Benefits of Interior Painting During Winter

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Benefits to Winter Painting

When it’s nice and warm outside, there’s more humidity in the air, which effects how your paint will dry. Added moisture in the air can prolong the drying process and affect the paint’s ability to stick to the wall. You may notice unevenness in the color on your walls and streaks across the paint. Cold winter air tends to be crisp and drier, making it the perfect time to get started on that interior paint job you’ve been thinking about all year. It is crucial to remember to crack a window to fully ventilate the room and expose the drying paint to cold air. Although the sun sets earlier in the afternoon, you will be able to get started on painting earlier in the day and be able to see the color dry in natural sunlight, especially reflecting off of any snow on the ground. Starting earlier in the day will also allow you to devote more time in the afternoon and evening to other tasks.

An additional benefit to painting your interior over the winter is the amount of time and money you will be able to dedicate to other projects come spring and summer. You will have the summer to spend on exterior renovations, from gardening to painting your home and deck. The outside of your house will be able to be painted as soon as the weather clears up, especially on a dry stretch without expected rain.

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If you are looking for professionals to complete your next interior painting project, contact American Painting Company today! Our team will prepare your walls and ventilate your home to provide you with the best results possible. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form. 

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Choosing the Right Paint Color

Before starting an interior paint job, there are a few things you’ll want to take into consideration, from choosing the right color to the right type of paint.

Keep Your Décor in Mind When Picking a Color

Are you looking to add a splash of color to your home, or maintain neutral tones? If you are looking for just a simple pop of color, consider adding an accent wall to one of the walls of the room you are painting. Choose your accent wall based on lighting, space, and décor. You can also decide to have your trim painted a bolder color against soft, neutral walls. To avoid picking clashing colors, consider color palettes that complement each other. Walking through your home should feel natural, and not like walking through a funhouse. Consider warm or cool colors, and take a look at a color wheel if you’re not sure what will match.

Picking a Color for Your Ceiling

Your ceiling paint does not always have to be white. Depending on the room’s natural light, you can choose almost any soft color or shade in order to give it a warm, open feel. Softer colors may be able to enhance the aesthetic of the room without harsh reflections.

Choosing a Paint Sheen

Choosing a paint sheen is dependent on a few factors: natural light, wall condition and the amount of foot traffic the room sees on a given day. Glossy paint is easier to clean but will show imperfections in your walls more clearly. High gloss paints work well as trim and will complement your walls. Semi-gloss paints are easy to clean and work best in kitchens and bathrooms. If you have patches and imperfections on your walls, flat paint will hide any damage. However, it will show dirt more and is difficult to clean. Eggshell is easy to wash and can stand up to dirt.

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If you are interested in hiring professional painters for your next interior painting project, call American Painting Company today! Our team will fully prepare your walls for painting, from sanding down any imperfections, filling any holes or cracks, priming and using proper ventilation. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form. 

Proper Ventilation for Interior Painting Projects

During the winter, interior painting projects will seem more appealing, especially with the unpredictable New England weather. When taking on an indoor home improvement project, it is important to make sure your home is properly ventilated to keep the air clean and safe to breathe.

Check the humidity

When picking a day to start your project, check the weather report! Painting on dry days will allow you to leave the windows open, which helps with air flow. Depending on the type of paint you use, the humidity levels in the room may rise, which can affect how the paint dries.

Purify the air

Add an air purifier to the room before you begin painting in order to clean the air. An air purifier controls the moisture level in the room while removing toxins from the air. Keep the purifier going as you paint the room, and keep the windows open as the paint dries.

Safety First

Ventilation is important to interior painting, but if you cannot fully ventilate the room you are working in, make sure you wear the proper safety equipment. This includes coveralls to keep your skin covered and a mask to keep dust and paint fumes out of your nose and mouth. These particles can be dangerous if ingested, and keeping the air circulation to reduce the risk of exposure is critical to preventing unnecessary illness to members of your home.

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If you are unsure how to go about properly ventilating a room before painting, contact the professionals at American Painting Company! We will perform any required repairs to dents, scratches, and holes in your walls before painting them in high-quality paint from the top manufacturers in the country, and perform any necessary touch-ups after the job is done. If you are interested in professional interior or exterior painting services, American Painting Company can be reached at 866-385-8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

Does My Painting Project Require Primer?

Priming a wall before paintingBefore beginning to paint a room, most people are faced with one of the biggest questions in home improvement: does this project require a coat of primer? Some people may feel like priming is extra, unnecessary effort since it is the same process as going through and painting the room. However, the primer layer is vital to a clean, solid finish.

When to Prime Your Walls

There are certain situations when priming is vital to the painting process. New walls, especially bare wood or drywall, require primer in order to properly bond the paint. Wood and drywall are incredibly porous and require sealant for a thorough finish. If your walls previously had a glossy coat of paint, you will need primer to make your new color stick. A glossy base coat will not be able to hold the new coat without some sanding. If you are painting the walls a light color over older coats of dark paint, priming will save money in wasted paint. Two to three layers of white primer will do wonders when it comes to making your lighter paint show up on the dark walls, without wasting time painting coat after coat of the more expensive white paint.

