Category Archives: Interior painting

Painting for the Holidays

Wow! Can you believe it is December and the holidays are fast approaching? Soon it will be Christmas, and then we will ring in the New Year. This is the season for celebrating with loved ones: family, friends, and neighbors. If you are entertaining this season, you may want a quick transformation to make your home “guest worthy,” especially in the rooms where everyone gathers. If painting is on your list of things to accomplish before you welcome your party-goers, here are some ideas to get it all done and make a great impression.

Focus on the Spaces that Matter the Most

If you are thinking about painting and you are limited in preparation time, consider the most important spaces. In other words, where do your guests usually gather? For many homeowners the answer is the kitchen and/or the living room. We suggest that if you only have time to paint one or two rooms, that these should be your focus. If you are extremely short on time, maybe just repaint the front door or entry hallway to make a great first impression.

Think Ahead

While it may be the holiday season right now, don’t go overboard on the traditional holiday colors in your painting. Think ahead and realize that you want a color palette that will be warm and inviting but, at the same time, a good choice well past the holiday season. Instead, plan ahead and use accent colors on your throw pillows, blankets, decorations, and candles to create the color scheme you want this season. All of these items can be switched out once the calendar turns to spring and you are looking for a new look.

Remember the Details

If you are expecting guests this season, be sure to repair holes in the walls, water stains on the ceiling, and chip marks along the trim. As the saying goes, “the devil is in the details!” These little flaws can ruin the overall aesthetics you are going for.

Choose a Low Odor Option

One problem with painting during this particular time of year is that many homeowners want to air out that “newly painted smell” before visitors arrive. Since opening the windows to air things out may not be a viable option at this time of year, be sure to pick a paint with a low odor option.

Do you need a quick transformation? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Why Choose a Professional to Paint Your Business

If you are the owner of a small- or medium-sized business, you know the enormous amount of effort it takes to grow and sustain your company. You probably wear many hats on a daily basis to keep things moving smoothly. If you have an office where you meet with clients, you know that the appearance and style reflects back on your brand and reputation. Knowing these things means that you have an understanding of why it is important to choose a professional painter to paint the interior and/or exterior of your business. Let’s further explore these reasons in today’s blog.

Why Choose Professional to Paint Your Business Offices:
High End Appearance

When clients or customers enter your business, what do they see? Experienced painters will be sure that the look is clean and professional. While some business owners may choose to paint their business themselves to save a few dollars, they may not do the careful job that experienced painters will do. Not only does a painting company like Jerry Enos Painting have the right tools and equipment to do the job right the first time, but we also have trained painters who know how to avoid paint mistakes that are common with the novice painter. With a professional painter, you are guaranteed a professional look that will last.

Tuned in to Safety

If you are a small company, you know that insurance is a must. Hire a professional paint company that is licensed and insured so there will be no question about the safety level and quality of the job being done. Professionally trained painters have a better understanding of ladder placement, balance, and movement to meet the safety requirements for your business.

Planning Experience

If your business needs to continue working while a painting project is being completed, a professional will know how to plan and execute the job with minimal disruptions to your business. This may include working at different hours or adjusting workstations while a section is completed.

Saves you Time

Face it, as a business owner you don’t have a free weekend to paint the office. Professional painters for Jerry Enos can come in, evaluate the paint needs, protect the furnishings, get the job done, and keep your business running smoothly.

Brand Awareness

Your office is part of your brand. Our paint consultants can work with you on the right color scheme and style you may want to stay in alignment with your brand.

Does your business need a refresh? Considering painting? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Showcasing the Architectural Features of your Home

Painting is a quick and affordable way to refresh the overall look of your home. What if you are looking to not only reinvigorate your room with color, but also bring out the architectural features that you love? Choosing the right coordinating or complementary color can help or, possibly, using a paint technique can showcase the parts of your home that make it unique. Architectural features like columns and wide archways are beautiful and should be made a focal point of the home. Unfortunately, many of us do not live in a historic home with these grand features, but even homes built in the last few decades have some architectural features that can be brought out through clever painting. For example, does your home have:

  • Casement windows
  • Bay windows
  • Decorative molding
  • Ceiling trays
  • Chair rails
  • Wainscoting
  • Exposed beams
  • Wide staircase
  • Framed molding
  • Crown molding

Each of these architectural details may go overlooked, unless they are highlighted with the right color and sheen of paint. Many designers suggest bringing out the crown or decorative molding with an eye-catching white that draws attention to detail. Using a higher gloss sheen also helps set the molding apart from the less reflective walls.

