Monthly Archives: March 2018

Dining Room Décor and Paint Choices

What is your entertaining style? Do you enjoy traditional Sunday afternoon family dinners or perhaps non-traditional, late night fondue and wine parties? Whether your style could be described as “tastefully elegant” or “comfortably laidback”, that distinguishing characteristic and entertaining style may help you when it comes time to paint and decorate your dining area. Here are some thoughts when it comes to choosing the right paint color and for your dining room decor.

  • Be Dramatic and Bold – If you have separate kitchen and dining room eating areas, then you may find that the dining room is left for the bigger holiday and family gatherings. This may mean that you don’t use the room nearly as much as the your everyday kitchen eating area. Given this, you might want to go a little more dramatic or bold in your color choices in the dining room since you won’t need to experience the room daily. Pick a color that is a stretch for you or that is just a bit dramatic. Have one wall be an accent wall that is a shade or two more brilliant or darker than the other walls.

 

  • Rely on your Personal Style of Entertaining – As we mentioned above, paint and decorate your dining area according to how you like to entertain. If you love having neighbors and friends over for comfy, home-cooked, relaxing meals, then make your dining area a place of relaxation. Choose a color that is soothing and brings out your personality. On the other hand, if you like more traditional meals, then decorate and paint the room in a traditional manner, such as using a chair railing to separate colors or choosing a neutral tone to match with whatever table settings you may be using.

 

  • Find Inspiration around you – Choosing a color for your dining room can be challenging, so look around your room or house for inspiration. Maybe there is a photograph or keepsake from a recent vacation that has a color you love. Or perhaps there is a fabric, style of furniture, or a piece of art or clothing that has a color that you are drawn to that would perk up your walls. Find inspiration around you so that your walls reflect you.

 

If you are challenged by choosing a color or décor for your dining area, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to see examples and find inspiration for your next project.

Garage Workshop Must-Haves – Epoxy Flooring!

Do you love working in your garage, or as my grandfather would say, “tinkering”? If you are like him, maybe you spend your weekends repairing, building, or restoring things like furniture, appliances, or maybe even the family car. If you could have a dream workshop in your garage, what would you include? A workbench? Top-of-the-line tools? Or maybe you would want to design your garage workshop from the ground up so that everything had a place and clean up was a breeze.

 

If you were to layout your dream garage workshop, what components would it have? Here are a few of our suggestions for a dream garage workshop.

 

  • Workspace – Ideally for anyone who likes to tinker, there should be a workspace that has room for whatever your hobby or passion is. A flat work area in a corner would be a great addition to any garage workshop.

 

  • Storage – Every workshop has tools so a must-have would be proper storage for all equipment. A dream garage workshop would include a hanging or resting place for every tool, preferably not on the work table!

 

  • Lighting and Ventilation – Having the proper lighting and ventilation can aid in health, safety, and accuracy when it comes to power tools.

 

  • Durable and Easy-to-Clean Environment – Jerry Enos Painting suggests an epoxy flooring for your garage workshop. Not only is an epoxy flooring durable but easy to maintain and clean. Our innovative epoxy flooring styles, strong supplier support, and select team of highly skilled installers have earned us the reputation as the “go to” installers in the field for both commercial and residential clients.

 

If you are planning your dream garage workspace, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about our exceptional epoxy floor options and installation.

 

4 Common Exterior Painting Questions

Once the weather warms up a bit more, our experienced painters at Jerry Enos Painting will be out in full force for the season working on the exteriors of homes in our region. Savvy homeowners know that there are questions they should consider before choosing a paint and a painting company. Here are some of the five most common things to consider when painting your exterior.

How often should I paint my home’s exterior?

There are many factors that determine how long your exterior paint should last including: the quality of paint used, the condition of the surface, climate and environmental factors, and the sun exposure on the home. Getting the longest life out of your exterior paint can mean regular cleanings, repairs to wood siding, and touch ups to areas that are showing wear and tear. With a little TLC your paint job can last many years.

Should You Hire Out for Exterior Painting or Should You Do-It-Yourself?

If you are a weekend warrior and feel up to the task then go for it, but if you feel like you don’t want to be on a ladder, or spend all of your free time painting, or have no idea how to paint then hiring a reputable, reliable, and experienced painting company is the best course of action. Jerry Enos Painting has been doing exterior and interior painting for over two decades in the North Shore region. Call our office and check our references for satisfied customers who can tell you about our exceptional customer service and skills.

