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Weekend Warrior Paint Projects

Now that fall is here in earnest, outdoor projects are becoming more and more unfeasible. In just a few weeks we will be thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. For weekend warriors, that means it is now time to shift their weekend projects indoors. And what better timing than when you are getting ready to host holiday dinners or get-togethers! Here are a few ideas for you weekend warriors before the holidays arrive. 

The Entryway 

For many homes, the entryway or mudroom sees the highest traffic of any area in your home, (except maybe the bathroom). All that traffic can cause smudges, scuffs, and a grimy appearance on painted surfaces. Now is a great time to either clean the mudroom out and rid yourself of old items, wash down the walls, or maybe even give the whole area a fresh coat of paint. Change it up by adding texture or a two-toned look. Get creative. Remember, this is the first impression that guests have of your home. 

Guest Room Bath

Many homes have a guest room bath on the first floor so visitors don’t need to traipse upstairs to use the bathroom. These smaller half baths are a great place to set your sights on your next weekend warrior project. Small spaces tend to be easier to renovate because there are fewer things to work around. Bathrooms, like a guest bath, can easily be painted during a weekend. Choose a bold fresh color to give the room a new life. You may even want to change out the towels, wall hangings, and sink fixtures if you have the time. 

Kids’ Rooms 

If your children are going to be stuck inside all winter, you may as well make their room fun to be in. That might mean applying chalkboard paint to one wall or even trying out magnetic paint where magnets, letters, or other items can be attached. If your kids are older, maybe this fall/winter is the time when you want to update the room to be a little more mature. Let your child choose a color that suits them and find coordinating bedding as well. 

Main Living Areas 

You know that every holiday party you have will end up with people gathered in the kitchen or living room. This fall is the perfect window of time to freshen up the paint in these two rooms, whether it is completing touch-ups or painting the entire room. Guests will definitely notice the updated look of your rooms when they enter. A fresh coat of paint can give a room a new look and will impress everyone. 

If you are a weekend warrior, try an interior paint project this fall to prepare for the holidays that are seriously just around the corner. Call Jerry Enos Painting to get started today. 

 

 

Empty Nest Makeover 

The quote, “The days are long, the years are short” by Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project is so incredibly spot-on true. When our children are young it feels like an eternity to potty train, get them to sleep through the night, and go through the endless nightly homework. But as they age, it seems the years go by faster and faster. Before long, the kids are off to have their own lives and parents are considered “empty nesters.” 

While this stage in the game may bring on fits of melancholy, it can also mean a time when you finally get to be a little selfish and create a home that truly fits your style, your needs, and become your dream home. 

Getting Started 

Making over a home after the kids have grown and flown can be exciting. The first thing you will want to decide, now that your child’s bedroom will no longer be a shrine to their youth, is what you want the function of each room in your house to be. You may want to switch things around and make a bedroom into a study, library, office, man cave, sewing room, or any other number of things. Some empty nesters rejoice in the freedom and use the free rooms for something all their own. It is all up to you! 

Color Scheme 

Now that you have an idea about what you want your new rooms to function as, chances are that you will need to do some redecorating. Before you start moving the furniture around and rearranging items, you should take this opportunity to give the walls and ceilings a refresh. Choosing a color scheme for each room can be fun and add to the main goal of the room. For example, if you want the kid’s old bedroom to function as a tv room or den to watch movies and snuggle up with your spouse, you might want to choose a deeper or darker tone to set a mood of coziness. 

Or maybe you have decided that your children’s old bedroom or playroom would serve well as a guest room for all of your grandkids to come and stay. Then you could choose youthful colors like a vibrant blue, upbeat yellow, or subdued green for an updated kid’s room with bunk beds, cribs, or twin beds depending upon how many grandkids you hope to host at one time. 

The color scheme is one of our specialties, so if you know what you want a room to function as, talk to our color specialists who can help you choose a perfect color

Tying It All Together 

Now that the rooms are painted and you have placed furnishings to match the purpose of each room, you will want to start tying the rooms together. You will want to add lighting that helps with the function of each room. For example, if you have transformed your children’s rooms into a craft area where you need ample amounts of light, you may want a strong overhead light and smaller area lights. If you have created a man cave, then you may want lights that can be dimmed for that movie theater vibe. 