For details such as wainscoting and chair rails, many designers note that using complementary colors (or even colors in the same family above and below the rail or on the wainscoting) can bring out the detail in the kitchen or dining room. Be sure not to pick colors that are too close, or the attention may go to the color difference rather than to the architectural detail. For details such as casement windows and bay windows, painting an accent color or bold color can bring out the detail.

Does your home have unique architectural details that you would like to highlight but you don’t know how? Talk to our paint specialists and color consultants at Jerry Enos Painting. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website.

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.

Ceiling Painting 101

In our January blog, we discussed “The Forgotten Surface – Ceiling Paint” to highlight how many homeowners often overlook the plane right above their heads. Professional painters know that the ceiling is often the anchor for the whole room and can often show signs of roof leakage or aging paint first. Unfortunately, many homeowners are intimidated by the idea of painting a ceiling and this skip the step entirely. Here is a quick guide to ceiling painting.

The Right Tools

Before you even begin the task of painting your ceilings, make sure you have the right equipment including: extension ladders, rollers, roller extensions, furniture covers, floor coverings, paint brushes, and cloths for drips. (Definitely don’t forget drip cloths as the ceiling tends to have many drops due to the nature of the location.)

Prep, Prep, Prep

The often neglected step during any painting project is the dreaded prep work. Clear out as much of the furniture from the room as possible. Remaining pieces should be moved to the middle and completely covered. Then completely cover the floor. You may want to consider using heavy tarp instead of plastic, as plastic can get slippery underfoot. Wipe down the ceiling as best as you can including clearing any spider webs, dust particles and grime that has built up over the years.

Repair

At this point, many homeowners may have found stains, cracks, or small imperfections in the ceiling. Before you begin the painting process, repair all of these blemishes. This may include investigating the cause of the water stain to get to the root of the problem and solve it.

Primer

Always apply a coat of primer for your ceiling, as it can cover and provide protection from the occasional stain or mark.

Paint

Here is where the fun begins. No matter if you are choosing a traditional white, flat paint, or something a little bolder, like a color on your ceiling, start from one corner and work your way toward the next. Try to keep the lines straight to allow you to know where you have previously painted. Take breaks often as neck strain can be a real pain during ceiling painting. Many experts suggest cutting in at the edges first and then hand rolling. Others use painters tape. Depending on your skill level and ease with a paint brush, you can choose what works best for you.

The ceiling of your home is an additional canvas equal to the square footage of each room you are painting. Don’t overlook this plane. If you are looking to refresh your ceilings and other surfaces, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

 

Painting in an Open Floor Plan

Open floor plans have been long been a popular option for homes, especially for people who love to entertain or families who need to keep an eye on young children. Homeowners love the feeling of being in a larger space where the line of sight allows for easy entertaining across several areas. Homeowners also remark that an open floor plan allows for an abundance of natural light, since interior walls are omitted and each area has access to exterior windows. While open floor plans add an airy, light appearance to a space, the open concept does have its challenges. One of these challenges is how to paint so that the color palette is cohesive while also allowing for defining spaces within the larger room such as a breakfast nook, entertaining area, and tv area. Let’s take a closer look at these three challenges and what the options are for painting your open floor plan.

Challenge #1 – Too Much of One Color

One of the biggest problems homeowners face when choosing paint colors for their open concept home is where to transition the color. This causes many people to settle on a monochromatic color scheme, which is definitely a viable option. Some homeowners love the clean lines of one color throughout the space, but others feel it is boring. An option for these folks is to find natural transition spots throughout the larger room to define spaces within the open concept for different purposes, whether it is a dining area, a comfortable seating space, or a play area for children. Once those transition areas have been identified, complimentary colors can be used to delineate the individual area.

