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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

 

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. 

 

How to Ensure ROI Through Paint Projects

Thinking about selling your home sometime in the near future and looking for ways to boost your home’s value and, potentially, the asking price? There are lots of home projects that can make your home look better, operate more efficiently, and provide more comfort. A new kitchen, bathroom, or addition would definitely help boost your asking price and make your home more desirable. A new roof, furnace, or upgrade in your electrical system would certainly not hurt. All of these projects, however, are costly and will take time and be a huge disruption to your daily routine. But what about painting the interior or exterior (when the weather is appropriate) of your home? Let’s take a closer look at the return on investment (ROI) of painting your home.

U.S. News and World Report cites licensed real estate brokers as stating that, “It’s hard to calculate the return on investment for a coat of paint, but if there is any way you can bring light in, it’s going to affect your price.” For those on a tight budget, fresh paint can go a long way to brightening a room. In general, real estate agents say a well-maintained home can easily command a 5-10% premium, especially when it looks like it’s in move-in condition. A coat of paint can create the look of a new space fairly quickly.

Many studies have been completed on the value of a fresh coat of paint when selling a home. One study completed by HomeGain Top DIY Home Improvements for Seller Survey states that painting the interior of your home results in a 107% on the return on investment (ROI), and painting the exterior leads to a 55% ROI. A 2017 survey from the National Association of Realtors supports this study. About 68% of realtors recommend painting walls and 62% recommend paint touch-ups prior to putting a home on the market. These studies show evidence that not only is there an excellent ROI for painting the inside and outside of your home but, in some cases, it may make a huge difference in the asking price and whether there is a bidding war on your home.

 

If you are considering selling your home and want to explore professional painting before that “For Sale” sign gets put up, call Jerry Enos Painting at at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to schedule a free estimate.

 

Five Reasons Why it Makes Sense to Power Wash

After a winter of harsh weather, spring is a great time to get out there and freshen up the exterior of your home, from siding surfaces to the walkways and entertaining areas. A power wash (or sometimes called pressure washing) makes sense since the equipment used is  designed with special pumps that have 50% more force than a regular garden hose, able to clean areas that are hard to reach or that have excessive dirt, grime, and mold. At Jerry Enos Painting we suggest power washing for several main reasons:

 

  1. Preventative Maintenance – Power washing stops the premature decay of a home’s siding, decking, or walkways. It prevents the mold, mildew, and harmful chemicals used during the de-icing of roads every winter from building up and harming your exterior surfaces. Without this annual cleaning, wood and siding may age faster and see premature damage due to dirty surfaces.
  2. Keeping the Family and Pets Safe – Power Washing is a safe way to wash away chemicals such as liquid deicers, rock salt, and fertilizer ingredients used around the property that have built up over the years. Power washing can also remove mold, mildew, and allergens that can make your family and pets sick. Removing mildew on walking surfaces can also prevent slips and falls as these areas can get slippery after rain or with morning dew.
  3. Curb Appeal – Ask any realtor and they will advise that freshening up the exterior of your home before selling is a smart investment. This should include the landscaping, painting, décor, windows, hardscape, and completing a thorough power wash of all these areas should be top on the list.
  4. Home Value – Studies completed by Consumer Reports suggest that cleaning, painting, and overall tidying up a home can increase the home’s value by 2-5%. This is critical when it comes time to sell.
  5. Environmentally Friendly – Power washing is environmentally friendly. There are no chemicals used in power washing and the amount of water is 75% less than if a homeowner used a garden hose.

 

Do you need a power wash for your exterior surfaces such as your home, deck, walkways, or business? Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

Garage Workshop Must-Haves – Epoxy Flooring!

Do you love working in your garage, or as my grandfather would say, “tinkering”? If you are like him, maybe you spend your weekends repairing, building, or restoring things like furniture, appliances, or maybe even the family car. If you could have a dream workshop in your garage, what would you include? A workbench? Top-of-the-line tools? Or maybe you would want to design your garage workshop from the ground up so that everything had a place and clean up was a breeze.

 

If you were to layout your dream garage workshop, what components would it have? Here are a few of our suggestions for a dream garage workshop.

 

  • Workspace – Ideally for anyone who likes to tinker, there should be a workspace that has room for whatever your hobby or passion is. A flat work area in a corner would be a great addition to any garage workshop.

 

  • Storage – Every workshop has tools so a must-have would be proper storage for all equipment. A dream garage workshop would include a hanging or resting place for every tool, preferably not on the work table!

 

  • Lighting and Ventilation – Having the proper lighting and ventilation can aid in health, safety, and accuracy when it comes to power tools.

 

  • Durable and Easy-to-Clean Environment – Jerry Enos Painting suggests an epoxy flooring for your garage workshop. Not only is an epoxy flooring durable but easy to maintain and clean. Our innovative epoxy flooring styles, strong supplier support, and select team of highly skilled installers have earned us the reputation as the “go to” installers in the field for both commercial and residential clients.

 

If you are planning your dream garage workspace, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website to find out more about our exceptional epoxy floor options and installation.

