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Usefull Interioir and Exterioir Painting Tips and Techniques. Here you will also find some of our stories and view our latest completed projects!

Staircase Makeover-Don Of All Trades

A Staircase That Makes A Statement

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At Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we are always contacted by clients to assist them with unique and special projects around their home.  This striking  staircase  will certainly make an unforgettable statement when family and friends come to celebrate  over the Christmas Holidays.

In many houses, the staircase is the first architectural element of the home’s interior that guests see, so homeowners want it to be appealing.

A banister handrail on a staircase gets touched a lot. As people walk up and down the stairs, they often grasp the handrail whether they need to or not. The handrail can give you a sense of security as you move along the stairway, but over time, the oils from your skin can damage the paint, and the simple act of sliding your hand along the handrail can wear away the paint. Painting the banister handrail can return it to its original state.

Simple fact is, you can’t have a two-story home without a staircase. However, the fact that your staircase needs to be redecorated every once in a while is often overlooked. A decorated and refinished staircase can offer a complete change without even doing that much. We can’t forget the wear and tear, that no matter what, will happen to our beautiful stairs over time. So it’s crucial to give them a little face lift from time to time. Also, a redecorated staircases can command attention and thus become the focal point of your foyer or hallway.

General Repair might include just simply refinishing your wooden stairs for a new look. Or, perhaps all you need is fresh carpet for your carpeted staircase, and of course you could always change your carpet staircase to a wooden one as well. But if you are looking to do a little more, we have a few tips and ideas for you.

 

Always Do Your Research

We made a trip to our local Whitby Shores  Décor  Centre and got assistance from the  Benjamin Moore  Colour Consultant team. They gave expert advice on the type of paint to choose for this particular project with results our client were looking for. We chose the Benjamin Moore  Cloud White for the balusters. The  colour of choice for the Banister/Handrail was to be painted in  Espresso with a finishing coat of Satin Varnish Clear Coat.  View our slide show below to see the before and after photos.

 

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Save Time With One Step Painting Process

 

No Priming. No Sanding. No Top Coat required. Low V.O.C.. Used for a non-distressed application. Simply prep and paint.

Cottage Paint’s new mineral paint that is reinforced with acrylic and urethane for a very durable finish that offers great adhesion to glossy surfaces. More than just a furniture paint. It can be used inside and out to paint walls, trim and doors. Available in the 50 Shades of Cottage paint. Note: Surfaces must be clean, sealed and sound.

Scope of the Work

 

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Our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services spent most of our first day prepping the staircase for the painting process.

If you are planning a DIY project for your own staircase, please remember to have patience. This project was very labour intensive and a second set of hands and eyes will help  go a long way in the painting process.

Our client was extremely pleased at the  transformation of this staircase and that it was completed just in time for the Christmas Holidays!

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All  113 Balusters, 5 Newel PostsString and all Facia were given 3 generous coats of Cloud White Shade Cottage Paint to ensure maximum coverage.

Beautiful Staircase Makeover-Don Of All Trades

All 38 feet of Handrail and Banisters were painted in the Espresso shade of Cottage Paint. Followed by 3 coats of Satin Varnish Clear Coat  and reassembled  to  give this winding staircase a beautiful rich sheen.

 

View Our Slide Show of Before and After Photos

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Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don of All Trades

This weathered deck got a transformation into a beautiful and inviting living space again with some advanced preparation, repair work and an application of good quality deck stain to block the sun’s harmful rays and to protect the wood. Completing this deck with a professional finish. For this project we used a solid stain to hide any mismatching boards and  any imperfections.

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Cleaning and staining a weathered deck extends its life.

Preparing and Cleaning the Deck

 

Step 1

Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services started off this project by removing all furniture, plants and grills. The deck was swept clean and surrounding plants and shrubs located around the perimeter were covered with plastic.

Step 2

An inspection of the condition of the deck was done looking for any loose, split, popping nails and rotting boards  to be replaced. For areas with splintering, 80 grit sandpaper would be used to sand any rough areas of the wood.

Step 3

A power washer was used to help remove any loose flaking stain, dirt and debris.

Step 4

We visited our local Whitby Shores Benjamin Moore Store and purchased the Benjamin Moore REMOVE (315) wood cleaner and followed the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct cleaner to water ratio. REMOVE was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck.

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Product Features Include:

-Removes both latex and oil stains

-Fast acting formula

-Removes clear finishes through SOLID COLOUR STAINS

-Concentrated Formula

-Clean up soap  and water

-Recommended Exterior

 Step 5

The second phase of  preparing this deck was applying  another product called Benjamin Moore Restore.  This product helps to restore old weathered wood. It’s a bleach flee formula and is gentle to wood and the environment. Restore also helps bring back the natural grain in the wood and helps the wood accept the new stain.  Restore  was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck. We allowed some time for the deck to dry out before the staining process.

Good To Know:

Be prepared to spend most of your  day completing this process depending on the size of your deck. This deck was approximately 350 square feet and this project took  approximately 9 hours to complete.

