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All About Exterior Stain

January 11, 2022 at 9:29 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Exterior Painting Services

If your home has cedar shake or natural wood siding, you get to make the choice between paint and stain when determining how to protect it from the elements.  Many homeowners choose paint, which safely and completely seals the wood under the film of quality paint.  But what exactly is exterior stain, and how do you know if stain is the right choice for your house?

Benefits of Stain:

  • It protects your home from the elements and water damage, just as other quality topcoats do.
  • It’s easy to apply, and it doesn’t require the rigorous surface prep and primers that paint requires.
  • It’s resistant to peeling.
  • It showcases the wood’s natural grain or texture while still providing protection.
  • It’s available in 3 major types, so you can find the best stain for your home’s exterior!

Types of Stain:

  • Solid Color – These opaque stains behave much like paint and hide much of the wood grain and other imperfections on the home’s surface. Sanding is recommended prior to applying solid color stain.  Solid color stains offer high protection and a high-quality solid color stain application done by one of the best painting companies in the area can last for 5-7 years, and in certain cases, up to a decade!
  • Semisolid / Semi-transparent – Semisolid stain, also known as semi-transparent stain, does not include as much pigmentation as solid color stain. Good quality semisolid stain generally needs to be reapplied every 3-5 years.
  • Clear – Clear stains, also called clear toners, are extremely translucent. The pigments in clear stains block UV rays and therefore offer protection, and can offer a tint of warmth or color, but do not affect the wood grain.  You’ll need to reapply every few years, or even annually.

If your home has cedar shake or natural wood siding, exterior stain is a great way to keep it looking great and protected from the weather.  Paint is also a great choice, and there are many high-quality topcoats to choose from. But you must choose one or the other; if you leave the wood siding bare and uncoated, the wood will turn gray and rot, and water intrusion issues will occur, among other issues.  The best thing to do for your house is to hire the best local painting contractor to apply a high-quality topcoat to your house to keep it safe and looking sharp!

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville homeowners have relied on for years.  Here in Northeast Florida, we realize the importance of keeping homes protected against water damage, UV rays, and other issues, and our teams of expert painters excel at exterior painting.  We’re the trusted painting service for homes throughout Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Atlantic Beach, Riverside, and San Marco, and we’d love to take great care of your home as well!

Painting Shiplap

December 9, 2021 at 11:30 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Design Trends, Painting Services

Shiplap continues to be popular interior design trend, appearing in everything from farmhouse design to transitional homes.  So how do you paint shiplap siding?  Our pro tips can help!

  1. Clean & Remove Dust – Prior to painting nearly any surface, you’ll lightly sand the surface in order to help the new coating adhere. In the case of preparing shiplap to be painted, you’ll want to be careful and take extra time to remove as much dust as possible from the grooves between the shiplap boards.  If you don’t clean the grooves, they’ll be trickier and more time consuming to evenly coat.
  2. Prep Nail Holes – If nail holes are visible in the shiplap siding, remove any dust from around them and fill them with paintable caulk. When the caulk has dried, lightly sand the areas and wipe away the dust.  As you roll the paint, take note of the nail holes and be sure the areas are getting coated evenly.  If they aren’t you may need to re-caulk and re-sand them.  With shiplap siding, smoothness is the look you want!
  3. Roller & Artist’s Brush – Use a roller to evenly coat the shiplap boards and use a small paintbrush, sometimes called an “artist’s brush” to paint inside the grooves between shiplap boards. When painting panels or shiplap, pay close attention to the grooves to be sure no area gets skipped.  Once you pass over the shiplap with your roller, use the small brush to make sure paint gets into every crack and crevice.

Different types of siding require different skills and even different types of material, and shiplap siding is no different.  Many homeowners in our area, including Ponte Vedra, Riverside, San Marco, Fleming Island, and the Beaches, choose to skip the hassle and call on a highly rated professional painting company for their interior painting projects.  The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting contractor Jacksonville FL residents trust with their homes, and it’s because of our commitment to quality, our attention to detail, and our devotion to our customers.  If you’re ready for a high quality paint job, call on The Painting Craftsmen!

Fall Facelift for Your Deck

November 22, 2021 at 8:57 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Deck Refinishing

One of the best reasons to live in Northeast Florida is because we get to spend time outside on the deck and patio all year long!  An important tip from good painting contractors in the area is that when the Fall weather arrives, you should think about what your deck needs to stay in great shape for the coming season.

