Tips from the pros on how to paint your home

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - CON­NIE OLIVER

IT’S well known that paint­ing is the most af­ford­able way to up­date your decor but if you don’t have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with paint­ing the task may seem daunt­ing. Luck­ily, paint sup­pli­ers are here to help. CIL paint has in­tro­duced a new ser­vice to an­swer con­sumer paint ques­tions. From the com­fort of home or on the go, users sim­ply en­ter their ques­tions and sub­mit photos of their rooms to­vice. Ques­tions are fil­tered to the ap­pro­pri­ate CIL paint ex­pert, depend­ing on the topic. The team of CIL paint ex­perts in­cludes decor and colour spe­cial­ists, prod­uct and tech­ni­cal pro­fes­sion­als and ex­pe­ri­enced pain­ters. “We’re en­cour­ag­ing Cana­di­ans to pay closer at­ten­tion to the needs of their walls and giv­ing them the tools to ad­dress them,” said Ali­son Gold­man, brand man­ager for CIL paint. “Feed­back from our deal­ers across the coun­try shows that while many peo­ple rec­og­nize their walls need a lift, the idea of a paint pro­ject can feel over­whelm­ing.” The mes­sage Gold­man has for paint con­sumers is re­fresh­ing. “We are lis­ten­ing to you and we’re here for you,” said Gold­man. From choos­ing paint colour, to de­ter­min­ing how much or what kind of paint is needed for a room, to sur­face prepa­ra­tion and other tech­ni­cal queries, CIL paint ex­perts will pro­vide an an­swer within one to two busi­ness days.” “CIL paint is all about mak­ing the paint­ing process sim­pler for Cana­di­ans, and our new online help ser­vice is one more way we’re do­ing that,” Gold­man said. She added that users can also ac­cess the ex­ten­sive online bank of paint­ing ad­vice from CIL paint ex­perts, from how to cre­ate a kitchen colour scheme to ba­sic ap­pli­ca­tion tech­niques, by typ­ing ques­tions into the site’s search tool. Ac­cord­ing to CIL paint, some of the most com­mon ques­tions asked by con­sumers in­clude:


What colours are best for small

Cool colours, such as soft blues, creams, pur­ples and greens help make small ar­eas feel airy. Us­ing dif­fer­ent shades of colours from the same colour fam­ily also has the same ef­fect. To make a room look deeper and wider, paint hor­i­zon­tal stripes on the walls. If the room is nar­row or short, paint thin ver­ti­cal stripes in two tone-on-tone shades. To make walls ap­pear taller, paint the bot­tom half of a wall in a darker colour than the top. How do I paint a hall­way? Long and nar­row hall­ways can feel more com­pressed by paint­ing the long walls a lighter colour and the far, short wall a darker colour. To make a nar­row hall­way look larger, paint the ceil­ing a very light colour and any door frames, win­dow frames, mold­ings and trim the same shade as the walls. A crisp white ceil­ing will add height to a closed-in space. What fin­ishes work for which rooms? The most com­mon sheens are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. Semi-gloss and gloss are rec­om­mended for kitchens, bath­rooms, doors, base­boards and ban­is­ters. Satin, the most ver­sa­tile fin­ish, works well in higher-traf­fic ar­eas, such as kids’ rooms, kitchens and bath­rooms. Eggshell is com­monly used in hall­ways, fam­ily rooms and bed­rooms, and flat fin­ishes are suit­able for ceil­ings, liv­ing rooms and din­ing rooms. How much paint do I need? On av­er­age, one gallon of paint will cover 300 to 400 square feet. To cal­cu­late how much paint you need, mea­sure the perime­ter of the room and mul­ti­ply by the wall height. Then sub­tract the square footage of each door and win­dow in the room, and di­vide the re­main­ing num­ber by the spread­ing rate of your paint (shown on the la­bel). In gen­eral, the trim of a room will re­quire about one-quar­ter of the amount of paint needed for the walls. What is the best or­der in which to paint a room? For best re­sults, al­ways be­gin with the ceil­ing, fol­lowed by the walls, and then the doors, win­dows and trim. For the ceil­ing, start by paint­ing a 2-inch to 3-inch strip around the top of your room where the ceil­ing meets the wall (called a cut-in), us­ing a small brush. Then use a roller with an ex­ten­sion han­dle for the rest, mov­ing from right to left if you’re right-handed and left to right if you’re left-handed. Here are some tips from my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence: To get a rich colour fin­ish, two to three coats may be nec­es­sary depend­ing on the colour you choose. Al­low paint to dry prop­erly be­tween coats. You may be in a hurry to see the fi­nal re­sults but rush­ing the process isn’t a good idea. Wrap paint-coated paint­brushes and/or paint rollers in plas­tic wrap to keep them fresh for the next coat. I’ve kept brushes like this for up to a week be­fore they start to dry out. At the end of your job you can rinse them well and let them air dry for fu­ture use. Line your paint tray with a plas­tic bag taped down to keep it from mov­ing. This will make for easy clean up when you’re fin­ished paint­ing. Sim­ply peel off the plas­tic bag and toss it in the garbage. Use a proper paint can opener ver­sus a screw­driver to open paint cans. It’s worth a few bucks to pur­chase this spe­cific tool. Use a ham­mer and medium-sized nail to punch holes in the ‘trough’ of the paint lip so paint will drip back into the can. Paint­ing takes a bit of prac­tice so start with a small room and go from there. The more prac­tice you get the bet­ter your tech­nique will be­come.


This home of­fice boasts CIL colours Shadow of Doubt and Fine Sil­ver.

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