Choosing a Paint Style
Today's decorative paint techniques will transform any room with their
intriguing patterns, tantalizing colors, and rich textures. The following pages
show you how to work this magic yourself. There are fifty techniques that
follow, including faux finishes that mimic everything from stone to cloth, bold
geometric designs, and a variety of wall embellishments. You can achieve a range
of looks with each method simply by varying the paint colors or applicators.
Wall Painting Basics
The success of your painting project depends greatly on the care that goes into
selecting the paints and tools and preparing the walls. These are a crucial
parts of the process that will reward you with professional results.
The Right Painting
For most home improvement projects,
choosing the right tools for the job is half the battle. Fainting is no
different. So before you grab the first brush or roller cover you spot on the
store shelf, bone up on some basics. Because of the abundance of quality,
specialized painting products on the market today, you’ll have no trouble
finding the right tools for your job. With this information, you’ll know how to
make the best choices.
Repairing Cracks In
Scrape away any loose plaster or textured surface along the crack. Reinforce the
crack with self-adhesive fiberglass drywall tape.
the Surface For Painting
Preparation is the key to a good
paint job. Taking the time to repair, clean, and prime your walls will guarantee
a longer- lasting paint finish. Because dirt and grease will interfere with a
good, smooth paint finish, every surface should be thoroughly cleaned before
Drywall nails can work themselves
loose, either popping through the drywall or creating a small bulge on the
Room For Painting
Once your repairs have been made,
you’re almost ready to paint. Take the time now to remove or cover anything in
the room that could be spattered by paint as you work. Furniture should be moved
into the center of the room and draped with plastic (readily available in large
sheets at hardware stores and home improvement centers).
How to Paint
Using Your Paintbrush
Transfer some paint from the can into a small paint bucket with a handle. It
will be easier to carry with you as you move around the room.
Using Your Paint Roller
Paint surfaces in small sections
working from dry surfaces back into wet paint to avoid roller marks.
Universal tinting colorant - fresh
brush - blending - pouncing - folding, caulking - using cheesecloth - pulling
tape - wet edge.
Floor Painting Basics
CEILINGS AND FLOORS are the largest
surface areas found in a room and the least paid attention to!
All About Paint
A good basecoat of paint is extremely
important for any of the techniques demonstrated in this book. Never use
“ceiling white” or “ceiling” paint because the paint is just too absorbent and
this will cause you trouble when attempting any of the outlined techniques.
Instead use a high- quality latex or acrylic paint, just as you would for your