O'Neil patches shallow holes and divots with Ready Patch because it dries fast, sands smooth, and stays flexible. Deep cracks and rotten spots are best repaired with two-step epoxies, such as those made by Advanced Repair Technology. (For a step-by-step instructions, see Repairing Rot with Epoxy.) The days of using polyester auto-body fillers on wood are over. "They cure too hard," says Portland, Oregon–based painting contractor Kathleen George. "They look good at first, but then they peel away." House Painting Thornton
For those who want a change from painted walls, wallpaper and wall borders are another way to go. The styles of wallpaper are almost as varied as the colors of wall paint. Many wallpaper schemes draw from the style of furniture that's in a home, meaning you have traditional, modern, contemporary or Scandinavian wallpaper styles to choose from. For children's rooms, cartoon characters and animal prints are terrific options. For the edges around a room's ceiling you can use wallpaper borders, which are peel-and-stick pieces, to set off your wallpaper. If you want, you can combine painted walls with wall decals, which don t take up entire walls. Although some wallpaper is the peel-and-stick kind, for others you'll need to invest in some wallpaper epoxy or glue and smoothing tools, scoring tools and stripping liquid for removing any existing wallpaper. Thornton House Painting
Before the scrubdown, protect nearby plants by misting their leaves and saturating the surrounding soil with water, pulling them away from the house, and shrouding them in fabric drop cloths. (Plants will cook under plastic.) Lay more drop cloths along the base of the walls to collect any falling paint debris. Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather. House Painting Thornton
If you have two weeks, a ladder and some experience, this makes an excellent DIY project. On most surfaces, it is forgiving of mistakes and easy to work with. Correcting mistakes only adds more time and not much more expense. However, a professional will get it done faster and with a better finish. If you don’t have 2 to 3 weeks to spare, find a professional painter near you today. Thornton House Painters
×