Category Archives: Interior painting

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. 

 

Does Your Kitchen Need a Facelift?

If you saw the title of this blog and immediately gave a sigh and said, “Yes!” then you will want to continue reading. Many homeowners do not have a huge budget to remodel a kitchen and, therefore, start getting creative to make it appear that their kitchen is newer. If you are not in the position to spend thousands of dollars on a large kitchen remodel but want to give the heart of your home a facelift, here are a few refresh ideas.

Paint the Cabinets

Make your old, dated cabinets look like new again with a coat of paint in the color of your choosing. This trend is catching on as replacing existing cabinets in a kitchen is one of the most expensive upgrades. Jerry Enos Painting has years of experience prepping, priming, and painting existing cabinets to make the entire kitchen look like it was just redone! Add some new hardware to the handles and voila, your kitchen has an instant facelift for a fraction of the cost.

New Appliances

While not quite as cost effective as painting your existing cabinetry, replacing older appliances with energy efficient ones (in a uniform color) can not only give your kitchen a new look but can save you money on energy in the long run.

Add a Backsplash

One great way to add color and detail to your kitchen is by adding tile backsplash. This is usually a fairly inexpensive project that many homeowners are able to do on their own. Add backsplash to the area behind the stove or sink to make cleanups easy and just add a little something special to your kitchen.

Let There Be Light

Another simple way to make your kitchen space look refreshed is to switch out the lighting. Change out the pendant light you have over the table or sink. Add inexpensive strip lighting under your cabinets for a soft night time glow. Lighting can make a room look more open and add character to a room.

Are you looking to give your kitchen a facelift? Jerry Enos Painting can help get you started with paint projects on the cabinets, walls, or ceiling. Let us know what mood you are aiming for and we can even have one of our color consultants discuss a color palette with you. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Move-In Makeover for First Time Homebuyers

Buying a home can be both thrilling and nerve wracking at the same time! But now that you have finally taken the leap and decided to become a homeowner, you probably have a million questions about which project or projects you should tackle first. As painting professionals we have seen many new homeowners get overwhelmed with the never ending list of “Home Projects.”

The first thing to do is to evaluate what you want to do to make the house yours, and what you need to do to make the house livable. Those are two totally different things, keep in mind. During the home buying process, you hopefully had an inspection that will give you a good place to start. The inspection report should tell you if there are any safety concerns such as an electrical panel that needs updating, plumbing that should be repaired, or a roof that is nearing the end of its life. These are the items that you should include on the “need” to fix vs. the “want” to update.

Once any safety concerns have been repaired or updated, now is when you can have fun making over your home to fit your personality and lifestyle. Here are some suggestions that may be helpful.

Create a Priority List

Top on that list is obviously the items listed above that need to be completed in order for your home to be a safe living environment. Then, start brainstorming a list of things you would love to do to the house. This could include remodeling the kitchen or perhaps creating a man cave in the basement. Once the list is made, decide which items take priority. This may depend on your budget, time, and a dozen other factors.

Create a Budget

It may be hard to figure out what the cost will be for each item on your list, but you can at least rank them by least expensive projects to most expensive. This gives you an idea that maybe if your budget is tight your first year, that you conquer the smaller projects before you start on the larger renovations. Some homeowners split their list into small vs. large projects and try to complete the ones they can on their own to save money.

Complete Some Projects Before Move-In Day

Many homeowners get the chance to do some of their makeover before they even move in to their new home. It really is an ideal time to refinish or install hardwood floors, get rid of that popcorn ceiling, and paint each room the color you are envisioning. This will give you a rare opportunity to access the rooms without the bother of moving furnishings and all of your personal belongings. It is so nice to start decorating your home with a freshly painted canvas in the color palette that speaks to you personally.

Consider ROI

When checking off the items on your list in your new home, it is important to take into consideration the return you will get on your investment. Bathroom and kitchen remodels are great for increasing the value of your home and are always a smart choice. Projects such as adding smart home technology and energy efficient items such as appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, and windows are also a great way to start getting a return right away in smaller utility bills.

Do you have an ever-growing list of things you want to do when you get into your new home? Let us take care of your painting needs both inside and out. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Benefits of Priming

Painting is a process that requires patience, attention to detail, and a keen eye. Sometimes that process can seem too drawn out for do-it-yourselfers. Skipping steps is always a temptation to get to the project finished faster. Prepping, priming, and making surface repairs are all important steps in order to get that professional looking paint job you want.

