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Tried and True Interior Decorating Tips

Tried and True Interior Decorating TipsAre you envious of the interior designers on television and how easily they take a room from dull to dazzling? Never fear, by following a few tried and true design rules, you too can make your home décor stand out. Now roll up your sleeves, we have work to do.

5 Ways to Decorate Like a Pro

  1. Choose a color palette – Decide on the colors you want to feature throughout your house. Next, review each room to see how to best utilize your chosen color scheme in that space and formulate a plan.
  2. Create a focal point – When you walk into a room what catches your eye? It could be anything – a fireplace, artwork or an area rug. Use this item as your centerpiece and create your design around it.
  3. Assess your room’s lighting – Install different fixtures around a room like recessed ceiling lights, spotlights and under cabinet puck lights, which add warmth and showcase your décor.
  4. Add interest to a room – Not everything needs to be matchy matchy. Use a variety of different textures and shades from your color scheme to paint the walls and furnish the room. Look for interesting ways to arrange your furniture.
  5. Use paint to stage a room – Don’t be afraid to add a pop of color to help display artwork or photographs on an accent wall. Painting the inside of a bookcase will help it stand out and not blend in. Paint the ceiling, crown molding, even floors a variation of wall color or a complimentary color.

Reinvigorate Your Kitchen with a New Backsplash

If you want to reinvigorate your kitchen without totally remodeling, consider installing a new backsplash. Use inexpensive tin ceiling tiles, wooden bead board, wallpaper, stainless steel, chalkboard or magnetic paint to give the busiest room in the house a new look.

Ready to get those tools out?

Here are some easy decorating ideas for you to try:

  • Install a new bathroom faucet
  • Change the hardware on kitchen cabinets
  • Add a chair rail or wainscoting to a room
  • Hang a chandelier in your laundry room
  • Install crown molding
  • Use wallpaper on an accent wall
  • Turn a closet into a home office or craft space

Before Buying, Repurpose Old Stuff

Unless you just prefer to start from scratch with new furnishings, find creative ways to repurpose items you already have. An old armoire can double as a china cabinet once you remove the doors and add glass shelves. A dresser can be turned into a bathroom vanity by mounting a sink on top. Build a new headboard using old doors, shutters or wooden fencing to create a one-of-a-kind bed.

Stay Focused and Express Your Style

Interior decorating is about expressing your style. As a DIYer, you have the added advantage of cutting out the middle man (the contractor) and doing the work yourself, thus saving money. Come up with a plan of attack and work on one room at a time. Write down your design goals to help you stay focused. Forget those TV experts, you have the best designer working on your house already – you.

Expert Advice

From circular saws and drills to nail guns and paint sprayers, our expert staff is always on hand to help with your next DIY home decorating project. Still wondering if painting will make a difference? Our blog, Give New Life to Your Walls with a Quick and Easy Paint Job, will convince you to get the roller and brushes out. As always, if you have any questions about pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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Use the Ombré Technique on Accent Walls

How to Paint an Ombre Accent WallThinking of painting an accent wall? Consider trying the ombré painting technique. This easy method of blending similar colors from light to dark adds interest to any room. Get your paint brush ready. It’s time to channel your inner artist!

Keep Your Paint Choices Simple – But Have Fun

Selecting the colors to use is always a tough decision. Keep your choices simple. Pick a main color and two other shades from the same paint sample strip. If you want to be adventurous, try an analogous color scheme where each hue is similar but slightly different. Pick up an artist’s color wheel to help you select the best companion colors (those side by side on the wheel). Select at least three colors – one light, medium and dark.

Supplies You Need

  • 3-inch or 4-inch paint brushes: have several on hand to blend the different sections
  • Paint sprayer: to use for the primer base color
  • Rollers: for the three major segments
  • Paint trays: one for each main color and the colors you mix for blending
  • Bucket of water
  • Sea sponge (optional)
  • Painters tape, drop cloth, paper towels

Make it Easy – Use a Base Paint with Primer

Prep work is key so tape or cover all molding, fixtures and floor. Make sure the wall is clean. Cut down on your workload by selecting a paint that contains primer. Paint the entire wall with the lightest color. You can use a paint sprayer for this step but switch to a roller to paint the different bands. Once dry, mark off three sections leaving a six-inch space in between each area.

5 Steps for Painting an Ombré Accent Wall

  1. Paint each section. The darkest color is on the bottom, the medium shade in the middle and the lightest on top. Blend the colors into the buffer areas but do not completely paint inside the six-inch spaces.
  2. Mix transitional colors. Mix the dark color with the medium color until you get the shade you want. Mix a second color from the medium and light colors.
  3. Add a slow-drying agent. It will give you more time to blend the paint.
  4. Apply mixed colors. Paint the six-inch segment with the dark/medium shade and blend into the other colors. With a clean brush, do the same with the light/medium mix.
  5. Blend. Using a clean, dry brush, continue to blend the different shades on the wall until you get the look you want.

