Archives for May 2014

Dos and Don’ts – Post Painting Care for Interiors

Painting the interiors well isn’t the end of your job when it comes to ensuring that your home looks perfect. As is with everything, the interiors require proper maintenance and care so that the effect is preserved. Your walls should look as good as new for a long time.


  • Most wall paints (like emulsions and washable distempers) can be cleaned at regular intervals with a mild soap and water solution. Keep one day aside for cleaning the walls. Use a sponge to lightly scrub the areas that have stains.
  • To remove dust from walls, always ensure that the cleaning is done at least a couple of weeks after the application of finished coat.
  • Excessive soiling occurs mostly in the passages, children’s rooms, and kitchens, which is why they require special care.
  • Enamel paint on doors and windows lose their gloss as time passes due to being exposed to sunlight. It is advisable to apply a single coat every 2 years so that they look fresh. A light sanding should be done with emery paper 400 to make the surface conducive for fresh paint adhesion and dirt removal.
  • Has someone spilled food on the wall? Severe stains such as these need to be cleaned up immediately before it dries up.
  • As mentioned before, since children’s room get dirty quicker than other areas, you should paint a single coat every 2 years. A light sanding is required in this case with emery paper 400.


  • Don’t scrub the walls too much as heavy scrubbing can cause permanent damage to the paint film.
  • Don’t leave stains on walls because stubborn and very old stains can be very tough to remove from the film.
  • Don’t allow problems like water leakage or seepage to harm the walls. Check them regularly to ensure they are not flaking or peeling. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, call someone right away to get it checked out. The source of the problem should be tackled and resolved before it spreads further. Repaint the walls if necessary, but don’t ignore issues such as these.
  • Don’t place your furniture against the wall just after the paint is dry. Wait for another 24 hours to do so.

Faux Painting – Tips for Sponging Correctly

The sponge paint technique, if aptly used can easily transform a dull and drab room into a vibrant one. That is why sponging is frequently used these days. Here are a few tips on how to proceed:

  • If the walls have irregularities in the finish, sponging is a good idea as it adds the look of texture and depth to the walls. Prepare the surfaces for painting after selecting the paint. It is advisable to practice this method with your color choices on a piece of board before applying it to the walls.
  • A base color of your choice should be used for the walls. Select a flat, eggshell, satin or semi-gloss interior paint. The intensity and tone of the base coat and glaze color should be close, because more contrast can make the surface look splotchy.
  • Take a bucket and mix 4 parts of faux glaze with 1 part of your second (top) color. The transparency of the top coat depends on the glaze added. If you want the top coat to be darker or denser, use less faux glaze. On the other hand, if you opt for a lighter look, choose a glaze color which is lighter than the base coat.
  • Always wear plastic or rubber gloves as you don’t want the glaze all over your hands.
  • Don’t use a synthetic sponge; go for a natural one. The sponging should be started in the corner and then worked out.
  • The wall and sponge needs to be damp at all times. Dip the sponge into the bucket containing the glaze and wipe the excess off.
  • Press the sponge into corners as mentioned before and tamp it onto the wall in a random pattern. There should be a thin layer of glaze on the surface of the under coat of paint. Ensure that you don’t apply too much pressure as it means too much glaze on the wall.
  • If you notice the glaze on the sponge depleting, dip it again, and continue as before. Work on small areas by keeping the edge of the painted area wet.
  • Use a small piece of sponge for the corners, to touch up small areas, and create a steady finish.
  • Last but not the least, stand back and check if the entire area is showing the same amount of glaze and undercoat.


Painting Idea’s for Kid’s Rooms

A child’s bedroom is always special to them, regardless of their age. Infants might not be able to distinguish colors but they are definitely attracted to them. Contrasting colors catch their attention so you can make use of the ceiling, as well as the upper part of walls – places infants will see from their cribs.

Here are some ideas for decorating your child’s room:

  • Red and green are essentially complementary colors because they make a significant impact in the overall effect of the room. They also bring out the best in each other and reveal the other’s true hue. Green walls can be combined with fabrics in red, green, or yellow for an elegant look. A high yellow ceiling light makes the room feel warm and friendly. Add handmade striped ottomans for extra seating.
  • You can choose a cottage theme in the room and have white furniture and walls. These can be accented with soft red and green accessories. Keep a poster bed in the room for sure. Long curtains and flowers on the dresser lend a sweet appeal.
  • Pairing lavender with cream, along with draped window treatments and draped fabric emanating from a crown-like shape over the headboard make a great combination. For finishing touches put flowers on the dresser, add butterfly wall details, and use iron scrollwork on the wall.
  • For rooms where babies will sleep, softer colors work best. Use light shades of green, blue, pink, and so on. These don’t have to be pastel shades but they should keep the tone of a room pleasant and soothing.
  • Choosing a color for pre-teens is tough but orange can easily solve the dilemma. This is a good choice for older kids who haven’t stepped into their teens yet. The best part is that this vibrant shade works for both genders. You can incorporate a touch of black and grey décor or use blue accenting so that the orange doesn’t become too bold.
  • Another shade that works equally well for boys and girls is yellow. This color has numerous hues, which allow you to experiment quite a bit. You can go for soft rooms or bolder ones as per your child’s choice and personality. Bold colors can be toned down with some blue or other neutral colors.

Confused about decorating your child’s room? Get in touch with us at Southwest Professional Painting – we will help you to choose the best color combination for your kid’s bedroom.

