Category Archives: Interior painting

Basement Makeovers 

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

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

Pool Party 

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

Family Hangout 

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

Office Space 

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

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

 

Winter Painting Projects 

Ever look around your home and think it could use a paint refresh? Do you see scuff marks along the baseboards, smudges around light switches, or blemishes in the wall? Or maybe you just need to change things up and choose a new color to give a room or two a facelift? Winter is the perfect time for these types of paint projects. 

Why Winter Is A Good Time for Interior Painting 

Winter is a great time to get some interior painting projects checked off your “To Do” list. The winter weather may cause us to stay indoors, but it also means our weekends won’t be taken up with outdoor lawn chores. In addition, the dry winter air makes for optimum drying times. Meaning, that even though most people think the summer season is the best time to paint, it tends to also be humid as well. Humidity causes paint to take a longer time to cure than dry air does. 

Winter also tends to be a less busy time for professional painters. Finding availability during the winter months is more likely since exterior painting has stopped until spring warmth has returned. 

Winter Paint Ideas 

As we mentioned above, there are probably plenty of places that could use a paint refresh this winter. With the dry weather and open weekends, you may have a list of places to touch up paint or complete an entire room change in hue. 

Trim 

One of the most overlooked aspects of painting a room is the trim or molding. This is especially true if the detail work will need to be sanded, scraped, and repaired. Winter is a great time to get going, room-by-room, on fixing your worn trim. 

Ceilings 

Again, this is one area of the home that is completely ignored until a stain or mark appears. A paint refresh of the ceiling can not only make a room look new again, you could also play around with alternative paint colors that can complement or coordinate with the main color of the room. 

Entryway Makeover 

By far, the area of your home that sees the largest volume of traffic is the entryway. Guests may take their shoes off, jackets, and inevitably make marks on the walls and floors. By repainting this area of the home, it will not only appear cleaner, but can have a new appearance with a fresh new color. 

Kitchen 

The heart of the home is a wonderful place to direct your attention this winter. Paint the cabinets, walls, or island a different color to give it a much needed facelift. We specialize in kitchens and cabinet painting, so call our experts to make your kitchen look like it had a complete overhaul, when in reality, it’s just a few coats of paint. 

Are you searching for a winter project to keep you busy this winter? Check out our portfolio page online to see some of our recent jobs. 

 

 

Extending the Life of Your Interior Paint 

How often do you paint the interior of your home? Like most of us, you probably want your paint projects to last a good long while before you have to get to work again. Therefore, finding ways to extend the life of your paint is topmost on your goals as you paint. 

There are several factors that go into extending the life of your interior paint, not least of which is regular care of the walls. Let’s take a look at steps you can take during the painting process and in the months and years after to make that paint appear fresh and new. 

Choose High Quality Paint 

While you are deciding on the color palette of the room or rooms you will be painting, take the time to investigate the quality of the paint product you will be applying to the surfaces. Make sure you are only using high quality paint that will last longer than the alternative. We recommend Benjamin Moore paints as we love how it adheres and looks professional every time. 

Choose the Right Finish 

If you are painting an area that sees high traffic where lots of fingerprints, scuff marks, or smudges could show up, consider the type of finish or sheen you will be using. The higher the gloss like semi-gloss or high-gloss, the easier it will be to clean and scrub stains without losing the paint color from the surface. Rooms that are used less can use lower gloss sheens such as matte, eggshell, or flat. 

Clean the Surfaces Regularly 

Since you are hoping to make your interior paint last, choosing the right finish and quality of paint is important, but so is cleaning the surface regularly. Wash down the walls, and trim regularly. This should be easier the higher gloss the sheen as we mentioned above. You should also dust and wipe down with soap and warm water at least twice a year. You would be amazed at how many spiderwebs can accumulate and dust can adhere to a wall. 

Keep Leftover Paint for Touch Ups 

Not only will washing go a long way toward keep your paint looking fresh, so too will touching up any chips or stray marks that may occur from basic wear-and-tear. Be sure to label and safely store paints where you can easily access them for a quick weekend touch up. 

Use a Professional Paint Company 

If you want your interior walls to remain looking polished and new, start them out right by choosing a professional painting company with a stellar reputation. We have been painting homes and businesses for years across the north shore of Massachusetts. Check out our portfolio page online to see some of our recent jobs. 

 

Choosing the Right Painting Equipment 

If you are going to do a job, you might as well do it right. Painting is one of those jobs that takes a lot of time, patience, and energy. So if you are going to do it, you might as well invest in quality tools and equipment to get the job done in a professional manner. 

