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Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Want to make a dramatic change in your kitchen without the dramatic price tag to go along with it? Why not transform your kitchen’s look by painting your kitchen cabinets.

One of the most expensive and time consuming tasks in a kitchen remodel is replacing the kitchen cabinets. But if your cabinets are in good shape, a high quality wood – just an old, out of date color – painting them may be the perfect opportunity to give your kitchen a fresh new look.Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

While it might seem to be a simple DIY project, there is a key point to keep in mind. Most cabinets have a lot of intricate detail; woodwork that can be hard to finish and have it look professional too. Kitchen cabinets are covered in a glossy product designed to be wipeable, scrubable, and take the daily use you give it. That high glossy look is what prevents paint from sticking to it. Which means if you don’t use the proper prep work and the proper paint, your look will be anything but professional.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

If you’ve decided to go the DIY route, where do you begin?

Take a door or drawer to your local paint supplier; he or she can help you find the right paint for your surface.

Remove all hardware and hinges. Thoroughly clean surfaces before starting. Kitchen cabinets can have stuck on grease, oil, wax and grime. Paint is a very forgiving material, but it won’t adhere to a dirty, greasy surface.

You should also sand the surfaces to be open to paint. If there are any dents or marks, now is the time to fill them in with a good wood filler first.

Then prime the surfaces with a good primer designed to block the stain and adhere to paint. Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of paint, depending on the paint and the color you’ve chosen. Always remember to allow each process to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next.

Have a system in place for each drawer, door and hardware. While you may think it will go back easily, nothing is more frustrating than having hardware that simply won’t match up.

While painting your kitchen cabinets may seem like a quick, easy job, nothing says “DIY” more than an incomplete or unprofessional job. Your kitchen is the one area that is always on display when guests arrive.

Make sure you have the time to devote to the job, and the patience to see it through. If you feel unsure, look into hiring a professional painter instead. They can save you time and money in the long run, and give you a high quality look and feel every time.

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What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

“I once lived in an apartment where the tenant before me went crazy with wall color. All down the hall, in the bedroom and living area I could see remnants of red paint. There were red patches down by the base boards, around the trim, and even a little left over color around the wall plates.

It was an apartment; I lived with it.What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

But now that I’m in my own home, I realize how tacky that truly looked. The previous owner also liked color – color I’m not fond of. But I’m scared to paint it. What if I have those same remnants like in my apartment? I want my home to be beautiful.”

Oh, the wonders of paint.

When you go from white to white, every time you paint, even a little drip here or a missed spot there really won’t show very much. But forget to cover a spot of red when you’re changing back to white, and it might as well have a spotlight on it. Everyone that enters your home will see it. Or at least you’ll think they do.

When you’re ready to go from a bright or dark color that penetrates your walls back to a subtle color like white, it takes a little more work that one coat of paint.

Clean walls and painting tools – Before you start painting your walls, clean them first with a mild dish detergent to remove accumulated dirt, grease or grime. Also make sure your painting materials are clean with no trace of the red you painted the walls with in the first place. Its happened many times before; you assume the paint brush or roller cover is clean, you dip it into the white paint, and it goes onto the walls in a sickly color pink.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

Primer – If you listen to the marketing for paints that you can buy at the big box stores, one of their biggest benefits is that the primer is included – only one coat necessary. That’s fine when you’re painting white over white. But when you’re making severe changes – white to red, or red back to white, a little more work is needed. That’s where a primer comes into play. A primer covers the existing paint and gives it a clean coating for the new paint about to be applied.

Paint – Yes, paint matters. If you use a low quality paint, it will provide poor results when hiding the bright or dark color beneath it. What’s worse is it sometimes takes a day or two to show. If you’re in a rush – painting before you move out of an apartment, lets say – your landlord may be upset by the red and white walls left behind.

Drying time – This is one of the most important parts of the job. Its easy to want to rush through and get everything cleaned up and back to normal. If you don’t allow each coat – primer too – to dry completely, it may contribute to poor color and color showing through in certain areas on your walls. Temperature, humidity, type of paint – all matters in drying time. When in doubt, give it extra time.

Want an easier way for guaranteed results? Hire a professional painter instead. Your walls will be the perfect shade of color – whatever you choose – with results you can be proud of every time.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

You love your brand new wall color. But nothing can be more frustrating than creating that first mark on your walls as you’re putting your room back together.

