Important Things to Consider When Painting Popcorn Ceilings

Posted on December 6, 2016 By

34-6Popcorn ceilings have nothing to do with popcorns, other than the fact that they have a texture which looks like popcorns stuck on the ceiling. Also known as acoustic ceilings, they are a feature of almost all buildings, built in the 70s or 80s. They were a result of cost cutting techniques, used by builders of those times. With this ceiling, they saved the smoothing cost. Fortunately, these ceilings also turned out to be a hit with buyers. Painted popcorn ceilings look great if painted in a typical way with the right color combinations.
Protect floor and furniture
Painting a popcorn ceiling is a huge paint drip, splash and splatter experience. Paint is going to rain down in all directions. So first thing you need to do is remove, as much furniture as you can, from the room being painted. If removing furniture is not possible, cover the furniture with plastic sheets or cloth. Spread sheets on the floor to avoid a floor scrubbing project later! Use masking paper, masking tape and plastic to cover the walls and furniture. To prevent them from getting painted, remove all the light fixtures from the room or pack them thoroughly. Also, before you start off, cleaning the ceiling is important. Do not clean it roughly. Take care not to dislodge the texture. You may use a feather duster for the purpose.

There is one more consideration before you go ahead. How do you paint a wall with a popcorn ceiling? You have to decide whether you are going to paint the walls, along with the ceiling or not. If you paint the walls, along with the ceiling, which is recommended, you won’t have to engage in a lot of masking. Of course, it is recommended that you paint the walls after painting the ceiling. That way, you can choose a matching color combination for the walls and ceiling. However, if you are happy with your wall color, then you have a huge wall masking task ahead. Use a lot of masking paper, plastic and tape. Make sure all of it is covered properly. Plan the entire project well and your work will be simpler.
Choosing Paint For Popcorn Ceilings
Flat sheen color for popcorn ceiling
You can choose the color of paint, according to your choice and liking. One thing to be remembered is that the quality of paint will be inversely proportional to the number of coatings and the hard work you put in. That is, better the quality of paint you use, lesser will be the number of coats needed and lesser the effort. Even one lesser coat applied will save you a lot of money and valuable time. A flat sheen color is recommended. It is not necessary that you use a shiny paint unless you live in a high humidity area. If you do live in a high humidity coastal area, then use semigloss.
Thinning Paint
Thinning the paint
One should not apply dense acrylic paint directly to the ceiling. Chances are that it will rip the popcorn texture off the ceiling. So it’s better to dilute or thin the acrylic paint up to 20%. The thinning liquid used can be water. It’s absolutely necessary that the ceiling texture soaks in the acrylic paint. Experiment with the amount of water needed, to make the paint sufficiently thin. Apply and see if it’s the right proportion. Approximately half a quarter of water for every gallon, is a reasonably good ratio and serves the purpose. Refer to the paint guide, that’s usually provided by the manufacturers for more details. You may also find information about mixing ratios on the manufacturer’s website.
Painting Methods
There are two ways in which you could paint this type of a ceiling. One is by spraying and the other is by rolling paint. Let us look in detail at both these methods.
Spray Painting
Spraying is the more enjoyable of the two methods. Here are some tips and techniques, for painting your popcorn ceiling. Buy an airless sprayer, specially designed for spray painting. Generally, two thick paints will produce excellent results. Two things should be taken into consideration. The thinning will vary with brand type of the paint. Choosing the right spray tip is very important, as that will decide your spraying pattern.
It is important that you spray the paint without breaks and it looks continuous. For this to happen, you will have to adjust the spray tip diameter, till you get it right. Before you start spraying paint on the wall, test spray on paper or cardboard.
Once you start spraying in one direction, maintain that direction. The next coat must be applied in the reverse direction. Take a break of an hour or two, between two coatings, so that the stuff dries. Doing this will ensure that an evenly spread color is painted and sheen is achieved. The entire project will cost you a few hundred dollars or more.
Rolling method of painting a popcorn ceiling
Alternatively, if you are willing to do more labor intensive work, go for painting the ceiling by rolling. This can get really messy. Don’t forget to use protective clothing, as there is going to be a lot of dripping. Also wear a headgear and safety glasses, to protect yourself from all the splashing.
Buy a lambswool roller cover or synthetic covers for the roller. Use a bucket and a roller setup to do the job. Rolling paint on this type of a ceiling is a simple job. The only problem that lies with it, is covering the edges of the ceiling. Use a separate paintbrush for that purpose. Do not apply too much pressure while rolling, as that may cause the texture to come off it. You will require three to four coats for good effect.

