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Should I Replace My Cabinets or Refinish Them?

September 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

Changing your cabinets is one of the quickest ways to completely transform a room.  You can paint the walls in your kitchen and replace the appliances, but if the cabinets are dated or drab, your hard work is in vain.  Updating the cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom, or other rooms of the house will add character and design to any room, and will of course also add value to your home.  The question many homeowners wrestle with is whether to buy new cabinetry or have the cabinets refinished by a great cabinet refinishing company.  

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What you need to know about replacing cabinets:

  • Replacing cabinets is exactly what it sounds like – tearing out the boxes, doors, drawers, hardware, and all, and buying and installing all new cabinetry.
  • Cabinet replacement is a great option if you have an unlimited budget.  Between cabinet replacement and refinishing, replacing cabinets is by far the more expensive option.  
  • Replacing cabinetry is also a good choice if you are planning to remodel, renovate, or completely gut the room.  Tearing out the cabinet boxes and putting in new ones is a costly, invasive, and time-consuming endeavor.  However, if you’re redoing the kitchen or bathroom, the layout of the countertops and cabinetry is likely changing, so replacing the cabinets would make sense.

 

What you need to know about refinishing cabinets:

  • Cabinet refinishing allows you to keep your full cabinetry, but change the color, design or style to whatever you want.  The doors and drawer fronts on your cabinets will be removed, and a good professional painting company will refinish them in the finish your select.  You may already have the perfect finish or color in mind.  Or, you may prefer to consult with the cabinet refinishing professionals you have hired, and together find the perfect design for your home.  Either way, once you have chosen your finish and style, the cabinet refinishing team will go to work to create the custom results you want.  
  • The best painting companies will first remove all doors and drawer fronts from your cabinets and take them offsite to be refinished.  Then, they’ll come to your home to prep and refinish the cabinet boxes.  Finally, they’ll attach your newly perfected cabinet doors and drawer fronts onto the freshly finished cabinet boxes, and the process is complete!  If you like the layout of your kitchen but want to update the cabinets or change the look of the room, refinishing is the best option for you.  
  • Cabinet refinishing is the the least invasive and most convenient option for changing your cabinets.  It’s also almost always the most economical option.  The best cabinet refinishing companies know how to apply all types of stains, lacquers, varnishes, and design techniques so that you can have the cabinets of your dreams.  That means that if you want to match the new cabinet color to your favorite dish pattern, or have a custom two-tone finish, or a stained wood finish with an accent glaze, you can!  If you choose to have your cabinets replaced, then you are limited to what the stores and manufacturers have to offer, but if you have them refinished by a highly-rated professional painting company, you can have whatever look you want.

 

At The Painting Craftsmen, we offer an unsurpassed level of quality in cabinet refinishing.  Our highly skilled refinishers will transform your cabinets with a tinted lacquer in the perfect color for your kitchen, a hand-detailed rub through finish, or an antique glaze to coincide with your home’s era.  We hand sand each door and drawer front, then hand spray each piece in our state-of-the-art spray booth, so that each door will have a smooth, even, high quality coating.  Many homeowners ask us to create a factory finish for their cabinets, which is no problem for us.  We stock the same catalyzed lacquer and conversion varnish that the manufacturer’s use, meaning your cabinets will have the same integrity and look as a brand new cabinet from the factory.  It’s easy to see why homeowners in downtown Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and throughout the region choose us for their painting and cabinet refinishing projects!  The Painting Craftsmen is the best Jacksonville FL cabinet refinishing company, and the evidence is in the quality of our work.  Cabinet refinishing is our specialty, and to us, it is an art.  We’d love the opportunity to give your cabinets a fresh and luxurious finish.

Tips for Painting Your Deck Vs. Staining It

August 24, 2017 at 9:08 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Here in Northeast Florida, the elements can really take a toll on the wood surfaces around your home. Your deck, dock, and fence are exposed to intense sunlight and UV rays that will fade wood and weaken the natural substance that holds together wood fibers. Humidity and heavy rains overwhelm wood with moisture, causing it to warp and crack as it then expands and contracts with changing temperatures. Wood that is unprotected or neglected is highly susceptible to these dangers, and will turn gray and eventually rot. The best thing you can do is protect the wood with a fresh application of stain or paint. Our tips can help you choose what is right for your fence, deck, trellis, or other wood surface.

