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How to Clean and Otherwise Prep a Wall for Painting

Among the reasons professional painters do an exceptional job is their in-depth knowledge about why and how to prep a wall for painting. It’s not all about the brush strokes but rather what you do before you pick up the paintbrush that makes the biggest difference in the outcome. If you follow the tips below on how to prep a wall for painting, you greatly increase the potential for satisfactory results.

 

How to Clean a Wall Before Painting

Any paint job will be ruined if the wall surface is dirty. DIY painters are typically aware of this and seek answers on how to clean a wall before painting. Paint can adhere to a wall only if the surface is clean. It may not look like it, but walls are commonly soiled with such things as dirt, dust, grime, grease, the nicotine from tobacco smoke, and residue from candles and fires in fireplaces. Cleaning is essential.

 

What Kind of Wall Cleaning Solutions are Needed?

There is no single answer to which wall cleaning solutions are appropriate for walls because it depends on the particular wall being painted. However, in most cases, the only supplies needed for cleaning are mild soap, warm water, and a gentle scrubbing sponge. Grease-cutting detergent is typically required in kitchens, where surfaces tend to be oily and greasy. Whichever cleaning solution you use, follow up by wiping the wall down with a clean, damp cloth. Read on to see all the steps for prepping a wall for painting.

 

How to Prep a Wall for Painting in 6 Steps:

An overview of how to prep your wall for painting is below:

  1. Clean the wall, referring to the information above on how to clean a wall before painting and what wall cleaning solutions to use.
  2. Fully sand the wall and, as needed, scrape the wall’s surface. A paint scraper is used for areas where the paint is cracked or flaking. Remove all bumps, drips, and imperfections.
  3. Patch holes and fill gaps. Apply a thin bead of caulk on any gaps between the wall and molding. With a putty knife, fill holes in the wall. Joint compound is used for drywall and patching compound for plaster. Afterward, sand, smooth, patch, and prime areas, as needed.
  4. After the sanding and patching is completed, it is important to again wipe down the walls and remove any grit from sanding, etc.
  5. Apply painters’ tape to protect wall trim and wall sconces.
  6. Apply high-quality primer to the wall, which serves multiple purposes. Primer helps to hide small imperfections. It also seals the surface of the wall and prevents the paint from being soaked up. Allow the wall to dry completely before painting.

 

Call SNL Painting Inc. Today

In the St. Louis MO area, SNL Painting provides high-quality interior and exterior painting with a smile. Our teams of professionals not only know how to prep a wall for painting, but they also take care to do the job of wall prep right. We know what it takes to produce top-quality professional results and we do it! For the best interior and exterior residential and commercial painting in and around St. Louis, call SNL Painting Inc. at (636) 724-6829 today.

Options in Types of Wall Paint Finishes & Textures

For interior painting projects, you can avoid regrets by learning about your options in types of wall paint finishes and textures before you begin. Once walls are painted, decades often pass before painting is needed again. A job done well has a daily payoff for many years to come. It all starts with choosing not only the right paint color but the right paint finish or an alternative texture. A lot of painting companies will attempt to steer you towards a flat finish for the best “look”, but be wary. Many times it’s in the painter’s best interest to use flat. Flat hides the most imperfections, is the easiest to make look nice on the wall for the painter, and in many cases is the lowest cost option for the painter to purchase. Also note that flat as well as any of the below finishes can come in varying levels of quality…be sure to ask! All interior paints are NOT created equal! An attentive painting contractor will ask questions about your goals for the space, use of the space, and how you want your paint to perform long-term before suggesting the right quality and sheen for your application. If the painting contractor you invited over for a bid stresses using flat regardless of your goals, think twice before agreeing, and we recommend a second or third opinion

 

Types of Wall Paint Finishes

There are various types of wall paint finishes, and the different types of wall paint are references to “sheen.” The surface texture of a paint determines the way light bounces off the wall’s painted surface. The different sheens have certain qualities that make them better for some rooms than others. Below is information about the six different paint finishes, which rooms they are typically used in, and why.

