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interior feature wallSpring is finally here! The drabness has started to fade away and, although Vancouver still has some rain every once in a while, the flowers have started to appear and the colours are showing their beauty.

For some homeowners, this time of year means a new push toward an aesthetic shift that can change the feel of their living space. Finding a distinct alteration that will provide a much needed change can cause a lot of soul searching.

Many homeowners consider painting the house interior in Spring, but baulk at the idea of a project that might feel as big as renovating the entire house. What aspect of the home could create a drastic shift without committing to a major renovation?

A feature wall could be just the thing. It may seem like such a small change in the overall aesthetic of your home, but do not underestimate the effect it can have on a room.

What is a Feature Wall?

In the most basic sense, a feature wall is the wall in a room that is drastically different from any other. Any visitor to your home will immediately be Continue Reading…

home paintingA great painter has put a lot of time into their craft. Having put enough time into the process, I can immediately see the small and seemingly insignificant things that affect my approach with a home painting project. Whether it’s inside or outside, there are certain aspects that my professional painting crew should understand before starting. I can shed some light here by looking at five inspection points a great painter should know about.

Indoor Checklist for Home Painting

Identifying those small factors that will help set up the best indoor home painting project can be difficult. There are many that I look for, but these are three that tend to stand out. They deal with both the mechanical and aesthetic difficulties of a job.

  • Easy access? How long a job will take can be determined in a large part by how easy it is to get at the surfaces. Covering furniture is the easiest option for a homeowner to avoid paint spills on their possessions, but working around that furniture can Continue Reading…

preparing for a painting job VancouverBefore any interior painting job get underway, there are some simple steps to take that will ensure that your furniture and other belongings remain unscathed and spatter-free, and that your professional painter can complete the project quickly and without the worry of tipping over Great Aunt Gertie’s heirloom vase.

Here’s a handy checklist of the best prep steps you can take ahead of time, for safety and efficiency at every turn.

1. Clear the Room! Lighter furnishings and furniture should be removed from the room whenever possible.

2. To Move & Protect. Shift the heavy furniture to the middle of the room before covering it with plastic sheeting or a canvas drop cloth to protect it from spatters. Tuck in the covering and use masking or painter’s tape to secure it.

3. Keep it Clean. Many people make the mistake of not doing any cleaning at all until the painting job is finished. But any dust particles or other Continue Reading…

good home painting in VancouverTell the truth: are there some old, partly full paint cans taking up room in your basement, crawlspace or garage? Once a home painting job is completed, one of the things that should be done right is the disposal of leftover paint. Any paint that isn’t going to be kept on hand for possible touch-ups down the road should be dealt with responsibly, to ensure that your home remains free of hazards.

Getting rid of old paint (colours that are no longer on your walls) not only saves space, it eliminates confusion when searching for the right colour. Correct methods of paint disposal also mean that the environment doesn’t suffer as a result of a laissez-faire attitude or careless accident.

Responsible Disposal of Oil-Based Paint

  • Check the label to see if it contains lead or any other hazardous materials. (Some older paints require hazardous Continue Reading…

ceiling painters in Vancouver Sooner or later, every home or office space needs some freshening up, and maybe even an entirely new wall treatment following renovations. That’s when a good professional painting job makes all the difference, especially when it comes to the ceilings.

Let’s face it: the area above our heads is the one part of a room that most of us aren’t that keen to work on. The angle is awkward, primer and paint seems to drip and spray more readily (thanks, gravity), and balancing almost always comes into play.

Even if you have an especially long roller handle attachment, it doesn’t take long for the arms and back to start aching. Often the outcome is less than satisfactory, which makes the rest of the room really stand out by comparison.

