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Paint: The Best Home Improvement Project

I once entered a home a friend had recently purchased. She bought it at a good price, knowing with a little tender loving care, she would have a place she could live in and love for years.

She invited me over to take a look at the kitchen. It was the first place she wanted to spend her time and her money, and with good reason.

The cabinets were a twenty-year-old dark wood. The walls were stark white with a little yellowing going on. While it may have been the “in” thing once upon a time, now it screamed of needing an overhaul. A major overhaul.

Yet she didn’t have tens of thousands for a complete remodel. What would I suggest? Was it fixable?Paint: The Best Home Improvement Project

No problem. Nothing a little professional painting couldn’t handle.

We started by looking at the cabinets. They were in great shape, made of real wood (not cheap pressboard) and all shelves were sturdy, not warped. With a great base, they could easily be reused.

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Painting cabinets in this circumstance, was a great choice for her. We selected a modern white – not too bright, not too washed out – and painted the cabinets inside and out. With new hinges and knobs, she was amazed at the finish product. It looked like a new kitchen.

That is, until we compared the modern white cabinets with the dingy yellow-white walls.

So once again we set out to discover how best to change up her walls and improve her kitchen once more.

She was vying for a modern look, so we finally settled in on a blue-gray paint. While her kitchen was small and without a large wall as her starting point, even the small half walls took well to the color. With a few accessories to match, she instantly fell in love with the kitchen once again. And realized her “new” home purchase had been the best choice she could have made.

Remodeling doesn’t have to take an arm and a leg. In some cases a day with your local professional painter can bring an old room back to life, and make you fall in love with your own home once again.

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The Most Difficult Paint Colors To Work With

The Most Difficult Paint Colors To Work WithReady to paint a room in your home? Maybe its time to move away from white and put some color into your life. But choosing color isn’t as simple as falling in love with one of the hundreds of paint chips at your local hardware store.

If you’ve ever worked with some color, you know that there is a distinct difference between a paint chip and the final color that appears on your wall. Its for all the times that people have said “I loved it on the swatch but I hate it on my walls” that fear develops and walls end up staying white.

There are a few colors that naturally are harder to get right. And if you’ve ever had trouble with any of these colors, you’re not alone.

Red

Red is difficult because there are many hues that simply aren’t made for wall space. The rich raspberry red that looks great in nail polish and lipstick will be overpowering in a room. If you get to much brown in your red, it will be dull and lifeless.

Overall, red needs subtlety, depth, and a certain nuance to keep it fresh from month to month. Look for rich, deep colors that will tend to blend rather than overpower.

Taupe

Taupe may seem like an easy shade, its simply a shade away from white, but it can be difficult when matching up with other things.

Taupe has underlying tones that can either go pink or green. The problem comes when combining the two. Mix the two in a two-toned display and you’ll quickly see the tragedy in it. Look for the hue by comparing it to shades of red and green – you’ll quickly pick up the tone. Then match with that color combination to keep things clean and fresh.

Blue

Blue can end up being an overpowering color if you choose too bright. When people think blue, they often think about nature. “I want the color of the sky.” Or “I want to bring the sea color to my walls.” People see blue and ask for blue. But when they see it on the walls it instantly overwhelms.

In many cases what people really see is a shade of gray. By adding gray to the blue, you’ll tone down the brightness of it and make your room a calmer place to live.

Gray

Gray paint can come in all kinds of hues. Luminescent, silvery, gunmetal, silver, zinc or pewter, there are many shades of gray that come across as too metally on the walls.

Gray is typically a color that can be pared up with anything. Gray walls, white trim, and you can accessorize with any color you choose. Watch for a gray that is truly gray, with a trend towards blue to keep away the metallic look.

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Paint Your Rooms and Change The Energy

Here in Colorado, waking up to sunshine and blue sky fills you with energy. And on the rare occasion we have a cool, dark, rainy day, nothing feels better than snuggling under a blanket for a little while longer.

Color fills you with energy. The warm yellow sun and blue sky makes you want to run and jump, heading out to enjoy the day. Dark smoky blues and grays fill you more with an internal energy, ready to take things a bit slower.

And while it holds true with the colors we readily face in nature, it also holds true for the colors you wake up to every morning.Paint Your Rooms and Change The Energy

Color can be in abundance, painted on every wall in a room. Or color can be accented and highlighted in a way that makes it burst through in subtle detail.

If you’re ready for a change, color may be the perfect way to bring it to life. And give you the energy to take on new tasks you’ve put on hold from the months and years before. Here’s what color can do for you.

