Winter Blues? How Paint Can Help

The dark days of winter have closed in upon us, and boy is it tempting to curl up with some Netflix and a favorite beverage on the couch until the first signs of spring arrive! The lack of daylight, the colder temperatures, and the blanket of snow can make even the cheeriest of us want to hibernate. Thankfully there are some ways painting can help you fight the darkness of a typical New England winter. Here are a few ideas to help you fight those winter blues.

 

Since surroundings can play a huge role in our moods, consider these paint projects that may help lift your spirits.

 

  • Accent Walls – If painting an entire room is not in the cards for your schedule or budget, consider a quick pick-me-up with an accent wall in one of your main living areas. Choose a color that you love, whether it is a rosey red, a snappy blue, or a cheery yellow.  This accent color can also be used on items in the room such as: throw pillows, scatter rugs, or keepsakes.

 

  • Entryway – If your mudroom or entryway is looking dingy with all the salt, mud, and boot tracks due to the snow, then this might be an area you could choose to refresh. Paint the cubbies and walls, or change out the color of baskets in your mudroom to give it a quick boost. A fresh coat of paint in this area can be a daily energizer to combat the darkness of winter.

 

  • Bedrooms – You’ve probably heard the old adage, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ‘em.”  Well, if winter has you wanting to hibernate, maybe go with it. Choose a warm, cozy color for your bedroom that makes you feel surrounded by warmth and happiness. Make your bedroom into your comfort zone by choosing a warm color and bedding to match.

 

Winter can seem neverending for some people. Painting an area of your home that you spend time in can help you feel a little less trapped by the grip that winter has on all of us in the northeast. If you need something to alleviate the winter blues in your home’s interior, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

DIY Painting – Top 5 Things That Go Wrong

Need to update or refresh a room in your home? Considering paint as an option? Are you thinking about “Doing-it-Yourself?” You may want to reconsider doing the “Weekend Warrior” thing as mistakes are fairly common and costly when in comes to painting interior rooms. According to the paint experts at Benjamin Moore and our paint professionals here at Jerry Enos Painting, these are the top 5 things that could go wrong if you DIY.

 

  1. Improper Prep – Many homeowners and novice painters tend to want to jump right into painting without the proper prep of the room and surfaces. Without the needed cleaning, scraping, and filling of holes or sanding of uneven surfaces, paint could bubble, chip, or peel, leaving a room that is unsightly. Improper prep can also lead to accidents on floors, carpets, or furniture that has not been moved or covered. See our blog from last week on the Importance of Prep for Painting.
  2. Skipping Primer – Some inexperienced painters may have the misconception that primer is an unneeded step in the process. Primer covers flaws in the surface and gives you a smooth, long-lasting finish.
  3. Using the Wrong Sheen – High traffic areas need paint that is durable and easy-to-clean. Using a flat paint in these areas could mean that wiping the surfaces could fade the color or wipe it away completely. Use a semi-gloss or higher sheen on these areas.
  4. Using Sloppy Techniques – There are a million ways to paint sloppily. Some newbies dip the paint brush too deep, use the wrong level of nap on rollers, apply the painters tape inappropriately, or even use unsafe scaffolding on stairwells and high-ceiling areas. Professionals know how to paint each difficult area and apply the right amount the first time.
  5. Lack of Clean Up – Sure, after painting all day it would be easy to pack up shop without cleaning the brushes, covering the paint cans or checking for drips before they dry. Professionals have a tried-and-true method after painting that protects the paint, equipment, and the room that is being painted.

 

If you decide that doing it on your own is not going to happen, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Mudroom Must-Haves

Living in New England means dressing for all sorts of weather, from sunny, flip-flop beach days to blizzard-like winter storms. This means having a wide range of coats, footwear, and accessories easily available as fickle Mother Nature changes her mind. But who has the room for all these items piled in the front entryway? To avoid a constant mess and to keep the all-weather gear easily accessible, many homeowners are opting to add mudrooms or create them out of the existing space they have. Let’s look at what every mudroom should have as well as what paint can make the most of the space you have.

 

A well-planned mudroom can not only create a smooth transition into the interior of your home, but it can also house all the gear your family needs on hand.

