Eco-Friendly, Low VOC Paints

Allbright

We all want to decrease our carbon footprints. Home remodeling projects are a great place to make eco-friendly choices, especially because your home environment contributes to your health. Finding a quality paint that’s also eco-friendly used to be a difficult task. Fortunately, more and more companies are working to create quality, low VOC paints to use in your home. You can feel happy about the beauty of your home, as well as the air you and your family are breathing. What are … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Hiring a Good Painting Contractor

Painter

In the old days, asking a neighbor or friend for a referral to a craftsmen or woman was usually the only resource we needed. That, or wait for Dad to visit – he seemed to be able to do everything around the house … These days we tend to turn to the internet for almost all our resources and the almost daily arrival of a new referral site makes the options overwhelming.  Can you trust a referral from Angie’s List, Yelp, Porch, or any of the multitude of other sites?  Yes and no, of course; … [Read more...]

The effect of weather extremes on house paint

Unfortunately no-one can control the weather. Wherever you live the weather conditions can have an adverse effect on the paintwork of your property. This can be due to a freeze and thaw situation, or it can be due to the effect that the sun’s UV rays can have. If you hire a professional to paint your home they should know about these potential problems and do all they can to protect against them. House painting professionals like Kaloutas have years of experience in making sure that … [Read more...]

Tips for re-painting your kitchen

With spring finally upon us, there has never been a better time to brighten up your kitchen and add a little life back into the heart of your home. It’s a job that only needs doing once every few years and you’ll be surprised with the difference it makes instantly. It’s really important to make sure that when re-painting your kitchen, you stick to a colour scheme. You don’t want to create a design that clashes or looks out of place. The theme of your décor is a way to reflect your … [Read more...]

Two Environmentally Friendly Ways to Make Your Outdoor Wood Furniture or Decking Look Fantastic

These days, most of us are pretty concerned about the environment, and when we are working on outdoor renovation or decorating, we want to be careful about the kind of products we are using. All natural, non-toxic products are the preference, but of course we still want the performance of modern commercial paints and polymers. Getting the Best Performance from Eco Friendly Paints and Stains Whether you are looking for color, or for a wood finish, there are great all natural products on the … [Read more...]

Wallpaper vs painting – which is an easier option?

It’s a question that many people ask themselves when they’re redecorating, “Should I use paint or wallpaper?” Often the decision comes down to which looks like the simpler option. The thing is that you shouldn’t just be thinking of a one-off paint or wallpaper job when you’re considering the matter of simplicity. If you intend staying in your home for a period of several years then you’re going to have to decorate more than once. It’s also important to remember that the form … [Read more...]

What are the differences in the various types of house paint available?

If you’re starting a painting job in your home you may be wondering which paints to use. The decisions can be based on several considerations such as are you painting woodwork or walls, do you need a high gloss finish and the very important factor of safety. You may be thinking, “paint is just paint, right”, but that’s not true. We’re going to take a look at the differences between latex or water based paint and oil based paint. We’ll also talk about volatile organic compounds, or … [Read more...]

Interior Design Basics Everyone Can Use

When decorating your home the idea of hiring an interior designer can be tempting – after all they’re qualified professional right? Well yes, but they don’t have some secret set of rules to follow – so you really can achieve just the same look yourself without the cost! In fact there simply aren’t any hard and fast rules to interior design – it’s all about what’s going to best suit your lifestyle and the space you’re decorating. That said, there are some basic principles that … [Read more...]

Completing Bathroom Drywall Repair

Closeup of Painting Wall Repair

In the previous article within this drywall repair series, we discussed the technique of using not one but two coats of primer paint, before painting, on top of the two coats of drywall compound, sanded, used to repair the holes in the drywall left when we repositioned the improperly installed double towel rack. Today we see the results of applying the paint. Remember that our goal is to have it appear once the drywall repair project is finished as if there was never a drywall repair … [Read more...]

Dryall Repair – Remember to Prime Twice

One Coat of Primer Applied to Drywall Repair

Last time we showed the techniques we started to use in our effort to repair damaged drywall caused by changing the position of bath towel rack. Just because the holes are small does not mean that care does not need to be taken to do the job right. Yes, it is correct when they say that any job worth doing is worth doing well. :) So, this is the position of the repair home renovation project when we left it in our last article: If you recall, the steps we took to get us to the picture … [Read more...]

Finishing The Baseboard Trim

Cracked Baseboard Paint

We showed the finished and cleaned over-sized floor tiles in our previous article within this floor tile home renovation project series. Today, we need to return to deal with the baseboard trim. The one part which the contractors were not willing to do was to paint the baseboard trim once they installed the new floor tile. We had two options, either have them: Install quarter round trim against the existing wood baseboard trim once the new floor tile had been laid and … [Read more...]

Painting Twice Primed Drywall – One Coat or Two

Starting 1st Coat of Paint

Yesterday we finished double priming the area of the basement drywall following the Clarke Basement Systems repair of crack in our foundation wall. So, did the double priming of the drywall insert help keep the colour constant with the rest of the wall? Let's take a look. Painting is one of those tasks which just does not agree with me; by that I mean that it is one of those home maintenance tasks which a put off as long as I can. I just don't like doing it. However, with such a … [Read more...]

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