By Scotlands Finest Painter | March 24, 2018 at 05:44 PM EDT | No Comments
When you are 'cutting in' which is the term that applies to using a paint brush to paint a neat edge, there is a learning curve to perfecting this skill.
Wall to ceiling edges are common lines to cut where color changes are likely.
I like to use a 2-1/2 angled nylon brush.
A professional painter should be able to cut straight lines in most common situations. Masking tapes can help sometimes but again knowledge is helpful choosing which type etc.
For a simple 'cut in' load your brush and drag it out along the edge you want to cut. having a wet edge helps the brush glide as you get to work on the straight edge. glide the brush away from your body and try not to bring it back across your body. Breathe out to relax and keep a steady hand.
By Scotlands Finest Painter | December 16, 2011 at 01:44 PM EST | No Comments
Wainscoting provides many decorative attractions to your home and provides rich elegance. Wainscoting paneling is relatively straight forward to install with modest carpentry skills. Wainscoting provides excellent protection to areas that incur high traffic and are susceptible to dings and abrasions.
When painting, installing a simple chair rail provides opportunities to introduce a two tone color scheme and accents to your project.
Depending on your area a chair rail can be installed low or even high on a wall to provide character, focus and beauty.
Wainscoting is popular in most areas of a home and compliments your other finishes such as carpet, decor or hardwoods.
Shadow box wall frames are decorative framing which can be installed on walls or ceilings and can give the perception of wainscoting. Shadow boxes can be used to decorate walls, around fixtures, sconces, artwork or compliment your wainscoting.
Wainscoting and wall framing provide charm, character and flow throughout a project and with a carefully selected color scheme the effects can be beautiful.
Quality painting can really enhance a project and provide a custom look for a modest investment.
For a classy makeover to your home, wainscotting might be just what your looking for.
By Scotlands Finest Painter | November 13, 2009 at 10:12 PM EST | No Comments
Hue Hue identifies the general family of a color, such as red, yellow, blue or green. The traditional color wheel is made up of twelve color families: red, red-orange, orange, yellow-range, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue-red-violet, violet and blue-violet.
Color Wheel Colors on the opposite side of the wheel from each other are called complementary colors. In combination, these create striking contrasts. For less contrast, choose colors next to each other on the color wheel, which are called analogous colors. Choosing colors of different tints within one color family creates a monochromatic color scheme.
Warm or Cool? Different colors in the same family may be described as being "warm" or "cool." Colors with yellow undertones will seem warmer, while the same color with blue or red undertones will appear cool. Cool colors — blue, green, violet — invite relaxation and thought. Warm colors — red, orange, yellow — encourage conversation and play. Sherwin-Williams color experts suggest using both warm and cool colors in rooms where you desire balance and variety.
Value Value describes how light or dark a specific color may be. On Sherwin-Williams color strips, lighter values are at the top, mid-tone value are in the middle and darker values are at the bottom. When you combine colors from a single color strip, you're creating a monochromatic color scheme — perfect for creating a sophisticated, spacious look in a single room.
By Scotlands Finest Painter | November 03, 2009 at 01:52 PM EST | No Comments
SFP is an Eco-friendly company. This year we will take our commitment to our customers Indoor Air Quality a bit further by specifying solvent free zero voc paint for childrens rooms, play areas, nurseries and sensitive areas at no extra charge. It is good practice to also use zero voc paints in public areas such as, hotels, hospitals etc. Conventional water based paints, also known as “latex paints” contain organic and non organic ingredients, pigments, additives, binders and water. The most harmful ingredients are the Volatile Organic compounds (VOC) These are mostly solvents and agents that help with the film formation of the paint. Many paints are formulated with ethylene glycol, a known toxicant. Biocides and other agents used to arrest bacteria growth are also ingredients. These VOCs can result in acute and chronic indoor exposure especially to children that are still developing their immune system. In addition to the high VOC exposures during the painting and initial drying periods, there is chronic exposure to these chemicals over extended periods. Laboratory experiments have shown that a large portion of the VOC components quickly adsorb into the wallboard, then are slowly released over many months. Most families decide to redecorate when they have children. Whether redecorating happens just before or after children are born these are important concerns that should be addressed.
What are some precautions?
First of all, there is some good news. The general levels of VOCs in latex paints have been decreasing steadily in the last few years. Some interior paints have VOC contents of less than 100 grams per litre. Some major paint manufacturers now offer zero VOC paints that work as well as regular paints, are available in most finishes and colors and have very few limitations, if any. SFP has a lot of practical experience using most of these coatings in many settings from high traffic commercial situations, to residential re-painting and the results have been very good. If possible paint children’s rooms when they are away at least for 24 to 48 hours. At the very least they can sleep in another room for a day or two. Also, to minimize the effects that painting your interiors has on your indoor air quality, overall ventillation of the house is very important. If possible paint the house and especialy the nursery before the baby is born. Neutral colours in children’s areas are a wasted opportunity for sensory stimulation. Bright and colourful rooms and furnishings are a great environment for children to grow up in. With a few simple precautions and common sense choices on the selection of products, parents can now focus on choosing the right color. Painting with zero VOC paint does not cost extra.
Call Scotlands Finest Painter at 206-909-0654 for advice.
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