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Five Signs it’s Time to Paint Your House

It’s easy to let important chores slip by us, isn’t it? How often have you said, “but didn’t I just change the air filter?” or “I can’t believe it’s already time to power wash the deck again!” Alas, the joys of home ownership include maintenance needs that come as regular as the seasons.

Repainting your trim, or even your home’s entire exterior, is one of those chores that must be done occasionally to keep your property looking its best. Paint, after all, is your house’s defense against the weather as well as the first thing visitors notice about your home.

Telltale Signs Your Exterior Needs a New Paint Job

(1) Paint that Flakes, Bubbles, or Cracks

Signs like bubbling can signal rot or mold. Temperature extremes, from blazing sunlight and humidity to strong winds and icy winters, can cause your paint to flake or crack. If you notice this on your home’s exterior, it’s definitely time to call in the pros.

(2) Paint That Has Faded

In addition to flaking or cracking, paint can fade due to sun bleaching or water intrusion. If you notice uneven fading, it may be time to contact a professional who can check your home for water damage. You may simply notice that your home’s color isn’t as vibrant as it used to be. That can let you know it’s time for a paint job.

(3) Hardened Caulk Around Windows

This is something you probably don’t check regularly, but you should. Caulk is designed to expand and contract as the weather changes to keep your home well-insulated. If you notice that the caulking around your windows has dried out or lost elasticity, it may indicate that your home’s exterior needs some TLC.

(4) When You Need to Increase Curb Appeal

If you plan on selling your home, a fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your asking price. If your house looks faded and the trim doesn’t stand out, a darker shade of paint can help; if your paint color is outdated, a little research will help you choose the right shade.  

(5) If You Simply Can’t Remember How Long it’s Been

If you’ve owned your home for several years, and it’s never been repainted, it may be time to do the job. Most homes should be painted at least every decade or so. Below, we’ve listed some basic guidelines depending on your exterior material. If you live in an environment with extreme weather conditions, you may need to repaint your home more often.  

How Often Should Different Housing Materials be Painted?

If you live on a beach in Maine, your home maintenance requirements will be very different than if you live in a suburb in the Midwest. How often you need to paint your exterior can depend on where you live, as well as the type of materials your house is made with. Here’s a general guideline of what you can expect:

  • Wood siding should be repainted every 5-7 years, or sooner if it is stained.
  • Aluminum siding should be painted approximately every 5 years.
  • Stucco homes also need to be painted every 5-6 years.
  • Homes built from newer types of materials, like cement fiberboard siding, can go up to and over a decade without needing a paint job.
  • Brick homes usually do well with occasional cleaning if they’re not painted. Painted brick can last about 15 years.

Another factor you’ll want to consider is the quality of the paint. High quality exterior paint will last longer than low quality paint will. If you don’t know which material the previous homeowner used, it’s best to be on the safe side and assume that you’ll need a fresh coat in the next few years.

Call on the Experts if it’s Time to Paint Your House

If this sounds like the kind of work you’d rather hire out, let us know! Our professional painters have plenty of experience, and we’re happy to make your home look good as new!

How to Paint Exterior Brick

If you’re not in love with your home’s brick exterior, you may want to consider painting it! Painted brick can look great in a variety of shades, and it never seems to go out of style. It’s the perfect way to update a home that looks dated or make your home stand out among the dull brick houses on your block.  

You don’t have to do it yourself, but if you’re willing to try, we’ve got some tips for you.

What You’ll Need to Do the Job Right

You’ll need a few materials – besides just paint – so that you can do the job right. SNL recommends having the following on hand:

  • Pressure washer
  • Power sander
  • Caulk
  • Masonry primer
  • Acrylic mortar patch or mortar
  • Standard painting supplies – quality brushes, a thick paint roller, a paint scraper, etc.
  • Heavy duty tarp
  • Shop vacuum
  • Exterior paint in your chosen color  

Proper Prep Will Insure That Your Paint Job Looks Great

Before you begin painting, you’ll want to do some prep work so that your brick absorbs the paint well and you have a smooth painted look. The first thing you should do is clean your exterior thoroughly. Then, patch any cracks or ruts so your surface is ready for paint.

