Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have a pretty temperate climate, despite all the rain. When summer rolls around and we start spending more time outdoors, it’s easy to notice where your home’s exterior needs some touch-ups. As temperatures drop, the cooler weather conditions can be perfect weather for painting! But don’t wait too long into the fall for the weather to take a rainy turn; weather that’s too cold or too wet isn’t ideal, and won’t allow your paint to cure properly.
Always check the labels on your paint or stain for temperature recommendations. The amount of time needed for paint to properly cure will be affected by temperature and level of humidity. If paint is improperly cured, due to humidity levels or extreme temperatures, it can crack, blister, and peel. A good thing to remember is to try to paint in dry weather, and in the shade as much as you can, as applying paint will be smooth, its properties won’t change due to the environment, and it is more likely to cure properly. In warm weather, the surface you’re painting will have a hotter temperature than the air. Always paint on dry surfaces, and after a rainstorm, allow at least 4-8 hours for your home’s exterior to dry thoroughly before applying more paint. Don’t forget to prep your surfaces properly, so your primer, paint, and stains can properly adhere.
Fall is in full swing, and there are going to be some gorgeous, perfect days for exterior painting! Take advantage of this transition between seasons and enjoy the cooler weather. This month, we’re featuring Pumpkin from our Color Evolution line of paint. Pumpkin is a wonderfully warm, deep, earthy orange that works on it’s own as a primary color for the interior or exterior of your home, and just as well as an accent color.
To take some of the guess work out of choosing paint colors, upload a photo of your home to our Color Visualizer app to see what it looks like in different Miller Paint colors: http://millerpaint.chameleonpower.com/visualizer.aspx
When it comes time to sell your home, it can pay to touch up the painting. The added perceived value of a properly maintained home is well documented, and there’s no easier (or economical) way to give the impression than with some fresh paint.
So, what should a home seller paint? Following is a list of 10 top touchups, according to experts at the Paint Quality Institute — headquartered in the aptly named Pennsylvania town of “Spring House”. . . really.
1. If you want buyers to come rushing to your door, make sure the door is well painted. A fresh coat of paint here will make a great first impression.
2. Next up is the entrance hall, where prospects get their initial glimpse of the interior. At the very least, clean every surface and touch up areas where the paint shows marks or nicks. Better yet: Put on a fresh coat of neutral-colored paint throughout.
3. Bathrooms and kitchens get special scrutiny from prospective buyers, so give extra attention to these rooms. Touch up as needed and put plenty of effort into the powder room, which many will visit during their tour of your home.
4. Size does matter when it comes to the kitchen. If you want to make yours look bigger, then paint the kitchen white or off-white. At the very least, remove food stains from the walls and conceal water spots by applying a coat of primer followed by some touchup paint.
5. Look at your windowsills, especially if your view is special. Prospects will likely spend time gazing out. Don’t spoil the moment. Sand, prime, and paint the most important sills as needed.
6. Check your woodwork. You can quickly touch up chipped or marred paint on chair rails and floor molding.
7. Inspect areas that come in frequent contact with soiled hands – especially window frames, door frames, edges of doors, and walls around light switches. If the areas are dirty, you may be able to clean them, assuming you used a glossier paint; if that doesn’t work, then do touchup painting.
8. Same approach with cabinet doors: Scrub clean of fingerprints, if possible, or touch up painted areas. Pay special attention to the kitchen, which should be spotless.
9. Water stains on the ceiling from old roof leaks are a huge red flag for prospective buyers. After making certain that your roof is sound, be sure to prime and re-paint these potential “deal-breakers”.
10. Put the finishing touches on your home by scrutinizing every remaining wall and painted surface, looking for stray flecks of paint, as well marks and stains from whatever source. Conceal them with some touchup paint, and your home will be good to go. . .and show!
The Paint Quality Institute advises that this list of touchups isn’t just for home sellers, it’s also a handy checklist if you’re staying put. And springtime is a great time to tackle these minor projects, when the days are longer and you can throw open the windows for a burst of fresh air.
~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute: www.paintquality.com
6 Quick Questions to Help You Pick the Right Interior Paint
If you’ve ever been confused at the paint counter, you’re not alone. Most home centers and paint stores sell a dizzying array of coatings in every conceivable color and sheen. That can make it difficult for anyone to pick the right paint.
