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.

 

The Many Advantages of Epoxy Flooring

Epoxy flooring is used in so many different venues including: schools, hospitals, kennels, chemical manufacturing facilities, retail stores, aircraft carriers, industrial manufacturing plants, and auto repair garages. The reason it is so ubiquitous is because of its positive characteristics including appearance, safety, cost, ease of cleaning, and durability. In fact, in recent years, more and more residential homeowners have been adding epoxy flooring to their garages, barns, and basement floors. Even small businesses are getting in on the act. Here are some of the reasons why as we explore the advantages of epoxy flooring.

Appearance

Epoxy flooring has a clean, smooth, and shiny appearance, thus making even the darkest garages or manufacturing spaces brighter. The reflection of light is one of the reasons why so many manufacturing facilities, hospitals, and schools use this type of floor covering. Adding brightness to a space can elevate mood and provide light for safety purposes.

Ease of Cleaning

Since epoxy flooring is highly resistant to just about everything – oil, gasoline, bleach, transmission fluid, cleansers, and so on – it makes for much easier clean up than a porous surface. Epoxy floors are almost impervious to most chemical spills without any negative effects on the coating. In addition, these floors also resistant to bacteria and germs, which makes them very easy to sanitize. This is why epoxy is an excellent choice for hospitals and clinics.

Durability

Like concrete, epoxy flooring is very durable. It will last many years with little upkeep. Occasionally, after heavy items have been dropped, or after years of wear and tear, you may need to re-apply a layer. Talk to your installer about maintenance.

Safety

Epoxy flooring is heat and water resistant. It can be installed using a non-skid finish to prevent slips and falls, as well. In addition, safety lines can be included in the design to keep walkways a safe distance from machinery, which is especially useful in larger manufacturing companies.

Options

Epoxy flooring can be installed in different colors and skid resistance levels. There are a number of choices that you can make regarding style, color, and brightness that can change the look and feel of the space you are refinishing.

Jerry Enos Painting specializes in the installation of commercial, industrial, and residential epoxy flooring systems throughout New England. Our innovative epoxy flooring styles, strong supplier support, and select team of highly skilled installers have earned us the reputation as the go-to installers in the field for both commercial and residential clients. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

 

Why Choose a Professional to Paint Your Business

If you are the owner of a small- or medium-sized business, you know the enormous amount of effort it takes to grow and sustain your company. You probably wear many hats on a daily basis to keep things moving smoothly. If you have an office where you meet with clients, you know that the appearance and style reflects back on your brand and reputation. Knowing these things means that you have an understanding of why it is important to choose a professional painter to paint the interior and/or exterior of your business. Let’s further explore these reasons in today’s blog.

Why Choose Professional to Paint Your Business Offices:
High End Appearance

When clients or customers enter your business, what do they see? Experienced painters will be sure that the look is clean and professional. While some business owners may choose to paint their business themselves to save a few dollars, they may not do the careful job that experienced painters will do. Not only does a painting company like Jerry Enos Painting have the right tools and equipment to do the job right the first time, but we also have trained painters who know how to avoid paint mistakes that are common with the novice painter. With a professional painter, you are guaranteed a professional look that will last.

Tuned in to Safety

If you are a small company, you know that insurance is a must. Hire a professional paint company that is licensed and insured so there will be no question about the safety level and quality of the job being done. Professionally trained painters have a better understanding of ladder placement, balance, and movement to meet the safety requirements for your business.

Planning Experience

If your business needs to continue working while a painting project is being completed, a professional will know how to plan and execute the job with minimal disruptions to your business. This may include working at different hours or adjusting workstations while a section is completed.

Saves you Time

Face it, as a business owner you don’t have a free weekend to paint the office. Professional painters for Jerry Enos can come in, evaluate the paint needs, protect the furnishings, get the job done, and keep your business running smoothly.

Brand Awareness

Your office is part of your brand. Our paint consultants can work with you on the right color scheme and style you may want to stay in alignment with your brand.

Does your business need a refresh? Considering painting? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Take Your Home Study or Library to the Next Level

Are you a bookworm or just love having a space to read, write, or think? If so, you may be lucky enough to have a dedicated study or library in your home. Or possibly you have turned a spare room into your dream home library. When planning out this space, what are the items on your list that are “must haves?” And what color will you paint this room to make it just the way you want? Let’s explore some ideas that will help you in the planning process of making your dream study!