You can remove any loose or peeling paint with a paint scraper. Once you’ve done the initial clean up, go over your brick with a pressure washer, or hire a power washing professional to do the job for you. Beware of using too much force; blasting away at your home could damage the mortar. You want to clear off dirt, grime, and peeling paint, but you don’t want to damage the brick exterior itself.

Allow plenty of time for the brick to dry. Any lingering dampness may make painting more difficult. Next, look over your home once more for gaps in the mortar or other blemishes. You’ll want to fill the gaps you can with mortar or acrylic mortar patch. After that, sand the brick smooth with a hand sander or circular sander.

Steps for Painting Exterior Brick

Prime the brick first using a high quality acrylic or latex masonry primer. Let that primer dry completely before you do anything else. Also, be sure to caulk any areas where water can seep in: windows, doors, trim, and areas around the chimney. Be thorough! Then, clear any dust away using a brush or shop vacuum.

Finally, you’re ready to paint! You’ll want to use elastomeric or 100% acrylic latex. Those are your strongest and longest-lasting options for the exterior. Use a thick roller so you can be sure you’re getting paint in all the nooks and crannies. Let your first coat dry, and then go over your home again. To do the job right, you’ll want at least 2 coats, preferably more for a clean overall look.

Call on the Experts if You Don’t Want to Do It Yourself

If this sounds like the kind of work you’d rather hire out, let us know! Our professional painters have plenty of experience with exterior brick, and we’ll be happy to do the job for you.

Spruce Up Your Kitchen Cabinets with a New Stain or Paint Color

You’ve probably heard the advice that renovating your kitchen is the number one thing you can do to increase the value of your home. At SNL Painting Inc., we often advise customers who’d like to take small steps to revitalize their kitchen without breaking the bank on a granite countertop or new tiled floor. We recommend a comparatively simple fix: refinishing their kitchen cabinets.

With something as simple as a new stain or trendy paint color, your kitchen cabinets can look brand new. In fact, the entire feel of your kitchen can change for the better.

Below, we describe a few trends and tell you how to get started!

Kitchen Cabinet Color Trends in 2019

Colored cabinetry is a trend you’ll see more and more of in the next couple of years. Painted cabinets in a dusky blue or jewel-tone green – even a deep black – are all options coming into style.

To get the look, choose a color that’s sleek and bold, or a color that’s muted and earthy, and paint it cleanly. The “antique” or “shabby chic” look isn’t as trendy this year as it’s been in the past. Instead, you’ll want to go for smooth, all-over color. Some people are even going for a two-toned color: one color for their lower cabinets and another color for their upper cabinets.

White and gray have been popular cabinet colors for years, and they can still give your kitchen a clean, airy look. If you choose white, carefully select colorful accessories to add some spark to your kitchen design.

Never be afraid to choose the colors that you love and use them. Remember, the kitchen is a gathering place. It can express your personality and set the tone for the entire house.

How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

With the right primer and paint, and enough prep time to do the job right, you can spruce up your kitchen with cabinets that look brand new.

  • At SNL, we always encourage you to collect all the materials you’ll need before you begin.
  • Start by removing your cabinet doors and cleaning doors, drawers, and frames with a degreaser spray. Clean your cabinets thoroughly to make sure there’s no lingering oil or grime.
  • Next, use a sander fitted with 100-grit sandpaper to remove the finish. After you sand the doors and drawers, go over the molding contours with sandpaper by hand. You’ll know the job is complete when the sheen is gone.
  • Use a dry paintbrush, vacuum or cloth to remove all the dust from your cabinets. Once your surfaces are clean, sanded down, and dust-free, you can prime them.
  • Use a wide-angled brush to evenly apply the primer. Be sure to use a multi-surface primer! A primer designed for a wall may not hold paint on cabinets as well as a specialty brand will. Look for “bonding primer” on the label or ask a paint professional.
  • Finally, the paint. You may want to consider adding some extra oomph to your paint job with a hard coat additive. This will make your paint job more durable and help your cabinets resist dings and scratches. Typically, homeowners also choose a high-gloss paint rather than satin or eggshell. Look for a high level of sheen or a paint marked “enamel.”

