Sunday, October 23, 2011

4'' Paint Rollers: Home Built

Why would anyone make their own 4'' roller covers from full size rollers at home when you could just buy them at the store?

Whoa.. Is that a 4'' Purdy White Dove?!

There are a number of reasons why one would want to do this. Here are some advantages:
  1. You can control the quality of the cover you choose. Of all the stores out there no body caries a vast selection of covers. You are generally limited to one kind of cover and about two kinds of nap thickneses.
  2. A 4 inch roller with an approx inside diameter can fit onto a brush and roller spinner. This means that you can go green, clean, and reuse the 4'' rollercover. "Weeinie" rollers have the bearings built into the inside of the roller and can not be cleaned out and reused.
  3. A 4 '' Roller can carry and deliver about 400% more paint load compared to a "weenie roller". This can increase the productivity.
  4. There really isnt a limit to the varity of rollers when you make your own. Some examples would be: 4'' Purdy Colosus, 4'' Purdy Dove, 4'' Sheep Hair, and in and nap thickness. Even the "weenie" rollers have limited selections available.
The process of making them is really simple. Here is a simple Photographic Step By Step Instruction:

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations: Cost Comparison

Is the do It your self cabinetrefinishing system from Rust-Oleum worth the price?

This is a really good question. Whenwas the last time you were walking through the aisles of your big boxhardware store and thought, “Why don't they sell a hundred dollarkit for refinishing my
cabinets?”. Okay so most shoppers don'tthink that exactly. But its understandable why the Rust-Oleum cameout with this product. It looks easy, its all in one box, and ittakes out all the thinking. To the avid DIYer this is the holy grailof cabinet painting. So the product sounds like its a winner but isit really worth the price? Why don't I just buy a gallon of cheappaint?

Here is a quick inventory of all theitems in the box:
  1. Deglosser
  2. Scrub Pad
  3. Bond Coat
  4. Decorative Glaze
  5. Glazing Cloth
  6. Protective Top Coat
  7. Stir Sticks
  8. Step by Step Pamphlet
  9. Instructional DVD

Theres a lot of stuff in the box. Oneway to see if this is worth the money is to find comparative productsthat perform similar functions.

Rust-Oleum Part
Rust Cost
Comparable Cost
Comparable Product
Krud Kutter
Scrub Pad
Scotch Brite Pad
Bond Coat(2 qt)
Gloss Paint Qt.(2 qt)
Decorative Glaze (pt.
Gloss Paint (Qt.)
Glazing Cloth
Painters Rags
Protective Top Coat
Water Based Urethane
Stir Sticks
Stir Sticks

Hugh...?? Well um it looks like buyingthe products individually is definitely cheaper. But the informationin the pamphlet and the DVD have to make up the cost. One thing tonote about buying the products individually instead of the kit isthat you can purchase more paint if you run short on your project orif you picked the wrong color.

So which way would we go? Its hard tosay. For the DIYer its probably better to get the kit. But for thepro painter it doesn't make sense to purchase the kit. Rather itmakes sense to buy all parts individually and use them on multipleprojects.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How Interior Designers Pick House Colors

Picking Paint Colors: Through the eyes and mind of an Interior Designer.
by Sheryl G., Interior Designer

Iam an Interior Designer and have been in the business of remodeling for over 25years. I have remodeled two houses with my husband in that timeand we are on our third home. With thatsaid this is by far the hardest part about being a designer is doing your ownhome. I needed to pick paint colors for theexterior and for the interior so I followed some of my own rules.

Granite Slab Complimenting Wall Color

Standout in front of the home and take in the colors you cannot
change such as brickor stone accents and colors of shingles. I thought I was lucky in thatmy brick is variegated with cream, rust, taupe, brown colors
Pay attention to style of home - mine is in the countrybut is a typical trivial built in the late 90's. I have lived in the home for over 10 years now battlingwith the fact the house has been telling me I. need to paint warm colors and creams that is not what Ihave done in the past homes. So off I wentto the paint stores to find the color I had in mind with brick and fabricswatches in hand.

Hereis a big tip - The paint stores will do small sample jars, it is worth themoney to buy them and juststart putting colors on the wall and live with itawhile before spending money on a gallon of paint. I tried 12 different samples ( see what I mean aboutthis being the hardest part). I feel it isimportant to set the theme of the house from the moment you walk up to thefront door.

Sothis is what I choose - the taupe brown for the body of the exterior siding thecream for the exterior trim and the rust for the accent color on all exteriordoors. I also carried the rust into the interior of the houseon the interior doors and an accent wall and a window seat alcove. The Interior walls are a much darker warm yellow (gold)color than the exterior cream. The flooringis tile in the entry way with all the colors mentioned above in a travertinelike pattern. The flooring in the rest ofthe house is Hickory which also complements the warm yellow and rust colors.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Khaki Pant Painting Co.

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