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3 Weekend Paint Projects for a Quick Facelift 

If you’re tired of seeing the same “ho-hum” walls and furnishing in your home, it may be time for a quick refresh with a weekend paint project. This time of quarantine has seen a massive spike in homeowners choosing to invest in their homes by tackling small, but important home projects. Even if your time is short and your budget small, here are three simple projects that can be completed in a weekend that will give your home a quick facelift. bathroom sink

A Bathroom Color Switch 

Chances are that your bathroom is the smallest room in your house with the least amount of furniture that would need to be moved in order to paint. Many homeowners choose bathroom refreshes because not only do they go quickly, but require little furniture rearrangement. 

Take down and store all window coverings, the shower curtain, and bathroom essentials and your room is practically ready to be painted. Since bathrooms tend to hold lots of humidity, we suggest that you wash the walls down with a mixture of bleach and water in order to kill any mold or mildew that could be growing. From there, cover the vanity and toilet with a sheet or painting cover and get started! You will find that using high quality bathroom paint can cut down on the number of water stains and drip marks you may see in the future. 

Choose a color that you can coordinate with your towels, bathroom rug, and shower curtain. The combination of new color palette and new toiletries can really make an impact. 

Make the Doors Pop 

Have a few hours on a Saturday? Have a pint of your favorite color paint? Then you have the time and product to paint your entryway door. This fast and easy paint project can literally be completed in one day and transform the entire look of your front door. 

While many homeowners take advantage of leftover paint from another project to complete this one, you may want to pick a color that coordinates with your home’s exterior color and paint any doors that access the interior of your home the same color. This would include your side door, bulkhead, and basement access points. Add some fresh flowers to add to the refresh and you have a whole new look in one weekend! blue accent wall with yellow flowers

Add an Accent Wall 

Similar to the front door painting project, adding an accent wall to your kitchen, family room, or bedroom can change the whole look of a room. 

We suggest choosing a color that will both pop but also coordinate with the surrounding rooms and/or furnishings. You don’t want something that looks out of place or unusual. Rather choose a color that will bring out an accent color that you already see in other areas of the room such as on pillows, blankets, or, if in the kitchen, perhaps the backsplash. 

Imagine any of these projects starting on a Friday and completed on a Sunday. Your new workweek will seem like a breeze in your new bathroom, kitchen, or entryway! Talk to our specialists at Jerry Enos Painting and check out our Facebook page for ideas and our portfolio pages. 

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Prioritize Your Home Painting 

So you’ve decided to take on some home painting projects and transform the space that’s looking a little tired to one that is fresh and new! This is a great idea that can help lift your mood, add value to your home, and, if you are putting your home on the market, help your house sell fast. One major question you may have is how to determine what rooms you should prioritize and which rooms can wait to be painted. 

Making the decision to paint the interior of your home is a big decision all on its own, never mind choose the color palette, and timeframe for the project. Choosing what rooms and areas take top priority should be one thing every homeowner considers when starting a painting project. 

No one wants to complete a labor-intensive paint project only to have the room be one that sees little traffic when people come to visit. It’s always best to choose rooms that have the highest visual impact and see high traffic. 

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Entryway or Mudroom

If you are painting to achieve the highest impact, you may want to make the entryway your top priority. Not only does the first room everyone enters experience a lot of wear-and-tear, but it also may be in desperate need of a refresh. 

Entryways tend to experience more dirt and grime than most rooms in the house. This is the place where family members take off their dirty shoes, fingers get smudged on the walls, and inevitably things ding and scrape up the walls more than any other room in your house. 

If you are looking for the most bang for the buck, the most visible room is the one where you greet guests such as the mudroom or entryway. This may be the top priority when considering where to paint this fall. kitchen pantry

Kitchen or Pantry 

Second only to the entryway for high traffic and dirt and grime is the kitchen. Consider the amount of food drips, liquid spills, grease stains, and stovetop splashes that occur around your oven or near counters. You probably also have a fair amount of marks on your kitchen walls. 

When choosing what rooms will give you the best return on investment and most transformative impact, the kitchen is top on the priority list. Remember that Jerry Enos Painting can not only take care of the walls and ceiling in your kitchen, but can also create a whole new look by painting your kitchen cabinets! 