 

1-Flat Paint finish

Recommended for ceilings, closets, dining rooms, home theatres, guest bedrooms and other rooms with low traffic or usage. Flat does not wipe off well, and will often “burnish,” or leave a slightly shiny mark, after attempting to wipe it off or rubbing up against it. Has zero or almost zero shine, and economy flats cannot be wiped off or cleaned without some of the paint coming off. Even “washable” flats can burnish, so proceed with caution. Flat is the easiest sheen to touch up of all of the sheens. Builders favor flat paint to make a new drywall job look good and also because the multitude of trades required to build a new house will always ensure touch up is needed.

 

2-Matte Paint Finish

Also can be labeled as a “flat enamel” – matte paints will get most of the look of a flat with most of the durability of an eggshell. Most matte paints can be wiped off without burnishing, have decent touch-up characteristics, and can be used in most areas depending on the manufacturer and level of quality chosen. Matte paints have become more shiny over the years, as “Flat” and “Matte” at one time were used interchangeably, but not any more. Matte finishes have grown in popularity and quality over the years in response to designers and consumers desiring less shiny walls that can still have enough durability to be cleaned and rubbed up against without leaving marks. As a result, matte finishes have gotten some shine added to them, and the amount of shine can vary wildly depending on the paint manufacturer. SNL Painting uses matte on the majority of the walls we paint as its quality and versatility have given us the green light to use it most anywhere.

 

3-Eggshell Paint Finish

Recommended for hallways, stairwells, kitchens, powder rooms, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Works anywhere, but be wary as some eggshell finishes have become more shiny in recent years. Eggshell used to be the go-to finish for all areas before “matte” finish became durable enough to knock it out of the top spot. In the late ‘90’s and early 2000’s eggshell reigned supreme as the wall finish of choice, and is still extremely popular and versatile. You can find the eggshell sheen also labeled as “low lustre,” and “velvet” depending on the manufacturer. Eggshell has a slight angular sheen, can be more durable than matte depending on manufacturer and level of quality chosen.

 

4-Satin Paint Finish

The original eggshell finish. Back in the day there was flat, satin, and gloss…look at those sheen levels like the primary colors. All other sheens are merely mixes of those three. We could even go as far as all sheens are merely a mixture of flat and gloss with satin being a 50/50 mix of the two! Flat on the ceiling, satin on the walls, and gloss on the trim was the standard prescription for your home. Family rooms, hallways, kids’ bedrooms, bathrooms, and foyers are ideal for adding an easy-to-clean satin paint finish. This type of paint finish is highly durable and has a moderately shiny luster, and to this day if extra durability is desired, go with a satin finish. Satin finishes are more prone to reveal unsightly brush strokes, roller texture, and will show wall imperfections more than the other types of paint listed above. Enjoying beautiful satin paint finish walls is only a sure thing when carefully applied by experienced professional painters like the qualified painters at SNL Painting Inc. in St. Louis MO. Most of the satin paint we install is in kitchens and bathrooms.

 

5-Semi-Gloss and Gloss Paint Finish

Semi-gloss and Gloss are for trim, mantles, doors, frames, windows, baseboards, crown moulding, and built-in shelves, and we will refer to both as semi-gloss for the purposes of this post. Semi-gloss provides a very hard finish with a good amount of shine, and we only use semi-gloss on walls when the client likes shiny walls and has declined our advice to use satin on an interior application. Most exterior applications will be labeled “gloss,” but will semi-gloss and gloss will be comparable in sheen for the most part, again depending on the manufacturer and quality of the paint chosen. When using semi-gloss for horizontal surfaces such as mantles and built-in shelves, look for its level of “block resistance” or “blocking.” Have you ever picked something up from a mantel or built-in shelf and had it sort of stick to the surface? The higher block resistance or “resistance to blocking” and paint has, the less things will stick to the surface. Latex (water based) semi gloss paints are also frequently used on handrails and wall caps, and if a lesser grade semi gloss is chosen, skin oils will destroy a highly-touched surface in short order. When your paint surface becomes “gummy” and can easily be scraped off with a fingernail, it does not get along with skin oils. There are water based semi-gloss paints on the market today with urethane technology built into them that are much more resistant to skin oils than in years past. Be sure to ask your contractor about the differences, as like the other sheens, not all semi-gloss paints are created equal!

