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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?

 

Why Your Business Needs Painting Maintenance 

For many businesses, summertime means a different pace of work and focus on different projects especially with employees and management heading off on vacation or long weekends. That’s why fall tends to be the perfect time to start those maintenance projects you have been putting off, like painting the interior or exterior of your offices. Let’s take a closer look this month about why now is a great time to maintain the paint and overall look of your company. 

Attracting Customers or Clients 

The outward appearance of your building, storefront, or office is a clear visual barometer of your business. For example, if your storefront is looking worn, tired, or has some peeling or bubbling paint, it does not bode well for your brand name or services. The condition of the paint and color scheme should invite your customers in and encourage them to come back when they leave. Think about how a freshly painted storefront can invite people in and give them a positive impression of your business! 

Go a step further and paint with a purpose. Choose a color scheme that reflects your products or logo. Painting with a certain color palette can help promote brand awareness and help clients and consumers associate you with a certain color, logo, or design. 

Cost-Effective Maintenance

Buildings that have not been cared for usually have some repair issues. When a structure is painted regularly, so too have the boards and siding been inspected and maintained. Exterior painting with regularity will prevent your business from deteriorating to the point of needing a major overhaul. That can mean major cost savings. We suggest considering regular painting and maintenance using the following services: pressure washing. gutter cleaning, caulking, wood replacement, interior/exterior touch-ups, mildew removal, and garage door/parking structure upkeep. 

Improve Productivity and Morale 

Even in great workspaces, morale can falter if the environment remains stagnant. Adding a fresh coat of paint can make any workplace seem cleaner and more welcoming for clients and employees alike. Everyone wants to feel like where they work – their second home – is a nice space to be in. Choose a color scheme that matches your company’s personality, mood, or services. Try to stay away from colors that are too bold or that will distract from getting the work done. 

Do you need help deciding on a paint scheme for your business? Our color specialists can help you decide and then our professional painters can get the job done to keep your offices and storefront looking pristine! 

 

To Tape or Not to Tape – a Painter’s Question

Whether to use painter’s tape or complete the edges freehand through “cutting-in” is a question we are often asked as professional painters. While there are no hard and fast rules about using tape products, there are some pros and cons to this process of interior painting.

We often blog about the importance of preparing a room for painting by cleaning the walls and ceiling, removing furniture, and repairing cracks or nail holes. For homeowners who like to tackle painting projects on their own, applying tape to edges is often part of that prep. But is it really a necessary step? Today, we are going to look at the process of taping so you can decide for yourself if you want to do this for your next weekend project.

The Case for Painters Tape

Painter’s tape has become the product of choice for most do-it-yourselfers because of its predictability and low-stick qualities. It provides a straight line for precision and allows for a protective border in case spillover occurs. People who use painters tape boast that it ensures that you do a neat and tidy job, with clean lines and no messy edges.

Some homeowners who use painter’s tape believe that it can save time since you won’t need to be so careful around the edges. They also believe that painter’s tape makes for clean lines that have a very professional look. It can be used to protect your baseboards, built-in cabinets, and ceilings from the inevitable drips or uneven painting that can happen when painting by hand.

Painter’s tape comes in many different sizes, widths, and types for all sorts of walls, ceilings, and edges. In fact, go to any home improvement store and you will see a Valhalla of painter’s tape taking up almost an entire aisle.

The Case for “Cutting In”

Cutting in is the process of painting edges or straight lines with a quality angled brush without tape. It is all done freehand. This is the method that most professional painters use. The case can be made that using painter’s tape is extremely time consuming and can be a colossal waste of time. Painting freehand removes an additional step from the painting process both at the beginning of the project when the tape would be applied and again at the end of the project when the product would be carefully peeled off.

Professional painters are also quick to note that using painter’s tape is not guaranteed to make a project look professional. Even the highest quality tapes have been known to bleed through, allowing paint to get into areas where you really don’t want it and where touch-ups will be needed after the job is complete. Painter’s tape can also peel and rip during the removal process making an utter mess to your carefully painted wall.

Lastly, professional painters know that painter’s tape does not always work in certain painting situations. For example, it is really difficult to use this product on bumpy or uneven surfaces. This many times defeats the purpose of the straight line of the product. In addition, while the tape is straight, the person applying it must do so in a calculated fashion in order to line things up correctly. You really don’t want an angled line where there should be a straight one!

Generally, the argument about this type of product comes down to personal preference. Now you have a better idea of what the pros and cons are to using this product vs. cutting in freehand. If you need help with your paint projects, please call Jerry Enos Painting.

