Category Archives: Color Trends

Properly Cleaning Your Painted Surfaces 

If you like your home to look clean and fresh, you probably vacuum, dust, and tidy on a daily basis. Sure, you probably leave the deep cleaning and organizing for those big spring or fall cleanouts, but there is still something that many homeowners forget to do – clean their painted surfaces!

Believe it or not, your walls are the largest amount of real estate in your home. Think of how many square feet your walls take up and yet they are overlooked when it comes to routine cleanings. Here are some reminders of how to clean your painted surfaces so they do not lose their sheen or paint color. 

Cleaning Different Paint Sheens 

The first thing you should consider when washing painted walls is the finish or sheen. For duller paint finishes (less shine) such as flat, satin, or eggshell you will want to show care since they are less durable when it comes to cleaning. Do not use harsh chemicals or degreasers when cleaning flat paint walls and be mindful when washing with a sponge to not scrub too hard. For semi-gloss or full gloss finishes, it is ok to use a mild degreaser. These finishes tend to be used in high traffic areas or where messy fingers can leave residue and grime behind. 

Dust Before Washing 

Even if your home seems fairly dust-free, it is there and you will want to dust off any debris or cobwebs before you start to wash the walls. We suggest a feather duster that has an extender arm as lots of times homeowners will spot collected debris in the corners near ceilings. Dust from top to bottom and don’t forget the trim work where dust and dirt can get stuck in the detail work. 

Washing the Walls 

Depending upon the color palette you use in your home, smudges and stains may be noticeable or not so noticeable. The place that we notice them most often are around light switches. Use two buckets for cleaning. Use one with a gentle soap product and warm water, the other with a warm water rinse. That way you won’t be putting dirty water back on your walls. We also suggest using a sea sponge as they are more gentle on paint, although they don’t hold together after repeated use. 

Start at the top of each wall and work your way down. Make sure to dry the walls after to prevent water stains or streak marks. You will also want to dry the floors around the perimeter of each room so there are no slips or falls. 

For cleaning tips and tricks check out our past blogs. When you need interior or exterior painting done, choose the pros at Jerry Enos Painting. Call Jerry Enos Painting today at  978-546-6843, or visit our website

 

Painting the Nursery: Dos and Don’ts 

If you are expecting a new bundle of joy, first of all, congratulations! Second, try not to get overwhelmed with all that lies ahead. Take it one day at a time and you will have this parenting thing down in no time. If one of your worries is what to do with the spare bedroom that now will become your child’s nursery, we have some great tips and suggestions to get you going. Here are a few of our dos and don’ts when it comes to painting or decorating your baby’s nursery. 

Do Create a Theme

While you don’t know what your child’s personality will be and whether he or she will like sports, art, cars, or dress up, you can still find a theme that will help you decorate and paint the room. Some great themes focus on animals, characters in a book, nature, or travel. These ideas can be a great focal point and make for final touches of decorating or choosing wall art fun! Once you know your theme, choosing a wall color will be a little easier. If you want to have a theme of nature or animals, a green palette could make for a perfect backdrop. Or maybe you want to focus on travel and exploration so you could paint the walls blue for the sky. All ideas are on the table. 

Do Go Green for Baby 

Paints can tend to give off an odor and some have chemicals that you will want your new bundle to avoid. Choose paints that are low in VOCs. When choosing paint with fewer chemicals you are helping to give your baby a healthy start in their new room. 

Do Design with Organization and Storage in Mind 

Nothing is worse in the middle of the night than searching, bleary-eyed for the diapers and wipes. When you are designing your nursery, be sure to take into consideration an order to where everything will live. If you have a changing table, store all necessary items in a drawer or basket nearby. If you want to play with your child on the floor, invest in a soft carpet and toy bins where everything can find its place at the end of the day.

Sure, your child won’t we crawling or walking anytime soon, but now is the time to take care of at least some of the baby proofing. Put on those electrical sockets covers, use furniture anchors to secure heavy furniture to the walls, remove choking hazards, choose different window coverings if yours has window blind cords dangling, and remove any dangerous medications or ointments that may be within a baby’s grasp. 

