How to smooth a wall.

How to smooth a wall. The basic principle is “sand the high spots and fill the low spots”. A wall finishing professional like a drywaller or flatterer may have differing methods or techniques than are described here. But then, they probably have a higher level of skill than us. They may still find this amusing.…

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How to clean your painted surfaces.

Cleaning painted surfaces can be simple and easy. Bathrooms, kitchens, doors and frames are usually painted with an enamel finish recognized by the shine on the surface. These surfaces are very washable. Warm soapy water will take off most dirt and grease. There are also several over the counter products that proclaim to be paint…

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How to maintain Wrought Iron.

Maintaining wrought iron fences and gates in Arizona is simple. Don’t get any water on it. Even raw, unpainted metal will take a very long time to rust to the point of structural damage unless it’s exposed to more than the little rain we get here. Landscape water from sprinklers, water pooling at the base…

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Chiaroscuro, color and light in decorating.

Chiaroscuro (kiːɑːrˈə.skʊrˈoʊ, –skjʊrˈoʊ, Italian for light-dark) Decorating in your home or office can be enhanced when you factor in the contrast of light and dark in your design. An accent color in a room draws your attention. Is it more than just a little color variety? Or does it provide the basis for some extra…

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Lead in pre 1978 homes.

Those of us living in the southwest have not had the educational exposure to lead in the home that folks from back east may have had. With fewer really older homes and less wood surfaces contractors and homeowners alike have had little concern for lead in the finishes of our homes. As of April all…

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Five steps to a perfect paint job!

Five steps to a perfect paint job! First, make sure the surface is clean and remove any loose or peeling paint, dirt or debris. Second, protect everything that you don’t want to get paint on and get every thing that will be under your feet out of the way. Moving portable items is much better…

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How to paint your home with the long view in mind.

It takes a long time for your home to get to the point that it needs painting. With this in mind and depending on your budget, you can develop a long term plan to get you home back in tip top shape. Like losing weight, getting you home in shape with a steady plan will…

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Our holiday party

Sharp Painting is having its Christmas Family Dinner tonight @ Charleston’s. I’m proud of my team and the goodwill they’ve engendered in our customers.