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Make a huge difference at home with a new paint hue

By: Eric Czarnik | C&G Newspapers | Published March 11, 2020

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METRO DETROIT — So you’ve been looking over a spectrum of color swatches and have found the perfect paint to match your interior design vision. But to transform your walls from a canvas to a masterpiece, it takes some knowledge, foresight and care, according to home painting tipsters.

Menards spokesman Jeff Abbott recently gave some “Paint Like a Pro!” tips in order to maximize a home’s indoor appeal. Abbott said it’s a common misconception that indoor painting requires a professional.

“I think people should always be aware that paint projects are something they can do themselves,” he said, adding that his company “has all the paint supplies, materials and accessories you need to get the job done.”

According to Abbott’s tips, before doing any painting, putting dropcloths on floors is a good way to quickly control and clean up the mess that paint splatters cause. Canvas dropcloths are recommended for general surfaces, though Abbott recommended rosin paper when working over hardwood, tile or vinyl since it has reliable traction. To keep paint off doorknobs, a renovator might cover them with plastic sandwich bags.

Besides the dropcloths, Abbott recommended being equipped with a paint can opener, painter’s tape, stir sticks, a putty knife, paintbrushes, a paint roller with covers, a paint tray, gloves, primer and patching paste.

When using multiple cans of paint of the same color, he recommended mixing the cans together in a larger bucket or container so that the color will be the same across the entire batch. That’s because the tint might be slightly different across the cans. After the paint is prepared, the renovator should test the paint upon an unnoticeable area before using it, Abbott added.

According to Abbott’s tips, a painter should do trims before tackling the ceiling and walls. Painted surfaces should first be clean.

To get clean edges on a wall or trim, painters should first use tape to define the edge. Then they should paint the trim and allow it to sit for at least 24 hours the instructions added.

Finally, it’s time to carefully remove the tape from the wall. In doing so, Abbott’s tips recommended using a utility knife during removal to “cut it loose to avoid tearing off pieces of dried paint from the walls.” Tape should ultimately be pulled off at a 45-degree angle.

When it comes to which colors a homeowner should choose, Troy Berry, the store manager at Menards in Bloomfield Township, said that neutral colors are still popular among customers.

“A lot of people are going to gray, light gray,” he said. “That’s the trend I’ve been seeing.”

Hassan Nasser, the franchise owner of the Benjamin Moore PaintStop in Ferndale, said he sees a different trend emerging.

“We’ve been very popular over the last few years with the gray, but now the gray is fading away,” he said. “We’re going into off-white colors right now, mostly toward the beige and yellow.”

Nasser also explained the importance of indoor paint glosses, which can range from flat, matte or eggshell enamels to satin, semigloss or high-gloss enamels. Typically, a higher-gloss paint might be easier to clean in a room that gets more usage or moisture, such as a bathroom, he said.

“Higher gloss reveals more imperfections in the wall, so people who have imperfections, usually they stay away from the gloss,” he added. “Where people go flat is the ceiling. The most popular on the wall is eggshell. Satin or semigloss is more standard for the trims and doors.”

Nasser said that he is able to generally recommend how much paint customers need based on the measurements of the rooms that need paint.

“In general, paint has a square footage,” he said. “Our Benjamin Moore paint generally covers 400-450 square feet per gallon, so if you give me the measurement of your room, I should tell how many (cans) you should buy.”

On Benjamin Moore’s website, its 2020 color trends palette includes shades like White Heron, Thunder and Oxford Gray, as well as pastels such as First Light, Crystalline, Windmill Wings and Golden Straw. Buxton Blue, Blue Danube and Cushing Green round out the palette’s deeper hues.

Learn more about Benjamin Moore PaintStop in Ferndale by calling (248) 965-3125 or by visiting paintstopstore.com, or visit Benjamin Moore’s general website at benjaminmoore.com. Find out more about Menards in Bloomfield Township by calling (248) 456-0577 or by visiting menards.com.