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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:

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:

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.


Traditional Hall by Aiken Architects & Designers A. Tate Hilliard, Architect/Builder

Traditional Hall by Aiken Architects & Designers A. Tate Hilliard, Architect/Builder


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.

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 applies to staining decks and fences too!


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.