Living or Family Room 

The family room tends to be the one place where family gathers for special occasions as well as simple Netflix nights. It’s important to keep the walls and furnishings in this room looking fresh and well-kept since so much time is spent in this room. 

This is third on our list of rooms to prioritize for painting since it usually tends to be one of the rooms where guests gather and family members congregate. Choose a new color scheme every few years to keep this room looking sharp and “like new.” 

No matter what room you choose to start your painting project, our team can help you from picking your color palette to the final clean up. Talk to our specialists at Jerry Enos Painting and check out our Facebook page for ideas and our portfolio pages. 

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Weekend Warrior Projects for the Spring

If you’re an HGTV junkie and love spending your weekends sprucing up your home and yard, you may be looking for projects that can improve the aesthetic look and overall health of your home. 

Being a weekend warrior means that you’re looking for something to improve your home that can be done in a short timeframe such as a weekend or two (or less). Here are a few projects that may satisfy both criteria of being a quick project and transformative. decking

Deck Rehab 

Now that the weather is improving with each day, and the sun sets later, you may be thinking about when you can throw your first outdoor entertaining party. Before you can set that date, you will want to check your deck to be sure it is set to go. 

Deck rehab means checking for splintering wood, areas that need restaining, nails that need pounding down, and loose or damaged boards. 

Spring is a great time to contact our team to power wash, clean, and reseal your deck to get it ready for spring and summer entertaining. Before you consider replacing your deck, call our team to see if we can restore it back to its original splendor. This means we can strip it, replace damaged wood, put on a layer of stain or paint, and weatherproof it so you can enjoy your outdoor entertaining for many more years to come. doorway

Entryway Refresh 

One of the first places that catches the attention of passerbyers and neighbors, is your entryway and front door. Spend a weekend focusing on your front as a way of making a great first impression and sprucing up your house, all at the same time. 

Painting the front door is a perfect place to start. Depending upon the color of the rest of your home’s exterior, you could choose an accent color that makes your front entry pop. One trending color right now in our area is red! The bright, happy color can really make a front door stand out against a white home! 

Add some potted plants to your walkway, clean up the steps with a fresh coat of white or gray paint and your front door has a whole new look. 

As an added pick-me-up install a new light fixture, a modern house number, or a new mailbox just for fun! garage door

Garage Doors and Shutters 

We spend a lot of time talking about color palettes and accent colors for the interior of homes, but did you know that you have several places where an accent color outdoors can make your home look finished and well coordinated? 

Many weekend warriors are choosing to paint their garage doors and shutters, if they have them, in order to coordinate with the color of their front door. These easy changes can be done a little at a time or all in one weekend. The matching or coordinating color scheme can have such a positive effect on your home’s overall look. 

Do you need help with some of your weekend warrior projects?? Call the team at Jerry Enos Painting for professional and experienced painters who can help you transform your home. 

 

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Spring is the Time to Refresh Your Kitchen 

Every year, when spring rolls around, many of us get the itch to clean and redecorate. If the “itch”’ to refresh a room in your home has hit you hard, we suggest choosing a room that will most benefit from a breath of fresh air – your kitchen. 

The kitchen is usually the heart of the home, where family members gather, meals are shared, and special moments are celebrated. It’s also the room with potentially the highest traffic which means finger smudges on the walls, grease splatters around the stove, and lots and lots of spills. 

After a few years of cooking, birthday parties, and late night snacks, a kitchen can look a little worn and in need of a pick-me-up. Switching out the paint color is one of the most affordable and fastest ways to transform a space. white kitchen cabinets

Brighten Up the Cabinets

We suggest your spring painting and decorating project start with your kitchen cabinets. You would be amazed by the transformation a kitchen can go through just by changing the color of the cabinets. 

Painting cabinets is a trend that is attractive to homeowners who want to see a change in the dark or dull look of their kitchens, but don’t have thousands to spend on new cabinets and installation. 

While the color choice is yours, many homeowners are loving the crisp whites, grays, and neutrals that can brighten up even the darkest of kitchens. Pair the light color palette with a blue, green or gray wall color choice and you have a brand new kitchen. 