Painting can be a messy activity if you don’t know what you are doing. If this is the case, we suggest you hire a professional like one of our teams to get the project done, and done well. If you are planning on doing it yourself, we also suggest that you buy the right equipment so that you do not have to repaint again in a few months, or worse, ruin furnishings while you are painting. Here is our short list of tools that you will need when painting the interior of your home. 

Brushes 

Brushes come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, and materials. It is important to match the right brush to the job to get the best paint application possible.The larger an area you will need to cover, the larger the brush. If your painting surfaces have areas where you will need to cut in or paint details you will want to invest in a high quality angled brush. 

The materials that the brushes are made of also vary. According to home expert Bob Villa, “There are two general categories of paintbrush: those made of natural-hair bristles and those made with synthetic materials, such as nylon or polyester. If you are working with alkyd or oil-based paints and coatings, you can use either natural bristle brushes or synthetic bristle brushes. However, high-quality natural bristle brushes work best when applying enamels or any topcoat.”

Rollers 

Rollers are great for painting large areas of walls. They can cover a space faster and more smoothly than the typical hand-held brush. Rollers are hard to maneuver in small spaces or on smaller walls so only use what the space allows. When choosing a roller be sure to consider the length of the nap. In general, you should paint smooth surfaces with short-nap rollers and rough surfaces with long-nap rollers. As a paint expert at your local hardware store before you invest in a rolling system. 

Extenders

One of the most commonly forgotten tools is a roller extender. This simple extension to the roller can make rolling the ceilings and high walls much easier. Again, be sure you choose the right nap for the actual roller. 

Tarps and Tape 

Cover furnishings and flooring is extremely important when painting an interior room. Even the pros have been known to drip on occasion. Protect your floors, rugs, and any furnishing that was too large to move from the room. We suggest canvas tarps as plastic can get slippery. We also suggest taping down the floor covering to ensure that the area is safe from slips and falls. 

Are you starting a paint project and looking for high quality tools like brushes and rollers? Talk to our painting specialists about your project. Check out our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

Tips to Paint Trims and Moldings 

Winter is a great time to tackle all those indoor projects that you put off all summer long because, “it was too nice outside to be stuck inside doing chores.” If painting is on your list over the next few months, you might be in the beginning stages of choosing a color, gathering your tools, and cleaning out the room you plan to paint. Painting the walls is one project that most family members can get behind. Scraping the trim, sanding, and repainting the details of the molding is another case entirely. 

The trim details around your windows, doors, and ceilings are what make a room look finished and well put together. Those little details can change the look of a room by adding depth and dimension. That’s why it is so important to set aside some time to carefully clean, scrape, prime, and paint those features that add character to your rooms. Painting the trim may be one of the more arduous steps in any painting project, but one that will pay off in the professional look of the room when you are done. 

Inspect the Trim 

One of the first things you will want to do when you clean out the room is to carefully inspect the trim in the room. Go around with a work light and circle with a pencil the defects in the wood or places where there are stains. Identify areas that will need repairs and those that will need sanding and scraping. This will give you a good idea of the scope of the project. 

Sand and Scrape 

Once you have found all the trouble areas, you will want to gather your tools such as a sander (hand or electric), putty knife, scraper, and an older paint brush for dusting out the particles from corners. Scrape and sand all the areas that you marked as needing help. Some areas may need putty to fill in cracks or holes. Use the putty knife to get into the tight corners or areas with detailed molding. Use the brush to sweep out all the remaining paint particles. 

Dust and Vacuum

Now that you have taken the time to repair the trim and fill in any defects such as scuff marks, scratches, and holes, you need to do a thorough cleaning of the area. Dust, vacuum, and wipe down with a damp cloth to get all the pieces that were left behind during the repair process. 

Prime and Paint 

With the dirty work done repairing and sanding, now it’s time to prep the area for painting. Get yourself a high quality edged brush that can get into the small corners and create a sharp line up against the trim and detailed moldings. Some painters prefer cutting in while others use painters tape to make sure the ceiling, walls, and flooring is not painted. Choose the method that works best for you. 

Do you have trim that needs to be repaired and repainted? Call Jerry Enos Painting to get started on your winter indoor projects. Check out our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

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

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

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

Focus on the Entryway 

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

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

Redo a Favorite Room 

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

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

Go Small 

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

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

 

Refresh Your Home For The Holidays Now!

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

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

Clean it Up 

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

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

Paint Makeover 

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

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

Update a Piece of Furniture 

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

Add Some Finishing Touches

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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?