Molding Makeover

Do you have molding in your home? Do you often see nicks or scratches that take away from the beautiful and intricate detail of the molding? Do you dread having to scrape, sand, and repaint those small corners and edges that seem to go on for miles in your home? If so, it may be time for a professional molding makeover.

 

New England homes are historically built with all types of moldings, including: crown molding, door casings, chair rails, ceiling trays, and/or baseboard trim. For many of the high traffic areas in your home, the molding could probably use a little TLC from years of dust, chipping and scuffing. If your molding has begun to look a little worse-for-wear, then you may want to consider how these molding makeover ideas can breathe new life into your home.

 

  • Repair and Replace – Homeowners should first inspect the molding (and there is usually a lot more than you originally thought) around the doors, ceilings, and windows of your home. Are there places that need to be replaced or repaired? Jerry Enos Painting can match the style to your existing molding and make it fit in seamlessly if there are sections that need repair and/or replacing.  
  • Color Choices – While most homeowners tend to select a variation of white color for molding, there are a wide variety of color palettes that can be used to bring out the color in your home. Coordinate with an accent color, a room color, or choose a classic white that can bring out the beauty in just about any room and can work with most colors on wall surfaces.
  • Sheen Choices – As with wall colors, sheen can help bring out a shine or add a flat/eggshell look to the molding. Many homeowners opt for the higher sheens such as semi gloss or high gloss, as moldings tend to see high traffic such as fingers and hands around doors, windows, and light switches.

 

If it is time to repair, paint, and care for your molding, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about what sets us apart from the competition.

Caring for your Home’s Exterior Paint

Painting the exterior of a home can not only give a house a new, fresh look that is sure to increase curb appeal, but can also protect the wood from potential rot, aging, and weathering due to climate, precipitation, or sun. There is quite a lot riding on the quality and maintenance of the paint that is protecting and aesthetically enhancing your home. So what steps should you take to make sure the paint is cared for properly. As professionals we know that the life of any exterior paint job depends on the care it receives. Here are a few tips from our painting professionals about how you can extend the life of your exterior paint and keep your house looking polished at the same time.

 

  • Check for Spots and Stains – It is inevitable that something will stain or mark your house, whether it is a bird that soiled the paint, a child’s ball that bounces against the exterior wall, or a tree limb that rubs against the house, causing a mark. Homeowners should inspect the paint regularly to be sure that these marks or stains are cleaned with a gentle detergent, water, and a soft cloth.
  • Power Washing – The northeast region has such wildly changing temperatures and humidity that mold and mildew can often begin to grow and spread on the exterior of homes with excess moisture. Consider having a power washing performed by a professional company such as Jerry Enos Painting. Doing it yourself may save you a few bucks, but damaging your paint or exterior surfaces is possible if the power washing is not done properly.
  • Quickly Care for Damaged Boards or Siding – Wood can rot fairly quickly if it has been damaged and left to the elements. Replace or repair damaged boards and repaint the area to seal the wood and protect it from moisture.
  • Invest in Quality Paint – The exterior of your home is bombarded with the sun’s rays, hard winter winds, and temperatures that fluctuate greatly. Choosing a high quality paint can diminish the ravages of Mother Nature and save your home from having to be painted again too soon.

 

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about cleaning and maintaining the “like-new” look of your home’s exterior.

4 Tips to Care for your Painted Walls

Painting the trim and walls is the easiest and least expensive way to completely transform a room or even the look of an entire home. Once you have painstakingly chosen the perfect colors, accent colors, and sheen, you will want to keep your walls and surfaces looking as good as the day they were painted. To do this, you will need to follow a few simple suggestions on how to extend the life of your newly-painted walls throughout your home.

