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Winter Painting Projects 

Ever look around your home and think it could use a paint refresh? Do you see scuff marks along the baseboards, smudges around light switches, or blemishes in the wall? Or maybe you just need to change things up and choose a new color to give a room or two a facelift? Winter is the perfect time for these types of paint projects. 

Why Winter Is A Good Time for Interior Painting 

Winter is a great time to get some interior painting projects checked off your “To Do” list. The winter weather may cause us to stay indoors, but it also means our weekends won’t be taken up with outdoor lawn chores. In addition, the dry winter air makes for optimum drying times. Meaning, that even though most people think the summer season is the best time to paint, it tends to also be humid as well. Humidity causes paint to take a longer time to cure than dry air does. 

Winter also tends to be a less busy time for professional painters. Finding availability during the winter months is more likely since exterior painting has stopped until spring warmth has returned. 

Winter Paint Ideas 

As we mentioned above, there are probably plenty of places that could use a paint refresh this winter. With the dry weather and open weekends, you may have a list of places to touch up paint or complete an entire room change in hue. 

Trim 

One of the most overlooked aspects of painting a room is the trim or molding. This is especially true if the detail work will need to be sanded, scraped, and repaired. Winter is a great time to get going, room-by-room, on fixing your worn trim. 

Ceilings 

Again, this is one area of the home that is completely ignored until a stain or mark appears. A paint refresh of the ceiling can not only make a room look new again, you could also play around with alternative paint colors that can complement or coordinate with the main color of the room. 

Entryway Makeover 

By far, the area of your home that sees the largest volume of traffic is the entryway. Guests may take their shoes off, jackets, and inevitably make marks on the walls and floors. By repainting this area of the home, it will not only appear cleaner, but can have a new appearance with a fresh new color. 

Kitchen 

The heart of the home is a wonderful place to direct your attention this winter. Paint the cabinets, walls, or island a different color to give it a much needed facelift. We specialize in kitchens and cabinet painting, so call our experts to make your kitchen look like it had a complete overhaul, when in reality, it’s just a few coats of paint. 

Are you searching for a winter project to keep you busy this winter? Check out our portfolio page online to see some of our recent jobs. 

 

 

Extending the Life of Your Interior Paint 

How often do you paint the interior of your home? Like most of us, you probably want your paint projects to last a good long while before you have to get to work again. Therefore, finding ways to extend the life of your paint is topmost on your goals as you paint. 

There are several factors that go into extending the life of your interior paint, not least of which is regular care of the walls. Let’s take a look at steps you can take during the painting process and in the months and years after to make that paint appear fresh and new. 

Choose High Quality Paint 

While you are deciding on the color palette of the room or rooms you will be painting, take the time to investigate the quality of the paint product you will be applying to the surfaces. Make sure you are only using high quality paint that will last longer than the alternative. We recommend Benjamin Moore paints as we love how it adheres and looks professional every time. 

Choose the Right Finish 

If you are painting an area that sees high traffic where lots of fingerprints, scuff marks, or smudges could show up, consider the type of finish or sheen you will be using. The higher the gloss like semi-gloss or high-gloss, the easier it will be to clean and scrub stains without losing the paint color from the surface. Rooms that are used less can use lower gloss sheens such as matte, eggshell, or flat. 

Clean the Surfaces Regularly 

Since you are hoping to make your interior paint last, choosing the right finish and quality of paint is important, but so is cleaning the surface regularly. Wash down the walls, and trim regularly. This should be easier the higher gloss the sheen as we mentioned above. You should also dust and wipe down with soap and warm water at least twice a year. You would be amazed at how many spiderwebs can accumulate and dust can adhere to a wall. 

Keep Leftover Paint for Touch Ups 

Not only will washing go a long way toward keep your paint looking fresh, so too will touching up any chips or stray marks that may occur from basic wear-and-tear. Be sure to label and safely store paints where you can easily access them for a quick weekend touch up. 

Use a Professional Paint Company 

If you want your interior walls to remain looking polished and new, start them out right by choosing a professional painting company with a stellar reputation. We have been painting homes and businesses for years across the north shore of Massachusetts. Check out our portfolio page online to see some of our recent jobs. 

