In today’s world there are many choices when it comes to paint products and how they are advertised. Which ones are the best? What products will last the longest? These are a couple of questions that are brought up when making the decision. It can be confusing and frustrating if you don’t have the right guidance before making a purchase. I will go into detail in answering these questions and highlighting the information that is most important. EXTERIOR PAINT. EXPENSIVE VS BUDGET? In general, most major paint manufacturers have products that work and have stood the test of time. They wouldn’t be in business if the products often failed and had poor results. The products are made up of similar components with minor [...]
A home office; a place where journeys are planned, numbers are analyzed and the place to get things done. The key to picking an office color is in the psychology of color. Blue is classified as the most productive color. It is also calming in low saturation which is a great way to feel when doing your taxes! This color is best for accountants, paying bills, organizing finances, ect. Bloggers, writers, and creative thinkers may not benefit as much with blue in their space. Yellow would be a better choice. Yellows stimulate emotion and is a cheerful and energetic color. This can certainly aid in your creativity. The color intensity plays a big role in your final choice as a low saturation will have a calming effect regardless [...]
It is not uncommon for home owners to want to put in some sweat equity. Painting your own house can provide such an opportunity. You might not be a master carpenter, an expert mason, or a qualified architect, but the thought of painting doesn’t feel too intimidating to many home owners. Sounds easy right? Purchase some paint and minimal equipment and your almost ready to go…right? Well, just because you can doesn’t mean you should…but maybe. The first thing to determine is what type of painting is required, interior or exterior? Most commonly, exterior painting will require more advanced knowledge of the painting process, different materials, specialized equipment, and perhaps heights or dangerous situations. Few things can shake a “do it yourselfers” confidence [...]
Painting is one of the quickest and least intrusive ways to give your home's interior a face lift and it’s one that can produce dramatic results as well. However, many homeowners feel overwhelmed when tasked with this project – From choosing the right contractor to choosing a lasting color scheme. To avoid getting stuck with a less-than-perfect experience, it is important to have proper price expectations and a clear understanding of what the contractor will be doing for you. Let’s take a closer look at the costs associated with interior painting. Calculating Room Painting Costs The cost to paint an average size room (12X15) ranges from $480-$790, not including ceilings, trim, frames, doors, and other woodwork. There are also several other painting factors that [...]
With the constant media influence on certain paint products and how they are advertised, we become increasingly dependent and confused on what we are actually purchasing. Consumers that tackle do-it-yourself projects want value and they want it fast and easy. Should I buy paint and primer in one? It turns out, you don’t need to buy a separate primer. You can skip the priming step and your project will be done faster. Let me shed some light on this and explain what you are buying and why or why not it’s a value and/or a good choice. What is paint and primer in one? It’s a high quality, interior or exterior paint that has increased adhesion and stain blocking capability. Most high-quality interior [...]
You have made the decision to paint. Now you have to choose a paint color for your home. We know it can be intimidating with so many options available, so we have put together some tips to help find the right color for you. If you are planning on selling your home try to stick with neutrals like off white, gray, or beige. Less is more when it comes to painting for resale. If you have recently purchased a new home or are just ready for a refresh, first think about how you want the space to feel. If you want it to feel light and airy choose cool colors like a light blue or soft green. Grays can pull blue as well, [...]
Taking on personal home improvement projects have never seemed more possible thanks to a never-ending list of “How to” demonstrations and tutorials that are easily accessible. We live in an inspirational DIY era fueled by television shows that portray a convincing image that everything is easy, just follow the steps and nothing can go wrong. Combine this fantasy with the magical feeling of saving thousands of hard-earned dollars and it is no wonder why the DIY trend has been booming. Reality however, is far different than the fallacy that we see on social media, and shows like Flip This House. The fact is most “Do It Yourself” projects end up being nightmares and cost the homeowner far more time and money than they [...]
Painting your front door a new color will add instant curb appeal to your home. Shutters and trim also have a big impact, almost as much as the siding. Its amazing how a new coat of paint can transform your exterior. In addition to a fresh paint job, add things like flower boxes with greenery and bright colored flowers paired with exterior lighting. Get creative with your house numbers! You can add an art element with them or use a pop of color. Even a mailbox makeover can add a little extra something to the exterior of your home.
Semi-transparent stains need to be refreshed at least every other year to maintain a uniform coating. These products are designed to be maintenance friendly by simply cleaning and adding another coat. Solid stains cover the natural wood completely and look just like paint. This can be a great option for old decks that aren’t in the best shape and give them a fresh new look. They aren’t as maintenance friendly but do last longer before wearing with the weather. The location, weather and traffic your deck gets will be the determining factor on how long your coating will last.
There is a special process behind painting aluminum siding. Aluminum oxidizes over time, leaving a chalk like appearance, so the house has to be washed thoroughly. After 99% of the chalk is removed, you must use a specialty primer for all bare, shiny metal areas. Once those areas have been spot primed, we recommend adding a bonding additive to the first coat of the paint. Mix a quart of additive for every gallon of paint. After that, an additional coat of paint will leave your house looking great for up to 15 years!