Staining Tips:
A good quality stain will soak into the wood and fill the tiny gaps that would otherwise become filled with moisture from rain or humidity. The stain will penetrate the wood grain and seal it, making a barrier against moisture.
If the stain is tinted, it will shield the wood from UV rays, and the more pigment a stain has, the more protection it will provide.
Stain also does not chip or peel, so though it will fade as time goes by, your deck won’t become riddled with pesky peeling paint.
Stain is available in clear, semi-transparent, semi-solid, and solid color, so you can find the perfect look for your property.

Painting Tips:
The high solids content in paint helps to form a thick, opaque film on the wood’s surface that shields it from UV rays, resists moisture, and hides imperfections.
If you choose to paint your deck, we recommend a high quality water-based latex porch and floor paint, which will do a better job than oil-based paint in flexing with the wood as it expands and contracts with the elements.
Remember that even the highest quality paint jobs will eventually begin to peel. Even the best paint jobs will not last too long in the intense Florida climate of high heat and humidity and heavy rainfall.

Now that summer is here, you want to enjoy your deck, dock, and patio even more than ever. Do-it-yourself painting and staining projects are time-consuming chores, and hard, hot work that most homeowners do not want to take on. Instead, find a great painting company and trust the work to the skilled painting technicians.

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners rely on for all their painting and staining needs. Painting is our passion, and it shows – just ask our hundreds of clients throughout Jacksonville, San Marco, Ortega, Avondale, along the Beaches and beyond. We specialize in getting your deck ready for you to enjoy, so if you have rotten boards that need to be replaced, or if the surfaces need intense pressure washing and sanding, we are the professional deck refinishers for you. Call on the best deck refinishing company in town!

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Which Paint Sheen is Right for Your Painting Project?

August 3, 2017 at 8:19 am | No comment | Category: Blog

When planning your painting project, one of the biggest task can be selecting the right color.  This task becomes even bigger when you realize you also need to pick the right sheen for the surface you’ll be painting!  

What Is Sheen?

A paint’s sheen refers to its reflectivity which is plotted on a type of spectrum with flat finish and very little reflectivity on one end, and high gloss and a lot of reflectivity at the opposite end.  Sheen not only affects the way a painted surface looks, but also affects how the paint performs, so you to apply it where it will look the best and do the most good.

Here are tips for deciding which finish to paint where:

  • Flat finish: Flat finish reflects no light, and is perfect for hiding surface imperfections and providing an extremely smooth and even texture.  The downside to flat paint is that it has a porous texture that is highly susceptible to moisture and stains.  Flat paint is perfect for ceilings, in fact, flat and matte paint are the only sheens that should be used on ceilings.  Flat finish is also good for many types of interior walls, including bedrooms and guest rooms.  Flat paint does not do as well in bathrooms, kitchens, and kids rooms, where the susceptibility to moisture and stains can cause problems.
  • Eggshell finish:  This finish reflects very little light, and is also good at hiding imperfections on surfaces.  There is a slight amount of gloss in this finish, which makes it easier to clean than flat paint.  We recommend using eggshell finish on almost any kind of interior wall.  
  • Satin finish: This finish has more gloss than eggshell, and therefore is easier to clean and better at guarding against moisture.  As such, satin finish is perfect for trim and doors.  Nearly any exterior surface looks good in satin finish, including doors and windows, trim and accents, and the siding itself.  As you can imagine, satin finish is among the most popular finishes, due to its flexibility and aesthetic alike.
  • Semi-gloss: This finish is more durable than flat, eggshell, or satin finishes, and is significantly higher in gloss.  This means that while smooth to the touch, it does not provide as smooth of an appearance, and does not hide imperfections as well, but is better at resisting dirt and moisture and is a highly durable finish.  It’s also easy to wipe spills off of semi-gloss paint, allowing it to do well in kitchens and bathrooms and on trim and doors.
  • High gloss: This finish is rich in resin, meaning it is highly durable, resilient, and easy to clean.  It’s highly reflective and can highlight any imperfection on a surface.  High gloss paint can occasionally be used for interior trim and doors, particularly if you find that you need to clean or wipe the surfaces frequently.  High gloss paint also can be used on exterior doors, windows, trim, and accents, but is not recommended for siding.

