the painted surface
The painted surface is a free online guide of painting ideas. It covers tools, painting tips, painting techniques, color, paint, preparation and painting methods needed for home improvement projects. We hope you will find within these pages the painting tips, painting techniques and painting ideas you need to beautify your home with color. The links are divided into the most asked about subjects. There you will find articles that explain and inform in detail how to perform each task. The PAINTING TIPS category is a collection of nuggets of information covering a wide variety of subjects gleaned from over 20 years of actual painting experience. Specific painting methods are discussed in the How to paint a room section, everything from How to paint a stairway to How to choose a paintbrush and more. Click COLOR for help with choosing colors. In TOOLS there is info about what equipment is needed to accomplish the task of painting a single room or an entire home. PAINTING TECHNIQUES will cover a range of subjects from the basic to the advanced, explaining how to use a roller to how to apply faux finishes. Go to PAINT to gain knowledge about the different types of interior and exterior paint. PREPARATION will get you going in the right direction with helpful information about how to prepare a room for painting and discussing surface prep, preliminary thoughts and scheduling. Do remember SAFETY should be your first priority. A gallery of photos found in INSPIRATION is a source for painting ideas you may want to use. To view a complete outline of this website, check the SITEMAP, where all topics can be found. We invite you to sign up for the NEWSLETTER from the painted surface. It will discuss seasonal home maintenance and painting tips as well as color and decorating trends.
Chalkboard paint is a popular way to transform a wall into a writeable surface. There are many chalkboard paint colors to choose from to match the decor of the room. Painting tips are on... how to use chalkboard paint.
Are you thinking about hiring a contractor to paint for you this year? Read the article Questions to Ask When Hiring a Contractor for some general and specific concerns to address before awarding the work.
Sherwin-Williams has announced their Color Trends for 2013. Check out the coming year's popular home paint colors for interior rooms. Are you looking for a bedroom or bathroom paint color? Need an exciting new paint color to kick start a room's makeover? See if the right interior or exterior color is in this collection... Color Trends for 2013.
Pantone has announced their Color of the Year for 2013. It is Emerald, a rich shade of green sure to liven up any paint color scheme. See more at Pantone Color of the Year - Emerald.
See the pages of commonly asked painting questions and hopefully some helpful answers at Questions and Answers.
Are you looking to freshen up the front of your home with a minimum amount of work? A new front door color might be the answer. Just changing the color of the front door will add interest to the front facade. Check out the new article... Front Door Colors for some tips and ideas.
Are you looking to freshen up a room previously painted with stripes? The ridges, colors or sheens of striped walls may show through without the proper prep work. Check out the new article... how to paint over striped walls for some tips and ideas.
- Where to begin!
- When someone wants to paint an area of their home, their goal is usually to change the color of a room. So where do they find the right color? It is in the room. Look around and you will gain inspiration from what occupies the room now. Your pallette of colors is found in the drapes, an oriental rug, your favorite chair, or the oil painting on the wall. Let these items be your guide to finding the perfect color.
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