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Is Painting A DIY Project or One For The Professionals?

Some home projects feel like more of a DIY task. And in many cases, painting is one of those projects. After all, it can’t be that hard, can it? With a bucket of paint and a brush in hand, you can easily do it yourself. Plus its cheaper too, right?

What these DIY homeowners don’t realize is that painting is a project that is both technical and time consuming, and in some cases a lot of hard work.Is Painting A DIY Project or One For The Professionals?

There are a number of problems with taking on painting your home, either inside or out, as a do it yourself project. And at the top of the list is the massive time commitment required to finish the job in a professional way. For most, they try and squeeze it into a weekend project. But this can take several weekends or even months of time, depending on the size of the project. Do you really want to spend every weekend during the summer painting the exterior of your home?

Lack of knowledge is also one of the top things homeowners don’t realize until they are well into the project. For example, you can’t begin painting the outside of your home without a lot of prep work first. Paint over chipped or dirty paint, and your new paint won’t adhere properly to the siding. Or if you paint a water based enamel over a surface previously painted with an oil based enamel, and you’ll quickly see adhesion problems that make your current paint job look anything but professional.

Which leads us to the money aspect of painting. You see the ads in the paper for paint at a reasonable rate. But painting requires a lot more than a bucket of paint and a brush. What about tools for prep work: powerwasher, drop clothes, rollers, caulking and tape? Before long you’ll wind up with a huge array of tools and materials attempting to paint your home – and you haven’t even started the work yet. How much is your time worth? Do you really want to spend all of your free time for the next several weeks or months painting?

And there is another problem we see frequently. After investing in paint, tools, materials and more, something happens and the paint job looks anything but professional. You attempt to fix it; which of course makes it look even worse. So you wind up calling in a professional to fix the project and bring it back up to standards. How much is this going to cost?

Instead of trying to save a little money upfront, get the job done right the first time. You’ll be happier with the results and you can enjoy it in a much shorter period of time. And the results will last you many years into the future.

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Paint Denver Celebrates Earth Day 2014

For 44 years, we’ve been celebrating Earth Day as a way to focus in on making earth a better place to live. Over the years, Earth Day has focused in on a wide variety of issues, from problems with our water supply to sustainability with our energy sources.

This year as we continue to see people moving from the country into the cities, Earth Day is focusing in on making the process more effective along the way. People living in wide open spaces have different issues then people in an urban environment. And part of the process is looking for ways to reduce toxic ways of living and replacing them with healthier options.Earth Day

We all want to live our lives in comfort. But doing so in a sustainable way will help us now and for many years to come.

As a professional painter, I know there are two major areas where we can help with this process.

1. Make paints more earth friendly

If we look at the history of paint, we’ll quickly find that paints of yesteryear were filled with toxic chemicals. Not only did they harm the environment overall, they also impacted the environment of our homes and living conditions. When you breathe in the fumes, it ultimately can harm your health.

Low or no VOC paints are now being produced by most major paint companies. Keep in mind that no VOC doesn’t necessarily mean there aren’t VOCs in the paint. It simply means the base is VOC-free; pigments added later may contain VOCs, giving it a low level of emissions.

When you decide to paint your home, demand the lowest VOC paints you can find. If you have your home painted by a professional, specifically ask about the paint used. It’s the only way you’ll ensure a top qualitfy product with the lowest amount of damage to our environment as possible.

2. Make our clean up process more earth friendly

Once your painting process is over, two other issues arise.

First, make sure your clean up process is toxic free. Latex paint is water soluble, meaning you can clean up with water rather than harmful chemicals.

Second, never buy more paint then you’ll use. Paint is toxic to our landfills, yet millions of gallons make their way there each year. Look for recycling options whenever possible.

Happy Earth Day!

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Staining Your Decks, Fences, Arbors, Pergolas and More

Spring is here. Time to get outside and begin those warm weather projects that keep your home in tip top shape.

Once your wood deck, fence, arbor, pergola, or other built in project is complete, it must withstand the elements year after year. And here in Colorado, that can mean warm and sunny one day, below zero and snowy the next. That’s a lot for any wooden structure to take. And without adequate protection, it will quickly show its wear, and become more of an eyesore than a beautiful part of your landscape.Staining Your Decks, Fences, Arbors, Pergolas and More

If your deck, fence, arbor, pergola or other structure has withstood the elements of this past winter, its time to revive it by applying stain or paint. Staining lets you see the wood grain and preserves its beautiful, natural color. Paint hides the grain, yet can provide an attractive finish that either matches or compliments your home and surroundings.

Like paint, stains come in a variety of colors and types. Stains are meant to provide UV protection, and to provide a transparent finish that protects the wood at the same time. Stain typically will not last years like paint; instead, a fresh coat of stain at the beginning of each season will provide you with protection and a look you can enjoy.

If you have a newly built structure, its best to allow the wood structure to season at least three weeks before you apply the stain. This gives the wood ample time to settle into your environment, and adjust to the stresses it will now bear in its new location.

Likewise, its best if your structure is completely dry before you stain it. If there is dew or even frost on the ground, wait until the weather clears and your structure has had at least a day or two to dry out once again.

Also, its best not to apply stain in direct sunlight. Early morning, late afternoon, or a cloudy day is best.

Ready to get your wooden structures ready for the summer season? Give us a call today.

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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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