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When to Save for Home Improvements (And When to Splurge)

 

Home renovations can get a bit pricey and overwhelming with the hardest part is sticking to your budget. The secret to staying in budget is knowing when to splurge and when to save.

Before investing in any project, there are a few questions you should ask yourself to help evaluate how you’ll embark on your renovations. You should debate whether you can do it yourself, the amount of time it will take, and the permanence of the project.

And while you’re debating whether to hire a paint contractor or DIY, we’ve made this process easier by devising a list of home improvement projects you can do without and some you can spend a little more on to enjoy.

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Appliances
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High-end appliances can run up to $9,000 for a refrigerator, cooktop and oven, and dishwasher. Base models are easily one-third of the price and even the best appliances will need occasional repair work. Reliable, durable, no-frills appliances can cost half the price of their top-tier counterparts. There’s also stainless-steel paint to update old appliances.

Tile

Ceramic tiles are sturdy and affordable. Many designs often look like the designer, hand-made tiles, but for a far more affordable price. If you want to add a little “wow” factor, save on the background tile and spend a little more on accents.

Lighting

Lighting design changes often and the sculptural designs and luxury finishes can quickly become over the top. If you’re on a budget, pass on the glam (or DIY it) and pick a fixture that is functional and incorporates layers of ambiance and accents.

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Paint

Paint is made up of 3 basic components; pigments, solvents, and resins. Pigments give the paint color, solvents are the liquid carriers that transfer the pigments onto a surface, and resins allow the pigments to bind together once the solvents have evaporated, giving the paint its gloss.

Bargain paint will be diluted with more solvents and will provide less color payout, although cheaper. It’s best to go with a higher quality paint with a high amount of resin to give you a more resilient final product, such as the ones we use at Paint Denver.

The process of painting is also very time consuming, while a paint contractor can get in and out of your house in a few days, you’ll be staring at half-finished walls and drop cloths for weeks.

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You should always pay more for things you interact with on a daily basis as they see more contact and wear than usual. This includes kitchen and bathroom cabinets. A drawer that sticks or doors that are misaligned, after a few months, will give you all kinds of buyer’s remorse.

Custom cabinets can get very pricey, but nowadays you can find a solid construction in reasonable semi-stock cabinets. While your paint contractor is working on your walls, you can also add your cabinets to their list as well!

Countertops

Countertops see a ton of abuse and are often the focal point of a kitchen. It’s worth spending more on this material that will see constant wear and tear and have both durability and attractiveness. Natural stones like granite and marble are timeless classics, but in recent years, quartz has materialized into popularity.

If you’re ready to get started on some home renovation, you can start here by hiring a paint contractor at Paint Denver to refresh your walls, cabinets, and more! Give us a call today at (303) 800-7575.

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Why Interior Painting in the Winter is a Great Idea

Most Denver homeowners save their home improvement projects for the warmer months and cozy up by the fire to wait out the winter; however, there are some projects such as interior painting, that are advantageous to get done during the winter months.

As local Denver painters, we’ll tell you all the reasons why interior painting in the winter is beneficial and we’ll even help you with choosing an interior paint color!

It’s More Cost Effective!

Scheduling interior painting in the winter could actually save you money! The spring and summer months are the busiest time for contractors, which means prices are often driven up to correlate with the demand.

During the winter months, schedules slow down, and prices are dropped. On average, lower competition during the offseason makes for savings up to 20-60%!

You’ll See Accelerated Results.

When it’s the offseason, it’s likely you won’t have to wait to get your paint job done! The winter months are best for quick responses! Unless you’ve planned months in advance, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll have to wait to get a start on your project in the summer.

You can also use the extra days off during the holiday season to get your project done. This is a great way to get a head start on all your home improvement projects for the spring and summer.

But Will the Cold Affect the Paint?

As stated in our blog post about exterior painting in Colorado, it is recommended that you should never paint a house when the temperature is 50°F or below. However, with the high-quality paint that we use here at Paint Denver, this tends to hover around 40°F and some premium paints can be even be applied down to as low as 35°F.

Ideally, paint should be applied around 60°F and it’s best to change the temperature around 36 hours beforehand to make sure the walls are warm. And you don’t worry about airing out the fumes with us as Paint Denver uses only high quality, low VOC paint!

If this has inspired you to start planning an interior painting project for your home, call us now at (303) 800-7575 for a consultation! We’d love to help you curate your perfect home interior.

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5 Tips for Choosing Interior Paint Colors

Ring in the new year by updating your interior with a fresh coat of paint with Paint Denver! As winter in Denver is finally settling in and we’re spending more and more time at home, now is the best time to renew your interior with a fresh layer of paint.  

We’ve shown you how to find a quality interior painting company and the next big question is what color to choose to paint your home’s interior. As one of Denver’s leading interior painters, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you find the best interior paint colors for your home.

Magazine, Catalogue, and Online Inspiration 

The easiest way to get inspiration for a new interior paint color is through magazines, catalogues, or websites such as Pinterest and Instagram. This continues to be a staple in interior design inspiration and can show you new ways to use color for your home. As seasoned interior painters, we can give you some insight and expert opinions on up and coming paint color trends in the Denver area. 

Bring the Outside, In 

Colorado is lucky to have four distinct seasons, so take advantage of its beauty by bringing some of the colors inside. You can bring in the blue hues of a summer sky or a peaceful white with green and brown accents from a quiet snowfall in the forest. Finding the right paint color in Denver is quite easy when we have the best inspiration all around us.  

