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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.

 

Painting Tips for Kid-Proofing Your Walls

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

Choose Colors Wisely

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

Choose a Good Sheen

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

Plan Ahead

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

Can’t Beat Them, Join Them

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

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

 

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.

Prep Like You Mean It

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

Safeguard your Belongings

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

Outlets and Lighting

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

Repair

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

Clean

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

Gather Supplies

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

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

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.

Basement Room Remodel

What is your basement like? Dark and dingy? Maybe in need of a breath of fresh air? You are not alone. Many Americans have basement rooms that are underutilized and need some help in order to add viable living space. Whether you want to turn your basement room into a guest suite, laundry area, craft corner, second living area, or a home theatre, we have a few ideas that can help revitalize your basement! Read on to find out more about a basement room remodel. 

 

  • Brighten It Up – Basements have the reputation of being dark and gloomy, and rightfully so since they lack natural light and general brightness in the area. We suggest adding lighting depending upon what you want to use the room for: a sitting area, reading nook, etc. Ceiling lighting can really brighten up the space and make it feel less underground than it really is. Another great way to do this is through paint. Choosing a cheery and light paint palette can make the basement room feel cozier and will attract more friends and family to the area.

 

  • Wall Surfaces – While many homeowners choose a typical wall covering we suggest a wainscoting that can make the room look and feel like it is not in the basement. Choose a half wall treatment to make the ceiling seem higher, as height is usually an issue at the basement level.

 

  • Consider Layout – Use furniture and paint to separate sections of the basement for different functions. For example a TV area should be the darkest area for optimal viewing, while a socialization area should have the most natural light and have the lightest paint colors for welcoming guests. Partition walls, whether permanent or temporary, are a great solution for separating areas.

 

  • Storage – Let’s face it, most of us use our basement primarily for storage, so don’t forget to keep an area that has clever storage solutions such as: storage benches, shelving, and colorful bins. Your belongings aren’t going anywhere or disappearing, so unless you find another space for them somewhere else in the house, you’ll have to plan to declutter and still have some things you want to keep to the side.

 

Are you considering remodelling your basement and need ideas on design and color palette? Call Jerry Enos Painting instead at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

Top 10 Reasons Why it is Important to Hire a Pro Painter

Many homeowners and business owners alike think that they can easily paint either the interior or exterior of their home or business and get the same professional result as if they hired a painting expert. This is not really true. There are many errors that can occur along the way from the prep work to the final coat. Here are our top ten reasons why you should go with a pro painter this time.

 

  1. Prep Work – A vast majority of any paint job is the prep work including scraping, sanding, and filling holes. Too many homeowners skip or do not give the necessary attention to this step.
  2. Cleaning the Area – Whether it is power washing the exterior of a home or wiping off the dust and dirt from the surfaces inside a home, this step often gets missed by those who are doing it themselves.
  3. Finding rotting wood or areas that need repairs. Most people who are doing painting on their own do not know the signs of wood that needs to be repaired or replaced.
  4. Weather Knowledge – Professionals know to watch the weather and will stop painting if the prediction is that rain is on the way or that the humidity will get over 85%.
  5. How Much Paint – Many homeowners make mistakes on buying too much or too little paint that will become a problem as the job nears completion.
  6. How Many Coats – Professionals know the importance of getting the right number of coats on, including a primer and final coat, so that there is no discoloration or fading a few years down the road.
  7. Quality of Paint – Many people who love to DIY choose the cheapest paint, which may mean it either will not last or will have a tendency to peel or chip. Professionals know quality paint.
  8. Techniques and Tools  – Professional painters, who have been doing it as long as our team has, know the best techniques and tools needed to do each job.
  9. Patience – Burnout after a few hours or days of painting is a problem for many homeowners who had no idea how much work their “little project” was going to really be. Professionals know in advance the patience needed to make your home/business look fantastic.
  10. Experience – Professional painters rely on their experience when it comes to painting difficult areas or architecture. Experience matters when painting your most valuable possession.

 

There’s really so much benefit behind hiring a professional, who has expertise in painting. Thinking about painting this summer or fall? 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.