By Nicola Winters
So you’re ready to give your home a make-over. The living room looks dated, the hall is dull and you’re tired of staring at the same four walls every day. But where is the money going to come from to re-decorate the whole house?
By making the smallest changes in any room can give it a completely new look and feel. By painting your interior wooden shutters, your home will look fresh and modern in an instant. Plus it will save you valuable money to spend on the more important things in life.
If you are simply applying a new color scheme to the room then opt for a paint that matches your interior. Remember to purchase a paint that is suitable for wooden surfaces to avoid paint flaking early on.
If you want to get creative, use stencils and different colored paint to achieve your desired effect. If you are painting shutters in a child’s bedroom or nursery, choose colors that will make them happy by inserting shapes and pictures onto the wood. Add character to your windows by choosing a color that stands out against your walls. Block coloring is in trend at the moment and will definitely breathe new life into any room.
When decorating for Christmas, Halloween or any other special occasion, it is important to remember that this is a temporary measure so try not to be too adventurous as you might risk creating a whole lot of work for yourself. Instead use stick on decorations and sprays that will easily wash off with a damp cloth.
It crucial that you remove the shutters from the windows before you begin painting to avoid getting splashes on the walls and ceiling. The next step is to remove all the old paint that is already on the shutters. This should easily come off with warm water, soap and a scraper. However, if the old paint work is stubborn, it may be advisable to use sandpaper to gently remove it.
Wood has the potential to weaken over time and so using a sealant to prevent this is recommended. The average house will need re-painting every 5-6 years but by using a high quality sealant, this could be delayed for even longer. Make sure that this is completely dry before applying your chosen color. Use a thick brush to apply fast strokes, re-applying another coat when necessary. For best results, apply 2-3 coats as gaps and brush marks will begin to appear once the paint begins to dry.
Take extra care when re-fitting the shutters to your windows. It is advisable to ask for an extra pair of hands when doing this to ensure the screws are tightened appropriately and safely.
If you are struggling to come up with a color to match your interior, don’t be shy and ask a local decorator or paint expert at a home ware store.
The smallest changes to your home can make a big difference. Spruce up your home today.