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painting kids room

With most interior painting projects, we labor over complex color palettes in search of just the right hues to create an indoor environment that is sleek, subtle, or sophisticated.  But the objectives are completely different when painting kids? rooms:  the process itself should be fun;  the end result, a room that is animated, energetic, and alive with color.

In other words, it?s okay to throw out the rulebook when painting kids? rooms.  You?re entering a parallel painting universe where almost anything goes.  Let your color imagination run wild and you?re likely to create a wonderful space for your kids ? whether it be a playroom, bedroom, or private bath.

Think in terms of strong, bright colors, especially if your kids are younger.  Apple green, sky blue, lavender, periwinkle, magenta, pink, yellow, and tangerine are all good choices for children?s rooms.  If you have any doubt, ask your kids.  They?ll tell you.

fun kids roomAnd don?t feel that you have to limit yourself to just one paint color for the walls, and another for the trim.  Those rules are for grown-ups.  In a kids? room, the more color the merrier:  paint one wall in a different shade than the rest;   paint the window trim in one color, the molding another;  paint the ceiling;  paint some pattern on the walls.  Indulge yourself and your kids!

Once you?re satisfied with the walls, ceiling, and trim, look for furnishings that can contribute to the cornucopia of color.  Is there an old bureau, night table, or chest in the room?  Picture them painted in a playful color.  Use some of your leftover trim paint for this purpose;  or paint them in a totally different and unexpected hue to add another splash of color to the room.

Complete the color makeover with cheerful artwork, decorative accessories, and rugs or other floor coverings that pick up your paint colors.

Your kids will love their colorful new room.  And if you ever need a pick-me-up, you?ll know just where to go!

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One lesson we can all learn from painters of Victorian homes is that even small architectural details come to life when given a different color of paint.  What?s nice is that we don?t have to go outdoors to put the idea into practice.

Some home interiors are blessed with exquisite architectural features ? fine wainscoting and ornate fireplaces come to mind ? that would be greatly enhanced if painted a color different than the walls.  But the real beauty of color is that, with a little imagination, it can be used in countless ways to add spice, style, and excitement to otherwise ordinary interiors.

Take a hard look at any room and you?re likely to spot some element that would benefit from a fresh paint color.  The trick is to picture different surfaces in different hues.

Almost every room has a door or two.  If it?s a paneled door, imagine painting the interior panels a different color than the rest of the door.  You could also use two different colors on different panels to create a complex color scheme.

Doors and door openings can be embellished in other ways.  Painting the trim is one option, painting a false surround another.  Or, you could paint the thin edge of the jamb in a ?surprise? color that would be visible only when the door is opened.

Consider the windows.  If you live in a modern high-rise with no window trim, but a great view, you could ?frame? the view like a piece of art by painting a 6-inch border around the opening.

If you live in an old farmhouse or colonial home with recessed windows, you have other options.  For instance, you could paint the walls and windows one color, and the sides of the recessed opening another hue.

Many homes have chair rails or crown moldings, and most people paint them.  But here again, you have the opportunity to do the unexpected:  adding extra zest to your color scheme by painting one of the thin horizontal molding elements in a different color.

Are there stairs in your home?  They present many possibilities for paint.  The handrail could be painted one color and the balusters another.  Or, the balusters could be painted two or three different colors sequentially;  if they are intricately turned, you could use two or more colors on each one of them, just as the painters of Victorian homes do on exterior balusters.  Painting the treads is probably unwise, however, since they get so much wear and tear, but you could add color to the risers.

Built-ins can be painted in many imaginative ways.  Picture your bookshelves, cupboards, and even the insides of kitchen drawers and cupboards in an unexpected paint color (every time you?d open a door, you?d be in for a visual treat).

Then there are the furnishings in your home.  What better way to pull together a color scheme than by painting your furniture in a shade that complements your wall color?  And, while you?re at it, why stop at one color?  Multi-colored treatments do the same thing for a table or hutch that they do for an entire room:  adding layers of visual interest and color complexity to the interior of your home.

You can even ?create? furnishings, of sorts, with painted color.  As an example, you can paint a section of the wall behind a bed to simulate a headboard.  The same technique can be used behind a sofa to create a strong focal point for a room.

You?re expected to paint your walls and ceiling.  But with paint, it?s easy and very affordable to do the unexpected when it comes to home decorating.  Put your imagination to work and see how creative you can be!

