Paint has a magical way of making your home look well-kept. A small job like covering up cracks and holes in walls can easily be transformed with a bit of crack filler and a dash of paint. Homeowners are sometimes caught off guard by not knowing where the paint goes and whether it could lead to early peeling or just not the right type of paint for the surface. There are many different paints for different places.
We share some advice on where you should be painting what, where.
An eggshell finish has a subtle shine and is a good choice for a first-time painter. It is not too matte (flat) and not too shiny, making it easy to clean. Eggshell paint is a good choice for living rooms and bedrooms.
Satin paint has some sheen to it, and is an excellent choice for hardworking rooms, like kitchens and bathroom walls. It is easy to clean, but the gloss effect can highlight wall imperfections like cracks and poorly patched areas.
Acrylic water-based paint is one of the best choices for outside and barrier walls. Acrylic paint also waterproofs your walls, making it a top choice among homeowners. Textured paint also works well for outdoor walls – especially if your walls are naturally textured already. If your walls have been immaculately sealed with concrete, a smooth paint will do it wonders. Exterior walls also need a primer for extra protection. It is important to match your primer and paint, as some are oil-based and others are water-based.
Ceiling paint is specially made to cover edges and to hide any imperfections. The paint is also created to eliminate dripping, making it easier to paint on. Traditionally ceilings are painted white, but you can create illusions with paint, especially in dark colours or even pastels.
Wood and Appliances
Semi-gloss paint works wonders on wood. It also works well on skirting boards and any other wood trimmings you may have in your home. The semi-gloss sets the wood apart from the walls, which is important if you’re not distinguishing it by colour. It is also easy to care for with soap and water or dust cloth.
Paints for appliances can vary. It will be determined by the type of appliance and whether or not your appliance heats up. Epoxy paints work great for appliances and are great for unifying the colour of your appliances. Applying this self-priming paint is easy with options to either brush or spray, and comes in all of the standard appliance colours available.Read More
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It’s very rare to get to the end of redecorating to find that you’ve used up all your paint. It’s quite usual that there’ll be half a tin or so of leftover paint, and most people don’t know what to do with it.
Have you ever popped the lid back on and stored the tin in your garage, thinking that you’ll be able to use it again later if you need to touch up the walls? Then the tin lives in a corner for years and is completely dried out when you think about using it. We can help you avoid this situation.
Have a look at these three options for dealing with your leftover paint simply and safely.
Leave with lid off to dry out
If you just want to throw away your left overs, it’s important to do so in a way that’s safe for the environment. The tin – whether it’s metal or plastic – can be recycled. However, this can’t be done while it still has paint in it.
Place the open tin in a well-ventilated place. Outdoors and in the sunshine is the best as the paint will dry out quickly. Just be sure that’s it is in a safe place that children and animals can’t get to.
Depending on how much paint is left over, you could need to leave the tin out in the open for several days. Once all of it is completely dry, the paint should pop out of tin in one piece and can then be safely thrown away.
Store properly sealed and in a safe place
If you do want to keep the paint for touch ups at a later date, then it needs to be stored properly. The tin must be properly sealed as soon as you’ve finished with it. Use a hammer to push the lid down as far as it will go. You can also use masking tape around the lid as an added layer of protection. Alternatively, use jars that seal completely and transfer your left over paint into them for storage.
To store the paint, put it in a cool, dark place that doesn’t get wet or damp. If the space gets too warm, the paint will dry out quicker even with the lid sealed properly. If the area is damp, mould could start to grow in the paint and make it unusable.
Use up on accents around the room
The last option is to avoid the problem all together by using up the paint. It’s wonderful to keep a theme running through a room and the easiest way to do that is by matching colours throughout your décor.
Take the paint and use it on a variety of accessories and furniture in the room. Good options are your picture frames, the backboard of standing shelves, small pieces of furniture like side tables, or the legs of stools and chairs.Read More
Becoming a homeowner is always exciting. Making sure that your home remains in good condition can take time. Use this simple maintenance guide to keep up with regular maintenance and avoid the most common maintenance issues.
Although we’ve tried to keep this guide as simple as possible, it is always best to seek professional help if you are unsure. Find a range of home lifestyle professionals here.
Assess possible insect issues. Clear cobwebs and prepare your insect repellent measures.
Check, clean and repair patios and decks. Ensure that it is sealed properly, check for loose boards, insect infestations, cracks and that the railing is secured.
Check for cracks, blisters, bubbles and peeling paint, especially on exterior walls. Look out for water stains, moisture and damp in walls and ceiling.
Remove sediment and prolong your geyser or water heaters life by flushing it.
Service fireplaces/built-in braais and clean chimneys.
Check paving for cracks.
Check windows and door seals, replace broken or cracked panes of glass and apply new putty where necessary.
Check batteries and test smoke/ carbon dioxide detectors.
Prevent grime and build up in less frequently used spaces such as guest bathrooms by running water and flushing toilets.
Check that power outlets, switches and light bulbs work.
Check window and door handles and locks are in working order.
Clean build-up residue in shower heads.
Clear gutters of leaves and debris to ensure proper water flow. Make sure gutters are properly secured and connected allowing water to flow away from the house.
Check for roof leaks and damaged roof tiles.
Check and fill wall, ceiling and foundation cracks.
Clear dead plants and shrubs, check that plants are not growing into cracks and trim trees where necessary.
Check the grout in bathrooms and kitchens.
Check for small leaks in plumbing and taps
Check, clean and if necessary change air conditioning filters.
Clean sink disposal using vinegar ice cubes (this cleans the disposal and sharpens the blades).