  1. Conduct Regular Cleanings  – Just as you dust your wooden furniture and vacuum your carpets, you should also engage in regular cleaning of the walls, which includes: dusting away spider webs and dirt/debris that has built up on the walls, especially in the corners. During spring and winter cleanings, use a cloth with soap and water and wipe down the walls gently. We suggest wiping down high traffic areas such as entrances to the kitchen, bathrooms, and around light switches often, in order to keep them looking fresh.
  2. Clean Up Stains, Smudges, and Marks – Washing the walls of your home probably is not high up on the list of things to do, especially if your life is as busy as most working people. So if you find yourself with a few extra minutes and want your walls to maintain that just-painted look, try cleaning the walls with a mild detergent, water, and a soft cloth. We suggest wiping down high traffic areas such as entrances to the kitchen, bathrooms, and around light switches often, to keep them looking fresh.
  3. Be Gentle – While there are many products out on the market today that claim to be able to take off even the nastiest of stains, we suggest using more gentle methods first. Often, the harsher the chemical, the more likely it is to take off the sheen of the paint or, in some cases, wipe away the paint itself.
  4. Touch Up – Chips, scratches, and nicks can happen on any wall, so we suggest touching up the paint when you feel it needs a quick refresh. Be sure to use the original color paint as you may make things worse by painting with a non-matched color. If you don’t have leftover paint that is still viable, try color matching via computer.

 

Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about cleaning and maintaining the “like-new” look of your paint.

 

Top 3 Benefits of Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If your family is like most American families, the kitchen is the heart of your home. It is where you gather for meals, to do homework, meet with friends, and, of course, sneak a midnight snack! Knowing that the kitchen is the center of your home, is the overall style what you want when entertaining? If the answer is no, but you don’t have the funds to do a complete renovation, you may be considering painting the kitchen cabinets. Here are three of the top benefits of making this choice.

 

  • A Face-Lift – Kitchen cabinets are most likely one of the first things people notice when they enter a kitchen, as they take up a majority of the wall space. So if they are drab, dated, worn, or darker than you prefer, you may want to consider brightening up your kitchen with a professional painting of not only the wall surfaces but also the kitchen cabinets. If your cabinets are in fairly good condition, there really is no need to replace, but rather have the experts bring back the shine and new look to your kitchen through paint.
  • Economical – Having a team of professionals remove, clean, sand, and paint your cabinet doors and the surrounding woodwork can be much more cost effective than a complete replacement of the cabinets. The average cost of revitalizing cabinets by painting is a fraction of the cost of both the labor and materials needed to replace the existing cabinets.
  • Time and Convenience  – Not only is the cost a factor when deciding whether to replace or rejuvenate your cabinets, but time and convenience should be considered as well. For most contractors, gutting and replacing cabinets will take approximately 3-6 weeks and will mean losing your kitchen during that time. In a fraction of the time, usually less than a week, your kitchen can look like new with a paint color that you have chosen.

 

If you are looking to revive your old or outdated kitchen through painting, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

 

Making a Master Bedroom Masterpiece

A master bedroom is meant to be a place for rest, relaxation, and refuge from our busy and sometimes stressful lives. Whether it is work, the kids, or merely all the demands of everyday life, a master bedroom should be your own personal oasis, a place for escape from it all. This means that when it comes time to design, decorate, and paint your master, you should have an integral part in deciding exactly when creates that mood for you and your partner. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

 

Mood – While most people aim to create a master that will allow them to relax, the color palette can really shape exactly the mood you want. For example, if warm colors such as reds, greens, and browns signal relaxation for you, then start looking in that range of the color wheel. If cooler colors such as greys, blues, and yellows signal relaxation for you, start your color search there. Many people choose calming neutrals such as beige, ivory, or taupe as a backdrop for their décor. Only you can decide on the color that suits your “oasis” mood, as the bedroom is the most personal space in your home. While some people enjoy bold, bright colors to greet them in their space, others prefer more muted tones.

 

Textures – Bedrooms are a place where you want all of your senses to be at rest and where you feel comfortable. Consider using varying textures for pillows, curtains, bed coverings and, of course, your wall paint!

 

Décor – While the color palette can set the mood and the textures can lull you into a sense of peace, the décor is what will help you “go to your happy place.” Be sure to decorate your master with items that remind you of all the things that you love, such as: wedding photos, keepsakes from vacations and your travels and, of course, your favorite books, candles, and furniture pieces.  This means keep all work, computers, and reminders of the stressors of your life out of the area.