Again, if you have questions about whether or not a particular paint is appropriate for your cabinets, contact a professional.

2019 Cabinet Stain Trends

Some people are hesitant to choose all-over solid color for their kitchen cabinets, preferring instead the warmer, more natural look of stain – a look that lets the wood grain shine through. Luckily, homeowners today have a dizzying array of cabinet stains and finishes to choose from! A gray driftwood finish is trendy this season, as are lighter-color wood stains that give the room a clean, restful appearance.

If you’re more interested in the dramatic, consider going dark with a black stain or a dark cherry. These stains add a richness and depth to your kitchen that neutral stains just can’t match.

Tips for Staining Your Kitchen Cabinets

You have a couple of options when it comes to staining your kitchen cabinets: traditional stain and gel stain.

Traditional staining: The process is similar to the process for painting your cabinets, with some key differences.

  • Remove the doors and hardware first, and then get ready to sand. You’ll want to sand all of the old finish off of your cabinets before staining. In the case of stain, use a 100 or 120-grit sandpaper and always sand in the direction of the wood grain. After that first pass, use a finer-grit sandpaper to go over your cabinets once more.
  • Apply a wood conditioner. This will help prepare your cabinets for a new stain.
  • Once the wood conditioner is absorbed, apply your stain. Use a rag to work your stain into the wood.
  • Next, put on two coats of polyurethane to make your cabinets look as good as new. Note: Use an oil-based polyurethane with an oil-based stain.
  • Some people choose a stain/polyurethane combination. That’s fine, but be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for dry time and staining a second or third coat.

Gel staining: Gel stain is “painted” on to the surface of the wood, but not rubbed-in. The stain itself is thick, not liquid. Although it sits on the surface of the wood like paint does, you can still see the natural wood grain beneath.

A few notes to remember: You don’t have to sand the cabinets as much with gel stain as you do with traditional stain. Gel stain is also a bit more forgiving than traditional stain. This makes it a popular choice with do-it-yourself folks.

If You’re Interested in Giving Your Home a New Look, Call the Pros at SNL Painting Inc.

We always recommend doing your research and consulting the pros before you begin a home improvement project. If you’d like to learn more about what we do, please don’t hesitate to contact an SNL representative. We’re happy to help with any of your interior paint projects.  

 

Should you Paint or Stain Your Deck? Pros and Cons of Each Choice

Decks are sort of like an extension of your kitchen, aren’t they? On warm days, they allow you to bring your living space outdoors with you. They provide a laid-back location for sharing the fun of a summer afternoon with your loved ones. There’s the sound of the kids playing on the lawn, the mouthwatering smell of meat on the grill, the warm feeling of the sun on your face and the comfortably worn wooden planks under your bare feet. What could be better?

If you love that feeling, like we do, then you know it takes regular maintenance to keep your deck looking great summer after summer.

So, when it comes to refinishing your deck this year, should you paint it or stain it?

Both Paint and Stain can Protect Your Wooden Deck for Years of Use

In a sense, your choice comes down to preference. Both painting and staining will help your deck last longer than it would if it were left untreated. Both materials keep water out of your wood and protect it from sun damage. We certainly recommend that you treat your wooden deck so that you can entertain friends and family outside for years to come.

There are slight differences between paint and stain, however, that may make you lean one way or the other. Below, we list the pros and cons of each choice.

Painting Your Deck: Pros and Cons

Painting has a few benefits over staining that you’ll want to keep in mind:

  • Paint has a thicker finish than stain. It can fill little gaps in your deck, so it’s a great choice if your deck already has a little wear and tear.
  • Darker paint can be easier to clean than light-colored paint or stain. If paint is treated correctly, it protects your wood so that dirt washes right off. If you’ve got pets or kids, this may be a big benefit to you.
  • Speaking of protection, paint is better at resisting rot and mold, as well as blocking sun damage.
  • With paint, your color choices are endless. If you’re into adding pops of color to your home or yard, paint might be your best choice.

