room

 

PEACEFUL The first word I think of when I see this lovely living room is peace. The calming light blue is like a perfect sky. White birds, perhaps doves, further the peaceful theme. Note that medium and dark blues are found in the framed wall prints, throw pillows, and patterned rug and drapes.

Robin Egg Blue Room

Robin Egg Blue Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOPHISTICATED & FUN This room beckons a modern woman.  Whether working online, painting her nails, or relaxing with a cup of tea, she will enjoy the simple luxury.  Check out the perfectly matching drapes and classically patterned fabric chairs.  Photos, perhaps enlarged family favorites, add a touch of intimacy.

 

 

 

 

 

Medium Blue Dining Room

Medium Blue Dining Roo

 

DRAMATIC Can you sense the drama created by the large picture window meeting the highly saturated blue wall?  This room looks like an executive meeting room where decisions and plans are made.

 

Medium Blue Kitchen

Medium Blue Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOLD Bold blue is an interesting choice for kitchen cabinets. A light blue Formica counter brings funky diners to mind.  The color blue acts as an appetite suppressant; perhaps the folks who live here are on a diet.

Dusk Blue Bathroom

Dusk Blue Bathroom

 

 

 

 

 

SLEEK & RESTFUL Most young men would enjoy this modern bathroom.  Beautiful blue tiles resist water and provide contrast to the matte silver of the tub and sink.

Painters Pyramid Review

Painters PyramidIn the painting industry, profit margins are low and time is very valuable. As the downward economic spiral continues, as a business, we need to be always be on the lookout for ways to cut our production costs but keep the quality we deliver at our high standards.

This is why I am always on the lookout for new products and procedures that could potential help our painters achieve their jobs faster, achieve higher quality or both.

Recently I was in Home Depot and I came across a product called Painter’s Pyramid. This product looked simple enough, it is literally 10 little triangle pyramids roughly 2 inches high each, but looking at it I though it could really have some potential for painting cabinet doors. So I purchased two packages of these Painter’s Pyramids.

A Little Background Painting Cabinet Doors

When painters spray cabinet doors, there are basically two ways of doing this.

The first and fastest way is to hang them vertically (I will be adding a post about this method soon). This allows you to spray both sides of the doors at once and you can complete your spraying in a relatively small area. In order to spray this way a painter must have lots of practice and be extremely good at finishing as it is very easy to get runs in your finish.

The second way, and the easiest for painters, is to lay them flat on a table and spray one side at a time. By laying them flat painters are able to spray without getting any runs. This is the way we start all new painters or we will spray this way on site if there is no way of hanging our doors.

We used the Painter’s Pyramids for spraying our doors flat on a table. If you lay your doors directly on the table you can have multiple problems. The first is that the paint will bond your door to the table, which is obviously a big problem. The second is that it is very hard to get your spray gun low enough to the table to spray the edges properly.

The Painter’s Pyramid actually solves both of those problems quite nicely. By placing four of these pyramids under the door while spraying we were able to lift the door up off the table (2″). This allowed us to get the spray gun to a proper angle for spraying the edges of the doors and to not have any paint build up where the door meets the table.

Obviously most painters have figured out solutions to these problems already such as placing blocks of woods, sanding sponges or something else under their doors while spraying, but the Painters Pyramids had a couple of hidden benefits as well.

Because the pyramids come to a nice point on the top and you can put many of them under your doors. They don’t damage the bottom sides of your doors while spraying. They also make it quite easy to get your hands under the doors and move them to a drying area.

Painters Pyramid Conclusion

For the $8-$12 you will have to spend on a pack of 10 of these pyramids they are a great tool to have in your painting arsenal. I have stocked our painters all with 30+ pyramids each. Since they don’t take up a lot of space they are really a no brainer for any painter looking for ways to get an edge.

Although we don’t use them for much else, I can definitely think of quite a few ways that other painters or homeowners could use the Painters Pyramid. Painting Furniture, Doors, Double Hung Windows, anything that is not attached really.

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How To Clean Paint Brushes

How To Clean Paint Brushes

I’ve seen it nearly 100 times. Someone has bought a beautiful paint brush that cost almost $20, but after one project the brush is ruined, it is stiff as a rock or the bristles are all frayed and pointing in every direction. With good care a brush can last years, even with frequent use. Here are a few tips on caring and cleaning your brush.

