Five painting tips to Do-It-Yourself the right way

We often hear optimism is the key to success. We have seen examples where people, with a modern touch of shades and comfort, transform their place, giving it 360-degree turn. Seeing that, you may also want to pick up the brushes and rollers, but it may not be as easy as it seems. It is even one of the two rules of remodeling, i.e., not to take it lightly.

Here are some common mistakes that can flip your plans for your walls upside down and five tips to smoothen your remodeling project in Nepal.


1. Do not settle with the small test area
Paint at least a two-foot square to see how it looks in the light with sample color first.


2. Way of choosing colors
Harmonize the colors within the home for a natural flow from room to room. While opting for whites, it is better not to use too many shades of white or cream as it may appear dingy.


3. Ignoring finishes
The paint products are not limited to just colors. There are finishes too, among which, satin finishes are best for interior walls and flat finishes for ceilings. For woodwork, go with a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish as higher the gloss, durable the paint and are easier to clean.


4. Exterior for the exterior
As exterior wall paints withstand ultraviolet rays and extreme weather, the exterior surface requires exterior paints. Do not jump with interior wall colors on the exteriors just because you had excess spare paint from the last project. Also, figure out what you are painting over and make sure you paint the same as the base paint because water-based paint does not stick over the oil-based paints or stains surfaces.


5. Prepping the wall
Once you choose the paint, prepare the wall. Fill the holes, if any, and smoothen the surface with a fine-grit sandpaper. First, prime and then paint the wall unless the paint has paint and primer in one.

Royale Range to give your Interiors a Royale Touch

While painting the interiors, one of the main things to consider is the paint quality. You should not compromise as the best paints save you from needing to paint within a short period. Also, make sure to pick the right color combinations as it reflects your individuality. Here are 3 Royale range of interior wall paints from Asian Paints Nepal you can choose from.

Royale Aspira

Perfect for a perfect finish and in giving you Royale feels, Royale Aspira gives the smoothest finish in a high sheen for your walls. This is the only product from Asian Paints to provide 5 years performance warranty that covers film integrity, protection against flaking or peeling, fungus attack, and fading. Also, its crack bridging property ensures cover of hairline cracks by stretching to almost 400%, maintaining the beauty of walls for years.

Royale Shyne

Royale Shyne is a water-based luxury emulsion with a higher sheen that provides a smooth and luxurious finish. 100% acrylic, this interior wall finish provides a much smoother finish with a silken sheen to the interiors. It also has excellent flow and leveling on application. With its enhanced durability, stain resistance, and an anti-fungal and bacterial shield, the radiance of your walls stays intact from years on end.

Royale Luxury Emulsion

Royal Luxury Emulsion is an extraordinary emulsion paint for a luxurious finish and silky glowing appearance for your walls. 100% acrylic, water-based interior wall finish provides a silky sheen finish leaving soft regal glow to the interiors as well as high stain resistance. Its excellent flow gives a brush mark free finish. The painted walls are easy to clean and maintain the new look as well and offer good anti-fungal properties.

All Royale interior paints come in 1700+ shades range and have a premium cost range.

Ezycolour store – to drive away your Paintophobia

Home is a place where we want everything to be perfect, including the wall colors. That’s why, while choosing the painting products and shades, we fear we might not get it right. If you are going through the same fear and do not know where to turn for advice and help, our Ezycolour store in Nepal is at your rescue. It is a one-stop solution for all your painting needs.

What you will get here

You can observe a SmartCare Demo of our Waterproofing range, experience a variety of touch and feel elements like our Royale Play Special Effects, get awed at our Wood Finishes panels, and get guided by our experts at the Ezycolour Consultancy Kiosk and drive your paintophobia away.

Why here

As there are 1800 shades, it is very much possible to get confused about which one to pick. So, instead of having to pick it up yourself, we help you figure out what you would prefer as well as what might go well on your walls. Walk-in and experience dealer shops in ways you have never imagined. You can browse through our exclusive range of finishes to find inspiration. Then, the color visualizer, the latest state-of-the-art technology will redefine the process of choosing and making the purchase of paints easier for you in Nepal.

