Outdoor features on homes, such as decks and porches, continue to grow in popularity on both new construction and on remodeled homes. Decks and porches offer greater resale value for your home, increase square footage of your property, and add a beautiful space for friends and family to gather. Maintaining or refinishing these features protects the structures themselves and complements the aesthetics of your home and landscaping. If you are thinking about refinishing a deck or porch, we have a few suggestions!
First, take the time to determine the appearance you would like. Do you prefer the look of a painted finish or a stained finish? Typically, sealers and stains are the easiest to apply, while a paint application takes a bit more time and effort. Paint is great for concealing imperfections, whereas stains and sealers showcase the grain and character of the wood. Either way, be sure to select a product that offers UV protection and can withstand foot traffic.
When you are at a good stopping point for your painting project and you have sealed up your paint cans, it is time to clean your brush. While each professional painter can teach you a classic trade secret or a one-of-a-kind cleaning technique that he or she have developed over time, there are a few basics that painters of all experience levels should know. Below we will share the basics so you are ready to tackle your next painting project.
The most important thing to know is that brushes must clean with each use! Cleaning brushes regularly and thoroughly extends the life of the brush and allows you to apply a consistent finish. The type of paint you have been using will determine the cleaning solution you will need. For instance, if you are painting with latex paint, you will clean your brush with warm water and a mild soap (bar or dish detergent.) If you are painting with oil-based paints, then you will clean your brush with mineral spirits.
Benjamin Moore is kicking off the new decade with Color of the Year 2020, a flawlessly happy, upbeat palette lead by First Light 2102-70. Helping us transition into the new decade with ease, this soft pink provides an ideal alternative to the abundance of whites and beiges we have seen this past decade. To add to the versatility of this dusky, blush pink, First Light 2102-70 can satisfy both cool and warm hue lovers alike as it fuses both worlds perfectly.
First Light 2102-70, however, is not the only option for 2020. The Ben Moore team also selected 9 other colors to go along with this timeless pink. Another great feature of Benjamin Moore’s 2020 Palette is that there is something for everybody–from soft, almost pastel hues like Crystalline AF-485 and White Heron OC-57 to deep, dramatic shades such as Cushing Green HC-125 and Blue Danube 2062-30.
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Sherwin Williams just announced its 2020 color of the year, and we could not be more excited! Naval SW 6244 is an exquisite blue. In spite of its boldness, this gorgeous neutral calls for quietness and reflection. It evokes feelings of tranquility, calmness, and order—a much needed state of mind in today’s ever ending go, go, go environment.
Inspired by the iconic 1920s, this rich, deep navy blue has a retro aura surrounding it. Like the 1920s, this hue was designed to galvanize a new decade full of boldness, daring, and forward-thinking.
Naval SW 6244 has the ability to either give a space an incredibly calming feeling or it can explode with energy. You can enhance one feeling over the other with lighting and light fixtures, by adding texture to your room, and by your furniture choices. The sky is the limit!
Photo Courtesy of Sherwin Williams
Are you feeling claustrophobic in your home? Tiring of your shoebox-sized apartment? Is your home’s old-world charm no longer making up for its tiny living spaces? In New Orleans, a city full of historical homes dating hundreds of years, protecting the integrity of space is always a priority. However, in century-old home design, some rooms dwarf in comparison to their modern equivalents. Pint-sized bathrooms, cramped kitchens, and barely-there bedrooms force us to juggle historical integrity and modern needs for space. Before you start tearing down walls or browsing classified ads for a new housing situation, consider maximizing your space with paint! While painting your walls does not actually increase square footage, using the right shades and techniques can make your space appear bigger.
Where did it come from and why is it such a traditional color for New Orleanians?
As painting contractors we are always up to speed with color trends—this is how we know what the popular colors are at all times. These popular colors spread out like wild fires. I am not really sure how people all over town seem to shift towards the same color schemes, but they go through collective phases without even knowing it. I don’t think this is intentional; I guess that is why it is called a trend.
In New Orleans, however, people have very deep-rooted traditions–even when it comes to their color choices. French Quarter Green is one of those traditions that has been around for a long time in spite of the popular color trends that come and go. But why and where did it come from?
We have exciting news! Last month we became one of thirteen Fine Paints of Europe Master Certified painters in the United States, and the only Master Certified painting company in Louisiana. We are incredibly proud to part of this elite class of skilled artisans and to represent such high quality paint products.
In order to be Master Certified, we had to be nominated by a Fine Paints of Europe local retailer and prove to be a professional of good character. Fine Paints of Europe also requires a minimum of five years of experience working with their products.
It’s official. 2019 is the year of the neutral! In contrast to last year’s BOLD favorite, Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019 Metropolitan AF-690 evokes neutrality and balance. Last year, we saw bold shades of deep crimson and rich cerulean as industry favorites. This year, complete with its own palate of complementary shades, Metropolitan AF-690 is a utilitarian favorite. This rich grey easily translates to any home space. Described as “not arresting or aggressive,” Metropolitan AF-690 diverges from Color of the Year choices from years past as a versatile shade. This true neutral, charcoal grey pairs well with any shade, creating a canvas for bold accents and furniture or a more neutral palette.
You heard it here first, neutrals are in! Studies show that houses painted grey are more likely to sell than their bolder-hued counterparts, and sell for over listing price. Color us intrigued! With Metropolitan AF-690, an elegant classic grey, recently named Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2019, we know for sure, that grey is the color of 2019. With so many versatile shades of grey, it’s easy to stay within that color scheme–it goes with everything! But when your home is the fourth neutral in a row on your block, it’s time to spice things up and make your space stand out. Contrary to popular belief, you can use both neutrals and bold shades in the same space. Here are some of the best exterior accent colors and ways to incorporate them into your home exterior.
Are you trying to decide whether you should take on that painting project you have been meaning to start for months, or whether you should hire professional painters? We understand! There are benefits to both. But as professional painters, and color specialists who have been working in the Greater New Orleans area for decades, we may be biased. In fact, one company took a poll and found that one out of every five people who paint on their own end up hiring a professional in the end. Here are 7 more surprising reasons why you should hire professional painters.