As with any choice, painting comes with some drawbacks as well:

  • It’s not the most natural looking choice. If you love the look of hardwood, you may want to consider a stain instead of covering up all of that beautiful wood grain with solid color.
  • If you do go with paint, keep in mind that you’re making that choice forever. It’s extremely difficult to switch from paint to stain. You’ll most likely end up repainting your deck from year to year.
  • Most of us aren’t color experts. A color that looks great on an interior wall won’t necessarily look great under your feet. Yes, there are lots of color choices. There’s also the chance that you could create extra work for yourself by choosing wrong.
  • With paint, you may have to be extra careful when it’s wet or icy outside. Depending on the sheen of your pain, your deck can become very slippery. If you’re concerned about slips and falls, you might want to simply stain your deck instead.

Staining Your Deck: Pros and Cons

If you rule out paint, you’ll want to consider either a semi-transparent stain or a clear sealer. There’s a lot to choose from in this category, but a few general benefits apply across the board:

  • Do you love the natural beauty of wood? Stain allows that beauty to shine through. With stain, you keep that lovely variety and texture of wood grain.
  • Generally speaking, stains aren’t as slippery as paint covering. They give you a flat surface that lightly protects the wood without completely covering it up with a polished sheen.
  • When you paint a room, do you ever miss a spot? If you’re not great with a brush,  you might want to consider staining. It’s easier to apply and a bit more forgiving than paint.
  • If you prefer stain but also want plenty of color choices, you’re in luck. Stain now comes in a variety of shades. Just be sure to consider the color of the wood itself as you pick your color.

No choice is perfect. Here are a few drawbacks to staining or sealing your deck rather than painting it:

  • Choosing stain? Get ready to reapply! Stain may not last as long as paint does, so you may have to recoat your deck more often. If maintenance really isn’t your thing, go with paint instead.
  • Is your deck a little worse for wear? Stain doesn’t fill cracks as easily as paint does. It’s simply thinner than paint. So if your deck has some trouble spots you’d like to cover up, paint might be a better choice.
  • If you’re not a fan of the rustic look, you might want to choose paint rather than sealant or stain. Stain won’t really cover all of wood’s imperfections. If you don’t care for the look of wood grain, make a different selection.

SNL Painting, Inc. can Paint or Stain Your Deck. Call on Us for Friendly Service and Expertise

If you’d rather not do the job yourself, our professionals at SNL can make your deck look great for you. We first power wash your deck to both clean the surface and get your deck ready for a new coat of stain or paint. Then we hand-brush your entire deck. We don’t spray your deck; we believe hand brushing makes the job look better and last longer.

If you have questions about what we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out! Our pros would love to take your summer space from good to great this year.

How to Clean Painted Walls in Your Home

So, you’ve chosen the perfect wall color. Great! But what happens when your toddler covers it with dirty fingerprints or your sister-in-law splashes red wine on it? Wouldn’t you like to keep your interior paint looking fresh? Well, like most things in life, that takes regular maintenance.

As you’re taking care of your spring cleaning, don’t neglect your painted walls. Take time to dust them or scrub out stains. Here’s how to clean them properly.

General Tips for Cleaning Painted Walls

First, a few tips. Cleaning your painted walls isn’t terribly difficult, but it can be time-consuming. Here are some things to keep in mind.

