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Avoiding Amateur Mistakes When Painting 

Let’s face it, there is a little bit of the “do-it-yourselfer” in all of us. Many of us truly believe that if it’s on a YouTube video, we can just copy and repeat the process in our own homes. While this is true to some extent, painting is one of those things that looks best if done by the professionals who have the experience and skill to do the job right the first time. 

Painting mistakes range the spectrum from small errors that can be easily fixed, to large blunders that cost a lot of time, money, and energy to rectify. Here are a few of the amateur mistakes we have been more than happy to fix for our clients. If you are a DIYer, read and learn so these faux pas do not happen to you. man painting a wall

Applying Paint Over Wallpaper 

Yes indeed, we have seen this many times before and we understand the reasons why homeowners would want to skip the painfully slow process of peeling the wallpaper off in order to paint. Don’t do it. While the paint may go on well, chances are the wallpaper will at some point start to peel. Applying water-based paint over wallpaper can reactivate the glue and cause the paper to come loose from the wall.

Failing to Prep the Walls 

It may seem slightly ridiculous, but we have seen walls that were not cleaned, nail holes not filled, dusty baseboards not wiped down, and even spiderwebs painted over. Failure to clean and prep the walls, trim, and ceiling can mean a sloppy looking job in the end. Prep work should actually take the most amount of time out of the total painting time. A little prep work can mean a professional look when the job is complete. rollers and painting materials

Not Preparing for Drips and Smudges

Painting the walls and ceilings of your home or business is not easy. There will be the inevitable drip and smudge in places along the way. Being ready for that is the difference between a pro and an amateur.

Always have a damp cloth with you as you paint for the stray drip or smudge. It should wipe right off if you get it while it is still wet. If the drip occurs in the middle of the wall just try to keep an eye out as you move along the wall to look back at what you just painted. Use a light touch when trying to blend in the drips. You may even need to wipe off the drip and repaint that area again. 

Avoid these amateur mistakes by having a professional paint your interior exterior. Check out our inspiration and portfolio pages for ideas for your paint projects. 

 

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Historical Colors for Historical Homes 

Do you live in a historic district of your city/town or own a historic home? You may be wondering what restrictions apply to your property when it comes to restoring, revitalizing, and refinishing your home. Here are some great pointers from the professionals who know how it works. 

There are two main options when it comes to selecting historic paint schemes: using the home’s original colors and using period appropriate colors. Consulting your region’s historic commission can be a great resource to start your search for the colors that would work best on your historical home. paints

Use Original Colors 

Some homeowners who live in historic homes or districts choose to paint the exterior with the home’s original colors as found by analyzing the palettes currently on the existing wood and found on original boards. Historic documents may also give clues as to what the home’s original color was. 

Using the home’s original colors can satisfy most historical commission’s protocol on color choices. It can also give you a sense of refurbishing the home back to its original splendor. historical home

Use Period Appropriate Colors 

For this step you may need to do a little research of your own or consult a historical expert. In other words, you will need to find out the exact date your home was built as well as what colors were commonly used during that period of history. Make sure you are researching specifically for your region. 

According to Landmark Services, “Many of these consultants will work from a distance: you pay a fee, send them some photos of your house, and they provide some period appropriate color schemes. Some preservation organizations have commissioned lines of period-appropriate colors. These include The National Trust and Colonial Williamsburg. Here in Massachusetts, the Cambridge Historical Commission has published a guide to historically appropriate colors.

For historic homeowners, the decision is often more complex than taking a quick trip to the paint store. The color specialists at Benjamin Moore dealers routinely research and document this type of information to provide owners with a greater understanding of the design tastes of particular periods.  

The Benjamin Moore website provides basic background information on a range of architectural styles, beginning with Cape Cod homes (1600-1955) and ending with Contemporary (1965-present), and gives a sample color palette for each one.

If you are considering painting the exterior of your home and need help with the historic color palette that is required, call our specialists for assistance on what is required of you and your color choice.

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COVID-19 Response

 

May 14, 2020

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to all of our valued customers. I am very aware of how the current global situation with COVID-19 is affecting all of us, both at a personal and professional level.

For those of you who I’ve known for many years, and those of you that I’ll be meeting anew, I want to reassure you that our company is going to every length possible to ensure the safety and well-being of our staff, as well as all of you. Given the fluidity of this unprecedented health crisis, it is important for all of us to make accommodations based on the information at hand.