One step that many homeowners tend to skip in order to get the job done fast is priming the walls before painting. This is a critical step that can save you money, make the end product look richer and, believe it or not, can save you time and money in the long run. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of priming for your next paint project.

Better Coverage and Color

During any interior or exterior paint project, owners are looking for the new paint to cover the old paint and do it in a way that allows the new color to appear rich and vibrant. While it may be tempting to just use several coats of the chosen color, primer will do a better job of covering the old color. It will also keep the old color from “bleeding through.” By priming first, the new color will be vibrant and beautiful. In addition, primers are formulated in such a way that the main color will be more adhesive and cover more of the wall smoothly and evenly when a primer is used.

Blocks Stains

Just like a coat of primer can keep a previous paint from bleeding through, it can also completely cover stains that may be left over from water damage, scuff marks, or even smoke stains. This allows painters to start with a clean slate when applying the newly chosen color.

Saves Time and Money

It may be hard for novice painters to believe, but skipping the priming step on a paint project will actually cost you time and money in the long run. Not only is primer formulated to help the paint be adhesive, but it also seals the surface which translates into less paint being needed. This means you may not need multiple coats of your final color, thus saving you time and money!

Keep in mind that primer also thwarts common paint problems like cracking, peeling and blistering. This translates into your color lasting longer without needed touch ups or repainting.

Are you considering a painting project but need guidance? Talk to our crew about what you are looking for and we can give you a free estimate as well as let you sit back and enjoy the end product rather than doing all the work. Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

3 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Fresh Coat of Paint

As a small business owner, you often wear many hats, right? You may be the manager, bookkeeper, human resource person, and IT specialist all-in-one. You do enough already, so painting your business should not be yet another task you must complete. You don’t have the time or energy to paint either the interior or exterior of your office. Regardless, there are many factors that lean toward why you should paint on a fairly regular basis. Here are three of the top reasons why your business could benefit from a breath of fresh air in the form of paint.

Your Business Value

Your business is probably your most valuable asset aside from your home. That means it should look like it is valuable. Walls, either interior or exterior, that have stains, peeling paint, cracks, or smudges do not make a good impression for your company. If your office is a storefront, or if you often meet with clients, your business should always put its best foot forward. The walls most likely are the largest square footage – use that space to make a great first impression. A new coat of paint can make a space feel and look alive, young, and inviting.

Build Your Brand

Along with sending a message to clients or customers, the building and the walls within are an excellent opportunity to strengthen your brand awareness. If your brand has a certain color associated with its logo or on the website, then use that color. Your brand doesn’t just have to show up on your letterhead or business card. It should be all around you. A fresh coat of paint in a color associated with your service, logo, or product can go a long way to build your brand awareness.

Boost Morale and Improve Focus

A new color or a freshly painted room can boost anyone’s mood. This is true in a business atmosphere just as it would be at home. An office that has fresh paint feels new and alive. This can spill over into how your employees feel and inevitably how your customers feel. Consider a fresh coat to boost morale and help your employees focus more.

Painting can make an area more aesthetically attractive and make the people who work in and around the area happier, more productive and, in some cases, more focused. Call Jerry Enos Painting if your business needs a facelift. You would be amazed what a new color, and a color that matches your brand, can do for your work environment. Call us at 978-546-6843 or email for a free estimate.

 

Finding the Best Color for Your Home

So you’ve decided it’s about time to freshen up the outside of your home! It’s a great time of year and the weather is pretty perfect with the level of humidity and temperature. Now that you have hired a pro to paint the exterior of your home, all that is left is deciding what color to paint it. Seems simple enough, right?

Choosing the main color and an accent color for trim or shutters is not as easy at it may seem. A lot of factors can go into making this choice. Here are some of our suggestions on how to find the best color for your home.

Brainstorm Colors

Make a list of colors that you love as well as colors that you would rather avoid. Look at the list. Is there a pattern emerging? Do you like earthy colors, vibrant colors, or maybe more soft colors? This can help you determine the color you end up with. Try to narrow your list to your top five colors and accent colors. Then take into consideration some of the following issues.

Examine the Environment Around Your Home

Now that you have a list of some of your favorite colors, look around the outside of your home. Do you want the color to be completely different from your closest neighbors? That may take a color or two off your list. Take into account other things in your environment such as where is your house situated. If your home is nestled in the woods with greenery all around, you may want to make your house blend with that environment. If your home is in a downtown area or historic district, you may want to choose traditional colors. However, If your house is in a historic district you may be limited to certain colors, to begin with.