  • It really helps to know which type of paint was used. If you have semi-gloss or glossy enamel paint, you’re in luck. These types of paint are easiest to clean. If you have eggshell latex paint on the other hand, you’ll want to be careful because abrasive scrubbing can affect your paint color. Below, we give specific instructions for cleaning latex and oil-based paint.  
  • No matter what’s on your walls, you’ll want to start with dusting. You can do this with the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner. Sometimes, simply going over your walls this way will keep them looking clean for another year.
  • Always start with the gentlest cleaning solutions possible, and don’t use too much water! Sometimes, a quick swipe with a damp sponge will do the trick.
  • You can make homemade cleaning solutions that are much gentler and work just as well as store-bought chemicals. Try adding 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup vinegar, and ¼ cup baking soda to a gallon of warm water for general cleaning. If you have a stubborn spot, try a paste of baking soda and water gently rubbed over the stain.
  • If you’re worried about your wall color fading, test out your cleaning solution on a patch of wall that won’t show, like the area behind your sofa. If, after cleaning, your paint looks bright without any water marks, you’re in good shape!
  • Don’t forget to go over your walls with a final sweep of the sponge and fresh, clean water. You don’t want dust clinging to soapy residue on your walls. After cleaning and rinsing, dry the area with a soft cloth so you don’t leave any drips or water marks.
  • Got grease? For stains that are hard to remove, try a kitchen degreaser product. The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is a pretty good bet, too.

Preventative Maintenance on Painted Walls

The best way to keep your painted walls looking fresh is by keeping dust and spots off them in the first place. This preventative maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your paint job look flawless. Here’s what to do.

First, vacuum your painted walls with a soft brush vacuum attachment. Next, use a dusting spray and a cloth-covered mop or dusting wipe to clean the walls. If you notice fingerprints or other marks, try to wipe them off right away. Just remember avoid using a lot of water on your walls.

Cleaning Tips For Walls Painted with Latex Paint

If your walls are painted with latex paint, it’s okay to use warm water and an all-purpose cleaner. You’ll want to choose a non-abrasive cleaner – nothing too harsh. Rub a damp sponge gently in a circular motion to get rid of dirt or marks.

Sometimes, you can clean your walls with just a sponge dipped in clean water and wrung dry. For more stubborn stains, try baking soda and water, white vinegar and water, or a gentle store-bought cleaner.

Be careful around light switches, outlets, or other electrical connections! And again, be sure to use a soft, dry cloth when you’re finished so you don’t leave streaks.

Cleaning Tips For Walls Painted with Oil-Based Paint

For walls painted with oil-based paint, wash them in the same way, but avoid using an all-purpose cleaner! Chemicals can fade or mar the color on your walls. Instead, try this detergent solution:

  • Stir 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent into a quart of warm water.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon of white vinegar.
  • Let solution sit on stain for 10 minutes before blotting.

Do you have texture-painted walls? If so, you might need to do a deeper cleaning. If you add an ounce of Borax to each pint of water you use, that should do the trick.

Rely on SNL Painting Inc. to Give You a Fresh New Look

If these tips just aren’t working for you, it may be time to put a new coat of color on your walls. The professionals at SNL can give you an updated shade – even a new textured look! We’re happy to give you a free estimate. Just give us a call!

Curb Appeal Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

It’s beginning to look a lot like spring-time …

If you’ve been longing for warmer temperatures, well, now they’re here! Why not take some steps to increase the value of your home?

One area that can benefit you enormously is your home’s curb appeal. After all, whether you plan to sell your home or not, first impressions matter. Here’s some advice from the pros:

The 3 Main Things that will Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

To spruce up your home this spring, you’ll want to focus on clean-up, landscaping, and the little details that make a home stand out.

First, do a few chores. Is there flaking paint on your trim? Have weeds grown through the entryway paving stones? Are your gutters still full of fall leaves? Even if you don’t do anything else to your home’s exterior, a little clean-up goes a long way.  

Second, consider your landscaping. Spring is a great time to prepare the yard for sunny weather, and replant flowers or shrubbery. So, trim runaway bush branches and pull those weeds. Again, it doesn’t take much to impress the neighbors. Sometimes it’s as easy as seeding your lawn.

Finally, consider the little things. What would a new light fixture do for your entryway, for example? Can you update your house numbers or purchase a new mailbox? 

Think about it this way: if you own a business, you want your customers to feel a certain way when they walk in your front door. That’s why business owners invest in fresh landscaping or a powerwash every year. It’s the same with your home.  

More Tips Guaranteed to Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Home

1. Think Like a Buyer

Walk around your home and look at it with fresh eyes. What looks dingy or worn down? What repairs could you make to really brighten up the exterior of your home?

