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Exterior Painting Step 6: Masking the House and Placing Drop Cloths 

John Burbidge, author of the book “Watching Paint Dry,” shows how to tape off (mask) a house with paper and plastic prior to painting. Visit http://www.howtopaintahouseright.com/ to view a complete series of videos on interior and exterior house painting!

Painting An Outdoor Placemat

image by Scotch Blue

Outdoor Painted Placemat Picnic Table by Stacy Risen may of Not Just a House wife I had been throwing around the idea in my head of fixing up and painting a design on my picnic table. When ScotchBlue™ asked if I wanted to partner with them I knew that this was a perfect project! I painted placemats! And here’s how…Materials Needed:Stain White paint Sand paper Foam brush Ruler or carpenter’s square Paper towels ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces

Step-by-Step Instructions1. Start by sanding the table panels really well and then wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove all the sawdust. Using a foam brush, apply the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping off the excess with paper towels and allow to dry completely following the manufacturer’s instructions on the stain can.

2. To create the painted placemats, apply ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Exterior Surfaces in a rectangle sized to your liking. Tape another rectangle within it approximately one inch from the outer frame.

3. Use a foam brush to paint several thin coats of white paint between the tape strips. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to create additional placemats along the table. Allow the paint to dry following manufacturer’s instructions on the paint can.Tip: Paint a couple of coats horizontally and a couple of coats vertically to create a fabric-like texture.

4. Remove each strip of tape by pulling the tape slowly and back onto itself at a 45 degree angle.

5. To create the striped pattern, apply strips of painter’s tape side-by-side within the center of the painted rectangle. To get evenly spaced stripes without a ton of measuring, cover the entire center with tape and then remove every other piece.

6. Paint the stripes in the same manner that you painted the border of the placemat in Step 3.

7. To reveal the striped pattern, remove each strip of tape by pulling the tape slowly and back onto itself at a 45 degree angle.

Source: Outdoor Placemat Blog Post

How to Paint the Exterior of your Connecticut Home

You will run out of time once the exterior of your Connecticut home desperately requires to be painted. You can decide to contact a painting company to perform the job, or do it yourself.

You have to know that painting the exterior of your home is not a simple task to do. The usual time frame for painting the outside of a home is basically around sixty to seventy hours. However, you can complete the task if somebody is helping you with the job.  It’s good to have friends!  The real friends will show when you are painting your home : )

You will want to ensure that you have the right materials to paint the exterior of home with. Some of the materials you need to have include:

Connecticut Paint & Thermal Coatings is your Connecticut Painter and we recommend Behr Marquee for Connecticut residential work. Marquee is the most goof proof paint we have come across, most importantly in Connecticut with our varying weather is the fact that you can paint one hour before it rains.

Steps on how to paint home exterior

  1. Every home repair task begins with preparation. You have to start by scraping off the current layer of paint on your house. Nobody wishes to have old checkered paint under a new coat of paint. Use an industrial paint scraper to remove all the paint chips so that you can make sure you have a smooth finish when you apply the fresh new coat.
  2. After scraping the old paint, apply the base coat that will serve as a primer for the top coat of paint. Normally people use a lighter base coat for the primer to ensure the top coats have sufficient coverage on their homes exterior. in other words if your primer is black and your top coat is black, the finished surface may look good, but may not have the proper build of top coat and will fail prematurely. A white base coat is perfect to go under any shade of paint you are planning to use.
  3. After applying the base coat to the whole section, you need to get your caulk gun and begin applying a white or clear caulk to any imperfections or cracks which you might run across on your house. Make sure to caulk around all door jams and window sills. This will get rid of all warm breezes, in the summer and cold drafts in the winter from coming into the house. The caulk is utilized as a weatherstrip in this application.
  4. After the completion of caulking the whole house, now you can start painting. Keep in mind that when painting always begin at the top and work your way down. Determine how high your peek is and make sure you have a ladder tall enough. residential single family homes are usually 9-10′ high per floor, cape cods make require you pulling the old geometry book out.
  5. Ensure that you have a paint bucket nearby when painting in order to avoid climbing up and down the ladder consistently as it will waste your time. Use a paint hook to keep the bucket attached to your ladder for safety and ease of application.

Painting the exterior of your home is simpler if you know where and how to start. However, if you want the best results, you can hire experts to the job for you.

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Interior Painting in Connecticut

Have you ever really considered what interior paint can do for your home? Sure most people will answer that paint can spruce things up in your home but have you considered the effect that paint has on your energy efficiency?

We can come to your home and add beautiful long lasting paint that has thermal properties (lead free of course) that will help to improve the energy efficiency of your home! People have been painting their living quarters for centuries actually longer.

In some cases that paint lasts literally throughout history (think cave paintings). Modern paint history started in the early 1700’s with the invention of a machine that would more accurately mix colors. Through out modern history paint and its manufacture has been an important part of societal evolution.

Of course throughout the years in modern times there have been some changes! Some of those changes have affected the paint industry positively while others not so much!

We use the best quality paint in all of our interior painting Connecticut jobs because we know that you do not want to have to repaint again in a year or two. We offer thermal paint and coatings as well so you can also get the look you love while helping to reduce energy costs.

Free Estimates

Just in time for the holidays we can come out and give you a completely free no obligation estimate to help you see how affordable a little sprucing up can be. Whether you are trying to sell or trying to live more comfortably we can help.

We can help you to choose the best colors and the best coatings for your walls and we can give you an honest estimate that will we do our best to stay within to help your budget out.

No Better Way

There is no better way to dress up your home than with a fresh coat of paint. Interior painting Connecticut is the best way to make your furniture look better. It can literally change the atmosphere in your home from drab to WOW.

Choose the affordable option to reinvent your home. Of course if it is time to sell there is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to get buyers interested.  Home pride starts with beautiful fresh paint that is meant to last.

We can help you get the look you love for your home or that the buyers will love!



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“The Connecticut Painter Today!”


Behr Paint testimonial Bay Cal Painting Contractors

With 30 years in the commercial painting business, Bay Cal Painting Contractors owner Bill Codde had earned a solid reputation for dependability and performance, but the paint he was using wasn’t performing to his standards. So when he was presented with the opportunity to try BEHR Premium Plus Ultra® in the Oakland Coliseum, he jumped at the chance. Watch to find out why BEHR paint is now their product of choice, and how it “holds up beyond their expectations”.