No Mistakes in Art, So Go for It!

There really isn’t a way to mess up this technique. Release your inner artist and play around with your wall. The colors should bleed into each other. If you want, use a damp sponge to thin out and blend the paint further or mix a darker shade to add small dabs of contrast throughout. Remember, this is your masterpiece. Once you’ve mastered the ombré technique, murals and portraits can’t be too far behind.

Expert Advice

From painter sprayers and fans to ladders and nail guns, our expert staff is always on hand to help with your next DIY painting project. Want to know more about how to paint your home?

Our blog, Paint Like a Pro – Tips for Painting Your Ceiling and Walls, will help you get started. As always, if you have any questions about pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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Stones, Wood & Wire Make 1 Indestructible Outdoor Table

gabion wire mesh outdoor tableWant a durable outdoor table and bench set that can stand up to all kinds of punishment, from family to the weather? Consider building one with a gabion wire mesh kit. They are easy to assemble, virtually indestructible and add a touch of “industrial chic” to any outdoor décor.

Versatility and Ease Earn Wire Cages a Big Thumbs Up!

“Gabion” comes from the Italian word “gabbione” meaning ‘big cage’ and that is exactly what these wire containers are. Used in construction and landscaping, it is a box made from wire mesh that acts as a support or building block, which is filled with stones, concrete or dirt. DIYers are building patio benches, planters and even water features out of these versatile containers.

Pre-Cut Kits Make Building a Breeze

You can use rolled wire mesh to build a Gabion cage, although using ready-cut kits is so much easier. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are generally constructed out of 3/16th-inch gauge wire. Some are available with a PVC coating so you won’t need to seal them.

Fab Re-Purpose for Old Lumber

Determine the size of your table and where you want to place it. Once your stones are added, moving it will be difficult. Decide on the materials to use for the table top and bench seats. Used lumber, railway ties, pallets and even stone are all options.

Materials & Tools Needed

  • (4) small rectangular Gabion wire kits for bench supports
  • (2) large rectangular Gabion wire kits for table supports
  • reclaimed wood for table top and bench seats
  • (6) small 1” x 2” boards to fasten table and bench tops onto
  • filler material – pebbles, stones or recycled glass
  • angle grinder and safety goggles
  • circular saw
  • pliers

Right Size Supports Make a Sturdy Table or Bench

Select the size kits that will best fit your design and will support the maximum weight expected.

The pre-cut sides of the kit are assembled using the wire spirals provided. After wrapping the wire through the corners bend the ends back with pliers. Use an angled grinder to cut the cage down to the height you want and to trim off any unwanted sharp edges.

Construct a Gabion Table & Benches in 6 Easy Steps

  • Cut wood – Use a circular saw to cut reclaimed wood for table top and benches to the length you desire. Cut 1” x 2” cross supports with 45-degree on ends.
  • Assemble – Join table and bench tops to the cross supports.
  • Brace box – Attach a wire from one side to the other (6” down from top) to help the box retain its shape when rocks are added.
  • Fill cage – Adding a lightweight object or cheaper fill material in the center of the container will cut down on the amount of high grade stones you will need.
  • Add tops to the support pillars – The cross supports should fit snuggly inside bin. Adjust rocks to create a level surface.
  • Paint or stain table top and benches – Depending on the materials used you may want to coat the boards in polyurethane to protect it from the weather.

Endless Choices for Fill Material

If you want a densely packed cage, combine smaller pebbles with larger stones to fill in gaps. Another option is to use logs to line the visible sides and fill the center with cheaper gravel. A chic choice is adding a clear plastic or Plexiglas container inside the cage, lining the outside with sea glass, then filling the rest with sand. The choices are endless.

See What Gabion Cages Can Do for Your Yard

Once you see what you can do with Gabion wire cages, you’ll be ready to tackle bigger and better DIY projects. Why stop with a table? Why not terrace the back yard? Move over Caesar, today you conquered the patio, tomorrow you party!

Expert Advice

Looking for a companion piece to go along with your new table? Our blog, A DIY Couch to Enjoy All Summer Long, has easy tips on building a seating area out of concrete blocks.

From circular saws and angled grinders to paint sprayers and wheel barrows, our expert staff is always on hand to help with your next DIY project. As always, if you have any questions about pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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Refresh Your Home with Interior, Exterior & Shutter Paint

DIY Home Refresher: Interior, Exterior and Shutter PaintingSummertime is often when we decide to spruce up our homes, and nothing can give your home’s exterior better curb appeal than a fresh coat of paint. Whether you decide to tackle the outside of your home or just an interior room that needs a makeover, painting is an easy DIY project.