In addition to lighting, you will want to consider floor coverings, art for the walls, keepsakes, and the main layout of each area. We encourage you to have fun with this project. How often in your life have you really been able to have a room or two all of your own?

 

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

 

A Paint Pick-Me-Up for your Three-Season Porch

Many New England homes come with a bonus room attached to a small deck or outdoor space. These spaces, quaintly called a three-season porch or sunroom are meant to only be used during the spring, summer, and fall months due to the lack of heating in the area. 

Three-season porches, therefore, are notoriously a forgotten space all winter only to be opened up in the spring or summer when family members are eager to spend more time outside. How can you give your three-season porch a pick me up that is cost effective and will give you the most bang for your buck? Let’s look at a few options. 

Paint 

The largest square footage of your three-season porch is most likely the walls, ceiling, and floor. Choose a new paint color that will brighten the walls and ceiling space. Go with colors from nature like neutrals, greens, or blues that can be a transition space between your main living area and the deck outside your home. Since these porch areas tend to have many windows to let in light, you can get a little daring with the color and go with something that will get your attention. Furnishings

Three-season porches or sunrooms are great for sitting and reading with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning or a cocktail at night. Find some beachy style furnishings such as solid wicker that can give you a place to sit, put your feet up, and relax during the warmer months. A side table is a great idea for playing games, reading books or magazines, or storing your hobby materials. Don’t forget extra pillows in a coordinating or complementary color to make the seating area even more comfy. 

Accents 

Now that you have chosen the color palette and furnishings, it is time to have fun with accent pieces. Depending on what theme you have chosen, you should get some lighting for around the sitting area and some colorful throw rugs to add a pop of color. Add some family photos or beach pictures to the walls as well! Or, maybe, display your travel souvenirs and favorite books in your cozy three-season porch. 

If you need help painting and designing your three-season porch, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more. 

 

2015 Bathroom Color Trends You Have to Check Out

White is all right for bathrooms. We get the appeal – it’s sophisticated and sanitary, which are two qualities powder rooms ought to possess. But you can get all that and more out of 2015’s trending bathroom colors, which are at the lighter end of the spectrum but still vibrant and interesting.

“It used to be that there wasn’t a lot of color in the bathroom, so more color is definitely a newer trend,” Jamie Drake, interior style guru and author of New American Glamour, told HGTV in an interview. “You still see a lot of the white, crisp spa-like solutions, but even those often have bright accents.”

2015 bathroom color trends

In 2015, expect to find yourself surrounded by vivid pastels like lavender, peach, and sand, and bolder colors like turquoise, flamingo pink, and sapphire when locked away in the necessary room. They’re fresh and fun, with plenty of personality.

And walls aren’t the only place you’ll be seeing them! More homeowners are getting creative with things like light fixtures (think pink shades on bathroom vanity lamps) and even colored enamel handles on chrome fixtures. Iridescent accent tiles are another fun way to incorporate 2015’s colors into your bathroom décor.

Mixing color with black and white gives powder rooms an up-to-date contemporary feel. If you’re starting from an all-white place, use paint and accessories like wastebaskets and soap holders to add daring splashes of black that are easily replaced when you want to take your décor in a more traditional direction.

Ready to nix white walls? To preserve that pleasing hygienic feel when using color on bathroom walls, pair it with plenty of clean white tile and bright white fixtures. You can always repaint the walls but the tile, toilet, sink, and tub will probably be in your life for a while.

So go trendy when it comes to paint colors and timeless when it comes to fixtures for a bathroom look that’s always chic.

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How To: Painting an Accent Wall

Repainting can feel drastic, especially when you’re not looking for a complete change but rather a point of interest or a shift in mood. For that, we recommend painting an accent wall. An accent wall is just a wall painted in a different color (or painted in a different pattern) than the rest of the room. It’s an easy way to add more dimensionality to a room or a space.