 

  • Organization – Every mudroom looks different, but what they all have in common is the sense of organization. For example, storage can be in the form of cubbies, lockers, bins, baskets, drawers, shelves, and a myriad of hooks ranging in size. Organization is the key to keeping your mudroom clean. Labeling the storage makes it that much easier to find that lost mitten or pair of sunglasses.

 

  • Seating – Mudrooms should also include a plan for seating, whether it is a built-in-bench or a few chairs to make it easier to pull on those shoes or boots.

 

  • Easy-to-Clean Surfaces – With many hands and feet making good use of the mudroom, it is a good idea to make the walls and surfaces easy-to-clean. Many homeowners choose a paint finish that makes wiping things down just that much easier such as semi-gloss or eggshell sheen for this high traffic area.

 

  • Color Choices – Now that you have all the hooks to hang coats, bins to store sweatshirts, cubbies for boots, drawers for the gloves, and baskets to organize the sporting equipment, it is time to choose a color that makes the space a true mudroom. This choice should take into consideration adjoining rooms as well as the amount of light in the area. Also consider if you want a bold color choice or muted neutral for the mudroom. We suggest choosing one color for the main area and accent with a splash of color on baskets, bins, or cushions for the seating area.

 

Do you need help planning and painting your dream mudroom? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

The Importance of Prep Work for Painting

Painting is one of the most powerful and budget-friendly ways to change the overall appearance of a room. A fresh coat of paint can, in fact, change the mood, aesthetic, and even the sense of size of a room. That is pretty impressive! Unfortunately, many homeowners are overly eager to see the new hue they have chosen for the walls and begin the painting process before the walls have been properly cleaned and prepped. Given that a majority of coating failures, such as peeling, bubbling, and discoloration are due to not having properly prepared the surface, it is a good idea to find out what prep work should be done before you start. Here is a quick list of prep work that should be done prior to even lifting a brush or roller.

 

  • The Wipe Down – Give the walls, heat registers, corners, ceiling, and window sills a thorough cleaning before you start painting the room. Do this simply with a mixture of a gentle detergent/soap and water. Don’t introduce any cleaning chemicals before you start painting. Once everything has been wiped down there should be no dirt, debris, cobwebs, or grime left on the walls or ceiling to interfere with the adhesion of the paint.  Be sure to let the walls dry completely before painting.

 

  • Fix Holes, Scratches, and Dings – It is fairly common that homes have uneven walls, holes from the nails of hanging pictures, or even the occasional divot from children playing or furniture hitting against the walls. Fill and repair these areas, along with sanding, so that the surface is even before you begin. One of the first places that paint begins to peel or bubble is around openings in the wall or near chipped drywall.  Some homeowners also caulk the windows at this point to allow for a better look.

 

  • Remove Furniture – If at all possible remove the furniture in the room before you begin painting. Not only will you appreciate being able to move freely around as you work but it means you avoid any accident that could cause spills on your furniture.

 

  • Cover the Floors –  For the same reason that you remove the furniture, you will want to cover the floors with some sort of protection. We suggest a cotton or canvas covering that tends to be less slippery than plastic coverings.

 

  • Gather all Materials – Before you begin be sure you have the tools you will need, including rollers, brushes, wet towels (for accidental drips), primer, paint, goggles, extension arms (for ceiling painting), and painters tape if you plan to use it.

 

Do you have questions about the prep work for the room(s) you have chosen? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Choosing the Best Sheen by Room

Choosing paint colors for the interior rooms of your home can be an arduous process, one that involves taking into consideration the furniture, architectural details, flooring, lighting and, of course, the mood of the room. But once you have finally selected the color you love, there is one more decision regarding paint: the level of sheen you want to use.

