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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.


7 Painting Tips For A Professional Job Every Time

If you’re considering a paint project for your home, our pros have a few painting tips to help the process go smoothly.

Start by cleaning

Your walls have marks, grease spots, oily residue and things you’re not even sure what they are. A good paint job will cover them all, right? Not so fast. Depending on what the stain is made from, you may end up covering it only to see it shine through as soon as it dries. And that defeats the purpose of a new paint job. Part of having a professional job is doing the necessary prep work first. That means cleaning, sanding, scraping, and making sure the walls are in prime condition to receive the paint in the first place.

Don’t skimp on equipment7 Painting Tips For A Professional Job Every Time

Think you can be a professional photographer with an iPhone camera? In most cases, the answer is no.

In order to be a true professional, you have to have the proper equipment. The same holds true for a painter. And for a painter, that means the proper paint brush. Bristles should be tapered and arranged in multiple lengths to form a slim tip – perfect for full coverage. Unfinished handles make it easier to hang on with sweaty hands. Copper or stainless steel ferrules won’t rust when you put them in and out of water multiple times. And a 2 ¼ inch angled sash brush is perfect for trim work, while a 3 inch brush works better for cutting in walls and ceilings.

Get rid of the paint swatches

Let’s say you want to change your bedroom color from boring beige to brilliant blue. How do you know what blue will fit best with your décor and your tastes? Hard to tell from a two inch color swatch, right? A professional painter knows there is a lot more to color than deciding on something you can barely see. That’s why we recommend narrowing your choice down to one to three colors, then painting a three foot by three foot square space on your walls. Live with it a couple of days to feel the ambiance in the room as you move from morning to night, daylight to night light.

Never over-buy paint cans

One of the most wasteful products we use is paint. It’s easy to think you’ll need more than you really do, or plan on having a little extra for touch ups. But do you really need a couple of extra gallons? Nope, you’ll most likely grow tired of the color before you use it all. And then you’ll be left with hazardous waste that you simply don’t know what to do with. As a rule of thumb, one gallon covers 400 square feet. To figure out your room size, multiply the length of your longest wall by the height, then multiply it by 4. So if your room was 12 feet by 8 feet, times 4 would give you 384 square feet. Or approximately one gallon of paint needed to finish the job. Two for a double coat.

Prep the room the right way

Have a lot of repair work in your room? With scraping, sanding and dust making, you’ll soon find remnants of your work all over your home. To keep the mess contained in the space you are working in, tape plastic tarps completely over the door frame to seal in the work you’re doing. You can also cover furniture immediately outside of the room for added protection.

Avoid the sales table

Everyone likes a good sale, right? When it comes to paint, that might not be your best option. Just because its on sale doesn’t mean it’s a great paint. A sale price won’t seem so special if it takes twice as much paint to cover an area.

One size doesn’t fit all

One room, one paint brush, one roller. Well, not exactly. Sure you can finish a paint job with minimal amount of equipment. But that might not complete the job in the best or fastest way. Head to a discount store and you’ll find racks of standard 9 inch rollers. But did you know a small foam roller might be the perfect choice for door panels? Or an 18 inch roller will give you more even coverage on high ceiling walls? Efficiency can improve both the time you spend on a project, and how professional it ultimately looks in the end.


5 Painting Tips To Choose The Right Colors For Your Rooms

Thinking of painting a room in your home for a while now? In some cases, paint can be a very intimidating thing. While paint is never permanent, what if you go to the trouble of hiring a professional painter, and you choose the wrong colors for your rooms? What if you have to live with your mistake for months – even years – and you regret your decision every day?

Yes, paint sometimes can involve your fears. Here are 5 painting tips that can help you move forward, take action, and choose the right colors for your rooms.

1. Fear

Fear is the number one reason people either put their professional painting project off indefinitely, or head back to safe and boring white. Ultimately the world is divided 5 Painting Tips To Choose The Right Colors For Your Rooms into two groups – those that are color courageous and those that are color cowards. The best way to get over your fear of color is to start with a color you love. Maybe it’s the painting in the dining room, or a pillow that’s been on your couch for years. Talk to your painter about incorporating that color onto one wall on your room. Test it first; if you really feel its too dark, ask him to lighten it up or tone it down with a little more gray. If you like the hue and you’ve lived with it in some capacity in your home, chances are you’ll love it on your walls too.

2. Too Much Color

If your room is already filled with color – a vivid rug, a bright bedspread, and wild chairs – a bright paint may push you over the edge. If you love your vivid rug, let that be the focal point and make your walls a shade or two lighter. If your color palette is fairly neutral in your décor, liven it up with a brighter paint choice. Look to examples online or in magazines for what stands out to you. Your professional painter can use those clues to make suggestions.

3. Not Enough Color

Designers typically use the 60-30-10 rule – 60 percent of the color comes from walls, 30 percent from upholstery, floor or window coverings, and 10 percent from accent pieces. Which means no matter how you slice it, your walls will have an impact in the overall look and feel of your room. No matter what shade or hue you choose, get away from boring white and liven up your space with a new color.

4. Don’t Rush But Move Forward

Rather than contemplating your color choice indefinitely, work with your professional painter to have a small section of your room painted in your color choice – a 4 by 4 foot section should be adequate. Place your color in an area that will pop in the sunlight and show its true shades at night. Then live with it a day or two before the painters come in to finish the job. You’ll be able to tell in no time at all whether you love it and want to keep it … or want to tone it done and lighten the color just a bit.

5. Don’t forget the primer

What color is your wall now? A dull gray or a vibrant red? In either case, your old color can impact your new color choice, changing the tones of what you thought you’d see into something else. Primer can make a difference, especially when changing from one color to another.


House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

House Painting To Impress Future Buyers

Ready to put your house on the market? Want to impress future buyers?

Before you tap the sign into your front yard, make sure it is ready for potential buyers. This means looking at it through the eyes of a potential buyer – from the top of your home to the bottom – and making any changes you deem necessary. This may include repairs, staging, cleaning and even painting.

While the inside is what creates a home, it’s the outside they’ll remember most. The last thing you want people to remember your home buy is:

“The house with the terrible color,” or “The house that needed paint.”

Giving your home a brand new look with a fresh coat of paint is a great way to impress future buyers. When buyers drive up to your home, you want them to like what they see – your home. A beautiful, new paint job is an easy way to accomplish this. Here are a few tips to help you dress – or in this case, paint – your home for success.

Choose the right type of paint. Pay attention to the paint and make sure you use paint that is designed for home exteriors. Try not to cut corners – you want your home’s paint job to stand up under all types of weather conditions, so it always looks its best.

Choose a neutral color for your home. You will put buyers off if you use a custom color because they may not have similar tastes. Instead of buying a home they will have to repaint, they will simply move on to another home.

Prepare the surface for painting. This includes sanding and cleaning the surface before ever picking up a brush. Prepping your home to be painted will ensure that the paint job looks professional and beautiful.

Make sure you finish painting your home as soon as possible. This includes taking care of all touch-ups and finishing touches. You want buyers to see a home that is complete and ready to move in – not one that has an incomplete paint job.

And in today’s market, if you desire to move fast to take advantage of this crazy buyers market, the ideal choice may be to hire a professional to paint the exterior of your home for you. You’ll get a professional job in a fraction of the time … and have the ability to move on to your new home – and new lifestyle – even faster.


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