Painting the interior of your home recreates existing space, and also gives new life to old drab walls. It is also one of the simplest and cost effective ways of transforming rooms, without spending huge amounts of money on interior design. Interior walls fade and become drab or dull over time, especially if they are in direct sunlight. Even though you may not notice it, your house may not look at neat as it once did. Nicks and scratches add up, and are often overlooked until you want to sell your home. A fresh coat of paint is always recommended to help prospective buyers so visualize the space as their own, which in turn increase the chances of selling.
A to Z Renovations specializes in remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms, but that isn’t to say that we don’t have years of experience in other fields as well. We guarantee to take the headache out of repainting the inside of your house, whether it’s only one room or the entire home. You may think that undertaking the project yourself will save costs, but in reality the process can be so remarkably time-consuming that it may take several weekends and evenings to complete. You will most likely find yourself frustrated, out of pocket and with an inferior finished product. Let us take over the reins, and ensure a stress free, quality finish.
We know that painting is a laborious process that has to go through a number of steps to ensure a beautiful finish. If you are not totally clued up on priming, how to do edges correctly, and what paints to use where, you will end up with sloppily covered walls which will require repainting much sooner than expected. Many of our remodeling clients in New York City know that working with an all in one contractor is by far the best way to go. Our team will help you to select paint colors, sheens, faux painting techniques and paint brands. Once your dream is realized, our skilled team of painter will then ensure that your project is completed professionally, on time and on budget.
Before you even begin to paint, you need to prepare the space. As with everything, preparation is extremely important – especially when painting a furnished apartment. You really don’t want paint spatter on either your furniture or finishes. At A to Z Renovations we know that even the smallest of details is incredibly essential. The correct handling of books, picture frames and other belongings is just as vital as the correct protection of large furniture. We will assist you to pack everything into boxes, to cover your floor with either construction paper or Masonite, and to correctly use drop cloths to protect your furniture. Blue tape is an important little detail that we apply to all the edges to ensure straight lines.
Plastering is done generally when the building is built, and can vary in quality. Time and era will have an effect on the surface of the plaster, which will in turn have an effect on the paint that will be painted onto the walls. It is generally seen that in older the properties, the condition of the walls are worse. Many of these buildings will require re-plastering before you can even think of repainting the interior, which can drastically increase your budget.
Post war buildings are mostly constructed with sheetrock, which requires something called skim coating. Although this is the best technique, it is also an expensive and time-consuming plastering system. Skim coating entails applying a cost of plaster over the entire surface of the wall. This layer will dry overnight, depending on conditions. Once it is dry, it can be sanded down and another layer applied. This process can sometimes require as many as four coats of plaster.
Pre-war buildings, on the other hand, have walls made entirely of plaster. These have been painted many times over the years, and require a complete re-plaster, scraping off the layers that time has added. One can always scrape, sand and plaster only the area where the wall is peeling or the walls are cracking, but that then runs the risk of uneven patches. Your result and level of perfection will be dictated by the amount of layers that you apply. The more the layers, the smoother and more beautiful your plaster will be. This is also dictated by the existing plaster and, of course, your budget.
Trim is basically all metal or woodwork in the interior and exterior of a house. This includes crown and base moldings, windowsills, frames, doors, built-in cabinetry, and radiator covers – basically every painted surface that is not walls or ceiling. Trim is usually painted with a semi-gloss paint for protection purposes and to make it stand out from its surroundings. As is often the case, the older the building, the worse the condition of trim. It will often have many layers paint, or damaged and chipped areas. In pursuit of perfection it is often a good idea to fully replace the trim, although can be costly. If you simply want to fix it up a little as you are on a budget, it is possible to fill in some bad areas then sand, prime and paint. Older apartments will often have wood trim in an exotic wood. Many years ago this was a popular option in many cities. If you are lucky enough to have some old school trim, then refinishing it may be well worth the effort rather than replacing it.
Priming is done once the plaster on the walls is of satisfactory quality. A primer is a base coat that is then applied to the walls before the actual paint is painted on. In every painting project priming is recommended and is often a necessity. For example, any area that has water damage, has been repaired or patched, or needs a lighter coat over a darker one requires priming. The material acts like glue for the paint which enables it to adhere to the wall without peeling. Even a tight budget can require priming. One can possibly get away without priming if you are painting the same color, but an experts opinion is always recommended before cutting corners.
To ensure a smooth and vibrant finish, A to Z Renovations recommends at least two coats of paint. Anything less than that will leave you with possible streaks and light patches, creating a lower quality texture. In some cases a third coat may be needed. This being said, some special paints are thicker than others and may require only one coat, although this is the exception.
We recommended two main brands of paint, both of which can be found throughout the US. The first is more expensive, but more readily available, and the second is rarer but cheaper. Benjamin Moore is readily available and can be found in most Janovic stores. This is the more popular brand in the tri-state area and it offers more finishes than most other brands. Color swatches are readily available in most hardware stores as well as from our showroom. Though Sherwin Williams is a great national brand but it is not as easily available in local stores. It can, however, cost up to 40% less than Benjamin Moore, which makes it the budget friendly option even if it is less readily available.
Once you have settled on a color, you will need to choose a finishing. Ceilings are generally finished with a flat finish, while bathrooms and kitchens have a semi-gloss that is easier to clean. Semi-gloss does highlight every tiny imperfection, however, and for that reason is not recommended for regular rooms such as living rooms or bedrooms. Eggshell is a gorgeous finish for most rooms, as well as ceilings. You can also choose a more unique finish such as satin or pearl, but be prepared for them to stretch your budget!
Painting is undoubtedly one of the best and most cost effective ways to change the appearance of interior spaces. If you really want to try something special, you can go for a special technique such as a Faux Finish. These are used to create a custom pattern or look that will most definitely make your home stand out from the crowd, and add that something special. This unique finishing technique allows the artist an unlimited amount of styles and patterns to work with, and has become extremely popular especially in urban areas such as Manhattan during the last decade.
To create Faux Finishes, you need to apply a base coat in a uniform color. Once that is done, you can then apply various top coats to achieve different effects. The top coat, or glaze coat, are usually a different color to the base coat, and can be a second or even third coat to the base coat. A texture is then applied using the glaze coats. This texture is at the artist’s discretion, and can create a vast number of effects and finishes. Ragging, combing or even sponging are popular effects. Brush strokes with different size and texture brushes can also be applied to create different finishes
Venetian Plaster became increasingly popular in the 19th Century, and can be found all over apartments in New York City. Originating in Italy, as its name suggests, this application creates a marble look and a smooth polished feel.
A to Z Renovations have a number of Faux Finish artists available to create your own unique look. Faux Finishing has so many applications, that you are pretty much limited only by your imagination. Many of these inspirations can be found on the web. You can also use it only on a highlight such kitchen back-plash, or be brave and do an entire space. Contact us now to turn your dreams into reality.