Correlate with Artwork 

We’ve shown you what colors to choose to make your artwork stand out and we can also use that same artwork to find interior paint colors to complement your home. Artists are masters of color and lighting and choosing colors from your favorite artwork can accentuate and uplift your home. We can take that to the next level as masters of interior painting and help you turn your vision into reality. 

Use Color Theory 

While color theory might seem intimidating, trust us, it’s quite easy if you follow a color wheel. By using a color wheel, you can see what colors relate to and complement each other. To achieve color harmony, you can use a color scheme based on analogous colors, any three colors that are side by side on the color wheel, or complementary colors which are colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel. Knowing these basics will have you correlating color schemes in your home in no time. 

Match with Undertones 

Similar to color theory, all colors have an undertone that makes them unique. For example, a simple beige might have subtle green undertones. To find what undertones a color has, compare that color to similar colors. If you put up a white next to an eggshell, you might see that it has blue or red undertones. Also, take into consideration the color temperature. Warmer colors will most likely have a red, orange, or yellow undertone while cooler colors have undertones that are green, blue, or purple.  

With these new ideas and inspiration, it’s time to refresh and renew your home’s interior with a new interior paint color. 

Visit our website or contact us at 303.800.7575 to schedule a consultation.

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Interior Painting Best Practices

When it comes to interior painting, many people think they can do a DIY job as well as the pros. That is not quite the case. Professional painters have mastered their trade and know a few tips and best practices that take their work from good to great.

Get Good Quality Paint

Many people think all interior paints are made equal. This could not be more untrue. Investing in quality paint will make a huge difference in the short and long run of your interior paint job. That’s why at Paint Denver use only the best quality Sherwin Williams paint with low VOCs to do out interior painting work. We want our customers to love their new home interior as soon as they see it as well as years down the road.

Order Matters

When tackling an interior painting job, the order in which you paint a room is crucial. It is typically best to start with the trim and baseboards and ensure they dry completely before moving on to the ceiling and walls. This ensures any accidental paint from the trim that got on the wall edges can be covered up.

Take all Necessary Precautions

We’ve all heard the horror stories of people who didn’t fully prepare for an interior paint job and ended up painting their floor or, even worse, a piece of furniture. To avoid this mishap, preparation is key. Use canvas or plastic drop cloths to protect floors, cover large furniture that can’t be moved out of the room with plastic, and use masking or painters tape generously along wall edges.

Interior painting is a task that can be easily done wrong. While there are some tips and tricks that can make the process go a bit more smoothly, nothing can beat the work of an expert interior professional painter. Paint Denver offers interior painting in Denver as well as Broomfield, Castle Rock, Golden and other surrounding areas. For help on your next Denver interior painting project, contact Paint Denver to get a quality job done quickly and efficiently.

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5 Ways Painting Will Increase Your Home’s Value

A little paint can go a long way when it comes to sprucing up your home and increasing its value. It has been proven time and time again that a fresh coat of paint, while a small investment up front, can have a big payout when it comes to selling your home. Although painting the exterior and interior walls are the most common ways to make a big difference, there are some smaller details that, when done professionally, can greatly improve your home’s look and thus, its value.

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Kitchen Cabinets

A simple way to breathe life into a kitchen is by giving the cabinets a fresh coat of paint. If you’re looking to sell your home, we suggest a neutral color, such as white, which will appeal to most buyers and give your kitchen a clean, modern look. Don’t want to change the color? A quick coat of paint from our expert color match will remove any scuffs or scratches and refresh your whole kitchen! This is a big project, especially if you have a large kitchen, so hiring a professional cabinet painter is highly advised.

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Walls

Painting a home’s interior walls can completely change its look and feel. By opting for a more neutral color like white, beige or grey, it is easier for potential buyers to see themselves living there and gives them the opportunity to paint the walls a bolder color if they so desire. Freshly painted interior walls are the easiest way to make your home look brand new and not break your bank. Talk about making a big impact with a small budget.

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Baseboards

An often-overlooked aspect of interior home painting are the baseboards. If you are short on time or budget and can’t get to painting all of the walls, a professional baseboard paint job is the next best option. Trim gets scuffed, scratched and faded almost as often as walls do and can have a huge impact on the look of a room. By giving them a fresh high-gloss coat of paint, you can give any room an instant refresh.

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Exterior

Two words – curb appeal. Anyone who’s ever tried to sell a house knows that a great looking exterior is key. Getting a professional exterior paint job can take your home from drab to fab and increase the selling price dramatically. When painting the exterior, sticking with soft neutral colors is a safe choice, while a bold color can add character and drama.

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Exterior Details

If painting the entire exterior of your home isn’t an option, updating the paint on the exterior details like trim, shutters, front door and garage doors, is the next best thing. These aspects are often overlooked but can make a big difference to your home’s exterior. Looking to go bold? Paint your front door red. Want a crisp, clean feel? Keep all accents and details white. Trust us, updating the exterior details is better than not updating the exterior at all.

When selling your home, it is always a good idea to get a professional paint job on at least one, if not all of the above facets. They have been proven to dramatically increase the selling price and reduce time on market, which sounds like a win-win to us! If you’re selling your home or are helping someone sell theirs, contact us today for a quote and we’d be happy to help.

Want to learn more about the benefits of painting your home before selling? Check out our other helpful article here.

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