Monthly Archives: December 2018

Make Painting Resolutions for the New Year

It is New Year’s Resolution time! Rather than make the same old promises to lose those last five pounds, or skip your favorite dessert, we thought it would be fun to create a uniquely Jerry Enos Painting list dedicated to painting and decorating this year. Here are just a few of the resolutions that you might want to make if you enjoy the clean, fresh look of paint and love occasionally changing up the design of your rooms.

Ignore the ‘Experts’ and Pinterest Pins

Instead of spending hours on Pinterest and design idea websites, be original. While there is nothing wrong with gaining inspiration from online sources, just be sure that you are being true to yourself and find what you love. Don’t choose a color palette or room design merely because it is “in” right now. Decide what you like, what your room has to offer, and go from there.

Choose Colors that Make you Happy

There are no steadfast rules about colors when it comes to your home. You do not need to choose neutrals, whites, or soft tones. Choose a color palette that matches your personality and the mood you want to set in each room. If you love blue, then go with it!

Don’t Skimp

When you decide to paint the interior of your home, be sure to choose high quality paint that will roll on smoothly and last for a while. Quality paint can mean the difference between a paint project looking professional and looking like a toddler did the work. The end product should look even and well rolled instead of lines, globs of paint, or fading patches. The same rule goes for your paint brushes and rollers. Choose well made and trusted brands that will give your paint project the best look possible.

Prep, Prep, Prep

If you decide to paint in the new year, be sure not to skip the most important step – preparation. Wash down the walls, repair holes and uneven patches, remove light covers, cover the floors, and remove as much furniture as possible before beginning your project.

Eliminate Clutter

Most homeowners admit that clutter can get the best of them, be it an excess of books, papers, keepsakes, or everyday items. Designers suggest that to make a room look more peaceful, the clutter should be eliminated. Tidy up the shelves, side tables, and mudroom so that when you enter your home it does not look or feel chaotic. Make the center point the design and color of the room rather than the pile of shoes next to the front door.

If you have a paint project on your list for the 2019 calendar, year contact Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Living Room Painting and Decorating Ideas

Now that Old Man Winter has come to town, it is common for homeowners to switch their entertaining routines from outside around the fire pit, to inside around the fireplace. That means if you love to entertain or have family over often, your living room is in constant use. Do you need a living room transformation, or at least a refresh on the walls, ceiling, floors, or furnishings? Here are a few ideas to get you started on your living room “redo.”

Decide on a Color Palette

What tone or mood are you hoping to create in your living room? If you are hoping for a warm cozy feel, maybe choose colors like oatmeal, yellows, or earthy browns. If you are looking for a modern edge, then maybe a stark white or metallic grey. Or, maybe you are hoping to bring back a summer feel with beachy tones such as seafoam blues, greens, and coral reds. Whatever mood you are hoping to set, let the paint color be the base of your design scheme. It is the largest surface in the room and can set the tone for the remainder of the furnishings, window coverings, and accent pieces.

Decide on the Sheen

In one of our recent blogs Paint Sheen Guide, we discussed the importance of choosing the right finish for each room. Each sheen has a varying level of glossiness, durability, and ease of cleaning. For a high traffic living room, where the center of your entertaining takes place, we suggest something that is easy to clean and yet stands up to high traffic like a satin sheen.

Furnishings and Arrangements

If you entertain often, then you know the importance of having seating that is comfortable and arranged in such a manner that conversations can happen easily. Take a close look at your furniture arrangement. Is there a seating area that is intimate? Is there a secondary seating area for small groups? Is the furniture conducive to having a place to put a drink down and access it easily? These are all things you should think about when redecorating your living room.

Accents

One of the last things that you will plan for when redecorating your living room are all the accents that can make the colors in your room pop. For example, pillows on the sofa, blankets, and art can highlight a third color option. When choosing a color palette for your walls, keep in mind not only the colors for the walls and trim but also a third accent color that can show up in your accents.

Do you need assistance planning and designing your new living room? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to schedule a free estimate and meet with a color consultant.

 

How to Ensure ROI Through Paint Projects

Thinking about selling your home sometime in the near future and looking for ways to boost your home’s value and, potentially, the asking price? There are lots of home projects that can make your home look better, operate more efficiently, and provide more comfort. A new kitchen, bathroom, or addition would definitely help boost your asking price and make your home more desirable. A new roof, furnace, or upgrade in your electrical system would certainly not hurt. All of these projects, however, are costly and will take time and be a huge disruption to your daily routine. But what about painting the interior or exterior (when the weather is appropriate) of your home? Let’s take a closer look at the return on investment (ROI) of painting your home.

