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What is the Best Way to Remove Old Wallpaper
Jun 29

What is the Best Way to Remove Old Wallpaper?

By Mack.Painters | Aberdeen , Myrtle Beach , Pinehurst , Southern Pines

Whether you just bought a house covered in wallpaper from top to bottom, you want to update your dining room or you’re ready to sell and need to start with a clean slate, you need to know the best way to remove old wallpaper – and there’s good news. You can hire a painting professional in Myrtle Beach, Pinehurst, Aberdeen or Southern Pines, or you can do it yourself.

What is the Best Way to Remove Old Wallpaper?

Before you try to remove old wallpaper, figure out what type of wall lies beneath it. Typically, you’ll be dealing with plaster or drywall.

Plaster is mostly in older homes, while drywall is only found in homes built within the last several decades. Knocking on the wall might give you some clues – plaster sounds solid and dull, while drywall sounds hollow (unless you’re knocking on a stud, so move your hand around while you’re knocking to be sure). You should also check to see if you have strippable wallpaper, which you can remove without water or chemicals. Do this by using a putty knife to pry at an edge at a corner or seam. If it pulls away easily, you have strippable wallpaper and you can just pull it all away using evenly applied pressure.

First things first: Take down all the décor and move out all the furniture. Cover the furniture you can’t remove to protect it. Put old towels and rags along the baseboards, and then put drop cloths over the towels; tape them down to protect your floors. Give yourself a full day to do an average-sized room, roll up your sleeves, and follow these steps.

Removing Wallpaper Using Water

If you want to strip wallpaper with water, you need a liquid stripper concentrate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to mix, then apply the mixture to your walls with a broad brush. You can also use a sprayer if you have one.

Work from top to bottom, and only do one section at a time – you need the paper to stay wet while you work, but doing sections that are too large will allow the paper to dry.

Let the liquid soak for a few minutes, then scrape it away with a scraping tool.

Pro tip: If the paper won’t absorb water, scour its surface with coarse sandpaper. Soak it thoroughly with more liquid and let it soak for at least a half-hour.

Removing Wallpaper Using Steam

If you rent a steamer, which uses boiling water to heat up and soften the glue that holds the wallpaper to the wall, you’ll probably need to work in a team. Follow all the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the steamer, and wear eye protection and hand protection – steam burns can be serious.

Pro tip: If the wallpaper is coated in vinyl, you need to punch holes in the paper so the steam can get through.

Do You Need to Talk to a Painting Pro in Myrtle Beach, Pinehurst, Aberdeen or Southern Pines?

We can help keep the outside of your home looking its best, from Myrtle Beach to Southern Pines – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!


The 3 Most Popular Dining Room Colors for 2018-2019
Jun 26

The 3 Most Popular Dining Room Colors for 2018-2019

By Mack.Painters | Colors , Mack Painters , Myrtle Beach , Pinehurst , Southern Pines


Whether you’re a frequent entertainer or you prefer cozy family meals in your dining room, there are a few colors that go particularly well in that space – so here’s a quick list to give you some inspiration before you call a professional painter in Myrtle Beach.

The 3 Most Popular Dining Room Colors for 2018-2019

Repainting your dining room can transform the entire space, but if you’re like most homeowners, you’re afraid to try anything too bold. That’s normal – and the good news is that you don’t have to go crazy to really make an impact on your family and friends.

The three most popular dining room colors for 2018 and 2019 are, in no particular order:

Inferno by BEHR

Inferno is a super-warm coral color that falls between red and orange on the light end of the spectrum. The accents and décor that go with this shade are more neutral, although you can use teal and light green to create an amazing contrast. It looks spectacular with white molding, particularly around large windows, and silver or white fixtures can give you a smooth, seamless look.

Spanish Brown by Benjamin Moore

Spanish Brown is part of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection. It looks great as an accent wall, but you can do the whole room to create a warm, welcoming environment with a cozy ambiance. Spanish Brown pairs really well with cream and white, as well as modern silver fixtures – but it’s versatile enough to go with gold and bronze, too, if you’re going for an antiqued look.