1) Save the packaging it came in. If you store your brush in this packaging when you are not using it, it will help keep the nice form of your brush and keep the bristles from going in different directions.

2) When painting, never dip the brush so far into the paint where the paint goes all the way to the metal.

3) When cleaning your brush, use a brush spinner or spin the brush in your hands. This will use centripetal force to whip the paint that is inside the brush out of the brush.

4) Make sure to use the appropriate cleaning solution. If you used a water based paint, clean the brush with hot water. If you used an oil based paint, clean the brush with paint thinner or mineral spirits.

5) Don’t just clean your brush, CLEAN your brush. Many people stop too early when cleaning a brush. If there is any paint residue left in your brush, this will harden as the brush dries out and ruin your brush. Continue to rinse the brush until the water or thinner coming out of your brush is crystal clear.

6) Clean your brush upside down. This will allow the water to flow to the heel of the brush and rinse away the residue that is buried deep near the heal.

7) When cleaning with a thinner such as paint thinner, have a dirty bucket, medium bucket and clean bucket and save these buckets for cleaning in the future. When you finish painting, first use the dirty thinner, then move on to the kind of dirty cleaner and do a final rinse in the clean thinner. This will reduce your waste, and you can keep these buckets for future use. Tip: I save jars from around the house to use for cleaning. Such as jelly, peanut butter or baby formula jars.

Article Written By: Capstone Painting Company

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How To Cut In A Ceiling

Have you ever wondered why it is that when you paint your ceiling lines look like a child just did them? Or how that painter friend of yours can cut in a whole house in the time that it take you to cut in one room?

It’s because you don’t know how to cut in a ceiling like a pro, yet!

I’m going to walk you through all of the tricks and skills that professional painters use to create perfect cut lines and do them quickly.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 – 2 inch angled brush. Preferably this brush will be either nylon or polyester or a mix of both. There are many great brushes out there, but I prefer Purdy and Wooster brushes. Each of these brands has some exceptional brushes to choose from.
  • 1 – 3 foot step ladder, or higher.
  • 1- cut in bucket. I love the Handy Paint Pail by Bercom. With it’s nice handle, magnet and perfect size, it is defiantly worth the investment. www.handypaintpail.com
  • Paint

Getting Started

  1. First you will want to fill your paint pail, I would recommend never filling your pail more than three inches full. This will keep you from dipping your brush too far into the paint and getting too much paint on your brush.
  2. Never dip your brush more than one inch into the paint. This will keep a neat amount of paint only on the tip of your brush. If you get too much paint on the brush and the paint goes all the way up the bristles, you will find it harder to cut a straight line, find more runs, drip more often and ruin the brush sooner.
  3. After dipping the brush, wipe the excess paint off of one side of the brush. The reason for this is that one side of the brush will always be pointing down. If there is paint on the side of the brush pointing down, you will be far more likely to drip paint.
  4. Make sure not to have a large glob of paint on the end of your brush either. As said earlier, too much paint on the end of the brush will make it harder to cut in a straight line.
  5. Most ceilings will have a slight groove where the wall meets the ceiling. This is from sanding and can be very useful when cutting in.
  6. Place your brush against the wall about one inch down from the ceiling. Slightly press the brush against the wall until you have a slight bend in the bristles. Now you will start to slide the brush back and fourth as you work your way up to the ceiling. If your bending your bristles just right, the brush will stop as you hit the ceiling at the perfect spot.
  7. Next you want to gently slide your brush down the wall, make sure to move back and fourth about a 1/4 – 1/8 inch while moving your brush forward a total of about 6 inches per dip. Six inches should be about the average length of ceiling that you are able to cut in per dip.
  8. If you are viewing your work from a poor angle, you will find that your work looks good, until you back up and realize that your cut lines look crooked and like the are either climbing onto the ceiling or they don’t quite get all the way to the ceiling. In order to get a perfect view, you will need to have your head about one foot lower than the ceiling while you work. This will allow a perfect viewing angle where you can work fast and get the best line.
  9. If you notice that your brush is getting dried out near the top or you have gotten too much paint on your brush during the project, stop and clean your brush thoroughly before returning to work.