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The nice thing about painting an accent wall is that it’s an easy DIY painting project for the layperson who has never done any interior painting before. That said, as with any painting project, it pays to think and plan ahead when you’re painting an accent wall. Here’s how to get started after you’ve chosen your wall:

1. Choose a color palette. You want to be careful here because presumably you’re not starting from scratch – unless your walls are white you need to take your other wall colors into consideration when choosing an accent wall color. You can be as subtle or as bold as you like when making your choice, but a good rule of thumb is to choose a color on the opposite side of the color wheel if you’re want a dramatic accent wall or choose a color a few shades darker than your other walls for a more subdued look.

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2. Decide whether your wall will have a simple eggshell finish or maybe even a pattern. A striped accent wall is a trendy and fun choice, and other options include textured paint, a stenciled wall or a repeating pattern made with sponges or specialty paintbrushes. One word of caution, however. While the options for finishes and patterns are near endless, first-timers should consider starting with regular interior paint. Choosing accent wall colors can be hard enough!

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3. Prep your room. One night thing about painting an accent wall is that you don’t have to clear a whole room or cover every last piece of furniture. Simply move everything against and near that wall toward the far wall, cover the floor a few feet out from the wall, and tape the wall and ceiling. Don’t forget to take outlet cover plates off and tape off the outlets themselves. A little protection goes a long way toward a perfect paint job!

4. Prime, prime, prime! This step is especially important if you’re painting a light color over a dark one or using very saturated primary colors – which tend to have less coverage per coat. In the latter case, opting for a tinted primer can save you from having to apply fourth, fifth, and sixth coats to get adequate coverage.

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5. Finally, begin painting. You should begin by painting around the edges of your wall, feathering outward. Don’t overdo it with paint because you want to avoid drips and paint actually dries and cures better when it is applied in multiple thin coats. Next, use a roller to fill in the wall itself, making sure to overlap your strokes with the paint you applied around the edges. Then stop, fix yourself an icy cold beverage and give the whole first coat a chance to dry before applying a second – and possibly even a third – coat.

Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Need help choosing paint colors? We can do that with an expert eye. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

Modern Wallpaper: A Little Funky and a Lot of Fun

Wallpaper is back with a vengeance among decorators and design-obsessed homeowners. Forget associations with outdated interiors, this wall covering is finally enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to bold patterns, saturated colors, amazing textures, and advancements that have made applying wallpaper easier.

People are looking to wallpaper to provide drama, warmth, and above all, personality on not only their walls, but also on doors and even ceilings.

So what does wallpaper have that paint doesn’t? The ability to draw the eye! Directional patterns can help you create a focal point in a room without a lot of architectural details. Wallpaper that travels up walls onto the ceiling can actually make small rooms feel bigger because there’s no hard stop where wall and ceiling meet.

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And wallpaper has serious personality. The wallpapers out now are embracing 1960s patterns but with modern color combinations and sharper designs. Purples, blues, and geometric prints are hot. But for accent walls – a great way to dip your toe into the world of wallpaper – some homeowners are choosing playful patterns (think bikes or hot air balloons) in grownup hues. Ditto for wallpaper in unexpected places like inside cabinets and on stair risers.

There are wallpapers for every age group and every persona, and lots of interesting places in the average home are just begging to be papered. Small accent pieces with bold graphic patterns that can be easily swapped out let you play with wallpaper in every room. Coordinate these tiny touches with patterned throw pillows and rugs. Or go big with a single wall size image like an oversized botanical on a single hallway wall for an unforgettable accent.

And finally, don’t be afraid to mix paper and paint! Modern decorating is all about the contrast and mixed media and materials. So why not have fun with it?

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Decorating with Kelly Green

Green with envy? Your friends might just be if you decide to redecorate using this newly revived classic hue.

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Hollywood Regency-style patterns are back and with it bold and glamorous Kelly green.

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Yet as striking as this deep green is, Kelly is also versatile. It is at home in tropical prints and beach house interiors – just add plenty of rattan.

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It is gorgeous when paired with furniture and accessories inspired by the glamour of the 1930s.