When this all began, we immediately implemented extra precautions and strategies that can be found on our website. Since that initial statement was created, we have found new measures we can take in order to continue to provide the level of security and confidenc that you have come to know of Jerry Enos Painting. In addition to all of the strategies that are being used to provide sanitation of both our work space, as well as our individual employees, we will be providing another level that will help to ensure these practices will be more fool proof.

First, all of our employees will be required to wear face coverings at all times. They will either be in the form of a mask or a bandana. No one will be allowed to remove their mask while on the job site, except for their lunch period, which will be a safe distance from your property. As a way of helping to ensure the health and wellness of our employees, we will be requiring that all of our staff submit to daily temperature readings before being allowed on the work site, including myself. If any employee is found to have an elevated temperature, or are exhibiting any other symptoms, they will be asked to leave for the day and self quarantine and/or seek medical attention. At that point, the employee will not be allowed to return to work until the 14-day quarantine period has passed. Before returning to work, the employees temperature will be taken once more.

I hope providing this extra level of surveillance for this insidious disease will help all of you to know that all of us at Jerry Enos Painting are committed to providing you with the highest quality of work and the highest regard for your personal safety and well being. I thank you for your trust during this very challenging time.

Jerry Enos
Owner


March 16, 2020

 

We know that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is at the top of mind for most of you, just as it is for all of us here at Jerry Enos Painting, Inc. As the situation continues to develop, our hearts go out  to all who have been affected.

Please rest assured that our employees will be staying home if they exhibit any signs of  sickness (fever, cough, shortness of breath). They will remain self-quarantined for a minimum  of 2 weeks, as suggested by the CDC.

We are reminding our employees to take appropriate preventative hygiene methods to minimize  the potential risk of infection. We are all adhering to the practice of regularly and thoroughly washing our hands and using hand sanitizer throughout the day.

To ensure your safety, at the end of every job, extra measures will be taken to completely sanitize the work space.

We, at Jerry Enos Painting,Inc., wanted to let you, our customers, know that we are taking the  COVID-19 situation seriously.

It is our hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.

Kim S. Phetteplace
Office Manager
kim@jerryenospainting.com

The Purpose of Primer 

What is the number one mistake novice painters make when tackling a painting project? It’s not spilling the paint, or choosing the wrong colors. It’s not even using the equipment the wrong way. The answer is…skipping  the primer! Believe it or not, primer actually has a purpose. 

We get it. Painting can be a hassle. There are a lot of steps to go through before you actually get the satisfaction of seeing the color you so carefully chose to go on the walls. The cleaning, scraping, sanding, repairing, and yes, priming can be a real pain. But there is a purpose of this important step in the process. Let’s check out why you should always use primer for your paint projects. 

Hides Stains and Defects 

Unless your home is brand new, chances are your home’s walls are not perfect. Primer can hide stains, especially water stains. It can also cover up defects in the wall that would be obvious with only a topcoat. Spotted or stained surfaces benefit from a coat or two of priming before painting. Consider using thicker primers such as Kilz 2 or Kilz Max for these conditions.This type of primer can also seal odors that may have developed. 

Aids Adhesion 

If you want your paint to last several years and not fade, chip, or peel, using a primer is a smart idea. Using a primer can help adhere the topcoat to the surface. 

Covering Darker Colors 

If your room was once a darker color and you are switching to a lighter color palette, then priming will save you from applying multiple coats of your main color. The primer can block out the darker color underneath and allow the true color to be seen. We have seen many a previously red room not have a primer coat and it changes the color of the topcoat by showing through. 

Seal Porous Surfaces

If the surface you are painting is absorbing too much of the paint, you will need to apply many layers to actually have the job done. Primer will seal those porous surfaces and allow the topcoat to go on smoothly. 

Are you considering omitting the priming step in your paint project? Consider these reasons when deciding. Most DIYers like to skip this step but it will cost you time and money in the long run. If you have questions call Jerry Enos Painting or visit our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

Avoiding Paint Drips, Bubbles, and Streaks

One of the biggest mistakes novice painters make is not planning for painting errors. Drips, bubbles, and streaks are bound to make a mess of your paint project if you don’t take some necessary precautions. 

There really is nothing worse than completing your interior paint project after days of cleaning, moving furniture, scraping, priming, and choosing a perfect color, than taking a step back to look at your work… and finding mistakes. A drip that has dried. A splotch of paint that hit the ceiling while you were rolling the walls. Streaks from a roller that was too full. A paint bubble in a corner that is waiting to pop. What a mess! 

Avoiding these errors means planning in advance. Here are some ways to make sure your paint project comes out looking professional and fresh. 