Lupine by Sherwin-Williams

Lupine is a beautifully rich blue that goes exceptionally well with Sherwin-Williams’ Cool Avocado, Alabaster and Rarified Air. You can also pair it with white. This tranquil and calming color looks great with bronze fixtures to create a perfectly polished look.

Do You Need to Talk to a Paint Expert in Myrtle Beach?

We can repaint your dining room to create a whole new look, from Myrtle Beach to Pinehurst – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!



3 Reasons You Need a Professional Painter in Southern Pines
Feb 05

3 Reasons You Need a Professional Painter in Southern Pines

By Mack.Painters | Painter , Painting , Southern Pines

Sometimes a little bit of paint can change a home’s entire appearance – and that’s true whether you’re adding an accent wall or you’re touching things up because you’re moving out.

But should you tackle painting your house yourself, or leave it to the professionals?

Should You Paint Your House Yourself, or Hire Professionals?

For most people, the time and preparation involved in painting a house – inside or outside – is a little too much. Those people hire professional painters so they don’t have to worry about a thing.

3 Reasons to Hire a Professional Painter

If you know that you don’t have the time, skill or patience to paint your own house, skip these three reasons to hire a professional painter and call us at 910-725-3227. We’ll set up your appointment right away. If you’re not sure, keep reading!

Reason #1 to Hire a Professional Painter: Prep Takes a Long Time

A little less than half of the time it takes to paint a house goes into prep work. Pros clean the walls from top to bottom (and ceilings, too, if those are on the schedule for a new paint job), move furnishings so they don’t get paint on them, set up dropcloths to protect flooring and other items that can’t move, and ensure the perfect color match.

All this takes quite a bit of time. It’s worth it, though, because everything’s just the right color and your furniture (and floors) are paint-free.

Reason #2 to Hire a Professional Painter: Pros Catch Every Detail

When you paint your house yourself – especially if it’s something you don’t do every day – you’re bound to miss a few things. While you can always go back and fix them later, it’s best to get everything the first time (and a pro painter will be knowledgeable and experienced enough to catch everything).

Reason #3 to Hire a Professional Painter: Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness

Pro painters make a living painting homes, which means they’ve got it down to a science. They’ll be able to paint your house efficiently, as quickly as is possible, and as cost-effectively as possible. Think about it this way: If you paint your house and screw something up big-time, you’ll end up paying to repair the damage, and it’ll take a lot longer than it would have if you’d hired a professional in the first place.

If You Do Decide to Paint Your Own House…

If you choose to paint your own house, interior or exterior, use these tips to help you do it properly:

  • Roll the roller across the full height of the all and keep a wet edge of paint so you can avoid lap marks (those unsightly stripes that show up when you roll over paint that’s partly dry)
  • Reload your roller before it becomes nearly dry
  • Mix all your cans of paint for each room in a large bucket to ensure a perfectly consistent color
  • Don’t just pull painter’s tape off the trim; cut it away after the paint has dried for at least 24 hours
  • Prime and texture the walls before you paint to avoid a blotchy, ugly appearance
  • Make sure your walls and ceiling are spotlessly cleaned before you start painting
  • Use a roller on edges and in corners so you don’t get mixed textures

Do You Need to Talk to a Professional Painter?

If you’re thinking about painting your home and would like an estimate from the Southern Pines painting experts, call us right away at 910-725-3227. We’ll evaluate your needs and give you a free painting estimate so you can make the best possible decision for your home.


Aug 05

Safety First

By Mack.Painters.NC | Aberdeen , Mack Painters , Painter , Painting , Pinehurst , Southern Pines

Ok so that sounds like the beginning of the 1950’s “Duck and Cover” video but when you are painting there things that would surprise you about painting your home. First do you know the types of paint and could they have elements you are allergic to? Some people have allergies to certain types of paints and finishes so if you are doing this project yourself be sure to talk to someone that knows about paint not someone just covering for the paint department that day.

Next is making sure you have proper ventilation and air filtration. People have been known to get sick and pass out due to fumes.

Jul 24

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By Mack.Painters.NC | Aberdeen , Mack Painters , Painter , Painting , Pinehurst , Southern Pines

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Jul 24

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