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Painting Tips for Kid-Proofing Your Walls

If you have children, or even grandchildren, then you know just how messy life can be. Toys strewn around, snacks left uneaten, and all sorts of art projects are an everyday occurrence. It is pretty much an accepted part of having little ones in your life. But are there ways to kid-proof your walls and painted surfaces so that fingerprints, smudges, and smears are easy to clean or refresh? Let’s take a look at some painting tips for kid-proofing the walls in your home.

Choose Colors Wisely

Let’s face it, kids leave their marks on walls, furniture, and around light switches constantly. To combat the messes, choose a color palette that can hide the marks of crayons, fingerprints, and art supplies well. High traffic areas get especially dirty quickly, so choose a shade or two darker that can conceal the mess. Picking a bright white may be asking for trouble.

Choose a Good Sheen

When a mess occurs, you will want to be able to clean off the markings, smudges, or streaks easily and quickly. Choose a high-quality, washable, low-VOC paint in a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish. The higher the gloss, the easier it will be to wipe down and clean up.

Plan Ahead

The longer a stain, crayon streak, or paint mess stays on a surface, the harder it will be to completely erase it. Plan ahead and have wipes ready to make quick work of messes when they occur. Some homeowners find it easier to keep alcohol-free wipes in main living areas to use as clean-up-patrol. All you really need is warm water and soap to remove most marks.

Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

If the children in your home tend to draw on the walls or add their creative flair to the walls when they shouldn’t, maybe you should give them a space where this is allowed. There are some amazing paints on the market that allow children to write on them in chalk or erasable marker where the artistic side can be explored in a specific area of your home. Some homeowners create an art corner with a chalkboard wall to allow children to express their creative side, while still having an easy clean up after the fun is done.

Do you need more ideas for choosing the right color, sheen, or kid-proofing for your painted surfaces? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Caring for your Newly Painted Surfaces

Ahhhhhhh, we all know that amazing look and feeling of a freshly painted room. The walls, trim, and ceiling look new, clean, and flawless. Unfortunately, that clean, unblemished look only lasts for so long, especially if you share your home with children or “man’s-best-friend.” How, then, can you care for your newly painted surfaces so that “just painted” look remains as long as possible?

You could prohibit everyone from entering the space… or you could just use our tips to help you keep the surfaces sparkling clean and knick-free! Here are just a few ideas to maintain those newly-painted surfaces.

  • Dust and wipe down the walls as a regular part of your biannual cleaning. Most of us think of this chore as something we only do during spring cleaning, but try to do it at least one other time during the year to get rid of typical dust, dirt, and other debris that can naturally take away the freshly painted look of the walls. Get rid of those spider webs in the corners by the ceiling while you are at it!
  • For smudges, spare marks, or rubbings (possibly from furniture), take a sponge and use a simple combination of warm water and soap. These marks are common, especially around the trim, light switches, and corners of the room.
  • For more difficult stains like splatters of food, crayons, or other stains, try a bit of baking soda on a damp sponge, or a gentle household cleaner. We do not recommend an erasing sponge as the sheen and color may be compromised.
  • For scuff marks or knicks, wash the area and use putty to refill the area. Once dry, sand it down and paint over the area with leftover paint.
  • For larger knicks, cracks or grooves, you may need to consider how long the paint has lasted and when you plan to repaint before tackling a repair job.

 

Need help keeping your newly painted room fresh? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

Prep Like You Mean It

In the past, we have discussed the Importance of Prep Work for Painting and why you should never skip this important step for the sake of the surfaces you will be painting. Today, we are looking at the details of how to prep your walls, surfaces, and rooms for painting. This is the most skipped step in the painting process but also one of the most critical to making your paint job look professional. Here are a few tips to prep like you mean it!

Safeguard your Belongings

One of the main purposes of preparing an area that you are painting is to safeguard your belongings. Clear all small items and keepsakes from the room. Store them safely in boxes until after you are completely done. Remove as much of the furniture from the room as possible. The remaining pieces should then be moved to the center of the room and covered with a tarp. Cover the floor with a canvas tarp and tape at the edges so it will not move. We suggest not using plastic on the floor as it can lead to slips and falls.

Outlets and Lighting

Unscrew switch and outlet faceplates. Place a piece of painters tape over the outlets to ensure that drips to not enter the opening. Label each so you know where they go at the end of the project. If you have sconces or hanging lights, wrap or cover these so that they will not be damaged by drips or drops.