 

Five Most Common Painting Mistakes

Let’s face it, homeowners can make a variety of mistakes in areas from lawn care to decorating their living rooms. However, to make really long lasting mistakes can haunt your wallet. In our line of business we have seen it all, but here are some of the most common mistakes that makes us shake our heads and wonder why they didn’t call us first. Let’s take a look at common painting mistakes.

 

  • Lack of Prep – Prepping to paint a room takes a whole lot more than most people realize. Clearing the room of furniture, wiping down the walls, covering the floor and taping areas off are just a few of the steps needed to start the process off properly. Some prep mistakes we have seen include: floors that become stained by paint drops, spider webs painted into corners and electrical outlets gunked with paint.
  • Skimping on Paint Tools – High quality brushes and rollers may cost a bit extra but there is a reason why professional painters swear by them. Good brushes and roller covers give better coverage and save you on paint in the long run. A common problem with cheaper products is that the knap can come off on the wall and cause clumps and bumps that are unsightly.
  • Skipping the Primer –The purpose of the primer is pretty straightforward. Primer covers flaws in the surface and gives you a smooth, long-lasting finish. Without primer, coverage can be spotting and even missing in some areas. A lack of primer may mean you spend more on the actual paint as it is doing the job of both the primer and the final coat.
  • Painting Over Wallpaper – While it may seem tempting to skip the wall paper removal process and just paint over old wallpaper, it will come back to haunt you in the not too distant future. Not only do homeowners risk having the paper peel or decay, but painting without water based paints can lead to whole other problem later.
  • Cutting Corners on Clean Up – At the end of any painting job no one wants to clean up. You are tired and the last step of washing and cleaning brushes and rollers may seem tedious, but skipping this step may mean you ruin the brush or roller and will need to purchase new products the next time you paint.

 

Want to avoid common homeowner mistakes. Start by calling Jerry Enos Painting and hand the job over top our professionals.

 

 

2016 Design Trends: Encaustic Tile

 

If you’re a fan of patterned tile that draws the eye, this is your lucky year! One of the emerging design trends for 2016 is colorful, cool encaustic tile. This type of varied, kaleidoscopic ceramic tile used for flooring or backsplashes is made from a multicolored clay design inlaid on a background color. While the majority of these tiles are two tone, the design process that produces an encaustic allows for as many as six colors.

 

Tile by Lindsey Lang
Tile by Lindsey Lang

The intricate pattern of the clay is formed first by a die that resembles a cookie cutter, which gets filled by a mixture of natural pigments, Portland cement, and marble dust. In the second step of the tile-making process, the background mixture of solid grey concrete is poured around the finished inlay pattern to form a square.

 

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Encaustic tiles aren’t a new trend – they’ve been used for centuries and were referred to as “inlaid” tiles during the medieval period. They were primarily used in religious settings to adorn ornate churches, and then moved into decorating palatial homes. They enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in America in the late 1800s, but fell out of use in new construction after the Great Depression. Some New York City brownstones still have these type of tiles in the entryway or foyer! Encaustic tiles can be found all over the world, but were most plentiful in England, where the greatest number of the tiles were produced. The tiles are known for their longevity – because the design is ¼ inch thick, the tiles will last for years without wearing down. The below medieval tiles are from Cleeve Abbey in England.

 

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The encaustic tile of 2016 comes in a range of styles and prices. Because of they way they’re made, the tiles are quite heavy – the average 8×8 inch tile can weigh in around three pounds. Many are made by designers who produce them in small batches or by custom order, which can add to the price, but their widening popularity means it’s getting more and more likely your local tile or flooring store has a selection, or can order them for you.

The possibilities for decorating with encaustic tiles are endless, and with so many varieties and styles, will fit with any design scheme! Below, this modern, southwestern take on a zig zag pattern works for living room, kitchen, or foyer.

 

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Don’t limit your imagination to the indoors. Outdoor spaces like the veranda below receive just the right pop of color with these blue patterned tiles. Encaustics are great for spaces that have neutral walls with muted design schemes, so the tiles can really shine!

 

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When it comes to bathrooms, larger encaustic tiles featuring wide patterns can make a small space look bigger, like in this vintage Spanish inspired room featured on House Nerd.

 

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As you can see, encaustics aren’t just a fad – they’ve been around for centuries, and their timeless beauty will improve the look, and value, of any home. So why not choose encaustics in your next renovation project?

Every Massachusetts exterior painting and interior painting project is different, and unlike other MA interior painting companies, we will always treat your house, building, or surface as one-of-a-kind. Need help choosing paint colors? We can do that with an expert eye. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843

2016 Design Trends: Rustic Dining Rooms

Often relegated to the back burner and used only when company came, the formal dining room is set to return to glory, as this spring’s emerging design trends will have families wanting to eat there for every meal. According to ElleDecor,  this year more homeowners are opting to keep their formal dining room rather than converting to a family room or office than ever before, and they expect the formal dining room to be a hot design trend for spring.

