Painting Indoor Ceilings

So here we find ourselves looking at our ceilings thinking how should we fix a problem that re-appears over time. We will be looking at seven different ceiling substrates and how to fix and paint them.

New:  Prime all bishop strips and nail heads with one coat Panache Universal undercoat. On all new ceiling boards apply one coat Artisan plaster primer followed by two coats of Panache Super Acrylic White. If the ceiling is in the kitchen or bathroom, use two top coats of either a Panache Eggshell or Panache Polyglo (Solvent based, or water based).

 

Previously Painted and Sound:  Clean surface with a scouring pad and sugar soap solution. Leave to dry. Apply two coats of Panache Super Acrylic White. If the ceiling is in the kitchen or bathroom, apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and then use two top coats of either a Panache Eggshell or Panache Polyglo (Solvent based, or water based).

 

Mould:  Scrub ceiling with a scouring pad and mould buster solution. Rinse with clean water and leave to dry. Apply two coats Panache Primercure (Leave 18 hours in between coats). Then use two top coats of either a Panache Eggshell or Panache Polyglo (Solvent based, or water based).

 

Leak Stain:  First find and stop the leak. Leave surface to dry. Once the surface is dry scrub surface with a scouring pad and sugar soap solution. Rinse with clean water and leave to dry. Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat, followed by two coats of Panache Super Acrylic White. If the ceiling is in the kitchen or bathroom, apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and then use two top coats of either a Panache Eggshell or Panache Polyglo (Solvent based, or water based).

 

Flaking:  Scrape all loose bits with a 75mm scraper. Sand surface with 120 grit sand paper. Wash surface with a sugar soap solution. Rinse with clean water and leave to dry. Apply one coat Panache Primercure.  Then apply two coats of Panache Super Acrylic White. If the ceiling is in the kitchen or bathroom, apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and then use two top coats of either a Panache Eggshell or Panache Polyglo (Solvent based, or water based).

 

Red Rust Bleed:  Sand rusting areas with scouring pad and liquid sugar soap solution. Rinse with clean water. Apply two coats Panache Anti-corrosive grey metal primer.  Then apply two coats of Panache Super Acrylic White. If the ceiling is in the kitchen or bathroom, apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and then use two top coats of either a Panache Eggshell or Panache Polyglo (Solvent based, or water based).

 

Yellowing:  Scrub surface with scouring pad and sugar soap solution. Rinse with clean water and leave to dry. Apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat. Then apply two coats of Panache Super Acrylic White. If the ceiling is in the kitchen or bathroom, apply one coat Panache Universal undercoat and then use two top coats of either a Panache Eggshell or Panache Polyglo (Solvent based, or water based).

 

Happy Painting!

Splash of colour

 

The term splash of colour refers to the effect of the use of a coloured item on an otherwise monochrome image to draw extra attention to the item. It has been used frequently in films as a form of emphasis.

It adds a bold splash of colour to all kinds of things, and turns everyday items into creative looking items.

Hope this makes you think of some creative colour uses, do find them at your nearest Jack’s Paint and Hardware store.

Colour and You

Colour therapy, also knows as chromo-therapy, uses the benefits of different colours and shades to affect your well being. As each colour has a unique light wavelength, the colour therapy principles use the energy of each shade to boost your mental and physical health.

Colour and your body

Chromo-therapy practitioners believe that each colour relates to an area of the body:

 

Red

Red and pink colours are linked to your blood, circulation and breathing. Use these colours to raise your pulse, blood pressure and the speed that you breathe, and strengthen your veins.

Yellow

Yellow is linked to your skin and tissues, mainly your digestive system, metabolism and nervous system. It can be used to strengthen your body, treat asthma and bronchitis, and help with skin problems.

 

Green

Green colours have a harmonious, calming effect. Green can be used to fight infection and as an antiseptic.

Blue

Blue also encourages relaxation and calm, so can be used to treat all types of pain (especially stomach and muscle pain) as well as headaches, colds, tension and stress.

Purple

Indigo colours are beneficial for problems with the eyes, ears and nose, while more violet shades of purple with a pink tone can help relax your muscles and nervous system. Violet colours are also useful when meditating.

Colour psychology

Colours can influence how someone thinks, feels and behaves, so we can use colour to boost well being and morale. Using a palette of colours that you resonate with, you’re likely to feel good and help support long-term positive behaviours.

Trust your own colour intuition. Explore the colours you love – you might not know why, but if you love them and they make you feel good then use them. You’ll want different colours at different times of the day and week. We warn you against following the colours your friends use, or which are in fashion – colours are completely personal.