 

Classic Color Combinations

One of the most common questions that our clients face when painting the interior of their home is about color combinations. What colors go well together and what kind of mood do they create? Let’s take a closer look at some classic color combinations and why they may be the perfect choice for your home.

Interior design trends come and go, but color combinations that blend or contrast well tend to stand the test of time.Black and White

This combination is classic and mainly used when a homeowner wants to create a modern and simple design. This color combination is inherently sleek, elegant, and refined. Benjamin Moore has a fantastic “Super White” that helps offset the black and create the classic look you are searching for.

Green and Yellow

The fusion of these two colors in any room tends to bring out the natural side to a room as these are two of the natural environments most stunning colors. The yellow most notably as symbolic of the sun and the green of vegetation. Since there are many varied hues of each of these color palettes, homeowners can get creative when combining yellow and green.

Earth Tones

If you are trying to create a mood of relaxation and calmness, use Earth tones such as beige, grey, tan, white, and clay. These colors tend to make us all feel at ease. Add a splash of color to the room with flowering houseplants or throw pillows/blankets.

Green and Blue

This fun combo can be both traditional or ultra modern depending upon the hues of each. Depending upon the intensity of the colors you choose, you can determine the mood that this combination can evoke.

Red and Gold

Red is a favorite color of dining rooms and when paired with the gold can bring the room back to traditional Tudor times. This color combination can be updated to more modern times by changing the red to pink and toning down the gold to a sand or tan color.

Tell us about your favorite color combinations and let us know why you chose them. Post on our Facebook page or contact us through our website.

The Purpose of Primer 

What is the number one mistake novice painters make when tackling a painting project? It’s not spilling the paint, or choosing the wrong colors. It’s not even using the equipment the wrong way. The answer is…skipping  the primer! Believe it or not, primer actually has a purpose. 

We get it. Painting can be a hassle. There are a lot of steps to go through before you actually get the satisfaction of seeing the color you so carefully chose to go on the walls. The cleaning, scraping, sanding, repairing, and yes, priming can be a real pain. But there is a purpose of this important step in the process. Let’s check out why you should always use primer for your paint projects. 

Hides Stains and Defects 

Unless your home is brand new, chances are your home’s walls are not perfect. Primer can hide stains, especially water stains. It can also cover up defects in the wall that would be obvious with only a topcoat. Spotted or stained surfaces benefit from a coat or two of priming before painting. Consider using thicker primers such as Kilz 2 or Kilz Max for these conditions.This type of primer can also seal odors that may have developed. 

Aids Adhesion 

If you want your paint to last several years and not fade, chip, or peel, using a primer is a smart idea. Using a primer can help adhere the topcoat to the surface. 

Covering Darker Colors 

If your room was once a darker color and you are switching to a lighter color palette, then priming will save you from applying multiple coats of your main color. The primer can block out the darker color underneath and allow the true color to be seen. We have seen many a previously red room not have a primer coat and it changes the color of the topcoat by showing through. 

Seal Porous Surfaces

If the surface you are painting is absorbing too much of the paint, you will need to apply many layers to actually have the job done. Primer will seal those porous surfaces and allow the topcoat to go on smoothly. 

Are you considering omitting the priming step in your paint project? Consider these reasons when deciding. Most DIYers like to skip this step but it will cost you time and money in the long run. If you have questions call Jerry Enos Painting or visit our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

Avoiding Paint Drips, Bubbles, and Streaks

One of the biggest mistakes novice painters make is not planning for painting errors. Drips, bubbles, and streaks are bound to make a mess of your paint project if you don’t take some necessary precautions. 

There really is nothing worse than completing your interior paint project after days of cleaning, moving furniture, scraping, priming, and choosing a perfect color, than taking a step back to look at your work… and finding mistakes. A drip that has dried. A splotch of paint that hit the ceiling while you were rolling the walls. Streaks from a roller that was too full. A paint bubble in a corner that is waiting to pop. What a mess! 

Avoiding these errors means planning in advance. Here are some ways to make sure your paint project comes out looking professional and fresh. 

