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July 31st, 2017 Brushed Oil Satin Impervo

Powder rooms, foyers, and dining rooms are ideal areas of a house to let your creative side push the envelope. Those rooms are were you get to have fun.  One of our favorite looks is crosshatch, brushed oil Satin Impervo. Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo is our go-to product to achieve this rich and sophisticated look. 

What’s so beautiful about brushed oil Satin Impervo? 

It is difficult to appreciate this look from a photo. This is, without a doubt, something that you have to see in person to truly appreciate this stunning concept.  With this process walls, ceiling, and trim look like an actual oil base painting on a canvas. You can see how every brush stroke creates depth to your space. Another nice touch is the subtle shiny sheen of the oil base paint. And lastly, your walls are very smooth to the touch.

More often than not, homeowners are hesitant to go with darker shades. But that’s part of the fun. Powder rooms are great candidates for darker colors as it is shown in the photo.  

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June 28th, 2017 Painting Your Cabinets–The Best Way To Upgrade Your Kitchen.

We know, you are absolutely tired of looking at your outdated and worn-down kitchen. After all, if you are like most Americans, you and your family spend a significant amount of time in the kitchen/family room area of your house. You also are probably thinking that embarking on a kitchen renovation will be costly and time consuming. Well, it does not have to be. You can easily upgrade your kitchen by painting your cabinets. 

What’s involved with painting your cabinets?

Painting your cabinets is truly a great way to revamp your kitchen. The process of getting your cabinets painted should be fairly hassle-free. This is, of course, given that you hired the right painting contractor, which we will talk about below. Perhaps the most appealing aspect of painting your cabinets is that there will not be any sort of demolition. Removing and demolishing translate in costly entanglements and messy, dusty, and time consuming situations. More often than not, homeowners won’t need to fully empty their cabinets either, therefore it won’t require any work on your end putting everything back into place. Painting your cabinets should take anywhere from 5 to 7 days depending on the size of your kitchen and the look that you are trying to accomplish. Most kitchens however take about 5 days to complete.

 

 

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May 19th, 2017 Low VOC and Zero VOC Paint–Your Green Options.

It is no secret that local, national, and global communities are increasingly becoming more environmentally conscious. As a result, chemists are starting to change paint’s chemical make up to satisfy these new market needs. Even though the paint industry has come a long way since the lead-base paint days, most paints still have many, many not so environmentally friendly ingredients. The good news is that there are paints available now that offer low VOC and Zero VOC options.

But what are VOCs in paint? In a nutshell, VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are solvents that get release as the paint dries.

VOCs off-gassing (fancy word for evaporation) occurs once the paint is applied and starts to dry. What one smells when entering a recently painted room is nothing more than VOCs evaporating/off-gassing into the air.

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April 23rd, 2017 Front Doors

Out of all the interior and exterior painting projects, front doors are the one project that need constant TLC.

But why do front doors fall apart so quickly?

There are a few things contributing to how often front doors need a little face lift.

1. High traffic. Front doors typically get the most traffic in the whole house. Thus, it is no surprise that front doors need constant maintenance.

2. Weather. Extreme heat and cold, humidity, and rain are the main causes of wood expansion and contractions, which causes front doors to crack and swell up. Needless to say, New Orleans weather with its high humidity, heat, and rain does not offer ideal weather conditions for any front doors.

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March 20th, 2017 Low Painting Bids–Tempting, But Costly In The End.

Are you thinking of interior and exterior painting too?  I think I might know why…

Spring time is already here! This is the season of renewal and rebirth. New beautiful flowers, new leaves on trees, people are out again–everything is sprouting back to life. And it is no different when it comes to your home. Most of us really love the idea of spring cleaning and everything looking fresh and new again, especially during the spring. What better way than painting to bring your house back to life?  But be aware of low painting bids…

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February 28th, 2017 Century–Benjamin Moore’s Newest Innovation.

As mentioned before many times over, we are big fans of Farrow & Ball paint. Well, now there is a new and exciting alternative to Farrow & Ball products. Century by Benjamin Moore is a brand new interior painting product which offers amazing color depth (what we love most about the English company), and it also feels incredibly soft and smooth to the touch.

Benjamin Moore poured its heart and soul, and many years of research and developing, into creating a product that would satisfy customers who are seeking true and unique color depth. The only way to deliver such promise is by premixing each paint can directly at their own factory/workshops or at a very few independently-owned supply stores (currently there are only three authorized dealers, and more should be coming up by August 2017). 

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January 16th, 2017 Painting With Neutral Colors 101

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First things first. What’s a neutral color? To most neutral colors are beiges and whites, or any “light” color. But in actuality, neutrals are colors that don’t show up on the color wheel. That is whites, grays, blacks, and some beiges and browns.

One of the main advantages of painting your home with neutrals is that they look fabulous with any style (contemporary, modern, traditional, etc.). They are also timeless, so if you decide to change your furnishings or decor at any moment, you really would not necessarily need to change your wall color. You basically cannot go wrong.

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December 14th, 2016 Thinking of selling your home? It may mean that it is time to paint.

If you are thinking of selling your home, now it is a great time to do so since many home buyers are eager to lock in a 30-year mortgages at historically low interest rates.

As most professional realtors would tell you, buyers today want to buy something that is move-in ready, clean, and nice. With that in mind, curb appeal, both inside and out, is definitively something that you want to focus on as it is going to be one of the main selling point of your home. The good news is that unlike other aspects of your home, such as layout and ceiling heights (things that you cannot really do much about), curb appeal is a selling point over which you have much more control of in terms of budget and time.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to add curb appeal is with paint. A fresh coat of paint will bring your home to its original splendor. It will make your home feel clean and crisp. And it will make your buyers feel confident about the overall condition of the home.

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November 9th, 2016 Colors of the Year 2017

Benjamin Moore & Sherwin Williams Colors of the Year

Shadow 2117-30 By Benjamin Moore

After lots and lots of research here in the US and overseas, the Benjamin Moore design team has chosen Shadow 2117-30 as their color of the year 2017. Inspired largely by art around the globe, and in the violet family, Shadow is a mysterious, occult yet nostalgic color. We expect this color to be very popular this upcoming year. 

Shadow would be absolutely stunning in a powder room. Also consider brushing this color with oil Satin Impervo on walls and trim to create an everlasting and sophisticated feel to your space.

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October 17th, 2016 Why You Should Consider Farrow & Ball For Your Next Painting Project.

As a painting contractor always looking for the best products and practices, we embrace and pride ourselves on trying new paint and methods. Living true to that statement, we decided to try Farrow and Ball paint. WOW–it is all we have to say! But why should you consider Farrow & Ball for your next painting project?

Below we are going to discuss some interesting aspects of the company and its products such as Farrow & Ball’s history, quality, and its unique and gorgeous color collection.  

FYI: Farrow & Ball also has a wide selection of wall paper.

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