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three blue paint rollers

The Professional Painter’s 411 on Rollers & Nap 

Selecting the right equipment to paint with may seem simple enough, right? Buy some brushes, rollers, a tarp, and off you go. Unfortunately, there are actually some details to the equipment that you will need to understand in order to choose the right materials to get your paint project completed. Let’s take a closer look at the nap on your rollers so you get the most out of your painting equipment. roller with white paint

The Purpose of a Roller 

If you are a painting newbie, you will want to invest in both rollers and brushes. The brushes will be used to paint small areas and detail work along the trim, edges, and baseboards. Rollers will help you paint large, flat surfaces in much less time than a brush. They are also excellent for use on all walls, stucco, concrete, or any other flat surface.

Not all rolling naps are the same, however. Roller covers vary in nap length. The nap is determined by the surface texture to be painted. The shorter the nap the smoother the surface. 

For example, a ¼  inch nap should be used for very smooth surfaces like metal doors and plaster. Longer roller naps, such as 1 ½ inch should be used for extremely rough surfaces like concrete blocks or surfaces that have nooks and crannies. Talk to the specialists where you are buying your paint about what length nap you will need to get the best results. pink paint and roller

Roller Quality & Materials 

Along with considering the length of the nap for your rollers, homeowners should also consider the quality of the rollers. As with brushes there are a wide array of materials that can be used on a roller. For example, there is the polyester knit which is one of the more popular materials as it offers the best protection against matting.

Other materials include sheepskin, wool/polyester, and mohair. Sheepskin material picks up and releases more paint than any other roller cover. Wool and polyester allows for easy pick up and delivery of the paint while holding shape for prolonged use. Mohair produces the smoothest finish possible with a roller cover. It is recommended for use with gloss and high gloss coatings.

Do you have questions about which roller type, length, and material you should be using for your surfaces? Talk to our specialists or to set up an appointment to discuss your latest paint project contact us on our website. 

 

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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. 

 

light room

How Can I Brighten A Dark Room? 

At Jerry Enos Painting we are asked this question quite often. Older homes often have smaller rooms that may have fewer windows, darker ceilings, or outdated wall coverings that can add to the darkness of the room. Paint can go a long way to brighten a dull or dark room.

Traditional wall coverings like busy wallpaper or dark wood paneling can cause a room to look smaller and even dreary if enough light is not allowed into the space. Opening up the space and making it seem brighter may mean starting from scratch.  Here are a few of our suggestions to get you started in bringing your room into the light.  

Clear the Room 

One thing that all darker rooms seem to have in common is that they are filled with too much stuff. Start your brightening project by clearing the room of all furnishings, keepsakes, rugs, and shelving. Now that you have a clean slate to work from you can begin the brightening of the room. 

Choose a Light Color 

Many rooms that once looked dark had a deeper or darker color painted on the walls, ceiling, or both. Some may even have dark wood paneling as many homes have used in the past. Choose a color, possibly using one in the neutral palette like: tan, beige, taupe, or white. Paint the ceiling and the wall surfaces the same color to unify the room. Painting wall paneling can be tricky if that is the case in your house. You may need special primer so that you are not applying coat after coat to the walls only to have it quickly absorbed. 

Be Minimalist with Window Coverings 

If you are hoping to add light to a room then your mantra should be, “Less or more,” when it comes to window coverings. Curtains should be light and flowy rather than dark and heavy. Shades should be the light diffusing kind rather than the blocking kind. This will allow for as much natural light to enter and brighten the room as possible. 

Add Artificial Lights 

Natural light from windows will help brighten the space but so will lamps, overhead lights, and area lights. Get creative when picking the shades and style as these too can help brighten the room. 

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Install Mirrors 

A trick used by designers to brighten a space is to add a wall mirror that not only opens up the space but also reflects whatever natural or artificial light is in the room. This magnification of light can help bring any space out of the darkness. 

 

Need help brightening up a room? Talk to our color specialists who can recommend a color palette and suggest some techniques that will let the light into any space. 

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! 

 

Balancing Colors in Your Home 

Ever walk into a friend or neighbor’s home and wonder how they tied it all together so well? The colors, accent pieces, and the choice of furnishings can be a huge factor in how a home looks balanced. Today, we are going to look at some techniques of how you can balance colors in your home so that, when guests visit, they will be amazed at how you created a cohesive style all your own. 

The 60-30-10 Rule 

Designers often use a timeless decorating rule called the 60-30-10 Rule. This rule looks at balancing colors so that homeowners and guests alike are not overwhelmed by too much of any one color. 