 

Each paint sheen has its own characteristics and practical applications. Some sheens are highly durable and easy to clean, while others are great at full coverage and hiding imperfections. Some absorb light in the room, while others tend to reflect it. Accordingly, different types of sheens can be ideal for different areas of your home. The higher the sheen, the higher the shine, and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. With these things in mind, which sheens are best for which room? Let’s take a closer look:

 

  • High Gloss or Semi-Gloss – These two sheens are the most durable and reflect light the most. High gloss and semi-gloss are great for rooms where there will be high traffic and sticky/dirty fingers such as: children’s playrooms, kitchens, mud rooms, and younger children’s bedrooms.
  • Satin – This sheen has a velvety luster that looks soft to the touch. While this sheen is fairly easy to clean, it does show imperfections in the walls, so be sure that cracks, bumps, or holes are properly filled and sanded. A great application site would be in areas such as: family rooms, dens, and older children’s bedrooms.
  • Eggshell – Named because of its eggshell luster, this sheen covers imperfections well, but is a little less durable or tougher to clean without wiping off the actual paint. This sheen would be great to use in dining rooms or low traffic areas.
  • Flat or Matte – This sheen soaks up the light rather than reflect it so if your walls have imperfections this would be the paint to use. The best places to use this sheen are in an adult bedroom or an area that sees little traffic. Some homeowners choose to use this as their ceiling paint as well.

 

Do you have questions about the durability and light absorption of the paint for the room(s) you have chosen? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Common Questions about Painting

As painters for the last three decades, we often get asked some common questions about paint and the painting process. Here are a few of them for your research before you choose the professional you plan to work with. If you have more specific questions regarding your home please call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

  • What type of paint do you use and why? We primarily use Benjamin Moore Paints due to the high quality of their paints.

 

  • Do you offer environmentally friendly paints? Most paints now have low VOCs but we can certainly use non-VOC paint or paints with low odor. Talk to us and we can take care of your concerns.

 

  • How long should my exterior paint job last? There are many factors that determine how long the paint lasts including preparation of the surface, quality of the surface, quality of the wood, and environmental factors such as location and access to direct sunlight. We would be able to assess this better after viewing your home and the environment surrounding your home.

 

  • What are the different kinds of paint finishes, and how do I select them for each room? There are several choices for paint sheen, although different brands call them different things. In general there is high-gloss, semi-gloss, eggshell, and flat. We can help you decide which may be better for high traffic areas or areas that see more moisture like kitchens and bathrooms.

 

  • How do I choose a color for either inside or outside my home? At Jerry Enos Painting we offer a color consultant that you can work with to determine what color palette would be best for your home.

 

  • Is there any way to increase the life of the paint on my interior walls? We suggest regular cleaning with soap and water, or even just a damp cloth that can quickly wipe away grease, grime, and unsightly smudges, especially around light switches.

 

Touch Up Troubles

Do the walls and trim of your home have a few scrapes, scuffs, or gouges caused by the normal wear and tear of typical high traffic areas? Many homeowners try touching up these blemishes on their own, only to find that, despite the relatively small size of the marks, they are not as simple to fix as they may seem. Some factors that are often overlooked include not taking into account the temperature/humidity, the original sheen, the porousness of a surface, and the original application method. Due to this, many touch-ups look and feel different from the surrounding surfaces. This is a problem if you were aiming for the eyesore to blend in seamlessly again. Here are a few of the troubles that homeowners encounter when touching up tarnished surfaces.

 

  • Matching the Color – If at all possible use the same batch of paint to be sure the color matches identically. If that is not possible, take a sample and have a paint professional match the color using the technology that is now readily available. Do not use old paint as it may not be mixed as well or may not match precisely.
  • Fixing Gouges – Many times, gouges or scratches in the drywall must be fixed before painting the area to match. This could be tricky because the drywall filler may absorb the coating at a different rate than the finished wall, thus giving a different look to the paint.
  • Sheen – Be sure when fixing small touch-ups that you have chosen the right paint with the same sheen as the original coat. Nothing calls attention to a touch-up more than covering up a flat paint wall with a high-gloss touch-up.
  • Application Method – If you rolled-on the paint rather than brushing it on you should follow the same procedure when completing touch ups. The way the paint looks on your walls or trim is partly determined by the application method.

 

If you are considering doing some touch-ups around your home or business, call Jerry Enos Painting for help to get it right the first time. Call us at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

The Forgotten Surface – Ceiling Paint

Take a look up! When was the last time you painted the ceilings in your home? Do they have stains, marks, or cobwebs forming in the corners? It may be time to think about how your ceiling can change and freshen up the look of your interior rooms. The ceiling is often called the “fifth wall” of a room or many times the forgotten surface as many homeowners overlook the importance of this surface as it can provide detail, color, and character for your room. In fact, many homeowners don’t realize that the ceiling is in dire need of painting until after having painted interior walls and they see how wonderful and fresh those look. What are some options when it comes to adding detail, color or personality to your ceilings? Let’s take a closer look at ceiling paint. 