 

4-High-Gloss Paint Finish

Bling! Aside from being harder to find than the above sheens, high-gloss paints are shine-y! The paints that look wet even when dry are in the high-gloss category. Accent pieces such as mantles, handrails, and the occasional front door may receive a high-gloss paint, and high gloss will be the hardest finish when cured. These are used sparingly and are difficult to apply because they will show every brush stroke and imperfection in the substrate. High-gloss pieces should stand out when complete as an attention-grabbing showpiece. Occasionally you will find a whole study painted in high-gloss for a dramatic effect. Expect to pay more for this kind of finish due to the prep work and skill required to produce a nice looking result.

 

Types of Wall Textures

Options in the application and use of paint textures are only limited by the imagination. Textures on walls can achieve a vast range of effects. For instance, textured paint can have a gritty, rough look that produces a rustic effect. The following simply names a few of the many types of wall textures, some of which can be achieved by adding the texture to the paint, some must be applied prior to painting:

  • Crows’ feet
  • Popcorn
  • Stomp brush
  • Orange peel
  • Comb
  • Knockdown, which is similar to stucco
  • Sand swirl

With teams of professional painters offering residential and commercial exterior and interior painting, SNL Painting Inc. is known for providing the some of the best in custom painting in the St. Louis area. We specialize in applying and repairing all types of wall textures and high-quality paint finishes. Customer service is a top priority, which means that we are more than happy to help you through picking the best sheen, paint quality, and help pick your paint colors in addition to providing top-quality interior and exterior painting services. Give SNL Painting Inc. a call today at (636) 724-6829.

How Accent Wall Painting Boosts Home Design

Accent wall painting started out as a fad but has become an enduring trend because of the many ways it gives home design a nice boost. Walls are somewhat bland until you paint an accent wall. The accent wall itself becomes an eye-pleasing focal point. Painting an accent wall has the potential to create a variety of effects that completely alter a room. Whether you are interested in painting an accent wall in your living room, a bedroom, or in any other room of your home, the following can help.

What is an Accent Wall For?

An accent wall is usually painted a different color than the other walls, but there are other creative ways an accent wall is achieved. For instance, you might want to add elaborate wood paneling on one wall and paint it the same color as the other walls in the room. The basic idea behind an accent wall is to create a desired effect. More examples follow:

  • The color change of one wall in a room, usually to a darker shade, can make a small, closed-in room look and feel more spacious.
  • Large areas are often made more comfortable by adding a wall of some type, but an accent wall can bring about the desired separation without any major alterations.
  • Texture on a wall adds dimension to a room, and it can be done by adding wallpaper, stone, or brick to one wall.
  • If there is an architectural feature, piece of furniture, or painting that you want to highlight, adding an accent wall can effectively realize that goal.

Painting an Accent Wall in a Bedroom

The great thing about painting an accent wall in a bedroom is that bedrooms are typically claimed as our own personal spaces. Unlike painting an accent wall in the living room, your choices aren’t driven by making an impact in your home in general, where family and friends gather. The choice you make for your bedroom can and should be based entirely on personal preference. The following are examples from among countless options, particularly if you get the help of experienced professionals:

  • If there is a certain atmosphere with textural elements you want that seems a bit elaborate, it’s possible one of many different painting techniques may be applied so that painting alone achieves the desired results, such as creating the appearance of a stained concrete wall.
  • As an option to hanging framed art, create an accent wall that in itself displays patterned artwork of your choosing.
  • If you like a dramatic, moody retreat, go with a dark accent wall in a room with other walls in a dark shade. The secret to ensuring needed balance is to add plenty of lighting in the room.

Contact Accent Wall Painting Experts

For homes and businesses in the St. Louis MO area, the accent wall painting experts to call on are at SNL Painting Inc. The dedicated, experienced professionals at SNL can create and paint any type of accent wall desired and provide ideas you might want to consider. Start enjoying the benefits of an accent wall in your home or business today by calling SNL Painting Inc. at 636-724-6829. We offer free no-obligation estimates.

Sell Your Home with Fool-Proof Paint Colors

A sure-fire strategy to boost the appeal of your home in the sight of potential homebuyers is to paint dingy, outdated, or too-bold interiors and exteriors. The odds of selling quickly are greatly improved if you choose paint colors that are known to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. It’s great if you’ve enjoyed unique wall colors in your home! If you want to sell with as little delay as possible, however, get ready to call SNL Painting Inc. The professionals at SNL have expertise that makes all the difference in the outcome of any paint project.