This latest visualization technology enables you to not just select the right color but the right shades, textures, as well as wall fashions by allowing you to upload pictures of your home right away on the software. It helps to clear your doubts on if a particular shade, texture, or stencil will look perfect on that spot you planned.   

From the Ezycolour store, you can also get home inspection appointments and watch your dream home come to life. However, this service is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, Bharatpur, Dharan, Biratnagar, Janakpur, Hetauda and Birgunj only.

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Why to inspect the house properly before buying?

Buying a house is a big decision and an investment of a lifetime. So, before you seal the deal looking at those wall colors, it is must to make sure you’re investing in the right place. It is, however, hard to see problems for a normal buyer and tell setbacks beneath those walls. We cannot tell how the house has been readied. Maybe it was made to live, maybe to sell making a decent impression, or maybe the casual issues are concealed with a temporary fixture. So, before you give away your hard-earned money, you need to consider these in Nepal.

There are two types of issues: One that can be fixed and another that cannot be.

Therefore, inspect it properly. Do not be swayed by attractive wall paints and vibrant shades. There can be bug infestations and mold infections lying in the corner, ready to bring in trouble. If unchecked, it can cost you so much later to get rid of it, not including the tension it brings along. Identify the use of cheap wall paints from stained, peeled and faded surfaces. If figured beforehand, you can ask the seller to fix it before you buy in Nepal.

Also, if the house is older than a couple of decades, there is a risk of exposure to lead and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through old paints. It is not used anymore due to the threat it posed but if we get exposed to it again, it can have negative effects on brain development in children and serious ailments in pregnant women and many more. To protect yourself from that, you can inquire about it from the previous owner and if yes, you can ask them to repaint it.

Above issues can be fixed with little expenses and are considerable. But some issues can affect the lifespan of the house. There can be faulty plumbing and wiring that can turn out to be a major issue later. Or, the cracks and defect being effectively concealed, especially one caused by a major earthquake. Some house may even have a weak base made for selling purpose. These cannot be fixed and puts you under the risk during the major earthquakes and other possible natural calamities.

It is essential to figure it out and dodge buying such houses. If you are not sure of doing it right yourself, you can bring in a structural engineer to check for structural setbacks.

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Painting solution for busy people – Paint Total Service

Have you been thinking of painting your new home or workplace, or even just freshening up the old one but been postponing it due to lack of time? Are you finding yourself busy while your walls desperately call for paints? Are you finding it hard to leave it all to contractors because you are too caught up in your work to monitor them? If your answer is yes, our Paint Total is a service you need available in Nepal.

What is Paint Total Service?

Paint Total Service is a professional and hassle-free end-to-end painting service, especially designed for people with no time to monitor contractors assigned for painting tasks every day.

We know about the difficulties while dealing with local contractors who do not stick to their deadlines and budget. To solve this problem, our Paint Total service is a perfect medium.

We offer you such a hassle-free and professional experience keeping your worries about painter or contractor at bay while ensuring a high-quality job. You may have a question asking “why to use Asian Paints Nepal Paint Total service?”

  1. It is hassle-free, which means you can relax while our professionals complete your work.
  2. It is reliable and trust able.
  3. Our painters are specially trained for the job.
  4. We use mechanized tools to make sure the job completes in time in a dust-free environment.
  5. We do not compromise on quality. We can assure you about that.
  6. Pricing and measurements are transparent, which means you can plan your budget beforehand.
  7. We complete the assigned tasks on time.
  8. We also do pre-site supervision and post-site maintenance and cleaning service

If you want to avail this service, please SMS “EZY” to “36677”. We are available in these cities of Nepal – Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Hetauda, Birgunj, Damak, Biratnagar, Butwal, and Itahari.

Ceiling: A place not to miss while Painting

While painting, we often neglect our ceiling – the fifth wall. We fancy up trims and walls, but if you want to grab the attention of buyers or visitors while upping the value of your property, you should paint your ceiling with wall paints into something eye-grabbing. In Nepal, you often see plain white ceilings. If you want to stand out, read on and know why you should get it.

  1. To improve home design

To most of the homeowners, it may be a secondary option, but professionals suggest painting ceiling elevates the beauty of the room.  When accentuated, it is one of the effective methods to get an attractive design and change the whole environment of the room.