No More Drips 

One way to avoid drips in the first place is to be sure not to overload your brush or roller with too much paint. Wipe off excess on the brush and tap the roller before you start application. Another way to stop drips from being a problem is to keep a damp cloth on hand while you paint. As you work your way around the room keep looking back to see if any drips have started. If they have use a damp cloth to wipe them away before they begin to dry. 

Block Bubbles From Forming 

Paint bubbles happen for a few reasons. Some of the possibilities of bubble-causing mistakes include: paint that went on too thick, a dirty surface, or the paint is being applied in direct sunlight thus causing the paint to dry too quickly resulting in bubbles. 

To avoid bubbling, make sure you have wiped off excess paint from the brush or roller. Thoroughly clean the walls and other surfaces before you paint. In addition, try to paint the walls out of direct sunlight, which may mean waiting an hour or two before some spaces can be painted. 

Depending on the size of the bubble you may be able to get away with a minor fix by popping it and flattening it to the surface. For larger bubbles that have dried and look obvious, a full repainting may need to happen. 

Stop the Streaks and Lines 

Streaks and lines are common when do-it-yourselfers try their hand at rolling a surface. Some of the most common causes of streaks and lines are due, again, in part to excess paint on the roller or brush. Always wipe off extra paint to avoid lines. 

Another cause of lines or streaks could be due to the type of sheen you are using. The higher gloss a sheen, the more likely you are to see the paint lines or streaks. Choosing lower gloss like eggshell or matt can usually help stop this problem. We also suggest using a “w” or “m” pattern when painting so that the wall is covered evenly. 

If you are having trouble getting a professional look to your paint project call Jerry Enos Painting for a free estimate. Check us out on our website or Facebook page where we give lots of helpful tips. 

 

Changing the Mood of a Room With Paint

The color palette you choose to use in your home is a direct reflection of your personality and the mood you hope to portray in the space. Some psychological studies have been done to show that color has a direct impact on our energy level, mood, and emotional outlook. Let’s take a deeper dive into how color can impact mood so you can choose wisely next time you paint the rooms in your home. 

According to VeryWell Mind online, “Color is a powerful communication tool and can be used to signal action, influence mood, and even influence physiological reactions. Certain colors have been associated with increased blood pressure, increased metabolism, and eyestrain.”

Psychologists are quick to point out that, while there has been limited research in this area, color seems to be linked to cultural influences that determine mood. Your feelings about color are often deeply personal and rooted in your own experience or culture. For example, while the color white is used in many Western countries to represent purity and innocence, it is seen as a symbol of mourning in many Eastern countries.

For our purposes, let’s take a look at the typical mood implications for Americans. Here are some of the more popular colors used for the interior of homes in our region. 

Red 

This color tends to raise the energy level in a room but many find it a little overwhelming. Red is a good choice when you want to stir up excitement, particularly at night. In the living room or dining room, red draws people together and stimulates conversation. We often have clients choose red for an entryway or front door to capture the attention of guests or to draw the eye to a focal point. 

Yellow 

Yellow often creates a mood of happiness. It tends to be a color that is uplifting and welcoming. Lots of our clients choose this color for kitchens. There is a negative side to this relatively cheery color, though. Studies show that people are more likely to lose their temper in a yellow interior. Therefore, you may want to avoid using yellow in large amounts in the main living areas. 

Blue 

This color is considered calming and tends to bring down both heart rates and blood pressure. Depending upon the type of blue, a room may take on a cool sensation or a warm one. The lighter the blue the cooler the feel. The darker the blue, the warmer the feel. Clients often use this color palette in bathrooms or bedrooms. Just be careful that the warmth or coolness of the blue you choose is the one you really want. 

Green 

This hue also has a restful and restorative effect on viewers. Green often has the ability to reduce anxiety and give a feeling of being back with nature. It is a good choice for almost any room in the house. Many designers use green in a living room or den as it encourages unwinding but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness.

Neutrals 

Colors such as greys, whites, or beiges are known for their flexibility. Designers use these colors as a backdrop for dramatic accents or to showcase a stylish piece of furniture or an architectural feature. 

Are you trying to create a certain mood in the living room, kitchen, or bedroom? Check out the options for creating the mood you want. Talk to our color specialists to get started on your next paint project. Call us at 978-546-6843 or contact us on our website

 

Choosing A Color Palette for Your Child’s Room 

Is your child dying to change things up in his/her room? A child’s room is such a snapshot of a moment in time that is quickly changing as they grow and mature. Often, as children mature, they long for something less babyish and more in line with their growing style or interests. If you have decided that now is a good time to make the transition from nursery room to big kid room or from big kids room to teenager hangout, then you may want to follow some simple but key suggestions from designers. 

