Monthly Archives: February 2018

Bring your Vacations Home with Paint

Have you been on a vacation lately to a tropical island paradise or perhaps a cabin in the mountains where the colors seemed richer, crisper, and more relaxing? Maybe you were mesmerized by the depth of color at a white sandy beach, found the changing colors of the warm ocean waters calming, or fell in love with the greenery in a lush rainforest. Wouldn’t it be great if we could bottle just a little bit of these hard-earned vacations and bring them home with us?

 

Maybe you can. Think about how the colors of your environment made you feel while on vacation. Maybe it is possible to bring a tiny piece of vacation home by changing the paint colors of your home’s interior. Let the emotion or mood are you trying to inspire be your guide to choosing your colors. Here are some examples.

 

  • A Resort Vibe – Remember the colors that greeted you at your vacation resort? Did you feel calmed by the colors that mimicked a fiery sunset, energized by the vibrantly painted homes on the island, or perhaps soothed by the natural hues of sand and palm trees? You can recreate this color palette in your own home to bring a little bit of your vacation back to your everyday life.
  • Ocean Paradise – Many people feel a sense of serenity while visiting the ocean. Try  embracing that feeling at home with cool or vibrant blues, soft or deep greens, and all the variations in between on the walls of your bedroom or living room.
  • Old City Feel – Did you visit the old cities of Europe or the Caribbean and fall in love with the cobblestone, brick, and stone of the historical architecture. Bring a little of that home with greys, browns, and hues that have this neutral favorite in mind.
  • Bring the Nature In – Whether you visited the mountains, beaches, or grassy fields of your vacation destination, nature was probably a key ingredient to the sense of relaxation. Choose a color that matches the nature that surrounded you on vacation.

 

In addition to the color palette that made your vacation so memorable, the textures and patterns probably also resonated with you. Use those ideas to add accents to each room such as bamboo, wicker furniture, or even colorful cotton throw pillows. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Winter Blues? How Paint Can Help

The dark days of winter have closed in upon us, and boy is it tempting to curl up with some Netflix and a favorite beverage on the couch until the first signs of spring arrive! The lack of daylight, the colder temperatures, and the blanket of snow can make even the cheeriest of us want to hibernate. Thankfully there are some ways painting can help you fight the darkness of a typical New England winter. Here are a few ideas to help you fight those winter blues.

 

Since surroundings can play a huge role in our moods, consider these paint projects that may help lift your spirits.

 

  • Accent Walls – If painting an entire room is not in the cards for your schedule or budget, consider a quick pick-me-up with an accent wall in one of your main living areas. Choose a color that you love, whether it is a rosey red, a snappy blue, or a cheery yellow.  This accent color can also be used on items in the room such as: throw pillows, scatter rugs, or keepsakes.

 

  • Entryway – If your mudroom or entryway is looking dingy with all the salt, mud, and boot tracks due to the snow, then this might be an area you could choose to refresh. Paint the cubbies and walls, or change out the color of baskets in your mudroom to give it a quick boost. A fresh coat of paint in this area can be a daily energizer to combat the darkness of winter.

 

  • Bedrooms – You’ve probably heard the old adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ‘em.”  Well, if winter has you wanting to hibernate, maybe go with it. Choose a warm, cozy color for your bedroom that makes you feel surrounded by warmth and happiness. Make your bedroom into your comfort zone by choosing a warm color and bedding to match.

 

Winter can seem neverending for some people. Painting an area of your home that you spend time in can help you feel a little less trapped by the grip that winter has on all of us in the northeast. If you need something to alleviate the winter blues in your home’s interior, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

DIY Painting – Top 5 Things That Go Wrong

Need to update or refresh a room in your home? Considering paint as an option? Are you thinking about “Doing-it-Yourself?” You may want to reconsider doing the “Weekend Warrior” thing as mistakes are fairly common and costly when in comes to painting interior rooms. According to the paint experts at Benjamin Moore and our paint professionals here at Jerry Enos Painting, these are the top 5 things that could go wrong if you DIY.

 

  1. Improper Prep – Many homeowners and novice painters tend to want to jump right into painting without the proper prep of the room and surfaces. Without the needed cleaning, scraping, and filling of holes or sanding of uneven surfaces, paint could bubble, chip, or peel, leaving a room that is unsightly. Improper prep can also lead to accidents on floors, carpets, or furniture that has not been moved or covered. See our blog from last week on the Importance of Prep for Painting.
  2. Skipping Primer – Some inexperienced painters may have the misconception that primer is an unneeded step in the process. Primer covers flaws in the surface and gives you a smooth, long-lasting finish.
  3. Using the Wrong Sheen – High traffic areas need paint that is durable and easy-to-clean. Using a flat paint in these areas could mean that wiping the surfaces could fade the color or wipe it away completely. Use a semi-gloss or higher sheen on these areas.
  4. Using Sloppy Techniques – There are a million ways to paint sloppily. Some newbies dip the paint brush too deep, use the wrong level of nap on rollers, apply the painters tape inappropriately, or even use unsafe scaffolding on stairwells and high-ceiling areas. Professionals know how to paint each difficult area and apply the right amount the first time.
  5. Lack of Clean Up – Sure, after painting all day it would be easy to pack up shop without cleaning the brushes, covering the paint cans or checking for drips before they dry. Professionals have a tried-and-true method after painting that protects the paint, equipment, and the room that is being painted.