Repair

Inspect your walls and ceiling. Does it have holes, dents, stains, or other blemishes that need to be repaired? Fill holes and cracks with putty, find the cause of stains and cover with stain-resistant primer, and sand down uneven areas. Be sure to be complete this step before you start painting. Any imperfections will show up depending upon the level of sheen you use in the paint. In addition to holes, cracks, and stains, consider caulking the space between the trim and the walls. This will make for a nice clean look.

Clean

Wash down the surfaces of the room with mild soap and water. This will rid the corners and surfaces of dirt, grime, and spider webs that have built up over the years. Allow for everything to completely dry before you begin priming.

Gather Supplies

Once the room is cleaned and repaired, it is a good idea to gather all the supplies in one spot. This will ensure that you have everything you need. Nothing is worse than having to run out to the store when you are midway through a project.

If prepping for painting is not your forte, leave the hard stuff to Jerry Enos Painting. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to get started on your update today.

Exterior Painting Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone makes mistakes now and then, but to really make a huge mess, paint must be involved! Every summer, we get calls from harried homeowners who valiantly attempted to DIY by painting the exterior of their home. Usually, those calls are to fix mistakes or redo sections that did not come out aesthetically pleasing as hoped. Sometimes, the mistakes take a little repair and rehab. If you think that DIY is the way to go for your home’s exterior paint job, then avoid these common exterior painting mistakes.

 

  • Enlisting the Help of Novices – While it may seem like a fun activity to invite friends, family, and children to help paint the house, we do not suggest it! Sure, it would be great to have an extra set of hands or two but avoid asking for help from someone who has no investment in your home, and certainly someone who has never prepped and painted before.
  • Skipping the Cleaning and Prepping Step – Many homeowners find that, after they painted, the paint seems to be coming off quickly or not covering well. It is possible, if you did not clean and prep the wood, that the paint is having a hard time adhering to the dirty surface. Always clean the surface and scrape the wood to be sure all peeling, bubbles, and cracks are dealt with before you even pick up a paint brush. This includes caulking windows, sanding and filling holes, and repairing any wood that is damaged.
  • Using the Ladder Properly – For your safety, always place and use a ladder properly. This includes having pets and children away from the area in case they bump into the ladder, and always have an assistant at the bottom holding the ladder by the base. Another safety guideline is to not reach when painting, as that can easily lead to tipping and falling.
  • Forgetting to Check the Weather – Many homeowners jump at the chance to paint on a weekend, but be sure to check the weather for the next coming days as well. Avoid painting when rain or high humidity is in the forecast for the next 72 hours or longer. It may mean waiting, but it can save you the hassle of having to repaint an area.

 

Are you looking to avoid all the typical mistakes that can come with painting the exterior of your home? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our attention to detail, cleaning, prepping, and professional painting when it comes to your most valuable asset – your home.

 

Common Questions about Painting

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Painting Ideas for your Workplace

When a visitor walks into a home, they immediately get a feel for the owner’s personality, style and what they value. Likewise, when a client walks into a business they glean that same information by the decor, color palette and accent features. Workspaces can tell clients quite a bit about the brand and company by looking at things like whether the furnishings are contemporary or traditional, whether the color scheme conveys a positive image of the business and, overall, whether the environment is warm and cozy or more like the fluorescent lit commercial spaces of the past several decades. In this modern day and age, industry leading companies are embracing the fact that color, furnishings and amenities can greatly improve your commercial space environment both for clients and employees.

 

A well branded space is an effective way to consistently communicate valuable information about a company to existing and potential customers. When you brand your space, it helps to educate visitors about your products and services in an engaging environment, without being obtrusive. Here are some suggestions to have your walls and workplace environment start telling the story about your company and your brand:

 

  • Choose Brand Colors – When painting your office choose colors that not only represent your service and product but also reflect your specific brand. If the hues of your brand are not conducive with painting an entire office, then choose an accent wall or accent items.
  • Create a Timeline Wall or Wall of Values – Use your branded color palette as a background for a wall that displays the history of your company with images, awards, or a timeline of the company’s history. This personal touch will allow clients to see your values. Some companies use words such as integrity, innovation and/or teamwork as decoration to showcase the brand image.
  • Create a Space that Reflects your Brand Values – If you want to portray your workplace as warm and inviting then arrange an entry area, waiting room and employee workspace that represents that. Choose comfy chairs, an open work area instead of cubicles, or possibly a community area that encourages teamwork or communication.
  • Create a Mural or Design – Striking images or designs in a commercial environment not only creates a stimulating environment, but it helps improve morale, company identity and branding. It has the power to enhance a person’s experience with your brand.

