Aug 20

5 Creative Kitchen Painting Ideas

By Angie.Wonderful | Colors , Painting , Tips and Tricks


If you’re remodeling your kitchen, or if you just want to freshen up its appearance, a new paint job is in order – but what if you don’t want run-of-the-mill, plain walls? Check out these five creative kitchen painting ideas.

5 Creative Kitchen Painting Ideas

How can you turn your kitchen into a dream space with paint? Check out these five creative kitchen painting ideas.

Ceiling Paint

When you choose a new color for your kitchen, it can be pretty overwhelming – but if you limit yourself to just the ceiling (or even an accent wall), you can create a fresh, amazing look.

 

Chalkboard Wall

Paint a whole section of a wall – maybe the one that juts out on the side of your refrigerator – as a chalkboard. You can also add a colored border for added effect.

Color Blocking

Choose colors that sit beside each other on the color wheel and remember that warm colors look great with cool colors, and create a blocked look by painting upper cabinets one color and lower cabinets the other.

Paint Inside Cabinets

Painting the inside of your cabinets – particularly if your cabinet doors have windows – can create a wonderful look. It can also give you time to adjust to a new color.

Pro Tip: Glossy paint reflects light, and it can brighten and open up your kitchen.

Pantry Paint

Paint your pantry to try out a new shade or design. It’s also a great way to add color that’s too bold to use elsewhere.

Want to Spruce Up Your Kitchen With Paint?

We can repaint your kitchen for you and make it look amazing – just call us at 910-725-3227. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services. AberdeenPinehurstSouthern Pines and Myrtle Beach painting pros are right here waiting to help.

 

How to Fix Latex Drips on Walls, Trim and Carpet - Interior House Painting Blog
Aug 12

How to Fix Latex Drips on Walls, Trim and Floors

By Angie.Wonderful | Tips and Tricks

If you’re like most DIY home painters, you know that latex drips running down the wall and paint splatters on the carpet are almost inevitable – but how do you fix them?

How to Fix Latex Drips on Walls, Trim and Floors

Seeing dried latex paint drips that ran down the wall before you could catch them is definitely one of those moments you think about how you should’ve hired a professional painter, but don’t worry too much. You can fix them without causing too much damage to all your hard work!

Here’s how to remove drips from walls and trim:

  1. Sand down the drip or spill until its surface is smooth.
  2. Clean off the area with a damp cloth.
  3. Repaint over the spot, if necessary.

To remove drips from floors, use a razor blade – just run it beneath the drip carefully and peel it away.

Pro Tip: Use drop cloths and painter’s tape next time. Also, cover door knobs with plastic bags and tape them in place, and remove outlet covers and tape over the outlets.

How to Clean Latex Paint Splatters From Carpet

Whether you splattered a little paint on the carpet while you were working on the corners or your ladder tipped over with your roller and tray, you may be able to make things right – but you have to act fast.

Here’s how to clean latex paint splatters from carpet:

  1. Use a scraper to pick up as much of the wet paint as you can. Don’t spread it on clean areas of the carpet!
  2. Use a thick, dry sponge to soak up paint you can’t get with the scraper. You might have to go through several clean sponges.
  3. Place a clean, dry cloth over the spot. Leave it there until it picks up the stain, then change it out for another clean, dry cloth.
  4. Clean the area with warm water and dish soap once the stain is gone. Allow it to dry completely.

If the stain is already dry, you can buy a paint remover solution – but be careful. Test it in an inconspicuous area before you use it out in the open.

Do You Need Painting Help?

We can help you avoid these issues – just call us at 910-725-3227. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services. AberdeenPinehurstSouthern Pines and Myrtle Beach painting pros are right here waiting to help.

 

4 Reasons to Paint Your Garage Floor
Aug 05

4 Reasons to Paint Your Garage Floor

By Angie.Wonderful | Painting

For many people, it’s a great question – should you paint your garage floor?

How do you know if it’s right for you?