No More Drips 

One way to avoid drips in the first place is to be sure not to overload your brush or roller with too much paint. Wipe off excess on the brush and tap the roller before you start application. Another way to stop drips from being a problem is to keep a damp cloth on hand while you paint. As you work your way around the room keep looking back to see if any drips have started. If they have use a damp cloth to wipe them away before they begin to dry. 

Block Bubbles From Forming 

Paint bubbles happen for a few reasons. Some of the possibilities of bubble-causing mistakes include: paint that went on too thick, a dirty surface, or the paint is being applied in direct sunlight thus causing the paint to dry too quickly resulting in bubbles. 

To avoid bubbling, make sure you have wiped off excess paint from the brush or roller. Thoroughly clean the walls and other surfaces before you paint. In addition, try to paint the walls out of direct sunlight, which may mean waiting an hour or two before some spaces can be painted. 

Depending on the size of the bubble you may be able to get away with a minor fix by popping it and flattening it to the surface. For larger bubbles that have dried and look obvious, a full repainting may need to happen. 

Stop the Streaks and Lines 

Streaks and lines are common when do-it-yourselfers try their hand at rolling a surface. Some of the most common causes of streaks and lines are due, again, in part to excess paint on the roller or brush. Always wipe off extra paint to avoid lines. 

Another cause of lines or streaks could be due to the type of sheen you are using. The higher gloss a sheen, the more likely you are to see the paint lines or streaks. Choosing lower gloss like eggshell or matt can usually help stop this problem. We also suggest using a “w” or “m” pattern when painting so that the wall is covered evenly. 

If you are having trouble getting a professional look to your paint project call Jerry Enos Painting for a free estimate. Check us out on our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

Choosing the Right Painting Equipment 

If you are going to do a job, you might as well do it right. Painting is one of those jobs that takes a lot of time, patience, and energy. So if you are going to do it, you might as well invest in quality tools and equipment to get the job done in a professional manner. 

Painting can be a messy activity if you don’t know what you are doing. If this is the case, we suggest you hire a professional like one of our teams to get the project done, and done well. If you are planning on doing it yourself, we also suggest that you buy the right equipment so that you do not have to repaint again in a few months, or worse, ruin furnishings while you are painting. Here is our short list of tools that you will need when painting the interior of your home. 

Brushes 

Brushes come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and materials. It is important to match the right brush to the job to get the best paint application possible.The larger an area you will need to cover, the larger the brush. If your painting surfaces have areas where you will need to cut in or paint details you will want to invest in a high quality angled brush. 

The materials that the brushes are made of also vary. According to home expert Bob Villa, “There are two general categories of paintbrush: those made of natural-hair bristles and those made with synthetic materials, such as nylon or polyester. If you are working with alkyd or oil-based paints and coatings, you can use either natural bristle brushes or synthetic bristle brushes. However, high-quality natural bristle brushes work best when applying enamels or any topcoat.”

Rollers 

Rollers are great for painting large areas of walls. They can cover a space faster and more smoothly than the typical hand-held brush. Rollers are hard to maneuver in small spaces or on smaller walls so only use what the space allows. When choosing a roller be sure to consider the length of the nap. In general, you should paint smooth surfaces with short-nap rollers and rough surfaces with long-nap rollers. As a paint expert at your local hardware store before you invest in a rolling system. 

Extenders

One of the most commonly forgotten tools is a roller extender. This simple extension to the roller can make rolling the ceilings and high walls much easier. Again, be sure you choose the right nap for the actual roller. 

Tarps and Tape 

Cover furnishings and flooring is extremely important when painting an interior room. Even the pros have been known to drip on occasion. Protect your floors, rugs, and any furnishing that was too large to move from the room. We suggest canvas tarps as plastic can get slippery. We also suggest taping down the floor covering to ensure that the area is safe from slips and falls. 

Are you starting a paint project and looking for high quality tools like brushes and rollers? Talk to our painting specialists about your project. Check out our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

4 Tips to Pick Your Interior Paint Colors 

If you are in the throes of a home project and are overwhelmed with the number of choices for hardware, trim, furnishings, and even paint, you may be looking for guidance. Here are some of the best tips we have on how to pick an interior paint color that you will be happy with for years to come. 