To help simplify things, we suggest that you ask yourself six questions about your personal preferences and lifestyle. The answers will help guide you through the maze of interior paints available today and make your purchasing decision a snap.
- How sensitive am I to “paint smell”? If you abhor paint odor, you should favor water-based latex paints, which have little or no odor compared to oil-based or alkyd coatings. Latex paints also simplify cleanup and perform exceptionally well on all interior surfaces. These advantages help explain why latex paints have become the overwhelming choice of both do-it-yourselfers and professional painters.
- How much activity will take place in the space I am painting? If the room you are painting will see a lot of activity, the painted surface could get soiled. In that case, it’s best to use a glossier product (a high gloss or semi-gloss paint), which will tend to resist stains and are much easier to clean. If the room will see little activity, you could use any level of sheen – from a flat paint to a high gloss finish.
- What atmosphere do I want to create in the room? If your goal is to make the space cozy, consider using a “warm” color from the red, yellow or orange family; if you want it to seem cool, apply blues or greens.
- Do I wish the room were bigger (or smaller)? If you feel the space seems cramped (or, at the other extreme, cavernous), you can do something about it by selecting the right color of paint. Lighter colors make a room seem larger, while darker colors make it feel more intimate.
- How often do I typically repaint? If you paint only every so often, you’ll want to apply a durable, colorfast paint that will hold up well and continue to look good for a very long time. The best option in this regard is a top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paint.
- How much time do I want to devote to this painting project? If your time is limited, or you just want to complete the project quickly, then consider applying a “paint and primer” product that works like two coatings in one. You’ll likely need to apply fewer coats, which will save a lot of time — and you’ll still get superior results.
Considering these questions takes just a few moments, but saves a lot of consternation when you are at your paint retailer’s. More importantly, the answers will help you quickly identify the very best type of paint for your next home beautification project!
~Courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute: www.paintquality.com
Introducing Climasan by StoCoat. Climasan is an interior paint that will neutralize odors in the air. It uses VLC* (*Visible Light Catalytic) technology. So as long as the paint is exposed to light, daylight or artificial, it will remain active continuously degrading organic compounds and pollutants in the air.
- VOC is less than 5 grams per liter
- High quality washable interior flat, so dirt and surface stains clean off
- Easy to apply by brush, roller, or spraying
- Use on both walls and ceilings
- For use of plaster, drywall, brick and CMU (concrete/masonry block)
Climasan… soon to be found at select Miller Paint locations.
Sometimes you want to change the wood paneling in your home. Maybe your style has changed, it doesn’t look right with new furnishings, or you want to paint the walls as part of a remodeling or redecorating project. No matter your reason for wanting a change, painting wood paneling can seem daunting.
- Preparation is the key to this process. Clean the walls very thoroughly, making sure that any stains have been completely removed with the appropriate cleaner, and that the walls are all free of dust and dirt. Next, putty any nail holes or imperfections and, once dry, sand until it’s flush.
- Next you want to sand the paneling itself, just enough to take the sheen off the finish and rough up the surface so paint will adhere better. Don’t forget to sand other wood trim in the room and then go over it all with a clean, damp cloth to get rid of any leftover sanding particles.
- Caulk any cracks or gaps between the paneling and other elements in the room, such as doors or windows.
- Now you can go back to your normal paint prep routine—protect your floor by covering it with drop cloths, and use painter’s tape on areas it’s needed.
- Using a medium nap roller cover, prime the paneling with a stain-blocking primer. You may want to have the primer tinted so that it looks similar to the color you’ve chosen for the topcoat. Once the primer has completely dried, you can paint your topcoat, probably needing two coats of Miller Paint.
- Last up is applying primer and then painting the trim in the room.
When you’re ready for a change but the room has wood paneling, not to worry. Follow the steps above, seek out advice when necessary, and your paneled room will feel new and fresh in no time.
~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings. As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions.
Repainting a room is a quick way to brighten, change or liven up a space in your home. But what about the ceiling? Even though you don’t often stop and look up at your ceiling, painting it can change the feel of your space.
