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Painting a kitchen :: Posted by: Admin on January 15th, 2014

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Painting a kitchen

A kitchen tends to be the hub of any household, it’s where everyone seems to meet, eat and organise everything. So because this room is used so much and lived in a lot it may get dirty and grimey, especially with cooking fumes.

Ceilings can look yellowish, walls can get splashes of water, grease and food on them. So from time to time you may wish to freshen up the paintwork in your kitchen.

Before you begin painting

Before you start to paint you should remove and grease splashes on the surfaces you are going to paint, this may even include the ceiling! Sugar soap or a similar product is best for this job, don’t forget the woodwork also.

Also, if you have pets such as dogs, they often shake water off themselves when they have been outside, this goes everywhere, so it is worth wiping the walls over to remove the grime.

Paint choice

When it comes to choosing the paint, and by this I mean the finish rather than the colour. It is best to choose a hard wearing paint, one than can be wiped over if it gets dirty. You can by ‘Kitchen paint’ that is specially formulated to resist grease and grime, but this paint is normally more expensive that standard paints.

Some people prefer silk emulsion as this can be wiped off and due to its high vinyl content doesn’t rub off, like some matt emulsions can after time.

Once you have decided on the paint you wish to buy, you can use this paint calculator to work out how many litres you need to buy. All you need to know is the width and height of the area to paint, and how far a litre of the paint will go, often referred to as coverage, if the tin says how much for that tin, divide the amount by how many litres in the tin, so 5 litres that covers 65 sq m then divide 65 by 5 to give you how much 1 litre covers, in this example 13 sq m.

Painting the kitchen

Firstly you will need to cover the floor and kitchen units with dust sheets to prevent paint splashes, once you have done this you can begin to paint, start with the ceiling and any coving you may have, then once you have done two coats on the ceiling you can begin with the walls.

You should ‘cut in’ around kitchen units and use a roller to fill in. It maybe easier to remove the drawers and door closest to the wall to avoid getting paint on them, these are easily removed and replaced.

Once you have done two coats on the walls you can paint the woodwork, if you have any. Give the woodwork a light rub down, then an undercoat followed by a topcoat, such as gloss or satinwood.

Finishing off

Once you have finished painting and it has all dried, you can then put everything back into the kitchen and enjoy your newly decorated kitchen. You can add some artwork to your walls, maybe a new kettle or toaster could finish the transformation.

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How to make a dark room lighter :: Posted by: Admin on November 27th, 2013

How to make a dark room lighter

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With the clocks going back in the last couple of weeks here in the UK, the nights will draw in and with the long grey winter ahead the thought of a dull dark room for the next few months could be too much! Well you can make a dark room lighter, the following quick tips could be all you need to bring a little light back into your life for this winter.

Careful consideration and adding a combination of the following ideas could completely change a room, and a once unloved dark (and maybe unused room) room could be a enjoyable space in your property to be used and enjoyed.

Decorating

Once of the easiest ways to lighten a room is to decorate the space with light airy colours, colours that help reflect light, that doesn’t mean you have to paint everything white, although you could if you are going for an uncluttered clean look. Light natural colours with just a hint of colour work well. You can even buy paint that says to have light reflecting particles in it.

Soft Furnishings

Soft furnishings such as curtains, carpets, cushions and throws in light colours can all help to reflect light. For example loose cushions on a sofa can give the appearance of a dark coloured sofa being lighter than it really is.

Curtains that are plain rather than highly patterned again can help reflect light and give the appearance of a lighter window area. Tiebacks allow you to pull the curtain off of the window, maximising the window area and letting more natural light flood in.

Furniture

Most furniture can be painted, so if you are bored with your old dining table and chairs, how about painting them a light colour, the same goes for an old kitchen. Kitchen units can be painted in bright colours to cover over dark wood. It is far quicker and cheaper to paint old kitchen units than have them all replaced. This is only really an option if your units are in good condition and the units are not falling apart or have heat or water damage.

If the furniture is painted correctly you should get plenty more years out of them and enjoy the new lighter colour, just simply painting furniture, dining sets and kitchens can really make a difference to a room brightness.

Lights

Adding extra light into a dark space can improve a dark area, but his cost money, especially if you need to run the lights during the daylight hours. You could consider adding a sun pipe, this is a device that has a pipe from the roof into a dark room or space, it captures daylight and bounces it down the pipe and increasing the intensity of the light on it’s way, then natural light can fill the dark area.

An alternative to sun pipes or light tubes as they are sometimes known is a roof light, by this I mean a window in the roof, this will not only allow natural light in but has the added benefit of the window opening allowing in fresh air.

The other option is to install new lights, but you could use freestanding lamps, uplighters and desk lamp to add more light in certain areas of a room.

Flooring

If you have bare wood floorboards you could paint the floor with floor paint a bright colour, such as white to help reflect light. If your floors are varnished, using gloss rather than satin or matt varnish will help reflect the light better.

Windows and doors

IF your windows or doors overlook a brick wall, a fence or a shed then painting them in a light bright colour will help push natural light into any room, but just make sure they are yours to paint before getting out your paint brushes!

If your windows are painted or stained dark, lighten them up by painting them a light colour.

