Glenfield House Painting

We started this Glenfield house roof, exterior and interior painting by the end of April, it’s almost finished now. We had to wait a couple of days for other works like new kitchen, toilet and shower things like that.

How we paint an acoustic-popcorn Ceiling

We are painting a ceiling called acoustic / cottage cheese/popcorn ceilings, more care will be needed. These types of ceilings are usually found in houses built in the 1960’s through the 1980’s. Asbestos could be present in a home up to 1978, till it was banned in New Zealand.

Before painting we want to know if the ceiling has been painted before or has not been painted. Swipe your hand lightly across an area of the ceiling and see if anything comes off the ceiling. If so, this may be the first indication it hasn’t been painted before.

However we need to test it again by using an easy sure fire method. Lightly spray water in an inconspicuous place in a area around 5×5 inches. If you feel that the popcorn finish starts to soften and could even be wiped off with a paper towel or cloth, you know your ceiling has never been painted.

If the ceiling has been painted before, this will make it easy for us to repaint it with roller cover. The acoustic should not come off, since it has been previously painted. In effect the previously painting of the popcorn ceiling has glued the acoustic to the ceiling.

We found that we have to paint an acoustic ceiling that has never been painted, consider renting a paint sprayer. Spraying it is the best way and it won’t disturb the popcorn acoustic. Just prime then apply your final coat.

We have water stains at all on the ceiling from past events. Reach for that spray can we talked about in the material listd and spray over those water stains, and any ugly marks. This will ensure that the water marks/stains will not show through the paint. If you have a ceiling that was smoke damaged or smoke residual from a fireplace, or even heavy smoking occupants. You will need to prime-seal the whole ceiling before painting, because the smoke can bleed through the paint. Make sure you get the best proper primer for such a situation.

To paint by brush & roller

Buy a roller made for rolling an acoustic/popcorn ceiling; it’s a roller that has slits in it. Consult your local paint store, they can help you choose such a roller and if not available roller will do.

Before Painting this type of ceiling, preparation is needed, take a duster and lightly dust it for spider webs and such. You can tape off the fixtures on the ceiling to protect from paint; It is a bit messy to apply paint to the ceiling, but not impossible. The danger is you can peel away some of the texture, if you do and it’s very small, we patch it with a can of ceiling texture and then paint your color over it. It’s best to just paint the ceilings as lightly as possible the first coat and brush the edges. It may take 3-4 coats to achieve professional results.

It’s good to caulk the edges of the ceilings with a smooth bead of caulking to get a defined break between ceiling and wall making it easier to mask off the walls if you are just painting the ceiling and not the walls.

Inspirational Exterior Paint Selection

Classic White: A classic exterior scheme uses three main colors. The principal color is used for the external walls, a secondary color for gutters, down pipes or garage doors, and a third color for accents like windows, doors and railings.

Bold Statements: When choosing exterior paint colors your house is a canvas, but it’s not always blank. Your existing roof color may be a deciding factor. Consider a trim color that matches or harmonies with your roof, and set it off with a contrast color to the external wails.

  1. Choose external color carefully. It’s your home’s face to the world
  2. Take inspiration from actual homes or magazines
  3. Consider your home’s heritage. Perfect colors for an Edwardian or Victorian era house may seem out of place on a modern home
  4. Monochromatic schemes are popular, using various intensities of one color
  5. For a great visual effect, switch the rules and match a light roof with dark external walls and a classy neutral on trims

Inside Out: When using three or more colors for your home, pick the main color first, It makes it easier to select accent colors and visualize the finished result. Paint looks much lighter on large outdoor surfaces, so consider using a slightly darker shade. Paint brings out the beauty and character in any home. As a general rule the simpler your house, the fewer colors you’ll need.

Twist on tradition: For a time honored look, try an exterior color scheme that has a dominant roof color with paler external walls and a contrast on the trim. This combination remains popular and looks great with modern charcoals and dark blues teamed with warm brown and rich cream brick render.

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