Giving The Garage A New Look

If the paint on your garage is looking a little tired, and you would prefer to keep the wood clapboards instead of installing  siding, then scraping and new paint is the way to go. This project for improving home value will probably take a week of your time, depending on the size of garage.early painting 006


The scraping part is not easy and requires a considerable amount of time. I use hand scrapers and give a light sanding wherever the wood is scratched or rough. Another way to remove the old paint is with a sanding disk on a grinder, this is faster then by hand but can be dangerous as the disk often gets hooked  under edge of clapboards and gouges the wood or the person using it – not recommended for everyone. Any ideas on a safer or faster way, drop me a note.early painting 005

First Paint

A good primer is applied first over all scraped and sanded wood, making sure to get under the edges of the clapboards to protect against any water damage that could occur.

Second Coat

A good quality top coat is recommended, and is best to apply two coats as it will last longer and give a better finish.

 Restored Garage

Once the painting is finished you will have a new looking garage. Best of luck on your projects.jackson apple bloom and painting 001

Improving Home Value-How To Renew An Old Floor


Adding a new look to your floors is another way to improve home value for an older new-shine-for-valuehome. Wood floors seem to be one of the more trendy things today, from hardwood to pine or what ever type.

Preparing Old Floor

Having just finished sanding a pine floor that had been painted with a green paint, I can honestly say it consumes a large amount of time. I found the easiest way to remove the paint was scraping by hand first. The floor was twenty five feet by seventeen feet and having found a couple pennies dated nineteen forty one and forty two below the  plywood and old linoleum that covered it, the paint below this was not easy to remove.


The sanding part went well and took very little time to do. As the floor was installed in eighteen seventy or before, a few nicks and cracks seem to just add more character to it.

What Finish To Put On Floor

Having looked over quite a few different products to paint it with. I finally settled on a Minwax Oil Modified Polyurethane. I picked the clear gloss, as I prefer a shine, satin would floor-finishing-for-home-valueleave a duller finish. One thing I found great about this product is that it take two hours to dry, and can be lightly sanded then recoated.The  manufacture recommends three coats, but I did four and it turned out looking great. Also has very little odor and the brushes clean up with water.

A Few Repairs

It was necessary to replace a couple holes on the floor about two feet by three feet with newer pine boards. I have used newer pine boards before in this situation , so through experience I know the newer pine will come to match the older in time.

Something New

Having sanded many floors in the past using drum sanders, edgers, and hand sanders, I decided to try something different. As I do drywall sanding at times and have the disk sander for this, a nine inch model, decided to give it a try. Its not as fast as the drum sanders, but if you take the time it works quite well on the pine floor. A little sanding by hand after and a good vacuum of the dust, then your floor is ready to coat.

If anyone has any new ideas on doing floors, or restoring them drop me a note, always great to get new ideas.



Improving Home Value-Try a New Paint Color

I will list a few different paints that I have used over the years. Applying some paint is the one thing that will improve home value. Try to stay away from the darker colors like black or purple, lighter shades seem to give a warmer feel to the home. Having seen all colors on walls, that’s just my opinion.Paint to increase home value


A good way to estimate how much paint your going to use, is a quick measure of the rooms height times width. As a gallon or four liters of paint will cover approximately three hundred fifty square feet, so is easy to figure out.

Roof Paint

A paint I have used on many roofs, and which I still recommend is Tremclad. It comes in a variety of colors, and has a great rust protection on metal roofs. Always mix or stir well before using, and I also recommend it being put on with a brush straight from the can with no thinning.

Flat Paint

Flat paint can be used on walls and ceilings  that are not exactly what you would call smooth, usually found in many older homes. Is also not the easiest to clean, but if you have a ceiling or wall that’s with a rough finish,  give it a try.


Eggshell has a low shine finish, can be used on bedroom or living room walls. Also the finish  is much easier to keep clean then a flat paint.


Can also be used on walls, a good choice would be kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, etc. It also cleans well. Satin Paint

Semi Gloss

Having used Satin and Semi Gloss in many homes, I often recommend either one for the bathroom or kitchen walls, etc. The choice is yours as this one also cleans up easily.


Gloss has more of a shine to it then the other types of paint. I would not recommend it on walls, as it can show any minor imperfections. Is best used on the mouldings or trim in your home, or any smooth woodwork that needs painting.

Quality Counts

Also when painting always try to get the best quality, because I have seen cheap paint used and its not worth spending time or money on. Good rollers  and brushes can make a big difference in the finished look. I prefer to use a good quality two inch angle sash brush for trimming and edging. Also when using your rollers try not to leave streaks or runs on your walls, smoothing things out takes a bit longer but leaves a much better look.Rollers and Brushes

So I hope this gives a better idea on paints, and what to use around your home. A little maintenance and paint can go a long way to keeping the place looking great.

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