4 Reasons to Paint Your Garage Floor

While painting the garage floor doesn’t make sense for some people, it’s worth noting that a painted floor can be easier to maintain (not to mention it looks better). Here are four reasons you might want to break out the paint and rollers.

#1. Painting Can Minimize Dust

A lot of the dust in your garage actually comes from the concrete on the floor. Over time, it breaks down – and the problem is exacerbated each time you pull in, walk on it, or slide boxes from one side to the other. The dust produced by the breakdown goes airborne and gets all over everything.

#2. Painting Can Protect Your Floor

Some paints help resist oil stains, chemical breakdowns, water and mold. Provided you clean up when something hits the floor, you won’t have to look at spotted concrete any longer.

#3. Paint Can Reflect Light

Forget being stuck in a dimly lit garage – paint reflects light, whereas bare concrete absorbs it. The result: a brighter environment.

#4. Paint Lets You Personalize Your Garage

You can create a look you actually like in the garage (what a great way to welcome yourself home after a long day, right?). Paints that are suitable for garage floors come in a huge variety of colors, which means you can completely personalize the space.

Thinking About Painting Your Garage Floor?

While you can take a DIY approach to painting your garage floor, remember that Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Myrtle Beach painting pros are right here waiting to help.

Call us at 910-725-3227. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!

What to Do if You Think You Have Lead Paint in Your Home
Jul 28

What to Do if You Think You Have Lead Paint in Your House

By Angie.Wonderful | Painting

 

In 1978, lead paint was banned for home use – but many houses in Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Myrtle Beach are older than that.

And some of them still have lead paint on their interior walls.

So what should you do if you think you have lead paint in your home?

What to Do if You Think You Have Lead Paint in Your Home

Lead paint can have serious health hazards, but you might not know it’s there. According to the EPA, lead paint is still in millions of homes across the U.S. – and sometimes it’s under several layers of new paint. As long as the paint covering it is in good shape, it’s usually not a problem.

If it is cracked, peeled or chipped, or if it’s on window sills, doors and door frames, or stairs, railings, banisters or porches, you’re at risk. You may want to have your home tested.

Should You Have Your Home Tested for Lead Paint?

If you can answer yes to either of these questions, you should have your home tested:

  • Was the home built before 1978?
  • Do walls, window sills or other surfaces in your home have chipped or peeling paint?

In some cases, it’s essential to call out a lead abatement contractor. It’s usually a bad idea to try to remove it yourself, because even the dust left behind can be hazardous to your family’s health. If you do have lead paint in your home:

  • Pick up any paint chips you find anywhere.
  • Clean the dust off window sills and other surfaces often.
  • Take off your shoes when you go inside so you don’t bring in lead from the soil outside

You can contact the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD for help finding a professional near you.

Once all the lead paint is safely removed, you can call in an interior painting expert to give your home a fresh coat of paint. Call us at 910-725-3227. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!

How to Fix a Hole in Drywall
Jul 25

How to Fix a Hole in Drywall

By Angie.Wonderful | Tips and Tricks

 

If you’re like many people, you’ve seen how bad a hole in drywall looks – and if you need to paint over one, you know that it’s tough to get it just right.

Here’s how to fix a hole in drywall so you can paint over it. (Remember, if you need help, we can repair the holes in your drywall and give your whole home a fresh coat of paint!)

How to Fix a Hole in Drywall

There are basically three categories of holes in drywall: Small, Medium and Large. The size of the hole will dictate how you fix it.

How to Fix Small Holes in Drywall (Under 3 or 4 Inches)

You can use a drywall patch kit for small holes in drywall, like the ones a doorknob would cause. Follow this step-by-step guide:

  1. Place a self-adhesive mesh patch over the hole.
  2. Use a drywall knife to cover the patch with joint compound. Feather the edges so it blends into the wall.
  3. Apply a second coat of compound if necessary, but wait until the first patch dries.
  4. Sand the patch down so it’s smooth.