Preparation Pays Off

There is only one word to remember in painting: “prep”. The key to any successful painting job, whether it is the exterior of your home or an accent wall in your den, is preparation. To achieve a professional paint project, follow a few key steps.

Prepping an Exterior Paint Job:

  • Pressure wash your house – Removing the dirt and debris will make sure the paint adheres correctly. Learn more about it in our blog, How to Pressure Wash Your Home’s Exterior for Paint.
  • Remove add-ons  Take down storm windows, screens, shutters, awnings, wall-mounted light fixtures and even downspouts.
  • Scrape loose paint – Remove cracking, peeling paint and sand smooth before painting. If paint is intact, don’t scrape to the bare wood.
  • Repair surface flaws – Use a repair compound that is rated for exterior use. Sand after it dries.
  • Remove old caulk – Re-caulk around door trim, windowsills and other areas with paintable exterior caulk.
  • Repair and re-putty windows – Remove old putty and apply new glazing. Let dry before painting. Don’t forget to check under eaves and doors for any damage that needs to be repaired.
  • Use drop cloths to protect flowerbeds and lawns – Gently tie up shrubs or small trees to keep them from rubbing up against wet paint.
  • Prime bare wood or anywhere repairs are made – The primer will help the paint adhere to the wood or newly repaired area. The primer you use depends on the paint you are going to use.

The average paint job on the exterior of a home can last from five to eight years if the proper preparations are done.

Why Not Paint the Shutters?

Since you have removed your storm windows, screens and shutters, now is the perfect time to repair or paint them. A paint sprayer makes an easy job of painting shutters. (Check out our blog post on Airless Sprayers to see how they can make quick work of your painting jobs.)

Here are a few guidelines for painting shutters with a paint sprayer:

  • Clean the shutters to remove grime and mildew.
  • Scrape off loose or flaking paint.
  • Lightly feather sand the shutters.
  • Prime any bare spots.
  • Starting with the back, paint all the shutters on the same side, let dry and then flip them over to paint the other side. This will keep the painting uniform.
  • Spray at a slight upward angle so that you can paint the upper portion of each slat.
  • Spray the entire face including the frame.
  • Use a dry brush to eliminate drips and runs.
  • Avoid drips and runs by painting two or three light coats rather than one heavy coat.
  • Paint the metal hinges that hold the shutters in place.

The Inside Scoop on Interior Painting

Painting the interior of your home is similar to what we’ve discussed for the exterior. Preparation is still the most important part. Though time consuming, prepping your walls the right way will give you professional results. Here are some steps for guaranteeing success:

  • Remove as much furniture as possible – Cover the remaining pieces with plastic to protect against accidental spills.
  • Clean the walls – After vacuuming or dusting, wipe them down with a damp cloth. When washing down kitchen walls, use a mixture of 3 tsp of laundry detergent to a gallon of warm water to eliminate grease build-up.
  • Tape trim, windows and door frames – No matter how steady your hands are they will get tired. Stay on the straight and narrow by putting blue painters tape down. Remove immediately after painting (before the paint dries) to avoid peeling off any with it.
  • Prime walls – Some say a wall with multiple coats of paint doesn’t need it. However, if you want a uniform look to your color choice, don’t take the chance – prime.
  • Use a brush where you can’t use a roller – Use a paint brush to get around trim and in the corners of walls.
  • Use the “W” technique – Paint a 3 x 3 foot “W” pattern on the wall and then fill it in without lifting the roller. It helps hide seams where you picked up the roller and put it back down.
  • Paint the trim – Once the walls are dry, tape where the walls meet the molding and door frames. Straight edges give you a crisp, professional look.

Find out more tips for painting the interiors in our blog, Painting Walls in Your Dream Home Made Easy.

Expert Advice

Our expert staff is always on hand to help you with your DIY painting projects. From pressure washers to paint sprayers, if you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-to’s, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week.

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Proper Techniques for Painting with a Paint Sprayer on Interior Projects

Handheld paint sprayers that use airless technology give do-it-yourself painters and painting contractors alike the ability to achieve a truly professional finish on both small jobs and touchup work with quick setup and easy cleanup. Operated by electric or battery power, handheld sprayers have a gun and pump built into the sprayer just like traditional models, with the added feature of portability.

