Painting Perfect Stripes

With house painting, you don’t have to confine yourself to painting plain, solid colors. While plain colors are appealing, many people still love the look of stripes on their walls.

Stripes can be horizontal or vertical, subtle or bold, symmetrical or mixed. If you’re on a budget but want some extra pizzazz in your room, stripes are the perfect solution.

​​Painting stripes is often tricky and most people get frustrated with designing, measuring, and prepping the surfaces to prep for painting them.  Painting stripes on textured walls is even more challenging. But perhaps the greatest frustration is when you peel off the tape you find those uneven lines or areas where the paint bled through. This can be very frustrating considering the time and the effort it takes to tape.

Decide first on what kind of stripe colors you want to paint for your room. Consider these options:

1. It’s always a safe choice when you paint stripes whose color is just a few shades away from your current wall color. They stripes can be either lighter or darker than the wall color.

2. Stripes with light colors make your room more elegant and modest. They also give the illusion of space especially to a smaller room.

3. Stripes with deeper colors are ideal if you want to make your spacious room seem more enclosed and snug. Deep colors also add drama to the room.

4. Using highly contrasting colors is considered a risk. Well-placed lines of contrasting colors will make a very strong statement, in a good way. Be careful, however, to be sure your room doesn’t end up looking like a circus tent.

Decide on what type of stripes would you want for your room. If you choose vertical stripes, they’ll give the illusion of a taller room.  They’ll also add dimension to your room.

If you choose horizontal stripes, they’ll make your room appear wider and more spacious.  They’ll also make the walls appear shorter.

Diagonal stripes are more complicated than both vertical and horizontal stripes but they undoubtedly add more interest to your walls. Stripes can be applied on the entire wall, but it is more ideal on accent walls. Diagonal stripes can create an illusion of movement.

Painting stripes doesn’t have to be aggravating if you follow the proper procedures. You need to begin by carefully measuring and leveling the wall on which you’ll paint the stripes. You can start by painting the entire room first and let it dry for an appropriate amount of time.

If you choose do vertical stripes, the most ideal width would be about six inches. You can adjust the width according to your preference.

If you opt for narrow stripes, they’re best for accent walls. If narrow stripes are painted on the entire room, it may end up looking too busy.

For horizontal stripes, the optimal width is about 12 inches. When painting diagonal stripes, they should be broader with the size of the painted surface. You can also do a combination of colors and widths. For example, paint a wide stripe, and add a narrower stripe inside it.

Use a good-quality masking tape to lay out your lines. Remember to press the tape down firmly on the surface to keep paint from seeping underneath the edges.

To paint straight stripes on a textured surface, first paint the entire surface with the base paint color of your choice. Next, use a good quality masking tape to determine the spacing of the stripes. It would be a good idea to mark the location on the surface using a pencil. The tape will eventually be painted with a secondary color which is different from the base color.

Use your fingers to firmly press down on the inner edges of tape. This will make sure that the tape sticks to the lower portions of your textured surfaces.

Using a small brush, apply the base color, in gentle brush strokes, along the edge of the tape.  What you are doing is to let a little amount of paint to seep under the masking tape. Once the base paint dries, it seals the line so when the secondary color is applied it won’t leak through. Allow the base paint to dry completely. Next, apply the secondary color inside the tape lines. Carefully and gently peel off the tape before allowing the secondary paint to dry.

Painting crisp lines can be tricky at first, but if you follow the proper steps and practice, you’ll have perfect lines.

Pet Safety and Painting

Our pets are often ready to be involved in whatever activity we have going on. When that activity is painting, pets aren’t always the best addition to the mix. This is true whether you’re doing the painting yourself or you’re having the job done by professionals.

Because pets don’t understand what paint is, they have no problem brushing up against a freshly painted wall or walking through spills around the paint can. The tracks they leave on the carpet afterwards is only cute in the movies! Cleaning paint from carpet is a chore nobody wants to do.

Lots of pets want to be indoors with their family. If you’re planning an interior painting project, you don’t necessarily have to banish your “best friend” to the yard, but you do need to prevent any problems he may inadvertently cause

For some pets, painting means play time. Animals that are active and curious don’t belong in a room where painting is going on. To a playful dog, the handle of a paint brush or a roll of painter’s tape might appear to be a fun toy to grab and run away with.

You don’t want a painted pet either. Some pets, especially cats, rub against the walls out of habit. Others do it accidentally. Whatever the case, removing paint from a pet’s hair isn’t fun and neither is removing hair from freshly painted walls

Another reason to keep the majority of pets out of areas being painted is safety. Painters are very focused when they work, and they move around the work area carrying brushes, rollers and cans of paint. An accident can easily happen if a pet runs under foot. The painter could fall or the pet could be injured or both, which could also create quite a mess.