Honestly, most people don’t realize how hard it is to pick paint colors until they are staring at 500 shades of grey in 2×3 swatches and can’t quite decide if they want a more bluish-grey or a tan-grey, or even a grey that has a hint of green in it. Try not to get overwhelmed by the number of choices and use these tips to help guide you in this choice. 

Find an Inspiration

Take a quick look around your home at the furnishings, rugs, quilts, and artwork you already own. Are there any colors that stand out that you love? Finding an inspiration whether it is from a book, a picture, a bedspread pattern, or even something you see in nature can be a great way to find a color that you want in your home for years. 

Choose from a Portfolio 

Jerry Enos Painting has a portfolio page of our past jobs that we recommend viewing if you are having trouble making a choice. Our color specialists can help you sort through colors that you like and eliminate those that you do not. Benjamin Moore also offers a great tool on its website to help homeowners choose a color that will set the mood they are aiming for. 

Try Sample Sizes 

If you are really stuck between two or three color palettes for a room, we suggest that you buy the sample sizes and put a coat or two on in several areas in the room. After it dries, take a day or two to see how the color and sheen looks in the room at all different times of the day. This will allow for the sun to hit the room and for homeowners to see the final color in natural sunlight light as well as the lighting fixtures in the room. 

Use Color Theories to Choose 

There are several theories on how to choose a color for your interior. Color specialists often times use a color wheel to choose a color scheme. Others use the 60-30-10 rule of choosing a main color, an accent color, and then a final color for trim and pops of color. These theories work when hoping to balance a room and have it look professionally designed. 

Are you overwhelmed with the color choices for your latest paint project? Talk to the color specialists at Jerry Enos Painting for help. Check out our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

Tips to Paint Trims and Moldings 

Winter is a great time to tackle all those indoor projects that you put off all summer long because, “it was too nice outside to be stuck inside doing chores.” If painting is on your list over the next few months, you might be in the beginning stages of choosing a color, gathering your tools, and cleaning out the room you plan to paint. Painting the walls is one project that most family members can get behind. Scraping the trim, sanding, and repainting the details of the molding is another case entirely. 

The trim details around your windows, doors, and ceilings are what make a room look finished and well put together. Those little details can change the look of a room by adding depth and dimension. That’s why it is so important to set aside some time to carefully clean, scrape, prime, and paint those features that add character to your rooms. Painting the trim may be one of the more arduous steps in any painting project, but one that will pay off in the professional look of the room when you are done. 

Inspect the Trim 

One of the first things you will want to do when you clean out the room is to carefully inspect the trim in the room. Go around with a work light and circle with a pencil the defects in the wood or places where there are stains. Identify areas that will need repairs and those that will need sanding and scraping. This will give you a good idea of the scope of the project. 

Sand and Scrape 

Once you have found all the trouble areas, you will want to gather your tools such as a sander (hand or electric), putty knife, scraper, and an older paint brush for dusting out the particles from corners. Scrape and sand all the areas that you marked as needing help. Some areas may need putty to fill in cracks or holes. Use the putty knife to get into the tight corners or areas with detailed molding. Use the brush to sweep out all the remaining paint particles. 

Dust and Vacuum

Now that you have taken the time to repair the trim and fill in any defects such as scuff marks, scratches, and holes, you need to do a thorough cleaning of the area. Dust, vacuum, and wipe down with a damp cloth to get all the pieces that were left behind during the repair process. 

Prime and Paint 

With the dirty work done repairing and sanding, now it’s time to prep the area for painting. Get yourself a high quality edged brush that can get into the small corners and create a sharp line up against the trim and detailed moldings. Some painters prefer cutting in while others use painters tape to make sure the ceiling, walls, and flooring is not painted. Choose the method that works best for you. 

Do you have trim that needs to be repaired and repainted? Call Jerry Enos Painting to get started on your winter indoor projects. Check out our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

Changing the Mood of a Room With Paint

The color palette you choose to use in your home is a direct reflection of your personality and the mood you hope to portray in the space. Some psychological studies have been done to show that color has a direct impact on our energy level, mood, and emotional outlook. Let’s take a deeper dive into how color can impact mood so you can choose wisely next time you paint the rooms in your home. 

