Interior Painting Techniques


Using good painting techniques is key to achieving professional-looking results. Another tip is to use enough paint. Get into the habit of going to the paint can often. Let the paint do the work, and you’ll save time and get the finish you want.

Using a Brush

1. Hold a brush near the base of the handle.

2. Dip half the bristles into the paint and tap on the lip of the can. Don’t wipe it on the side.

3. Paint with enough pressure to bend the bristles slightly — don’t bear hard on the brush.

4. A 1″-2″ brush offers good control so it is well-suited for detail work such as cutting in around windows or painting molding. To apply paint to larger surfaces such as doors, use a 3″-4″ brush.

Using a Roller

1. Roll the roller slowly into the paint in the tray. Then, roll it back and forth until roller cover is evenly coated with paint.

2. Roll onto the tray’s ridges to remove excess paint.

3. For smooth surfaces: Cover about a two-foot-square using the N pattern shown. Cross roll to spread the paint. Finish, with light roller strokes in one direction, at a right angle to the cross roll.

4. If the surface you are painting is porous or textured, use a heavy-nap roller cover (1/2″ or more). Use a 1/4″ nap to maximize sheen on a smoother surface.

Painting Double-Hung Windows

1. For double-hung windows move each sash to the center of its track and paint the inside sash, starting with the crossbars. Then, paint the frame. Don’t paint the top edge of the inside sash; you’ll use it to move the sash. Next, paint the top half of the outside sash, starting with the crossbar, then the frame.

2. Close the sashes to within several inches of the closed position. Paint the rest of the outer sash and the top edge of the inner sash. Paint the window casing, then the sill.

3. Paint the check rails. Move both sashes down as far as they will go, then paint the upper rails. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, move both sashes up and paint the lower rails of the window.

Casement or Awning Windows

1. Open the windows and paint the top, side and bottom edges.

2. Finish with the crossbars, frame, casings and the sills.

Paneled Doors

1. First remove all hardware or cover it with masking tape. If paint does get on metal parts, wipe it up immediately with a soft cloth.

2. Start by painting the panels, working from top to bottom. For each panel, paint panel molding first, then the interior, using up and down strokes with your brush.

3. Next, paint the rest of the door, finishing with the outer edges. If the door swings out, paint the hinged edge. If the door swings in, paint the lock-side edge.

Flush Doors

1. Paint the edges first.

2. Then fill in the center area, working from top to bottom.

3. Finish with the frame and jamb.

6 Color Palettes That You are About to See Everywhere in 2019


Ever wish you could peek into a crystal ball and see what decor trends are headed your direction? We do have a little insight into what colors are going to be dominating homes everywhere. With six unique palettes of inspiration, it goes a long way toward telling us what 2019 is going to look like. Each palette evokes a mood and a personality, with a cool mix of bold accent hues and versatile neutrals to make the look work in any space. Thinking of painting soon? Consider this your cheat sheet for 2019.

1. Rich Blues and Golds: This combo has definitely been on our radar, ever since the explosion of dark cabinets and brass trim hit kitchens earlier this year.

2. Maximalist Greens, Reds, and Yellows: Minimalists, your time is drawing to a close. The fun factor of maximalism, with its bright and cheery prints and super-saturated shades, is just too good to resist.

3. Tropical Greens and Pinks: Another score for our ongoing plant obsession! “The Naturalist palette is a posh take on muted and nature-inspired neutrals, with blossoms of floral pinks, yellows, and deep greens

4. Elevated Neutrals With Character: Neutral lovers, rejoice! The latest neutrals reside in the mysteriously murky taupe family, with subtle tinges of purple bringing just the right alluring character to these shades.

5. Muted-yet-Moody Pastels: Pastels are for grown-ups too. Airy purples and blues stay grounded with the help of some richer hues, lending a glam feel to the entire effect.

6. Worldly Earth Tones: Eclectic is the name of the game here. Earthy clay tones draw inspiration from handcrafted souvenirs and special travel finds.

Before, During and After Photos for PETS


February 2014 Ville News


We have recently added a blog to our website.  The idea of the blog is to share articles and resources we find useful in the area of interior and exterior painting.  We add our own articles and will share others that are relevant.  Please check it out and send any comments or suggestions to Erin:

Coming Soon:  In March a new issue of Fig Magazine will debut.  We were impressed with this magazine and decided to be a part of it.  Through their talented photographers we were able to get pictures of some recently finished projects that we were excited to share.  Look for this magazine to arrive in your homes soon, or you can visit their website:

Ending Soon:  We are currently offering a discount for interior projects that are scheduled for February (limited availability) and March 2014.  This is our best discounted price, 15% off labor rates.  Please call the office to schedule an appointment for a free estimate.


Recent Residential Customer Testimonial:

Dear Steve and Team –

We just wanted to send you a note of thanks for your work on our recent home remodel. We were so thrilled with all of the work that Ville Painters did throughout the entire project. From beginning to end we were guided through the process with their knowledge and experience. Their craftmanship and attention to detail had a huge impact in the final product. More importantly was the level of comfort we felt having Ville Painters in our home. They were always on time, they worked hard, they answered questions, they matched old paint colors and even helped us pick new paint colors.  They displayed commitment to a job well done even when it meant a longer day or an extra visit. We so appreciate the work that they did and we strongly encourage others to use Ville Painters, Inc.

Thank you,

Oliver and Amy Horst


It is all about love…


Show your home some love!

This winter you and your family have probably been spending more time than usual in your home.  It is likely that your home has been taking an extra beating from increased inside activities.  This leads to areas that could use some touching up or refreshing.  Give your home a Valentine’s Day gift and take advantage of the discounted winter labor rates being offered by Ville Painters.  We want to encourage you to take care of your home and show it some love!

Project ideas may include your cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom.  Over time the finish on cabinets get scratched or dinged and lower quality, or older finishes can yellow over time.  These changes cause your cabinets to look outdated and unappealing.  An inexpensive option to replacing cabinetry is to have them refinished.  Professional painters can renew your cabinets in a short period of time with minimal intrusion in your home.

In addition to cabinets, trim in your home, especially chair rails will look their age from use and abuse.  Interior trim is a more difficult paint related task because of the precise brushwork and preparation that is involved to yield a quality job.  Often home owners will tackle the job of painting the walls and ceilings themselves but will put off painting the trim.  This results in a fresh color but an unfinished appearance.  Having professionals paint the trim will give you a room that you love from top to bottom.

Another area in your home to show love to is small spaces.  Small spaces offer quaint areas for a reading nook, a place to study or pay bills, or a crafting area.  These areas are only limited to your imagination and space.  However, they can become over crowded.  Clean out the space and start fresh with a change of color that will complement your personality and mood.

Let the love you have for your home be reflected in the look of your home.  Pick your favorite project or choose all of them.  Ville Painters, Inc. will make it look complete.  Call the office to schedule an appointment with Steve for a free estimate and take advantage of the 15% off labor rates if your interior project is scheduled for February or March 2014.  Treat your home as your special Valentine this year!