With the following paint color tips, you could make doubly sure the new interior and/or exterior paint job on your home draws the interest of buyers.

 

Interior Paint

As homebuyers tour homes, they respond to the feeling that they have entered a place where they belong. It’s natural to imagine their décor placed in the various rooms. As the seller, you are very smart to encourage the imagination of buyers by presenting an attractive but virtually blank canvas. Dark colors, in general, should be avoided. The hues should work with just about any color scheme prospective buyers may prefer for their furnishings.

 

Taupe

Although taupe falls in the category of neutral colors, it is anything but dull. You can choose from a variety of shades. The undertones make subtle but significant distinctions in paint colors. Taupe, for instance, can have a gray or brown undertone. An exciting yet remarkably sophisticated option is taupe with a lavender undertone.

 

Light Gray

There are many shades of every color. Keep in mind that selling a home is easier when you don’t go too dark with any interior paint colors. Light gray is a cool paint color and, these days, it’s preferable to warm beige. A cool light gray room has a soothing atmosphere that creates a sense of calm. The color can also give a room brightness and make it look open and inviting.

 

White

A neutral space can always be created with white paint, but the real question is: What shade of white? There are more options in white than you might imagine. Stay away from the clinical, too-sterile look of stark white and the dated look of white with intense undertones of yellow. Blue undertones or tinges of gray undertones are perfect options for white walls.

 

Exterior Paint

If your house has a weather-beaten look, don’t hesitate to call SNL Painting. Attracting the notice of interested homebuyers practically demands great curb appeal. Landscaping is nice but nothing can beat a fresh exterior paint job. Choosing the paint color begins with a consideration of other homes in the neighborhood and the colors in nature that surround your house. Avoid clashing with neighbors while ensuring that you make an outstanding statement of some kind.

 

Greige

There is a debate these days in which it is widely argued that greige is possibly the best neutral color ever. It is a combination of beige and gray, and it is arguably the perfect pallet for selling a home. You can switch the gray-to-beige ratio to create warm and cool shades of greige—preferably a ratio that creates the ideal match for the utmost in curb appeal. Various shades of greige follow:

  • Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172
  • Behr Silver Drop 790C-2
  • Benjamin Moore Gray Mist 962
  • Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breathe No. 229

 

Gray

For an on-trend color that helps to create an ultra-modern look, you may want to choose light gray, such as Sherwin Williams Modern Gray. A darker shade that may be perfect for your home is dark gray, such as Prestige Shaker Grey or any other of the many gorgeous options.

 

Sage Green

Another modern color is one with an earthy tone that beautifully accentuates landscaping, trim, and other elements that may come into play. Sage green, such as Valspar Sparkling Sage, may be the ideal shade to give your home unbeatable curb appeal.

 

Call SNL for an Unbeatable Paint Job

Painting may be a common do-it-yourself undertaking, but no one who understands the glaring differences a professional paint job makes would opt for DIY painting when trying to sell a home. SNL Painting was created to elevate the profession by providing craftsmanship of undeniably high quality as well as unrivaled customer service. This is what we do for homeowners in St. Louis MO and the surrounding area. Give us a call today at (636) 724-6829 for home interior and exterior painting that could become your home’s greatest selling point.

Interior Painting Ideas for Modern Business Offices

Younger generations have reshaped office and work life with their expectations for more creative work environments, including accommodating a greater degree of collaboration. More and more employers find they have no choice but to find new modalities to encourage office productivity. Changing the look of bland workspaces is often a must. There’s no need to break the bank, fortunately. Interior paint colors can create just what today’s office workers are looking for. Here are some interesting and affordable interior painting ideas for modern business offices.