Knowing which type of finish looks best on which type of surface is a big part of planning your interior or exterior painting job.  Many homeowners enjoy the process of researching and selecting the best sheens and finishes to use on each particular surface.  If you are not among these people, call on us to help you determine the best sheen for the surface that is to be painted.

The Best Jacksonville FL Painting Contractors

The Painting Craftsmen is the best professional painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their interior or exterior house painting projects.  Our technicians are highly trained experts, excited to tackle any painting project with skill and an artist’s eye.  We do high quality work from the prep all the way through to the final coatings of paint or stain.  Clients throughout Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Avondale, Ortega, downtown Jacksonville and beyond trust us as their expert painting company of choice.  Call on us for your home’s painting needs as well!

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3 Tips To Help Small Spaces Feel Bigger

April 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

With the right paint, you can create any type of space you want.  This goes for small spaces, too.  If you’re wondering what to do with the small or narrow room in your home, use our tips to choose paints that will open the space up and make it inviting and deceptively spacious.

  • White with accents – A room always looks largest when it’s painted white.  Plus, white rooms are extremely versatile.  They allow you to use nearly any item in decorating, and create a sort of “blank canvas” for incorporating any type of furniture, art, and other decor.  Start with an entirely white room and add a colorful accent wall.  Your accent wall could be a solid color, perhaps in a jewel tone or other bold color, or have high contrast stripes, or a faux finish technique.  As long as three of the four walls are white, the space will feel open.   
  • Light tones with intriguing contrast – Even if you don’t like the concept of white walls, you can still use the same concept of the white room with an accent wall.  Instead of white, however, choose a pale pastel or neutral, and then choose a clever contrast for the accent wall.  For example, you could paint three walls in a pale beige, and then choose a navy blue, emerald green, or warm brown for the accent wall.  Since the lighter the color is the larger the room will feel, when using this technique you’ll want your neutral or pastel walls to be quite pale.
  • Grays and blues  – Blues, grays, aquas, and other sea tones can fool the eye into thinking a room is more expansive than it actually is.  With the right sea tone – such as “Stone Lion” by Sherwin-Williams, “Coastal Fog” by Benjamin Moore, or “Skylight” by Farrow & Ball – you can paint both the walls and the trim the same color (or stick with standard white trim) and create a seemingly vast space.

It’s amazing what you can do with the right paint colors or combinations.  Take one of our tips and get creative with your tiny room — chances are it’ll feel more spacious and inviting than you knew it could!  If you’re still on the fence about which interior paint colors to use in your small space – or in any room of the house – call on the best professional painting company in your area and let the professional color consultants help you find your way!

The Best Painting Contractors in Jacksonville, FL

The Painting Craftsmen is the best professional painting service Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for their interior and exterior painting needs.  Our teams of painters specialize in delivering outstanding customer service along with the best painting job you can imagine for your home.  Let us transform your Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, or Atlantic Beach home with freshly painted walls in the colors you’ve been dreaming about.  Painting is our passion and it shows — we’re the best painting company in Northeast Florida and the best choice for your home!

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Three Important Features Your Interior Paint Must Have

February 9, 2017 at 9:44 am | No comment | Category: Blog

High quality paint is important for any painting project.  As you know, higher quality paint adheres better, is easier to apply and work with, covers better in fewer coats, lasts longer, and the list goes on and on.  When it comes to interior painting projects in particular, there are a few features you want to be absolutely sure your paint has.

  1. Low or No VOCs – VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are the gasses that are released by the solvents in paint.  Simply put, VOCs are what you might smell when applying paint to the wall.  These fumes can cause headaches and irritate your eyes and lungs, as well as those of any pets, kids, or other family members that are around while you do the painting.  These fumes can linger long after the project is completed – even up to years – as the paint cures.  When you’re hiring the best painters for your interior painting job, make sure they only use low- or no-VOC paint to keep you and your family away from all noxious fumes.  A good paint manufacturer will be able to reduce or eliminate these harmful VOCs without compromising quality or bumping up the cost.
  2. Cleanability – Do you have kids?  Pets?  Like to entertain?  You’ll want to be sure your interior paint scores high in cleanability, scrubbability, and/or washability.  These are all terms for the ability of the paint to withstand the cleaning chemicals and agitation that come with maintaining it and ridding it of spills and stains when needed.  If your paint scores low on these factors, that means that when you go to wipe away the spatter from spilled spaghetti, you’ll leave a mark on the painted surface.  Even if you clean away all spaghetti sauce, the residue from the cleaning solution you used, or even from plain water, would likely have discolored the paint permanently.  If your interior house paint scores high on washability, on the other hand, this means you’ll be able to blot and wipe up such spills as they happen, at no or very little change to the appearance of the painted wall.
  3. 100% Acrylic Binder – The binder, as the name suggests, is the ingredient that holds the rest of the material in the paint together.  A high quality binder provides better adhesion, better durability, and better coverage.  You want great coverage in your exterior painting project, too, but with interior paint, you’ll be looking at the walls a lot more closely, and spending a lot more time within the walls of each room than you likely will the outside of your house.  Therefore, find the paint that covers evenly.  Any paint that has less than 100% acrylic binder is lower quality than you want for your home’s walls.  Binders to avoid include vinyl acrylic and vinyl copolymer.