The D.C. Design House features this gorgeous dining room by designer Sara Wessel. Photo via Architectural Digest.
The D.C. Design House features this gorgeous dining room by designer Sara Wessel. Photo via Architectural Digest.

The dining room tends to get the back burner when it comes time to redecorate or renovate. Compared to the kitchen or living room, it may not see as much use unless it’s the holidays or you’re expecting guests for dinner, so it’s natural to want to redecorate those rooms first. However, keeping your formal dining room fresh and inviting can lead to more family dinners together, as well as increase your home’s resale value.

Photo via Honey Bear Lane
Photo via Honey Bear Lane

One of the top dining trends that has emerged over the past few seasons, the rustic, vintage farmhouse look, continues to gain popularity in 2016. This design style tends to pair well with many of the antique colonial New England homes here on Cape Ann, as well as more modern homes. A country farmhouse decor can lean either towards an industrial, iron factory look, or can be more shabby, colorful, and inviting, depending on individual taste or preference.

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The simple, timeless farmhouse style table is the staple and centerpiece of a rustic dining room. These tables can either be used with individual chairs, or with wide picnic-style benches, depending on how casual or formal the room should be. Some have been handed down from generations and have seen decades, possibly even centuries, of use.

As these photos show, the wide-planked, large wooden tables look wonderful with either matching, upholstered chairs, or a collection of mismatched wooden chairs that can be found anywhere from thrift stores to flea markets or yard sales. Some rustic farmhouse dining rooms even use vintage iron tractor seats for bar stools.

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Lighting is one of the most important parts of any room, and the dining room is no exception. A dining room was once defined by its chandelier – the grander, the better. Thankfully for your eyes, and your wallet, that’s no longer the case, especially when it comes to farmhouse design aesthetics.

A simply stated, unique, light fixture upgrade can draw attention and change the whole look of the room without breaking your budget, especially if paired with a new coat of paint.

 

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When it comes to the rustic look, black iron chandeliers paired with candle-type light fixtures or single hanging Edison lightbulbs surrounded by cages help to evoke a 1920’s vintage farmhouse feel, like the ones above, sold by online retailer Shades of Light.

Photo via Colby Construction/Pinterest
Photo via Colby Construction/Pinterest

Accessories work to pull together a country farmhouse style dining room as well. Everything from vintage bread boxes to checkered napkins can brighten up a country-style dining room. Aged wooden crates can be used as both accent pieces or as actual storage for linens or accessories.

If you’ve left your dining room to languish, now is the time to give it a fresh, clean rustic country makeover.

5 Unique Uses for Blue Painter’s Tape

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 It’s a common scenario – you’ve finished with your painting project, but have a lot of blue painter’s tape leftover. Saving it in your junk drawer or tool bag for the next project is always an option, but if those projects aren’t common, or you just don’t want it lying around, you’re in luck. There are great alternate uses for that ubiquitous blue tape!

  1. Cheap chip clip (say that one five times fast!) Because painter’s tape is meant to be mildly adhesive, it can be used to close an open bag of snacks – and be re-used until the bag’s empty. This is great for camping, picnics, or any other time a chip clip isn’t available. It can also be used to keep other food fresh – sugar or flour bags, bags of rice, and bags of cereal will last much longer with an application of painter’s tape to keep the bags closed.
  2.  As a home project manager: Don’t laugh – it’s true! For instance, if you’re installing curtain rods, and need to keep screws, drill bits, or other small parts within reach while up on a ladder, use painter’s tape to tape them to the top step of the ladder. You know, the one that says “do not use as step.” This means no more screws that roll off the top step, across the floor, and under furniture, or the radiator. They’ll finally stay in place until they’re needed.
  3.  Party helper! Next time you’re hosting a super bowl party, cookout, or birthday party, bring out the blue tape. It has multiple party uses you’ve probably never imagined. For instance, use it to hang decorations so the paint or wallpaper doesn’t get marred. Use it to label drink cups so there’s less waste. Playing twister? Tape down the corners of the board so it doesn’t slip! You can even use it to mark off areas of the home or rooms that you don’t want guests to use, or label the bathroom door to avoid everyone asking where, exactly, the facilities are.
  4. Labels! Because blue painter’s tape is less permanent and sticky than regular masking tape or duct tape, but is easy to write on (unlike packing or scotch tape), it’s great for labeling. Use it to label everything from cords behind your desk or entertainment center, to yard sale item, food in your fridge, or your children’s school items.
  5. Decorating. Blue painter’s tape is useful for making a long, straight line on your wall – that can be removed with no residue – if you’re hanging multiple pieces of art or photos at the same level. Alternately, if you’re attempting to lay out multiple frames on the same wall and want to picture how it will look before making all the nail holes, cut the tape into the dimensions of the frame and place it in its prospective new home. You’ll be able to stand back and get a good feel for the final result, and adjusting the tape is much easier than more drilling or nailing.

With these tips, it’s easy to see how useful that blue tape can be, beyond keeping paint off your ceilings or trim work. So don’t throw it in a drawer forever – make it work for you!