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What Color Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?

Ready to paint the exterior of your home this summer? Looking for a change in the color to liven things up a bit? Making that final selection can be a tough choice. You want something new; something that pops and says “modern”. Yet you don’t want the neighbors to all stare and point either. How do you find the perfect color?

Start with the stone or brickWhat Color Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?

The stone or brick on your home is static; it can’t be changed without a lot of work. So it’s the perfect place to start. Build your exterior paint scheme around the base colors that are already in existence. If your stone is gray, build everything around gray undertones. If its brown, stick with the browns and beiges.

Stay safe

In some cases, the thought of too much color may leave you stressed and concerned. If that’s the case, stick with the basics. A light shade of a neutral color is always a great choice, and will never tire over time. Then accent it as a part of your color scheme. White around the window trim and other details will keep things fresh and clean and help reflect light indoors. Shutters and other add ons can be painted a dark color to blend with the roof or stone to give it just a bit of offset.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Use the color wheel

The color wheel is designed to show you what colors match. Opposites always work well – for instance red and green are opposites and always work together. However, a bright red and green home would definitely have the neighbors talking. If you’re matching it gray brick or stone, adding gray to both colors will also bring down the tone and give you a soothing look and feel.

Earth colors

The exterior of your home is exposed to the elements every day. So why not let it blend in with the elements as well. Choosing earth tones – paint colors that resemble what you’ll find in nature – can help your home look more natural tool. Think greens – the shades of the pine trees. Think blues – a slate blue from a late evening sky. Then trip it with white for a crisp and calm finish.

Stay with tradition

Do you live in an old house? Why not stick with tradition and play up the Victorian feel? Paint schemes with several colors that can play up the detail in the architectural features will add to the overall beauty of your home.

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Exterior Painting Safety Tips

Painting the exterior of your home can be fun and exciting. Change can be a good thing, especially if you’re completely changing the color and the looks of your home. Yet painting can also be a very dangerous task if you don’t follow general safety rules.

1. Know your spaceExterior Painting Safety Tips

Many people love to jump right into a project without thinking about what’s down the road. But with just a bit of planning ahead of time, you can avoid many situations. Are there power lines close by? Is the landscaping going to be in the way? Will loose gravel or dirt impact your movement?

2. Your ladder should always have a 3 to 1 ratio

When you place a ladder against the side of your home, it should be placed 1 foot away from your home for every 3 feet it rises. It doesn’t need to be an exact science, but the closer you are to this ratio, the safer you will be.

3. Stick with the 3 point rule

If you’re on the ladder, keep 3 points of contact on the ladder at all times – both feet and one hand. If you straddle between the house and ladder, for instance, you put yourself at far greater risk for slipping and falling.

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4. Fiberglass ladders for safety

If you still live in an area with external power wires, it may be wise to invest in a fiberglass ladder instead of a metal one. This will prevent electrocution in case you accidentally touch it while on the ladder.

5. If you are in risky situations, have a second person nearby

A second set of eyes can help watch out for what you’re doing and for what’s happening around you.

6. Be extremely careful on the roof

The roof of your home can be an extremely dangerous place, especially when wet. If there is any water, stay off until completely dry. And if you’ll be spending any time on the roof, it may be worth investing in a fall arrest system that will slow you down if you fall.

7. Traction is everything.

Never try work outside your home in anything but good, sturdy shoes. Flip flops can be dangerous anywhere except the beach. Ladder can easily break your toes if one falls on them. And sturdy support can keep you well balanced as you climb around.

8. Never paint in a storm

Colorado is famous for afternoon storms. When you see the clouds build and hear the first boom in the sky, its time to take cover. Ladders conduct electricity, which means you increase your chances of being struck if you are near one during a storm. If you see lightening, take cover.

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Getting Ready For Exterior Painting

Here in Colorado, we only have a few months where painting the exterior of your home is possible. As we near the months that are best for painting, there are a few tips to make the process run smooth.

The most difficult step when painting the exterior of your home doesn’t involve the paintbrush, instead it involved the paint scraping tools. In the painting world, most outside walls have a process called substrate. This involves the adhesion of the paint to the surface below. The reason paint fails to adhere properly is because the surface isn’t prepped correctly. Its dirty, wet, or the paint from before is loose and cracked. Making sure your painting surface is clean, dry and free from grease, oils or old flaking paint will give your primer and your paint a good surface in which to bond.Getting Ready For Exterior Painting

Painting the exterior of your home over an improperly prepared surface is like building a home on a poorly constructed foundation; its possible, but the potential problems add up quickly and can turn into very damaging and costly mistakes.

Prep work involves both scraping and power washing. Which means the potential for damage around your home is also a probability. So that nothing gets damaged in the process, make sure everything around your home is covered and turned off.

· Turn off power to air conditioner condensing units.

· Tun off gas to grills, outdoor kitchens, and gas firepits.

· Use canvas drop cloths to cover exterior appliances and landscaping. Plastic will not allow your plants to breathe, and can do extensive damage in a relatively short period of time.

· For tall trees and bushes close to the home, you may wish to tie a cord around them and pull branches away from your home. Stake it to the ground to prevent it from damaging the paint before it adheres to the surface. You may also wish to have your landscaping trimmed before the paint job.

