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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/27/2014

Painting the interior of your home is an inexpensive way of increasing its value. It improves the overall look of your home, while adding style and allure. It is not uncommon with residential home owners to take on this task themselves.  Do it yourself projects such as painting can be fun, while saving money at the same time.  The following outline will help you get started. Have a clear picture Having a clear picture of what you want the end result to look like is very important. Visit each room in the house and note the look and feel you desire for each area.  Keep in mind that the new wall color should coordinate with the current  furnishings in each room. Assuming you are painting the home for resale, keep the colors neutral, and consistent throughout the house. Discuss with others Talk with all the members of your household, and share your painting plans with them. Ask for their ideas, discuss your choice of colors, and listen to their input. It is important to be open to new ideas, you never know who might come up with the perfect solution to a problem area. Calculate Paint Needed At this stage, you need to determine the area to be covered and the quantity of paint required to completely cover each area. You need to take into consideration how many coats of paint will be needed to produce your desired finish on each wall.  Estimating the amount of paint needed is quite simple. Measure the height of the wall and multiply it by the length. This will give you the area to be painted. Calculate the area of windows and doors present on each wall and subtract it from the overall area. Make Your Budget The price of paint varies depending on the quality.  A professional can best guide you to  the type of paint and the finish that will best meet your needs.  You will also need to allow money in your budget for the equipment needed to complete your painting project.  Much like the paint, the quality and price will vary on items such as brushes, rollers, painter's tape and drop cloths.  Again, a professional can recommend how to best utilize your equipment budget. Planning and Preparation Planning is key, it is best to estimate how long the job will take before you get started. You will need to plan your household activities around your painting schedule.  Leave a little extra time in your work schedule for those unforeseen circumstances to avoid over whelming yourself. Clear the room:

  • Remove all furniture from the room to be painted, clearing out as much as possible. For rooms that have very heavy furniture, move them to the center of the room and cover them with a drop cloth to avoid accidental paint spills/spatters.
Wall preparation:
  • Prior to painting, walls need to be prepared.  Use a scraper to remove old paint or a steamer to remove old wallpaper.  Holes should be filled and the wall surface made smooth.  Seek the guidance of a professional on how to best prepare the surface of your walls as the technique will vary based on the construction of the wall.  Tape off the trim work around the doors, windows and flooring, and use drop cloths to protect the carpet and floors.
Prime the wall:
  • The purpose of priming is to prepare the wall for the application of paint.  Priming covers irregularities and stains, making the paint adhere to the wall much more effectively. Priming makes the surface uniform for the application of the new paint,  basically giving the painter a clean canvas to start with.
Start painting: When you are ready to paint, it's recommended to start in the more difficult areas or larger rooms first.  Apply paint consistently with even vertical strokes of a brush or roller. Be certain to complete a wall before moving on to another area to help ensure the paint dries evenly. Observe as you go how well the paint is covering and drying.  This will help you to determine how many coats of paint you will need to apply to achieve the look you desire. Once the painting is done, the equipment put away and the furniture back in place, you can sit back and admire a job well done.




Categories: Home Improvements  


Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/29/2013

Thinking about changing the color of your living room? How about a color makeover for the bedroom? No matter what room of the house you are thinking about, the choice of color is important. That calming bedroom you always imagined could turn into a nightmare that won't end. Of the stunning entry way could be the eye sore of the neighborhood. Knowing a little bit about colors can help you choose the one just right for the look you are trying to achieve. The Color Wheel This is the most fundamental thing you need to know about colors. There are 2 basic groups of colors: warm and cool. Warm colors are red, yellow and orange. They are exciting colors, full of life and energy; think about fire with its glowing flames. Cool colors are more mellow, blues, greens and purples. Think of an outdoor scene, with green meadows and blue skies. The feel that you are looking for should lead you to one group of colors or the other. Color Harmony Putting just any old colors together can really be unpleasant to the eye. Color harmony is all about colors that go well together. The simplest way to think about this is when looking at a color wheel, colors that are adjacent to one another or directly across from one another compliment each other. Monochromatic color schemes work well too - where you have varying intensities of the same color. Where to start So now that you have the basics, think about the room you want to change. Would it be a place fo relaxation? Or a place for entertaining? You might think about shades of blue and green for a bedroom you can really relax in. Or shades of orange for the kitchen and dining room you love to entertain your guests in. And remember, when working with more vibrant colors, a little goes a long way. If you love the ides of red in your living room, stay away from painting the walls AND having your drapes and upholstery in shades of red. Pick one peice that will take on the spotlight, and accent that with other hues, tones, colors, etc. And now you can get small paint samples for cheap to bring home and try out. Feel free to experiment with how the colors you are thinking of would look together. What are you waiting for? Get colorful!