When it comes to interior painting, high quality paint is critically important.  However, even the best quality paint on the market won’t ensure a perfect paint job.  For a truly high quality paint job, hire the best painting company in your area and leave the prep work, the cutting in, the trim, the rolling, and everything else to the pros.  Interior painting is pitched as being an easy DIY project, but most homeowners find they can’t produce the results they want for their homes.  That’s where great house painters come in.  The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting service Jacksonville FL homeowners rely on for their painting needs.  Whether you want the fireplace painted, an accent wall, high quality cabinet refinishing, or a total overhaul of your home’s interior, we’re the best painting contractors and the ones to trust with your painting project.  

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The 7 Best Painting Tools Make the Job Easier

January 26, 2017 at 10:28 am | No comment | Category: Blog

The painting project you’re planning will be easier, more satisfying, and will yield better results if you invest in the right painting tools for the job. Here are the top 7 painting tools to make your project a success!

  • High-Quality Brushes: Brushes are available in a wide range of prices, and believe us– you want to invest in high-quality brushes, even if they’re priced higher than you’d expect. If you buy cheaper brushes, you’ll find they leave bristle hairs in the paint, drip paint as you go, and leave streaks in your paint strokes. A high-quality brush holds more paint without dripping, allows you to cut in straighter edges, and won’t leave bristles behind in the paint. They’re also more comfortable to hold. Buy several angled and straight-cut brushes with tapered edges in a highly rated brand, and your project is already off to a great start.
  • High-Quality Roller Covers: The right size and type of paint roller is critical to the success of your painting project. Roller covers are made from three main types of material: lamb’s wool, synthetic fabric, and foam, all in varying levels of pile thickness, and ranging from 4” to 18” in length. Rollers allow you to cover vast amounts of wall space efficiently and evenly, so it’s important to buy high-quality roller covers in the right material, pile length, and size for your project.
  • Ladders: For most painting projects, you’ll use a ladder for at least part of the job. Don’t be tempted to stand on chairs or stools or make choices that just aren’t safe. If you’re just painting your bathroom, you might only need a step ladder, and if you’re painting your home’s exterior, you’ll likely need a 20’ or 40’ foot extension ladder, etc. The newer the ladder, the safer it likely is, and the lighter and easier to carry around it most certainly is.
  • Extensions: For some painting projects, you might not even need a ladder, especially if you have an extension pole on hand. With your brush or roller attached to an extension pole, you’ll be able to reach high corners, paint the ceiling, and, when paired with a ladder, coat vaulted entryways, tall peaks, and generally any area of your house you need to paint.
  • Putty Knife: Prep work is key in any painting project, and nothing prepares a wall better than a good putty knife. You’ll use a putty knife to spackle gashes, fill holes, help you patch plaster, scrape away old paint, and more. Depending on the type of project you have planned, you have two types of putty knife to choose from. A flexible blade is great for applying and smoothing over various compounds, and the hard, stiff blade is best for scraping paint and smoothing over wall coverings.
  • Painters Tape: Tape allows you to seal off areas that you don’t want to be painted, such as trim that you’ve already painted, or light fixtures, etc. Simple masking tape is not sufficient for this, and will allow paint to seep under its edges. Instead, invest in highly-rated painter’s tape, which creates a stronger seal around edges and allows you to do more detailed, careful work.
  • Drop Cloth: The best way to protect your flooring, a piece of furniture, or another item is to cover it with a drop cloth. If you use an old towel or other fabric you have lying around, it may allow paint to seep through. Good quality drop cloths are designed to protect the item beneath it from paint spatter, make cleanup go faster, and in general, ensure paint is only left on the surfaces you want it to go on.