When you’re doing interior painting, consider these solutions for your pet:

– Put your pet in a closed room that’s not being painted.
– Keep dogs and cats outside if possible
– Enlist friends or family to pet-sit at their home
– Board your pet in a kennel

Creation Painting believes that safety is very important. If you’d like professional help for your interior painting, give us a call at 717 688-8804. We’d love to meet your pet, too, but we don’t need their help!

Why You Should Have Your Wallpaper Professionally Removed

removing wallpaper beforeRemoving wallpaper can be a major headache. The job requires that you purchase special equipment and solutions and that you possess a tremendous amount of patience and time. Wallpaper is by it’s very nature difficult to pull away, because it was not designed to do so. So if you’re wondering whether or not you should hire a professional for removing wallpaper, the question is easily answered when you consider what type of results you’re looking for versus how much work you want to put into it, and how big a mess you want to clean up. Below are some practical reasons for a hiring a professional company to remove your wallpaper.

What’s Behind It?

The very first issue you’ll usually encounter when removing old wallpaper is what is behind the paper itself. If you didn’t have the wallpaper installed yourself, then you’re possibly looking at layers of old wallpaper, paint, and old drywall or plaster that has formed such a strong bond, that you won’t be able to remove it without damaging the wall. Once drywall or plaster begins to break up, then you’re looking at additional costs either repairing the wall or totally replacing it. The professional painters at Creation Painting can deal with any situation that arises while keeping your wall intact.

Wallpaper Is Designed to Stick

Wallpaper comes with an adhesive that’s made to stick to the wall indefinitely. The reason for this is that it takes a special kind of glue to be able to withstand humidity and moisture. So no matter what room you put the wallpaper in, it will stay installed for many years to come. Manufacturers specifically design wallpaper to stay up on the wall even if it is painted over or covered by new paper.

removing wallpaper afterEliminate Wall Damage

If you have no experience removing wallpaper, there’s a good chance that you’ll damage the walls in the process. As the adhesive gets older it forms an almost impenetrable bond with wall making it impossible to remove without taking the outer surface of the wall with it. This problem is solved when you hire a pro. Most wallpaper can be removed while keeping the wall intact. Many wallpaper removal services (or painters) will also sand your wall down and smooth out the finish in order to prepare it for painting. You get a complete job in less than half the time, with minimal costs.

Site Cleanup

A natural result of wallpaper removal is the huge mess it makes during the process. Since you know it will make a mess, you may purchase several drop clothes, lay them all out, and then clean up the mess yourself. Why bother with the hassle, when you can hire a company to do it for you? A professional crew can come in, lay down protective clothes all around the room (including your furniture and decor), and then use a step by step process of removal with a smaller mess that they will clean up once the project is completed. You get all the benefits of a top-notch job without spending countless hours and dollars doing it yourself.

If you are looking for a Wallpaper Removal Services. call 717 688-8804 or complete our online request form.

Gray Walls are In, But…

Gray can be a Difficult Color to get "Right".

Gray is one of the most fashionable paint colors of the moment.  It’s a flattering color, providing a neutral backdrop with some character…but it can be difficult to find the right shade.  The spectrum of grays on the market is vast and growing.  How do you choose the right gray?  Here’s some help:

North-Facing Rooms

Rooms that face north are usually darker and the most difficult to decorate – especially if you’re trying to lighten up the room.  Sometimes it’s better to work with the natural lighting and use dark colors for a cozy feel.  Or consider using a deep shade of grey on an accent wall.  If you want to go with the lighter shades, avoid anything with a green or blue base.  Opt for yellow-based colors and neutrals, which produce a warmer grey color.

South-Facing Rooms

South facing rooms have great natural lighting, which allows you to use almost any color and shade.  To maximize the lighting, use pale tones for a light and airy space.  Warm grays are very popular and work well, but so are the dark hues.  The natural sunlight streaming in won’t make the space look too dark if you go with a deep shade of grey in a South-facing room.

East-Facing Rooms

The light in east facing rooms can appear to be a little blue, so it’s best to complement the natural lighting by choosing tones of greens and blues.  Blue-toned grey paints work very well when paired with off-white trim in an East-facing room.

West-Facing Rooms

Lighter hues of grey are best in west-facing areas, as the amount of light will cause the color to appear to change from morning to night.  Lighter colors reflect both natural and artificial light very well.  At Creation Painting, we advise choosing a grey with a slight hint of beige.  The pigments in these two colors will draw in the light and warm up as the evening approaches.

Creation Painting is a York painting contractor offering a wide array of house painting services for our customers in York PA, Lancaster, New Freedom and many others.