Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Different Ways of Painting Can Increase the Interior Appeal of a Home

Painting the interior of a home can add to its appeal, but interior house painting goes beyond just adding fresh colors. Here is a look at a variety of interior home painting techniques that can boost the overall appeal of a home.

Enhance Your Entryway

Entering a home offers an immediate impression of the interior décor. Just because the walls are one color, it doesn’t mean you can’t add some complimentary colors to the door, doorway or surrounding trim. Also, keep in mind that paint can start to wear in an entryway and some fresh colors can prove to be a welcomed first sight among visitors.

Liven Up Your Basement

Painting is an integral part of any finished basement and it is generally important to upgrade the light in that lower level room. One option is to paint the ceiling white, which will serve the purpose of allowing the remaining colors in the room pop a little more. Bright paint on the walls is another way of bringing in more light and it also works well with a pristine white ceiling.

Perfectly smooth plaster finished stairway.

Stairways of Color

Staircases that are not topped with rugs or carpet do not have to remain a wood color. There are a lot of possibilities when it comes to painting a staircase and that starts with painting the actual stairs. And remember that the paint you select needs to be able to withstand a lot of traffic, so it is wise to choose one made for that specific purpose. There is also the option of adding accents by painting the banister the same or complimentary color.

Deciding on a Color

Many homeowners decide on paint colors by using paint swatches. However, this is not the best way to get a sense of how a color will look inside your home. A better alternative would be to paint a small portion of the wall and gauge how that looks. There is also the alternative of painting a poster board and then using that as a type of large swatch in order to decide whether or not that color works for you.

IEX External Plaster & Construction helps its customers with expert tips such as these as we continue to provide top-notch house painting in Upper Riccarton. Our team of painters combines years of expertise and experience to ensure that every client is afforded the very best house paining Upper Riccarton has to offer.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Interior Painting Techniques to Enhance Home Décor

Painting the interior of a home does not have to be limited to simple up and down brush strokes. There are numerous painting techniques that bring to life the interior of a home. Here is a look at a host of ways in which painting can upgrade your home décor.

Sponge Painting

You do not need to be an artist to be an efficient at sponge painting. You can use a combination of colors and there is no wrong way to do it. Too little of a color at one point and too much at another point make for a truly unique design of its own. Paint is mixed with glaze and an actual sponge is used to apply the mixture onto a wall. Practice on primed wood and test out different sponges for your favorite look.


The purpose of distressing is to provide an aged look and is commonly used on cabinets or vanities, as well as on some types of furniture. Distressing actually uses a combination of two colors, one to serve as a base and another to serve as the color that is sanded down to provide a worn or aged look. The second color is sometimes applied with a “wash” technique instead of sanding.


A harlequin pattern involves painting diamond shapes on a wall, which are often used to create a unique look in rooms designated for children. There are tools needed to create these diamond patterns, although there are endless possibilities when it comes to color schemes. Though this pattern looks best in soft or neutral tones as these shades soften the sharp-edged design.


This technique is used to create the appearance of wood grain on a wall. A wood graining tool is needed to produce this effect. Two colors are typically used, one which is a lighter shade of a similar color. When using the wood graining tool, it is important to add some slight but sporadic twists of the wrist so that the lines are not completely uniform.


This creates a unique texture that appears to have depth. However, it is not an easy task for painters without extensive or professional experience. A paint brush specifically designed for stippling is used to produce a finish that comes out almost velvety. It is also important to paint up and down when using this technique.

IEX External Plaster & Construction is staffed with a team of professionals who are experienced in using an extensive amount of painting techniques. House painting in Christchurch NZ can take on a whole new meaning with IEX’s innovative techniques that can give your home’s interior an extra special finish.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Faux Plastering Provides Plenty of Options

Faux plastering breaks through the boundaries that exist with conventional painting and allows for some unique finishes in or outside a home. There are a variety of faux interior and external plastering options to choose from and here is a look at the types of faux plastering that can transform your residence.


Different from metallic paint, metallic plaster has a greater amount of thickness and is offered in a variety of colors. The effect provides a shimmery smooth look that resembles a shiny metal. Metallic plaster is not applied with a roller, but instead uses a trowel. There is also the potential to create a rather dramatic finish and that is contingent upon the contrast within the skim and texture coats.

Sand Texture

A sand texture finish is not possible to achieve with regular paint as it is raised just a bit off the surface of the wall. The touch of a sand texture finish is actually a bit gritty, just as the name would suggest. The process is a rather simple one and the cost is rather inexpensive compared to other forms of faux plastering.

Brushed Suede

This type of faux plastering gives a wall the look of actual suede. It is typically identified with a look of sophistication as it can serve as an elegant backdrop for any room in a home. A specialized roller is needed during the application process.


This style can last a lifetime and transform a room with an old world finish. Venetian plaster is capable of lasting for years and will not need any new coats, which is customary with home painting. There are some paint companies that make Venetian plaster and these paints will not produce the same effect as a faux Venetian plaster.