Walls and Surfaces Need a Refresh Too

If you decide to paint the cabinets, now is a good time to freshen up all of the surfaces in the kitchen as well. This includes the walls, ceiling, window and door trim, and even the chair rail that goes around your room. Choose a new color palette that coordinates with the overall look of your house but also one that can brighten and open up the most used room of your home. accent colors in kitchen

Add Accent Colors Too

Once you have chosen a color palette for your cabinets and walls, you will want to add one last color to the mix, known as your accent color. For example, if you choose white for your cabinets, gray for your walls, then you may want a splash of color such as a turquoise or red that can make the room pop and look newly decorated. 

Use your accent color on the tablecloth, window treatments, canisters, and decor that you have around the room. Choose a color that makes you happy and that will not go out of style in a few months. 

If you have the itch to redecorate, choose paint as a way to rejuvenate your kitchen. Questions about this process? Give us a call at Jerry Enos Painting or check out our portfolio page for inspiration. 

 

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Why Is Choosing a Paint Color So Hard? 

This is probably the number one complaint from homeowners who have decided to refresh the interior or exterior of their home with paint. “Why is choosing a color so painful?” Honestly, there are actually several factors that may be causing this seemingly simple decision to become one that is excruciating. 

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The Problem

First of all, the number of paint choices can be overwhelming. Benjamin Moore has over 3,500 color choices alone! Most homeowners start looking at a wall of swatches that can only  add to the confusion. 

Secondly, many homeowners go into the task of choosing a paint color with some seriously unrealistic expectations. The DIY television shows make it look so simple. Choose a color, prep the room, and voila, you are done by the end of the weekend! The process of painting needs to be taken in steps, and starting and completing a project in one weekend, including making the color choice, probably isn’t going to happen. 

Lastly, many homeowners don’t take into account other components of the paint color decision process. For example, choosing a color is really just part of it. Now you have to choose what sheen and how it will coordinate with adjoining rooms, furnishings, and accent colors. Plus, it’s a really good idea to see how a color looks during different times of day and in both natural and artificial light. 

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Solutions 

We agree that choosing a paint color can be difficult. The process can be made a bit easier if you follow some guidelines. Here are our suggestions that may help. 

  • Look for inspiration from items you already own such as a blanket, painting, picture frame, or keepsake from a vacation. 
  • Narrow your color choice to three and then play around with shades that are slightly lighter and slightly darker. 
  • Use a tester sample to paint a larger swatch on the actual wall and see how it looks. 
  • Use the tester to determine what sheen may be best for the room. Keep in mind higher gloss is better for high traffic areas. 
  • Ask for help from color experts who can point you in the right direction if you have an idea of the overall “look” you are going for. 
  • Consider how the color may coordinate with the adjoining rooms. This is especially important if you have an open concept home. 
  • If you have fallen in love with a color that seems too bold, consider using it as an accent color instead of your main color for the space. 

Still having trouble? Talk to our color specialists who can help you weed out options and point you in the right direction. Remember not to rush the process or you may get stuck with a color that you may not love. 

 

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The Advantages of Going Neutral 

Thinking about an interior paint project this winter? Choosing a color palette can be the hardest part of the process. Many homeowners settle on a neutral color. The reasons for this can be varied. Many have heard from friends that neutral colors will go with everything in their home, will not have to be repainted any time soon, is classic-looking, or, if you are moving soon, will appeal to the greatest number of home buyers. These are all great reasons. Let’s explore why neutral is not “settling” but rather a smart choice for today’s homeowners. 

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Neutral is Key To Resale 

Realtors are known for advising clients that are considering selling, that they should repaint rooms that have bold or unusual color palettes and choose a more neutral shade. The reason for this is because homebuyers will not be turned off by a color they don’t like. 

It is also important to give a potential buyer a clean slate to envision their furnishings and keepsakes in the home. If they are looking at a bright red accent wall, they may not be able to picture themselves in your home. 

Some buyers also keep a mental list of all the projects they will have to tackle once they move in. If your home has too many rooms that need work or paint, your house may not be in contention. 