2. Check Your Digits

Are your house numbers visible? Or are they fading stickers, slowly peeling off the side of the mailbox? One easy way to improve your exterior is to install house numbers that are visible and go with the overall decor of your home.

3. Surfaces Matter, Too

There’s nothing more off-putting than seeing a layer of greenish mold on a house’s siding, or looking at an oil-stained driveway or patio. Have you considered a power-wash? An occasional wash can keep your surfaces looking spick-and-span.

4. Invest in Plants

Whether you plan an extensive landscaping project, or simply place a few potted plants in your entryway, greenery is an inexpensive way to bring spring to your yard and add to your curb appeal.

5. Beautify Your Windows

Are your windows treated? When people look at your home, do they see crooked blinds and peeling window sills? Or bright, clean windows with interesting window treatments? It’s up to you.

6. Lighten up …

When it gets dark, do things get a little scary at your place? The warm glow of a porch light or walkway lights can instantly add a friendly, welcoming feel to your place. You can also use lights to highlight your landscaping or your home’s best exterior features.

7. Don’t Forget the Details

Add paint and spruce up the details … You don’t have to paint an entire house to reap the benefits of a fresh coat on your front door, trim and shutters. Choose a color that compliments your home and adds a little pop. Then, accessorize with a new welcome mat, pottery, or patio furniture.

SNL Painting Inc. Can Make Your Exterior Shine

If winter has done a number on your exterior and you want to go ahead and schedule a new exterior paint job, call on us … our experts can help you achieve the look you want.

Why Wallpaper? Here are 3 Reasons and 8 Trends that will Convince You

Maybe you haven’t considered wallpaper since the early 80s. Maybe the idea of lining up wallpaper patterns just right makes you sweat with anxiety. Whatever the reason, it seems that many of us shy away from this particular wall covering.

Here’s the thing … with easy-to-install modern wallpaper in trendy patterns, you shouldn’t worry! Wallpaper has changed since the last time you tried to do it yourself with sticky glue, a bucket of water, and a lot of cursing. Today’s hottest patterns aren’t about paisley or farm animals. They’re actually well-designed and stylish!

Here are a few other reasons you might want to consider wallpaper, and what the hottest wallpaper trends are this year …

Why Choose Wallpaper Over Paint?

Paint can only do so much. While it can provide smooth, all-over color, it can’t hide all wall imperfections or reveal your personality in quite the same way wallpaper can. More than any other wall covering, wallpaper can add character and make a space feel elegant and put-together. If a room is dull with no interesting architectural features, wallpaper can make it shine. And if you want something unique for your home, a bold-patterned wallpaper is the best way to go.

Here are three more reasons to give wallpaper a fresh look:

1. Wallpaper is Economical

When you consider the long-term care of your wall covering, wallpaper starts to make a lot of sense. Not only is most wallpaper today easy to clean, it lasts up to 10 years.

2. Wallpaper Adds Interest to Your Home

Let’s face it. Most interiors today are boxy and bland. Without molding, arches, or trim to add architectural detail, it’s sometimes hard to spruce up a modern home. Enter wallpaper. With the right pattern, you can add a paneled affect, highlight a focal point, or create architectural interest where there was none.

3. Wallpaper Provides a Design Theme for Your Home  

With an endless variety of colors and patterns, wallpaper can help you set a theme for your home and carry that theme through every room of your house.

8 Wallpaper Trends for 2018

If you are decorationally challenged and aren’t sure where to start with wallpaper, let us help! There are plenty of trendy options that can make your home the envy of the neighborhood. Here are 8 to explore …

  1. A traditional pattern, but in a fresh color. Think: paisley in turquoise or pink!
  2. Stripes: Timeless and versatile, stripes can make any room a little classier.
  3. Metallics … Give floral wallpaper a chic look by adding a little metallic sheen in rose gold or silver.
  4. Large-scale florals – Blow up a peony pattern on a dark background. You won’t believe how lush and stylish your space will feel.
  5. Art Deco: Trust us, it’s just as stylish now as it was a hundred years ago.
  6. Faux textured wallpapers to add interest to a boring room.
  7. Geometric patterns in a neutral color can add a little personality without overpowering a room.
  8. Botanical prints are super trendy, and easy to do if you want your home to pop with style.