Is Primer Ever Unnecessary?

There are a few instances when you may not need to prime the walls before painting. If you are simply applying a coat of the same color to enhance the shade or touch up any marks, priming is generally unnecessary. Some paints are manufactured with primer already mixed in, which can be used on walls in good condition. If your walls are completely clean, you may progress with painting without primer.

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If you are unsure how to go about painting the interior or exterior of your home, leave it to the professionals and contact American Painting Company! We will fix any imperfections on your walls before proceeding with coats of primer and high-quality paint in the color of your choice. Give us a call today at 866-385-8888, or fill out our online contact form!

How Can I Paint Walls Covered in Wallpaper?

If you have recently moved, your new home may not share your aesthetic yet. For example, one of your bedrooms may have outdated wallpaper or nursery wallpaper. Before you start painting, you will need to safely remove the wallpaper and prepare the wall for a new surface.

Removing Wallpaper

First, you will need to prepare the room for your home improvement project. Remove all furniture, curtains, outlet covers, and hanging artwork to keep it safe from damage, and place a drop cloth down to protect the floor. Then you will need to see how the wallpaper is glued to your wall. If the wallpaper peels easily without damaging the drywall underneath, you could pull the wallpaper off the wall. If not, you will need to mix hot water, boiling water and fabric softener in a trigger sprayer and spray your walls down. This will cause the wallpaper to bubble, making it easier to remove. Use a putty knife to remove the wet paper, and repeat as needed. Wipe down your bare walls with hot water and TSP, and let it dry for several days.

Painting Your Walls

Before you repaint your walls, you will likely need to fix any blemishes or imperfections left over from the wallpaper removal. You will need to patch any cracks or holes left on your walls before sanding the walls until they are smooth. Before you apply paint, you need to apply at least one coat of primer with a roller, which allows the paint to bond to a smooth surface. After the primer has dried, you can get to painting!

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If you are looking to leave the painting to the professionals, contact American Painting Company! We will repair any damage on your walls prior to painting them the color you desire. After we’re done, we will move any large furniture back to its original spot in your home. Call us today at 866-385-8888, or fill out our online contact form and we will respond shortly!

Choosing a Paint Color for Your Kitchen

American Painting Company kitchenAs it gets colder, you may decide that it is time to give some of the rooms in your home a new coat of paint. If you choose to paint your kitchen, there are some factors to consider: you’ll want to keep your color scheme consistent throughout the room, and the walls should match your cabinets and fixtures. If you are at a crossroads trying to pick a new color for your kitchen, consider these tips!

You have cabinets and countertops already, and these are more difficult to change than your walls. By painting your walls last, you’ll be able to narrow down your color palate based on the fixed colors around the room. You can use the shades and textures from your cabinets and counters to pick a dominant color that can be featured on your walls. For example, if there are gold tones throughout your countertops, you can find a shade of pale yellow to match. If you like the color of cabinets, you can go for a monochromatic color scheme, with shades of the same color throughout the room. If you are looking for a more neutral aesthetic, there are countless shades that will go with almost any color. Shades of white, grey and beige could easily complement your darker cabinets.

If you are having difficulty choosing one color, try painting swatches on an empty wall before starting the job. You will be able to see the paint dry and in the specific light your kitchen provides. If you are still at a loss, contact a local painting company! A company like American Painting Company will come to your home and thoroughly prepare your walls to allow for the best effect after the job is completed.

Are you looking to have your kitchen professionally painted this fall? Call American Painting Company! We will provide a free, no-commitment quote to paint your kitchen and help you achieve your dream home, leaving your room even more beautiful than when we arrived. Call us today at 866-385-8888, or fill out our online contact form and we will respond shortly!

Fall Exterior Painting Tips

Paint roller on postHave you been putting off painting the outside of your home all summer? Summer is a busy time, juggling work and travel plans, and making improvements to your home, however necessary, tends to be swept under the rug in exchange for fun outdoor activities. However, it’s not too late to paint the exterior of your home!
Fall tends to be one the best times to tackle outdoor painting projects. In order for paint to dry properly, the best conditions are dry, consistent temperatures, with some cloud cover to block the sun’s harsher rays. Spring tends to be damp, with the winter snow still melting and the ever-present April showers either looming or just in the rearview mirror. The summer can be too hot to paint outside, with direct sunlight hitting the surfaces you are looking to paint. The surface of your home doesn’t reach a temperature cool enough for paint to stick until late in the evening, after the sun has gone down. Fall provides a happy medium: not too cold, not too hot, and with relatively stable weather. Many paint companies now offer more advanced formulas that cure well in colder weather, further extending the painting season. However, fall can seem like it happens in the blip of an eye with New England weather patterns, so it’s easier to get started on your painting sooner rather than later, before the snow hits.
If you are interested in having your home’s exterior painted this fall, contact American Painting Company! We will be proud to assist you with your home improvement project and leave your exterior even better looking than it was when we arrived. Call us today at 866-385-8888, or complete our convenient estimate request and we will be in contact with you shortly.