 

If you need help choosing the perfect color for your master bedroom, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

The Lowdown of VOCs

As professional painters we are often asked about the chemicals in paints often referred to as VOCs. These VOCs are Volatile Organic Compounds and are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Common products that contain these VOCs include: paints, paint strippers, wood preservatives, aerosol sprays, cleaning products, and disinfectants to name just a few. The VOCs are released in the moments while the paint is drying and in the days thereafter.

 

If you are chemically sensitive or want to avoid the paint smell there are low VOC paints out there on the market that we will happily use. Low VOC paints contain reduced levels of chemicals, making them more environmentally friendly. Low VOC paint is also less smelly and a healthier alternative. Low VOC paints or zero VOC paints are just as durable as traditional paints. Also, they can be custom-mixed to match colors and applied in the same manner.

 

At Jerry Enos Painting we stay up-to-date on the latest technology and types of paints on the market and coming into the market. In coordination with Benjamin Moore paints, we offer zero VOC and zero emissions paint. This paint, called Natura®  is now certified asthma & allergy friendly™ as well as Zero VOC and Zero Emissions (measured at 4 hours after application.)

Giving our clients all the options of fewer chemicals is just one of the ways we strive to make our customers happy and provide 100% satisfaction. If you want more information, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

Three Things to Consider When Creating the Perfect Playroom

A child’s playroom conjures up images of playdough, blocks, books, and an assortment of other toys and art supplies designed to inspire creativity and imagination. Sure, the room may go from clean and organized to total chaos in the blink of an eye, but that doesn’t mean that the design shouldn’t be well thought out and crafted, and that includes color palette choices. When choosing the paint colors and décor of a playroom, it is important to be clever, resourceful, and even a little bit silly. Doing this will ensure a playroom masterpiece that your children or grandchildren will adore playing in throughout their childhoods.

 

Choosing a Color Scheme – The best thing about a playroom is that it is meant to be fun and a little whimsical. Homeowners are not bound by any color rules for this room so you can get a little crazy in your design ideas or at least think a little outside of the box. Do not limit yourself to the three primary colors of red, blue, and yellow. Choose paint textures, shapes, or patterns to make the room visibly interesting. Involve the child if possible in the design and color choices. We suggest choosing a main color and then two accent or secondary colors that will show up in various aspects of the décor or accent pieces.

 

Choosing a Theme – Many parents choose a theme that coincides with their child’s interests (or, more likely, obsessions.) For example, if your child loves arts and crafts, create a themed area that has everything their heart desires to create their own art projects. A craft table, framed art, and of course, art supplies are a great start. If your child loves sports, create a theme on the walls and via décor that showcases their favorite players and sports. Choose turf colors, a playing field pattern, or the colors of a favorite sports team. The sky’s the limit.

 

Choosing Storage – Playrooms are notoriously filled with all sorts of items and everything needs a place to be stored or you will have a mess on your hands all the time. Remember, this is a playroom so all the color rules go out the window. That means that you can use paint on the shelving that coordinates with the color palette of the room or storage bins that are colorful, fun and utilitarian as well. Many parents use multi functional items such as storage cubes for sitting at a child’s table or benches for extra seating as well as storage. There are a vast number of storage solutions to choose from that can not only serve two purposes, match your color scheme and look fun all at the same time.

 

If you need help designing and painting your child’s playroom call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

Top Three Mistakes in Choosing Paint Colors

Robin Sharma once said, “In life there are no mistakes, just lessons.” In the painting world this is absolutely true. Have you ever made a mistake when choosing a color for the rooms in your home? Realistically, we have all visited homes where the color choices are less than ideal or don’t seem to flow quite well with the house. Thankfully, paint is not a permanent mistake. Before you make a poor color choice, let’s look at the top mistakes homeowners make when choosing interior paint colors.

 

  • Failing to Consider Décor – Unless you are planning a complete redo of a room, whether it is a bedroom, living room, or kitchen, always consider the current décor. This doesn’t mean choose a color according to the color of your couch, but rather look at the overall color palette that is in the room and choose something that will blend, complement, or contrast with the décor already there.

