Most homeowners know that the only thing that is constant is change. That’s because it tends to come in the form of various household projects. Often times it represents a particularly challenging room that gets neglected or postponed. Maybe it’s because of the difficult task on hand, such as drywall repair or wallpaper removal. Perhaps it is something much more delicate. We are quickly approaching the time of year where people find themselves faced with redecorating a vacant room when a child moves away for college. For some, this can be a tough transitional period. However, it’s important to remember that there is a room full of potential waiting and that getting started is the hardest part.
With nearly any room renovation, imperfections in the drywall are present. Generally, these eyesores are the initial focus when it comes to assessing the state of the room. Managing dents, holes and dings is not only crucial to the appearance, but also to future paint jobs. While these are easy to cover with spackling, it’s important to note and match the texture for a seamless blend. This tends to represent the greatest challenge for many, as failing to smooth edges or spot prime causes obvious mistakes and mars the appearance. Unfortunately, these common and costly mistakes tend to become more apparent after the room is already repainted.
Significant drywall damage requires additional reinforcement with fiberglass tape for repair. Afterward, applying a few thin coats of quick set joint will ensure that the patch will not show through the future paint job. Alongside these steps, small dings and dents are also filled resulting in a quality repair. While these tasks can seem manageable, remember that dust and debris from sanding and spackling can create a mess or even cause damage to the room. Consider using faux walls made out of plastic sheeting to isolate space. Because all room dimensions and characteristics are different, there is no one method of placement. When in doubt, it’s important to consult a professional before getting started. For example, Matthew’s Painting uses a ventilation system that includes a turbine ducted fan and air control system to exhaust the dusty air out of houses immediately.
Perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences in redecorating is selecting a new interior paint. This chance for a refreshing change can dramatically improve the look and add an entirely new personality to a room. While determining the best color can be intimidating, there are a few considerations that can help to narrow the scope of choices. For a room that has recently been worked on, consider a flat or matte finish. These finishes help to conceal small surface imperfections that may become apparent after the drywall repair. These flatter finishes are also the best choice for textured walls. Above all, consider how the new space will be used. For example, satin finishes have more of a gloss and are a great choice if the space will be used often and regularly cleaned.
Project rooms are often intimidating, but they will be in the back of the homeowner’s mind until they are tackled and completed. When that happens, showcasing a new room full of possibilities is well worth the work. If you’re having trouble getting started, have a troublesome room, or need some friendly advice contact us today.