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 6/30/2013

The cost of heating can really take a toll on us over the colder fall and winter months. Having a programmable thermostat can help in cutting heating costs and still staying warm. But just having one isn't enough - you need to know how to use it to its full potential! Programmable thermostats have the ability to be programmed so that you can have multiple temperature settings through out the day. The benefit of this, is not having to think about turning down the heat before you leave for work, or cranking it up when you get home. Instead, you get heating at the exact temperature you want, when you want. So what temperatures should you set it to exactly? While you are home and awake, setting it to 68 degrees is a pretty standard temperature. While you are away from home, or sleeping, reducing it to 58 degrees should be tolerable. Of course, reducing the temperature even more than that while you are out of the house is possible, just don't make it too low and freeze your water pipes. Reducing your thermometer by 10-15 degrees for 8 hours (like while you are at work) you can save 5-15% off your heating bill. So the benefits can really pay off for reducing your heat while you are at work. For example: if you pay $200 a month in heating, reducing the heat by 15 degrees during the day will save $10-$30 a month which can add up to $60-$180 for the year if you use the heat for 6 months. Finding ways to cut costs is important to everyone during tough economic times. Every penny counts. So add this money saving tip to your list and you could start racking up the savings.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 6/16/2013

What in the world is home automation?  Almost everyone knows what a timer on an outside lamp post is for, you can program your outside lights to turn on when the sun goes down and back off in the morning.  There are lots of ways to setup lighting to prevent waste and still maximize the benefit.  So what if you whole house could be managed and from one place or even when you aren't at home?  The kids left some lights on when they left for school, and you can turn them off from your phone, with some systems. A product known as X10 has been around for quite some time now, now there are other options.  Home depot has their own products and even Google is making contributions these days.  The whole idea is convince, for example there are products that work with the X10 system that allow you to change the lighting in your home from an iPhone or Android device, you can use this from anywhere you phone works. Setting up a system like this can start to prove costly.  The more devices you want to control, the more expensive the project ends up, naturally.  You should also be aware some products require a moderate level of know-how in the electrical sense.  One of the most useful products is a replacement switch; changing one should always be done with care and proper precautions of course. Spend some time and figure out what your goals are with your project, it can be as simple as putting a few outdoor lights on timers to being able to control and monitor everything in your house no matter where you are.  It's a fun idea at the very least.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 10/28/2012

Many homeowners paint their homes the same: 1 color per room on the walls. Ever wish you could do something different? Maybe you just don't know what to do, or are not sure about the ideas that you do have looking good in reality. Well there are a few ways that you can spice up the walls (and ceilings!) of your home without needing to e an interior decorator. Accent Walls Adding an accent wall can give a room a focal point, help with the flow of color from room to room or add a bit of fun. You can either use a bold color on your accent wall or use a deeper tone of the color on the other walls in the room to create a more subtle look. Having an accent wall in the same color as the adjacent room's furnishings or fabrics allows for a smooth transition. Your accent wall can also be used to showcase an item, such as a built in bookcase, a piece of art work, or an architectural feature. Ceiling Color Not many people think about painting their ceilings but its really a place with a lot of potential. Adding deep warm colors can make a large space feel more cozy, while adding a lighter shade of the wall color can open the space up. You can even add drama to your space with a variety of finishes, glazing and even pattern! Chalkboard Walls Get creative with chalkboard paint on a wall, or section of a wall. It can be used for a child's room to promote creativity, in the office as a calendar, to do list, or message board, or in the kitchen to make a shopping list or menu for the week. However you choose to use it, it's a fun new way to use paint with a functional use as well. Wall Finishes Adding a wall finish is simple and requires little to no artistic ability. Using sponges, paper, cheese cloth, or even specialty paints, you can create a textured look to your wall. Go a step further and add some textured wall paper to the bottom half of your wall with a chair rail above, and paint. Instantly you create a unique look to any room. There are a variety of ways to create a new look with a little paint, time and creativity. Spicing up the look of your home can be as easy as a texture on a wall, a splash of color on the ceiling or a fun new way to draw on the walls for the kids. Check out your local home improvement store's paint section for ideas and how to's!