Easy DIY Paint Repairs for Your Home

Easy DIY Paint Repairs

Paint is considered to be the clothes of your house.  Although paint problems may look ugly and major, you can actually be saved from the obligation of calling a professional painter and spending huge amounts of money.  You, yourself, can be your very own Picasso when it comes to painting retouches in your home.

Break Down
All kinds of paint, whatever brand it may be, will only last for a specified number of years before the break-down process begins to show. When you experience paint break down, it basically means that the first or primary layer on the surface is weakening.  This problem is commonly experienced in old houses that have several paint layers.  When the break down process begins, paint will start cracking and peeling from your wall or your wood surface exposing the wood or drywall.

To fix this, try scraping or pressure washing the surface.  After that, fill in any holes using putty if it is wood or spackle if it is a wall surface.  After filling in, get sand paper and fine sand the surface.  Then, wipe away the dust and let it completely dry.  If pressure washing the exterior of your house or if it rains you will need to wait 24 hours for the surface to completely dry. Once it is dry, you can start painting.

Moisture Build-Up
Another cause of paint break down is due to moisture build-up, leak or excessive condensation.  Most probably, you can find mildew and mold along with this problem.  This kind of problem is often experienced in the bathroom.  However, it can also occur in other parts of the house because of leaky roofs and close outdoor shrubs.  Your paint can sag down due to the moisture.  But in this case, you won’t see any chipping debris.

If moisture build-up is the cause of paint breakdown, there is another remedy for that.  You will most likely be targeting mildew.  If it is an interior surface, a solution consisting of three parts water and one part bleach can be used to kill the mildew.  If it is an exterior surface, you can wash it off using an exterior solution intended for pressure washers.  Both of these can be bought at your local home improvement store.  If you don’t have a pressure washer, they usually can be rented at the big box home improvement store.

Fading Color
The last paint break-down problem is fading color. This is usually experienced with surfaces on the exterior of the house. However, it can also occur indoors when specific colors were used for the walls. Basically, paint color fades when exposed to too much sun.  To avoid this kind of problem, most people try not to use bright and bold colors such as deep red.  If you have an affinity for deep colors, try to look for hues that have a ruddy or golden tone to them. You can try consulting a paint associate about this. Try to find out how much red oxide or yellow oxide colorant was mixed for the specific color that you want. Basically, if the paint associate says that each colorant has about 1 ounce or so in the tint base to create the color, then you have spotted a color that can resist fading for a very long period of time.

Affordable Lighting Upgrades You Can Do Yourself

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Inside or outside your home, simple lighting upgrades can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home.  A change in lighting fixtures or bulbs might seem like an almost-too-simple answer to small home renovations, but it can really change the entire mood and atmosphere of your home.


  1. Outdoor Lighting

The outside appearance of your home is what you choose to display to the outside world.  People who drive by, who come to visit, and your neighbors see the outside display first.  Simple and affordable lighting upgrades can make a huge difference.  Certain fixtures can dress up and enhance what might otherwise be a simple décor.


  • Fixtures

Depending on the décor of your home, there are many styles of lighting fixtures for outdoor lighting.  For a more updated and modern look, chrome or metal colored spotlights and track lighting can brighten up your outdoor areas.  If you’re looking for a more traditional or rustic style of lighting, there are lamps and sconces for literally every décor theme.


  • Motion Sensors

For security as well as convenience, motion sensors are an excellent lighting upgrade that every home should have.  Motion sensors can be placed at every entrance to the home as well as fence gates and other dark or shadowy areas of your home and yard.  Whenever you or someone else walks by or opens the door, the lights automatically come on.  This is not only convenient to you, but also adds another level of security to discourage intruders.


  • Path Lighting

For sidewalks, driveways, or other paths, lighting can be added along the sides for both safety and aesthetics.  Simple lighting along both sides of your driveway not only guides vehicles safely to your home, but also creates a beautiful atmosphere and adds character to your home.


  1. Indoor Lighting

In every room of your house, the lighting makes the biggest difference to the atmosphere and décor.  Lighting that is too bright or too dim can change the outcome of your color scheme and decorative additions that you have spent time and money working on.


  • Kitchen and Bathrooms

In most homes, kitchen and bathroom lighting is meant to be bright and inviting.  In the kitchen especially, the light needs to be bright enough to see everything you need to without coming across as too clinical. Track lighting is one example of a simple and affordable upgrade for kitchen and bathroom lighting that not only lights up a space well, but can also highlight your décor scheme and add a modern or traditional look depending on your choice of fixtures.


  • Living Areas

Consider using a dimmer for the lighting in your living areas. A dimmer can allow you to set just enough light, and change the mood of the room as needed. Decorative lighting should also not be overlooked. Adding small lamps and spotlights around your house, especially near art or decorative pieces, can really update your home.


Simple and affordable lighting upgrades can change the overall look of your home, inside or outside.

If you have problems or questions, please contact us at Choice Home Inspection Services at 1.770.490.6911.