How to Fix Medium Holes in Drywall (Under About 6 Inches)

For holes that are about 6 inches across (or smaller), you can cut drywall to fit inside. Follow these steps:

  1. Cut a piece of drywall into a square that’s about 2 inches larger than the hole.
  2. Score the back of the drywall about 1 inch inside its borders. Make the cuts close for a perforated effect.
  3. Break off the gypsum without tearing the paper backing.
  4. Hold the cut drywall over the hole and trace its outline. Don’t outline the paper – just the drywall.
  5. Cut out the traced square with a drywall knife.
  6. Spread joint compound on the back of the paper.
  7. Put the cut drywall in the hole and smooth the paper edges over the wall.
  8. Cover the whole patch with joint compound and feather the edges.
  9. Apply a second coat of compound when the first is dry.
  10. Sand the patch down so it’s smooth.

How to Fix Large Holes in Drywall (Over 6 Inches)

You can use drywall to patch a large hole, but it might require a different method. Follow these steps:

  1. Cut a piece of drywall into a square that’s larger than the hole.
  2. Hold the square over the drywall and trace around its edges.
  3. Cut a hole in the drywall that matches your patch using a drywall knife.
  4. Add a small, thin piece of wood to each side of the hole from the inside, using screws on the outside. Sink the screws beneath the drywall’s surface so you can patch them later.
  5. Put the drywall patch in place and screw it to the wooden strips inside the hole.
  6. Affix joint tape all around the patch.
  7. Cover the patch and the joint tape with joint compound. Feather the edges.
  8. Apply a second coat of compound when the first is dry.
  9. Sand the patch down so it’s smooth.

Want to Skip All This Hassle?

We can handle this for you and repaint your wall so it looks like there was never a hole there in the first place. We work in Aberdeen, Pinehurst, Southern Pines and Myrtle Beach. Call us at 910-725-3227 to get a free painting estimate for any of our services today!

 

7 Signs You Need New Exterior Paint on Your Home
Jul 12

7 Signs You Need New Exterior Paint on Your Home

By Angie.Wonderful | Painting

If you’re like most people, you don’t think too much about your home’s exterior paint – it’s just kind-of… there. What you may not realize is that the paint on your home’s exterior isn’t just there to make your house look nice. It’s also a layer of protection that seals your house against the harmful effects of UV rays, moisture and temperature changes, which means that you need to keep an eye on it.

Fortunately, there are seven signs that can let you know if you need a new exterior paint job on your home.

7 Signs You Need New Exterior Paint on Your Home

Peeling Paint

If paint is peeling off the surface in strips or flakes, you need to call an exterior paint expert immediately – especially if any of the underlying materials are exposed.

Wood Rot

Test for wood rot by gently pressing on the area where you suspect it is. If the wood moves or has any give to it, it’s likely to be rotten and needs to be replaced before you paint.

Rough Texture

Exterior paint that looks like alligator skin is starting to fail – and it means that moisture is starting to get in.

Caulk Problems

If caulk is separating from the surfaces, or if it’s already detached, you probably need to repaint your home’s exterior.

Mold or Mildew

You don’t always have to repaint if you see mold or mildew (or both) – you may just be able to clean it away. However, the cleaning process is rough on paint, so if you’ve repeated it multiple times, you could be wearing it down to a dangerous point.

Chalking

Paint that looks chalky, or that leaves a residue on your hand when you brush at it, has reached the end of its lifespan.

Fading

When paint starts to fade, it’s failing. Even if it fades in some spots and not others, it’s a sign that you need to call a professional painter.

Do You Need to Talk to a Painting Pro in Myrtle Beach, Pinehurst, Aberdeen or Southern Pines?

We can help keep the outside of your home looking its best, from Myrtle Beach to Southern Pines – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!

 

What is the Best Way to Remove Old Wallpaper
Jun 29

What is the Best Way to Remove Old Wallpaper?