Color Palette

Depending upon the size and/or style of your space, you may want to choose one or two colors that can help define the area. Take into account the adjoining rooms if it is not an enclosed space, or the overall color palette of your home. If you are looking for something cozy and enveloping, maybe try a darker tone or neutral as your backdrop. If you like a splash of color, maybe a green or red could be an accent wall. If you are looking for serene and calm, maybe a lighter color should be your pick. Check out Benjamin Moore’s online page on color personality to help you choose the color that will be right for your space. Or talk to the color specialists here at Jerry Enos Painting who can take a look at your space and help you decide.

Must-Haves

Most homeowners have a list of items that they must have in certain spaces. Usually this list is determined by the purpose or theme of the room. If your study is meant to be a space where you can write, then investing in a desk that matches your personality and needs is a must-have. If you plan to cozy up and read in your study, then a lounger or sofa may be a good choice. If you plan to meet with others in a book club fashion, then a grouping of chairs would be a good choice. The Fresh Home Online website has some amazing examples of the many must-haves you may want in your home study.

Whether you want a traditional looking study or a more modern appearance, the experts at Jerry Enos Painting can help you choose a color pallette to get you started in taking your study to the next level. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

 

Paint Sheen Guide

Picking a color to paint a space can be a daunting decision. There are so many factors to take into account like: the amount of light, the size of the room, the mood you want to portray, and the color palette of adjacent rooms. Add into this decision the fact that every color on that famed “color wheel” looks a little different depending upon the sheen or finish of the paint. Today, we are examining the different types of paint sheens. Hopefully, this will aid you in your decision-making process as you narrow your choices for your paint project.

What are Paint Sheens?

The idea of paint sheen is really a question of how shiny you want your paint to look? Do you want it to reflect the light or absorb the light in a room? Do you want it to be easy to clean, or is the surface low maintenance and will need little cleaning? There is a spectrum of paint sheens from no shine (flat paint) all the way up to very shiny (high-gloss). Making things even more confusing is the fact that different brands use different terminology when it comes to these sheens. For example some paint brands label the sheen levels flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and high-gloss, while other brands include satin as a sheen level and call the “flat” sheen “matte.” Don’t worry, once you have started looking at the different sheens, you will begin to spot the differences in no time.

What’s the Difference?

While at first you may think, a color is a color no matter what sheen it is, this is not true. The higher the gloss, such as semi-gloss and high-gloss, the easier the surface is to clean and wipe down after a smudge, streak, or mess has occurred. The lower the level of gloss, such as flat and eggshell, the more difficult that cleaning can be.

In addition, the higher the gloss, the more the paint color is reflected, while in lower level sheens, the color is absorbed. If your walls have imperfections they can be hidden better with a lower sheen level like satin, eggshell, or flat. Also, if you are looking for something that looks soft or almost velvety, you may want to look into satin or eggshell enamel.

What to Use in Each Room?

House Logic online has broken down the sheens or finishes and which rooms they may work well in. Here is a handy graphic from their site.

If you have questions about which sheen may work best in your space contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

Painting Tips for Kid-Proofing Your Walls

If you have children, or even grandchildren, then you know just how messy life can be. Toys strewn around, snacks left uneaten, and all sorts of art projects are an everyday occurrence. It is pretty much an accepted part of having little ones in your life. But are there ways to kid-proof your walls and painted surfaces so that fingerprints, smudges, and smears are easy to clean or refresh? Let’s take a look at some painting tips for kid-proofing the walls in your home.

Choose Colors Wisely

Let’s face it, kids leave their marks on walls, furniture, and around light switches constantly. To combat the messes, choose a color palette that can hide the marks of crayons, fingerprints, and art supplies well. High traffic areas get especially dirty quickly, so choose a shade or two darker that can conceal the mess. Picking a bright white may be asking for trouble.

Choose a Good Sheen

When a mess occurs, you will want to be able to clean off the markings, smudges, or streaks easily and quickly. Choose a high-quality, washable, low-VOC paint in a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish. The higher the gloss, the easier it will be to wipe down and clean up.

Plan Ahead

The longer a stain, crayon streak, or paint mess stays on a surface, the harder it will be to completely erase it. Plan ahead and have wipes ready to make quick work of messes when they occur. Some homeowners find it easier to keep alcohol-free wipes in main living areas to use as clean-up-patrol. All you really need is warm water and soap to remove most marks.

Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

If the children in your home tend to draw on the walls or add their creative flair to the walls when they shouldn’t, maybe you should give them a space where this is allowed. There are some amazing paints on the market that allow children to write on them in chalk or erasable marker where the artistic side can be explored in a specific area of your home. Some homeowners create an art corner with a chalkboard wall to allow children to express their creative side, while still having an easy clean up after the fun is done.

Do you need more ideas for choosing the right color, sheen, or kid-proofing for your painted surfaces? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.