Creative Living Décor – Painting and Decorating News, Tips and Advice
How to tackle cornice restoration
A popular feature of both period and modern properties, it can be a challenge to restore a cornice that’s been there for many years. Especially one that’s been painted over on numerous occasions.
Spray painting can create amazing effects
Spray painting has become a popular choice for those looking for something a little different from the traditional finish of a paintbrush or roller.
If you fancy creating an effect that’s stylish and eye-catching, spray painting opens up a new world of colours and styles. It can be used to produce unusual or subtle designs or simply as a method of giving a high-quality finish to surfaces such as wood, plastic, metal and other materials.
How to Choose the Right Colour Scheme – Introducing the Colour Wheel
A colour wheel gives you a visual representation of colours arranged by their relationship with each other.
The wheel is used to show you how harmoniously colours will blend together.
- Primary colours are your foundation. They are colours that cannot be created by mixing others.
- Secondary colours are made by mixing two primaries.
- Tertiary colours are created by a mixture of primary and secondary shades.
- Complementary colours are positions opposite each other on the wheel.
- Analogous colours are located close together on the wheel.
Specialist paint applications make old surfaces look brand new!
Is your paintwork looking old and tired? Do you have surfaces that are in need of more than just a recoat of paint?
In many cases, the problem is that your paint is not sticking to the surface. When it comes to varnish, plastic, glass or melamine, normal primers and undercoats won't adhere properly and paint scrapes off easily when knocked.
You’ve probably been frustrated in the past when your newly painted surface either flakes of its own accord or is easily damaged by a simple scratch.
Refresh your look with a specialist primer
At Creative Living Decor, we use a specific primer that sticks to any surface. It’s a shellac-based primer, sealer and stain blocker that is perfect for a range of interior surfaces.
By using a product called Zinsser B-I-N primer, glossy surfaces including glass can be coated without the need for sanding. You can then go on to freshly paint them with an undercoat and top coat. And because the high adhesion shellac formula seals porous surfaces, you can use it on any wood, even to seal bleeding knots or sap streaks.