 

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Product Features Include:

-Restores old weathered wood

-Bleach-Free formula is gentle to wood and environment

-Not intended for removing old finishes. Use Benjamin Moore REMOVE Finish Remover (315) to remove old finishes

-For restoring severely weathered wood

-Ideal for removing moderate to severe mold and mildew

-Concentrated formula

-Clean up- soap and water

-Recommended-Exterior

 

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Applying the Stain

Good To Know

If you have near by  plants and shrubs around your deck, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recommends to cover  them with plastic in order to protect them from any splattering or dripping stain.  Once the staining is completed, remove the plastic from the plants and shrubs.

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 Our client’s choice of stain to be applied on this deck was the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Stain Brand Natural Cedar Tone Solid Stain.  Solid stain was used for this rather than the semi-solid due to the fact that this deck had been stained 3 times in the past with a solid stain.  2 Gallons were used to complete this 1 coat project.  Recommended curing time: Let the stain cure for at-least 1 week but light traffic only after 2 days.

Our experience applying the Arborcoat Exterior Waterborne Exterior Stain was that this product had a much better finish on the floor planks, the tack  up time was nice with a quick flash drying time and laid down very nicely. The end results were fantastic and our clients was extremely pleased at the results.

So what is the difference between  Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solids and Solid Stains?

Semi-Transparent— Lightly pigmented, these stains impart more color the surface than wood toner stains, while still letting the wood grain to be seen.

Semi-Solids—Semi-solid/semi-opaque finish masks most of the wood grain, but allows some of the wood texture to be seen.

Solids— Choose these stains if you want a rich, vibrant opaque finish that completely hides the wood grain while allowing very little of the wood texture to show through.

 

More Handy Tips:
  • Deck cleaner solution and deck restore products are very corrosive and be mindful of any splashes against your home as it may cause damage including to  any surrounding plants. Would recommend doing this project in the early spring, before the plants come up.
  • Avoid staining the deck in direct sunlight. The stain will dry too quickly and the decking boards will not have time to absorb the stain.
  • Use a long-handled scrub brush to help scrub the deck with solution.
  • Pay close attention to the weather for the week.
  • Wear safety glasses, rubber gloves, close-toed shoes and protective clothing.
  • Stir the stain thoroughly. Avoid shaking the container because bubbles will develop and it will be hard to get a smooth finish. Pour the stain into a paint tray.

 

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Exterior Painting-Getting Ready To List Your Home

If you are considering selling your home there are few  home improvement projects that have as great an impact as a new coat of exterior paint on your home.  Modifying or at the very  least,  refreshing the exterior paint on your home completely revitalize the look of your home and makes it more attractive to potential buyers.

It’s the first thing buyers notice when viewing a home and exterior paint also…

  • adds value
  • is attractive to a buyer
  • painting is a relatively inexpensive repair that goes a long way
  • fresh coat of paint goes a long way with buyers
  • paint and flooring are 2 areas that buyers highly evaluate when home shopping

 

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Getting this house ready to list.

 

Fresh paint adds curb-appeal. Even if your home is well-taken care of,  chipped paint and a not so well-taken care of exterior could give potential buyers the illusion that the interior / structure is not well taken care of and scare people away.

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That being said, if you’re planning to put your house on the market in the near future, you’ll also want to consider which shades will attract the broadest range of buyers.

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Exterior painting Getting Ready to list.

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You want a look that is warm and inviting.

 

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Exterior Painting-Getting Ready To List

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Our clients chose these exterior paint colours and what a difference it made. It gave their home a new look that is charming and inviting.

If you are interested in upgrading the look and value of your home in the Durham Region and greater Toronto area,  call Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services at 905-259-5249 today for more information and request a free on-site estimate.

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Tips On Painting Inside Your Home

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Do it yourself interior painting is by far the most  affordable way to freshen up any  room in your home. The advantage of painting is that it’s not terribly  difficult and doesn’t require “military” training. All you need is  a little patience, practice, and some helpful advice.

These painting  tips can help even first time Do It Your Selfer’s  achieve professional  results. Follow  these tips and you’ll not only paint better, you’ll work faster and  neater, too.
It’s very important to take the time to properly prepare the walls and other surfaces BEFORE you start to paint. This means cleaning them with a solution of detergent and water, after which they should be rinsed and allowed to dry. If there are any cracks or holes in the walls, this is the time to repair them with spackle compound or a good-quality acrylic caulk.

Spend the extra money on the best tools that will give you the results you want, the first time you paint. Using  high quality brushes and rollers  will help you apply the paint more evenly to get professional looking results, even if this is your first time painting.

Be sure to use brushes and rollers with synthetic bristles and covers when applying latex paints. These brushes should  maintain the proper stiffness and the rollers will maintain their shape even when exposed to a lot of water.

I cannot stress enough to my clients about how important it is to purchase only top quality 100% acrylic latex interior paints. It’ll make every Do It Your Selfer’s job so much easier and give you the quality results you’re looking to achieve.

Bottom line is, if you’re going to spend time and effort doing your own interior painting, you’ll  want the job to last, and that’s where these paints really pay off. Top quality 100% acrylic latex paints are extremely durable, plus they resist fading, so your paint job will look great for years to come.

Taking on the challenge of doing it yourself interior painting can be such a rewarding experience.  You’ll  not only save money,  you’ll be amazed and  satisfied of a job well done!

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