 

If you decide that doing it on your own is not going to happen, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Mudroom Must-Haves

Living in New England means dressing for all sorts of weather, from sunny, flip-flop beach days to blizzard-like winter storms. This means having a wide range of coats, footwear, and accessories easily available as fickle Mother Nature changes her mind. But who has the room for all these items piled in the front entryway? To avoid a constant mess and to keep the all-weather gear easily accessible, many homeowners are opting to add mudrooms or create them out of the existing space they have. Let’s look at what every mudroom should have as well as what paint can make the most of the space you have.

 

A well-planned mudroom can not only create a smooth transition into the interior of your home, but it can also house all the gear your family needs on hand.

 

  • Organization – Every mudroom looks different, but what they all have in common is the sense of organization. For example, storage can be in the form of cubbies, lockers, bins, baskets, drawers, shelves, and a myriad of hooks ranging in size. Organization is the key to keeping your mudroom clean. Labeling the storage makes it that much easier to find that lost mitten or pair of sunglasses.

 

  • Seating – Mudrooms should also include a plan for seating, whether it is a built-in-bench or a few chairs to make it easier to pull on those shoes or boots.

 

  • Easy-to-Clean Surfaces – With many hands and feet making good use of the mudroom, it is a good idea to make the walls and surfaces easy-to-clean. Many homeowners choose a paint finish that makes wiping things down just that much easier such as semi-gloss or eggshell sheen for this high traffic area.

 

  • Color Choices – Now that you have all the hooks to hang coats, bins to store sweatshirts, cubbies for boots, drawers for the gloves, and baskets to organize the sporting equipment, it is time to choose a color that makes the space a true mudroom. This choice should take into consideration adjoining rooms as well as the amount of light in the area. Also consider if you want a bold color choice or muted neutral for the mudroom. We suggest choosing one color for the main area and accent with a splash of color on baskets, bins, or cushions for the seating area.

 

Do you need help planning and painting your dream mudroom? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

The Importance of Prep Work for Painting

Painting is one of the most powerful and budget-friendly ways to change the overall appearance of a room. A fresh coat of paint can, in fact, change the mood, aesthetic, and even the sense of size of a room. That is pretty impressive! Unfortunately, many homeowners are overly eager to see the new hue they have chosen for the walls and begin the painting process before the walls have been properly cleaned and prepped. Given that a majority of coating failures, such as peeling, bubbling, and discoloration are due to not having properly prepared the surface, it is a good idea to find out what prep work should be done before you start. Here is a quick list of prep work that should be done prior to even lifting a brush or roller.

 

  • The Wipe Down – Give the walls, heat registers, corners, ceiling, and window sills a thorough cleaning before you start painting the room. Do this simply with a mixture of a gentle detergent/soap and water. Don’t introduce any cleaning chemicals before you start painting. Once everything has been wiped down there should be no dirt, debris, cobwebs, or grime left on the walls or ceiling to interfere with the adhesion of the paint.  Be sure to let the walls dry completely before painting.

 

  • Fix Holes, Scratches, and Dings – It is fairly common that homes have uneven walls, holes from the nails of hanging pictures, or even the occasional divot from children playing or furniture hitting against the walls. Fill and repair these areas, along with sanding, so that the surface is even before you begin. One of the first places that paint begins to peel or bubble is around openings in the wall or near chipped drywall.  Some homeowners also caulk the windows at this point to allow for a better look.

 

  • Remove Furniture – If at all possible remove the furniture in the room before you begin painting. Not only will you appreciate being able to move freely around as you work but it means you avoid any accident that could cause spills on your furniture.

 

  • Cover the Floors –  For the same reason that you remove the furniture, you will want to cover the floors with some sort of protection. We suggest a cotton or canvas covering that tends to be less slippery than plastic coverings.

 

  • Gather all Materials – Before you begin be sure you have the tools you will need, including rollers, brushes, wet towels (for accidental drips), primer, paint, goggles, extension arms (for ceiling painting), and painters tape if you plan to use it.

 

Do you have questions about the prep work for the room(s) you have chosen? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.