How to Paint a Ceiling without Roller Marks
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How to Paint a Ceiling without Roller Marks

How to Refinish Kitchen Cabinets like a Pro

by Joseph Grywalski on 11/30/18

Refurbishing kitchen cabinet is the best way to add value to the appearance of your home. Setting up and modernizing kitchen cabinets can bring out an excellent change to your kitchen. There are several ways to adopt when refurbishing kitchen cabinet. For the best results, follow these tips.

Assemble Your Stock

You should project well in advance and plan your project in a way that all required material and other tools are assembled. If you live near a home improvement storehouse, accessing stock can be even easier.  

The following are basic supplies you will require to refinish kitchen cabinets.

Hand operated tools which include screwdrivers, a hammer, sand blocks, scrapers, rags, and sponges.
Painter’s adhesive tape – to distinguish between areas to be painted and those to be avoided.
Availability of newspapers, drop cloths and other related materials that help in protecting the nearby surfaces.
Quality brushes or paint sprayer that is ideal for the type of finish you intend to have. Buy brushes with good strokes for a better finish from reputable vendors.

Preparing the Surface

1. Remove all the cabinet components prior to commencing your work. It will give you an easy time to clean inside an empty cabinet.
2. Detach all shelves and doors from the cabinet.
Most shelves are easy to remove supports except the more complex ones which you will need a screwdriver. Carefully remove screws to avoid damaging their threads.
Place and place the cabinet doors in an organized framework on the floor for easy identification.
3. Give your cabinets a vigorous clean to remove traces of grease that could distort the final finish.
The recommended cleaning product for a perfect job is TPS because it has a strong concentration that can easily clean and remove weighty grease deposits.
Using the sandpaper, evenly sand out any rough surfaces to ensure that they are smooth and even. This step is a determining factor for a prime finish.
Then, clean the wood with a tack cloth to remove any dust particles and allow it to dry. If using an oil-based product, you can use a piece of cloth that is dipped into mineral spirits or thinner to ensure that it dries off faster.

4. In case you are not replacing the hardware (hinges, knobs, handles etc.), cleaning them will be essential as it will add value to your cabinet’s look. Immerse the hardware in warm soapy water solution for 30 minutes before lightly scouring them with a soft brush. Rinse well with clean water, and allow them to dry before applying your polish.  

5. In order to reinstate the glory of the hardware, it is important to strip off the paint that might have unnecessarily before.

Place the hardware in a Crockpot and pour water on top. Add 2 tablespoons of the liquid soap and then subject it to medium heat for a minimum of 8 hours. Thereafter, cautiously remove the hardware and brush off the paint.
For quick results, use methylene chloride solution which has the capability of removing the paint faster. This should be spread directly to the hardware in an aerated environment while putting on safety gear. Allow 10 minutes before scrapping the gel with a plastic putty knife.
Clean the hardware with a firm toothbrush to prevent the paint from hardening again.
Using a beeswax, polish the surface to protect it and repeat the process every 6 months.

6. Using wood putty, fill indentations, fragments, and scratches and then sandpaper the putty after it dries. Using a tack cloth, clean the wooden surface to remove dust particles and allow drying.

Priming and Painting

1. When using paint as a finisher, you will have to prime the cabinets first.  Primers are paint products made to allow new paint to bond well with the surface. Prime closes the pores in the wood covering stains and knots whose color could interfere with the final coat of the paint.

2. Apply the paint and transform your cabinets as follows.
When you can, use a sprayer for the best finish as it produces a smooth, glossy and uniform appearance.
Apply new paint or vanish using a quality brush while considering the time limit and specified directions.
In case you are re-vanishing your cabinets, you should use a marine vanish which is more water resistant.

Having followed the above steps, you can be assured of a quality job on refinishing kitchen cabinets like a pro.

How to Paint a Ceiling without Roller Marks

by Joseph Grywalski on 11/29/18

There is no harder surface to paint in a room than a ceiling. This is basically because of the position of the ceiling. You have to paint it upside down and getting to all the corners can prove to be difficult. Read on to learn some tips on how you can paint your ceiling without leaving roller marks.

Use the right paint for ceilings. There are specifically produced and manufactured paints to be used on ceilings. These paints have lesser streaks and will not spatter a lot like other paints. An added advantage of using ceiling paints is the fact that you will know exactly where to repaint for an even and clean surface.

Before you start painting, you need to put everything that you will be needing together. Get the right paint for your ceiling, assemble the ladder, the roller, the primers and any other thing that you may need. Cover the floor so that paint does not drip on it, and open the windows for ventilation. Move or remove any furniture or any item in the room before you start painting.

The right nap roller will give you the best results. We recommend a thick nap roller as opposed to a thin one. Keep dipping it in the paint so as to avoid spattering on the ceiling –a dry roller is a spattering roller, goes the saying. Keep the edges wet at all times. If you take a break from painting, ensure you keep the roller wrapped up in a plastic bag.

Start from the corners by using a paintbrush instead of the nap roller, then continue rolling through the rest of the ceiling with the roller by folding it in. Ensure you get as close to the ceiling as you possibly can when using the roller. Get rid of all the lumps before they dry, this is because if they dry before you smooth them out or remove them, then you will not be able to remove them at all.

Always use a primer before painting any surface, this also applies to the ceiling. New surfaces must always be primed before any painting takes place. This will ensure that you get the best results at the end of it.

If you purchased a particular thick paint, make it thin first before starting to paint. This will give you a good even and clean surface at the end of the painting session. Get a thinner that is compatible with the kind of paint that you are using for the best results.

Use a good and stable ladder to reach the surface of your ceiling. Paint one area entirely and thoroughly well before moving to the next area. For a new surface, minimize the time of applying paint strokes so as to avoid the area drying up before you finish painting the entire area.

Ensure the roller is wet but not saturated with paint. The trick for achieving this is by using a gallon with a roller screen, this screen will help you in getting an evenly distributed paint on the roller. Avoid entirely sub-merging the roller in the paint to avoid saturating the roller with paint.

As you go along, overlap the paint strokes on the ceiling, do not use a lot of energy while doing this. Begin with a forward stroke then overlap with a backward stroke by use of the roller. Alternatively, spread your roller in an M or W shaped pattern. Work towards achieving an even layer of paint as you progress from one surface to the next.

To avoid roller marks, spread the roller on wet paint rather than dry paint. Alternatively, after finishing with the painting, clean the roller and get out as much paint as possible, go over the painted area exerting little to no pressure or energy with the roller and smooth out all the marks that the roller had left earlier. This is the easiest way to get rid of roller marks from your ceiling. Go through each surface where you had applied paint and smooth out any visible marks with the clean dry roller.

When planning to paint your ceiling, avoid the hot and windy season because this will speed up the drying of the paint before you have an evenly painted ceiling. A calm warm or cold day is the best weather to paint your ceiling. If you find all this too overwhelming to handle, then you should probably hire a professional interior painting contractor to paint your ceiling for you.