Get Inspired With Every Coat

Inspired employees are typically happier, better employees. And let’s face it. Plain beige walls aren’t inspiring, though they may set the right mood for napping. Could your office use some refashioning with paint? It’s probably the most cost-effective approach to boosting employees’ moods and energy. Ideas for giving your office walls and your employees a lift follow:

  • Go bold by having professionals paint a graphic design on your office walls. The atmosphere will be the opposite of boring if stripes, polka dots, or modern creative images are painted on the walls.
  • Paint in colors associated with the company brand using a complementary design, as well.
  • Eliminating stress is always a good thing. You could choose interior paint colors that are known to be calming but look good enough that they also inspire efficiency. Such hues include Behr’s Purple Potion (S100-5) with Swiss Coffee (12) trim; and, for a Zen office, Behr’s green Back to Nature (S340-4) with Sleek White (OR-W15).

Boost Productivity Using Paint!

According to science, color impacts our lives by stirring up emotions and putting us in certain dispositions. The secrets of color can be used in an office setting, which is really quite brilliant. Productivity, they say, is everything these days, and the following are colors known to inspire creativity and productivity:

  • Blue is a color categorized as “intellectual.” It’s associated with efficiency, logic, communication, and trust. Anywhere focus and mental exertion are needed, using blue interior paint is ideal.
  • Any area in the workplace where physical exertion is the order of the day, red paint is a great color to use. Red is associated with excitement, strength, and courage.
  • To stimulate creativity, positivity, and happiness in the workplace, paint with yellow.

Feng Shui Paint Colors for your Office

A positive, calming office environment has never been more desirable than it is now, and perhaps that’s because of the overarching influence of technology. Feng Shui is a practice that operates on creating a flow of “good chi,” which is positive energy, throughout the room. Paint color schemes utilizing the five Chinese elements of water, earth, wood, fire, and metal can help to energize employees while also creating an atmosphere of serenity. Paint ideas that coordinate with Feng Shui include:

  • Earth tones represent earth elements. Gold, brown, tan, terra cotta, and pale yellow can all promote a stabilizing environment.
  • The color representative of water, various shades of blue are ideal for office spaces in which potentially stressful deadline-oriented work is done. Dark, rich blues promote the greatest levels of tranquility, comfort, and peacefulness. Lighter blues are credited with promoting harmony, personal growth, and restoration.
  • The color white is an important and powerful color that represents the metal element. White is a high-intensity color that vibrates with focus, cleanliness, new possibilities, and purity. White should be used sparsely, however, so as not to create an overly focused, tense atmosphere.
  • A more tranquil shade than purple, lavender promotes clarity, creativity, and determination. The office paint color to represent fire, lavender is perfect.
  • Green, with nourishing vibrations, is the shade for the wood element. The color promotes a soothing connection to nature and balance in the body.

Contact SNL Painting for a free estimate to implement any of these ideas. Or let us help bring your ideas to life!  It makes sense to invest in your office atmosphere with new interior paint colors. SNL Painting Inc. can make it easy for you to give employees a productivity boost with strategically chosen paint colors and styles for the walls. Our professionals at SNL Painting have the expertise to get commercial painting done quickly and with the least inconvenience possible. Call SNL Painting today at (636) 724-6829 and we’ll help you upgrade your office environment with interior painting.

The Benefits of Hiring a Pro for Your Commercial Paint Job

If you own a business, you likely know plenty about extra expenses. One expense you may be wondering about is the cost of a new paint job this summer. Can your business afford it? More importantly, can you afford NOT to update your company with a fresh coat of paint?  

Whether you are a property manager or small business owner, the way you paint and present your property matters. An aesthetically pleasing hotel or boutique will draw more customers. Even warehouses and auto repair shops need an exterior that isn’t faded, chipped, or outdated.

Here are a few tips on commercial painting for the business owners out there …

What You Should Know About Commercial Painting

Commercial painting is, in some ways, more detailed and time-consuming than residential painting. You’re not just painting for your family, who won’t mind a few mistakes, you’re painting to impress potential customers.

We understand that business and property owners look for cost savings wherever they can find them. However, an interior or exterior paint job is not something you can skimp on!

Do you want a building facade that stands out? Do you want your employees to be comfortable and productive? Do you want to attract future residents? If so, then the quality of your paint job matters.

A professional painter understands the type of paint to choose for each job and can give you accurate time and cost estimates, advice which can be invaluable. A professional painting service can also give you a high quality job, from start to finish.

