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4 Exterior Paint Trends for 2021

It’s true ­– trends come and go. However, implementing your own personal style into your home exterior color choice will never get old. If you truly understand what your own personal style when it comes to decorating, you can’t go wrong. With that being said, our team at Paint Denver sees all kinds of visions come to life with a new coat of paint. Here are 4 exterior paint trends we’re seeing in 2021.

Warm Whites

White will never get old and will always be an easy choice when it comes to upgrading your curb appeal. This is our most recent large-scale paint project for a massive residential home in Denver. The client wanted to upgrade their dated, faded brick exterior to a clean, modern white. It made a world of difference. Homeowners are focusing more on dark accents and greenery in their landscaping to bring a pop of color to their exterior.

large mansion in colorado before and after photosPastels and Pales

Speaking of pops of color in exterior projects, exterior paint trends are showing pale blues and greens as accent colors. You can use these shades on your shutters or on your door. It subliminally draws the eye to the house and works to make the home more interesting. The natural shades are playful yet tame.

Two Tone Trending

You heard it here first, two-toned exteriors are back. We thought we’d seen the last of that in the 80’s and 90’s but the two-toned look is experiencing a renaissance. This 2021 paint trend incorporates more modern colors like slate and beige to add dimension and intrigue to the home. It works as a great accent to abnormal architecture as well.

Back in Black

This trend is something we never thought we’d see, to be honest. Black is in and looks incredibly chic if done correctly. Going dark on your home’s exterior will give you that edge over the neighbors and works as a fantastic compliment to natural materials on the exterior. Consider a darker shade if you have wooden or metal accents on the exterior of your home.

2021 Paint Trends

Whether you’re looking for something bold, or just a bit of a facelift for your home, these choices are hot and popular right now. If you’re interested in taking on a home improvement project this year, give Paint Denver a call. We’re happy to provide a comprehensive quote, free!

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How Much Does It Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceiling?

Thinking of doing a few home renovations to make your home feel more modern? Flipping an outdated property? There are plenty of reasons people decide to upgrade their space and remove popcorn ceilings, but when planning a budget, make sure you know what is worth a DIY and what isn’t. So, how much does it cost to remove a popcorn ceiling?

Time Required

A lot of these project cost estimates are highly dependent on the size of the space. Typically, the process of removing the popcorn ceiling in a room can take anywhere from four hours to ten hours. This doesn’t include prep or clean up.

If your popcorn ceiling is covered in paint, it may be more difficult to remove. In this case, your renovation team will need to apply a chemical stripper to break down the barrier created by the paint.

The process of removing popcorn ceilings can be relatively straightforward usually. However, things become more complicated when there is asbestos present within the popcorn ceiling material. In this case, you’ll definitely want to consult with a professional to ensure your project is completed safely and successfully.

Average Cost to Remove Popcorn Ceiling

For an average project, removing popcorn ceilings costs around $1 to $2 per square foot. This number could change for a number of reasons, but most clients fall within this threshold.

Supplies like scrapers, ladders, and protective materials cost anywhere from $148 – $168 on average per 500 square feet. Basic labor (which includes scraping and disposing of debris, planning, preparation, and cleanup) generally costs between $15 and $40 per hour when hiring a professional.

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Do you have the time, experience, patience, and materials it will take to complete a popcorn ceiling removal? If not, you may want to rely on a professional team to get it done. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about a free quote, please reach out to the Paint Denver team.

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Skim Coating: When and How to Use It

Skim coating is used to improve the look of damaged and ugly walls and ceilings. A skim coat, or a “level-five drywall finish”, is a thin coat of diluted joint compound. Depending on your experience level, skim coating can be applied by hand, paint roller, or even with a spray rig, then it’s smoothed with a drywall knife or trowel.

You’ll want to use skim coating for any uneven surfaces before you paint or re-texture them. Here are a few situations where applying a skim coat is a good idea.

Wallpaper Removal

As we all know, most homes are moving away from wallpaper application. If you’re remodeling an old home or removing some temporary stylish wallpaper, you may want to consider a skim coat to even out the surface before repainting.  If wallpaper removal damages the drywall behind it with gouges or when the drywall outer paper gets torn off exposing the brown paper underneath, you’ll want to apply at least two coats to perfect the surface.