Picking a color scheme for a child’s room can actually be a lot of fun because they may want to participate in the decision-making and even try some of the painting themselves (depending on their age and ability level). There are, however, some things to consider when choosing a color palette for your child’s room. 

Consider Age and Interests 

Before you slap on a color to the walls of your child’s room, think long and hard about what color they will want to see in a year or two. You really don’t want to be painting every year as they find new interests. For example, many little girls choose a soft pink because it is in line with their toys and/or it is a common color for their clothing. That’s fine if they want pink but remember, as they age, that adorable pink may need to be repainted. The same goes for the teen who wants a black bedroom… how long will that stage last?! 

Instead, designers advise going with a color that takes into account the child’s interests. For example, if your child enjoys nature maybe a green, or blue. The important thing to consider is that the color palette is something that can grow with the child. If your child is in love with the color purple, sure, paint one accent wall purple but then choose a contrasting or complementary color so that the color will stand the test of time. 

Consider the Rest of the House 

While your child’s room is separate from the rest of the house, it is important that the color you choose works with the style of the rest of your home. If the rest of the walls in your home are muted colors, then continue that trend in your child’s room to coordinate with the house as a whole. Painting a bedroom in a neon or bright color while the rest of the house is neutral or muted in tone may throw things off balance. 

Consider Your Child’s Opinion 

We know that you will be doing most of the work and/or financing the painting project, but try to let your child have some say in what goes on. If you don’t trust them to choose an appropriate color then give them a bunch of choices that you would be alright with. Ask for their opinion on decorating and accents for the room. The more they are involved, the more they will want to maintain the cleanliness and order of the room. (Hopefully!) 

For more ideas on what color palette you should choose for your child’s room, check out the inspiration page at Benjamin Moore. Call Jerry Enos Painting for a color consultation or to book our team. 

 

Refresh Your Kitchen Cabinets with Paint

Walk into your kitchen and tell me what you love the most about the space. Do you like the layout, backsplash, color scheme, or the wood cabinets? Since the kitchen is naturally the heart of every home, it is important to love the space where the family comes together for dinner, parties, and late-night snack breaks. If you walked into your kitchen and noticed that maybe your cabinets need a refresh, this is the blog post for you. Today, we are discussing how to refresh your cabinets with paint. 

Kitchen cabinets serve a huge function in every kitchen. They hold all the small appliances, dishware, utensils and, ideally, all the food in a pantry area. But kitchen cabinets are not just about storage and hiding away all that stuff that you need to feed your family. They also take up a huge amount of real estate in the room and, thus, should be aesthetically pleasing. 

Are your cabinets an eyesore? Do they look tired or potentially dated? Do they make the room look dark or unkempt? For many homeowners, the cost of a complete kitchen renovation is not in the cards. However, it is possible to refresh the cabinets with paint in order to make the whole room look bright and new again. 

Assess the Cabinets

Before you begin any project that includes painting your cabinets, make sure that they are in good shape. Look for cracking wood, water damage, uneven doors, or drawers that do not slide open/closed. Once you have determined that your kitchen cabinets have good “bones” or are able to be restored to a good level of functionality, then you can start thinking about colors! 

Decide on a Color Scheme

Since cabinets take up so much wall space and are probably the first thing you notice when you enter a kitchen, it is important to choose a color palette carefully. Keep in mind that the darker you go, the darker the room will be. On the contrary, the lighter you go, especially into the white and beige families, the more you will need to stay on top of cleaning up around handles and touchpoints. 

Color specialists will remind you that neutrals are always a good idea, but keep in mind that whatever color you put on the cabinets should coordinate with the wall color, floor style and, of course, the appliances. Make sure to take all these into consideration when choosing the color. 

As a side note, many color specialists will remind you to think “outside the box.” That might mean using a two-tone color, one on the top cabinets and one on the bottom. It might also mean using a color you wouldn’t normally choose. Or it could mean having an accent color on a few cabinets or maybe only on the cabinets that are on your kitchen island. 

Have fun with this project and your kitchen will come alive as you want it to. For more kitchen cabinet ideas, try out these links for some interesting choices in refreshing kitchen cabinets. Curbly, This Old House, and Houzz offer some great ideas to get you started. 

