Monthly Archives: June 2014

Summertime Grilling: Get an Early Start with These Warm Weather Favorites

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Are you totally ready for summer – real, honest-to-goodness summer – to get here so you can get outside on your newly restored deck and start grilling? Us too, but we say “Why wait?” We start grilling out on our decks as soon as there’s even the hint of a thaw!

Summer staples like burgers and dogs may seem a little out of place on your plate before beach season, so fill up that propane tank and give some of these springtime grilling favorites a try.

Swap out beef for lighter fare like chicken or salmon. An apricot glaze or butter, dill, and freshly squeezed lemon will give you your first taste of summertime!

Grilled asparagus seasoned with nothing more than olive oil, salt, and pepper cooks quickly to perfection right on the grill. Make it even tastier by topping it with shaved parm and thinly sliced almonds.

Craving more veggies? Bell peppers – red, green, yellow, or orange – grill up amazingly delicious with no or very little seasoning needed.

Round out your May meal with new potatoes cooked with butter, salt, and crushed garlic – quartered new potatoes can’t go on the grill directly, of course, so make a little dish with heavy duty aluminum foil.

And now for the surprise ending. Grilled pineapple is an amazing spring and summertime dessert that’s easy, too. Toss pineapple rings with brown sugar and cinnamon, and grill for a treat that’ll leave people wondering why THEY never tried fruit on the grill!

Of course, anything goes when it comes to grilling, but here’s a hint: rosemary, parsley, dill, and cilantro make everything springier!

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Feeling Blue: Interior Painting with Sky, Turquoise, and More

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Most people reach out to interior painting companies in Massachusetts with at least some idea of what they’re looking for. But some clients need a little help. Color on the walls can be complicated when you’re looking beyond neutrals for your inspiration. There’s emotion involved. Psychology, too! Some colors are energizing and some are calming. Blue? Can be both, depending on the shade. That adds a whole other layer of complexity for anyone considering this cool but complicated color.

For instance, different people respond to blue in different ways. Many people associate blue – whether it’s on the walls or on a shirt – with optimism. It could be the associating with sunny skies! Blue can be tranquil, refreshing, and calming, too. But feeling blue isn’t at all positive. We talk about singing the blues or having the blues. In the present day, blue is considered a male color, but do a little digging and you find out that blue was once considered a feminine color!

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There’s no right or wrong way to use blue in your interior painting palette, of course. Like we said, color is very personal and you’re the one who has to live with it! But do consider some of the following points as you explore all the various shades of blue there are to choose from in the paint department (and there are MANY).

  • Rooms with dark blue walls don’t have to be big but they should be well lit – and natural light is preferable. Smaller rooms that don’t get a lot of light can feel cramped with navy or even darker walls. Contrasting a dark blue with bright white trim can give dark blue walls more presence.

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  • Be wary of accenting dark blues with bright yellows or reds, which will seem energizing at first but can grow tiresome quickly thanks to – of all things – eye strain. Softer whites and greens can tame the power of darker blues.
  • Many shades of light blue look more at home in the nursery than in the living room until they’re properly accented. Be very careful when choosing light blue paint for interior spaces like the kitchen, bathroom, and bedrooms. Light blue with natural wood trim looks beautiful.
  • Sky blue brings with it all the positive associations mentioned above, but really bright, dazzling sky blue can be a little overwhelming. You can tone it down by adding white to soften the color; just be careful you’re not inadvertently mixing it down so far you end up with baby blue.

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  • Turquoise and its softer cousin aquamarine are still trendy but typically as accent colors. However, these shades can look utterly brilliant on walls – especially when paired with black and white décor. A touch of yellow makes everything pop. Teal is another hue in this family and a lot of fun!
  • Pale blues are perfect for those who can’t decide between light blues and whites. You’ll find just a hint of blue in the palest versions, but for a little more oomph try gray blues. These make wonderful alternatives to plain grays, which can be boring.
  • Other blues to explore include periwinkle (which is close to purple), cool blues, silvery blue, slate, midnight blue, cobalt, and royal blue.

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We’d never presume to tell our clients what colors to choose, though we are happy to help with choosing interior paint colors when asked! Like we said – sometimes picking the perfect palette can be complicated. It can sometimes be very helpful to have a second set of eyes to bounce ideas off of!