  1. To make your space look larger

You can enlarge your indoor space visually with black colors. Brighter ceilings are normally used to make the top look higher, but dark color ceiling with white walls are capable of giving an illusion of higher ceilings than they actually are. This combination can balance more saturated colors of decors and furnishings in the room.

  1. To add some drama

To make a bold design statement, you can apply any type of color or materials on the ceiling. Professionals often incorporate high-design concepts to add elegance and drama in the room. Different styles and shades are preferable in different rooms. For instance, in teen rooms, you can add a prominent trim edge on the ceiling. With festive blue shade, you can give it a fresher look. Likewise, by adding extra designs, you can make your other rooms in Nepal look extra.

  1. To add fun and creativity

Put your imagination and creativity to work and add a bright and bold color on the ceilings. It instills fun into the place. You can use single shade for your walls and fun and whimsical ones for your ceilings to complement the walls.

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Basic checklist for your shopping before painting

To save yourself from running to stores over and over again in the middle of your painting projects, make a checklist. It enables you to go the paint dealer nearby and grab everything you need in one go. So, what can be the things basic things a painter need during the project in Nepal?

Measurement

Before you start painting, you need to estimate how much paint you need. To calculate, you need to know size of the area. So, first take required measurements and take it with you to the store. The store person will calculate right amount of paint you need. A gallon of paint, usually, covers 400 square feet of wall space.

High-quality paint

Always opt for high quality paints as they tend to last long as well as are easy to apply. Not just that, such paints are also cost-friendly in the long term. It can cost you a bit more in Nepal but saves you from repainting time to time and sometimes, just a coat of it is enough, which saves time as well.Shades Nepal

High-quality brushes

With high-quality paint, you need high-quality brushes too for similar results. Go with 3 inches wide angled brush to cut corners. Pick one with synthetic bristles, especially, when you are working with water-based paints.

Rollers

Pick roller covers and roller frames to pick up the pace and paint evenly.

Painter’s tape

Get painter’s tape to save yourself from accidental paint slip as well as to paint in a straight line – neatly and professionally.

Drop cloths

Buy drop cloths or tear old clothes and lay them on the floor to prevent paint from dripping anywhere you do not want it.

These are the basic things you would need for your project. You can grab other things like primers, sponge, etc. as per your need.

How to get rid of the kitchen grease on the ceiling fan blades

When we look around in the kitchen, we believe it is clean when the things in our plain sight look immaculate, such as well painted walls with beautiful color, shiny floor, well-cleaned room, but what we ignore is dirt on the nooks and crannies such as grease on the ceiling fan blades. It stays hidden until we make an effort to climb up and have a look or not until it starts throwing away the grease gunk on the walls and other places every time we try to operate it.  As much as you would want to ignore it, cleaning them definitely would bring peace of mind and stop the grease from ruining your wall paints any further in Nepal.

Prep up

  1. First, get everything you need in front of you for the cleaning process.
  2. Lay newspapers beneath the fan to prevent grease from sticking to the floor.
  3. Tape the fan’s switch to prevent kids from turning it on accidentally while you are still cleaning.
  4. If you are working with a step ladder, set up its tray with extra supplies of spare rags, paper towel, and cleaners to get a quick access to it.
  5. Wear eye protection and scarf on your head to ensure that the dust and grime do not fall on your eyes or head.

Clean the grease up

As there would be dust stuck in the grease due to its sticky nature, first wipe the blade with clean, soft clothes or dry paper towels to remove the loose dirt, then with damp cloths to get rid of more dirt. Repeat the same process on all the blades, cleaning its tops, bottoms, and edges. Removing the grease simply reduces the grease level and cleaning before that would be just smearing the same grease around.

Grab the household cleaner that cuts through the grease and use it get rid of the greasy gunk from the fan blade. Instead of applying the cleaner directly on the fan blades, put it on a damp sponge or clean cloth and wipe the blades down. Let it dry and touch them to ensure that it is clean. Continue till it feels clean.

After cleaning the ceiling fan, clean up the grease on the walls as well and apply a coat or two of the wall painting color of the shades you prefer in Nepal.

Prevention is better than cure

To save yourself from the hardships next time and keep the fan blades off the grease, keep cleaning it up with degreaser time to time, not letting the grease settle down. Also, dust the blades every week or two, and clean the blades every time after cooking too greasy food in the kitchen to keep it from hardening in place.