Don’t Go Overboard

While it is fun to add small details to a baby’s nursery, be sure not to overstimulate the room with too much “stuff.” Remember this room is meant for sleeping (hopefully), not regular activities. Keep the toys, wall décor, and furnishings to a minimum so that your child can have room to grow and add his/her most favorite things as they age. 

Do you need help choosing the right paint color for your nursery? We can work with you on your theme and help you decide on the right color and sheen that will be easy to clean and maintain. Call Jerry Enos Painting today at 978-546-6843, or visit our website

 

Stepping Up your Fall Curb Appeal 

It’s hard to believe that summer is quickly drawing to a close and soon the leaves will begin to change color and eventually fall. If you are considering selling your home this autumn, you will want to take advantage of the spectacular colors Mother Nature will be displaying. For those of you contemplating fall as the time to place your house on the market, let’s talk about a few ways to step up your curb appeal, specifically for that season. 

Play with Color 

Being in New England means that home buyers are counting on finding a home that fits our region. Regardless of the color of the leaves on the trees in your yard, you can play up the color changes in your flower boxes, along your front walkway, and at your entryway. Use hardy mums in colors of red, yellow, orange, and purple to make the area pop. 

Freshen Up the Exterior of your Home

Like they say, home buyers know within seconds if they want to investigate a house further. That means that from the time the potential buyers pull up to your home to the time they walk up the front walkway, they have decided if they will even consider your home for purchase. And that is before they have even set foot inside! That means your home needs to give off a great first impression. A fresh coat of paint can make the difference between a potential homebuyer stepping inside and one who drives away without giving your home a second thought. 

Up Your Landscaping Game 

By fall your lawn and bushes have reached their peak of growth, so be sure to have a professional team of landscapers do a clean up right before you put the house on the market. A neatly manicured lawn and garden shows terrific curb appeal. Make sure to have the gutters cleaned and any small repairs done that may send out red flags to buyers. 

Add Some Details 

Homebuyers love everything new and fresh. Add some new items that make the outside of your home shine. For example, buy a new mailbox, replace the lights, add new hardware, and invest in some new house numbers in coordinating metallic finishes. 

Are you trying to sell your home and are looking for a way to make it stand out from your neighbors’? Paint can really do the trick. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

3 Signs Your Home’s Exterior Needs Painting 

Have you ever been driving down the street and noticed a home that was recently painted? The usual reaction is, “Wow, that looks great! It makes the house look almost new!”  While paint can certainly make the aesthetics of a house look amazing, it can also help with the health of the wood structure of the home as well. Read on to find out why painting isn’t just for the sake of appearance, but for the health of your home as well. 

Paint is your house’s first defense against the elements of nature. We see a lot of harsh weather here in the New England states, so paint is critically important to the overall health and lifespan of your wood siding. Here is how a power wash, scraping, priming, and a final coat of paint can help improve the health of your home. 

Flaking, Bubbling, and Cracking

If you see any of these signs of damage or aging on your house, the time to act is now. Flaking, bubbling, and cracking paint is a sign of dry rot, wet rot, or possibly mold. Having a professional painting team come in and evaluate the wood underneath is your best bet. Sometimes, the wood will need to be replaced while, other times, the wood merely needs to be scraped, primed, and repainted to be sure that the rain and air do not continue to degrade the wood. 

Fading Paint 

Depending upon where your house is located, you may have one side that is a different hue than all the others. The direct sunlight could be causing a bleaching and fading effect on the paint. To avoid this, choose high-quality exterior paint that is designed to last and not fade. Fading can also indicate that the wood is drying out and rotting. A professional paint team can evaluate the issue and determine if repairs or a fresh coat of paint is needed to strengthen your first line of defense against the elements. 

Caulking Issues 

Most caulks are designed to expand and contract along with your house. If you have noticed that the caulk around your utility pipes, windows, and trim has begun to crack or harden, it may be time to consider recaulking and painting those areas. Once the caulk has degraded substantially, it will no longer be the seal you need it to be. 

