Grand Rapids, Mich. (WOTV) - Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive remodeling projects you can do. Before you break out the paint brush here's what you need to know about prepping for your paint project.
While "the color of the year" should be "the color that speaks to you", there are typically only four or five finishes to choose from within every paint manufacturer's line. Each brand refers to finishes differently; the distinguishing factors are essentially the same – luster and wash ability. Selecting the ideal sheen involves both aesthetical and practical considerations. From an aesthetical perspective, sheen creates visual interest and from a practical perspective, the right sheen can help extend the life of the paint job.
TAKE THE TIME TO PREP THE SURFACE: this is the difference between a smooth paint job and a bumpy or streaky paint job. Depending on the surface, you may need a primer or undercoat prior to the final color. AND shinier paints require thinner roller covers than flat finishes.
FLAT: this is a more chalky finish which features a matte sheen that absorbs light and helps hide surface imperfections. A flat finish is ideal for high-traffic areas and irregular ceilings. Note however that ceiling paint is designed to roll on with minimal spatter and resist yellowing over time.
EGGSHELL: this finish has a bit more luster than flat, and eggshell enamel offers a much more scrubbable surface – great for family rooms and bedrooms. Combining an eggshell finish on the walls, semi gloss paint on the door and high gloss on some furniture pieces makes for a visually stimulating room.
SEMIGLOSS: this paint reflects light, presenting a bright, shiny appearance in a room with a strong light source. This is a great option for areas that are cleaned frequently (think kitchen, bathroom, closet doors and trim).
SATIN: similar to eggshell and semi gloss except they typically have a warmer, pearl-like finish. Satin paints resist mildew, dirt and stains so are great for children's rooms and on woodwork that will need to withstand wear and tear.
HIGH-GLOSS: the biggest benefit to using high-gloss paint over a flat is depth of color. The higher the sheen, the more vivid and rich the color will be. Designers are partial to this finish for wood surfaces, such as trim, cabinets and doors – but only when those surfaces are perfect! A shiny surface will expose any imperfections!
THE SURFACE IS NOT WOOD: if your surface is metal, masonry or even flooring, a latex or oil-based paint is the best choice. The key again is prepping the surface.
So have fun, be bold, experiment and remember this is 4 you!
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