 

Trends: Chalk Painted Furniture

Have you ever found a great piece of furniture that needed a little TLC? One of the hot products on the market right now for DIY projects is chalk paint, which has gone from a niche specialty product to one that’s rapidly becoming more and more available at local paint and home improvement stores. Chalk paint is different from the chalkboard paint we’ve seen on the market for the past few years. It’s meant for furniture or cabinetry, and is meant to cut down on the time and effort necessary to complete a restoration project, while at the same time making the end product look like a professional paint job.

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With chalk paint, it’s easy to create a bedroom or dining room set out of mismatched pieces that end up looking like they have always belonged together, simply by using the same shade of paint and using the same technique.

If you’re particularly adventurous and handy, there are even recipes for making your own chalk paint with plaster of paris or latex paint!

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One of the advantages of chalk paint is that there is no sanding, stripping, or other physically intensive labor involved in the process – the chalk paint sticks well, even to enameled surfaces. A small amount of paint goes a long way, and it rolls on thick, but smooth.

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Here’s how to use chalk paint.

First, the piece of furniture should be cleaned thoroughly with a TSP-like product, or basic soap and water, and completely dried. Make sure you have enough space to paint without accidentally marking nearby surfaces, and place a drop cloth under the piece.

Remove all the drawers and hardware. Read the directions on the chalk paint – most paints need to be mixed very well, and some need to be placed upside-down for a half hour to an hour to make sure the heavier particles don’t stay at the bottom of the paint jar.

A good quality paintbrush will make your job easier and lead to a better looking finished product. Coat the piece evenly, but make sure the coat is thin enough to not drip.

It may take two or three coats to finish your piece. Let dry for at least one hour between coats, longer if your specific brand’s directions indicate. Make sure you let the final coat dry before re-installing hardware and drawers.

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Chalk paint is also great for giving furniture an aged, distressed, shabby chic look. Simply sand before adding a top coat.

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While chalk paint can be left on its own for a muted, matte finish, there is also the option to finish the piece with a specialized wax product to make it shine. There is clear wax, dark and light waxes, each with their own look, as well as aging dust that can be applied over the wax. Also, a clear polyurethane top coat can be used to permanently seal the piece if an annual re-waxing is not something you’re excited about.

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If chalk paint sounds like a dream come true, it sure can be! More information on chalk paint and accessories can be found at your local paint or hardware store.

 

 

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.

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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When to Paint (and When NOT to Paint)

There are lots of things that can inspire you to paint. Maybe you’re getting a little bored with your current interior or exterior décor. Or could be that your siding and your walls are starting to show their age. Whatever your reasons for painting your home, there’s no right or wrong colors to use or styles to try! Have fun with it, and you’ll love the results.

It is worth mentioning, however, that there are definitely right and wrong TIMES to paint – especially where weather is concerned.

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Here are some must-know dos and don’ts for painting interiors and exteriors:

DO read paint can labels. Paint manufacturers include temperature guidelines on their product and the recommended min and max temps have been set for a reason. Stay within the suggested range to get the best and longest lasting results.

DON’T rush interior paint drying times when it’s humid or wet outside. Always make sure that the coat you applied last is totally dry before starting your next coat.

DO open a window when you’re painting inside, even if it’s cold outside. Besides the fact that even the scent of low-VOC or no-VOC paints can make some people feel lightheaded, paint will dry much more slowly in a totally enclosed room.

DON’T even thinking about painting exteriors when it’s raining. Even if there is a slight chance of rain in the forecast, reschedule. A downpour will not only ruin your paint job, but may also splatter wet paint onto other surfaces.

DO start on the side of your house that’s in the shade and then follow the path of the sun so you’re applying paint in the shade as much as possible. Too much direct sunlight can cause lap marks and blistering.

DON’T paint when it’s too hot – if you’re using an airless paint sprayer, your paint can actually dry in the air before it ever hits the wall!

DO wait until the relative humidity is 40% to 70% to paint to get the best results. If humidity is high it can cause condensation to form on new paint when the temp drops, leading to streaks, fading, or poor adhesion.

DON’T paint when the wind is howling. When the wind is really blowing, leaves and other debris can blow onto wet paint and stick there. A strong wind can also cause paint to dry too quickly.

DO crank the heat and open a window when you’re painting indoors because heat plus air flow can help paint dry. Turning on a fan is almost never a bad idea.

Of course, if you’re working with a New England painting company that is concerned with quality, the team handling your painting project will be following these guidelines by default. Experienced painters know that drawing out a project because of weather is better than having to go back and fix the issues that extreme heat, cold, wind, fog, humidity, and rain can cause.

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. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.