Tips For Home Exterior Trim Color

Also remove anything affixed to the home: mailboxes, decorations, light fixtures, etc.

Power washing is a powerful step to remove loose paint and clean your home’s surface. But in the hands of an inexperienced person, it can cause extensive damage. High pressured water can etch wood, brick or blast mortar from joints; it can soak the wall extensively so that it required additional dry time; it can also weaken surrounding areas that were in good shape before the process. Make sure you know what you’re doing if you are going to use this step.

Before the paint is applied, its important that the surface is in good shape for bonding. All surfaces should be thoroughly scraped, sanded and rubbed clean. Cracks, holes or gouges should be filled with a good epoxy wood filler and allowed to dry. All surfaces that wont be painted – windows, doors, etc – should be properly covered and taped off. Wood in bad shape should be replaced. Areas with mold or mildew should be thoroughly cleaned. Caulk should be used to fill any gaps between windows, doors, between siding, molding columns, etc.

Only then is your house ready to paint.

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Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

You love your home. But there’s always room for improvement, right?

And if you’re like a lot of people, chances are the one area you’d like to see change in more than any other room is the kitchen. Why? Because the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place we spend the most amount of time.

So you start looking through the home decorating magazines. And very soon you start pulling together images that show you exactly how you want your kitchen to look. But when you look a little closer, you may find you have one big question that has to be answered before you move any further.

Should you choose painted or stained kitchen cabinets?Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

The choice you make will have a huge bearing on how the cabinets look, and how they will hold up over time.

Most manufacturers provide stained cabinets because it’s the easiest application method in their warehouses. Your current cabinets probably entered your home pre-stained and ready for hanging and use. If you like the stained look, purchasing pre-stained cabinets may be your best option. But there is always cost involved in a complete remodel.

When you choose to have painted cabinets, you have a couple of options. Yes, you can visit your kitchen dealer and install cabinetry ready made for paint.

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But if you have good bones and structure already in your kitchen, you may be able to use the cabinets already in your kitchen (saving you both time and money).

The kind of paint used on your cabinets will impact how they look, how they wear, and how much they chip and peel over time. It also will determine how durable they are to the normal wear and tear of the kitchen environment, including its susceptibility to water.

There are many paint options – oil based and water based paints. Even in these choices there are some that have a better overall impact on the durability. High glosses and varnishes will give you better wear when it comes to clean up. And if you visit the paint store, you’ll notice there are wide array of “green” options as well. If off-gassing is an issue you’re worried about, a lower VOC may give you the results you are looking for.

Remember, your cabinets aren’t like your walls; they do take extra effort to completely cover every nook and cranny in a smooth, professional way. The type of paint, the type of application method, the amount of prep work all matters in giving you the best coverage possible. Working with a professional can give you the professional results you desire.

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5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

Ready to change your home up a bit this year? Want to start in the kitchen? It is after all, the number one room that people remodel.

Yet if you visit with a remodeler and start pricing out all of the options you would love to see in your new kitchen, you can get overwhelmed very quickly. Did you really want to invest in the mid-five figure range for all of your dream features?

There may be another way.5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

If your kitchen cabinets are still in great shape, they are good quality wood installed by a brand name manufacturer, you may be able to paint your cabinets instead.

Keep in mind that painting your cabinets isn’t as easy as some of the other projects in your home. A can of paint and a paint brush may work on some projects, but not your kitchen cabinets. They will be on display for all to see. They will be used every day. And nothing says “amateur” more than a sloppy job on the intricate details that make up your cabinetry.

Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

Spray on or Paintbrush?

There are many painters out there that can give you great quality results with either method. It isn’t so much the method you use as the professionalism of the job in the first place. Cabinetry has detail; from multiple angles and corners, to hinges and accessories. If you don’t prep properly, provide the proper coats of paint, or leave a sloppy mess inside or out, it will look anything but professional.

Proper Prepping

As with any paint job, the key to success isn’t in the painting process, its in the prepping process. Dirt, grease and grime can be imbedded into old cabinets; if you don’t remove it first it will cause problems down the road. It may mean sanding out rough patches. It may be fixing cracks and problem spots. It may be taping to avoid spills and drips. Before you start the project, make sure you are completely ready for the paint to be applied.

Labeling is crucial

You can’t paint your cabinets the way they exist in the kitchen. Each drawer front must be removed. Each door must be taken off the hinges. And all accessories – hinges and handles – must be taken off and set aside (or replaced). Yet when all of these things are scattered across the room, its very easy to lose sight of which piece goes where. Make sure you label every piece so you know exactly where it returns after the painting is completed.

Remove the existing paint

No matter what your current cabinets are made of, they have a high gloss coating used to protect the finish. Paint doesn’t adhere to this coating; try it and you’ll quickly find paint chipping, cracking and peeling. You must remove it with a liquid deglosser or even a sander in some cases to get down to the material that paint will adhere to.

Paint thoroughly

Nothing says amateur more than half a paint job. Painting cabinets means covering every inch of the cabinet completely. Drawers, doors, shelves, walls, backs, sides, tops and bottoms. If any of the old color shows through, your professionalism deteriorates quickly. This applies to the entire process – from paint to finish.

Your final presentation will last for years. Make sure you do it in a complete way. The finished results will be worth it.

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