Painting a ceiling, however, is different from painting walls. There are things you can do to make the project easier. First of all, you’re going to want extended handle paint rollers in addition to a brush or two—it’s much easier on your back and neck to paint most of your ceiling while standing on the floor than when awkwardly craning your back and neck up while painting with a brush. The roller cover should match the type of paint you’ll be using – look at its label to check if it’s appropriate for semi-gloss or eggshell versus a flat paint. If the ceiling is flat you want the nap of your roller to be short, but if it’s textured the nap should be longer, ¾ “ to 1 ½”. You may want to spend a few more dollars to get a professional roller cover, which holds more paint.
When choosing the color for your ceiling, consider the size of the room. A smaller room might seem roomier with a neutral—perhaps a neutral that’s two or three tones lighter than the walls’ color. If it’s a large space, using an earthy color to add warmth or an interesting shape to visual interest might add a unique element.
At home, make sure you place enough drop cloths to cover and protect everything in the room from paint drips and accidental spills. Clean the ceiling with the brush accessory of your vacuum. Patch any damaged areas. If your ceiling has any discolored spots, you should apply a stain blocking interior latex primer.
Next up is painting! Start by painting the edges of the ceiling in a two-inch strip. Then switch to the long-handled roller. Using the roller tray, dip the roller into the paint well and roll it back onto the ribbed portion until a uniform load of paint has been absorbed in the cover. The roller should be full but not dripping. Roll a vertical “W” shape, two feet by two feet onto the ceiling. Paint from dry areas into wet areas to avoid “lap marks.” Don’t keep squeezing the last bit of paint out of the roller; instead refill it for a smoother finish. Keep up the good work until your ceiling is complete.
Clean up and voila!—a new ceiling and a new look.
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Available at most Miller Paint locations, select dealers, participating Fred Meyer locations, and of course Metro’s Swan Island Store. For a full list of locations visit the locations page on our website at www.millerpaint.com.
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EVOLUTION® BY MILLER
Visit thecolorevolution.com to see the whole story and to view our new color collection!
Evolution represents over 100 years of perfecting our craft–the art of quality and color. Handcrafted right here in the Pacific Northwest, our paints are designed to reflect the unique beauty of our landscapes and to protect the unique elements of your home.
Feel the craftsmanship in the rich, thick textures, as you spread the art of paint on the canvas of your walls.
You will appreciate the superior qualities of these art-inspired textures and designer-selected colors in our exclusive COLOREVOLUTION COLLECTION.
PAPER — WIPEABLE MATTE FINISH
You will love spreading this thick, creamy, texture, with ceramic-microsphere technology that hardens to create our most durable, wipeable matte finish ever.
Designed like fine artist’s paper to absorb and reflect the true tone of light and color. The perfect solution for bedrooms and living spaces. It’s flat genius!
CANVAS — EXTRA-RICH EGGSHELL FINISH
This extra-rich, luminescent, low-sheen texture will fill your life with the soft, warm hues inspired by shimmering cascades & mountain meadows. The handcrafted-quality goes on like thick cream, creating spaces you will love to sleep, eat, dine, work and live in. For the art of living.
SILK — CREAMY SATIN FINISH
Driven by dedication to beauty, we designed this unique, silky texture to capture & reflect deeper tones and richer hues. Our superior quality, thick & creamy, durable wall coating allows for easy, low-splatter application with lasting true color. For the art of living.
FRAME — DURABLE TRIM & WALL FINISH
Finish your masterpiece with ours–the finest semigloss coating we have ever created. The thick creamy texture reduces runs and hardens to provide a smooth, durable sheen that resists scratches. It is the best choice for doors and trim, and perfect for interior walls where extra durability is needed. Handcrafted for the art of NW living.
Visit thecolorevolution.com to see the color collection, or visit your local Miller Paint Store to see the paint samples up close and personal!
As summer turns into fall, you may be considering starting an exterior painting project. Take advantage of the cooler weather to tackle an exterior paint project, but make sure you know when it is too cold to paint outside:
Paint must set before the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is best not to paint within two hours of sundown if temps are predicted to drop below that. Extremely high temperatures can also cause a problem, so avoid painting in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (but we don’t have to worry about that for awhile now, do we!).
Moisture also affects paint, so wait several days after a rainfall and allow morning mist to evaporate before beginning your project.
Always make sure to check the label on your paint can for additional information!
This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings. As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.