Is your home showing signs that you may need a professional painter? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

Make Your Storefront Standout

In this digital age that we live in, more and more companies are no longer based in traditional storefronts. This is especially true considering the copious amounts of online shopping available. Consumers have many options that do not involve heading to a store to find the services or products they need.

That’s why, if you do have a storefront, you need to make it stand out and welcome your customers. How do you do that? Here are a few ideas to help make your storefront look its best and encourage clients or consumers to take a look at what your company is offering.

Consider Your Brand Color Palette

What colors do consumers associate with your brand? What colors are integral to your logo or website? Use those colors to help create brand awareness on your storefront as well. For example, use versions of your color palette on the building if possible. When consumers enter your store, they should be greeted with colors that they link to your brand, products, and services. This doesn’t mean paint every wall red if your logo contains red, but use it as an accent color or as a unifying theme around your office, store, or business. A cohesive color palette shows that you think ahead and stand behind your brand 100%!

Display Your Products

Depending upon your industry, you may want to use the windows in your storefront to showcase some of your products. Don’t go crazy jamming items in a window, but rather pick a few items that are special and rotate the display regularly so that something new and fresh is out there weekly.

Lighting Considerations

Be sure you are using proper lighting that makes your products shine. In other words, no fluorescent lighting but rather minimalistic spotlighting to showcase an item is great for a front window display.

Cleanliness

Drawing attention to your storefront can easily be done with the right paint color, lighting and displays. Unfortunately if the windows are dirty or there is trash, leaves, or debris outside your store, you have a problem. Be sure to regularly wash and clean the outside of your store as you don’t want to compete between a mess and your products for passersby attention.

Does your storefront need help? We can complete a power wash of the building, scrape, prime, and paint the exterior to make your business look shiny and new. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Does Your Kitchen Need a Facelift?

If you saw the title of this blog and immediately gave a sigh and said, “Yes!” then you will want to continue reading. Many homeowners do not have a huge budget to remodel a kitchen and, therefore, start getting creative to make it appear that their kitchen is newer. If you are not in the position to spend thousands of dollars on a large kitchen remodel but want to give the heart of your home a facelift, here are a few refresh ideas.

Paint the Cabinets

Make your old, dated cabinets look like new again with a coat of paint in the color of your choosing. This trend is catching on as replacing existing cabinets in a kitchen is one of the most expensive upgrades. Jerry Enos Painting has years of experience prepping, priming, and painting existing cabinets to make the entire kitchen look like it was just redone! Add some new hardware to the handles and voila, your kitchen has an instant facelift for a fraction of the cost.

New Appliances

While not quite as cost effective as painting your existing cabinetry, replacing older appliances with energy efficient ones (in a uniform color) can not only give your kitchen a new look but can save you money on energy in the long run.

Add a Backsplash

One great way to add color and detail to your kitchen is by adding tile backsplash. This is usually a fairly inexpensive project that many homeowners are able to do on their own. Add backsplash to the area behind the stove or sink to make cleanups easy and just add a little something special to your kitchen.

Let There Be Light

Another simple way to make your kitchen space look refreshed is to switch out the lighting. Change out the pendant light you have over the table or sink. Add inexpensive strip lighting under your cabinets for a soft night time glow. Lighting can make a room look more open and add character to a room.

Are you looking to give your kitchen a facelift? Jerry Enos Painting can help get you started with paint projects on the cabinets, walls, or ceiling. Let us know what mood you are aiming for and we can even have one of our color consultants discuss a color palette with you. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Move-In Makeover for First Time Homebuyers

Buying a home can be both thrilling and nerve wracking at the same time! But now that you have finally taken the leap and decided to become a homeowner, you probably have a million questions about which project or projects you should tackle first. As painting professionals we have seen many new homeowners get overwhelmed with the never ending list of “Home Projects.”

The first thing to do is to evaluate what you want to do to make the house yours, and what you need to do to make the house livable. Those are two totally different things, keep in mind. During the home buying process, you hopefully had an inspection that will give you a good place to start. The inspection report should tell you if there are any safety concerns such as an electrical panel that needs updating, plumbing that should be repaired, or a roof that is nearing the end of its life. These are the items that you should include on the “need” to fix vs. the “want” to update.

