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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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Tips for Removing Popcorn Ceiling

One of the most dated design choices in the interior of your home may be your ceiling. If you haven’t yet, you may consider removing popcorn ceiling to give your home a facelift and catapult it toward a more modern décor style.

Figuring out how to remove popcorn texture from a ceiling is messy and can be time consuming for DIYers. Here are some tips to make the process a little easier.

Prep the Room for Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Did we mention this was messy? One of the most important steps in the process of removing popcorn ceiling is to cover floors, walls, furniture, and décor items with drop cloths or plastic. Cleanup will be much easier when you take your time to really ensure all surfaces are covered.

You may even want to take the extra step to remove furniture from the room completely. If you don’t want to worry with navigating a landmine of furniture while you’re moving a ladder all over the room, it may make sense to remove the clutter altogether.

Remove Fans and Protect Light Fixtures

This is often overlooked when removing popcorn ceiling. Ensure you or your team removes light fixtures and ceiling fans before starting on the home improvement project. They really get in the way while you’re working, and you don’t want these nice items to be ruined with spray and wet popcorn.

Clean While You Go

This is a pretty messy task, and although you have covered the items in the room during preparation, the popcorn can get overwhelming. Use a mud pan to catch wet popcorn while It falls from the ceiling. If you clean while you go, you minimize the risk of stepping in the wet popcorn and tracking it all over the room. You can also use the edge of the mud pan to clean off your scraper. This will make the otherwise long and tedious process go by more quickly.

Professional Popcorn Ceiling Removal

If you haven’t grasped it already, this can be a tough job to tackle all on your own. While DIY home improvement projects may be fun, there are some that are best handled by the pros. Here at Paint Denver, we have decades of experience handling all things home improvement. If you’re interested in updating your interior with a popcorn ceiling removal, we’re the team for the job. Give us a call or send us an email for a personalized quote.

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When to Hire a Denver Painter to Update Exterior Paint

Updating your home’s exterior paint is a big decision. From budgeting to choosing the right color, it’s important to make sure everything is in order before tackling such a big project. At Paint Denver, our team has over 20 years of experience in the industry. We’ll let you in on a few professional exterior painting tips to help you make an informed decision on when to tackle this project.

Keep Seasons in Mind

Spring and summer are the perfect time to update your home’s exterior paint job. Any Denver painter will tell you the weather is more predictable during this time of year. You want a dry, warm climate to optimize paint drying times and conditions. If the weather looks like it will be moderate for a several days in a row, a professional painting company will want to get the job done as quickly as possible to avoid possible interruptions or damages.

Curb Appeal

It is fairly easy to determine if a home needs a new exterior paint job simply by looking at it. If you pull up to your house and aren’t satisfied with what you see, chances are, a paint job will improve curb appeal tenfold.

Make sure to look at the exterior trim and accents as well as the main house siding. These aspects are often overlooked and can make a big difference in the appearance of your home exterior.

Paint Damage or Fading

If your home has suffered some sort of damage to the exterior, you may need to refresh the paint to restore its appearance. Hail damage and sun damage can impact the exterior paint on your home. Putting off fixing a damaged exterior paint job will only make the situation worse and can lead to more chipping and peeling. Better to hire a Denver painter early to avoid a more costly repair in the future.

Your Denver Renovation Team

If you have any questions regarding your home’s exterior paint job, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are more than happy to offer our expert opinions and get you scheduled as soon as possible for an exterior home revamp. In the meantime, check out our portfolio of past home exterior paint jobs!

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Applying Pantone’s Colors of the Year to Your Home Exterior

For over 20 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries. Everything from fashion to industrial design takes inspiration from these shades. This year, Pantone decided that 2021 deserved not one, but two colors.

At Paint Denver, we’re always looking for fun and innovative styles and shades to keep our work up to date. These exciting colors are perfect shades to incorporate into an upcoming exterior home painting job. 

Illuminating

Warming and optimistic, Pantone’s Illuminating is reminiscent of strength and positivity. It is a color that encapsulates the promise of something sunny and friendly.

If you have dreams of tackling an exterior home painting job in the spring, this color will look beautiful in any Denver metro neighborhood. While yellow is often seen as a bold color choice for the exterior of a home, it can act as a stylish and exciting accent that brings a cheery feeling to your home’s aesthetic. Try using it on a front door or trim for an extra pop of sunny color! 

Ultimate Gray 

Gray has been a cornerstone color in interior and exterior style for year now. Practical and rock solid, this gray shade works in tandem to add sophistication and depth to its yellow counterpart. 

Ultimate Gray inspires thoughts of solid and dependable natural elements which are everlasting. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, this shade assures encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness, and resilience.

Using Pantone’s Colors of the Year in Your Exterior Home Painting Job

exterior home painting jobWhen it comes to bringing these colors to your home, we suggest using Illuminating as an exterior accent. Painting a front door in bright yellow will convey a warm and welcoming feeling. Support this bold choice with the solid and dependable Ultimate Gray as the main exterior shade.

The two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to support one another – a message we love here at Paint Denver. 

Your Denver Painting Service 

We’d love to help you transform the exterior of your home. Whether you’re interested in applying these transitional shades to your own home, or have another idea in mind, we want to help. Give us a call or request a quote to get started.

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