Just because your walls have had a chance to dry doesn’t mean they are “cured”. Even when your interior walls are dry to the touch, time is still needed before your walls can take the use and abuse of every day living.Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

An applied latex paint will be dry to the touch within a matter of minutes, but waiting time for certain activities can take considerably longer.

Re-coat Time

In general, you should allow at least two hours of time between coats of paint. However, certain factors will result in needed additional time, including:

  • Conditions that hinder drying time, such as high humidity or a low temperature
  • Heavily tinted paints
  • A heavy application

If you paint another coat too soon, a variety of problems can occur, including blistering, wrinkling, or an uneven sheen.

How To Choose Color With Paint Samples

Cleaning

Invariably you’ll wind up with sticky hands on your newly coated walls. Beware of cleaning it too early, however, or you could find yourself dealing with a variety of problems, including blistering, paint removal, removal of sheen, or even a crack in the color.

Typically you should allow at least two weeks dry time before you clean the surface. Gloss level will be a factor – high gloss paints have more co-solvents to evaporate, thus require more drying time. Some manufacturers require 30 days, so be sure to talk with your professional painter before he finishes the job.

Applying Tape or Other Sticky Product

If using masking or painters tape is on your decorating to-do list, be sure you allow at least 30 days dry time before applying to newly applied paint. Otherwise tape may pull up the paint when removed. An extended dry time is needed because paint must attain maximum adhesion to its surface, and should have sufficient time to bond with the surface its been applied to.

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Painting Safety For Apartment Property Managers

Apartment property managers certainly have their hands full! Apartment managers have a duty to make sure ALL tenants are taken care of and happy. The more tenants there are, the more difficult it can be to keep everyone happy.

This is especially true when it comes to painting safety. When one apartment in an apartment building is being painted, it can affect the rest of the apartments in the building. How does this happen? The fumes from the painted apartment can travel to the other apartments through the ventilation system and other types of “shared air.” This means that someone a floor above or below the painted apartment could suffer the ill effects of the paint fumes.

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?Painting Safety For Apartment Property Managers

Apartment property managers must make sure that everyone in the building is safe from the potentially harmful fumes of the fresh paint. Here are some tips to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Managers should schedule painting for the fall or the spring when possible. These seasons make it easier for windows to be opened for ventilation while still maintaining the comfort of the tenants.
  • Managers should also notify neighbors in the community about the upcoming paint job. This will help them prepare for the possibility of fumes.
  • Managers need to ensure that only licensed professionals are hired to do the painting. Professionals will have access to the right equipment to ensure the least amount of fumes.
  • Managers should also choose the paint that has the least amount of fumes. Painting professionals can help managers choose the right paint for the job.
  • Managers need to inspect the painted unit while it is being painted and for about 3 days after the project is complete. This inspection should ensure that box fans and other forms of proper ventilation are being used to keep the fumes from bothering tenants.
  • Managers can also offer box fans to neighboring apartments to help remove fumes that manage to escape the painted apartment.

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Common Defects in Paint

Applying wall paint to the surface of a home or a room entails a bit of knowledge on the types of paints, types of surface, and the process that it requires. To make wall paints last longer, you should know about common defects in wall paint application to help avoid mistakes. Here are a few:

Surface preparationCommon Defects in Paint

When painting your home, choosing paint color often becomes the focus while other factors that can affect paint quality and durability are overlooked. Surface preparation, is very crucial in the application of paint on walls and other surfaces. Skipping this step may cause defects such as formation of salt deposits and chalking caused by excess moisture on the surface and around it.

Why Interior Wall Color Is Important

You can avoid this problem by checking and cleaning all surfaces before applying paint. Repair plumbing, ceiling, floors, and other home features that may cause moisture to build up. In some cases, paint fails to hide underlying blemishes and stains. Knowing what type of paint to use as well as the application process, thinning solution, and drying time can most likely help you to avoid this defect.

Moisture under paint

A few other common defects that can be quite noticeable are warping, blistering, and bubbling. These defects occur when moisture gets trapped under layers of paint. Before applying paint, make sure that surface is dry, clean, and free of salt build-up. Going through these steps will also ensure that paint will adhere well on the surface.

Use of different types of paint

Coating surface beyond prescribed number of coatings, painting over wet paint, or using different types of paint on one surface may cause peeling, sagging, or dripping. To avoid these common defects in paint, always use high quality paints, and choose the type of paint that best matches the type of surface to be applied on. Also, be sure to always follow directions as indicated.

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