Clean stove extractor fan filter with degreaser and hot water.
TWICE A YEAR
Test geyser or other water heater pressure relief valve.
Do a deep clean: Thoroughly clean appliances, windows and surfaces.
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Chalk paint has been changing the DIY decor industry since its invention in 1990. Chalk paint is exceptionally easy to use, doesn’t require any prep, goes on almost any surface and dries quickly. If you’ve ever used it, you’ll know that the creative possibilities are endless.
Whether you’re a chalk painting pro or still need to try it out, here are 3 ways your home can be given new life with a coat of chalk paint.
Your garden can be an upcycling treasure trove of things that need a little love. Spruce up an old garden bench by giving it a few coats of chalk paint. Choose a simple single colour or mix and match with different colour slats, arm rests and legs. A light blue and white work particularly well for a rustic, country garden look.
A plain chalkboard wall works well in children’s rooms and the kitchen where you can use it to write notes, reminders and a running shopping list.
Want a perfect rustic style brick wall? Add water to your chalk paint and give it a light wash of paint to make it stand out.
Own or recently inherited some antique furniture? Chalk paint is your answer to give it a modern twist. From chairs to headboards, chest of drawers and side tables, chalk paint works beautifully on antique wood.
Depending on your style, you can use Vaseline and sandpaper to get that perfect distressed look. For a more trendy mid-century modern look, paint some geometric patterns on your chest of drawers or the backrest of your chairs.
For the adventurous creative, you can even get a very realistic weathered leather look by painting the fabric of your old chairs.
Whether you are a beginner or a DIY enthusiast it offers so many possibilities. The only difficulty is resisting the urge to start painting everything in sight. It can be used on almost any clean surface and offers a range of techniques to suit different styles. Chalk paint may have started as a decorative paint but it has grown to be used across the home from furniture and decor to walls and floors. Chalk paint is a decorative dream.Read More
Extend “spring-cleaning” to your walls by painting them. As the chances of rain subside and temperatures rise, spring is an ideal time to pick up your paint brushes and give your home a new, fresh look.
Latex or water-based paints paints are formulated to be more environmentally-friendly and can be used for interiors or exteriors. The major perks of latex paints is that they dry quickly, have low odour and have better long-term flexibility. The downside is that fast drying time means you need to keep the can closed as much as possible to stop the paint drying out.
Oil-based paints have a smoother, more durable finish from less coats. Oil-based paint can be used on most materials but is particularly good for cabinets, furniture, and trims. New formulations have made oil-based paint more environmentally friendly but they do still release higher VOCs, which are bad for you and the environment. The longer drying time means they provide better coverage, can be worked on longer and are best for warm, dry climates where water-based paints would dry too fast.
Buying quality paint is a must if you want it to last. It’s better to go for well-known, quality brands that have a five year guarantee at a minimum. Some paints have up to a 15-year guarantee that will help keep your home looking new for longer.
How your walls will look once they are painted goes beyond your colour choice, you also need to consider the paint finish. A good place to start when deciding on finish is to remember that the glossier the finish, the more durable the paint.
High gloss and satin finishes are easier to clean and better for high traffic areas such as kitchens and lounges. Eggshell and matt finishes are better for low traffic areas such as dining rooms and bedrooms. Another consideration when choosing the finish is how much coverage you get with each finish. Matte finishes cover imperfections better but are more difficult to clean, while gloss finishes are easy to clean but show imperfections so need better preparation.
Get it Together
Being organised before you start painting will make the job easier. Get everything you need together before you start painting. Your “workstation” should include your paint, brushes, rollers, hammers, screwdrivers, drop cloths, plastic bags, masking tape and rags.
Getting your walls ready to paint may take longer than expected. Give yourself a day to wash all the dirt, dust or grime off the walls, move and cover furniture, scrape loose paint, fill cracks and mask your skirting, windows and doors. Use plastic bags to protect light fittings and take as many things off the wall as you can. Also check for damp spots that will need a bit of extra preparation, waterproofing or some professional help.
Hardware Removal Before Painting
Get a professional looking paint job by removing hardware such as handles, hinges, light switch covers and plug covers from the walls. This will also save you the annoyance of having to paint around them and gives you time to give them a good clean so they look good when you return them to your freshly painted walls.
Prevent losing screws and covers by placing them in individual zip lock bags. Label what they are and exactly where they came from to make replacing them much easier.
Different paints work best with specific brushes. Choose paint brushes with natural bristles for oil-based paints and synthetic bristles for water-based or latex paints.
Densely packed bristles with a chisel edge are best for painting straight edges or cutting. A brush with split ends holds more paint and will give you a smoother finish.
Foam brushes are an inexpensive option for small, smooth walls or touch ups. For textured walls, opt for a plush roller that will give better coverage.
Drop it like it’s Cloth
When looking for floor covers, canvas is a better option than plastic or newspaper. Canvas cloth floor covers can be folded and taped to fit any size room and will stop you from slipping and sliding while you paint. Unlike plastic, cloth will allow paint to dry, helping you keep your floors clean should you accidentally step in a drop of messed paint.
Primed Painting Perfection
Having your primer or base coat tinted to match your paint colour will reduce the chance of having to do multiple coats. Using a base coat will help your paint job look better and last longer.
Work with Gravity when Painting
Limit streaking and get a neater finish by painting from the top down. Dripping paint is inevitable but this way it is easier to cover up.
A fresh coat of paint will have your home looking like new in no time. By following the right steps you can guarantee the longevity of your paint job, saving you time and money in the future.
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