 

Why Fall is a Great Time to Paint 

Fall is amazing in New England. Mother Nature seems to have decided on the perfect temperature and humidity level. Add to that the intersection of professional sports for the diehard Boston fans. Most of all, we love the visual show that the trees put on every year for just a few weeks. 

Fall is also a fantastic time to cross off outdoor chores and projects, like painting your home’s exterior. Autumn is an especially good season for several reasons. Read on to find out more about this season’s benefits for outdoor painting. 

Perfect Climate 

Fall offers probably the perfect temperatures for painting. Not only has the temperature cooled considerably, making it less stifling to be a painter but with temps hovering around 50-70 degrees, the temp is perfect for drying and curing paint. Since most exterior paint requires an ambient temperature of about 50 degrees, fall temperatures are perfect for exterior house painting.

Not only is the average temperature optimal, but the humidity tends to be lower in the fall than during the summertime. Lower humidity contributes to a better drying finish as well. Lastly, fall can be the best time to paint because the difference between high and low temperatures are not as great from morning to night as they are during the other seasons of the year. 

Fewer Pests 

Mosquitoes, ticks, and flying insects can be a real pain during the painting process, especially if you need to maneuver your way into areas behind bushes and trees to get the job done. No one likes getting stung or bitten. Fall, therefore, is a great time to paint because there are fewer of these pests to deal with. 

The Kids Are Back-to-School 

For parents who want to paint the exterior of their home without having to worry about the kids bothering the painters or running into equipment, fall is an optimal time. Home projects work a lot better if there are fewer kids and toys underfoot. Both homeowners and professional painters need as much space as possible to clean, prep, and paint. 

Clean Up is Easier 

Right after Labor Day, picnics, BBQs, and outdoor entertaining tends to taper off. That means it is a great time to paint because there will be fewer things to clean up and take care of now that you are spending more time indoors. 

Are you considering painting your home this fall? The time is right. Give us a call at Jerry Enos Painting today at 978-546-6843, or visit our website

 

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Choosing the Right Equipment for Painting 

Are you starting a painting project? While just about anyone can paint a room, most people know that if you want a professional-looking job, you should hire pros who know how to get the job done the right way, without a lot of hassle or mess. If you have decided to try to paint your interior on your own, here’s some of the equipment you will want to consider investing in so your walls come out looking great. 

Equipment to Prep the Walls: Sponge, Sandpaper, Putty

No one likes this part of any painting job, but it needs to be done. The walls and the ceiling need to be cleaned and repaired before adding primer and final paint color. After you use a sponge to wipe down the walls, fill in the holes from nails or scratches with putty. After allowing that to dry, you will want to use a wet sponge or sandpaper for a smooth finish. 

Equipment to Protect the Floors and Furniture: Tarps, Plastic, Tape 

Most homeowners like to dive right into painting, but don’t forget to collect your tarps, plastic sheets, and tape to help protect the floors and your furnishings. We suggest putting down plastic sheets and taping them to the floor so you do not drip or spill onto your carpets, linoleum, or hardwood floors. Taping the protective cover down is of paramount importance so you will not slip, trip, or fall. 

A word on tape – some professionals use tape so that edges look sharp. Others use an angled brush and “cut in” to make those edges have a crisp look. More experienced painters usually choose using an angled brush, but either way is fine.

Equipment for Painting: Step Stool, Ladders, Brushes, Rollers, Rags, Extender Rods

Now that your room or rooms have been cleaned, wiped, and cleared of as much furniture as possible, you are ready to paint. You will need to consider the height of your room to determine if you need a ladder to reach higher cathedral ceilings, scaffolding to paint stairwells, or just a step stool to get walls that are just beyond your reach. Extender poles for rollers are also helpful to reach right up to the ceiling. 

We suggest investing in high-quality brushes that can apply a smooth coat and not make unsightly brush marks. Depending upon the texture of the walls and ceiling you are dealing with, you will need a specific nap for the rollers. Ceilings that have popcorn designs will need a thicker nap while flat walls can have less nap. 

Don’t forget to buy some rags that you can keep close in case you find a drip or spill on your floor or other areas. Make sure the rags have been washed so that the dye and/or lint does not come off on your surfaces. 

Is this too overwhelming? Do you feel that buying all this equipment is too expensive? You may want to consider hiring a professional who will take on all the prep work and finish work that tends to cause headaches. Call Jerry Enos Painting today at  978-546-6843, or visit our website. We can give you a free estimate for whatever rooms you would like professionally painted.