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JOHN’S RENO TIPS: The Perfect Paint

JOHN’S RENO TIPS: The Perfect Paint

Whether you intend to complete the renovation yourself or decide upon hiring a contractor to do the job, you want to make sure everything is perfect - especially the finer details. While renovations can often come with a hefty price tag, painting is a cost-efficient and easy way to bring a little life to an old space while making it feel new again.

However, choosing the right paint can seem like a difficult task, leaving many homeowners more confused about the type of paint, colours, shades and hues than before they even planned to paint. In fact, it is actually very simple.

Household paints are primarily either oil based or latex. Both of these consist of multiple choices for sheen and gloss. Oil-based paint is primarily used for trim, moulding or wood pieces since it does an excellent job of covering up the knots or rough patches on the wood. The only downside to using an oil-based paint is that it does take a significant amount of time to dry. Plan ahead and ensure you have a longer drying period.

Latex is the most commonly used indoor paint and is known for its durability. Latex also boasts a wonderful attribute for busy households in that it is known as a fade resistant paint and it is most commonly used for walls, ceilings and various common areas in the home. This type of paint breathes much better than oil-based paint, making it a quicker process from wet to dry, easier to apply and therefore less chance of any blistering within the drying process.

Finally, once you have chosen the paint you wish to use, the next step will be deciding upon a sheen. Glossy paints are known to be family friendly because they are easy to wipe down and keep clean. These are mostly used in living rooms, basements and common areas. Then we have semi-gloss, which is best for kitchens and bathrooms as it is not an overwhelming sheen and does not steal the limelight from the rest of the space. And finally, last but not least, we have matte, the classic ceiling and trim finish, perfect for nearly every home.

From fancy, modern, professional and suave, paint can set a bold statement in your home. Make a choice and enjoy your handiwork.

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