Tips for Painting Drywall

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Your new walls are up and you can’t wait to paint them. But WAIT! New drywall requires a very different painting strategy than painting existing walls in your home. If you don’t take the time to paint your new walls right, you will be left with streaks and seams showing through. This blog will cover how to paint new drywall and provide you with painting tips from Flowers Painting pros.

Prep the Walls

Installation of new drywall is a dusty process. You will want to make sure that all of the dust from installation is swept up before starting your paint project. If you skip this critical step, your new walls will have specks of lint and dust stuck to it. Before beginning any project in your home, be sure to go through this check list:

  1. Look for imperfections and sand down rough edges.
  2. Wipe the walls with a soft cloth.
  3. After the dust has settled, sweep up any lingering dust from adjacent floors.
  4. Wipe down the walls one last time with a damp (NOT WET) cloth.
  5. Apply a coat of primer specifically designed for new drywall.

Select Your Application Method

You can choose between a sprayer and a roller to apply the primer. Sprayers work well for new drywall, but they can be messy. However, a sprayer is a quick way to cover large areas and can be a real time saver. Most people opt for a roller, which is easier to handle than a sprayer. Steer clear of synthetic rollers, since they often leave behind trails of lint on the wall.

Choosing the Right Primer and Paint for Painting Drywall

Selecting paint can be confusing. There are so many to choose from at your local home improvement store. Don’t worry. Selecting the right primer and paint isn’t that difficult if you keep a few simple tips in mind:

  • Make sure you select a primer that is designed specifically for drywall.
  • Use a separate primer for new drywall. There are paint and primer combinations on the market that are very good products; however, these are for walls that have already been treated, not new drywall.
  • Consider using a satin paint, which often works best in most homes. Flat paint may offer easy touchups but can get dirty quickly. On the other hand, high sheen or gloss is easy to clean but can be more difficult to touch up. Satin paint offers the best of both worlds and is durable and easy to touch up when needed.

New Walls Will Require Two Coats

Many paints advertise the ability to paint in a single coat. Don’t follow this manufacturer’s recommendation when painting new drywall. If you paint a single coat, the seams along the edges of each board will start to bleed through over time. Adding a second coat solves this problem.

Ask for Help from the Experts

Following these simple new drywall painting tips should make painting on your own a bit easier. However, if you feel like a new wall painting project is too much to bite off, call in the experts at Flowers Painting for help. Flowers Painting is a full-service interior painting company that serves the Charlotte metro area, including Mooresville, Concord, Lake Norman area and more. Call today to schedule your free estimate (704) 445-7750.

 

Tips on Choosing a Unified Color Palette for Your Home

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Nothing makes a home look new again like a fresh coat of paint and a unified color palette. Many homeowners dream about repainting their entire home’s interior, to see their house take on a new life with a fresh new look and feel. However, repainting can be a very intimidating task if you don’t know a few general guidelines for home painting and choosing colors. This blog will help educate you on selecting the right color palette for your home.

Begin with the Open Spaces

In order to have the colors in your home blend well, it’s best to select a color that you will use in all the open or connecting spaces in your home. Flowers Painting recommends places like the foyer, hallways and open living spaces such as the kitchen and living room. Because this color will be visible from many places in the home, you should match all your other colors to this main color.

This will provide a feeling of unity throughout the entire home. The color you select for all the open and connecting spaces in your home will set the tone for your home and cover a lot of wall space.

For this reason, Flowers Painting suggests using a light or neutral color so that your home does not feel dark or overbearing. Suggested colors include white, gray or tan. However, there are many other options for unifying colors such as blue-gray or sage green.

Select Individual Colors for Room Paint

Once you have selected a unifying color, the next step in home painting is to select colors for individual rooms that do not share a wall, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, office or a formal dining room. Each room paint color that you select should coordinate with the color you selected in the open areas. This will prevent your home from feeling disjointed as you transition from one living space to another.

Accent Your Walls

A great way to add a pop of color or texture to your house is to choose a few rooms to add an accent wall. An accent wall can work well in either self-contained rooms such as a bedroom, or areas that are open to other rooms. Accent walls are a wonderful place to express your personality and add bold, vibrant colors that you love, but would be overpowering if painted in the entire room.

Home Painting Tips for a Unified Color Palette

When painting the interior of your home there are other considerations as well, such as whether to select traditional white trim paint and whether to add color to your ceilings. While this can all be overwhelming, don’t panic. Flowers Painting is here to help. A professional painter can help you choose unifying paint colors and coordinating options. They will work with you to decide which colors work well together and complement your style of house. If you are considering painting your home interior, Flowers Painting is here to help. Flower Painting is a trusted full-service interior painting company serving the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Our painters have extensive experience and are committed to excellent customer service. Call today to schedule your free in-home color consultation and painting estimate (704) 445-7750.