Redlands Historical Interior House Painting

This project consisted of painting crown molding, fire-place mantel, wall and ceiling paneling. This home was built-in the early 1940’s which means the surfaces has multiple layers of paint. Throughout the years the home has had many paint contractors. DEWITT PAINTING who started their painting company in 1946 were some of the previous painters that worked on this home. The brothers have since retired and the company is no longer in operation.

We thoroughly sanded everything and applied caulking were it was needed. To ensure adhesion we applied a primer coat on everything. We used Benjamin Moore Advance Satin on the finish for our three layers of top coat. On the horizontal area we applied four coats. We finished up with Benjamin Moore Aura on the plaster walls and ceilings.

What To Expect With Your Interior House Painters

Are you thinking of getting the interior of your home painted? Here are 4 basic steps you should expect from your professional painting contractor. This is for painting standard walls and baseboard procedures.


Ewing Painting Shop1. Set up: We will need a designated area so we can neatly store our equipment and supplies. This can be in a garage, spare room or even in a covered area in your back yard. Standard equipment used in a basic interior are ladders, sanding machines, vacuums, rollers, brushes and extension polls. The basic materials are the paint being applied, rags, caulking, sand paper and primers. The “shop” area is normally a 5×8 area covered with plastic and/or drop cloths depending on the flooring.

Ewing Painting Prepping2. Preparation: We begin the project by immediately protecting the flooring in the work area and the paths to get to the work area. Most common protection used is canvas drop cloths or plastic. We have also used Ram Board to protect delicate wood flooring – this is a thick paper that can withstand light impacts and is also water resistant. After we have protected the floors we begin the standard prepping practices of removing switch plates, masking fixtures, sanding, caulking, repairing damaged drywall areas and priming the areas needed.

Ewing Painting Rolling3. Painting: We begin the painting process with a brush and mini roller, cutting the walls to the ceiling, fixtures and around all openings like windows and doors. We use the mini roller to roll away from the area not receiving paint for splatter control. Another painter will start the rolling process, completing the wall as they go. All walls receive two coats of the desired finish. After all walls are complete and dry to touch we cut in the baseboards to the floor, often a two color tone design.


Ewing Painting Blue4. Finishing: At or near completing the painting process a painter will go back through inspecting the work completed, touching up where it needs it. Another painter might start removing equipment and begin clean up. After all overhead masking is removed, we will then pull the floor protection. We vacuum all flooring in and around the work area and wipe down where it is needed with a soft cotton rag. All left over paint is sealed in it’s labeled cans, wiped down and marked identifying the color and area applied. All left over paint is given to the owner.

That’s it, I wish you much success with your interior painting project.

Care and Maintenance For Your Painted Cabinets.

If your cabinets have been painted recently, you want to be sure to give the coating time to fully cure. Most interior enamels will be fully cured within 30 days, some within weeks. I use the 30 day rule for allowing coatings to cure. Just be extra careful during this curing process. Don’t let heavy objects lean or scrub them. By allowing the coating to cure fully it will promote a harder shell and stronger adhesion.

When washing your painted cabinets, do not use a soaked filled rag and be careful with water puddling on vertical surfaces. To much moisture can damage the coating causing wrinkling or discoloration. Don’t use solvents like Goof Off or Paint Thinner, as these can melt the coating. Solvents heat the coating, making it soft again. As you rub, it can damage the coating and most likely dull the surface.

The proper way to wash your painted cabinets is with warm soapy water. Use a soft, white cotton cloth, but make sure the rag doesn’t have dried paint or anything rough that can scratch the coating. When you dip the rag, ring out the excess water to prevent too much moisture. Lightly rub the dirty or stained area or wipe the entire surface. Follow with wiping the surface with a soft, white cotton dry rag. Make sure the surface is completely dry, or you may end up with streaking.

That’s it, I hope you enjoy your newly painted cabinets!

Preparing Your Home For Interior Painting

What do you need to do in getting your home ready for your interior painting project? This is a common question I get asked when contracted to paint the inside of a home. We know how difficult it can be to tear your house apart to get the walls painted. Often time this requires to disconnect your TV’s DVRs and other consuls. We try and make the process as painless as possible. Here are a few tips when getting your home ready for painting.

Don’t worry about the heavy lifting. Our painters are capable in lifting heavy furniture for you. Typically, we ask for of the homeowner to remove any small valuables and prized breakables. Though Ewing Painting has not had any loss, the reason we ask this is because accidents can happen and accidents are not predictable. To maintain our accident-free history and to protect your most prized possessions we ask you to remove them.

If you have a lot of small decor consider removing these item, as it will reflect in the cost. Place them in a box or in another area that is not being painted for the time being. We can do this for you but it would be beneficial for you and reflect in the cost.

You don’t have to get the entire house ready for day one of the project. Our painters are great but they can’t paint a house in one day. As we are working in one area you can be getting the next area ready. As an area gets complete you can place stuff back or use it for temporary storage. Usually a few rooms at a time, so try and have at least 2 rooms or the large common areas ready for the painters to start in.

This is a the basic common question I get when giving interior painting estimates. I hope it is helpful for you in successfully completing your painting project. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. You can also comment below.

When Considering Interior Paint and Sheens

If you have been to your local paint store or department at a big box store, you would see the wide variety of paints and sheens that you can choose from. One paint manufacture will have at least two dozen coating systems just for interior surfaces. Often we are left to depend on the salesman behind the counter, sometimes, leaving more confused than when we came in. In this article I will answer three of the most common question I get when giving an interior painting estimate. Hopefully it will help you when choosing the right interior paint.

Is flat paint washable?

  • I have yet applied a flat finish paint that is washable. Though some manufactures claim having a washable flat finish, it is usually missing one or two key factors: one being a true flat finish and second it truly being washable. If it is washable most likely it will be at least a “matte” finish. This is a finish that looks flat when looking directly at the surface but has a sheen at a angler view. If it is a true flat finish it is mostly likely not washable. You will notice that manufactures will change the name from “washable” to “scrubbable” the flatter the sheen. Meaning the coating can handle more scrubs. Yes! They actually count the amount of scrubs before the coating breaks down. Count one is a single up and down scrub. Wash-ability is different than scrub-ability and they mean just what they say.

Is eggshell a color or a finish?

  • Though some manufactures have a color named “Eggshell”. This is also a term for a low-sheen paint on many, if not all, manufacture labels. The eggshell paint film once cured has a low sheen. It can handle more traffic than a flat finish. It is also washable along with scrub-able. It is ideal for homes with children and/or pets. An eggshell finish can also be applied in wet areas such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms.

What are the different sheens?

  • All manufactures’ sheens and wording vary from one another. The higher the sheen the more scrubable and washable. The higher the sheen the more light reflects. The lower, the more light is absorbed. Not to confuse you I will give you an example of one manufactures wording of sheens. Other manufactures will have similar wording and sheens will differ from one another. Benjamin Moore Paints Sheens; from low to high, Flat, Matte, Satin, Low Sheen, Eggshell, Pearl, Semi Gloss to a High Gloss.

Whether you are DIYer or hiring a professional contractor, I hope this will help you when considering paint and sheens on your interior painting project. Feel free to comment below with any questions or comments.