 

  • Failing to Consider Light – Each room in our house looks a little different depending upon the time of day and the amount of sunlight. Be sure to look at the color choices at several times of the day. In addition, examine how your color choices look with natural light as well as with the artificial light in the room.

 

  • Failing to Use a Large Enough Sample – For many of us, we visit our local hardware store and choose a swatch of many colors and try to make our choice from that. We at Jerry Enos Painting suggest looking at a large sample area once you have narrowed your choices down to one or two colors. This way you can see exactly what it will look like in the room.

 

At Jerry Enos Painting we offer access to a color consultant who can help you avoid these three common mistakes of choosing the wrong color for your interior rooms. Call us today at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.

Painting Woes – Peeling, Cracking and Bubbling

Paint can be an amazingly cost-effective way to totally refresh the look of the interior or exterior of your home. For homeowners who choose to paint their interior rooms, a mere change in color, an addition of texture, or painting an accent wall can entirely transform the mood of a room. Exterior painting can also have major benefits such as greatly increasing the home’s curb appeal or resale value. Unfortunately, unless the painting is done properly there can be underlying problems that will surface days, weeks, or even months down the road. These problems are painting woes known as peeling, cracking, and bubbling paint. Why does this happen and how can you prevent it from happening in your home? Let’s take a closer look.

 

  • Surface Prep – Most problems of peeling, cracking, and bubbling start with improper preparation of the surfaces that will be painted. For example, interior walls and exterior surfaces should be cleaned and dried before the first coat of primer is applied. In some cases walls and surfaces should be sanded so the paint has a better shot at sticking properly. In addition, some homeowners do not know whether the original paint was latex or oil based paint. If oil based paint is put on top of latex paint, there will most definitely be bubbling or peeling.
  • Quality of Paint – The old saying that, “You get what pay for,” is true for the quality of paint you choose to apply. Investing in quality paint could save you from dealing with hairline cracks, peeling paint, or finding a bubble or two.
  • Environmental Conditions – Painting while it is too hot (above 90 degrees) or too cold (below 50 degrees) or when the dew point and humidity are high are considered unfavorable painting conditions. Paint that doesn’t have the right environmental conditions does not adhere well nor dry correctly, and then will bubble or peel later.
  • Application – When painting any surface it is important not to apply the paint too thickly or too thinly. Thick paint can dry and later crack. Thin paint may peel or bubble. In addition to the amount of paint, it is important to use the correct tools to scrape, sand, and repair surfaces before painting.

 

Does all of this sound a little overwhelming? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website, Jerry Enos Painting, to find out more.

Fireplace Refresh

Who doesn’t love the warmth and inviting feeling of a fireplace, especially as the nights get cooler and winter gets closer. There really is nothing better than curling up by a roaring fire with a favorite beverage, a good book, and close family members. What a great way to make lasting memories. Unfortunately some of us have fireplaces that may not look as idyllic as we would like. If your hearth is dark, dated, or is in desperate need of a facelift, then a little bit of paint can take your fireplace from boring to brilliant!

 

For many of us the fireplace has had the same appearance since we bought our homes. Homeowners tend to be wary of changing the hearthstone. That may mean that you have a surround that is stuck in the 1980s, or fake brick that could use some work, or maybe even brass fixtures that have seen better days. If you are looking for a quick fix, paint may just do the trick.

 

Here are some ideas for a fireplace refresh

 

  • Complementary Colors – If you are getting tired of looking at the brick or faux brick that surrounds your fireplace, you may want to choose a color that will complement the color scheme that is already in play in that room. For example, if your walls are a mossy green you may want to choose a deeper green that will coordinate with the walls while at the same time bring out the details and features of the chimney area.

 

  • Dramatic Contrast – On the other end of the spectrum is the design idea of choosing a color that will give some “pop” or dramatic contrast to the colors already used in the room, such as a red, orange, blue, or a contrasting color that will draw the eye right to the hearth area and make it a focal point.

 

  • Special Techniques – For others, choosing complementary or contrasting colors may not be a good choice. If you are seeking a way to just change the tone of the brick or surround, you may want to look into specialized paint techniques or patterns to change the mood of the surface.

 

Talk to the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting to discuss what paint choices may be right for your fireplace. Call us today at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.