Category Archives: Painting

Fun with Pressure Washers

Remember, you must adjust the nozzle and the distance you hold it from the surface depending on your particular power washer and what you’re washing. You don’t want your power washer to turn into a wood or paint chipper.

  • Garage floor
  • Driveway
  • Vinyl or brick house exterior
  • Fencing
  • Cars and trucks
  • Concrete or tile patios
  • Wood decks
  • Walkways
  • Patio furniture
  • Grills
  • Swimming pools
  • Lawn mowers
  • Mountain Bikes/ATVs
  • Chainsaws
  • Tillers
  • Gutter/Downspouts
  • Scraping Paint
  • High Windows

And finally, maybe a power washer is just the thing to get that ball out of the tree it’s been stuck in since last summer!

Playing With Color On-line

Paint ColorsAre you thinking about refreshing your living space with a new coat of paint? The color combinations you use can help induce moods. Are you looking for something light and invigorating? Or maybe you’re wanting a subdued calming atmosphere.
Outdoor paint choices can make a welcoming ambiance, a standout statement, or let you literally melt into the background.
Make your desired outcome more certain with these sites that allow you to match and play with color.

Glidden – Room visualizer

Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer

Sherwin Williams Visualizer

McCormick Exterior Visualizer

Valspar Virtual Painter

Choosing the Right Paint for your Kitchen Remodel

Choosing the right colors for your new kitchen is fun and getting it right is rewarding. No one can really tell you what colors to choose because what is right for you may not be right for others, so do not be afraid to express your own ideas. Here are a few things to consider as you flip though color samples.

Consider your Purpose

If you have plans to sell your home soon you should absolutely choose neutral colors. No matter how beautiful and esthetically pleasing you think your color scheme is, I can almost guarantee the people your realtor brings to your home will not agree. Stick with white, shades of white, earth tones, and greys. This will allow your buyers to add color as they see fit. It will also insure that the kitchen will match their furnishings and décor.

On the other hand, if you plan to stay in your home for a while, you should use the color scheme you and your family love best.

What type of paint?

You should use a good semi-gloss or gloss for kitchen surfaces. The kitchen is a place where surfaces get grimy easily and quickly. You need to be able to wipe those surfaces down and the paint need to hold up to this routine cleaning.

Decide on the finish for your cabinets first

You can go with a natural or stained wood finish or you can paint your cabinets. The color of the cabinets should lead the rest of the color choices such as walls, counter-tops, back-splashes, and appliances.

Decide on paint colors at home

The lighting in your home will affect the way a color looks. You need to bring paint chips and samples home to get an accurate reading on how they will look. It’s best to paint small areas then stand back and get a good impression of how the color will actually appear in your home. Check the color at different times of day also, as the light kitchen changes as the sun travels across the sky. A color can look completely different in the morning and evening.

Open floor plans

If you have an open floor plan where the kitchen is open to the living room, rec room or other area, take the colors of those areas into consideration. The kitchen can coordinate closely with them or be different to set it apart. Even if you are using color to set the kitchen apart, the colors still need to coordinate with the adjacent areas.

Stand out items

If there are features of your kitchen that you would like to accentuate, choose colors that contrast with the color of these features. If you want to hide a features and make it slide into the background, choose colors closer to the color of the feature.

 

Have fun with your paint selection and enjoy your finished kitchen!