A Painting Job on Ceilings Differs from Walls

A lot of ceilings were typically finished with spray textured surfaces that create a “spatter” or “popcorn” effect. These days, however, many architects and homeowners prefer Continue Reading…

exterior painters in VancouverElastomeric coating is great for a number of purposes, such as fixing roof leaks, restoring roofs, and for refurbishing stucco. It’s not really considered a kind of paint, but rather, as the name implies, a type of coating. For one, its texture is different from that of paint; it’s thicker, more elastic and more “spreadable.” Due to this thickness and its overall resilience, elastomeric coating also last up to twice as long as regular paint. It can fill in pores, small pits and hairline cracks that may collect dust particles—things that regular paint can’t do as effectively. If these microscopic cracks are not filled, they may serve as a breeding ground for mold spores, mildew and algae.

Elastomeric coating can stretch out in the summer heat but easily returns to its former shape without damage. In addition, since the product contains internally plasticized elastic polymers, it can bridge cracks permanently, preventing new cracks from damaging the elastic surface coating.

Types of Elastomeric Coating

An elastomeric coating is usually made of polymeric ingredients, such as titanium oxide and acrylic, to make it cloudy and reflective. There are several types of Continue Reading…

residential painters in VancouverPlanning to have your home’s exterior painted professionally, but need some key questions answered first? Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that homeowners pose about outdoor painting.

Q: Can paint cover all types of exterior surfaces?

A: Almost everything can be painted. The most common surfaces painted include:

  • Wood siding (usually cedar, redwood or pine); another type of wood siding, called T-111, is harder to keep painted because of the many cracks in the plywood. If your house has T-111 siding that is stained, consider re-staining instead of painting.
  • Vinyl and steel can be painted, but there several things to consider. Generally, painting steel siding is the same as painting other types of siding, but vinyl siding and trim require some extra steps. Consult with your residential painters to Continue Reading…

exterior painter in VancouverMost homeowners tend to use more neutral colours for their home’s exterior. Just drive around a typical neighbourhood and you’ll notice that many Vancouver houses are clad in varying yet relatively subdued shades of cream, green, blue and brown, just to name a few. And there’s no question that they look absolutely fine that way.

If you’re the adventurous, love-something-more-offbeat type, however, perhaps you’re wondering… do really bright colours work well for exterior painting? The answer is… why not? Just remember that bright doesn’t have to mean garish or gaudy. If you’re considering deviating from the norm and making your home stand out using brightly coloured paint, you should step outside the box and give it a try.

Paint Chip Colours Don’t Always Look the Same in Reality

Bear in mind that both bright and dark colours in particular can look quite different on a small sample area versus covering a large surface. Just because an Continue Reading…

commercial painting contractor in VancouverWarehouses, offices, stores and other business outlets need a facelift every so often, and one of the easiest ways to do this is with a fresh coat of paint. Naturally, a painting project of this nature can also affect accessibility to your premises and you want to have it done as quickly as possible for a reasonable price, not too much to ask from a professional contractor who has the necessary experience and know-how.

Getting several estimates is fine, but there’s more to it than that. Before making a decision, make sure you’re clear on just what those quotes include. If an overall cost sounds too good to be true, make sure you’re clear on what the price includes.

Questions to Ask Your Commercial Painting Contractor

Before signing the contract, it is best to understand the parameters of the agreement by asking your commercial painting contractor several questions:

1. How many coats of paint are included in the contract price?

To win the bid for your project, some contractors may Continue Reading…

exterior paintingDespite the fact that we’ve all been exposed to so many different colours since childhood, we sometimes still have trouble deciding on just the right one for the various items and structures around us very day. When you were in grade school, did it really matter that the dog in your colouring book was blue and the grass was orange? You let your imagination run free and enjoyed the result.

Not to suggest that when it comes to picking hues for your home’s vinyl siding and accompanying trim, you should just shut your eyes and arbitrarily spin the colour wheel.

The funny thing about colour, though, is that being compelled to select the “right” one seems to intimidate us, when there really isn’t anything to be scared of. Take a lesson from the child in you; loosen up your outlook and don’t be afraid to get somewhat experimental. We’ve all seen some truly unusual colour combinations that have strayed well outside the box and look awesome.

Exterior Painting Colours: Getting Started

The first thing to consider is the current colour scheme of your home. If you love it, then you can simply replicate it or go with something very Continue Reading…

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