Orange is the perfect color when you’re ready to feel younger. Orange allows you to express yourself with confidence, filling your home with laughter and celebration.

A deep blue will encourage efficiency throughout your room. Blues purify your thinking process so you can cut through the clutter and discover what is most important. If you have to make a big decision, deep blue will bring out the decision maker in you.

A light blue promotes tranquility, and bring peace and harmony to relationships and situations as they occur. Light blue reduces aggressiveness, so it’s a good color to surround yourself in if you deal with a lot of stress.

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Green increases wealth. It’s the color of fresh starts and of growth. If you’re ready to manifest something new in your life, add richness with the color green.

A light purple brings out your spiritual side. Purple encourages a fresh perspective on your emotional side, and will remind you of all you are connected to in your life.

A bright red will stimulate you. It promotes courage and fearlessness, and is a color associated with high self confidence. Red is good in moderation, but too much can leave you agitated and overly excited.

Yellow increases your focus. Its noted for enhancing your intelligence and can help stimulate clarity and conversation.

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Why Powerwashing Your Home Before Painting It Is Important

What’s the first thing you have to do before the exterior of your home is painted? Powerwash it.

Powerwashing is important for two distinct reasons.

First, it removes any dirt, grime or other substances from your home. This is important because a clean surface allows your new paint to adhere to your home better, meaning your overall paint quality will be better and last longer over time.why-powerwashing-your-home-before-painting-it-is-important

Second, it will also be more resistant to rain, snow and heat, meaning it will give your home stronger protection from the elements.

A professional painter knows how important powerwashing is. That’s why you’ll always find the best names in the business caring just as much about the prep work – including powerwashing – as they do the actual painting process.

Is powerwashing really necessary?

When a homeowner decides to save money and paint themselves, they usually look at it from the cost of paint alone. A powerwasher is expensive; which is why a great majority of homeowners simply skip the process. Yet this one simple step can in some cases add years to your paint job.

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Can I use a garden hose instead?

Instead of powerwashing it, some homeowners will pull out the garden hose and attempt to do the job on a budget. But is it truly the same thing?

Powerwashing puts the emphasis on power. You can’t get the same kind of force from a garden hose that you can from a powerwasher. Yes, a garden hose may get off little bits of dirt and other stuff clinging to your home. But it won’t be able to take off the dirt and grime that has been cemented into the paint and wood after months and years of harsh weather.

Can I use a powerwasher if I’ve never done it before?

Yes, anyone can rent a powerwasher from a garden supply store. But beware that powerwashers do have a lot of power. Depending on the machine you rent and the tip you use, powerwashing has the ability to etch and erode concrete. So imagine what it can do to a human or animal, composite decking, or the wood or vinyl siding on your home.

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Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Q: I want to change the color of my home this year when I have it painted. What mistakes should I know about as I make my final selection?

A: Start by looking at your home at different times of the day. Is your home in broad sunlight all day long, or is it primarily in the shade due to large trees? Sunlight and shade will give you different color hues – shade will make your color appear darker.Tips For Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Also take a look at other homes in your community. While you probably don’t want to look like a row of cookie cutter houses, you don’t want to stand out like a sore thumb either. If your neighborhood is filled with earth toned homes, you won’t go wrong by following with an earth toned theme.

You should also watch what elements of your home you will be accenting with color, and what color you choose. If your home has unattractive elements, such as large downspouts or unevenly spaced windows, making them light and airy and stand out from the more subdued paint choice of the rest of the home will always put the focus where you don’t want it to be.

Q: Is there anything you can do to eliminate the surprise of choosing the wrong color? How can you gain confidence before its painted?

A: Always begin with the items of your home that won’t change. Brick or stone are difficult to change. Likewise your roof may still have a decade or more of life to it. Use these as your base and grow your color scheme from there. If they have brown hues, stick with the browns. If its gray; stick with the grays.

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Also concentrate on the yearly affects of weather on your home. Does your home take in a large amount of sunshine, which means fading is a strong possibility? Then a lighter color would hold its color better, and wouldn’t show that worn and washed out look quite as quickly.

Q: Are there any rules of thumb about color?

A: Typically whites and light colors will make your home look larger. Darker colors will make a home look smaller but more substantial.

If you have a porch, a white or light color will make your front area more approachable.

If you’re worried about color, safe is always a sound decision. Two tints from the same color strip a few shades apart will always work well together. Then paint your home in one shade, the trim in the other. You can work in either direction and still have a clean, crisp look and feel.

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