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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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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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Tips for Choosing Exterior House Painting Colors

Choosing to paint your exterior can feel like a difficult task because of the labor and cost involved with exterior house painting. The pressure of choosing the perfect color can cause families to postpone the project indefinitely.

However, a fresh coat of paint can be one of the most beneficial and long-lasting home improvement projects you can tackle. Take it from the pros, there are good and bad choices when it comes to choosing exterior house painting colors. That being said, there are few tips you should take heed to ensure the color you’re imagining comes to fruition.

Take in the Surroundings

Start by looking at the style of your home. A ranch style home with brick detailing may be complimented best with a different color than a Victorian style home. Also, take note of the 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 too much and reduce curb appeal for any future sales. If your neighborhood is filled with earth toned homes, you can’t go wrong by following with that theme.

Consider Trends, But Don’t Fall Victim to Them

It’s a great idea to consider recent design and architecture trends when choosing a new color for the exterior of your home. However, you should remember that they’re just that – trends.

Statement colors fade with every passing year and you want to be sure if you’re choosing a paint color based solely on what a magazine is telling you to do, you genuinely like it and imagine it lasting for years to come.

Take Note of the Landscape

Look at your house at different times of the day. One of the biggest problems we see as professional painters in Denver is paint color variations depending on sunlight. 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, so make sure your landscaping is exactly the way you want it before you start making decisions on a paint color.

A Denver Paint Job That Will Last

If you’re unsure about your choices after considering all these variables, safe is always a sound decision. Two tints from the same color strip a few shades apart will always work well together.

Our team at Paint Denver has over 20 years of experience in the home renovation industry and can help you make a decision you’ll be satisfied with. Give us a call to discuss any upcoming projects.

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Tips for Finding the Best Painting Contractor in Denver

If you’re planning on sprucing up the interior or exterior of your home to ring in the new year, you’re likely interested in hiring a professional team to tackle the job. In order to make sure you’re in trusted hands and you’re spending your money in the right place, you’ll want to do your research. Here are some tips to help you make sure you’re hiring the best painting contractor in Denver.

Find a Long-Trusted Team

The age of a company isn’t necessarily a sign of quality, but it’s a good place start. If a company can survive in the competitive contracting industry for years, it’s clear they take pride in both their quality and their customer service.

A true professional will care about their image from top to bottom. Do they have a professional website that’s updated regularly? Can they be reached easily by phone or email? Do they boast an impressive portfolio? These are all things that can help you filter through the options and find the best painting contractor in Denver.

Ask for Accreditation

Another way to determine the quality of a painting company or contractor is to determine what professional groups they belong to. Accreditation shows pride in being a business owner, and in maintaining certain standards both in business, and in the painting industry.

These kinds of quality standard completions may be presented on the company’s website, but if not, it’s perfectly acceptable to ask for.

Take in Reviews or Referrals

Word of mouth is a great way to find a contractor that’s tried and true. Ask friends and family in the area if they have a team they trust and would hire again.

Read through online testimonials and referrals carefully. Yelp and Google My Business are great databases to see how others felt about their experience with the company.

Collect a Free Estimate

All reputable house painting companies will provide you with a free estimate before they begin. Be cautious of anyone who quotes over the phone. In order to properly quote for the job, the home should be evaluated carefully.

This is also a good time to ask about contractual guarantees and quality assurance. What are the policies about changing colors during the project? What if you find imperfections in the project after the fact? Knowing policies ahead of time can help you determine the flexibility of the company.

What is the Project Time Frame?

Some companies have single crews, some have many, and some even work solo. Colorado has a small window of opportunity for getting the exterior a house or commercial property painted; miss the window and you’ll be waiting until next spring.

It’s important to understand the timeline upfront before you sign any contracts.

A Team You Can Trust

Paint Denver proudly serves the Denver Metro area, as well as several surrounding areas, including Centennial, Castle Rock, Broomfield and more. As a trusted local Denver painting company with over 10 years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing our customers with top-tier customer service and maintaining the highest level of professionalism. If you’re looking for a team to manage an upcoming project, we’d love to help. Give us a call or contact us online for availability.

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