Neutral Matches Everything 

Do you have colorful furnishings, art pieces, or paintings that need a neutral backdrop? This is one of the top reasons why homeowners choose neutral to begin with. If you like pops of color, such as on your furnishings, floor coverings, curtains, or wall hangings, you may also want to consider a neutral that can help show off these colorful items. 

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Neutral Never Gets Old 

If you love to take risks, you may want to try an accent wall or some new paint technique, but keep the majority of the room neutral just in case you tire of the color of the accent wall. Many homeowners fall in love with a neutral grey or tan because they find that they never tire of it. They can change out furnishings and keepsakes and still be in love with a color palette. 

Neutral colors make the perfect base for designing a room around. Choose fun furnishings, window coverings, rugs, and throw pillows to make a space come to life. 

Do you need help choosing a color? Talk to our color specialists who can help you choose a color that you will be happy with for years to come. 

Basement Makeovers 

Is your basement lost space where seasonal storage gets dumped, exercise equipment goes to rest, or old furniture is piled? Basements are usually amazing square footage that goes to waste unless homeowners plan a dramatic makeover to get organized, paint, and create a liveable space. Let’s take a look at some ideas for what your basement could be if you dream big and transform the space. 

Basements tend to have some inherent problems such as low ceilings, lack of light, and humidity issues. Take some time to think about what your space does have to offer and how you can combat these common issues. Then you can start the fun part of  making your lower level into a room you can use and enjoy. 

Pool Party 

If your basement is large enough to accommodate a pool table, then you may enjoy transforming your lower level into a game room of sorts. A pool table is a great focal point as it gives guests something to do and they can be part of a larger theme of games. Add some seating areas for board games and a small table for chess or checkers. Your basement should include more light so consider adding standing lights or, depending upon your budget, add ceiling lights to illuminate your pool table and sitting areas. Don’t forget to paint the space with a color that can brighten things up and create a cohesive look. 

Family Hangout 

Sure, you have a living room on your upper level, but basement hangouts tend to be less formal and cozier. Buy some comfy furniture to encourage movie watching or sleepovers for the kids. Add some bean bags and voila, you have a family hang out where you can binge watch Netflix, play games, or just enjoy each other’s company. Don’t forget to add some paint to the walls to coordinate with furnishings and make the space come together. 

Office Space 

With more and more employees working remotely these days, finding a place in your home where you can concentrate and get your work done is imperative. Your basement may be a great place to carve out a little room for your home office. We recommend adding lighting, a desk, office equipment, and all the tech you will need to get the job done. If you need to make video conferencing calls you will want the room to look professional, so call in our team to paint the space and help you design a room that looks tailor made for your business. 

What type of basement do you dream of having? Use that wasted space to create a room that is lacking in your main living levels. Contact our team if you need help designing and painting your basement makeover. 

 

4 Tips to Pick Your Interior Paint Colors 

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

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

Find an Inspiration

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

Choose from a Portfolio 

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

Try Sample Sizes 

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

Use Color Theories to Choose 

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

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

 

From Drab to Fab. Update Your Home’s Interior with Color 

Do you ever look around your home and feel that everything is beginning to look old, dated, or maybe a bit worn out? Wouldn’t it be great to have an unlimited budget and be able to snap your fingers and remake all the rooms in your house? Well… that fantasy probably won’t happen. But what if I told you that you can transform a room in a cost-effective way using only paint? Got you listening, right? 

Yes, you can completely transform any room from one mood to another and from drab to fab using a few gallons of paint. A home makeover project like this can not only make your home appear to be newer but also sends a message that it is well cared for and refreshed. 

Focus on the Entryway 

If you are looking for an easy area to paint and for a quick pick-me-up, then the entryway or mudroom might be a good place to start. It is probably the messiest area in your home and potentially the place you travel through most often. It deserves a makeover. 

To start this project we suggest a major cleanout of jackets and shoes that are seasonal and donating those that are not in use anymore. Then, take a look at the adjoining rooms and choose a color that is fun but complementary to that color or colors. Mudrooms see a ton of traffic so it should be a color you can enjoy on a daily basis. Some people find that a darker color is a good choice in this area because of all the traffic, fingerprint smudges, boot scuffs, and general use. 