At Jerry Enos Interior Painting Company, we know the right products for the job. Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

Lead Paint: Removal, Safety and the Real Deal

Thanks to awareness campaigns going back more than three decades, most people know that lead paint is dangerous.

What many don’t know is exactly why. And even fewer know what they ought to do should it turn out they’re living in a home with lead paint on walls or trim. If you think that your house or apartment couldn’t possibly have lead paint, you might be surprised.

It’s more common than you think! Lead paint wasn’t banned in the US until 1978 and it was widely used before then, so if you live in a home constructed before then the chances that lead is lurking somewhere in your home are pretty good.

Updated 2013 regulations that outline work and clean up procedures for contractors may be keeping professionals and their clients safer, but instances of lead paint poisoning often involve kids under 6, DIYers, and handymen working without training or certifications.

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If you suspect there’s lead paint in your home or you’ve tested for lead and confirmed it, here are some steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:

  • Remodeling? Make sure you’re working with an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator. They’ll have the tools and know-how to work safely around lead paint, which adults often ingest inadvertently in the form of paint dust during unsafe renovations. Find an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator at http://www.leadfreekids.org.
  • Exposed lead paint can be covered with heavy-duty materials like tile or sheetrock. Painting over lead paint is only a temporary fix – if new paint peels, it will expose the lead all over again.
  • Families with children in homes with known lead paint should have kids tested for lead exposure and poisoning. Lead paint can taste sweet so babies and young children will sometimes eat it on purpose, but even a few lead paint dust particles consumed accidentally can harm a child.

The real deal is this: When handled safely, lead paint poses hardly any health risks. Be smart and protect yourself and your family.

 

 

 

 

Contrasting… Complementary… Colors, Oh My!

Choosing paint doesn’t always mean one and done – as in pick a color, any color, and you’re good to go. Sometimes you need an accent color. Or two or more accent colors! That’s why we wrote up a quick primer on how to combine colors with harmonious results.

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Did you know that complementary and contrasting colors are the same thing? They’re colors directly opposite from each other on the color wheel, and according to color psychology, using them together tends to make spaces feel lively and cheerful. It’s an exciting and striking combo, but also a familiar and comforting one. For best results, choose a primary color you’ll use at least 60% of the time and use its complementary color or colors as the accent.

Then there are analogous colors. These are hues that are next to each other on the color wheel, i.e., green, blue-green, and blue. This combo comes in handy when you want to paint two walls two different colors or you have a favorite color you want to decorate around.

Triadic colors are any three colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. Most people who find themselves attracted to triad color schemes have a preference for multiple bright, vivid colors – it’s a very contemporary combo and one that is often used on a backdrop of white.

Not ready to try your hand at color combinations? If you’re leaning toward the one and done method of choosing paint colors, you can take comfort in the fact that a monochromatic color scheme (one hue, different shades) can still be complex!

At Jerry Enos Interior Painting Company, we know the right products for the job. Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

Is Your Backyard Deck Really Ready for Summer?

At long last, springtime is finally here, though it may not be quite the right temperature for backyard barbecuing just yet. If you’re anything like us you’re absolutely ready for deck weather but is your deck? Ice, snow, sun, and storms (along with other winter wear and tear) can damage a deck. And a deck that wasn’t in the best shape when temperatures turned cold could need extra care.

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Of course, you can’t know what condition your deck is in until you’ve taken a look. Composite lumber or vinyl decks will likely need nothing more than a quick hose down – or a professional wash if it’s been a few years. Pressure treated wood decks, on the other hand, are subject to wood rot and decay, splitting, splintering, and warping. Inspect wooden decks from bottom to top, paying special attention to support beams and tightening/replacing hardware as needed.

On the surface and on railings, these common problems can be cosmetic issues that require nothing more than turning or replacing a board. However, if there is significant rot or water damage near support beams you may need to consult with a professional about repairs before using your deck.

Assuming that your deck does not need any major maintenance, it’s time to clean! Pressure washing isn’t always an option with treated lumber. Oxygen bleach is a non-toxic cleaner that’s safe to use on decks and won’t harm the plants and animals in your yard. Sealing is the next step to making sure your wood deck repels moisture and stays in top condition.

Did you know that Jerry Enos Painting offers deck refinishing and restoration? We can breathe new life into even the most weather-beaten deck! Call us to find out more.