Importance of Painting Prep 

What’s the most arduous part of any painting project? Hands down, it is the prep work before you get to the fun of seeing the end results and your new color. Unfortunately, skipping the prep work can mean a sub-par application, adhesion, and integrity of the paint. Let’s take a closer look at why prep work is important and what can happen if you skip this important step. 

Why Prep the Surfaces? 

Surface prep is cleaning your surface areas, whether it is the walls, ceiling, or whatever you are painting. Cleaning the surface means that you will be removing years of built-up dirt, grease, and potentially, mildew with a sponge and gentle cleanser. Without doing this important step in the process, you will potentially be painting over the dirt and grime. Paint adheres best to surfaces that are clean. Imagine a few months from now when the paint begins to bubble, crack, or peel because it mixed with the grime on the walls. You really want to avoid that scenario.

Prepping the surfaces also means filling in holes and repairing any damage that may exist. Cracks and holes need to be filled and then the entire surface sanded to form an even and smooth surface. Paint will adhere the best to those smooth surfaces. It would be a shame to have a newly painted wall and notice the old art and picture frame nail holes! 

Why Cover the Floor and Furnishings? 

Covering any furniture that can not be removed from the room will ensure that any drips or mistakes don’t end up ruining your furniture for future use. Covering the floors ensures that your carpets or wood floors don’t have paint stains after your paint project is completed. 

Why Calk the Seams? 

If you are painting near windows, trim, or edging, you may be tempted to just “cut in” and hope for the best. We recommend caulking areas again with fresh caulk that will give the paint a fresh look. After time and hot temperatures, caulk tends to crack and sometimes chip off. Removing the aged caulk and adding fresh layer will look professional. 

Why Repair Ceiling Stains? 

The temptation is there to paint over a ceiling stain, but we say “Don’t do it!” Stains on ceilings have come from somewhere and will probably reoccur if you don’t investigate where the water that caused the stain is coming from in the first place. Investigate to see if your roof is leaking, or if the stain is coming from a leaky bathroom or water pipes. Once the source has been discovered and repaired, a special primer for stains can be used to cover the stain and move forward with the new color. 

Do you need help with the laborious job of preparing a room for painting? Our team at Jerry Enos can help you. Call Jerry Enos Painting today at 978-546-6843, or visit our website

 

Properly Cleaning Your Painted Surfaces 

If you like your home to look clean and fresh, you probably vacuum, dust, and tidy on a daily basis. Sure, you probably leave the deep cleaning and organizing for those big spring or fall cleanouts, but there is still something that many homeowners forget to do – clean their painted surfaces!

Believe it or not, your walls are the largest amount of real estate in your home. Think of how many square feet your walls take up and yet they are overlooked when it comes to routine cleanings. Here are some reminders of how to clean your painted surfaces so they do not lose their sheen or paint color. 

Cleaning Different Paint Sheens 

The first thing you should consider when washing painted walls is the finish or sheen. For duller paint finishes (less shine) such as flat, satin, or eggshell you will want to show care since they are less durable when it comes to cleaning. Do not use harsh chemicals or degreasers when cleaning flat paint walls and be mindful when washing with a sponge to not scrub too hard. For semi-gloss or full gloss finishes, it is ok to use a mild degreaser. These finishes tend to be used in high traffic areas or where messy fingers can leave residue and grime behind. 

Dust Before Washing 

Even if your home seems fairly dust-free, it is there and you will want to dust off any debris or cobwebs before you start to wash the walls. We suggest a feather duster that has an extender arm as lots of times homeowners will spot collected debris in the corners near ceilings. Dust from top to bottom and don’t forget the trim work where dust and dirt can get stuck in the detail work. 

Washing the Walls 

Depending upon the color palette you use in your home, smudges and stains may be noticeable or not so noticeable. The place that we notice them most often are around light switches. Use two buckets for cleaning. Use one with a gentle soap product and warm water, the other with a warm water rinse. That way you won’t be putting dirty water back on your walls. We also suggest using a sea sponge as they are more gentle on paint, although they don’t hold together after repeated use. 

Start at the top of each wall and work your way down. Make sure to dry the walls after to prevent water stains or streak marks. You will also want to dry the floors around the perimeter of each room so there are no slips or falls. 

For cleaning tips and tricks check out our past blogs. When you need interior or exterior painting done, choose the pros at Jerry Enos Painting. Call Jerry Enos Painting today at  978-546-6843, or visit our website