Brick and Mortar

Painting masonry is not for the casual painter. If painting is prep, even more so for painting brick and block surfaces. And specialized product, you’re gonna need the right stuff.

Wire brushing is a good start. Then a shop vac and a degreaser. Don’t forget drop cloth and masking tape, which is not easy to do along the uneven edges.

Prime with Sherwin-Williams’ Loxon Concrete & Masonry Primer starting with a brush in the mortar lines. A roller is probably the best tool for the surface. Finish with ProClassic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Enamel of your color choice.

Or, just give us a call…

Blue Paint Colors

According to Sherwin-Williams, blue is “by far the most popular color family, blue paint is traditional and conservative in its darker tones and becomes breezy and cool when you add white. Blue colors are known to have calming effects when lighter versions are used so it is perfect for a space where you want to retreat and relax. Blue can also be energetic when bright tones are used and contrasted with white or yellow. Blue paint used alone is usually not the best color for a kitchen but in any other space you can make it work.”

These interactive color graphs at Sherwin-Williams.com can help you choose your colors. On the first grid select a color then click “View Details” to see more including suggested complimentary colors.

Painter’s Tape

Painter’s tape has come a long way since back in the day when adhesives would give many homeowners real trouble. Here at Paint Doctor’s Painting we know a lot about masking and the right tape for various applications but a good place to start for the DIYer is ScotchBlue™ Original Painter’s Tape.

According to Sherwin-Williams, “Whether you’re protecting your wood trim, painted walls, tile floor, or glass windows, this versatile multi-surface tape can stay on surfaces for up to 14 days and then removes easily without leaving any sticky residue behind. Help protect your surfaces while bringing your creative vision to life with the help of ScotchBlue™ Original Painter’s Tape.”

Paint Doctor's Painting knows painter's tape.
Paint Doctor's Painting helps diyers with suggestions on masking.
Use the right tape to avoid leaving adhesive residue.
Using easy release tape protects your painted trim when you pull the masking.

Tone on Tone Interior Project

A trending approach to color selection for interior spaces employs several shades of the same color. This project used Sherwin-Williams greens called Jardin, Pickle and Houseplant.

Brush Up On Brushes

One of the reasons we produce quality results is that we understand and use quality tools. Paint brushes, for example, are much more job-specific than you may be aware. It’s why there are so many sizes and styles. According to Sherwin-Williams, you’ll want to consider the following attributes when choosing a paint brush:

Bristle Type

  • Nylon and polyester bristle: These synthetic materials are designed to hold their shape with today’s popular latex paints. A good quality nylon and polyester blended brush is the best choice for all latex paints and coatings. Many painters prefer a synthetic brush for oil coatings as well.
  • Natural China bristle: High-quality natural China bristle brushes have qualities that control oil-based coatings for better flow and leveling for the smoothest finish. A natural China bristle brush is the best choice for oil-based paints, stains and varnishes.

Brush Styles

  • Angle sash: Bristles are precisely trimmed at an angle that allows painters to hold the brush more comfortably while painting trim and corners. Brush ends are rounded for a smooth, gradual paint stroke.
  • Trim: Trim brushes have a straight cut-line and are also used for painting trim and corners. They can also be used for larger areas. Some painters prefer a straight edge versus an angled cut. Trim brushes also have rounded ends.
  • Wall: A wall brush is a larger brush with a straight cut-line. It is better used for larger areas like walls or side paneling. A wall brush has square ends.

Brush Size

Personal preference is always a factor in choosing a brush width, but a good rule of thumb is:

Brush Quality

Better brushes bring better results. Sherwin-Williams has continually been at the forefront of brush technology. Contractor Series offers several different product lines:

  • High Production Brushes: These brushes are recommended for painters looking for superior paint pick-up and release. High Production brushes deliver great results in less time. They pick-up and release more than 25 percent more paint than any other brush on the market. High Production brushes are available in a nylon/polyester blend for latex coatings and in a white China/polyester blend for oil-based coatings.
  • Nylon/Polyester and 100% Nylon Brushes: A specific blend of nylon and polyester filaments make this brush a fine finishing tool that is very durable and easy to clean. The white nylon tips are precisely flagged and tapered for a sharp cut-line. These characteristics have made this line the most popular choice for latex paints for the past 15 years. Sherwin-Williams sells 20 different sizes of these Contractor Series brushes.
  • Although nylon is a soft material, it is also the strongest and most expensive material in a paint brush. 100 percent nylon brushes offer extreme durability, even when used on rough or abrasive surfaces. 100 percent nylon brushes are finished using several hand-trimming steps to create a superior cut-in tool.
  • Black and White China Bristle Brushes: By nature, Black China bristle is stronger and thicker coarse hair, which makes it the perfect bristle to use with oil-based paints and epoxies. The highest quality Black China bristles available are used in the Contractor Series line.
  • White China bristle, by contrast, is soft and thin. A white China bristle brush is the perfect tool for stain, varnishes, polyurethanes and all clear coatings. It lays these topcoats on with a glass-smooth finish. White China bristle brushes are also suitable for oil-based paints if a softer flex tool is desired.
  • Black China/Ox Hair Blend Brushes: Ox hair is extremely fine and soft, creating an exceptional tool for fine finish work. Black China/ox hair blend brushes offer a perfect tool for special jobs or to provide a very soft brush feel.
Purdy’s Clearcut Elite Brushes provide the ultimate performance and excellent cut-in ability.
Who knew paint brush handles were so technical? We did!

Pottery Barn Collection

Make a statement in any room with Pottery Barn’s Fall/Winter 2021 palette. This curated palette features everyday neutrals and seasonal hues coordinating with their latest collection of furniture and decor.

Wall colors shown from left to right are Likeable Sand SW 6058, Pure White SW 7005, and Repose Gray SW 7015

In the End

According to Sherwin-Williams, “The end of a hall can be the perfect spot to feature an unexpected hue that might otherwise overpower an entire room. Encourage more than a passing glance by displaying interesting artifacts on a narrow console.”

This is a scaled down version of an accent wall, which can add a lot of interest to a living space without taking over. When you schedule us for your interior paint project, be sure to ask about adding an accent wall.

The colors in this featured project include:

Cool Exterior Color Idea

Colors in the blue range are often referred to as cool. What do you think of the house featured in the above photo? Can you imagine your house in this cool color scheme? The colors shown are from Sherwin-Williams.

Rustic + Refined

Gracefully giving classic farmhouse design a fresh, modern update, this palette offers hues of blue and green that are both airy and serene … and perfect for pairing to create rooms of respite and retreat.

See the full palette at Sherwin-Williams.