Create a Beautiful Nursery For your Newborn

If you are expecting a baby soon, surely you must be super excited about it. How about recreating your room to a nursery for your baby? You do not necessarily need to follow the mainstream, painting it blue or pink. Instead, you can paint it with some other cheerful wall colors that are perfect in Nepal for a new born. Let your inner child out and design a perfect environment as a gesture of a warm welcome for your child with paints. When you are painting, keep in mind that babies love the different color, shapes, and patterns. Let your imagination soar high and create a space your kid would love to be in.

If you are planning to stick with blue or pink, no problem. You can be creative with it too, adding patterns and textures as well as by applying modern painting techniques such as sponging or ragging to soften the look of the walls and enhance its appearance in Nepal. Do you want to be more creative? Add light stripes with the alternate rows, choosing the color from the wide range of lighter or pleasantly neutral shades.

However, if you think you just have stripes in the option while working with these advanced paints, you are wrong. You are free to draw any shapes you find fancy like polka dots, hearts, flowers, etc. If you are skilled or hiring a professional, you can even draw cartoon characters to make it look cool and even create or buy stencils from the stationary shop or department stores in Nepal to create the perfect shape. Department stores might also have unpainted wooden letters and numbers which you can buy, paint and hang in the room writing your baby’s name, date of birth, or some wise and sweet quotes.

While you take care of the four walls, do not forget the fifth wall that is a ceiling as babies spend most of their time laying on their backs. You can be as imaginative as you want with it. For example, you can create a faux sky and clouds on the blue ceiling with white base sponging off the blue plain or painting white clouds on the blue ceiling which would look exquisite in a nursery room. You can even opt for glow in the dark wall paints available in Nepal to create the whole galaxy in the ceiling.

After you are done with painting the walls and ceiling, find some good art pieces to hang there. You can look for other baby photos that would make the walls look cute and make people go “aww” and other art pieces as well that you can hang seasonally.

You can go as much as creative as you want to create a warm and cozy place for your baby. Just remember that color, shape, and patterns can make a big change in the nursery you are creating and create a happy space at home in an easy way.

Pro tips before you start decorating your house (Part -2)

In the first part, we shared three tips with you to do before decorating your house. We told you about looking around the space you are decorating or re-decorating, about making a wish list of how you space should look, and searching the designs on the website of Asian Paints Nepal to get inspired from. Here we will talk about four more tips to get a better insight on decorating your space.

  • Decide mutually – If you live with your spouse or family members make sure to get their opinion on it and involve them in the decision as they have to live with changes too. Even if you feel like you can decide about it by yourself as you are the only one interested in designing stuff, do not decide this on your own. As much as possible, decide it together. Go through the photos, paint color, sample, and things you want to do together to figure out the similarities and dissimilarities in choices and select the common wall painting colours that you both find perfect in Nepal. Make sure to at least ask for his/her opinion even if they say they know nothing about it.
  • Figure out what you like – Do not say that you do not know what you prefer. Try to figure out your preferences from the things you have found inspirational. Let your mind wander and be creative to create something wonderful. You can get ideas to choose from the range of shades, material, patterns as well as furniture and fabrics you are using for your room from the photos you have discovered during your search. You can also come out of your comfort zone and try something completely new. You do not necessarily need to do what is common in Nepal. Follow your instincts.
  • Observe it again – Look around your place again and once you are sure how you want your place to look, take a note of things you still want to and do not want to showcase in your room and what you want to discard. Before actually discarding, remember that you can refurbish your favorite set of the sofa in a beautiful way and repaint the furniture you do not like with best paints giving it a new shine. So, see if you can re-use it before considering it useless and ugly in Nepal. And again, if you cannot still stand it or think of beautifying it, remove it from its place.
  • And finally, the last tip. See if you have enough decorating and painting budget to change the look. If yes, go for it and make it a place of your dreams in Nepal but if not, do not get disheartened. You can either complete it in pieces or you can just save money now and complete it later all at once. Your choice. However, make sure to finish it in one room before you move to another.

So, here are the tips you can use in decorating your room in a professional way. Share with us know which one you found helpful.