Resurfacing

Skim coating can be used on both walls and ceilings and is a great option if you’re dealing with outdated or poorly applied texture. Skim coating will provide a brand-new surface to the drywall without having to completely remove the wall and start anew. This fresh texture provides the perfect blank canvas for new paint.

New Construction

If you’re dealing with new construction and have drywall that isn’t going to receive any texture, you should consider a light skim coat. This will ensure a uniform surface to prime and paint. This coat will also ensure that new paint absorbs evenly and looks its best.. This is especially important with paint that has a sheen.

Skim Coating for You

This process is oftentimes the most affordable and time effective way to bring new life into your interior walls. Consider this process in any remodels or new construction projects. If you have an applicable situation, let us know. We’re happy to give expert advice on your project and bring in our professional team to help!

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Wall Retexturing for Your Home’s Interior

Here at Paint Denver, we tackle all kinds of interior renovations for our clients. Oftentimes, we come across clients who have removed some wallpaper or wainscoting, or recently relocated a door or a window, and need wall retexturing services.

If you don’t know exactly how you’re going to get that flat, unadorned piece of drywall to blend in with the texture on the rest of your home’s interior, you’ll need a retexturing treatment.

Tools You’ll Need for Wall Retexturing

If you’re considering tackling this project on your own, there are a number of tools you’ll need to get the job done.

In order to properly retexture your wall, you’ll need drywall mud – and lots of it. You’ll mix this compound up until you reach the right consistency, it should feel like cake batter. If there are any puncture marks, holes, dips, or other imperfections in the wall, you’ll want to even those out with the compound and a putty knife.

In total, you’ll need about 8 tools:

  • Drywall mud
  • Work cloths
  • Drill and mixing attachment
  • Trowel
  • Putty knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint roller
  • Texture brush

DIY Wall Retexture or Hire a Pro

If you’re a DIY fan and want to tackle this project yourself, more power to you! However, depending on the size of your home, this project could take a long time, not to mention the cost of the supplies to get the job done. Depending on whether you’re creating a smooth, flat finish, or adding texture to a wall for design aesthetic. It definitely requires finesse and patience to master the technique it takes to create a perfectly smooth wall.

Drywall work can get really messy. Professionals know to cover the floors, mask everything off and contain the dust. The pros will also have all the equipment for taping and mudding. Balancing time against money is always a factor when deciding whether to do something yourself or hire a professional. This is a time that we strongly suggest hiring a professional, as this is not an easy job to take on on your own.

Paint Denver Wall Retexturing

If you do decide to hand this project over to the pros, the team at Paint Denver is happy to help. If you’d like to get a free quote, give us a call or contact us online!

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Wrapping up Your Project? Here’s Where to Recycle Paint

Oftentimes home renovation projects leave people with a lot of leftover supplies. If you don’t plan on using the paint for any other projects or simply just don’t want it taking up room in your shed, here’s how and where to recycle paint.

Latex Paint Disposal

If you just have an inch or so of paint left at the bottom of the can, you can simply leave the open can outside to dry out. Be sure to keep it out of reach of children or pets. Small amounts of latex paint will dry relatively quickly and you can throw away the can.

However, if you are left with larger quantities and don’t know where to dispose of leftover paint, you might want to consider investing in a box and some cat litter or shredded paper. Pour the paint into the box of litter or paper and wait for the concoction to dry. Then dispose of the box and the empty paint can.

Get Creative

If you want to get more creative or are interested in recycling leftover paint, try blending several different cans of leftover paint for a base coat on your next DIY paint job. This can be used to bring new life to cabinets, outdoor wooden items, or even a bed frame or hutch. While this new shade might not be the one you plan on sticking with, it will be an inexpensive way to substitute for a base coat.

Paint Recycling Locations

Recycling paint is more convenient than ever in Colorado. There are many locations that will recycle or take back old paint. Different rules apply for latex and oil-based paints, so make sure they’re kept separate. Contact your local government office for a recycling center near you.

Dispose of oil-based paint the same way you would hazardous waste. Check with your local waste management company for hazardous waste instructions.

Free Paint Recycling

Residents and businesses in Colorado can take unwanted, leftover paint for recycling to participating paint retailers that have volunteered to take back paint. However, if you choose to dispose of leftover paint, ensure it is safe for the community and for the environment.

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