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Wall Painting: How not to spend a fortune on texture/special effects

You know this is the busiest time of the year for paint companies with chock-a-block calendar? This is when most people give their walls a fresh lease of paint before the festive and wedding season begins. The most popular posts on this blog – on Asian Paints and Surprise your Spouse have been trending for the past two months.

A special effects (textured paint) on a ~ 100 sq. ft wall can cost upwards of Rs.5,000. But, you don’t have to spend a fortune if you are proud of your DIY and not too worried about a professional finish. Sponging, combing, brushing, dapple, ragging, weaving, spatula and crinkle are some of the special effects on offer.

The intent of this post is to show that you can do it yourself at home.  For steps on how to do it, this is a great starting point. If you’ve never done a painting job before, I’d suggest you get started with these handy tips.

For all the textured effects, choose a base color and another foreground one that stands out as you can see below.

See, how easy it is?  How touch can stretching a comb over wet paint be especially if it leads to a stunning visual effect?

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Getting your house painted – Asian, Nerolac or Berger?

I would love to hear what factors you consider while getting your house painted. When it comes to choosing what paint, the options narrow down to the big three in the Indian market: Asian Paints, Nerolac and Berger. All of them offer a comprehensive painting solution unlike before when you had to hire a independent contractor. The downside was the risk the work will ever get completed to your liking, and if it did within the time frame.

Thanks to the Surprise your Spouse home makeover event, I had an alright experience with Asian Paints. But, this time around, I decided to get a quote from all the three and finally decided on Asian. As you can see, the most responsive was Nerolac in giving a quote while it was a cat and mouse chase with Asian Paints. But, I knew the quality of the work would be good comparatively so went with Asian. Pricing wise, the gap between Berger and Asian was huge. You can see a comparison of other factors below:

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Getting your house painted: what factors to look for?

Are you considering getting your house painted? Other than the price and timeline, what criteria do you look for? Call it circumstantial or luck, I’ve got one house painted (including supervising my parents’) each year for the past three years – all from different vendors. Some factors keep topping the list. So, I thought I would put them together if you are doing it for the first time.

Factors I consider before painting a house:

1. Odour free paint – top of the list. Irritated by the paint smell in some neighbor’s house 200 meters away? Or, have a child at home? Then I suggest you go water based emulsion for walls and the doors instead of the standard oil based paint even though they are a little expensive.

2. Timeliness – you get a fair idea of whether the painters will complete the work within the deadline promised within their first hour of arrival.

3. Quality – most paint companies outsource the painting job to individual contractors. There are standard guidelines for the ratio of paint and water to be used. But, I’ve seen some contractors thin the paint way too much (to limit the quantity of paint) resulting in poor quality painting. To top it, if the scraping is not done properly, every after two coats of fresh paint you can see the old paint. More than two coats usually results in the paint flaking after a few days.

4. Cover up and after job clean up – covering up cupboards and all the household items before beginning takes at least 10% of the time.  It’s an art and I’ve seen the Asian Paints guys go to great lengths in this area – painstakingly taping the edges of the ceiling with newspapers if you are not painting the ceiling.  Do they clean up at the end of the day or leave everything as is?

5. Background check – check the reviews on the net if you are going with someone standard like Asian Paints. But, if you are using a local contractor, it’s usually through word of mouth. In that case, take one close look and run your hands through the walls – you will instantly know if it’s worth saving the extra 1,000 or 2,000 bucks. And yes, it comes with a added package of personally supervising the painters.

In the next post, I will evaluate Asian Paints, Nerolac and Berger. Let’s see who comes on the top. Stay tuned and have a great weekend.

Disclaimer: This is not a promotion for any of the brands listed here. It’s all based on my personal experiences with each of the vendors which may differ on a case by case basis.



Color Teaser

It’s Sunday afternoon. Lunch done. The house is airy, smells fresh and there’s light all over streaming in through the windows:  for a change. And I’m loving it. Here’s a teaser of the colors from the pictures below that adorn the walls now.

This picture has most of the colors used in the house.

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Surprise Your Spouse : A Makeover Story

It is time to talk about the surprise. 2010 drew to a close on a good note and December was been a fabulous month. Before I begin, wish you all a very Happy New Year. And thank you for stopping by, asking for suggestions and all your kind comments.

There was a time, year 2004 to be precise, when I was hooked onto the makeover and event series on TLC. You know The Wedding story, The Baby Story, The Home Makeover story and such…I would watch back to back episodes. Have you seen those home makeover surprise episodes when a spouse goes away for a weekend? And the husband/wife along with the TLC team renovates the yard/room beyond recognition. When the spouse returns, he/she is in for a HUGE surprise. Imagine the adrenaline rush!

The dream came true. It all began in November end as part of “Surprise your spouse” campaign for Asian Paints. It was like a dream come true. In a way, it was a torture for I couldn’t tell my husband or anyone about it for nearly 3 weeks :)

As per the campaign, I could choose a wall to be painted in a color and texture of my choice and Asian Paints Home Solutions would paint it. This had to be done when the husband was away on work. Everything feel in to place in the first week of December as my husband was away on a business trip for 3 days giving us enough window to execute the whole process at ease.  I was as thrilled as my son when he gets a new RC helicopter. Alright, more about Royale Play and the process now…

Color and texture selection:

This is perhaps the most important step in the whole process. A lot has been said and written about color selection for walls – furniture, wall decor, artifacts, lighting, furnishings play a critical role. If you do not intend to change the rest, then it is wise to choose a color that blends well with furniture and furnishings.

We are in the process of re-doing our home in parts. After a bright orange drawing room, for two years, I was game for a more subdued and neutral color, preferably monochromatic. I wanted to bring color to the room through vases, flowers and rugs. This limited my choice of colors and the selection process easier. But you never know how it would look once done. This is where the experts help. The Asian Paints’ team leader vouched that silver-Aluminium dapple gives a royale look.

To be honest, even after selection, I was skeptical for two reasons. One, it is easier to transform a room and surprise everyone by painting a focus wall in the darker shade. Though a standard and fail-safe approach, it is not novel anymore. in our case, the hardest part was to move away from a darker shade and still make an impression. Two, as I said before, one can never be sure what looks good on paper will stand out in reality as well.

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