4 Reasons Hiring a Pro is Your Best Bet

  • They’re certified, and that matters.  

Certification demonstrates that these painters have been trained and are capable of doing a job correctly the first time. Protect your investment and verify that the painters you choose are licensed to do the job.

  • Efficiency means time and money saved.

If you’ve ever had to correct a big job or start over, you know how time-consuming that can be. Hiring a professional guarantees that you won’t have to buy more paint, and take more time, interrupting your business and costing you more than you planned.

  • Professionals provide design expertise for a variety of projects. 

There are different considerations that go into painting a hotel versus a dentist’s office. With the right experience, professionals can help you with color and texture selections.

  • A contract protects you and your bottom line.

When you hire a professional, you sign a contract. That means the parameters of the job are clear, and the price is stable. Contracts ensure a complete and above-board job.  

Call on the Experts When it’s Time to Paint Your Business Property

If you haven’t updated the interior or exterior of your small business or rental property in awhile, summer is a great time to do it. If this sounds like the kind of chore you’d rather hire out, let us know! Our professional painters have plenty of experience, and we’re happy to make your business property look as good as new!

 

 

 

Why are House Painting Costs so High?

Tell us if you’ve heard this one. Your spouse claims that the cost of a professional house painting job is simply too high. “I can do it all myself,” he says.

Hundreds of dollars and twice as many curse words later, he admits that you should have gone ahead and hired that professional.

Why Spend Money on a Painting Professional?

We get it. It’s expensive to hire someone. But if having a nice-looking home is a priority, the extra cost may be worth the investment.

If any of these questions go through your mind, you may want to hire this big job out:

  • Do you have enough time to devote to this project?
  • Are you meticulous about prep work?
  • Have you considered all of the steps you’ll have to take to ensure a clean job?
  • Are you prepared to do this all again in a year or two if you realize it’s not increasing the value of your home?
  • Are you willing to forego curb appeal for the hassles of DIY?
  • Do you want to try a particular texture on an interior wall, but you’ve never done it before? Do you mind if it comes out less than perfect?
  • Have you calculated the cost of paint, supplies, plastic sheeting, and the other things you’ll need to get the job done right?
  • Have you considered the steps you’ll need to take to be successful?

For many do-it-yourself-ers, getting it right the first time takes more money, labor, and time than they anticipate. As one online commenter wrote, “paying for a crew of people helped me get done in a week what would have taken me a year. That’s the value of hiring out.”

Professionals Can Do all the Specialized Work that You Can’t

Keep in mind that painting is one of those jobs that can vary widely. If you’re painting interior walls, you’ll need to plan ahead. Doing the job right may mean patching bad areas, sanding the walls, painting a coat and sanding again, etc. Whether you’re a home or business owner, first impressions matter. Visitors will remember a sloppy paint job.

The “wow” factor matters even more when you plan an exterior paint job. Even if you feel confident on a ladder and know how to use a paint roller, you’re more likely to achieve that smooth, all-over covering you’re going for if you let a pro handle the tough spots. After all, there’s nothing worse than having the scruffiest looking house in the neighborhood. Hiring a reliable painting company results in better durability and more even coverage, which all saves you money in the long run.

The Professional Painter’s Process

We care for our clients’ homes as if they were our own. And it shows in the materials we use and the process we’ve perfected:

  • For interior painting jobs, we move or cover pieces of heavy furniture, so you don’t have to.
  • We carefully remove or secure curtains and blinds.
  • We cover cabinets with plastic sheeting.
  • Fill, sand, and smooth any imperfections on your walls.
  • Paint walls, ceilings, baseboards, etc.
  • Vacuum and return furniture to its original location. Reinstall blinds.
  • Label and store any remaining paint, just in case.
  • For exterior paint jobs, we power wash your home’s exterior.
  • Scrape loose paint and prime damaged areas for painting.
  • Inspect seams and protect any areas not being painted.
  • Paint any surface, including trim, with two coats of premium exterior paint.
  • Clean up completely after the job is done.

Are You Ready to Transform Your Home? SNL Painting Inc. can Help!

If you’ve got a Honey-Do list a mile long, give our professional painters a call. We can do the job right the first time, saving you time, money, and your sanity!

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.  

 

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!

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.

 

 

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