What Should I look for in a Painting Company?

First, find out the reputation the company has. Are they reliable, well trained, and do the job the right way the first time. Remember, they will be painting your most valuable possession – your home. Then find out about insurance and licensing. Do some research online on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau, and other online review locations to find out what they are rated and what customers are saying about them.

What Should I ask the Painting Contractor?

While meeting a team member should give you a good “gut” feel for the company as a whole, there are some questions you may want to ask when interviewing painting companies. Find out what surface prep they do. Ask about the quality of paint being used. Ask what the clean up procedure is at the end of every day. Ask what is included in the estimate – is it labor or labor and materials? Request that they give you names of people in your area whom they have done work for so you can look at the quality yourself.

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Spring Touch up Tips

As the calendar gets closer and closer to spring, many homeowners get into spring cleaning mode. For some this means cleaning out closets, while for others it means a full basement overhaul. While for still others it means touching up paint chips, scrapes, bubbles, and spots!  If you are like me, and are one of these people who notices these little flaws around your house, then spring is a great time to do some much needed touch ups.

Spring allows for warmer weather, which means that paint can adhere and cure better and windows can be left open so that any residual smell can be erased by a good spring breeze. No matter if you are touching up in hallways, bedrooms, main living areas, or all of the trim throughout the house, here are a few spring cleaning touch up tips.

 

  • Clean any area that you plan to touch up. It is no fun painting only to find a spider web or dirt and grime that has built up on the surface that you want to paint. Wipe down the area with a wet towel that is free of lint.
  • Confirm that you have the right paint colors. Hopefully you have extra paint in your garage or basement that is properly labelled. Make sure to mix it well and test the color first! Discard old paint and try to get a color match.
  • Make any necessary repairs that are needed to the surfaces you will be painting. Fill nail holes, smooth out surfaces, and sand raised portions of the walls. Do not paint over blemishes hoping the paint will hide a crack, bubble or peeling paint. This will just lead to a lack of adhesion and paint problems down the line.
  • Don’t forget to prime the area that you will be touching up. Primer is used to gain optimal paint adhesion and color blending.
  • After painting and allowing for proper drying time, check the wall to see if the touch up looks natural.

 

Do you need help with spring touch ups? Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Interior Color

Painting is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to transform the entire mood and look of a room. Most realtors and interior designers alike advise homeowners of the benefits of painting the interior of their home including: cleaning and refreshing the surfaces, altering the look of a dated room, and adding value to a home without the large price tag. Once you have decided that painting is the way to go, how do you choose the color that is right for your home? Here are 4 steps to choosing the right interior color for your home.

 

  • Get Some Color Inspiration – Look to items and colors around you that you are drawn to or make you happy. For example, there may be a piece of artwork, a swatch of fabric, a rug, or a keepsake that has a color in it that you love. Go from there and find a paint color that matches!  If you can not find something in your surroundings that inspires you, look online for rooms that you would like to emulate. Jerry Enos Painting has several inspiration ideas online that can help you get started.
  • Choose Some Color Options – Too many of us go nuts looking at swatch after swatch in the paint store. Choose several colors that you like and bring either the swatches or a small sample home with you. It is always best to apply a small bit to the walls in the room that you plan to paint. This way you can see how it would look in the light that is available – unlike a store that may have dim lighting or, worse yet, fluorescent lighting.
  • Choose a Sheen – Once you have decided on the color palette you would like to use, now it is time to consider sheen. The sheen of the paint can make a huge impact on how the color is seen. Glossy and semi-gloss reflect the light while matte and flat absorb the light. Be sure to take this into account when considering colors. Some people even test out the color they love in a few sheens to be sure they like the shine level. When choosing a sheen also consider what room is being painted. Rooms that get a lot of traffic and may have dirty or greasy hands touching the walls should go for higher gloss sheens as they are easier to clean.
  • Think Like a Designer – Bring together all the textures, patterns, and colors that you hope to use in the room you will be painting to confirm that they coordinate well. Try out accent colors that will pop and coordinate with neutrals that you choose for furnishings or décor. Most of all, have fun choosing your color!

 

If you need help choosing a color for your interior rooms, call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.