The essential guide to paint

I have to admit I love to paint! I like how it makes such an instant impact to any space! All paints are made of four key ingredients: pigments, binders, liquids and additives. Usually the more pigment used to make the paint, the  better the quality it will be. A ratio of 30 to 45 % binder and pigments, by volume, is an indicator a paint will be durable and provide good coverage with lasting color. Here are a few tips to remember about paint.

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  • When choosing paint for bathrooms and kitchens these benefit from durable, mildew-resistant paint.
  • Water based paints are usually referred to as emulsions and were traditionally used only for interior walls and ceilings. But recently tremendous advances in paint technology mean that water-based formulas, especially the high-performing acrylics, are available for all surfaces, from woodwork to metal, and for  interior and exterior use. Soap and water clean up is all you need for water based paints.
  • Oil-Based Paints are used where a durable finish is required. And are used for both interior and exterior. The clean up however needs a paint thinner. Water will not clean your paint brush.

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Two things you need to consider when choosing a type or sheen of a paint:

  1. How much wear and tear will the surface get.
  2. Is a sheen going to conflict with your decorating scheme.

The sheen of a paint is the amount of light reflected by the surface of a paint finish. There are four basic sheens:

  1. Flat Paints provide a matte finish. This finish helps hide surface imperfections, and is normally used for ceilings and walls not subjected to a lot of wear and tear like dining rooms, living rooms and bedrooms {ones not used by small children of course}.
  2. Satin Finish is also known as eggshell finish. This has a soft sheen similar to that of the shell of an egg. A satin finish provides a harder surface finish which is more durable and more stain resistant than a flat paint. This durability makes satin paint a good choice for walls in children’s rooms, hallways, stairways and family rooms.
  3. Semi Gloss Paints are very durable, they are easier to clean, and are more stain resistant than satin finish paints. Semi gloss paints are most often used on heavy wear surfaces or areas which are frequently cleaned such as your kitchen and bathrooms. Semi gloss paint is also used on wood trim and cabinets.
  4. Gloss Paint is a harder, more durable, more stain resistant paint finish. It is easier to clean than all the other paint finishes. Gloss finishes generally make surface imperfections more noticeable however. Gloss finishes are the best choice for heavy wear areas like kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, cabinets, floors, stairs, handrails, high traffic doors and trim.

Don’t be afraid to paint! It’s only color and if you don’t like it you can always change it! Happy painting!

Until next time,

Enjoy your day, your family, and your home! ❤


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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Peggy Hale says:

    Sandra this is wonderful information. Thanks so much for sharing with us. I’m so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday. Have a great week.

    Peggy~PJH Designs


    1. Peggy thanks for stopping by! You too!


  2. Marigene says:

    Great information.
    Have a wonderful week…


    1. Marigene thanks so much and you have a great week too!


  3. Marilyn says:

    This is such a great and informative post! Pinned it for future reference!

    Three other bloggers and I have joined to create a new link party: The Project Stash. I’d love for you to stop by and link up this post (oh and there’s a Shabby Apple Giveaway too!)



    1. Marilyn
      Thanks for stopping by and for the pin! I hope it will be good information for you in the future! I will head over to your party! I love parties!


  4. Great overview! Thanks much!…. 🙂

    hugs xx Crystelle


  5. Kim Hood says:

    Thank you for the paint tips! I love to paint, but it seems I make a lot of mistakes in my choices of types and colors. 🙂 I just found you, so I’m a new WordPress follower. 🙂
    Kim @ Curtain Queen


  6. rainonatinroof01 says:

    Great info and tips! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods Monday! Love having you party with us!! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof


  7. Gracie O says:

    Very helpful information.


  8. Hi Sandra, I love to paint too 🙂 thanks for sharing your tips with us! I find them very useful 🙂


  9. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspire{d} 🙂


  10. Excellent information! I am no expert at paint and too old to ask someone. I should know this stuff by now, right? Thanks so much for sharing this information with us. Now, what should I paint next?


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