Redo a Favorite Room 

If, like many families, your kitchen is the real hangout area, then maybe this is a good room to refresh this winter. While painting a kitchen can be tricky because you will still need to use it for meals, it is the one that gets the most bang for the buck. A change in color in your kitchen can bring a good ROI as well as lift the mood of the whole room. 

Some homeowners take it a step further and paint the cabinets to give the entire room a facelift! Jerry Enos Painting specializes in this, so give us a call if you are ready to make the leap. Add in some colorful backsplash and you won’t even recognize your kitchen when it is all done. 

Go Small 

If painting your interior rooms is too big a job, then we suggest starting small. Choose a bathroom or even a hallway to get you started on bringing your home up to “fab” status. Bathrooms tend to be smaller and there is not nearly as much furniture to remove or cover before starting. Bathrooms can be fun as well because, when the painting is done, you can splurge for new towels and sink accessories. 

We have some great ideas about how to transform your home from drab to fab. Give us a call and talk to our specialists today or check out our Facebook page for ideas. 

 

Refresh Your Home For The Holidays Now!

By now you have probably already seen the holiday commercials on television and maybe even heard some of the seasonal songs on the radio on your way to work. It’s hard to avoid – the holidays are approaching fast! Now is the time to consider a quick paint refresh for your holiday gatherings or New Year’s parties. 

If you are planning a holiday dinner, a cocktail party, or maybe a family gift swap, then you will want to do some refreshing before all the guests start to arrive. Here are some of our best tips to make your home not only welcoming but looking its best this holiday season. 

Clean it Up 

Sure, your house is clean, but for more important gatherings you will want to do a deep clean that makes everything shine. There are often forgotten areas that should be neatened up. These include: wiping down any smudges or marks on the trim or molding, dusting lamps, dusting overhead ceiling fans, wiping marks off light switch plates, washing windows, washing curtains, and wiping down cabinets that may have drips or food stains. 

Cleaning it up also means getting rid of the clutter that has accumulated all year long. Recycle that pile of newspapers or magazines. File away old bills or paperwork. Put away toys or books in their appropriate spots. You may also want to do some work on the hardwood floors to bring the shine back out through vacuuming, mopping, and using wood shine on them. 

Paint Makeover 

If you have time before the chaos of the holidays arrives, painting is one of the best ways to transform a room from drab to fab! Even if you don’t want to change the color, a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in the look of a room. If you do choose a new color, it may end up being a focal point or the hit of the party. 

The painting also gives homeowners a chance to repair any imperfections on the walls, add texture or new sheen to the walls, and make a great first impression. Check out our Facebook page and portfolio page for some great color ideas. Or visit the Benjamin Moore website for some new color trends. 

Update a Piece of Furniture 

If your kitchen or living room is looking a little worn, now might be a good time to invest in a new piece or refurbish the old. A new comfortable seating area can mean better access to all family members during holiday gatherings. A longer kitchen table can mean more friends or family will be welcome at dinner. If you can’t afford to replace major pieces, look to change out a few accent pieces just to make it look fresh or new. 

Add Some Finishing Touches

Now that you have cleaned, painted, and decluttered, you can start adding some fun finishing touches. Some homeowners like to add fresh garland or twinkle lights on the fireplace mantle. It can set a magical mood for the whole event. 

Candles in the scents of the season such as Balsam Fir, Cinnamon Stick, Apple Spice, or maybe Christmas Cookie are always a fun touch and make a home smell wonderful. 

Display some colorful throw pillows or cozy blankets to make the living room feel homey. Use accent colors for these that play up the colors on the walls.

Depending on your taste, you can add some fun holiday keepsakes around your kitchen or living room: the two places where guests tend to congregate. 

Refreshing your home before guests arrive for the holidays can make your home feel new, especially for guests who visit often. If painting the main areas of your home like the kitchen, entryway, or living room to make an amazing first impression is on your list of things to do before the party starts, consider calling us at 978-546-6843 or contact us on our website.  Happy Holidays!