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DIY Paint Talk: Exterior Furniture

If you have a free afternoon and would like to dress up your outdoor living areas, a new coat of paint can bring new life to outdoor tables and chairs and give your yard a refreshed look for summer. It might be a great way to enjoy the outdoors or a way to update your outdoor furniture to match a newly painted home or landscape plan.

The first step is always preparation. Exterior furniture should always be checked for molds and mildew and cleaned carefully. Make sure to check the undersides of your furniture and use a cleaning solution like Benjamin Moore® CLEAN (318) or a home mix of one part bleach and three parts water for any mold or mildew that you find.

The second step is to sand the surface of the furniture. An old finish that is in decent condition can be left as long as you make sure to roughen the surface. If the previous finish is poor, you can remove the old stain with a quality stain remover such as Benjamin Moore® REMOVE (315) or sand down loose or peeling paint.

The next step, Priming, can be skipped if the old finish is still intact after light sanding. Otherwise, we recommend that you use a good outdoor primer, especially if you are going to apply a lighter color over a darker one, if there are any surface stains, or if there are knotty sections on the wood. A good primer, such as Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start All-Purpose Acrylic Primer (023) should be applied with strokes following the grain of the wood.

Finally, Painting. Benjamin Moore’s ARBORCOAT® Solid Deck & Siding Stain (640) can be found at your local Mallory Paint Store in a wide variety of colors fit your taste and outdoor painting project. Usually, a primed surface only requires one coat. If you chose not apply primer to the surface, you might want to apply a second coat for complete coverage.

Once you are finished, leave the furniture in a dust free and well-ventilated space. Keep it from drying outdoors as exposure to wind and dust may affect the painted surface or leave particles.

DIY Paint Talk: Preparing a Wall

The first step to preparing a room for painting is to clear furniture away from the areas that will be painted. A drop cloth will help protect floors from any sort of drips or accidents. Plastic or canvas drop cloths both have advantages, but Benjamin Moore recommends canvas due to their ability to absorb paint and not become slippery.

Walls naturally gather dust which can affect adhesion for the paint and primer and should be cleaned before painting begins. Use a light detergent and follow up with a wet cloth to ensure that all detergent is removed before starting work. All marks, such as those left behind by pen, crayon and any water stains should also be removed by a wet cloth if possible. Anything else should be spot primed with Moore’s® QD 30® or Fresh Start®.

Finally, any holes and loose paint should be taken care of. Holes can be spackled with Moorlastic® Lightweight Compound and Moorlastic® Vinyl Spackling paste, by pressing spackle into any holes or cuts in the wall and smoothing them with a putty knife until they match the surface around them. Loose paint should be removed with a putty knife to take off any chips that may peel after painting and then edges should be sanded so that there is no visible difference between the two surfaces when painting over them.

DIY Paint Talk: Choosing Colors

Choosing paint colors for your home can be an adventure. Mallory Paint Store’s painting specialists are here to help you pick out the perfect colors and shade combinations to get your rooms glowing with your unique personality and flair.

Each season brings with it a new feel for your home with changes in lighting and possibly decor. Seasons provide a great color palette.  A winter room includes whites and blues with deep, cool shades. A summer feel includes using light greens, sky blues, and sandy yellows. Spring is represented with lighter colors such as pinks, teals, and grass greens. A fall color palette uses bold oranges, reds, and dusky browns to imitate hues of leaves and trees.Paint color deck

For a dramatic effect, choose colors with high contrast using complimentary colors where you start with a primary color and match it to the opposite secondary color, such as matching blue to orange, or red to green. For a soothing home environment, use analogous colors which are adjacent to each other on a color wheel.   These color combinations are harmonious using several similar shades of a color, such as orange along with peaches and yellows.

Another paint inspiration can be found by using Mallory Paint Store’s color matching specialists.   Something important or meaningful to you, such as a special pillow, blanket or even a toy can be brought in to our store and paint experts will create a paint to match.