Be Mindful of Your Goal

If your goal is to sell your home, then you may want to choose a color that will appeal to the widest number of people. Some realtors suggest neutral colors with a splash of color for the accents. If your goal is to just freshen the look of your home and you will be staying in the home, then choose something that you love and will be happy with for years to come.

Consult a Color Expert

Let’s face it, choosing a color can be hard. At Jerry Enos Painting we can assist in this decision by providing a color consultant who will help you look at all the factors. A specialist can help you narrow your choices and examine the color in all sorts of light including during sunrise and sunset. Let us help you in this decision by calling our team at 978-546-6843 or email for a free estimate.

 

Creating a Spa Retreat in your Master Bathroom

Do you love to unwind, but don’t have a good space to do so? For some of us, a good place to relax is a comfy chair where we can read or snooze. Others like a retreat from the family, where they can pamper themselves with a bubble bath or steamy shower. If you are the latter, then this blog is for you! Here are a few suggestions on how to create a spa retreat in your master bathroom.

Declutter

The first step in creating a space that is peaceful and serene to the senses is to declutter. Clear the space of items such as laundry baskets that are overflowing. Find a new location so your spa time is not fraught with worries about the amount of laundry that is yet to be done. In addition, organize all your bathroom items into categories such as washcloths, makeup, hair accessories. Then find coordinating baskets or bins to keep them organized. Store away all cleaning supplies in a closet or container so they are out of sight.

Choose a Color

The walls of your bathroom are a canvas where you can set the mood in your bathroom. Light blues, creams, and greens can set a beachy theme while crisp whites can set a more modern tone. If you are looking for a warm romantic mood, try a grey or silver with accents of reds or purples. Anything goes in your bathroom retreat! The most important thing to remember is to choose a color that helps you relax and unwind. Don’t forget to coordinate your shower curtain and towels with the color you choose for the walls.

Update Your Bathroom Fixtures

If you have a budget, now might be a good time to update the fixtures or even the shower head, sink or mirror. Splurge and install a waterfall shower or a handheld shower nozzle. Have fun with it as this is your space to get away from it all.

Add Calming Elements

Scented candles, essential oils, scented soap, and lotions can go a long way to adding to the relaxing mood of your spa retreat bathroom.

Looking for more ideas or need help painting your bathroom? Contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.

Spring and Summer Colors that Can Help Lift Your Mood

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

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

Take on a Project

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

Ask a Friend

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

Mood-Boosting Colors

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

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

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

 

Spring and Summer Color Trends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Tackle Ceiling Issues In The Home

Take a moment to look up. How is your ceiling doing? Are there dust particles, spider webs or, worse yet, water stains? Do you see peeling paint or sagging sections? Ceilings are often a forgotten surface in a home. However, much like your roof, ceilings have an extremely important job in protecting you from the elements, unsightly insulation, plumbing pipes, and electrical utilities. Let’s take a closer look at ceiling issues, what causes them, and how Jerry Enos Painters can make your ceiling look fresh and new.

Signs of Ceiling Issues

Most of us do not give our ceilings a second thought until there is a problem such as a leak, a stain, cracking, bowing or, for me, the world’s biggest spider.

Ceiling issues usually present themselves in a few ways…

  • Stains
  • Cracks
  • Peeling
  • Bowing

Causes of Ceiling Issues

Usually, if there is a ceiling issue (like the signs mentioned above,) there is an underlying problem that may have been missed. Many times the problem can be traced to one of several possibilities. One of the most common problems that homeowners first notice on the ceiling is leaking from the roof, attic, plumbing pipes, clogged gutters, or even ice dams in the winter. Here are some of the other culprits that show up as stains, cracks, bowing, or blemishes on the ceiling.

  • Excessive Moisture – If the humidity in your home is too high, then you may find that your ceiling shows signs of this with watermarks, mold stains, or even mildew growing in areas.
  • Structural Issues – If you find that you have bowing to the ceiling or cracks that go the length of your ceiling and possibly even down a wall, then you make have structural issues. It could just be your home settling or it could be a beam or joist issue that you should look into with a contractor or home inspector.
  • Age – If you notice chipping or hairline cracks, then your home may just be showing its age. Depending upon the location, these issues can be covered up with putty and a new coat of paint. Be sure to have your home checked, though, if you notice excessive cracking or peeling.

Does your ceiling need a fresh coat of paint? Jerry Enos Painting can help your home look young and new again even after leaking. Once repairs have been made contact Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to speak to our color consultants.