Advantages of Airless Sprayers

Airless technology uses high pressure to force paint through a small nozzle or spray tip, creating a fast-moving, fine spray of liquid that atomizes or reacts with the outside air, breaking into small droplets that form a consistent spray pattern. The size of the spray tip determines the flow pressure and fan pattern. Designed for indoor and outdoor use, handheld airless paint sprayers are easy and economical, four times faster than brushing and at least two times faster than rolling. Paint, as well as a variety other coating materials from stains to heavy latex and acrylics, can be sprayed on all types of surfaces, resulting in a uniform, even finish.

About Paint Spray Guns

In addition to paint sprayers, paint spray guns also make quick work of painting. Some models of spray guns use innovative technology like intuitive spray gun controls, quick release fluid set, optimized air pressure and air flow, and different rotating positions to cover completely.

Proper Spray Techniques

  1. Achieve good spray pattern. Spray at the lowest pressure that completely atomizes the paint. Start at the lowest setting, adjusting slowly upward until the spray pattern shows no fingers or tails. Test the spray pattern on scraps of cardboard or other waste material. If the maximum sprayer pressure still isn’t enough, change out the spray tip for one with a smaller opening.
  1. Get a good aim. Position the paint sprayer about 12 inches from the surface and aim the spray straight at the surface. Move the paint sprayer across the surface with the wrist flexed, keeping the sprayer pointed straight at the surface. Avoid directly the paint spray at an angle, which will cause an uneven finish.
  1. Use a gentle trigger motion. Allow the paint sprayer to start moving in a stroking motion before triggering the paint stream during this lead stroke. Release the trigger before the end of the stroke, often called the lag stroke. Keep the paint sprayer moving throughout the paint spray to prevent too thick of a coating at the beginning and end of each stroke.
  1. Use an overlapping technique. Spray tips are designed for a 50% overlap of strokes to achieve a smooth, even amount of paint is sprayed on the surface with no visible lines in the finish. Spray the outside edges of ceilings or bare walls first before continuing to the middle of the surface.
  1. Painting corners. Aim the paint sprayer directly into the corner and spray along it rather than using a back and forth motion.

Beginner Mistakes

Two things beginner airless paint sprayers users should avoid are 1) Spraying at too high of a pressure and 2) Misfiring the trigger at the start and stop of each stroke

Expert Advice

Our expert staff is always on hand to help you with interior paint projects. We carry top-of-the-line Graco handheld airless paint sprayers. If you have any questions about what to choose, pricing or how-tos, don’t hesitate to contact us. Stop by our store — we’re open seven days a week. For more on paint sprayer techniques, read our blog, The Airless Sprayer: A Hidden Gem for All Your Painting Applications.

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Painting Walls in Your Dream Home Made Easy

A home is the most important investment you might ever make and it’s important to maintain it in top-class condition. So it is natural to want to paint the interior of your house to keep up with the times.

Do-It-Yourself

Painting a home can be a laborious process and people usually prefer to outsource the work. Nowadays however, the trend has changed with more and more people taking up the challenge of beautifying their home with their favorite colors.

Remember – it is very important to arrive at a budget that will meet your desired outcome and can be purchased at reasonable prices.

Which Paint to Choose?

  • Decide on type of paint: The idea of painting yPainting Walls in Your Dream Home our home may look good on paper but in reality there are many things that need planned and prepared before embarking on a project. The first thing a person needs to decide is the type of paint.
  • Conduct a survey: Each variety of paint available in the market has its advantages, so it is always better to do a complete survey before deciding which paint suits your wall best.

Get the House Ready

  • Check for leaks: In the pre-painting phase, you must check the surfaces for dampness or water leakage. If there is a leakage problem, you must repair it immediately.
  • Fill up cracks: All the loose plaster must be removed from the wall and cracks and broken plaster need to be filled up before starting work.
  • Prepare wall surface: The next step is to prepare the surface for painting by scraping the wall with sandpaper to remove loose particles, dust and grease.

The Actual Painting Process

  • Apply primer: The painting process begins with the application of good-quality primer, which seals the wall surface and allows the paint to settle in nicely. This can easily be done with a handheld airless paint sprayer.
  • Prepare for paint: The next step is to fill up, plug in and attach the tip to your airless paint sprayer. Be sure to read the directions for your sprayer first, but be mindful, this is rather simple to figure out.
  • Use paint sprayer: The paint sprayer will beautifully color the interior or exterior of your dream home. It is available in different models, such as an electric airless paint sprayer, gas paint sprayer and handheld electric paint sprayer, among others.

Painting your dream home may look like a tough and long, drawn-out process, but by following the mentioned tips, the entire exercise can be turned into an enjoyable and fruitful one. To learn more about which paint sprayer to choose, read this airless paint sprayer blog post. And if you are interested in buying or renting one, please contact us. Or reach out if you have additional questions or would like advice!

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