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chair rail

No, dado is not a typo; nor is it a doodad.  Rather, it?s an architectural term that refers to the section of wall that is positioned between the chair rail and the baseboard below.

In colonial times, the dado was often covered with paneling or wainscoting to conceal moisture than would occasionally wick up from the ground and mar the wall.

Building construction has come a long way since then, but homeowners have an ongoing love affair with the dado because it affords so many wonderful options for home decorating.  One of the most popular:  painting the wall sections above and below the chair rail in two different colors.

If you love the idea of giving two-tone paint treatment to your walls, but don?t have a chair rail, don?t despair.  You can even put away the hammer and nails.  There?s a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to achieve the same look using nothing more than quality interior paint.

The trick is to use a painting technique known as ?paneling? (or painting in strips) to mimic the look of a chair rail.  This involves using painter?s tape to mask off a horizontal strip several inches wide at the desired height.  Paint the wall above your imitation chair rail one color, then the wall below in a second color.  Remove the tape, re-mask again, and paint the ?chair rail?.

While white is the most common color for a chair rail, using off-white or lightly tinted paint will make it harder to detect your deception.  If you?re the obsessive type, you can even go one step further and carefully apply one or more thin ?shadow lines? on the chair rail.

Voila!  Instant chair rail and a whole new look for your room!

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repaint kitchen cabinets

?Out with the old, in with the new.?  For many of us, that?s the default setting when we think about remodeling a room.  But in these lean economic times, a better motto might be ?Repaint, rather than replace.?  Following that script would put less stress on both our bank accounts and our environment.

So much of what we discard is still perfectly serviceable.  It may even be mint condition.  Often, we?ve simply grown tired of its look.  Yet a fresh coat of paint can quickly revive our love affair with things we once treasured enough to purchase.

Cabinetry is perhaps the best example.  Kitchens and baths are some of the most commonly remodeled rooms, and contractors are all too happy to tear out what?s there (remember, they?re scrambling to earn a living, too).

But cabinets can be painted in a rainbow of colors and finishes to give them almost any look you desire ? from bright and contemporary to faux antique using one of many ?distressing? techniques (most paint retailers carry kits to simplify the job).  When your painting is done, switch out the knobs or handles, and your cabinet makeover will be complete!

chair repaintingFurniture is another prime candidate for reviving with paint.  On certain trash days in many neighborhoods, fine old tables, headboards, picture frames, chairs, and countless other items sit curbside waiting to be rescued at sunrise by antique dealers and savvy second-handers scanning the streets in SUVs and pickup trucks.  Why not take a page out of their book?  Spend a little time painting these items to give them new life.

Interior designers know that a piece or two of painted furniture can add character to a room, and will often help pull together a color scheme.  If your only objection to an item is some marks, stains, or the type of wood it?s made from, try painting it.  You might relish saving an old ?friend?, and you?ll be saving money in the process.

Sometimes, it?s surprising what you can revive with paint.  A friend is painting a ceiling fan to match his new décor, something few people would think of.  But it works.  And it?s an easy way to save $500 to $700 or more for a replacement fan.

If your bank account is low, but you?re high on remodeling, consider a new default setting that focuses on paint.  Virtually any interior painting project can be completed for under $100, and often, far less.  Be smart and resourceful when remodeling:  Do it with paint!

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Fading Exterior Paint

It can be discouraging to painstakingly create an attractive exterior color scheme, then watch it fade away in just a few years? time.  Fortunately, this is a problem easily avoided if you arm yourself with just a little knowledge about color and paint quality.

When it comes to fade-resistance (aka color-retention), all color is not created equal.  Paints made with certain pigments ? most notably, inorganic red oxides and brown earth tones ? have superior color retention.  At the other end of the spectrum:  organic colors such as bright reds, blues, and yellows, which can fade more quickly.

When it comes to fading, the culprit is often the sun.  Painted surfaces with Southern exposure that get a lot of direct sunlight will be more prone to fading, those in the shade or with Northern exposure will be less affected.  Be sure to take these factors into account when selecting exterior paint colors for your home.

Whatever colors you choose, you can buy some added protection for your exterior paint job by using top quality 100% acrylic latex paint.  These paints are made with very durable pigments that resist breaking down and superior ?binder? that holds the pigment particles together.  The result is a paint film with better fade-resistance than you get with an oil-based paint or a lower quality latex paint.

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