We definitely took some short cuts when we first painted our house. Some rooms need to be redone now. It was like mess up a few rooms before we found out what really worked for us. LoveCompassionateLee February 25, 2015
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Learning how to properly paint can make your projects turn out beautifully. Follow the preparatory steps—don’t skip the details!
Use the roller after brushing in order to flatten out any brush marks that have gone further out than the depths of the corner. This will leave you with a smooth flat surface.
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No need to make hundreds of expensive and embarrassing mistakes like I did either, in order to learn how to paint.
Well done, Kristie! Nothing prettier and more classic than a white farmhouse! Restraint was the way to go here– the textures are “enough” and the porch ceiling perfect. I often have to talk clients out of too much action on an exterior.
You can also go to one of Home Depot’s free workshops to learn how to paint and do related work. My wife and I once hired a painter who had learned in this way, and we paid her $35 per hour!
If you do decide to make it a full-time business, the sky’s the limit. The house flipper/contractor that I worked for billed clients $35 per hour for painting, and paid his best painters perhaps half of that, so there is room for some profit there. Consider the case of Matt Shoup, who started with $100 and went door-to-door, asking neighbors if they needed some painting done, then built a painting business that earns $2.5 million per year!
The other day, I came across on Instagram a friend’s amazing before/after of her freshly painted house. The exterior had formerly been a greenish putty color, a not unattractive shade, but as soon as it was painted over with a dark charcoal gray (Benjamin Moore’s Night Fall, specifically), the house morphed into a beauty.
Wow, you all are hard at work! Major take home- don’t skip the foundation, which is thorough preparation and cleanup. It definitely makes the end result a satisfying one. Thanks for the tips & Happy Wednesday 🙂 Kristin Cook February 25, 2015
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If you’re aiming at increasing the value of your home, a few cans paint can be a wise investment. Choosing the paint colors will not only appeal to the broadest audience possible, but also help future buyers envision themselves living in the space.
Note: Gallons of paint and primer will cover less space on rough or porous materials such as brick or stucco.
Hiring a painter and interior decorator costs $50 to $200 per hour, with prices starting at $2 per square foot. A color consultation costs $25 per hour and identifies colors that may work well in your home. There is usually a follow-up appointment to make any adjustments or changes.
If you’ve just bought or moved into a new home, you may not actually know the last time the property was painted. You should find out when that was, and find out the type of paint that was used as this will help you determine when you’ll need to paint the home again. Things like the type of paint used, the quality level of the paint, and even the color, can all speak to the overall longevity of the exterior paint surface.