Call Us if You’d Like to Give Wallpaper a Try

If you’d like to hand off a wallpapering job to a professional, contact us! We don’t just paint, we can refresh your home with wallpaper or faux finishes. We stand behind our work and we’re happy to give you a free estimate.

Refresh Your Home With 2018 Color Trends

It’s a new year, and if you’ve been considering a fresh start, think about how beneficial a redesigned interior can be to the feel of your home or business.

In addition to providing professional paint jobs for homes and businesses, we try to keep up with designer color trends each new year. Gray, violet, and taupe were the go-to colors in 2017, but designers will be going deeper, bolder, and earthier in 2018. Take a look at these predictions and edgy color choices!

Searching for Serenity with Grounding Interior Paint Colors

Life is always stressful, but the last couple of years have felt particularly strained. Maybe that’s why so many designers are looking for serenity in the colors they choose. Behr’s color of the year, for instance, is a tranquil spruce blue. Inspired by nature, this combination of blue, gray, and green tones evokes a feeling of calm. Appropriately named “In The Moment,” this color is versatile enough to use in the home or office, both interior and exterior. We predict it will be requested often in the new year.

The experts at Elle Decor and Sherwin-Williams agree that colors promoting harmony and sincerity will be key in 2018. Sherwin-Williams director Sue Wadden says that soft, washed neutrals, greens, and pinks help create “an environment to disconnect and recharge.” If you’ve been craving a tech or media-free zone, consider immersing yourself in one of these earthy tones.

Going Deeper and Darker with Bold Colors

Going bold means reveling in purple and black shades this year. The PPG color of the year is a deep slate color that they’re calling “Black Flame.” Dee Schlotter, PPG’s marketing manager for Olympic paint, says consumers “crave deep, comforting colors that offer a welcomed escape from the chaos of daily life.” That’s why she’s gone away from a more open, breezy look toward a combination of indigo and black that seems to embrace you in luxurious depth. Glidden has followed this trend with a color of the year they call “Deep Onyx.” According to Trendir, black is a powerful statement that will be a huge design element in 2018.

If purple is more your style, consider Pantone’s “Ultra Violet.” This rich shade will make your space feel energetic, even magical! Or consider a lively red with Benjamin Moore’s choice, “Caliente.” If you’ve wanted to add drama to your environment, now’s the time. As an accent color, or combined with neutral furniture, these choices can really spice up your home or workplace.

Finding your Power Color in 2018

Pink stands for power in 2018. Pantone predicts that the millennial pink color that’s dominated color lists for the last couple of years will shift into more complex shades this year. Graham & Brown have picked a dusty rose shade they call “Penelope” for their color of the year. This shade is simple and neutral enough to use at home or at the workplace for a chic, sophisticated look. It’s much more grown up than the bubble gum pink you may remember from childhood.

What’s your opinion? Will you unplug and relax in a calming sanctuary? Wrap yourself in a deep dark blanket of color? Or shine a glowing, positive pink in the new year? Whichever you choose, we can help give your home or business a smooth, professional look you’re sure to love. Let us know how we can refresh your space!

Paint Finishes: The Right Paint for Each Room in Your Home

When the weather gets cold many of us turn our attention to making the interior of our home as cozy and warm as possible. For some, that means a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a kitchen or bedroom.

How Do You Decide Which Paint Finish is Best?

When you go to the hardware store, you face several decisions: Color, first of all, but also finish. What do the different paint finishes really mean? How important are they to the final look of your room? Which should you use for a kitchen, living room, bathroom, or bedroom?