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And in modern spaces? It stands out amid the white and black as a pop of color that really pops.

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Some call Kelly green preppy but we say it’s only as preppy as you want to be. It’s equal parts elegance and boldness – and very much a product of how it is paired.

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When interior painting, only a touch is needed to make a big statement. Like a painted stair runner? Or maybe go the exterior route and put this gorgeous color on just your home’s front door?

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Sometimes less is more. And sometimes more is more. When you’re decorating with Kelly green, a little goes a long way. But a lot can go a whole lot farther if you’re up to the challenge.

Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Need help choosing paint colors? We can do that with an expert eye. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

On Trend Décor Updates: How to Use Black Paint Inside

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Black can be such a divisive color – especially for interiors where some sing its praises but most won’t even consider it. The question is why is black so universally ignored by color lovers for inside applications? Yes, it can be overwhelming, particularly on walls, but it can also be dramatic, striking, and complex. And that’s even in small spaces where the most daring homeowner is loathe to use dark hues. Intrigued? Here are some ways you can bring black into your interior spaces without turning your home into a black hole.

  • Pair black with neon or jewel tones for balance. Think of black walls or trim as your canvas and brightly colored décor and accessories as the paint. Black may not be playing the starring role but it becomes the perfect backdrop. Just don’t overdo it in either direction. Too much color and the effect of the black is lost. Too little and the bright colors have no impact.
  • Make it shine. Black is at its most beautiful when it showcases light. There’s nothing inky about an interior that pairs black paint with big room-brightening mirrors. For trim, use high gloss black to give it some character and make it pop.
  • Do the unexpected and paint the ceiling black. High ceilings and white walls can make a space feel antiseptic. A dark ceiling adds drama, of course, but also makes the room feel much cozier. Tie it all together with a dark chair rail or dark painted window panes.
  • Paint a black accent wall. This can bring a wall forward in a long, narrow room or create a gallery-like wall on which to showcase art or treasured family portraits. The eyes of everyone who enters will naturally be drawn to your favorite pieces.
  • And finally, start small. Black is so universally shunned precisely because it is so powerful. To get a feel for the ways you can use black in your space experiment a little bit at a time.

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Home Improvements to Tackle This Winter

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Just because the temperatures plunge doesn’t mean you need to put home improvement on hold. Wintertime is the best time to turn your attention to your home’s interior. The nice thing about winter home improvements is that they can be completed at a more relaxed pace because you don’t have to worry about weather causing a work stoppage. This winter, why not put these low-pressure improvement projects on your to-do list?

Refinish those doors. Smudges, scratches, dings, and dents on bedroom and other doors can make your whole house look tired. You will be shocked at how sanding and staining or painting wood doors can freshen up hallways and other spaces.

Tackle tiny to-dos. What minor repairs have you been putting off? A leaky faucet that needs fixing? Squeaky or sticky doors? A rough patch of floor? You’ll feel so great after doing just one repair that you may get through your entire list!

Add some color. Interior paint is amazingly transformative considering how little a few gallons can cost. If you don’t feel like disrupting an entire room for a splash of color, why not try an accent wall, a stripe, or even painting a piece of furniture? Bright colors are the perfect antidote to winter doldrums.

Shed some light on things. Dark rooms in winter can ruin your mood since the sun is hardly up before it starts going back down. Add a few lights in the form of track lighting, which you can aim so the darkest corners of your home become the most cheerful.

Update your backsplash. As improvements go, it sounds a bit boring, but this is a budget-friendly way to give your kitchen a facelift. Paint it, add decorative tiles, or hang a mirror. Just try something new.

Get organized. If this wasn’t on your list of 2015 New Year’s Resolutions you can still add it! Make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate and pick a closet to clean out. Then another. It can sound like a massive job – one you don’t want to even think about – but it’s easy when you do one thing at a time.

Little by little, get rid of all the old things, expired food, clothes you don’t wear, art you don’t love, and see if you don’t feel lighter and more energetic for having done so.

Spring will be here before you know it and you’ll be happier in your house for having had a productive winter!

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