U.S. News and World Report cites licensed real estate brokers as stating that, “It’s hard to calculate the return on investment for a coat of paint, but if there is any way you can bring light in, it’s going to affect your price.” For those on a tight budget, fresh paint can go a long way to brightening a room. In general, real estate agents say a well-maintained home can easily command a 5-10% premium, especially when it looks like it’s in move-in condition. A coat of paint can create the look of a new space fairly quickly.

Many studies have been completed on the value of a fresh coat of paint when selling a home. One study completed by HomeGain Top DIY Home Improvements for Seller Survey states that painting the interior of your home results in a 107% on the return on investment (ROI), and painting the exterior leads to a 55% ROI. A 2017 survey from the National Association of Realtors supports this study. About 68% of realtors recommend painting walls and 62% recommend paint touch-ups prior to putting a home on the market. These studies show evidence that not only is there an excellent ROI for painting the inside and outside of your home but, in some cases, it may make a huge difference in the asking price and whether there is a bidding war on your home.

 

If you are considering selling your home and want to explore professional painting before that “For Sale” sign gets put up, call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to schedule a free estimate.

 

Looking for Something Different and Unique in Your Interior Painting?

Many homeowners choose painting as a way to quickly and cost-effectively change things up around the house. Nothing boosts the mood in the winter like a refresh of color in your living spaces, bedroom, or child’s playroom. Are you looking for something different in terms of paint application or style to make your walls “pop?” Maybe even create a unique space? Check out some of our interior painting ideas that are just a little different. You may find they are just what you are looking for during the long winter ahead!

Textures and Painting Applications

If you are looking for something different than the ordinary paint on your wall surfaces, you may want to consider painting with textures. These textures can give a multidimensional look and feel to any room. Here are just a few of the options that are out there right now that can make your walls a focal point next time you have guests.

  • Venetian Plaster
  • Artisan Finish
  • Sandstone Finish
  • Shimmering Metallic Paint
  • Textured Sand
  • Brushed Suede

Magnetic Paint

Did you know that there are primers out there that use tiny iron dust particles mixed in to create a wall surface where magnets will stick? This option would be great for a child’s playroom or kitchen cabinets to display artwork, memos, or hold up important recipes. The primer can be used with any paint color so the choices are endless. Be sure to choose strong magnets so artwork will stay up for as long as you desire.

Chalkboard Paint

Just like magnetic paint, chalkboard paint is a great choice in a child’s room or a playroom. But did you know that many families use chalkboard paint in their kitchens, mudrooms, and laundry rooms to write notes, display calendars, and keep lists? It is a great way to stay organized and can be easily wiped off when the information is not longer needed.

Looking for something different and need help? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

Painting for the Holidays

Wow! Can you believe it is December and the holidays are fast approaching? Soon it will be Christmas, and then we will ring in the New Year. This is the season for celebrating with loved ones: family, friends, and neighbors. If you are entertaining this season, you may want a quick transformation to make your home “guest worthy,” especially in the rooms where everyone gathers. If painting is on your list of things to accomplish before you welcome your party-goers, here are some ideas to get it all done and make a great impression.

Focus on the Spaces that Matter the Most

If you are thinking about painting and you are limited in preparation time, consider the most important spaces. In other words, where do your guests usually gather? For many homeowners the answer is the kitchen and/or the living room. We suggest that if you only have time to paint one or two rooms, that these should be your focus. If you are extremely short on time, maybe just repaint the front door or entry hallway to make a great first impression.

Think Ahead

While it may be the holiday season right now, don’t go overboard on the traditional holiday colors in your painting. Think ahead and realize that you want a color palette that will be warm and inviting but, at the same time, a good choice well past the holiday season. Instead, plan ahead and use accent colors on your throw pillows, blankets, decorations, and candles to create the color scheme you want this season. All of these items can be switched out once the calendar turns to spring and you are looking for a new look.

Remember the Details

If you are expecting guests this season, be sure to repair holes in the walls, water stains on the ceiling, and chip marks along the trim. As the saying goes, “the devil is in the details!” These little flaws can ruin the overall aesthetics you are going for.

Choose a Low Odor Option

One problem with painting during this particular time of year is that many homeowners want to air out that “newly painted smell” before visitors arrive. Since opening the windows to air things out may not be a viable option at this time of year, be sure to pick a paint with a low odor option.

Do you need a quick transformation? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.