We recommend that you first consider the needs of each particular room. Ask yourself how much traffic the room will get, and how durable the paint needs to be. We generally advise customers to consider both shine and durability when they make their choice. The descriptions below will help, too: 

Flat or Matte  

Flat or Matte paint is the cheapest, but it’s tough to clean. Because the sheen on this paint is so low, it soaks up light rather than reflecting it. It provides a lot of coverage, and it’s a money-saver, but we don’t recommend it for high-traffic areas. Save this paint finish for adult bedrooms or other interior rooms that won’t be smudged up by kids or pets.

Eggshell

One step up on the shine scale is the popular eggshell finish. This paint provides a low sheen with just a little velvety luster. It covers imperfections well and it’s pretty durable, so it’s a great choice for dining rooms or other gathering spaces.  

Satin

This paint finish has a rich luster, and it’s easy to clean! So, it’s an excellent choice for high-traffic areas like family rooms, hallways, or kids’ bedrooms. The only thing to watch out for is the application. Unfortunately, this paint tends to show brush strokes, so paint with caution.  Once applied, it’s a nice, durable choice.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-Gloss is highly durable, which makes it perfect for rooms exposed to moisture or grease. Many people use it for kitchens or bathrooms because it’s so easy to clean. This paint can handle just about anything you throw at it.

High Gloss

High Gloss paint is the most durable of all paint sheens. It’s also the easiest to clean. For this reason, we recommend it for cabinets, trim, and doors – any area that will be frequently touched. It may be a little too shiny for interior walls, though. And be careful! Paint this shiny requires a lot of prep work so blemishes don’t show.

Count on SNL Painting Inc. to Provide Expertise

Still confused? Give our experts a call! We can give you advice or even do the work for you! Our professionals treat your home as if it were our own, taking time and care to do the job right.

Winter Weather Can Be Damaging to Exterior Paint: Here’s What You Should Know

If you’ve put off painting the exterior of your house, you may just have to keep putting it off. At least for the next few months. It’s getting frosty outside, and unfortunately, the cold weather can be rough on your exterior paint. In fact, it may be contributing to peeling or discoloration!

What Does Winter Weather Do to Your Exterior Paint?

According to research done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, interior condensation combined with a cold exterior temperature can cause paint to peel and chip.

The damage comes from two sides. Your family produces water vapor during the day by doing ordinary things like cooking or washing clothes. Because ventilation isn’t as effective in the wintertime, water vapor becomes trapped in the attic and walls. When this water vapor condenses, it can soak into your siding or your outside paint job, causing the paint to peel.

From the outside of your home, snow and ice can linger in the eaves and gutters. As the ice melts, it seeps down, doing even more damage to your exterior paint job. That’s why the paint around your roof line, kitchen, and laundry room tends to deteriorate faster. If the caulk around doors or window frames is damaged, you can have problems in those areas, too.

Exterior Paint Problems Can Be Avoided, Even in Winter

The good news is that exterior paint problems can be avoided, even in cold weather. With proper insulation and moisture barriers, and sufficient ventilation, you can avoid the condensation problem described above. We recommend that you install a solid 6-mil polyethylene vapor barrier in crawl spaces and exterior walls. Also, be sure to properly vent kitchens, bathrooms, and clothes dryers to the outside. This will reduce the amount of moisture that seeps into your paint, and keep your exterior looking nice longer.

Pay Close Attention to Temperature Guidelines When You Paint Your Exterior

If you’ve been wanting to repaint your home, the best thing for you to do during cold weather is wait. Don’t try to replace peeling paint or put a second coat on faded color during the winter.

If you want to be better prepared, check the labels on your paint for recommended temperatures. Generally, the standard minimum is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. However, each brand of paint is different. We recommend that users apply paint only in the recommended range for the best coverage.

What’s the problem with painting in the cold? Unfortunately, it can shorten the paint’s drying time, which can cause poor surface adhesion. This often results in bubbling or cracking on your exterior surface. If your leftover paint freezes, that will damage the product as well. We recommend storing your paint indoors.

If You Need Expert Advice, SNL Painting Inc can Help

If you’d like more expert advice, or if you want to schedule a paint job before this year’s big freeze, contact SNL Painting Inc! We’re happy to help, no matter how low the temps drop outside.

 

 

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