Happy Painting!

When we think of colour, we always seam to think bright and dark, this is because Colour excites the eye and can make any space interesting as well as personal, this doesn’t mean you have to paint the walls. There are benefits to having white walls, white keeps a room feeling bright and clean, and is a required Colour to make other Colours visually stunning.

Pay attention to tiny detail. Accent splashes with your favourite colour and see how the room gets transformed and comes alive. This technique could be used on the ceiling the doors and even free standing cupboards. #Coverkote Hi-hiding has some extra ordinary colours to use when you require splashes of colour, and so will not break the bank.

When placing splashes of colour around the room, we find focal points that draw our attention, making it easy to change our colour schemes as the seasons change.

Happy Painting!

Making use of every space in small bathrooms is essential. And so in every bathroom we always look for places to put our everyday used items and so bathroom shelfs are always welcome as they are out of the eye, yet nicely stacked they bring uniqueness.  So why not paint them…

With everyday items stacked on these shelfs #Panache water based enamel is the perfect coating for wash ability as well as durability. When we choose paint colours we should also consider the finish we want to use as this could also affect our colour in can. When using bright colours on smaller shelfs they could seem brighter when used on a lighter background.  This al is important in what we are using the shelfs for especially if we are using it for everyday items that we want to blend into the wall instead of stand out, but if we are using it for décor purposes then bright colours are a good choice.

You will require:

Old:  Panache universal undercoat white

New: Panache Wood primer white

Panache High gloss enamel Water based (choice of colour)

Scotch-bride pad

Sugar soap

Brush

Drop sheet

Rags

 

Why Water based High Gloss:

Water-based Enamel is Non-Yellowing with a luxurious gloss finish, ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, trims, doors and window frames that does not chalk or yellow over time. It is safe to the environment as it does not contain lead and has a very low Volatile organic compound.(VOC) The beneficial characteristics of such paints include low odour, clean air, and safer technology, as well as excellent durability and a washable finish.

Happy Painting!

If you are not someone that likes wall décor this is just the thing for you, instead of placing towel rails on the wall make your own. A standing towel rail is simple yet it could add some extra touches to your bathroom. This is a great idea especially if you change the look of your bathroom on a regular basis. This could add splashes of colour or it could just have a wooden finish.

You see with #Panache Water based High gloss this is made easy, you can change the colour as often as you feel like it. All you have to do is wash the surface with some sugar soap and a scotch-bride pad and away we go with our different colour. If it was varnished before we need to place one coat #Panache universal undercoat and then two coats of our #Panache water based high gloss.

You would require:

New:  Panache Wood primer white

Old:  Panache Universal Undercoat white

Panache Water Based High Gloss (choice of colour)

Brush

Scotch-bride pad

Sugar soap

Sandpaper 100grid (to smooth the wood out before we paint)

Drop sheet

Rags

 

Why Water based High Gloss:

Water-based Enamel is Non-Yellowing with a luxurious low gloss finish, ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, trims, doors and window frames that does not chalk or yellow over time. It is safe to the environment as it does not contain lead and has a very low Volatile organic compound.(VOC) The beneficial characteristics of such paints include low odour, clean air, and safer technology, as well as excellent durability and a washable finish.

Happy Painting!

 

Every time we are done painting our roofs we have no idea of what to do with the left over roof paint, as we leave it in the garage it gets air and really starts smelling. Not so nice. So here is an idea, paint your gutters, down pipes or even your garden pots with it.

Here is how?

When wanting to paint your gutters and downpipes, insure the surface is clean and has no loose or flaking paint.  If there is any, remove with scraper and sand smooth. We simply apply one coat Panache universal undercoat, leave surface to dry for 16 hours. And so there we go, apply 2 coats of your left over Panache Roof acrylic to well prepared gutters and downpipes.

Garden pots can in so many ways add a bit of fun to your garden.  How you ask?  We say paint them! With terracotta and cementations garden pots we need to remember to seal them on the inside before we paint the outside.  Here we use a Flash Harry shower sealer on small pots, and on large pots we would use Flash Harry Fibre flex.  By doing this we seal the inside and as the product allows ponding it will not harm the paint outside. With this done, apply one coat Panache plaster primer, leave to dry for 16 hours, and then again apply two coats of your left over Panache Roof acrylic.

Left over paint is now a problem of the past. Happy Painting

 

When it comes to maintaining your gutters there are just a few steps to follow.