When finished, stand at different area’s in your room to inspect your work and do touch up’s as necessary.

Congratulations you have just cut in your ceiling like a pro!

Article Written By: Capstone Painting Company

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How To Paint A Wall

Painting a wall is a fairly simple task that can be done by just about anybody. With a few tips and a little bit of work you can have beautiful looking walls in your home in no time.

Materials Needed:
Masking tape, drop cloth, paint brush, roller frame, roller pad (cover), step ladder, flat 1″ mud knife.

Prepping the Wall

  • The first thing you will want to do is to clean the area that you are about to paint. This means that you should remove any furniture and debris from the area.
  • Next you will want to clean the trim. This is done by wiping a wet rag on the trim to remove any old dust. this will help your tape stick better.
  • Make sure to remove any outlet or switch covers from the wall. It is always a good idea to label these and to tape the screws to the cover so that you do not loose them.
  • Last, lay down your drop cloth over the area that you wish to paint.

Taping the Trim.

  • Assuming you have baseboard (or trim) you will need to tape this off. Some people choose to cut this in with a brush, but taping will save you time and create a better finished product. When taping, make sure that your tape does not climb up the wall nor does any trim show when you are finished taping. When you are done taping, it is always a good idea to go back and press your tape firmly with a flat mud or drywall knife to make sure that it is stuck well to the trim.
  • If you would like more help with taping the trim check out our article “How to Tape Trim like a Professional” with many wonderful tips on how to tape like a pro.

Cutting in the Ceiling

  • Once the taping is complete you will want to cut in the ceiling. I like to use a 2-2.5 inch angled brush when I am cutting in. Smaller brushes will not hold as much paint while larger brushes can be hard to work with. When cutting in a ceiling, make sure to use your step ladder and have your head roughly one foot below the ceiling, this will give you the best possible angle to view your cutting while you work. Make sure to work slowly, you should be able to cut in roughly 6-12 inches at a time. One final thing to remember when cutting in a ceiling is to make sure to brush down about 6 inches from the ceiling, this will give you enough room with your roller so that you do not hit the ceiling when rolling your paint onto the wall.
  • If you would like more help with cutting in your ceiling we have an article called “How to Cut in a Ceiling” with some tips on how to cut in ceilings like a pro.

Cutting in the Trim

  • Once you have cut in the ceiling, it is time to cut in the trim. You will do this pretty much the same way as you cut in the ceiling. Use your brush and make sure to apply plenty of paint, but not allow it to pool up where the trim meets the wall. Also, make sure to brush the paint up onto the wall about 6 inches so that you don’t have to roll to close to the wall later on.

Painting the Walls

  • Now that the cutting is complete it is time to roll your paint onto the wall. If you have a lot of walls to paint, it can be a very good idea to purchase an extension pole for your roller frame. This will save your arms and back a lot of work. Fill your paint tray about half full, any more paint will only cause a mess. Before you begin painting, make sure to saturate your roller into the paint, but do not go into the paint deep enough where you get paint onto the sides of your roller frame, this will cause lines of paint to appear while you are rolling the walls.
  • When rolling the walls you should expect to be able to roll around nine square feet of walls per dip if you are using a half inch roller nap. Also make sure not to go too fast, if you do, you will create more flying speckles of paint that can travel a great distance and get on your furniture and floors.

The Second Coat

  • AFter you have finished rolling the walls, you have completed your first coat. Assuming your first coat is dry, It is now time to go back and start cutting in your second coat. Follow the same proceedures for cutting in the ceilings, trim and rolling the walls to complete your second coat.

Clean Up & De-prep

  • Once you have finished the second coat, allow the wall about 30-60 minuets to dry before you remove the tape and put your covers and furniture back in the room. This will make sure that there is no wet paint on the tape when you remove it and the paint will net yet have fully bonded to the tape, making removal easy.

Congratulations you have learned How To Paint A Wall!

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Edina – Interior Remodel

This is a home that Capstone Painting recently painted for a remodeler in Edina.

All of the woodwork was enameled with Benjamin Moore’s water based Satin Impervo. All walls were painted with Benjamin Moore paint as well.