Monthly Archives: August 2018

Matte, Satin and Gloss – Paint Finishes Explained

If you are painting your home or business you may have heard that your job is not done once you have chosen the paint color. Now you need to focus on what paint finish or sheen you want to use in the space. Sheen refers to the how shiny the finish will look. Most paint brands come in several sheens or paint finishes including:

  • Flat/Ultra Flat
  • Matte
  • Eggshell
  • Pearl
  • Satin
  • Semi Gloss/Gloss
  • High Gloss

It is important to note that each brand of paint uses similar terminology, however they do not always offer all the levels of sheen. Some may refer to low sheen as Eggshell/Matte or combine the levels to make it less confusing for customers. Ask your painter or the store where you are purchasing what level of sheen you are getting and how it will impact the paint color – whether the color will reflect or absorb the light.

  • Flat or Matte Sheen – This has low shine and is usually a good choice for low traffic areas such as ceiling and bedrooms. The biggest selling point about these low shine options is that they hide flaws in the walls and bring out the color beautifully.
  • Eggshell and Satin – Both have a bit more shine to them than the flat/matte options. These choices are great in living rooms and dining rooms as they are a little easier to clean and allow the color to absorb light.
  • Pearl – According to Benjamin Moore retailers, Pearl is in the middle of the sheen spectrum. It has an almost iridescent quality and, because it creates a smooth, less porous surface, it’s easier to clean and is often used in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as for trim details, such as doors, window frames, base moldings, and crown moldings.
  • Semi Gloss and Gloss – If you are looking for a sheen in your highest traffic areas, these two sheens are optimal. They allow for repetitive clean ups without discoloring the paint and the allow for a shine!

If you are painting and trying to decide what sheen to use, consider the condition of the walls, level of shine you want, and how much traffic the areas get. Still undecided? Call Jerry Enos Painting instead at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Basement Room Remodel

What is your basement like? Dark and dingy? Maybe in need of a breath of fresh air? You are not alone. Many Americans have basement rooms that are underutilized and need some help in order to add viable living space. Whether you want to turn your basement room into a guest suite, laundry area, craft corner, second living area, or a home theatre, we have a few ideas that can help revitalize your basement! Read on to find out more about a basement room remodel. 

 

  • Brighten It Up – Basements have the reputation of being dark and gloomy, and rightfully so since they lack natural light and general brightness in the area. We suggest adding lighting depending upon what you want to use the room for: a sitting area, reading nook, etc. Ceiling lighting can really brighten up the space and make it feel less underground than it really is. Another great way to do this is through paint. Choosing a cheery and light paint palette can make the basement room feel cozier and will attract more friends and family to the area.

 

  • Wall Surfaces – While many homeowners choose a typical wall covering we suggest a wainscoting that can make the room look and feel like it is not in the basement. Choose a half wall treatment to make the ceiling seem higher, as height is usually an issue at the basement level.

 

  • Consider Layout – Use furniture and paint to separate sections of the basement for different functions. For example a TV area should be the darkest area for optimal viewing, while a socialization area should have the most natural light and have the lightest paint colors for welcoming guests. Partition walls, whether permanent or temporary, are a great solution for separating areas.

 

  • Storage – Let’s face it, most of us use our basement primarily for storage, so don’t forget to keep an area that has clever storage solutions such as: storage benches, shelving, and colorful bins. Your belongings aren’t going anywhere or disappearing, so unless you find another space for them somewhere else in the house, you’ll have to plan to declutter and still have some things you want to keep to the side.

 

Are you considering remodelling your basement and need ideas on design and color palette? Call Jerry Enos Painting instead at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Top 10 Reasons Why it is Important to Hire a Pro Painter

Many homeowners and business owners alike think that they can easily paint either the interior or exterior of their home or business and get the same professional result as if they hired a painting expert. This is not really true. There are many errors that can occur along the way from the prep work to the final coat. Here are our top ten reasons why you should go with a pro painter this time.