By Angie.Wonderful | Aberdeen , Myrtle Beach , Pinehurst , Southern Pines

Whether you just bought a house covered in wallpaper from top to bottom, you want to update your dining room or you’re ready to sell and need to start with a clean slate, you need to know the best way to remove old wallpaper – and there’s good news. You can hire a painting professional in Myrtle Beach, Pinehurst, Aberdeen or Southern Pines, or you can do it yourself.

What is the Best Way to Remove Old Wallpaper?

Before you try to remove old wallpaper, figure out what type of wall lies beneath it. Typically, you’ll be dealing with plaster or drywall.

Plaster is mostly in older homes, while drywall is only found in homes built within the last several decades. Knocking on the wall might give you some clues – plaster sounds solid and dull, while drywall sounds hollow (unless you’re knocking on a stud, so move your hand around while you’re knocking to be sure). You should also check to see if you have strippable wallpaper, which you can remove without water or chemicals. Do this by using a putty knife to pry at an edge at a corner or seam. If it pulls away easily, you have strippable wallpaper and you can just pull it all away using evenly applied pressure.

First things first: Take down all the décor and move out all the furniture. Cover the furniture you can’t remove to protect it. Put old towels and rags along the baseboards, and then put drop cloths over the towels; tape them down to protect your floors. Give yourself a full day to do an average-sized room, roll up your sleeves, and follow these steps.

Removing Wallpaper Using Water

If you want to strip wallpaper with water, you need a liquid stripper concentrate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to mix, then apply the mixture to your walls with a broad brush. You can also use a sprayer if you have one.

Work from top to bottom, and only do one section at a time – you need the paper to stay wet while you work, but doing sections that are too large will allow the paper to dry.

Let the liquid soak for a few minutes, then scrape it away with a scraping tool.

Pro tip: If the paper won’t absorb water, scour its surface with coarse sandpaper. Soak it thoroughly with more liquid and let it soak for at least a half-hour.

Removing Wallpaper Using Steam

If you rent a steamer, which uses boiling water to heat up and soften the glue that holds the wallpaper to the wall, you’ll probably need to work in a team. Follow all the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the steamer, and wear eye protection and hand protection – steam burns can be serious.

Pro tip: If the wallpaper is coated in vinyl, you need to punch holes in the paper so the steam can get through.

Do You Need to Talk to a Painting Pro in Myrtle Beach, Pinehurst, Aberdeen or Southern Pines?

We can help keep the outside of your home looking its best, from Myrtle Beach to Southern Pines – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!

 

The 3 Most Popular Dining Room Colors for 2018-2019
Jun 26

The 3 Most Popular Dining Room Colors for 2018-2019

By Angie.Wonderful | Colors , Mack Painters , Myrtle Beach , Pinehurst , Southern Pines

 

Whether you’re a frequent entertainer or you prefer cozy family meals in your dining room, there are a few colors that go particularly well in that space – so here’s a quick list to give you some inspiration before you call a professional painter in Myrtle Beach.

The 3 Most Popular Dining Room Colors for 2018-2019

Repainting your dining room can transform the entire space, but if you’re like most homeowners, you’re afraid to try anything too bold. That’s normal – and the good news is that you don’t have to go crazy to really make an impact on your family and friends.

The three most popular dining room colors for 2018 and 2019 are, in no particular order:

Inferno by BEHR

Inferno is a super-warm coral color that falls between red and orange on the light end of the spectrum. The accents and décor that go with this shade are more neutral, although you can use teal and light green to create an amazing contrast. It looks spectacular with white molding, particularly around large windows, and silver or white fixtures can give you a smooth, seamless look.

Spanish Brown by Benjamin Moore

Spanish Brown is part of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection. It looks great as an accent wall, but you can do the whole room to create a warm, welcoming environment with a cozy ambiance. Spanish Brown pairs really well with cream and white, as well as modern silver fixtures – but it’s versatile enough to go with gold and bronze, too, if you’re going for an antiqued look.

Lupine by Sherwin-Williams

Lupine is a beautifully rich blue that goes exceptionally well with Sherwin-Williams’ Cool Avocado, Alabaster and Rarified Air. You can also pair it with white. This tranquil and calming color looks great with bronze fixtures to create a perfectly polished look.