The main idea of the 60-30-10 Rule is that 60% of the color in a room should be the main color in the area such as the walls, area rugs, and large accent pieces. Then 30% of the color in a room should be the secondary color such as accent walls, accent chairs, or draperies. The final 10% of a room should include throw pillows, artwork, and decorative keepsakes. 

Using this designer hack can help you balance the amounts of color in any given room. Start by choosing three colors for your room. Easier said than done right? Sometimes finding a color scheme can come from an inspirational piece of tapestry or artwork. I once designed an entire room around the colors on a postcard that reminded me of a wonderful vacation. They included the blue of the sea, green, and yellows. 

Play Up Contrasts 

Another design trick that many homeowners find helpful to balance colors is to play upon the contrasts. Most designers suggest not matching colors but rather choosing colors that play on contrasts in one way or another. For example, balance a bright or warm accent color with a cool, textured color. Play with colors, patterns, and textures to make the contrasts have depth. Some homeowners also like to mix old styles with new pieces to make a statement. Designers also like to try to make contrasts between the cooler colors on the color wheel and the warmer ones. 

Balance Furnishings 

When trying to create a room with depth, color and color balance, you will also want to take furnishings into consideration. For example, if you have a large piece of furniture such as a sofa or buffet, you may want to balance the other side of the room with a couple of smaller pieces. 

Benjamin Moore paint dealers have wonderful showrooms and color specialists who can sit with you and help you design the room of your dreams. They will take into account design rules such as the 60-30-10 Rule, contrasting elements, and adding your personality to the mix. If you need more help with deciding on colors for your interior rooms, then check out our portfolio online or talk to one of our specialists

 

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.

 

Spring and Summer Colors that Can Help Lift Your Mood

The good weather is finally here! The signs are everywhere: warmer temperatures, budding trees, longer days, and the sense that the winter “blahs” are almost over. For many of us, spring means getting outside and tackling those projects that we have been putting off all winter long.

Paint projects and room renovations can really lift anyone’s mood. Here are a few suggestions that can help change your mood from the dreary days of winter to the freshness of spring.  

Take on a Project

When things start to awaken outside, it is time to get going on the projects that you have been putting off! One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to do this is with paint! One of the best ways to start spring off on the right foot is to have a project that you enjoy doing and look forward to planning, designing, and working on daily. There is nothing like a job well done to lift the spirits.

Ask a Friend

Sure, renovating a room can be fun, but it can be even more fun with a friend to help you each step of the way from brainstorming what you want to do with a room right through the execution. Nothing lifts a mood like the company of a good friend, especially when you are checking something off your “To-Do” list.

Mood-Boosting Colors

Now that you have found a friend to work with and decided to tackle that project you have been thinking about for ages, it is time to choose a mood-boosting color! Obviously, choosing a color is a personal thing and will depend on the room, furnishings, adjacent rooms, and accent pieces. But consider what mood these colors can set…

  • Soft yellows can bring the sun indoors.
  • Blues and greens are calming and can be reminiscent of the joy of nature.
  • Reds can add a dash of spice to accent a neutral color in any room.

Are you ready to lift your spirits with some well-chosen color? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Spring and Summer Color Trends

If you are considering remodeling or just refreshing your home’s interior this spring or summer, you may be wondering what’s new out there in the world of paint colors, design, and home staging. As a Benjamin Moore Certified Dealer, we follow the trends and love when the new colors are released annually. Read on to find out more about the Color Trends as you consider your paint projects this spring season.

The color you choose for an interior room is extremely important in creating an atmosphere whether it is sophistication, a sense of calm, a cozy feel, or warm and inviting. Colors put forth a personality and can set the entire mood for a room and even a home. What mood do you want to set when you are redecorating or remodeling one of your interior rooms? Here are some things to consider…

  • Are there adjoining rooms that will need to coordinate with the color you choose?
  • Is there a color palette in the room’s furnishings that you will want to take into account, or will you be purchasing new furnishings?
  • What type and color flooring do you have and will you need to replace that as well?
  • What colors are you drawn to immediately when looking at the Color Trends 2019 Palette featured below?

Once you have taken stock of your furnishings and decided on the mood you would like to portray, take a closer look at the Color Trends 2019 Palette.

Notice that the colors are softer, muted, and earthy this year. Is this what you are looking for in a color? If so, then you will want to start testing these colors on your walls. If not, there many other colors that coordinate with the mood you are trying to create. Be sure to try samples on several walls as the color will appear different depending upon the amount and angle of the light in the room.

In addition, try different sheens once you have narrowed down your choices. Remember that a higher gloss sheen will look completely different on a wall than a flat or matte finish.

Are you ready to try out some new color trends? Let Jerry Enos Painting help get you going and make your house beautiful this spring! Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

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.

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.