Once any safety concerns have been repaired or updated, now is when you can have fun making over your home to fit your personality and lifestyle. Here are some suggestions that may be helpful.

Create a Priority List

Top on that list is obviously the items listed above that need to be completed in order for your home to be a safe living environment. Then, start brainstorming a list of things you would love to do to the house. This could include remodeling the kitchen or perhaps creating a man cave in the basement. Once the list is made, decide which items take priority. This may depend on your budget, time, and a dozen other factors.

Create a Budget

It may be hard to figure out what the cost will be for each item on your list, but you can at least rank them by least expensive projects to most expensive. This gives you an idea that maybe if your budget is tight your first year, that you conquer the smaller projects before you start on the larger renovations. Some homeowners split their list into small vs. large projects and try to complete the ones they can on their own to save money.

Complete Some Projects Before Move-In Day

Many homeowners get the chance to do some of their makeover before they even move in to their new home. It really is an ideal time to refinish or install hardwood floors, get rid of that popcorn ceiling, and paint each room the color you are envisioning. This will give you a rare opportunity to access the rooms without the bother of moving furnishings and all of your personal belongings. It is so nice to start decorating your home with a freshly painted canvas in the color palette that speaks to you personally.

Consider ROI

When checking off the items on your list in your new home, it is important to take into consideration the return you will get on your investment. Bathroom and kitchen remodels are great for increasing the value of your home and are always a smart choice. Projects such as adding smart home technology and energy efficient items such as appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, and windows are also a great way to start getting a return right away in smaller utility bills.

Do you have an ever-growing list of things you want to do when you get into your new home? Let us take care of your painting needs both inside and out. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Boost Your Curb Appeal with Paint

In the world of real estate, the phrase curb appeal is thrown around quite a bit. Realtors encourage home sellers to boost their curb appeal to hook home buyers when they attend an open house or just happen to be driving by.

What is it exactly that gives a house curb appeal? What are the best improvements that can be made to ensure that the first impression your home gives is a positive one? Today, we will be exploring how a few changes and paint projects can give your home the curb appeal that will attract home buyers to your property.

Curb appeal really speaks to the first impression that a home buyer gets of your property the first time they lay eyes on it. In fact, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran once stated that, “Home buyers decide if they want to purchase a home in the first eight seconds on the property.” That gives homeowners precious little time to make that initial positive impression.

What can homeowners do to boost their curb appeal? More importantly, what will give them the most bang for their buck when it comes to those improvements?

Exterior Painting

Home buyers take in the whole house when they set eyes on it. The maintenance of the outside of the house tells them quite a bit about the care for the home itself. If home buyers see peeling or dirty paint they will be immediately turned off. No home buyer wants to start the “What needs fixing” list before they even enter the home. A fresh coat of paint can make a home look new, vibrant, and well cared for. The ROI for exterior paint is almost priceless in respect to the impression it will have on the potential buyers.

Spruce Up the Front Door

The entryway to the home should be pristine and the front door itself should be a welcoming color. We suggest a fresh coat of paint on the door, new hardware for the doorknob, and maybe add a door knocker in the same metallic tone. You may even want to purchase some new house numbers that can make a front door really pop! It really is important to add nice touches and details that will appeal to the buyers.

Add Color with Plants

Add a splash of color to your walkway by planting some blooms that will boost your curb appeal. No room for planting in the ground? No problem, put a few potted plants on your steps in bright colors that send a welcoming message.

Garage Door and Porch

If you are lucky enough to have a home that has a garage or porch, be sure to repair any loose steps, railings, or problems before your open house. Garage doors should be newly painted and checked to make sure it opens easily. Porches should be staged with chairs and small tables so prospective homebuyers can envision themselves sitting outside enjoying a beverage or cocktail in their new home.

Walkways and Driveways

Repaving or using brick pavers may be out of the budget for home sellers, but a quick refresh with a power wash can bring the walkways and driveway back to life! You would be amazed at how much dirt and grime can build up over the years.

