Do you have a college-bound senior or maybe a college graduate who is ready to head out and make it on their own? If the prospect of having an“empty nest has you nervous, don’t worry, you are not alone. So many parents face this time with trepidation, but we say consider it a time when you finally get to do things for yourself. And think of the real estate you gain back in your own home! Now may be the time to redecorate “the nest” so-to-speak!
Many parents of college-bound seniors decide to keep their bedroom intact as s/he will be returning during school breaks, and most definitely in the summer. But other parents decide that now is the time to make this room into something else. In fact, some parents decide that the room can have many functions. Depending on the size of your child’s room you could opt to create all sorts of functions for this space including a(n): man cave, craft room, extra guest room, storage closet, pool or gaming room, in-home theater, large walk-in closet, or even a fitness room. The possibilities are endless!
Before you start moving furniture and clearing out the space, there are some things to consider for design and decorating purposes. First and foremost, in our eyes, is the color palette for the room. If the space is going to be used for many purposes you may want to go with a neutral color that can accommodate many different functionalities. If is going to be a home theater or a man cave, you may want to choose a deeper or darker color for viewing purposes and comfort factor. If you are choosing to transform the space into a workout area, your paint color may have more punch to it in the form of brighter and more energetic tones like reds or yellows. If you plan to carve out extra closet space or crafting area, you may want to consider using paint to delineate different areas of the room for different purposes such as a wrapping station with an accent wall, or a craft corner with softer tones.
Talk to the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting to get started on creating your own space out of your empty nest. Call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
Are you expecting company this summer? Who doesn’t love having friends and relatives visiting from afar? Do you have a dedicated guest room or a multipurpose room that can be quickly transformed into a guest get-a-way? Either way, refreshing this room can help make your visitors feel right at home. Here are a few tips to follow when painting and decorating your guest room.
- Paint! – Paint can set the tone and mood of your guest room, so choose a soothing color palette that will not only make your guests feel welcome, but also coordinates with the overall color scheme of the rest of your house. Talk to our color consultant at Jerry Enos Painting to find out what colors may work best in your guest room.
- Make it Comfy – Many people find it hard to sleep in a bed that is not their own, so do what you can to make the bed and area around it inviting and comfortable. Find sheets and a comforter that coordinate with the color palette of the room. Splurge and get a sheet count that is high so the comfort factor goes up a notch. Put out soft blankets and pillows to add some luxury to the room as well.
- Create a Theme – If you have a dedicated guest room that doesn’t serve as a study or den as well, then you have the opportunity to create a theme for the room. Whether it is travel, nautical, whimsical, or nature-oriented, have fun with it. Bring in the paint color and coordinate pillows, upholstery for furniture, pictures on the walls, and décor around the room.
- Remember Functionality – A guest room should also consider some practical items like where a visitor can store his/her luggage, hang clothing, freshen up after a long day, and even provide some small amenities they may have forgotten like a hair dryer, toothpaste, and, other hygiene items in a cute basket.
If you are considering freshening up your guest room this summer, talk to our experts on color palettes and ways to design a guest room that will make your visitors want to stay forever… well, hopefully not for too long! Call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
If you are considering selling your home this season or in the near future, painting either the interior or exterior surfaces may be on your long list of things to do. Before putting your home on the market, most realtors suggest a quick refresh with a coat of paint either inside, outside or, in the best-case-scenario, both!
There are several reasons why realtors suggest painting prior to listing a house. The most common reason is that paint can give a room or house a new look. Paint is the most cost-effective way to make a great first impression on potential buyers. Another reason is that many homes have paint palettes that are unique to the tastes of the current homeowners. Bright, splashy colors or, worse yet, wallpaper, may completely turn off a buyer who doesn’t want to think about repainting every room.