The first step is to climb a ladder and clean the leaves out of the gutters. The decomposed leaves make great compost. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly and so along with mildew and mud you’ll end up with sagging gutters.

Another thing you want to look at is where are the sources of any leaks, including holes in the gutters and cracked silicone.  Use an old scraper to remove the old silicone and dry the area thoroughly. Then apply new silicone to keep water from getting behind the gutters and rotting the boards.

The best way to clean the gutters is with a pressure washer, which you can rent or even purchase. Follow the instructions that come with the washer to the letter; usually the washer can be used with garden-hose water and some degreaser.

If the gutters are rusting, get all the rust off, sand them down, paint them with Panache Anti-corrosive metal primer. Seal the inside with a Flash harry fiberized drip stop. Then paint the outside after primer with either a Panache Roof acrylic or Water based High gloss or Polyglo.

Happy painting and keep those gutters clean!

 

When we stand in a shop, we imagine how a frame would look on the wall, we start seeing so many creative ideas. By painting them we are able to change them with every season.

Before we paint, we have to make sure what we would like to create, a smooth solid colour or something different. Lay out your paint sheets and let’s get creating….

Painting a solid colour frame

What we need:

Panache multi purpose primer

Panache water based Polyglo (your selected Colour)

38mm Brush (depending on frame size)

Scotch-bride pad

Sugar soap

Mutton cloth

Remember to remove the glass and screws before you paint. Start with cleaning the frame with some sugar soap mixture and a scotch-bride pad, wipe afterwards with clean water and mutton cloth. Apply one coat Panache multi purpose primer. Leave to dry for 24 hours. When dry apply two coats Panache water based Polyglo.

Painting two colours

What we need

Panache multi purpose primer

Panache water based Polyglo (two different colours)

Vaseline

Sugar soap

Scotch-bride pad

Brush

Mutton cloth

This process is where you can be creative. Again start with cleaning the frame with some sugar soap and scotch-bride pad, wipe afterwards with clean water and mutton cloth. Apply one coat Panache multi purpose primer. Leave to dry for 24 hours. When dry apply one coat Panache water based Polyglo. Leave to dry and apply Vaseline to only parts of the frame with an art brush.  Apply second colour Panache Polyglo to the frame. Leave to dry, use scotch-bride pad to remove Vaseline. This will give you two colours on the frame; you can also use more than two colours, this is all about how creative you want to be.

 

Happy Painting!

You find yourself looking at the perfect winter garden and then suddenly you realise there is something you have forgotten. Before the temperatures drops drastically you decide to complete this task as you go down your checklist. The garden shed needs cleaning, including your tools, garden products, and equipment.

Storing of seeds and fertilizers

When cleaning the shed we need to remember that any left over seeds should be placed in heavy duty plastic containers. Regardless of our efforts mice can wreak havoc on seeds during winter. If not sealed the mice will consume the seed as a winter food source, and so chew large holes in the product’s bag allowing product to spill everywhere.

Lawn and garden fertilizers should be stored in their original bags or containers. This will allow you to know the correct content and analysis of the product next season.  Of course it is important to ensure the granular product is stored in a dry location; granular products can even absorb moisture from the air, causing the product to form a hard cake like cement. One tip would be to store the product with its original label or bag in a sealable plastic container; preventing moisture from getting in contact with the product.

Storing Pesticides

When storing pesticides, ensure the location is safe for you, your family, and pets. Storing them in a locked location or out of reach of children or pets is best.  Read the product’s label thoroughly for additional storage instructions.

Once the seed, fertilizer, and pesticides are put away it is time to clean.

Cleaning garden tools

Sharpen, repair and oil your tools and equipment. Give it one last cleaning before putting them away for winter.  Soil tools such as shovels, rakes, forks, and hoes should be washed with a pressure washer. Wire-bristled brushes or other methods should be used to remove difficult soils such as clay. Dry off the tools after cleaning. Pruners and saws should be cleaned using a degreaser or a bleach solution (one part bleach to nine parts water).  If tools are a bit rusted, sand it with a scotch-bride pad, as well as some deoxadine. This will remove access rust.  Clean with clean water after and leave to dry.

To sharpen pruners or loppers, hold the shear flat against the palm of your hand with blades facing down. Sharpen the blade with a sharpening stone. To sharpen shovels, axes or spades use a hand file or powered grinder.  Wear eye protection and use caution when sharpening all tools.

So don’t forget to do a pre-winter clean-up in your garden shed. You will appreciate the hard work you do now next spring, which lets you focus on making your yard and garden beautiful without having to worry about bad product or rusty tools.