Monthly Archives: September 2017

New Home? Paint Before you Move In.

Congratulations, you found the home of your dreams! You must be elated… and a bit overwhelmed. In fact, even before the papers are signed and moving boxes have been filled, you probably have a million items on your “wish list” of things to tackle in your new home. From updating the electrical wiring, to fixing that stubborn leak in the bathroom, the list may seem endless. While some items may be big ticket items to worry about, others may just be little annoyances. Prioritizing this list into when they should be completed – before or after move in – can help make things seem less overwhelming.

One item that is probably on your list is interior painting, right? Here are a few reasons why this item should not be put on the back burner and should be done prior to moving in, if at all possible.

  • Painting an empty room is so much easier than a room full of furniture. No one likes hauling furniture and finding a safe, clean space to settle it in while a room is being painted. Remember, it’s not just furniture, but draperies, hardware, and all those little things that take time to remove and store properly.
  • Painting a new home is a quick way to make everything look new! No more smudges on the walls, chipping paint, or paint that is peeling. A professional paint job can make your house look great before you start arranging furniture and putting your personal touch on the interior.
  • Painting can get rid of a previous owner’s unique color choices. If the prior owners had a passion for bold colors/patterns or something that is not quite your taste, painting the interior can erase that from view and hopefully your memory.
  • Painting prior to moving in allows you to be free of any paint smells on a daily basis. Even low odor paints can be off-putting to some homeowners. Painting prior to move in day can solve that.

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 if you have a new home that you want to put your personal stamp on before you move in. We can make it happen. Again, congrats on your new home!

Does Your House Look Dated and Tired?

Trends come and go, especially in the world of home decorating and design. Sure, we all loved floral wallpaper, wood paneled walls, and rattan furniture… for a while. Then, they just became dated and tired-looking. Nothing can make a home look older and more worn-down than a trend that is well past its prime. While we embrace living in the style of the moment and decorating with current trends in mind, what can you do to curb the trend cycle that can be costly and hard to break?

  • Have a Flexible Color Scheme – If an accent wall color was popular in the 2000s, chances are it is looking pretty old by now. We suggest using a main color that is classic and somewhat timeless, then adding accent walls in a pop of color that are easier to refresh every few years than repainting an entire room. While you may read this as “choose a neutral color”, don’t be fooled into thinking neutral only means white and beige. There are many hues of green, taupe, white, and warm tones that can make excellent base colors from which to build your design.
  • Avoid a Theme – If you don’t want your home to look like a certain decade, then you may want to avoid a theme. Certain prints and designs scream “dated.” In addition, certain themes such as Indian prints and Aztec or Moroccan designs also lend themselves to certain time periods.
  • Be Prepared for Change – Some people love to decorate, paint, and redecorate constantly. Maybe this is not for you. But to avoid a dated and tired look, you may want to prepare for changes as they come. Switch out furniture pieces as they age; swap out rugs once they look a little worse for wear. Even one or two new pieces can give a lift to a room, hallway or entryway.

Need help finding a color or design that will stand the test of time and won’t look dated too fast? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843.

Fall Home Improvement Projects

Now that the weather is finally getting a bit cooler, many homeowners find that this is an ideal time to do some much needed outdoor home improvement projects. We suggest looking around the exterior of your property and see what needs some TLC before the winter sets in. Here are just a few of the ideas for improving your home this fall.

  • Exterior Painting – Fall is a fantastic time to take care of the exterior paint projects, whether it is the trim, deck, garage, or a full house job. Washing, scraping, priming, and painting the exterior of your home can prolong the life of your siding, trim, and window surrounds. Not only will the fresh coat seal the wood, but it will also make your home look new again!
  • Power Washing – Decks, walkways, driveways, and other surfaces can get grimy and dirty over the course of a busy summer season. Jerry Enos Painting offers power washing that can remove the grime and restore the surface to its original appearance.
  • Seal Windows – With winter coming all-to-soon, take care of cracks and gaps in your windows. This can save you money on your utility bills and help make your home look refreshed.
  • Roof Repair – Fall is a great time to fix roof issues as it is not as blistering hot up there as it is during the summer months. In addition, winter is not a good time to find out that you have a roof leak or need to recap your chimney. No one wants to be up on a slippery, snow-covered roof at that time of year.
  • Gutter Clean Out – Avoid costly blockages in your gutters by cleaning them out every fall. Get all those leaves, pine needles, and other debris that has accumulated over the year.