The best painting tools and supplies will help your project go well. However, even the best supplies on the market won’t ensure a great painting job, and without the right experience, preparation, and training or research, it could end in disaster. Make it easy on yourself and trust your project to a great painting contractor! The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for their painting projects big and small, interior and exterior. Let our highly trained teams of specialists give your home the paint job you’re dreaming of. We’re known throughout Riverside Avondale, Mandarin, San Marco, Atlantic Beach, and Jacksonville for our high-quality work and attention to detail. We’d love to provide the same to you!

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High Quality Paint: Worth the Investment

December 16, 2016 at 8:47 am | No comment | Category: Blog

A good paint job is only as good as its materials.  If you’re tempted to save a few dollars and buy the inexpensive paint, don’t give in!  High quality paint will cover better, save you time, give you the results you’re dreaming of, and ultimately will likely cost less than if you grab the low grade paint.  

Here is the scoop on why it’s important to only use top quality 100% acrylic latex paint in your home:

  • Adhesion – Superior binding agents in high quality paints help them to better adhere to any surface.
  • Camouflage – High quality paints can hide the previous coatings underneath, often covering in fewer coats – or even a single coat.  They also cover flaws in the drywall, dents, filled nail holes, etc. better and more evenly.
  • Spatter resistance – Good quality paint is formulated in a way that creates less spatter while it’s being applied.
  • Seamless application – High quality paint goes on evenly, and brush marks or roller marks tend to even out as you go.
  • Stain resistance – Top quality paints form a stronger barrier against soils and grime, preventing them from sinking in to the coating.
  • Scrubbability – High quality paint can stand up to scrubbing, should you need to apply some “elbow grease” to go after a stain or heavily soiled area.  Heavy scrubbing won’t damage the surface of a good quality paint.
  • Mildew / mold resistance – If you’re seeking to keep mildew and mold at bay, there are paints that are formulated to do so, and high quality versions of such paints will be able to provide superior protection against such stains.
  • Fade resistance – High quality paint is better at resisting fading, and here in Florida, that’s a big issue to consider!  You’ll probably deliberate at length when choosing the perfect color for your home, so be sure that color will stay true, even in the blazing sun.
  • Touch-ups – Top quality paint makes touch-ups less noticeable.
  • Cost – The best quality paint typically covers in a single coat.  When you’re calculating the cost of your project, it’s tempting to reach for the less expensive paint, but be warned that low quality paint will require multiple coats to achieve the same results as a single coat of high quality paint.  Save yourself money and invest in top quality paint.
  • Time – High quality paint that covers in a single coat will save you money and will save you time.  After painting a room in a low grade paint, you’ll need to go back to your starting point and repeat the process several times to get the right coverage.  If you use a high quality paint instead, you’ll likely only paint the room once!

The best – and possibly only – way to ensure you home is protected against the elements, looking beautiful inside and out, and didn’t cost you extra time or money is to invest in high quality paint and high quality materials, and have the paint applied by a highly-rated professional painting company with skilled artisan painters.  That’s where we come in!  The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting service Jacksonville FL homeowners trust for their painting projects.  We are known for our quality, and that includes quality of work and the knowledge that high quality materials produce the results our clients want.  Homes throughout Riverside Avondale, San Marco, downtown Jacksonville, and all along the beaches have received quality paint jobs from our skilled painting technicians.  Call on us to make your painting project dream a reality!

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Protect Your Home With A Fresh Coat Of Paint

November 16, 2016 at 10:33 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Beyond transforming the appearance of your home, a fresh coat of paint offers vast protection against the elements, which is extremely important here in Florida. Here are some of the ways in which a high quality, professional paint application can protect your home:

 – UV rays: We all know the importance of applying sunscreen to protect our skin from the powerful sunlight and UV rays. Without the proper protection, your home will also suffer damage and drastically fade due to ultraviolet rays.

 – Mold and mildew: Mold and mildew are troublesome to many homes in the area, due to our warm, damp climate. Issues such as these can turn even the most beautiful home into an eyesore. If the paint on your home is not intact, a mold or mildew infestation can cause extensive damage by allowing moisture into the walls, encouraging dry rot and fungus growth, and causing structural damage to the house. Proper prep work is important in these cases, as paint alone cannot kill mold spores. You’ll need to thoroughly clean the surface, usually by pressure washing and including a chlorine based cleaning solution. After that, if further steps need to be taken, your exterior painting contractor will be able to recommend a great quality paint that is formulated with mildewcides to counteract future problems.

– Deterioration: Paint helps to seal into the wood all natural resins and other oils that might otherwise be weathered out. As time goes by, a hairline crack can appear in the stucco of your home, or a gash in a wood panel can become a large crack, allowing moisture in, and opening up the siding of your house to numerous problems. Paint provides great protection against such issues.

– Moisture and leaks: A painted surface slows the penetration of exterior moisture into wood. Here in Florida, we have high humidity year round, and rain and thunderstorms can be daily occurrences. When your home has received a high quality topcoat by a great professional painting company, you can rest assured that the corners are sealed, gaps are caulked, and your home will remain safe and dry, whatever the weather.

To protect your home against these elements really takes a three-pronged approach:

–  First, the best paint must be selected. You can do your research, or you can call on a highly rated professional painting contractor to do the job, and take comfort in knowing that the professionals have already done the research for you. The best painting contractor will be an expert in any and all paints and finishes and will be able to recommend the best latex paint, stain, or other finish for your home.

–  Second, proper prep work is critically important in protecting your home. Even if you select the best possible paint for your home, if you simply apply it over the mildew without first eradicating the source of the problem, your efforts are in vain.

–  Third, you need to find the right team for the job. Some homeowners enjoy complex DIY projects in the hot sun. If you’re embarking on a house painting project, be sure to research the best paint for your home’s needs, the techniques that are right for your type of home, and set aside the time for the job. Note that certain exterior paint jobs require important but lesser known safety measures. For example, if you’ll be applying paint that contains mildewcides, you’ll need to wear a mask, safety gloves, and safety goggles. Alternately, many other homeowners prefer to find the best exterior house painting company in the area and trust the work to the professionals!

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL residents trust with their homes, and we’re the right company for your painting project! Our technicians excel at prepping and painting wood paneling, cedar shake, stucco, and all other styles commonly found here in San Marco, Riverside, Mandarin, Nocatee, and throughout the Jacksonville area. Our teams of exterior painters are trained extensively and have the experience that a complex, taxing job like this requires. The best thing you can do for your home is protect it from the elements and premature deterioration. That just happens to be our specialty. Call today and let’s get your home on our schedule!

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The Perfect Neutral Paint Color For Your Home

September 28, 2016 at 11:17 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Neutral paint colors are timeless, flexible, and easy to use. If you’re wondering whether neutral tones are right for your home, our tips can help!

Here’s when to use neutral paint colors in your room and home:

You want to decorate with an accent wall. Crimson, magenta, turquoise, and cerulean are beautiful colors, but may create a bolder look than you’re going for when they cover every wall in the room. Instead, apply your bright, bold color of choice to an accent wall, and then cover the remaining walls in a soft gray or taupe.

You’re not “good with colors.” If you’re one of the countless homeowners who claims to have no “eye” for color, neutral paint colors will save the day. Instead of fretting over innumerable shades of mauve, marigold, and burnt sienna, find a simple cream or beige and relax.

Your home has a specific style. Is your San Marco home a Spanish Revival villa? Is your Mandarin home a classic Mid-Century Modern gem? Do you live in a historic Craftsman style bungalow in Riverside Avondale? Regardless of your home’s era and style, there is a historically-accurate neutral tone for every room in the house – and for the exterior of the house, as well.

Your home has NO specific style. Most of us live in homes that are a mix of styles, eras, and design elements — and neutral tones are just as easy to use in these situations.

You want clean and modern. Nothing says simple, streamlined, clean, and modern like a pale gray or an off-white with cool undertones.

You want warm and welcoming. On the other hand, nothing is as welcoming and cozy as a warm, medium beige or soft cream.

You want easy. Incorporating neutrals into your home is as easy as it gets. Your paint manufacturer of choice will have dozens of color choices. Simply grab a few paint swatches and start planning your painting projects! When you find a good painting contractor for the job, a great professional painter will be happy to help you pinpoint some specific tones and hues for your home.