Challenge #2 – Too Many Colors

When choosing the option to find transition spots and paint varying colors, some homeowners find that they are using too many colors, and the once open floor plan now looks like a patchwork of colors. The option to solve this problem is to choose 3-5 colors that are complementary to each other for the space. We suggest sticking to a color family or grounding the space with a neutral color to keep it all cohesive. Choose a deeper or lighter shade to transition spaces, but allow for continuity.

Challenge #3 – Creating a Focus

Many homeowners who love their open floor plan also want a focus to the room. Some choose the kitchen while others choose the fireplace area. Whatever you choose, consider creating a focus through the use of paint – an accent wall! An accent wall can draw the eye to a space and create an interest area. For homes with an architectural feature such as high ceilings, tray ceilings, trim, or archways, these features are fantastic for creating a focus. Paint a lighter or darker shade of your primary color, or go wild and give the space a pop of color!

Do you have an open floor plan and need help choosing colors? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

Matte, Satin and Gloss – Paint Finishes Explained

If you are painting your home or business you may have heard that your job is not done once you have chosen the paint color. Now you need to focus on what paint finish or sheen you want to use in the space. Sheen refers to the how shiny the finish will look. Most paint brands come in several sheens or paint finishes including:

  • Flat/Ultra Flat
  • Matte
  • Eggshell
  • Pearl
  • Satin
  • Semi Gloss/Gloss
  • High Gloss

It is important to note that each brand of paint uses similar terminology, however they do not always offer all the levels of sheen. Some may refer to low sheen as Eggshell/Matte or combine the levels to make it less confusing for customers. Ask your painter or the store where you are purchasing what level of sheen you are getting and how it will impact the paint color – whether the color will reflect or absorb the light.

  • Flat or Matte Sheen – This has low shine and is usually a good choice for low traffic areas such as ceiling and bedrooms. The biggest selling point about these low shine options is that they hide flaws in the walls and bring out the color beautifully.
  • Eggshell and Satin – Both have a bit more shine to them than the flat/matte options. These choices are great in living rooms and dining rooms as they are a little easier to clean and allow the color to absorb light.
  • Pearl – According to Benjamin Moore retailers, Pearl is in the middle of the sheen spectrum. It has an almost iridescent quality and, because it creates a smooth, less porous surface, it’s easier to clean and is often used in kitchens and bathrooms, as well as for trim details, such as doors, window frames, base moldings, and crown moldings.
  • Semi Gloss and Gloss – If you are looking for a sheen in your highest traffic areas, these two sheens are optimal. They allow for repetitive clean ups without discoloring the paint and the allow for a shine!

If you are painting and trying to decide what sheen to use, consider the condition of the walls, level of shine you want, and how much traffic the areas get. Still undecided? Call Jerry Enos Painting instead at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Fun Paint Ideas for Children’s Rooms

Children are full of energy and love to have fun, so why not turn their bedroom into a place of wonder, where even the paint is part of the enjoyment of the room? Sure, many parents choose unique themes and colors to match their child’s interests and personality, but these paint ideas can take your child’s bedroom to the next level!

  • Color – Get your child involved in the process of choosing the color for his/her bedroom. Maybe they have a favorite color or would like to have an accent wall to make their room unique. Some children choose designs, a mural, or even create an art or reading nook by creatively painting an area of their room. While we suggest letting parents have the final say, let your child become invested in their space!

 

  • Magnetic Paint – Yes, we said magnetic paint! Magnetic paint is just like regular paint, but made with tiny particles of iron dust mixed in. The iron dust allows any surface you paint on to hold a magnet, just like your kitchen refrigerator. This means that your child can use magnets to hang their favorite posters, art work, or awards right on the wall without having to deal with push pins, tape, or other adhesives that can mark or stain the wall surface.