 

  1. Prep Work – A vast majority of any paint job is the prep work including scraping, sanding, and filling holes. Too many homeowners skip or do not give the necessary attention to this step.
  2. Cleaning the Area – Whether it is power washing the exterior of a home or wiping off the dust and dirt from the surfaces inside a home, this step often gets missed by those who are doing it themselves.
  3. Finding rotting wood or areas that need repairs. Most people who are doing painting on their own do not know the signs of wood that needs to be repaired or replaced.
  4. Weather Knowledge – Professionals know to watch the weather and will stop painting if the prediction is that rain is on the way or that the humidity will get over 85%.
  5. How Much Paint – Many homeowners make mistakes on buying too much or too little paint that will become a problem as the job nears completion.
  6. How Many Coats – Professionals know the importance of getting the right number of coats on, including a primer and final coat, so that there is no discoloration or fading a few years down the road.
  7. Quality of Paint – Many people who love to DIY choose the cheapest paint, which may mean it either will not last or will have a tendency to peel or chip. Professionals know quality paint.
  8. Techniques and Tools  – Professional painters, who have been doing it as long as our team has, know the best techniques and tools needed to do each job.
  9. Patience – Burnout after a few hours or days of painting is a problem for many homeowners who had no idea how much work their “little project” was going to really be. Professionals know in advance the patience needed to make your home/business look fantastic.
  10. Experience – Professional painters rely on their experience when it comes to painting difficult areas or architecture. Experience matters when painting your most valuable possession.

 

There’s really so much benefit behind hiring a professional, who has expertise in painting. Thinking about painting this summer or fall? Call Jerry Enos Painting instead at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Fun Paint Ideas for Children’s Rooms

Children are full of energy and love to have fun, so why not turn their bedroom into a place of wonder, where even the paint is part of the enjoyment of the room? Sure, many parents choose unique themes and colors to match their child’s interests and personality, but these paint ideas can take your child’s bedroom to the next level!

  • Color – Get your child involved in the process of choosing the color for his/her bedroom. Maybe they have a favorite color or would like to have an accent wall to make their room unique. Some children choose designs, a mural, or even create an art or reading nook by creatively painting an area of their room. While we suggest letting parents have the final say, let your child become invested in their space!

 

  • Magnetic Paint – Yes, we said magnetic paint! Magnetic paint is just like regular paint, but made with tiny particles of iron dust mixed in. The iron dust allows any surface you paint on to hold a magnet, just like your kitchen refrigerator. This means that your child can use magnets to hang their favorite posters, art work, or awards right on the wall without having to deal with push pins, tape, or other adhesives that can mark or stain the wall surface.

 

  • Chalkboard Paint – Similar to magnetic paint, chalkboard paint allows kids to draw or write on the wall with chalk and then easily wipe it away with a damp cloth or paper towel. Your child can practice spelling words for school, stay organized with “To-Do” lists/calendars, or just create a masterpiece on their chalkboard section of their room. The possibilities are endless.

 

Are you looking to make your child’s bedroom into an enjoyable place where they can imagine, explore, and keep all of their special items up on the walls? Look to some of these ideas next time you decide to paint your child’s bedroom. Don’t want the hassle? Then call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Water Stains and Other Paint Issues

Nail holes, cracks, peeling paint, and water stains are common blemishes that occur in homes and businesses. Fixing these imperfections on ceilings, trim, and other surfaces are an important part of the painting process. In order to get the professional and clean look you are hoping for with a paint job, these issues should be handled carefully. Here is a quick checklist of what to do in these instances to ensure the best aesthetic result.

Water Stains

The first step in dealing with a water stain is to find out the root cause. If the stain is on a wall or ceiling, the potential culprit is a leak in your roof, around the flashing, or near the chimney where water can sometimes find its way in. If the stain is near a window, door, or sliding glass door, the problem may be originating near deteriorating caulk. Once you have determined the cause and repaired the area, we suggest letting the area dry thoroughly, and having an inspection done to determine if there is any mold or fungus build up. Once you have completely repaired the area, it is time to use a primer that can cover water stains so they will not be visible again. Using a high quality top coat should complete the job. You may find that the entire area needs to be repainted as matching colors may be difficult.

Holes and Cracks – It is quite common for wall surfaces to have cracks and holes. Whether these occur because of the home “settling” with age, or from hanging multiple pictures on the walls, it is not a huge deal as long as you take care of the repairs prior to painting. Fill the holes with putty and possibly skim coat/tape over cracks to ensure that the primer and final coat will adhere well.

Peeling or Chips – If your home is anything like mine, the trim around doors and molding along the floor are the areas that see the most amount of damage. High traffic areas like doorknobs, light switches, and lower trim where shoes are kicked off tend to get a lot of peeling and chipping of paint. The ultimate solution is to not touch the trim, but that is not a feasible solution. It is important to sand down the peeling or chips and touch up the areas that see the most traffic to keep it looking professional.

While many “Do-it-Yourselfers” could tackle these issues, why not let Jerry Enos Painting handle the work for you and get your house back to looking fantastic and professional, minus the stains, holes, and peeling? 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.