Antique plaster allows homeowners to turn back the clock and create an antiquated look in the room of their choosing. Once the plaster is applied and dried, it is then spot-sanded. This creates different textures and there is a wealth of possibilities. This kind of look that can also be adjusted to fit a wide variety of tastes.

IEX External Plaster & Construction can use all kinds of faux plastering techniques to beautify your home. For the best plastering service Upper Riccarton has to offer, contact the team of experienced professionals at IEX. We also specialize in house painting in addition to a variety of other services.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cosmetic Earthquake Repair Essentials

Earthquake repair does not always mean there is a need to rebuild the entire structure of a home. A good amount of damage can be fixed with some quick cosmetic repairs such as external plastering. This process is best left in the hands of a professional as reputable companies will always adhere to the following protocol when making cosmetic earthquake repairs.

Assess Structure

There is always a need to assess the entire structure for its integrity prior to starting any type of cosmetic repairs. A failure to do this could make for a very dangerous situation for occupants of a home or business structure.

Identify Damage

This is not relegated to identifying cracks and plastering over them on the exterior of a home. Painting over damage is another way of hiding damage and compromising the safety of everyone within a home. Cracks need to be identified and filled before any cosmetic work can begin.

Attend to Timber Slats

Homes that are made of timber often sustain damage to its slats during an earthquake. Some of these slats can remain in place, just as long as their surface is both level and solid. This will allow for a plasterboard fix to follow.

Remove Wall Liners and Sand Surfaces

All types of decorative wall liners are required to be removed and all surfaces are to be sanded down prior to the application of plaster. It is also important to refrain from plastering over wallpaper within a home.

Prepare to Plaster

Simply slapping some plaster onto a surface is not an adequate method for cosmetic repair. It is integral to make sure that all surfaces that are intended to be plastered currently adhere to the surface coatings. That plaster must also fully dry before the time comes to add any new coats or to begin painting.

Maintain Safety Requirements

When hiring a professional service to conduct any type of cosmetic earthquake repair in New Zealand, safety is a priority. Companies that specialize in this type of work have satisfied all the New Zealand safety requirements. A current license is also available and can be presented directly to homeowners.

Here on the south island of New Zealand, IEX External Plaster & Construction sets the standard and follows every appropriate step when conducting its earthquake repair. If your home is in need of earthquake repair in Riccarton, contact the team of professionals who relies on years of experience and expertise. Affordable rates and great Christchurch earthquake repair is just a phone call away at IEX.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Choosing the Best Paint Color for Your Home Décor

When it comes to choosing a paint color for your home, there are several factors to consider. Here is a look at some tips that could help you select the right color for every room in your home. These are tips that every home painter Christchurch NZ should consider before buying paint.

Nature Colors

Panoramic or floor-to-ceiling windows are popular for those who have the luxury of looking out to a picturesque nature view. Those rooms can benefit from green and blue colors which are brought in from the various outside nature views. These colors can make for an exceptional addition to a room with a view of the sea or bright green shades of nature.

Lots of Light

Many homes are treated to beautiful sunrises. However, when those rooms welcome in early doses of sunlight, it means that the room will not be as bright throughout the rest of the day. Choosing a color that is light will increase the amount of natural light within a room long after the sun has stopped peeking in your windows.

Neutral Tones

Rooms that are going to be filled with various color patterns are best served with neutral tones. If you are looking to fill a room with accents or colorful artwork and furniture, then neutral colors for the walls provide an excellent complement. Tans and grays are best used in rooms as a base as it allows homeowners to decorate with a whole lot of colorful flare. Installing crown molding in these rooms can make them feel all the more luxurious and sophisticated.

Themed Guest Rooms

Many homeowners tend to get a little creative with the theme of their guest room. Deciding on a theme will make it easier to decide on a color. It is also important to consider how much light will be in the room as guest bedrooms are often intended for sleeping, so it is not always common to go as light as possible.

Whimsical Colors

While many rooms in a home contain warm, soft or neutral tones, it is not uncommon to unleash a blast of color in one room or on an accent wall. This will set that room aside and make it stand out, whether you are looking for a loud orange, sensual burgundy or subtle lavender. 

IEX, External Plastering & Construction, can take care of all types on interior painting to provide your home with the utmost appeal. For the very best house painting Upper Riccarton and the surrounding areas have to offer, contact the experienced team at IEX today.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Decorative Molding Adds a Special Touch to Your Home

Part of decorating a home involves those extra special touches that make the interior truly stand out. While some homeowners may overlook those finer details, it’s those details that can be the difference between an ordinary home and an extraordinary one. Decorative molding is one way to finish off the inside of a home with an extra special touch. Here are some examples of decorative molding that can really boost your home decor Christchurch NZ.

Crown Molding

This type of molding is usually wood and connects to the wall just under the ceiling. One function of crown molding is to hide the seams that connect each wall to the ceiling. However, it can also give the appearance of more height within a room. Rooms that are rather drab can also upgrade their appeal with the inclusion of crown molding.