 

  • Chalkboard Paint – Similar to magnetic paint, chalkboard paint allows kids to draw or write on the wall with chalk and then easily wipe it away with a damp cloth or paper towel. Your child can practice spelling words for school, stay organized with “To-Do” lists/calendars, or just create a masterpiece on their chalkboard section of their room. The possibilities are endless.

 

Are you looking to make your child’s bedroom into an enjoyable place where they can imagine, explore, and keep all of their special items up on the walls? Look to some of these ideas next time you decide to paint your child’s bedroom. Don’t want the hassle? Then call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Water Stains and Other Paint Issues

Nail holes, cracks, peeling paint, and water stains are common blemishes that occur in homes and businesses. Fixing these imperfections on ceilings, trim, and other surfaces are an important part of the painting process. In order to get the professional and clean look you are hoping for with a paint job, these issues should be handled carefully. Here is a quick checklist of what to do in these instances to ensure the best aesthetic result.

Water Stains

The first step in dealing with a water stain is to find out the root cause. If the stain is on a wall or ceiling, the potential culprit is a leak in your roof, around the flashing, or near the chimney where water can sometimes find its way in. If the stain is near a window, door, or sliding glass door, the problem may be originating near deteriorating caulk. Once you have determined the cause and repaired the area, we suggest letting the area dry thoroughly, and having an inspection done to determine if there is any mold or fungus build up. Once you have completely repaired the area, it is time to use a primer that can cover water stains so they will not be visible again. Using a high quality top coat should complete the job. You may find that the entire area needs to be repainted as matching colors may be difficult.

Holes and Cracks – It is quite common for wall surfaces to have cracks and holes. Whether these occur because of the home “settling” with age, or from hanging multiple pictures on the walls, it is not a huge deal as long as you take care of the repairs prior to painting. Fill the holes with putty and possibly skim coat/tape over cracks to ensure that the primer and final coat will adhere well.

Peeling or Chips – If your home is anything like mine, the trim around doors and molding along the floor are the areas that see the most amount of damage. High traffic areas like doorknobs, light switches, and lower trim where shoes are kicked off tend to get a lot of peeling and chipping of paint. The ultimate solution is to not touch the trim, but that is not a feasible solution. It is important to sand down the peeling or chips and touch up the areas that see the most traffic to keep it looking professional.

While many “Do-it-Yourselfers” could tackle these issues, why not let Jerry Enos Painting handle the work for you and get your house back to looking fantastic and professional, minus the stains, holes, and peeling? 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.

 

Empty Nest? Now is the Time to Redecorate!

Do you have a college-bound senior or maybe a college graduate who is ready to head out and make it on their own? If the prospect of having an“empty nest has you nervous, don’t worry, you are not alone. So many parents face this time with trepidation, but we say consider it a time when you finally get to do things for yourself. And think of the real estate you gain back in your own home! Now may be the time to redecorate “the nest” so-to-speak!

 

Many parents of college-bound seniors decide to keep their bedroom intact as s/he will be returning during school breaks, and most definitely in the summer. But other parents decide that now is the time to make this room into something else. In fact, some parents decide that the room can have many functions. Depending on the size of your child’s room you could opt to create all sorts of functions for this space including a(n): man cave, craft room, extra guest room, storage closet, pool or gaming room, in-home theater, large walk-in closet, or even a fitness room. The possibilities are endless!

 

Before you start moving furniture and clearing out the space, there are some things to consider for design and decorating purposes. First and foremost, in our eyes, is the color palette for the room. If the space is going to be used for many purposes you may want to go with a neutral color that can accommodate many different functionalities. If is going to be a home theater or a man cave, you may want to choose a deeper or darker color for viewing purposes and comfort factor. If you are choosing to transform the space into a workout area, your paint color may have more punch to it in the form of brighter and more energetic tones like reds or yellows. If you plan to carve out extra closet space or crafting area, you may want to consider using paint to delineate different areas of the room for different purposes such as a wrapping station with an accent wall, or a craft corner with softer tones.

 

Talk to the professionals at Jerry Enos Painting to get started on creating your own space out of your empty nest. Call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.