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paint contractorsLet’s face it: many of us suffer from the fear factor of choosing the wrong colour when planning for home painting. The beauty of it is, part of the convenience of using paint is also the ease of changing it. You don’t have to commit to one colour forever.

If you are unhappy with a particular shade, don’t just cower in shame and live with it. Take a deep breath. How liberating to realize that you can relax and trust your own instincts. If you are truly unhappy with the results, it’s not the end of the world.

The Courage to Move beyond White

Although white (and its merry band of myriad off-whites) will always be a trusted neutral, every once in a while, you understandably feel the urge to try something new. Bolder, deeper, and more interesting. Colours that express your taste and personality. There’s a whole world of them waiting to be discovered and you’re ready to venture into it. But when faced with Continue Reading…

home interior paintingHow many times have you chosen what you thought was exactly the dead-on colour at the paint store, only to coat a couple of walls on the home front, step back to assess and feel truly disappointed? Maybe even confused, wondering how could the paint sample be so different from what I’m seeing now?

Most people think the easiest part of a home interior painting project is selecting the right colour. But it’s more complicated than that, largely due to one key factor that gets easily overlooked: the effects of lighting on paint colour.

Day or Night, Natural or Not?

The lighting in a room has a huge effect on colour. Never pick paint when you’re short of time and without getting a sense of how it will appear in your actual home environment. Here are four situations to note when choosing paint colours. Continue Reading…

exterior painting

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that performing exterior painting in a downpour is not a good plan for success. Even those damp days when drizzle is light but the air feels moist aren’t the best conditions. Jokes abound about Vancouver and perpetual rain, but those of us who live in the area know that there are definitely dry windows of opportunity for the outdoor tasks that need doing.

Exterior painting is no exception. Getting a complete paint job done by professionals at regular intervals is recommended to keep your home, store, office building or warehouse appealing and inviting and the “uglies” away.

Why Exterior Painting in Warmer, Dryer Times?

Painting in damper conditions can result in an uneven coat and faulty drying, plain and simple.

But it’s not just moisture. Exterior painting done in cooler weather means that paint will not only be slow to dry, but Continue Reading…

home interior paintingWhen it comes to home interior painting, no job is too small for a professional painter. Whatever you need done, an efficient and organized professional painter can always make it happen.

If the scope of your painting project is relatively small, such as freshening up the walls in your guest bathroom or walk-in closet, for example, most experienced home painters will be skilled at assessing the time frame and materials required for the job, as well as the cost estimate, through a straightforward, over the phone consultation.

Small Jobs May Eliminate On-Site Assessment Time

The pros are pros for a reason. They know just what questions to ask and can zoom in on the particulars without wasting your time. Your basic description of the room and its size can eliminate the need for and cost of an on-site Continue Reading…

Vancouver painterWhen it comes to painting the exterior of your Vancouver home, after from the all-important decision to leave this tricky and potentially dangerous job to a top-notch professional, the next vexing verdict to be tackled is: What colour will look good?

Aside from popularity, there are a number of factors to consider when making your choice. For instance, have a good second look at the colours of the neighboring homes. Not to say be a total copycat, but do go for reasonable compatibility with the area’s general theme. No one wants to live next to a harshly-hued eyesore.

At the same time, make sure to choose a colour that suits the design of your house. Hiring a Vancouver painter to provide sound advice and show you a full range of choices will alleviate the stress.

Classy Colours for Exterior Painting

1.  Gorgeous Greys

Ask a Vancouver painter and he’ll tell you that grey (and not just those “50 shades”!) has risen in popularity when it comes to colour selection for home exteriors. Grey is valued for having presence while being easy on the eyes and is part of Continue Reading…

Vancouver painterAside from what you might gather from home improvement magazines or DIY project TV programs, painting isn’t always as easy as pie. Here are some excellent tips and good advice from a trusted Vancouver painter to help you avoid the most common pitfalls.

1.      Cracking or flaking

Low-quality paint can cause this unsightly problem. If the cracking doesn’t go down to the substrate, remove the loose paint, sand to feather the edges, prime bare spots and repaint. For cracking that does reach the substrate, remove all paint and prime the wood or plaster before repainting. Apply high-quality paint at the recommended spreading and thinning rates.

2.      Mildew  

In a climate like the Pacific Northwest, where moisture is prevalent much of the year, learn from the experience of a trusted Vancouver painter who Continue Reading…

Stink, stank, stunk… To put it bluntly, if you think the Grinch may have lived in your newly-acquired commercial property, don’t despair too soon.

commercial painterYou’ve acquired the perfect space for your new business, but have just one problem: it stinks! If the place was previously used as a greasy spoon restaurant or longstanding cigar club, for example, then it’s perfectly understandable. But that doesn’t change the fact that it still smells awful. Finding a suitable place for a great price isn’t always easy, so don’t give up on making it just right for your brand new endeavour. With the help of a commercial painter, you can make that place smell daisy-fresh and ready for business!

Clean Walls before Commercial Painter Starts

If the premises are greasy or smoky-smelling, for example, then you definitely need to clean the walls. Consider using a sponge mop and TSP, but avoid using this on textured ceilings. If there’s been too much odor absorption in the textured ceiling surface or Continue Reading…

painting contractorsWhen planning for interior painting in your home, the first thing you automatically think of is freshening up the walls. Most people often forget about also taking care of baseboards and molding, the trim around windows and doors, and last but not least, the ceilings. Remember that the surfaces of a room don’t exist in isolation; you’d be surprised how yellowed and dingy ceilings can look, for example, next to newly painted walls.

Before receiving a firm estimate from and finalizing an agreement with your painting contractors, you should examine your intended painting project areas as carefully and thoroughly as possible to make those all-important decisions about what definitely does and doesn’t need to be rescued with some cosmetic repair and a fresh coat of colour.

Prior to Painting Contractors, Examine Trim and Ceilings, Too

Consider each room or area to be painted more or less in sections or as a collection of components, examining all trim in one go, for example, so nothing gets missed. Walls are generally a given, of course, but do take note specifically of Continue Reading…

Special Project: Re-painting a Fireplace

Fireplace Repaint ProjectThis is an actual fireplace re-painting project.

Although the original fireplace had a nice oak surround and there was nothing wrong with it, the look did not fit the homeowner’s new décor so they asked us to paint it.

Steps For Painting the Fireplace

First the firebox was sealed with plastic to ensure no dust or ash drifted onto the fresh paint. Next it was primed so that the new paint would stick to the glossy varnish and tiles. Finally, it was coated in a hard-wearing enamel as the finish coat.

The very hard to reach areas were sprayed with Continue Reading…

condo paintingAs the race for space in city settings intensifies, it’s no secret that condominium units have become so prevalent and popular. Whether high-rise or low, you want your own condo unit to be as personal as possible, with a welcoming feel and attractive décor. The very first step in that direction is to choose the best possible colour for your interior condo painting.

Colour lies at the heart of almost any design concept, and creating a cozy condo haven is no exception. The predominant colour you select will have a starring role in creating just the right ambiance for the fairly limited space offered by most condominium suites. Want to get your condo painting right the first time? Here are some useful tips to note.

Quick Tips to Consider for Condo Painting:

1.      Extend space with bright colours

When it comes to successful condo painting, interior decorators usually opt for colours that seem to extend the small space afforded by the unit. Bright but neutral colours like cream, white and pale taupe tend to create an illusion of space, especially when compared with darker shades, which may make rooms feel more closed in.

2.      Be true to your own taste

One of the most common mistakes people make when choosing a colour for condo painting is that they consult look-books too much and forget to Continue Reading…

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