How-to-guide for Painting Stripes on the Wall

Stripes always look elegant and classy, which can change the overall look of any particular area in the house. However, you need to do it in the proper way.


Use painter’s tape around the edges of the ceiling, windows, doors, floor trim, and on woodwork or trim that is not being painted. Prep the walls by wiping them with a cloth or sponge dampened with water and a little mild dishwashing liquid. This will remove the dust, dirt, grime, or any other residue. Rinse with clean water to get rid of soap remains.


The size and direction of stripes is important. Vertical stripes tend to elongate the room and make the ceilings seem higher than they are. Horizontal ones can work well in lofty spaces, but more than three can make it look too busy. Measure and calculate the total area of the walls being painted to determine how many stripes for which there will be room. Draw a blueprint of the dimensions and map out the stripes on paper. This way you can change the size of stripes to fit the dimensions and ensure that all stripes are of the same size.


With a measuring tape, a level, and a pencil, mark the top and bottom boundaries of each stripe. Make a light pencil mark between them along a straight level after that. Be very careful here as any errors will show up right away.

Taping and Cutting In

Place the painter’s tape along the pencil line, outside the surface to be painted. Press down firmly so that the sides of the tape are flush with the wall or else the lines will be jagged and uneven. Position a sharp straight edge on top of the tap so that the edges of both the straight edge and tape line up. Using an angled brush, paint lines against the boundary of the straight edge so that the margin is clean.


It is advisable to use a brush if stripes are thin or a roller if they are thick. Apply color between taped-off areas in a “W” motion. Roll on a W pattern, and then fill it in without lifting the roller. Repeat till the entire section is done. Apply the second coat only if needed. Peel off the tap after the stripes have just about dried for several hours.

Get in touch with Southwest Professional Painting for helpful tips and advice about painting stripes in the most striking way possible!

Ideas to Paint Perimeter Walls

Although we tend to pay more attention to the interiors of our home, it is important not to neglect the perimeter walls. They go a long way to accentuate the appearance of your home from the outside. It is advisable to paint these walls every couple of years to keep them in good condition.

Vacation memories

Why don’t you incorporate something you have seen during your travels? Use something that is unique and creative. For example, if you have been at a tropical getaway, use color combinations like turquoise, peach, sunny yellow, coral, and lavender that are both vibrant and striking. They emit a fun and adventurous vibe.

Landscape color

The landscaping around your house will enhance the appearance of the perimeter walls. Curb appeal is important, so coordinate the bright flowers with a subtler hue for your home. You can try the reverse approach as well. If you have gorgeous vistas and plenty of beautiful foliage, decide how you can play up the red brick or hunter green siding.

Color of the exterior

Did you know that the material used for your home exterior can help you to select the color? Brick, siding, stucco/plaster and concrete – these have qualities that are unique for each type of material. For instance, brick comes in as light as whitish yellow all the way to the darkest of charcoal gray. Look at the color options based on the finish you opt for.

Architectural details

While selecting the shade of your choice, the field color might be the first thing that pops into the mind. But the trivial aspects of your home can be vital while choosing. Do you want a high-contrast to the trim and accent colors? Or would it be better if you go for a unified color throughout? You can paint the window and door trim, roof and eave colors, gutter and downspouts. Nowadays, a lot of copper is being used because it has a stunning patina.

Use history

Your home might have a fascinating history, which is now your responsibility to preserve and adhere to. Select colors that go well with the historical character of your home. Research some exterior colors that can work with your home or look at some historical color palettes to make up your mind.

Southwest Professional Painting can give you lots of innovative ideas for painting your home or office, so what are you waiting for? Drop off an email soon!

Tips to Mask a Wall before Painting

Masking walls before painting interiors has become a job which one dreads. However, it doesn’t have to be that way – if you follow a few simple tips, you will be surprised to discover that it can be quick and easy.

 Choosing the tape

Before the job, you need to make sure that you buy the best painter’s tape. The formerly 3M Scotch Safe Release Painter’s Tape, now known as “blue” tape, is a good choice as it is available in numerous widths. The tape can stick to the surface till 14 days without causing damage and it is easy to remove. Frog Tape is a new painter’s tape being used these days. The name comes from its green color and when the edges come in contact with latex paint, they seal so your paint does not leak or bleed. Carefully read the instructions on the painter’s tape as they clearly mention surfaces where the tape can’t be used for masking such as lacquer, delicate or faux finishes. Also, you shouldn’t apply painter’s tape on paint that is less than a month old, because it will peel off along with the tape.

How to mask walls

The surface should be clean and completely dry. Remove dirt, dust, oil, or any other residue, because they won’t let the tape stick to the wall and instead cause runs and seepage.

  • Always test if the tape is adhering properly. If you notice that it isn’t, you might need to choose another one.
  • While masking the wall, keep in mind that the wall should be properly prepared for the new paint. Sand and smooth the wall before painting because painter’s tape doesn’t stick to surfaces that are not smooth and even. Check to see if the tape is smooth – if not, then the wall is not prepared for painting.
  • When applying the tape to the wall, don’t stretch it or try to pull it too thin (saving the tape is not an option here). The correct way to do it is to pull the tape from the roll and smoothing it to the wall without stretching. This will ensure proper adhesion. If necessary, use a small squeegee, putty knife or J-roller to smooth the tape further.

Consult an expert at Southwest Professional Painting so that we can tell you how to go about masking walls in the most accurate way. Call us and our representative will get back to you right away.