Painting and Decorating Made Easier!

1. What are three appealing, yet low cost, ways to revitalize the front lobby of the hospital?

A. Clean all surfaces.

B. On clear-finished wood surfaces, apply a new coat of varnish, or polyurethane finish.

C. Create small areas using accent paint of contrasting colors.

2. Keeping the walls in a very active pediatrics wing/area looking great can be a big challenge for the staff painter(s). Any surface treating suggestions?

If the walls are not tiled, I would suggest applying a high gloss enamel or epoxy for durability, and increased brightness.

3. What paint products hold up best on surfaces frequently exposed to cart and gurney slams, crashes, scrapes, etc.?

There really are no “best” paint products to use. Even a hardened urethane finish will not withstand the contact with moving metal objects. A clear plastic laminate is suggestion, however.

4. The general patient rooms in our small hospital need a facelift, and we can’t afford it right now. What can we do?

One easy and inexpensive method is to apply a painted border to the walls of each room, or to one accent wall. Multi-colors can be used to create a fresh look, and to blend one area/space with an adjacent one (eg. corridor).

5. Keeping the surfaces of public areas – eg. restrooms – neat in low-budget hospitals and clinics can be a major challenge. Any suggestions?

Many areas are tiled. So, this limits what can be done. Sometimes, the only thing that can be done is to clean, then paint the ceiling. Preferably with a high gloss finish with greater washability.

6. Graffiti has become a problem with certain, less used exterior areas on our hospital campus. Any ideas?

There is little deterrence for delinquency. As it occurs, if it is a hard surface, it can be sandblasted, or removed with paint remover. In many instances, the graffiti-area can be touched up with paint which correctly matches the immediate and surrounding surfaces.

7. The front desk areas in many departments look unappealing – to employees, patients, doctors, etc. People-wise, it’s a “must do.” Budget-wise, it’s a “How can we afford to do this?”

You can afford to do this if you look first at what’s already available to use. It might be time to clean out the paint shop-related storeroom(s). You’ll be amazed by what you find there. Also, this is a great time to employ the creativity of a few interested staff members.

8. Places like the doctors’ lounge need an upgrade. Is there any cost-effective way to get this done? How do we keep our doctors happy – and stay within our budget? 

A. I would ask the doctors for any ideas they have.

B. Then, choose what’s most affordable, and time-sensitive.

C. A repaint is easy. It’s less expensive than wallcovering, which can be very decorative.

D. A wallpaper border or stenciling can be applied over the finish-painted walls.

 9. Our nurses’ stations are a let down. What can our staff painter(s) do to “face lift” these areas, and “uplift” our nurses’ moral?

Including desks and cabinets, there’s not a whole lot that can be done. Whatever space is available, consider a finish product and effect that is decorative – eg. sponge or colored texture.

10. Some of the hospital’s lifeblood work areas could use a little lift, to show support for the employees that work so hard there, behind the scenes. Any creative and cost-effective ideas for our painter(s)?

Usually, painters are not the ones who are given the choice to utilize their creativity in decorating such areas. Even though their suggestions tend to be both professional and simpatico. Many scientific studies have been conducted about hospital décor and color choices. Forget most of these. Ask the people who actually work in these areas. They’ll appreciate the gesture.

11. Re: What patient room bathroom colors and hues stay looking good, and are both soothing and pleasing to the eyes of ill persons, often under a lot of stress – and fear?

Light color earthtones with pastel accent are the easiest on the eyes. Neutral colors alone, especially of one hue or shade, can be boring. Try using one bright color to create an accent wall.

12. What wallcoverings hold up, and are still relatively affordable?

A. The most durable wallcoverings are also the most expensive.

B. There are select wallpapers which have a clear plastic coating on them. This finish increases product lifespan and wearability. And, these products are quite affordable.

C. Generally, wallpapers, which cost less, will not hold up to light effects, repeated cleanings, and multiple repairs. Also, they can turn slightly yellow over time.

D. You will get the most out of your money with a commercial grade vinyl. That’s why they are used predominantly in business construction applications. And, yes, it carries a higher price tag.

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Thank you for visiting. I hope that your projects run smoothly – and safely.

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