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June 17, 2019

It was a great couple of days.  The weather was beautiful and perfect for some exterior painting, the homeowners are super nice people to work for, I have my daughter helping me, and we are using my favorite exterior paint.

It's June and I don't quite remember having such a long Spring.  Painting in 70°+ weather is a wonderful treat and the perfect conditions for exterior work.  Add in some shade from tall pine trees and it's a little piece of heaven.

The project consisted of cleaning and repainting asbestos sid...

April 26, 2019

You work hard to keep your house clean.  I get it.  A clean place is a happy place.  Don't settle for a painter who will not respect that.  After all, cleanliness and painting go hand and hand.  This is why I've invested in some of the best dust extraction sanding tools on the market.

Sanding is an important part of painting.  It aids in the bonding of wood coatings and smoothes out imperfection.  Whether you are refinishing cabinets, repainting trim molding, or sanding drywall repairs, the dust particles...

October 31, 2018

Cabinet painting, cabinet refinishing, cabinet makeover.  Call it what you will, but to get the results you desire just make sure you get someone who has the capabilities to produce a furniture like finish.  That is how your kitchen cabinets should be treated.

This one was a fun project and the first time I've used 3 different colors.  The process went as follows:

1)  Remove all doors, drawers and hardware.  Label everything.  I even like to label individual hinges because sometimes they have moved or bent slightly over t...

January 20, 2018

With all the rage of the paint and primer in 1, I just want to talk about this briefly.

I have no issues with a lot of the paint and primer in 1 products.  The ones that I use are really good products, but there are times when I know a specific primer is needed.  We will not talk about primers right now.  That's a whole different ballgame.

I keep my ears open when I'm around home improvement stores, paint stores, and even my estimates (of course) and I am worried that people are assuming that paint and primer in 1 me...

October 23, 2017

Lol, no this is not a trick question.

Of course!  Everyone makes mistakes.  The real question should be:  Do painters that make mistakes admit to them and fix it?

Just recently, for the first time in my painting career, I painted the wrong colors on the interior walls of a condo.  There were 2 colors that were being used to compliment and accent each other and I got it backwards.

The homeowners and I were corresponding by email since this is a vacation/rental home of theirs.  The wording was not confusing at all.  It...

September 21, 2017

Since pressure treated pine is the most widely used material for decks, especially here in the eastern states, this is what I will be referring to in this blog post.

KNOW YOUR WOOD

Be sure to know what grade of pressure treated boards you are buying by looking at the label on each of the boards and do your best to match them to your existing wood.  

The general rule of thumb on deck board grading is the lower the number, the higher the quality and appearance.  1 (or Select) being the best, 2P (2 prime) the n...

September 13, 2017

It's always nice to have an extra hand around when furniture needs moving, but there are times when you may find yourself alone.  That's okay.  I've done my fair share of working by myself (and still do) and have learned the easy way to move heavy furniture alone, safely.

There is one very important thing that needs to be done before attempting to move furniture by yourself (even with someone else), and that is to remove anything breakable or unstable from the piece first.  

It also helps to take weight off of the fu...

July 30, 2017

we encourage you to prequalify us to see if we are a good fit for each other.  After all, estimates are not actually free.  They require time and materials to complete.  But it's not just our time, it's yours as well.  We value time and want to make sure the both of us are getting the most out of it.

So you might be asking, "What do you mean by a good fit?"

We would love to be able to paint for everyone at the time they need it done, at the price they can afford, and with the level...

July 15, 2017

No matter what kind of wall covering is on your wall, the #1 determining factor on how much it will cost to remove it will always depend on if the wall underneath it was prepared properly.

In order for a wall covering to be stripped properly, the wall has to be sealed with either an oil primer or sizing.  By doing this, the barrier created will prevent the wallpaper glue from soaking into the wall and permanently adhering itself.  If the glue is allowed to soak into the surface then removal is bound to be very difficult.

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July 8, 2017

8 months of renovations.  That's how long John & Christy had to hold out to call their project complete.  The project included new floors, countertops, lighting, interior painting & cabinet painting.  Job management was being done by one of the big box stores and seemed to go well....up until the painting portion.

Painter #1 walked off the job for reasons unknown.  

Painter #2 made his own hours and worked when he felt like it.  He was given a chance but failed to show up and communicate like a professional is su...

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