 

  • Color – Many homeowners opt for traditional white for their ceilings in order to make the wall colors pop or to create a sense of height in the room. Other homeowners choose a color that either coordinates with or enhances the color that is currently on the walls. For example, if you are choosing a deeper blue on the walls, a lighter shade of that same color family may add some visual appeal to the room.

 

  • Details – If your ceiling needs something to give it life, you may want to consider details such as trim or molding that come in a wide variety of styles. Some homeowners choose to add architectural features above windows, or to really go all out and create a tray ceiling or other add-ons that can bring out the character in any room.

 

  • Personality – Let’s face it, ceilings provide a great location to show off your personality whether it is with the details or color choices we mentioned above, or in other ways such as a unique lighting choice, texturing with the ceiling paint, or going all out and installing a patterned tin ceiling. The choices are endless.

 

If you are looking for interior painting solutions, or just something a little different for your ceiling, call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Increasing Workplace Productivity and Morale with Paint

Quick, what’s the first color that your clients or employees see when they enter your office? Is it a muted, neutral color palette with grays, beige, or white adorning the walls? If so, your office is like so many of the companies around our area that have been “playing it safe” without really thinking about how a splash of color could boost morale and productivity. Let’s take a closer look at color palettes for workspaces and how they impact both clients and staff members in regards to workplace productivity and morale.

A University of Texas study on color scheme and productivity led by researcher Nancy Kwallek, Ph.D, examined three color schemes in particular: white, red, and pastel blue/green. The study looked at how these different colors affected workers in the office. The results suggest that color scheme alone may impact mood and can also affect productivity. Dr. Kwallek’s research gives support to the actions of many companies today who are seeking to positively impact the office environment with the use of color.

Blue/Green – These two colors are common in nature and tend to be associated with terms like restful and calming. They also are associated with improving focus and efficiency.
Yellow – The color of happiness can trigger innovation according to psychologists who study the impact of color on mood. Studies suggest that variations of this hue be used in work environments where artists, writers, designers, developers, and other creative professionals work.
Red – While this color tends to be alarming to some people, it is a great accent color that draws the eye to the most important feature in a room. This color is thus used on things like exit signs, fire extinguishers, and can be used to capture the attention of employees or clients.
White – According to research behind the Psychology of Color, white is the worst color to paint the office since it gives off feelings of being sterile or too clinical feeling.

If you are considering painting your business offices, be sure to research what a color scheme may do to your workforce productivity and mood. Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Man Cave Makeover

Does your home have a bonus room, basement room, or extra space that your husband would love to turn into his “Man Cave?” These rooms seem to be more and more popular as places to watch the “big game”, relax, and hang out with friends. So, what does it take to turn a typical room into a Man Cave that your husband with enjoy for years to come? Here are a few suggestions.

 

  • Start with Paint – The color palette that you choose for a Man Cave sets the tone for how the room will look overall. Darker colors seem to be popular as they are perceived as masculine and make a room look warm and welcoming for friends. These rooms, typically meant for entertaining. do not need to be dark and gloomy, however. Many homeowners are choosing lighter and brighter colors for the walls, and then adding darker colors through furniture and decor. Talk to a Jerry Enos Painting Color Specialist to discuss what you would like for the backdrop to your Man Cave.
  • Consider Furnishings – What will the room be used for? If you plan to watch sports, you may want to invest in reclining comfy chairs that can hold beverages and snacks. If you plan to host poker or pool nights, consider finding speciality tables that coordinate with the colors you have chosen for the room. (Not all pool tables come in green anymore).
  • Consider Extras – Is your husband a beer or wine connoisseur? Adding extras, like a beer tap or brewing station, may be the focal point of his favorite room. For those who are looking for a place to keep up with the many sports, consider mounting several televisions to the walls so that there is no need for channel surfing. Then, go the extra mile and automate everything in the room.

 

Need help deciding on the perfect color for your Man Cave? Call Jerry Enos Painting for a consultation at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more.