Do you have painting or power washing you want completed this fall? Call Jerry Enos Painting  at 978-546-6843 soon.

Painting and Decorating a Nursery

The years from cradle to crayons happens so fast. Our little bundles of joy seem to grow right before our eyes. The moments that you will remember the most may be the late night crying jags in the rocking chair, or, alternatively, watching your little one sleep peacefully in his/her crib. No matter what, your infant’s room will be an integral part of the first few years. Therefore, decorating it should use imagination, creativity, and a dash of fun. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on paint color and décor for your precious little one’s room:

 

Color Palette – Whether you go old school blue or pink, or decide on a non-traditional color palette, we suggest choosing three colors to work with. One color should be the main color, then a coordinating color, and finally an accent color that will pop. Choose a color that you can live with for a couple of years before you will change it out when your infant becomes a toddler with differing opinions.

  • Green is a neutral color and has the ability to bring the outside in with its nature-like feel.
  • Blue tends to evoke feelings of calmness, tranquility, and spirituality. Blue shades are good choices for a restful bedroom.
  • Red is a primary the color that is a great accent color that can add some pop and brightness to any room.
  • Yellow tends to be a cheerful and dynamic color that can warm any room.
  • White reflects light, so it can make a room appear bright, cool, and spacious. But it’s also the hardest room color to keep clean with little ones around.
  • Purple can add energy to a room in various shades and is a favorite as children grow.

Sheen – While adults tend to like the look of flat and eggshell sheen, we suggest that you choose a satin or semi-gloss paint sheen in your child’s room, as these are the easiest to clean.

Themes – Choosing a theme based on a favorite character, book, quote, or even a word can be a fun way to tie all the components of a room together. For example, a young boy who loves Winnie the Pooh may mean that you choose a soft color palette for the walls and then accent the room with Winnie the Pooh pillows, books, stuffed animals, and a comforter with the main characters on it.

Wall Decor – Choose artwork that is simple and easy to catch your little one’s attention, such as letters, easy-to-identify items, or items that are a part of the theme that you have chosen.

If you need help painting or choosing a decorating theme for your nursery, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 for a consultation.

Biggest Painting Blunders

Painting is one of the fastest ways to transform a room and the process looks pretty straightforward. But you know what they say, “To err is human” right? Well put a paint brush and a roller in the hands of someone who is not experienced and you will definitely have some hilarious and sometimes costly blunders. Many a “Weekend Warrior” has spent precious hours redoing or fixing painting mistakes that can be costly and time consuming. Here are some of the most common painting blunders.

 

  • Unprotected Surroundings – Painting a room means that it should be pretty much empty and coverings should be laid down to protect the floors. Many a paint can has been tipped or paint trays have been stepped in by painters who forgot where it was or just got sloppy. Always protect the surroundings with tarps and tape when necessary.

 

  • Skipping a Step – One of the biggest blunders novices make is dashing headlong into a painting project without preparing the area. Wash the walls, dust the ceiling and get rid of all dirt and grime. Fill all nail holes and cracks carefully using spackle and putty. You really don’t want to redo a section because you painted over a nail hole or found a spider web in a corner.

 

  • Forgoing Primer – Primer sets the stage for a smooth final coat. The paint sticks better and allows the true final color to show. Professionals never skip this important step.

 

  • Rushing – While it may seem simple to roll on some paint and cut in around corners – do not rush. Cutting in is an art form that can be tricky and can become messy if you try to move too fast. Painting too fast also means you are not taking care of the details that make the difference between a professional job and a DIY mess.

 

If you are looking for a professional paint job call Jerry Enos Painting 978-546-6843 for a job done right the first time.