Before undertaking a do-it-yourself painting project, you must be equipped with the proper tools and equipment. A do-it-yourself painting kit usually consists of patching paste, drop cloth, a putty knife, plastic gloves, a paint thinner, primer and a paint-can opener. Other necessities include masking tape, assorted paint brushes, a paint roller and a roller cover.
Painting kit basics
Aside from the different objects listed above, there are other essentials in order to accomplish your do-it-yourself painting job. For example, to be able to reach the ceiling, an extension bar for the paint rollers will come in handy. This will also spare your clothes from paint spatters. Another tool is a paint tray with a disposable liner. A pail with a screen grid is also needed to remove excess paint from the roller brush. Capping this list is a multipurpose paint tool used for cleaning caulk, applying putty or glaze, pulling and driving nails, scraping paint and cleaning roller brush covers.
Preparing the wall for a paint job may be the most tedious task in a do-it-yourself painting project. You can just apply a new coat over the old one, but the outcome may not be that pleasing. A much better way is to first get rid of the old paint by scraping the wall with sandpaper and filling any gaps with patching paste. This should be allowed to dry for several hours after which the primer may now be applied. The primer is generally a mixture of white cement and water. To check the consistency of the primer, several strokes may be tested on the wall, after which the first coat of the paint is then applied using the same brush.
How to bring out the ultimate paint effects
There are different paint brushes for different kinds of paint. For latex paint, nylon or synthetic-bristle brushes are recommended, while for oil-based paints, stains, and varnishes, natural-bristle brushes work best.
To minimize the mess, a working paint pot with a wider mouth should be used rather than immersing the brush straight into the paint can. Dipping of the brush into the paint is done halfway up the bristles. And to prevent blotches when painting the wall, the brush should be pressed at the side of the pot to get rid of excess paint.
With the availability of do-it-yourself painting kits, even a novice can get a painting job done in a jiffy.
Granite is a hard, igneous rock of made up of a combination of various minerals. Granite is tougher than sandstone, limestone and marble, and therefore more complicated to mine. Granite is best used as a building stone because of its extreme weather-resistance property. Granite is made up of orthoclase and plagioclase feldspars, quartz, a small amount of mica, and other minerals such as zircon, apatite, magnetite, hornblende and muscovite.
What are the properties of granite?
Granite, together with other crystalline rocks, makes up the surface of the earth as well as the other land masses. Granite forms from the slow cooling of magma as it penetrates deep into the earth, resulting in a coarse-grained type of granite called pegmatite. Granite is generally white or gray with a spotted or blemished appearance due to the darker crystals. Potash feldspar contributes to the granite’s red or flesh color.
What are the features of granite?
Granite may be considered as an antibacterial stone often used in kitchens and bathrooms. You have the option to choose between a polished finish for that lustrous effect and a flamed finish that displays granite’s unique texture.
How to do your own granite project
Before embarking on a do-it-yourself granite project, it is recommended that you first undergo a tutorial (a step-by-step instructional guide on how to go about a granite project), which is now available in VCD format.
There are endless options in the use of granite, a few of which are: setting a wall tile, producing an Old World kitchen, or enclosing a shower cubicle and bathtub wall. Things to be considered are the quantity of granite required and the proper way of laying it out. The tools to use, such as the circular saw and grinder, plus some cement mix and polishing equipment, are readily available in the market at reasonable prices. Installing your own granite countertop in your kitchen or bathroom saves you about 50% of what you could have spent for professional installation.
Modern or classic designs…which one? This is a question many people, including me, have pondered upon and it takes a lot of time to come to a final decision!
When contemplating design ideas, one thing that designers have in common is whether to go for a modern look or take a complete u-turn and go for a classic look (I personally love to mix and match).
Modernist designers will almost always have square cut furniture which is supposed to bring up a feeling of accomplishment while portraying futuristic images of chrome and black and white designs. You can usually spot a room decorated to modernist views by looking at the colours used and the way the furniture looks.
In the bedroom, the bed is usually lower to the floor with a very minimalist feel to the whole room because white paint is used and only very basic furniture is used to make the room look more spacious. In the living room, white furniture is also preferred with the same feeling of ‘large spaces’ are conveyed. The furniture used is large but kept to a minimal and like the bedroom; modernists like to show their accomplishments through their expensive furniture and artistic decor. Canvases are very popular with this design style.
Classic designers, on the other hand, like furniture to be round and curvy with the emphasis placed on quality and quantity. A bedroom decorated to a classic taste will include as much furniture as the room can take; apart from basic furniture, classical bedrooms will also have side tables, dresser tables and chairs and more than one wardrobe. The colours used are mainly browns and oak related, with splashes of black sometimes included because this style is usually trying to convey a sense of warmth and richness. A living room in this style would also include many pieces of furniture with the same colour theme with an object being to ‘fill the space’ up.
Here are my very simple 3 steps to deciding which design style is for you: