Tips to minimize disruption when repainting your work place

Giving your place of business a fresh coat of paint helps to keep up fresh appearances and also shows your customers that you care about your brand image. A well-maintained place of business, whether it is a store, salon, restaurant, office or school that is updated in current colours and styles inspires trust and confidence in your customers.

However, painting can be disruptive to day-to-day operations, so one tends to put it off until absolutely needed or even shut down for a few days while painting is taking place to inconvenience customers and staff. This can lead to a loss of income.

We feel that with careful planning, you can still maintain your business and meet the needs of your customers through a repaint.

Firstly, depending on the size of your work space, you can break up the area into zones so that only one area of your business is being painted at one time. This makes it easier for example, to move desks, to divert foot traffic or even to use a different entrance for the short time.

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If for example, your business isn’t open 24/7 or if it has predictable slower hours of the day, conduct the painting work during closed or slow hours. Or, if you run an office with many employees, choose a weekend to repaint.

Communicate to those who might be affected by the repaint. Inform employees, post signs for customers and clients, etc. This shows care and lets them know what to expect. If you still face complaints, a prompt response would be key.

When your project is done, talk about it on social media to bring back customers and attract new ones to come and see your new look.

Happy Painting!

 

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Hardwood and Wall Colour Combos

Natural wood floors are usually picked by interior decorators to create a sense of warmth. They tend to have a more appealing allure over tiles or carpets.

Many homeowners want to make renovations such as installing hardwood floors but do not know if they should start with choosing the wall paint colour or the flooring.

Choose the flooring

Starting with the flooring will be less limiting than if you chose the paint colours first and then try to find the right wood for your floors to go with it.

Light hardwood flooring is usually the most popular choice. Not only does it bring a light, open feeling to a room, it is also easier to keep clean. Additionally, there are many more options for paint colours when you go with lighter floors.

Put a few strips of the new flooring together to get a sense of the undertones. If it has a grey tint, then choosing a grey paint with a slight undertone of another colour can look relaxing. If there are shades of blue in the flooring, a pastel blue can really make the floors pop.

Most light hardwood floors have brown undertones. Painting the walls off-white can keep the room looking crisp and clean as well as warm and inviting. With lighter hardwood flooring, painting the trims in the same colour can help create clean lines. Paint them in a semi or high-gloss finish for durability.

Solid oak hardwood flooring is popular for many reasons. They are beautiful and have defined grain patterns. They can last for decades with proper care and maintenance. Red oak brings warm, red tones to a room. Choosing the right paint colour can help to bring that out even more. For example, pastels can lighten the room while deep reds can be complementary. Aquamarine and yellow can create a bright and stimulating atmosphere. White oak is less popular and could look like it has been bleached. However, white paints with just a hint of undertone will work like magic. A rich, dark colour can however bring out the beauty of the oak. Colours like charcoal, cinnamon, navy, dark green, and plum.

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Choose your furniture

Once you pick the flooring, you can move on to the furniture. If you are keeping your existing furniture, you could perhaps alter the look with a new coat of polish to match your new floors. Or change the cushions, fabric, etc to change the look.

Choose your paint colour

Once you have finalised your interior decor, it is time to shop for paint. Visit our website to read about products.

Happy Painting!

 

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Back brushing explained!

Airless spray painting is the new norm for exterior painting due to the many benefits that the method offers.

Although spray painting creates a beautiful, even appearance, and can be applied in a thicker coating than the traditional brush-and-roll application, the sealing and adhesion isn’t always satisfactory on rougher surfaces. This cannot be overlooked, because proper adhesion to a surface is vital to a quality, long-lasting paint job.

Back brushing is the process of working the paint into a rougher surface after it has been sprayed. Back brushing should be done while the sprayed paint is still wet.  With a brush or roller, work the paint into the cracks and crevices on the surface. This helps create a better bond to the surface, as you are now able to work the paint in to the smaller imperfections.

Back brushing is an important step in an exterior paint job for rougher surfaces and just about any type of surface that has become cracked and weathered over time by being exposed to the elements.

The following steps further explain the benefits of this two-step method:

SPRAYING:

Allows for faster application of product and helps in the prevention of lap marks and brush marks

Keeps paint fresh in hoses until applied to the surface, preventing premature drying

Allows paint to uniformly cover rough surfaces or hard to reach places

Minimizes mess during painting

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BACK BRUSHING:

Forces product to penetrate the surface and seep into cracks/pores

Evenly distributes applied product over all surfaces, allowing for a smooth, uniform final finish

Ensures every corner, joint, and surface has a proper coat of paint applied

Happy Painting!

5 annual paint touch ups

Over the years the walls of our homes inevitably need some TLC. You can expect to find a crayon masterpiece on a child’s bedroom wall or scratches, fingerprints, smudges in a living room, kitchen and bathroom.

Typically, the first step is a light wash down, using a solution of mild detergent and water. However, cleaning the surface runs its course and the only next acceptable solution is a paint touch up.

If you had a busy holiday season entertaining or with visiting family and friends then it is likely that your home is taken a beating and may be in need of some refreshing.

With 10 more months to go in 2019, this might be the right time for a small investment of time and money such as this.

If you choose your paint touch-up projects from among the following five areas, you will make a big impact on the appearance of your home.

1. Interior Wood Trims – Wood trims receive a fair share of scraps and nicks. A fresh coat of paint on faded interior trims restores the trims to their original lustre and improves overall home décor.

2. Doors – Both interior and exterior doors experience fading and discoloration. Start with the front entrance door because this makes an immediate impression.

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3. Bathroom – With a steady stream of traffic, high levels of moisture, cleaning and disinfecting, bathrooms are always in need of some maintenance. Since the bathroom is usually a small space, you can complete an entire paint touch up job in a day.

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4. Kitchen – With a constant flow of dust, moisture, and airborne grease, surfaces in the kitchen come under serious abuse. Performing touch-up painting in the kitchen provides an easy and inexpensive solution to making your favourite space look great again.

5. Garage – This high-traffic, heavy use area is largely ignored because one tends to spend less time in there but an annual clean up and paint touch up must be considered.

 

Happy Painting!

 

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How lighting affects paint colour

Have you ever painted a room only to discover that the finished result doesn’t quite look like the swatch you picked out?

The type of light makes a huge difference in how colour looks in a room. Because of this, it’s important to consider the type of lighting that exists in a room you’re painting.

For example: A dark hallway without enough natural light will need a colour that looks good in artificial lighting, while a sun soaked room with lots of windows needs a shade that reflects natural lighting.

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The best way to see how the light works in your space is to do a few test spots on the walls. Choose different walls so you can see how the colour looks at various times during the day. You can then adjust the colour a few shades darker or lighter to get the exact look you’re after.

The location of the room also makes a big difference in how much light you get each day. You might get a lot of morning light in a room, but if you spend most of your time there in the evening, you’ll want a colour that makes the space seem brighter without relying on natural light.

North facing rooms can be tough to work with since they tend to be on the darker side. Light from the North is cooler and tends to make colours look dull. It’s best to stick to colours with warmer undertones. If you’re going with white make sure you go with a creamy, warm white.

South facing rooms are probably the easiest spaces to work with. They are filled with light for most of the day, so most colours look great. To take advantage of the light, opt for lighter tones that really amplify it. Dark colours also work well, but they can often seem brighter than usual, so you may need to adjust the shade accordingly.

Rooms that face West get a few different types of light throughout the day. They don’t get much morning light, so they tend to be dull in the morning. As the light shifts, the room will warm up and make bright colours seem brighter. You’ll want to consider when you spend the most time in West facing rooms and choose your colour accordingly to balance the morning /afternoon/evening light.

East facing rooms have the opposite experience of West facing rooms. They get the gorgeous glow of morning light and become progressively darker. So think about whether you want to highlight the warm morning light or if you need to warm it up in the afternoon and evening. Cool colours will look their best in the morning and those with warmer undertones can be chosen for later in the day.

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Artificial light comes into play during those hours when your rooms aren’t getting much natural light. Not all artificial light is the same, so the kind of bulbs you use is also something to consider.

Fluorescent bulbs give off a blue tinted light. This works well with cooler colours like blue and green. You can find fluorescents that are designed to give off warmer lights, but they aren’t quite as warm as incandescent lights.

Incandescent bulbs give off a warmer light with yellow or amber undertones and can enhance warmer colours like red, orange, or yellow and make them seem brighter. They do the opposite with cool colours like blue and green, making them appear more dull and muted.

Halogen lights are the closest to natural light. They give off a white light and don’t change the appearance of colours as much as other types of light. Halogen lights works well with both warm and cool colours.

Happy Painting!

2019’s trending colours

2018 was all about bringing an edgier palette into the home–with vibrant reds, modern metallics, and variations of the black accent wall.

2019 is taking a more mindful, lifestyle-based approach. Most paint brands have released their colours of the year and they range from aquas to terracottas.

If you’re looking to kick-start your new year by refreshing your walls, check out 2019’s top colour trends.

HAZELNUT

Warm and inviting creamy shades of hazelnut will never go out of style nor clash with existing furnishings as it makes for one comforting, neutral go-to hue.

DARK GREEN

From muted to moody, the deep green colour trend can work to emulate the feeling of lush botanicals and the healing power of nature in your home while setting the tone with a strong foundational hue.

For hunter to bottle green, this trend should be reserved for well-lit, large rooms as its intensity can overpower small spaces and make them look darker.

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MUSTARD

For those looking for a pop of colour and an alternative to gold or yellow, deep mustard is great for instantly creating rich focal accents.

Muted and moody mustard home interior colours create provocative depth and highlight décor and art brilliantly.

BLUES

If you are a traditionalist with a casual approach to interior design, try a new shade of blue – charcoal blue, ice blue, gray-blue, and a very pale powder blue are great options when looking for paint colours that are unique yet subtle enough to not take over a room.

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PEWTER

The perfect gray-beige, it is a rich alternative to all white walls. Pewter is the new black and anything but bland.

PALE PINK

Pale pinks will prevail in 2019 due to their neutral properties and compatibility with other shades. They can be mixed with an abundance of white or a lemon yellow for the ideal look.

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Have a colourful new year. Happy Painting.

 

 

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Three tools every beginner painter needs

When starting your very first DIY project, you might be overwhelmed with all the materials to be purchased. There is a lot of preparation required before embarking on your first DIY painting project, but with the proper tools, it can be completed with little or no stress.

To begin, make sure you have the following 3 things:

 A large drop cloth

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Before buying any other materials, you should first purchase an oversized tarp or drop cloth that can sufficiently cover the floors of your rooms completely. While spilling and flicking paint is never intentional, accidents can cause quite a mess. By ensuring that you cover your floors completely, you can be sure that once done, you will be left with little or no mess.

Masking Tape

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Get the job done like a professional with nice, clean lines when painting around edges and corners of walls. Make a trip to your local hardware store to pick up a roll of masking tape. A highly underrated accessory to a painter’s toolkit, but it’s exactly what you need to achieve a professional result.

Variety Brush Pack or Decorator Roller Kit

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If you are unsure about which brush will be perfect, make a safe choice by purchasing a variety pack filled with various brush types and sizes. With a variety brush pack or paint roller , you’ll be able to carry out any DIY job with a sense of readiness and confidence.

And finally, you will need the best quality paint for which we invite you to visit our store for a professional consultation on the right type and shade of paint.

Happy Painting!

 

Tips for painting your master bedroom

If you are thinking of repainting your master bedroom, give enough thought to selecting the paint colours as you spend roughly 1/3 of your day here.

Here are some tips to consider before you pick up a paintbrush.

Select a colour which relaxes you and envelopes you rather than stops you in your tracks because of its boldness or brightness.

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From furniture and accessories to the wall colour, create a space that gives you a sense of calm. Stay away from high energy colours such as bright reds and oranges.

Your bedroom should reflect your personality or your decorating style (or both), but there are a few things to keep in mind.  Rather than painting the entire bedroom a bright, bold colour, select a feature wall to bring in the colour you desire. You can also introduce bold colours through soft furnishings such as pillows, curtains, or even a piece of accent furniture.

We often suggest that you paint the wall behind the headboard a bold or deep highlight colour and paint the remaining walls a lighter, complementing colour.

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Add interest and depth to your overall decor in the master bedroom by layering colours. Like we said above, paint walls a neutral colour and then layer in colours through other means such as artwork, bed linen, curtains, an armchair or a loveseat. Spurts of colour add layers as well as texture.

Make sure the colours coordinate. For more contrast, pick colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. For a calming effect, choose colours alongside each other on the colour wheel.

Happy Painting!

How to paint a striped wall

Adding stripes to a wall in your kid’s bedroom or playroom will add a touch of fun and playfulness. Rather than installing wallpaper which is more expensive, you can often obtain the same result with paint.  And the best part is that it is an easy DIY project.

TOOLS & MATERIALS

drop cloth

ladder

high-quality paint roller

high-quality brush

paint tray

tape measuring

painter’s tape

paint

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You can really let your imagine run wild when painting stripes. Choose a single colour alternating matt and gloss sheen between stripes for a very subtle effect. Or try tone on tone stripes using two closely related shades of one colour for subtle contrast. Or for a bold effect, you can use contrasting colours.

Horizontal stripes can make a room look broader or larger while vertical lines can make the walls look taller or the ceiling higher. Consider the shape and size of the room before you select one or the other. Consider also whether you’re painting just one wall or an entire room.

Careful measuring is the key to a successful result. Decide on the width then measure and mark the walls. We suggest a minimum of 5” to 6″ and a maximum of 12” to 14″ wide. Thin lines look busy and very broad stripes can make a room feel heavy so somewhere in between is ideal.

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If you are changing the base wall colour, paint that first, then wait at least 48-72 hours till fully dry before taping the walls with painter’s tape for the stripes. Make sure the tape is flush with the wall to avoid any paint seeping underneath. Once you’ve taped the walls, check that everything is straight and well measured.

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Use high-quality products and tools. Start at the corners and work your way toward the center of the room (if it’s vertical stripes) or at the top or bottom of the wall and work your way toward the center of the wall (if it’s horizontal stripes).

Happy Painting!