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Tips for changing the colour of emulsion :: Posted by: Admin on July 18th, 2013

Tips for changing the colour of emulsion

From time to time you may wish to change the colour of the emulsion on your walls, this is normally a straight forward job, however, if you are changing the colour of the emulsion there are things to consider.

We all get bored with the same colour on our walls, sometimes we make a mistake a pick the wrong colour just because it is in fashion or ‘on trend’ but when we get it on the walls we don’t like it or maybe it doesn’t really go with the sofa or carpet.

Sometimes the colour doesn’t look exactly the same as it it on the sample card so you want to change it. Or perhaps the walls have just got dirty.

Whatever the reason for changing the wall colours depending on what colour they are now will depend on how you re-paint them now.

Painting over weak or light colours

If you are painting over a weak or light colour, say a cream or white, and you are going to paint with a strong or dark colour such as red or dark green then this shouldn’t be too much of a problem, you will naturally need to fill any holes and cracks and rub them down smooth and level and prepare the walls as normal.

To paint the wall you will need two coats, this means two coats of cutting in and two coats emulsion on the main part of the wall.

Graphic of a roller

Painting over strong or dark colours

If you are painting over strong or dark colours such as blue or red then you will find it easier to apply a obliterating coat first, a matt white emulsion is the best job for this. Matt emulsion is better than say silk emulsion for coverage, but if you have some lying around you could use it but make sure you let it dry between coats and be aware it could slightly increase drying times with the new emulsion as the vinyl in it will ‘hold it back’.

You may need to apply two or three good coats of white emulsion to obliterate strong or dark colours and give yourself a good base to work on.

You should prepare the walls as you normally would, fill cracks and holes and sand them down smooth and level and then apply the matt white emulsion to obliterate the strong or dark colour, leaving each coat to dry fully in between.

Then once the obliterating coat is done you can apply two good coats of final emulsion colour. You could give the walls a light rub down to remove and rough areas or debris before apply the final emulsion colour.

Do I need to undercoat the walls first

I have been asked in the past if you need to undercoat the walls first, on this occasion it was because the white wall were a bit grimy and dirty, I replied saying, “No, you don’t need to. A wipe over with sugar soap or warm water and washing up liquid would suffice”. Which is what I did before painting the walls a cream colour.

How do I work out how much paint I need to buy

To work out how much paint you need to buy, you need to do some quick measurements, so you will need a tape measure, and a pen and paper.

You need to know the wall or walls width, the hight of the room and how many coats you plan to do (2 is recommended for emulsion), also you need to know how far a litre of paint goes, you can find this out either on the tin of paint, in the paint manufactures literature or from the paint supplier.

Once you have these simple measurements and figures head over and use this great paint calculator and input your figures to find out how many litres of paint you are going to need, you can also use this calculator to work out how many litres of matt white emulsion you need to block out a strong colour.

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How to prepare interior woodwork for painting :: Posted by: Admin on May 3rd, 2013

How to prepare interior woodwork for painting

Before you begin to paint any wood be it interior or exterior you need to prepare the wood first. Safety first, if your house was build before the mid-1960’s you may well have layers of paint containing lead in it, if this is the case take care, always use a mask. If you suspect you paintwork may contain lead, ask your local paint supplier for a leaflet or go online and download a guide from a paint manufacturer. Most likely it has been painted over now so is less of a problem. If you are stripping the wood back to bare wood, take safety measures. Modern paint does not contain lead.

Safety first

You should always think safety first, apart from the possible lead in paint as mentioned above, you should always wear a mask, you may also wear eye protection and gloves. You should also have good ventilation.

Interior Woodwork Painting

Preparing previously painted wood

It is a good idea to wash dirt and grime off of the woodwork using either warm soapy water or sugar soap. Once you have washed the woodwork down, allow to dry fully. You should then fill any holes and cracks with filler and rub or sand down so it is level and smooth. All woodwork should be rubbed down (abraded) to give the paint a ‘key’ to stick too. Rub down all the woodwork surfaces lightly. If the paint flakes off as you rub down, more than likely the paintwork was not prepared well the time before, you may need to remove this layer.

Once all the washing, filling and rubbing down has been done, remove all dust, this can be done with an old paint brush or ideally removed via a vacuum cleaner to keep the dust circulating to a minimum.

If the wood is to be painted and not stained, you should use a wood primer on any bare wood and filler to seal it, then apply a good coat of undercoat, once this has dried you can give it a light sand to remove any fluff, dirt or grit before top coating.

Finally, now you have prepared the wood you can finish it off with either a satinwood or gloss paint. If you are staining the wood, you wouldn’t use a primer or undercoat, just simply stain the wood until you get the finish you require, at least two coats is normal.

Preparing previously unpainted wood

If you are painting new, previously un-painted wood such a new door, which are widely available in large DIY stores or online from stores, you do not need to wash the wood down.

So for un-painted wood, fill and holes and gaps first and rub the filler down so it is level and smooth. Use a knotting solution to seal any knots in the wood. Allow the knotting solution to dry and then use a wood primer to seal the wood. Once the primer has dried, give it a light rub down to remove any debris. Next, undercoat the wood, you could give it two coats of undercoat to give a better coverage but leave to dry and rub down in between. Once you have rubbed the undercoat down you can finish off with a topcoat.

If you are staining the wood, fill holes with a wood coloured filler and rub it down flat and smooth, then stain the wood until you get the finish you require.

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