Want some specifics in the meantime? Here are some of our favorite neutrals:

Grays: Dorian Gray (Sherwin-Williams), Silver Strand (Sherwin-Williams), Pike’s Peak Gray (Benjamin Moore), No. 275 (Farrow & Ball), Fossil Grey (Glidden)
Beiges: Cedar Key (Benjamin Moore), Featherstone (Benjamin Moore), Dhurrie Beige (Sherwin-Williams), Grassy Savannah (Behr)
Creams/Off-Whites: Olympus White (Sherwin-Williams), Palais White (Behr), Marshmallow (Sherwin-Williams) Mountain Peak White (Benjamin Moore) No. 239 (Farrow & Ball)

There is nothing you can’t do with neutral paint! Take the guesswork out of your painting project by opting for neutrals, and take the worry and hassle out of the job by finding the best painting company in your neighborhood to do the work!

At The Painting Craftsmen, we pride ourselves in our skill, our keen eye for detail, and the training and experience to make each room in your house even more beautiful than you dreamed. Ask any of our clients throughout northeast Florida and they’ll tell you that we’re the best professional painting contractors in town and the company to trust with your project.

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Pro Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets

September 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

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When your kitchen is in need of a facelift, the best thing you can do is to refinish the cabinets. Refinishing cabinets is the smart and cost-effective alternative to replacing them. When a change of this magnitude is in order, most homeowners choose to paint their cabinets. Here are our pro tips for making your cabinet painting project a success:

  • Set aside time. First and foremost, make sure you allot enough time for your project. Cabinet refinishing and painting is a huge job, and for most homeowners, it is not a simple weekend project. You’ll need to set up, prep, paint several coatings (letting each coating dry), and clean up, all of which takes time and work.
  • Make a plan. There’s a lot to do before you open the lid on your first can of paint. The first thing to do is make a plan for your project. For example, make a system for remembering which drawer pulls and knobs go to which drawers and cabinets faces, and for remembering the positioning of the cabinet faces themselves.
  • Set up a workspace. In the kitchen itself, clear out as much stuff as you can. All dishes and silverware will need to be removed. You’ll also want to remove any freestanding appliances, or anything else that can give you more room to work. Out in the garage, set up a work table (or two).
  • Remove hardware. Remove all knobs, pulls, etc., as well as their hinges. Put all hardware together and out of the way.
    Make the surface as smooth as possible. Before applying any coating, you want to make the cabinet faces – and anything else that is to be painted – as smooth as possible. This means filling any dents and gashes with a good wood filler or spackle and giving all surfaces a good cleaning. Use an abrasive sponge to scrub away greasy fingerprints, cooking oil, and food spills. The cleaner and smoother the surface is, the better the coatings will adhere!
  • Apply the proper coatings. You’ll want to start with a stain-blocking primer. Let the primer dry and lightly sand it after it dries. Follow with a coat of your paint of choice. If you select high quality paint, you’ll likely be able to cover the cabinet faces and boxes with only a couple of coats. If you opt for the inexpensive paint, you’ll probably need to do several more coats.
  • Use the right tools for the job. Instead of paint brushes, use rollers. Specifically, use the Whizz roller covers for application.
  • Give yourself plenty of ventilation. When working in the garage or outside at your worktable, this should be no problem. When working in the kitchen itself, however, be sure to have windows open, and keep children and pets in another end of the house.
  • Have fun! DIY projects should be fun, and cabinet painting is no exception. However, if the job turns out to be too much, call on the best professional painting service in your area and let the professional painting contractors take care of your project for you.

Think carefully before painting your kitchen cabinets. This is a huge undertaking, even for highly experienced DIY aficionados. Cabinet refinishing is one of those home improvement tasks that is really best left to a great professional painting company. Save yourself the sweat, hassle, and mess, and just call the pros!

If you live in Northeast Florida, The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting service and the company to trust with your cabinet refinishing project. Cabinet refinishing is our passion, and we only hire experienced and highly skilled craftsmen for our team. Our craftsmen can create the factory finish of your choice and transform your kitchen into something you’ve only dreamed about! Homes throughout Ortega, Avondale, San Marco, Ponte Vedra Beach, and downtown Jacksonville FL know that for the best painting job, the only painting contractor to call is The Painting Craftsmen. Call today and let us get started on your project!

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