Monthly Archives: October 2013

Five Pro Tips for Caring for Painted Walls

If you have kids and pets, you know how difficult keeping your interior paint looking good can be. Choosing durable, quality house paint is your first line of defense, but food stains, crayons, scratches, and other oopses can definitely affect the beauty of your walls. Cleaning painted walls isn’t as easy as scrubbing, which can cause shiny patches or other unsightly spots. That’s why we have 5 tips for caring for your walls no matter what life throws at them:

Use the right finish. The glossier the paint, the better it will be at resisting stains because it presents a smoother surface. An eggshell or satin finish is fine for bedrooms and the living room, but for moist areas, trim, or walls near food prep, use semigloss and gloss paint.

Clean gently. Abrasives and elbow grease can strip paint. Water on a soft rag plus some gentle rubbing may do the trick. Next try mild dishwashing liquid. Then soap. If nothing works, Mister Clean Magic Eraser will probably get the job done. Always rinse with plain water after cleaning.

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Treat stains and sticky stuff ASAP. Waterborne spots – think ketchup or wine – can be wiped away with water. Oil-based spills or crayon will likely need mild dish soap.

Take care with permanent marker. Typically the only way to remove permanent market is with an abrasive, though try the Magic Eraser first. Both methods may strip paint – apply a stain-blocking primer if you’re painting over marker.

A dab will do you. When you do have to paint over a stain, dab paint on rather than brushing a patch. This will make the contrast between old and new paint less obvious.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting company in New England – to subscribe, contact us!

Expert Tips for Picking Paint Colors

Half the fun of repainting is picking paint colors. And half the stress of repainting is picking paint colors. As much as any of us enjoys strolling through the massive wall of paint chips at the hardware store there is something about having too many options that can make choosing a color for a bedroom or hallway, or color scheme for an exterior painting project, incredibly daunting. Here are our tips for making it less overwhelming:

Start Off Small

When you’re repainting your entire house, inside and out, you may feel like you need to pick all of your colors at once. But you don’t. Instead of trying to create a color scheme for every wall, ceiling, and surface, pick one room, an accent wall, or a hallway and think only about that space. Picking paint colors will feel less crazy that way and once you’ve picked a color and painted, you’ll feel more confident when it comes to choosing colors for larger spaces or your home’s exterior.

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Think About Your Stuff

Do you have a favorite piece of furniture, throw rug, or objet d’art? Perhaps the rooms you’re painting already have a strong color focus or scheme. Unless you’re planning on redecorating after you paint, your possessions can help you narrow down your paint color options. Outside, for exterior painting projects, the color of your roof, walkways, and even your landscaping can guide you toward harmonious choices.

Use Paint Samples, Not Chips

Paint chips are great when you’re in the beginning stages of picking paint colors for an interior or exterior painting project, but once you’ve narrowed it down to a handful of shades you need to up your game. Sample pots of your faves are sometimes free but more often cost a couple of bucks, which is why some people avoid them. But hanging paint chips on the wall isn’t nearly as helpful as actually painting real swatches of color that let you see how it each looks on the wall at different times of day.

Consider the Surface

What are you painting? Most people paint their ceilings flat white but not everyone – if you’re dreaming of a cool colored ceiling, consider that color on a ceiling will look darker than that same color painted on a vertical wall. Once you find a shade you like, opt for one shade lighter. It will look like the original shade once it’s dry. Painting the floor? The same rules apply. Also remember: Paint applied to smooth surfaces will reflect and magnify light, making colors appear brighter, while paint on rough surfaces will usually look a bit darker.

Use the Process of Elimination

If you’re having trouble finding colors you really love, why not make a list of colors you hate? Figuring out which colors are on your ‘no way’ list can help you narrow down your choices in the long run – and make you feel more confident about your picks once you do make a decision. Eliminating entire hues or shades can make finding the colors you do like easier and may even help you open your eyes to colors you wouldn’t otherwise have considered.