It is for these reasons that realtors suggest choosing from a neutral or toned down color palette when you are painting for resale. For instance, Zillow, one of the largest online real estate databases completed an analysis of more than 32,000 photos from sold residential properties and found that specific colors can either boost or crimp a home’s selling price. The analysis controlled for square footage, the age of the home, the date and location of the transaction, and then compared the sale prices of homes with white walls versus those with more colorful paint. Desirable colors “help future buyers envision themselves living in the space,” according to the study. They suggest researching what colors are popular at the time that you are selling. For example, last year, yellow was a hot color, while this year, grays and beiges are in.
If you are looking to sell and want some advice on what colors would look good in your space, call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
Now that summer is in full swing, your deck and patio are probably getting lots of use with BBQs, nights around the fire pit, and other fun outdoor entertainment. If you are finding that your deck is looking a little worn, giving barefoot guests splinters, or perhaps just losing the fresh look the wood once had, then maybe now is the time to clean, restore, and/or refinish your valuable outdoor entertaining space. Jerry Enos Painting has years of experience evaluating decks and outdoor spaces for much needed repairs, power washing, and restoration to bring the area back to the new look it once had. Let’s take a look at how you can bring your deck back to life.
New England poses some serious climate problems for outdoor structures including deck and patio areas. Harshly cold and snowy winters give way to exceedingly warm and humid summers in our region. These extreme changes in temperature alone can cause wood to decay, splinter, and warp. Add to that the fact that we northerners tend to over-use salt and deicing products, thus causing further decay. Grime, dirt, and mildew can make your deck look old, worn, and tired faster than in other areas of the country.
- Power Washing – One of the first steps in making your deck or hardscape come back to life is to give it a good cleaning in order to wipe away the salt residue, dirt, mold, and grime that can build up over the fall, winter, and spring seasons. Power washing should be done by a professional who understands the angle and force that can be safely used on wood and stone surfaces.
- Repair and Restoration – After checking the supports, footings, slats, and railings, the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting can repair any rotting wood and ensure that the deck is safe for family and friends to enjoy.
- Deck Refinishing – After your deck is deemed secure, it is time to consider refinishing it to make it look refreshed and new again. Once we have determined the extent of the weathering and damage done to the deck, we use a multi-step process to strip and seal the wood so that it looks like new for years to come.
Bring back the life to your entertaining area, whether it is with a quick power wash for your deck or hardscapes, or a full restoration and refinishing for the deck itself. Call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.
Everyone makes mistakes now and then, but to really make a huge mess, paint must be involved! Every summer, we get calls from harried homeowners who valiantly attempted to DIY by painting the exterior of their home. Usually, those calls are to fix mistakes or redo sections that did not come out aesthetically pleasing as hoped. Sometimes, the mistakes take a little repair and rehab. If you think that DIY is the way to go for your home’s exterior paint job, then avoid these common exterior painting mistakes.
- Enlisting the Help of Novices – While it may seem like a fun activity to invite friends, family, and children to help paint the house, we do not suggest it! Sure, it would be great to have an extra set of hands or two but avoid asking for help from someone who has no investment in your home, and certainly someone who has never prepped and painted before.
- Skipping the Cleaning and Prepping Step – Many homeowners find that, after they painted, the paint seems to be coming off quickly or not covering well. It is possible, if you did not clean and prep the wood, that the paint is having a hard time adhering to the dirty surface. Always clean the surface and scrape the wood to be sure all peeling, bubbles, and cracks are dealt with before you even pick up a paint brush. This includes caulking windows, sanding and filling holes, and repairing any wood that is damaged.
- Using the Ladder Properly – For your safety, always place and use a ladder properly. This includes having pets and children away from the area in case they bump into the ladder, and always have an assistant at the bottom holding the ladder by the base. Another safety guideline is to not reach when painting, as that can easily lead to tipping and falling.
- Forgetting to Check the Weather – Many homeowners jump at the chance to paint on a weekend, but be sure to check the weather for the next coming days as well. Avoid painting when rain or high humidity is in the forecast for the next 72 hours or longer. It may mean waiting, but it can save you the hassle of having to repaint an area.
Are you looking to avoid all the typical mistakes that can come with painting the exterior of your home? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our attention to detail, cleaning, prepping, and professional painting when it comes to your most valuable asset – your home.