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How to Maintain Your Paintbrushes and Make Them Last Longer

Posted on December 5, 2016 By

34-5“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
– Henry Ward Beecher
Paintbrushes are very important to a professional painter. The brushes are their most cherished tools and source of income. No painter likes to use brushes that are worn out or stiff. Their best work comes out when they use brushes that are in top-notch condition.

So, how do you maintain paintbrushes and make sure they last you for a long time? It’s easy. All you have to do is treat your brushes right, and they will serve you for long. Many people have different methods in preserving their brushes, but the basics remain the same. You start with using them in the right way, and then when you are done, you clean them well, and later, store them appropriately. This Buzzle article presents some useful tips on preserving your paintbrushes to make them last longer.
When You Paint
Paints and paintbrushes
► Use a good-quality plastic pail that ensures that your brush is standing upright (when it has been placed in the pail), if you decide to take a short breather while painting.

► Fill the pail with just a couple of inches of paint, so that your paintbrush is not dipped till the ferrule (the metal part of the brush between the bristles and handle).



Common Paint Problems That Grip Homeowners and How to Fix Them

Posted on December 4, 2016 By

Use premium-grade paints because…
…they are generally thicker, have better coverage, and are more durable, which ensures that your walls are better shielded, last longer, and wash better.
A fresh coat of paint will make the house appealing and welcoming. An old house, especially, is replete with a lot of paint problems that can take away your peace of mind. This doesn’t mean that a new house won’t show signs of wear and tear. A poor paint job can well manifest itself with cracked paint, and encourage the formation of blisters and peeling.

Extreme temperatures can play havoc with both the interior and exterior of your house over a period of time. While there is little you can do
Fixes to Various Paint Problems
yellow peeling facade
mildew on old white wall
One of the most common paint problems to affect the interiors is blistering. Blistering is nothing but the formation of bubbles due to the loss of adhesion between the paint film and surface. Over time, these blisters lead to peeling.

Understand the Causes
The underlying cause for the formation of blisters is the presence of moisture or heat, or a combination of both. Painting over a damp or hot surface could result in bubbling or blistering. Similarly, applying oil-based paint over latex paint could lead to the paint forming ugly bumps or blisters.


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Outstandingly Awesome Fabric Paint Designs You Shouldn’t Miss