According to VeryWell Mind online, “Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.”

Psychologists are quick to point out that, while there has been limited research in this area, color seems to be linked to cultural influences that determine mood. Your feelings about color are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, while the color white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries.

For our purposes, let’s take a look at the typical mood implications for Americans. Here are some of the more popular colors used for the interior of homes in our region. 

Red 

This color tends to raise the energy level in a room but many find it a little overwhelming. Red is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. We often have clients choose red for an entryway or front door to capture the attention of guests or to draw the eye to a focal point. 

Yellow 

Yellow often creates a mood of happiness. It tends to be a color that is uplifting and welcoming. Lots of our clients choose this color for kitchens. There is a negative side to this relatively cheery color, though. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Therefore, you may want to avoid using yellow in large amounts in the main living areas. 

Blue 

This color is considered calming and tends to bring down both heart rates and blood pressure. Depending upon the type of blue, a room may take on a cool sensation or a warm one. The lighter the blue the cooler the feel. The darker the blue, the warmer the feel. Clients often use this color palette in bathrooms or bedrooms. Just be careful that the warmth or coolness of the blue you choose is the one you really want. 

Green 

This hue also has a restful and restorative effect on viewers. Green often has the ability to reduce anxiety and give a feeling of being back with nature. It is a good choice for almost any room in the house. Many designers use green in a living room or den as it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness.

Neutrals 

Colors such as greys, whites, or beiges are known for their flexibility. Designers use these colors as a backdrop for dramatic accents or to showcase a stylish piece of furniture or an architectural feature. 

Are you trying to create a certain mood in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom? Check out the options for creating the mood you want. Talk to our color specialists to get started on your next paint project. Call us at 978-546-6843 or contact us on our website

 

Choosing A Color Palette for Your Child’s Room 

Is your child dying to change things up in his/her room? A child’s room is such a snapshot of a moment in time that is quickly changing as they grow and mature. Often, as children mature, they long for something less babyish and more in line with their growing style or interests. If you have decided that now is a good time to make the transition from nursery room to big kid room or from big kids room to teenager hangout, then you may want to follow some simple but key suggestions from designers. 

Picking a color scheme for a child’s room can actually be a lot of fun because they may want to participate in the decision-making and even try some of the painting themselves (depending on their age and ability level). There are, however, some things to consider when choosing a color palette for your child’s room. 

Consider Age and Interests 

Before you slap on a color to the walls of your child’s room, think long and hard about what color they will want to see in a year or two. You really don’t want to be painting every year as they find new interests. For example, many little girls choose a soft pink because it is in line with their toys and/or it is a common color for their clothing. That’s fine if they want pink but remember, as they age, that adorable pink may need to be repainted. The same goes for the teen who wants a black bedroom… how long will that stage last?! 

Instead, designers advise going with a color that takes into account the child’s interests. For example, if your child enjoys nature maybe a green, or blue. The important thing to consider is that the color palette is something that can grow with the child. If your child is in love with the color purple, sure, paint one accent wall purple but then choose a contrasting or complementary color so that the color will stand the test of time. 

Consider the Rest of the House 

While your child’s room is separate from the rest of the house, it is important that the color you choose works with the style of the rest of your home. If the rest of the walls in your home are muted colors, then continue that trend in your child’s room to coordinate with the house as a whole. Painting a bedroom in a neon or bright color while the rest of the house is neutral or muted in tone may throw things off balance. 

Consider Your Child’s Opinion 

We know that you will be doing most of the work and/or financing the painting project, but try to let your child have some say in what goes on. If you don’t trust them to choose an appropriate color then give them a bunch of choices that you would be alright with. Ask for their opinion on decorating and accents for the room. The more they are involved, the more they will want to maintain the cleanliness and order of the room. (Hopefully!) 

For more ideas on what color palette you should choose for your child’s room, check out the inspiration page at Benjamin Moore. Call Jerry Enos Painting for a color consultation or to book our team.