Landscaping

Can’t afford a professional landscaping project? Just make sure your yard is mowed and free of debris like kids toys, sticks, or stray items. A freshly cut lawn can look amazing. Add some mulch to your flower beds and your yard will suddenly have a cleaner appearance that will catch the eye of home buyers.

Need your home painted or power washed as you prepare to sell it? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Fresh Coat of Paint

As a small business owner, you often wear many hats, right? You may be the manager, bookkeeper, human resource person, and IT specialist all-in-one. You do enough already, so painting your business should not be yet another task you must complete. You don’t have the time or energy to paint either the interior or exterior of your office. Regardless, there are many factors that lean toward why you should paint on a fairly regular basis. Here are three of the top reasons why your business could benefit from a breath of fresh air in the form of paint.

Your Business Value

Your business is probably your most valuable asset aside from your home. That means it should look like it is valuable. Walls, either interior or exterior, that have stains, peeling paint, cracks, or smudges do not make a good impression for your company. If your office is a storefront, or if you often meet with clients, your business should always put its best foot forward. The walls most likely are the largest square footage – use that space to make a great first impression. A new coat of paint can make a space feel and look alive, young, and inviting.

Build Your Brand

Along with sending a message to clients or customers, the building and the walls within are an excellent opportunity to strengthen your brand awareness. If your brand has a certain color associated with its logo or on the website, then use that color. Your brand doesn’t just have to show up on your letterhead or business card. It should be all around you. A fresh coat of paint in a color associated with your service, logo, or product can go a long way to build your brand awareness.

Boost Morale and Improve Focus

A new color or a freshly painted room can boost anyone’s mood. This is true in a business atmosphere just as it would be at home. An office that has fresh paint feels new and alive. This can spill over into how your employees feel and inevitably how your customers feel. Consider a fresh coat to boost morale and help your employees focus more.

Painting can make an area more aesthetically attractive and make the people who work in and around the area happier, more productive and, in some cases, more focused. Call Jerry Enos Painting if your business needs a facelift. You would be amazed what a new color, and a color that matches your brand, can do for your work environment. Call us at 978-546-6843 or email for a free estimate.

 

Finding the Best Color for Your Home

So you’ve decided it’s about time to freshen up the outside of your home! It’s a great time of year and the weather is pretty perfect with the level of humidity and temperature. Now that you have hired a pro to paint the exterior of your home, all that is left is deciding what color to paint it. Seems simple enough, right?

Choosing the main color and an accent color for trim or shutters is not as easy at it may seem. A lot of factors can go into making this choice. Here are some of our suggestions on how to find the best color for your home.

Brainstorm Colors

Make a list of colors that you love as well as colors that you would rather avoid. Look at the list. Is there a pattern emerging? Do you like earthy colors, vibrant colors, or maybe more soft colors? This can help you determine the color you end up with. Try to narrow your list to your top five colors and accent colors. Then take into consideration some of the following issues.

Examine the Environment Around Your Home

Now that you have a list of some of your favorite colors, look around the outside of your home. Do you want the color to be completely different from your closest neighbors? That may take a color or two off your list. Take into account other things in your environment such as where is your house situated. If your home is nestled in the woods with greenery all around, you may want to make your house blend with that environment. If your home is in a downtown area or historic district, you may want to choose traditional colors. However, If your house is in a historic district you may be limited to certain colors, to begin with.

Be Mindful of Your Goal

If your goal is to sell your home, then you may want to choose a color that will appeal to the widest number of people. Some realtors suggest neutral colors with a splash of color for the accents. If your goal is to just freshen the look of your home and you will be staying in the home, then choose something that you love and will be happy with for years to come.

Consult a Color Expert

Let’s face it, choosing a color can be hard. At Jerry Enos Painting we can assist in this decision by providing a color consultant who will help you look at all the factors. A specialist can help you narrow your choices and examine the color in all sorts of light including during sunrise and sunset. Let us help you in this decision by calling our team at 978-546-6843 or email for a free estimate.