Posted on December 4, 2016 By

34-4If you know the basics of fabric painting, then you can work on plain fabrics and turn them into lovely pieces. Fabric painting can be used to jazz up your cool t-shirts, traditional wear kurtis, bed sheets, pillows, table mats and many more such items. Pure cotton, linen, cotton blends, denims and velvet fabrics offer a nice base for fabric paints.
But, before you start with the painting procedure, it is essential to wash the fabric in plain water to get rid of the fabric softeners. Next, iron on the tough wrinkles to have a plain surface to work on. Now that the fabric is ready to be painted, get the brushes, fabric colors and start working. Well, I am sure that you need some ideas on fabric painting designs and patterns, right? Well, then don’t get struck, here are some cool fabric paint designs to help you finish your artwork.
Ideas for Fabric Painting Designs
Feminine Prints
feminine prints
Feminine prints are commonly used on women’s wear. These include various types of floral prints that give a cute touch to the fabric. Butterflies and fairy prints are favorite of little girls. Go for curvy geometrical prints that look delicate and don’t need much detailing and precision. Again, polka dots are something that girls would love to have on their fabrics. Be it their scarf, handkerchief or a skirt, polka dots look extremely beautiful and girlie.
Stencil Patterns
One of the useful fabric painting tips for the beginners is using stencils. Use of stencils is done for accuracy or usually for creating motif style prints. Such prints are popularly used for bedding, curtains and dresses as well. Though you can have such motif prints on any fabric, these best suit the furnishings in your home. Of course the polka dots are an exception which will work on any fabric, including the furnishings where you can have larger dots.
Use a simple round stencil, and painting polka dots is not a difficult task. You can also make some table mats and napkins using the stencils or stamps. Stencils can be used on t-shirts as well to have two identical figures, forming a classic print. Stencils are not only for painting designs, but can also be made for alphabets and numbers.
Alphabets and Numbers
alphabets and numbers
Funny, emotional or weird quotes are perfect for trendy t-shirts. Paint designs on shirts can also include your favorite band names or teams names. Sleeves are also the best place for such prints. College bags can be spiced up with such quotes using your painting skills. Lettering is a popular design among the youngsters. Writing your favorite number, or just painting 0-9 numbers all over the t-shirt, randomly, can make an awesome and unique print.
Think Weird
think weird
Get your painting brush, dip it in a color suitable for the fabric and draw a web. Use it to paint your t-shirt, top or a bandanna. Believe me, it will look amazing. Think of such weird ideas which will definitely make the best fabric painting designs. You can also have an upside down face, a quote, a word written in an opposite order of letters or its mirror image. Believe me, it looks really interesting. Thinking out-of-the-box will definitely help you have some classy fabric pieces ready.
Just think of the latest prints and designs. Check the fashion and lifestyle magazines and websites to know about the popular the designs and colors of this season. Which are the most running prints and which are passe, can be known with help of these. So, pick up those trendy prints and colors and get set to create beautiful fabric paint designs with your painting skills.

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All Ye Artists! Types of Paintbrushes and Their Myriad Uses

Posted on December 2, 2016 By

Oil and water don’t mix…
Most brushes can be used with any media, but once a brush has been used for oil painting, and cleaned with solvents that remove oil paints, it can no longer be used with acrylics or watercolors.
Considered to be an artist’s weapon, the paintbrush is an essential part of art classes. Let’s just call it the artist’s pen, for he uses it to convey his innermost feelings. An artist for that matter, needs a variety of brushes to bring his/her canvas to life. And how many brushes can he possibly use? Basically, there are eight main types of brushes that are used widely by artists.

These brushes come in different sizes and yes, of course, in two different bristle types. While the natural bristles brushes are best suited for oil-based colors, synthetic brushes can be used for both the water and oil-based paints. Depending on the shape of the bristles, brushes are used for different purposes. In addition to that, these brushes are available in different sizes ranging from 0 – 10, which gives you a variety of brushes and strokes to experiment with.
Flat Brush
The ferrule or bracelet holding the bristles of this brush is flat, thus making the bristles spread out uniformly in a rectangular shape. The bristles of this brush are flattened and trimmed straight across, giving it an almost flat shape. Longer haired flats hold more paint and are known as ‘one stroke’ brushes. Flats can be used for practically any medium of painting.

Flats are used for washes, shading, and blending. They are used to lay down wide horizontal strokes, like when painting skies, landscapes etc., and also to create a smooth blend between two or more colors. You can use them while applying a base coat, floating, stroke work, blending, washes, and varnishing.
Bright Brush
The bright brush resembles the flat brush, as both have a flat ferrule. The only differentiating factor is the length of the hair of these brushes; while flats have longer bristles, brights have relatively shorter bristles. They do not hold as much color as the wash brushes. Bright brushes are ideal for oil, acrylic, and decorative mediums.


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