Do It Yourself has never been this easy! Our paint consultants have some great tips and tricks to make your painting experience simpler. Stop in and talk to us any time. We’ll have answers to questions like:

How do I get a straight line between the ceiling and wall colours? (Start by giving your ceiling a fresh coat of paint and paint down the walls about one inch then use an edger to cut in your ceiling line.)

How do I properly touch up an area? We can show you the right patch to use, how long to leave it and how far the paint needs to spread out in order to hide the patched area.

How do I cover up a colour without using multiple coats? Let us take you through the process of applying a transition coat – you’ll spend less time and money!

Do I have to use a primer? We recommend them because they’re time and money saver! Primers are traditionally less expensive than finish coats and are designed for specific reasons such as covering oil (alkyd) based paint, hiding dark colours and blocking stains. Using a primer means you’ll use less top coat product and it’ll be more durable in the long run. Let us do the math and show you how much you’ll save.

What about outdoor painting? First and foremost, if the surface warm to the touch, it’s too hot to paint. Whether you are staining or painting, whatever you are using needs time to penetrate the surface. If it dries too fast you’ll wind up with a peeling problem. We realize that there are a lot of issues when painting outside and that you have a limited time to get the job done. And we know it’s something you don’t want to do every year. Come in and talk to us to make sure you get the best job – and one that will last longer.


Colour blocking

Colour blocking is the hottest trend right now as it opens up a whole new perspective about colour in a space.

If you’re hesitant about taking the plunge to paint your rooms or even one wall with a vibrant hue, colour blocking – painting one or two colours in varying-sized ‘blocks’ on a wall – offers you a safe option. The technique is commonly referred to as adding a “punch” colour because of its ability to bring an extreme colour spark to your décor without being overwhelming.    
Also, you can create horizontal movement by painting the base of a wall a different colour. Or extend the line of a low table by painting a different colour zone from the top of the table up to the ceiling. With the right combination of colours, colour zoning can even take the place of artwork. Let your imagination run wild; the possibilities of colour zoning are endless!  
The cool
SICO tip
To enhance an interesting architectural element, paint it a contrasting colour.