Do You Need to Talk to a Paint Expert in Myrtle Beach?

We can repaint your dining room to create a whole new look, from Myrtle Beach to Pinehurst – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!

 

 

Jun 19

How Often Should You Paint Your Home’s Exterior?

By Angie.Wonderful | Painter

How often should you paint your home's exterior?

If you’re like most homeowners, you’re wondering how often you should paint the outside of your house. While it’s common sense to repaint it when it starts to look shoddy, should you repaint before then?

Here’s what you need to know.

How Often Should You Paint Your Home’s Exterior?

Fresh paint can transform the look of your home, so it could be exactly what you need to do if you’re selling your house – but you can do it before then, too. Generally speaking, you should:

  • Re-stain wood siding about every 4 years
  • Repaint aluminum siding about every 5 years
  • Repaint cement fiberboard siding about every 10 years
  • Repaint brick about every 15 years

Some paint doesn’t stick around as well as other types do, and several factors can affect that. Sometimes it has to do with the previous paint job, the climate and how well you’ve maintained the outside of your house.

When Previous Paint Jobs Go Bad

The quality (and even the color) of the paint the last owners – or you – used last time the house was repainted has a major impact on how long your exterior paint job will last. The number of coats your painters used and whether they painted on a cloudy day has an effect, too.

Climate and Weather

Strong sun can cause paint to bubble and fade, and the effects are more prevalent with dark colors. Harsh winters, frequent storms and rain, and even extreme humidity can cause your paint to age more quickly – and so can ocean breezes.

How Well You Maintain Your Home’s Exterior

The better you care for your home’s exterior, the more likely your paint is to stay in good condition. If you treat issues (like dampness, chalkiness or pest infestation) quickly, you can extend your paint’s lifespan.

Do You Need to Talk to an Exterior Paint Expert in Myrtle Beach?

We can help keep the outside of your home looking its best, from Myrtle Beach to Pinehurst – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!

 

What Colors Make a Room Look Bigger - Pinehurst Professional Painters
Jun 08

What Colors Make a Room Look Bigger?

By Angie.Wonderful | Mack Painters

If you’re like many people, you know that the right paint colors can make a room appear larger than it really is – but what colors make a room look bigger, and how do you use them appropriately?

What Colors Make a Room Look Bigger?

Saturated colors can make a room look bigger, provided that the accents, accessories and furnishings you use are neutral (or at least varying shades of the wall color). Too much of one color can be pretty overwhelming.

Some of the best colors to use to make a room look larger are light and cool. Shades of blue, green and purple can trick the eye; they look like they’re farther away. (On the other hand, steer clear of darker, warmer colors. Those make a room seem smaller.)

Lighter and pale shades of these colors can make a room look bigger:

  • Yellow
  • Cool blue
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Amethyst
  • Eggshell or other almost-whites

Why Light Colors Make a Room Feel Larger

Generally, light and bright colors bounce light back around the room. That gives the room a more open, airy feel.

Tips for Painting to Make a Room Look Bigger

Even with the right colors, there’s only so much you can do – unless you:

  • Paint the ceiling a lighter shade than the walls. Visually, the ceiling will appear higher and give the room a little extra perceived space.
  • Using the same color on all the walls can make a room look bigger. What that means is that if you’re trying to make a small room appear larger, it’s probably best to save the accent wall you always wanted for a different room. When you have an accent wall, the eye naturally pauses at the change in color – and it creates a definite boundary.
  • Paint adjoining rooms in the same color. This tricks the eye into envisioning the next room as a continuation of the first room so the space feels larger.
  • Keep most of the colors in the room within the same color family, but paint trim and other details in a different shade than the walls.
  • Use horizontal or vertical stripes to elongate or heighten a room’s appearance. Contrasting colors create the illusion of depth.

Do You Need to Talk to an Interior Paint Expert?

We may be able to help you make your rooms appear larger with the right paint colors and techniques – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!

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