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Do Not Forget About Lighting

The same color of paint is going to look very different in a living room with full southern exposure than in a bedroom with a single north-facing window or in a finished basement that gets no natural light at all. Always keep light in mind when choosing paint colors because the color you love on the chip under the harsh fluorescents at the hardware store isn’t going to look the same in your living room. And that’s why we suggest sample pots for anyone tackling an interior or exterior painting project.

What Mood are You Trying to Create?

Some paint colors are naturally intense. Bright daisy yellow. Fire engine red. Deep black. Some are low-intensity… like calm sky blue, sea foam green, or simple pretty peach. If you’d like a color that’s not too intense or too calm pick from the middle of paint chip strips because that’s where the “safest” colors can be found. Consider, though, what mood you’re trying to capture. We recommend saving the dramatic colors for the living room or accent colors in the kitchen and painting with more relaxing colors in bedrooms and studies.

Finally, Be Patient

Don’t rush to pick paint colors or you’ll run the risk of ending up with walls in a hue you’ll grow to hate. Your interior and exterior walls aren’t going anywhere, right? You have plenty of time to carefully consider all of your options.

At Jerry Enos Painting, a Massachusetts exterior painting company, you always receive a free, professional paint consultation that includes help choosing paint colors for your interior and exterior spaces. We understand that choosing paint colors isn’t always easy so our goal is to work with you to make sure you’re delighted with your palette. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843 today to get started.

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Fun Facts about Painting

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Adding color to the world with paint is a uniquely human activity – one that we’ve been engaging in since prehistoric times! For that and other reasons we think paint and painting are pretty interesting and after reading this list, we think you will, too.

1. About 10% of ALL paint we buy in the US is eventually thrown out, and the majority of that is paint bought for residential projects. That’s more than 60,000,000 gallons down the drain!

2. The oldest house paint was made of lime mixed with milk and sometimes natural pigments. King Tut’s tomb was painted with milk paint! Even the White House was originally painted with a lime-based whitewash.

3. Throughout history a red front door has symbolized many things, from a safe place for travelers to stop for the night to having a fully paid mortgage.

4. House painters and artists alike were once expected to grind their own pigments with a mortar and pestle, which may be why there was a time when only well off people in the US would have had a painted house.

5. The first painters’ union was formed in London in 1502 and was called the Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers.

6. There tend to be more shades of green than any other in commercially available paint colors because the human eye can distinguish more variations of green than of any other color.

7. In 1940 Canadian Norman Breakey invented the first paint roller. He didn’t profit from it because he never patented it. During World War II, an inventor working for Sherwin-Williams also created a roller brush because the hogs’ hair used for paintbrushes was unavailable thanks to the war.

8. It was the Greek philosopher Plato who discovered that you can mix two different paint colors together to produce a third color.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting company in MA – to subscribe, contact us!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall 2013: Where and When to Peep Leaves

There’s nothing like driving along, taking in the gorgeous colors of the New England fall foliage. Maybe with a bag of apple cider doughnuts?

But the question of when to hop in the car isn’t as simple as waiting until mid-October. Scientists have been studying the weather’s effects on fall foliage for 25 years, and every new year’s weather patterns affect when the colors will reach their peak.

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Autumn 2013 is bringing with it some impressively vibrant displays of red, orange, and gold, but warmer temperatures are delaying the coloration. While the AccuWeather.com 2013 Fall Forecast is predicting near-normal temperatures and precipitation for the mid-Atlantic region, there may be a lower concentration of the bright, colorful leaves we all love.

Still, there’s no place like New England in the autumn, and we say it’s worth working leaf peeping into your fall fun schedule.

Here are the best times:

Massachusetts: (Inland) Until Oct. 21; (Coastal) Until Oct. 28

Rhode Island: Until Oct. 28

New Hampshire: (Coastal) Until Oct. 21

New York: Until Oct. 28

Maine: (Inland) Until Oct. 17; (Coastal) Until Oct. 21

Vermont: (Southern) Until Oct. 17

Happy peeping!

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting company in MA – to subscribe, contact us!