Several rooms in a home have walls with openings that are not equipped with a door. Many of those openings are bordered with casing, which is a type of woodwork. The casing runs all along the edge of the opening and not only protects the surface of the wall, but also adds a visual appeal. 

ellaborate crown molding design and wainscoting


This is a term that describes wooden paneling on the lower part of a wall, which helps provide large walls with a more decorative appearance. There are different designs available as this is a bigger type of molding than crown molding or casing. Wainscoting can also be used on the top half of a wall, although crown molding is recommended when going with that option.

Chair Rail Molding

This molding is typically the same height as a chair and runs across a wall. Chair rail molding can be used as a kind of divider that separates two different colors on a wall. With IEX, we will make sure you know all your option before we begin any home painting and home decor services. The most common width of chair rail molding falls between two and three inches. It also comes in a variety of designs.

Baseboard Molding

This type of molding is installed on the bottom of walls and extends down to the floor. Baseboard molding wraps around a room and can be considered the room’s foundation. There are many different designs as baseboards are an important decorative component within a home.

When it is time to add decorative molding in your home, contact the professionals at
IEX External Plaster & Construction. Installing decorative molding in Upper Riccarton has never been easier as IEX offers a wide variety of choices.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Maintenance Tips to Follow After House Painting

House painting is best left in the hands of the professionals as an experienced team of painters Christchurch NZ can completely recreate the exterior of your home. But once the paint has dried, it is up to homeowners to maintain their new exterior. Here are some helpful hints on how to take care of the ongoing issues that could affect the outside of your home.

Eliminating Dirt

Both chalk and dirt can accumulate on a home over the course of time. This is a result of wind blowing both dust and dirt onto the outside of a home. Paint also has a tendency to release a substance that resembles chalk. This will bring about the need for an occasional cleaning in which the use of a mild detergent is recommended. Power washers can also be used to eliminate the buildup up dirt.

Removing Mold

Both mold and mildew can form on the exterior of homes, particularly in areas that get a limited amount of sunlight. Dampness can also accelerate the growth of mold. While this issue may look unsightly, there is a relatively easy fix. Creating a mixture that is ¾ water and ¼ bleach will do the trick. Brush or spray this mixture onto the parts of a home’s exterior that are affected by mold. It will begin to kill the mold and, in some cases, it may take a few coats before the mold completely fades.

Fighting Efflorescence

Efflorescence is a type of salt deposit that can form on porous surfaces such as external plaster but, more typically found on masonry. However, a few factors must be present for this problem to arise including excessive moisture seeping through the stone. When this happens to a building's exterior it can create problems in the form of powdery blemishes. The first step would be to locate the problem area and remove the powder with a wire brush. There are also primers that are designed to specifically protect against this kind of problem. Apply that primer as needed.

Knowing Which Areas to Address

Cheaper paints will show earlier signs of wear before higher quality paints. No paint lasts forever, although certain areas of a home’s exterior may be more problematic than others. That is why it is important to make a note of the paint is chalking, chipping or peeling. An extra coat or two of new paint for added protection on those areas could extend the life of a paint job.

IEX Plaster & Construction can take care of all your house painting needs in Christchurch and the surrounding areas. Our team of professionals specializes in interior and exterior house painting and plastering on all types of buildings in Upper Riccarton and the neighboring communities.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Different Kinds of Home Exterior Earthquake Repair

Earthquakes can quickly turn a beautiful home into a much less appealing sight. But the damage to a home’s exterior does not have to be devastating for it to look much worse than it actually is. Fortunately, there are affordable solutions for different kinds of homes that have sustained their share of earthquake damage.

Timber Homes

Many timber homes made of weatherboard have done a good job of withstanding recent earthquakes in New Zealand. The most common damage to weatherboard homes was hairline cracks, which calls for a relatively easy external repair that requires filling those gaps. This type of problem can also affect older homes that did not sustain any earthquake damage. Modern homes that are made of linear board also experience similar types of problems during earthquakes. 

Brick Homes

The damage done to a brick home following an earthquake are rather apparent as there are gaps between the bricks instead of having them flush against one another. The repair process is not too complex as it requires the raking out of the old bricks and replacing the damaged ones. A specialized plastering system is also applied. The same process is also used on homes that are fronted with stone or cement.

Plaster Clad Homes

It is not uncommon for homes made of plaster clad to sustain earthquake damage. The damage usually presents itself in surface cracks. The severity of that damage is determined by the width and depth of those cracks. Plaster clad home repair is not problematic as long as those cracks are not too severe. The cracks are covered with a flexible elastomeric paint and then covered with an exterior paint. Some cracks that are more severe in nature and need to be re-plastered.

Hardie Board Homes

Hardie Board is a fiber cement home siding that has been known to sustain a fair amount of damage during earthquakes. Even aftershocks have been known to damage homes that are made of Hardie board. Replacing this type of exterior requires replacement boards as well as caulking and then it is capped off with repainting. It is important to always use a caulk that is paintable. Something many home repair amateurs tend to overlook.

IEX External Plaster & Construction is ready to attend all of your home exterior earthquake repair in Upper Riccarton and the neighboring communities. We specialize in turning damaged homes into beautiful with durable external painting and plastering finish. After an earthquake has done its damage, contact IEX.