  1. Repair Damages – Take a good look at the surface and edges of your deck. Are any boards loose?  Is any wood rotten?  Have any nails popped, or are there any areas of rough wood or splinters?  Any of these things can be dangerous when you and family and friends are enjoying the deck, so these problems need to be addressed.  Plan on a weekend deck refinishing DIY project or call on one of the best local painting contractors and tell them you need a team of deck refinishers to remove the rotten wood, replace damaged boards, and get your deck back into shape.
  2. Deep Clean – Is mildew or mold growing anywhere on your deck? Or has dirt and sand been building up for far too long?  Often the first part of giving your deck a “facelift” is to pressure wash the boards.  You can rent a DIY pressure washer and invest in the right cleaning products, or you can call a highly rated pressure washing service in your area and leave the job to the professionals.  We recommend First Coast Home Pros pressure washing team to our Jacksonville FL customers, and they love the results!
  3. Fresh Coat of Paint or Stain – Is the paint peeling on your deck? Have you noticed cracks in the finish?  A fresh coat of paint or stain is one of the best ways to make your deck look great, but it’s also an important way to protect it from the elements.  When the coatings fail on your deck, they will crack and peel, causing moisture to get in and absorb into the wood.  This will cause wood rot, and your decking will be in trouble.  The ultimate way to give your deck a facelift and protect it is to call the best painting company in your area and let the professionals take care of your deck.

You deserve to enjoy your outdoor spaces year-round, and the best local deck refinishers help make that happen!  The Painting Craftsmen is the best deck staining service Jacksonville FL residents trust with their homes.  We’ve provided high quality work and outstanding customer service to homeowners throughout Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra, Mandarin, and Riverside who call on us for exterior painting, interior painting, garage flooring installation, cabinet refinishing, and deck refinishing.  We’d love to help keep your home and patio looking great!

Why Choose Cabinet Refinishing?

October 26, 2021 at 7:48 am | No comment | Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Blog, Cabinet Refinishing, Kitchen Cabinets

You’ve heard a lot about cabinet refinishing, but might not know exactly what it entails.  Maybe it sounds too good to be true – a great cabinet refinishing team comes to your home, finds out exactly what you want for your cabinets, applies quality stain to the cabinet boxes, and removes all doors and drawer fronts and takes them to their shop to work their magic and create the custom look you’ve been dreaming of!  It’s not too good to be true.  In fact, it’s exactly what the best cabinet refinishing companies in the area do.

Here are reasons to refinish the cabinets in your kitchen, bar, mudroom, and bathroom:

  • Save Money – Redoing or completely renovating your kitchen or bathroom costs an exorbitant amount of cash. Hiring a good painting company with an expert cabinet refinishing team to redo the cabinets will help to create an all-new look in your kitchen at a fraction of the cost.
  • Custom Work – Good cabinet refinishers are true artists. They’re trained to apply the best topcoats and then add detail work by hand, creating truly custom, one-of-a-kind cabinetry in your home.  You’ll never walk into your neighbor’s house and find the same cabinets there, because yours are completely unique, just for you and your home, and exactly what you’ve imagined.
  • “Start Over” – Even if you like your kitchen and aren’t looking to give it a facelift or different look, cabinet refinishing provides a great way to “start over.” Over time, cabinet drawers and doors take a real beating.  They get spattered with juice, cooking oil, and any number of other things, and they get dented, scratched, and covered in a thin (or not so thin) layer of grime.  The best cabinet refinishers can make these problems go away and can give your kitchen or mudroom cabinets a fresh start.  Cleaning, sanding, finishing, and applying a fresh coat of the paint or stain will freshen up your kitchen like you won’t believe!
  • Good Investment – Any improvement you make to your home increases its value, and custom cabinet refinishing is no different. Furthermore, you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whether preparing meals for your family, hosting friends, or just naturally congregating in the heart of the home.  Make the kitchen look good by investing in quality cabinet refinishing when your cabinetry needs to be refreshed.

Is it time for your master bathroom or kitchen to have the cabinets refinished?  The Painting Craftsmen is the best cabinet refinisher Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their homes, and we’re the ones to call on for your custom cabinet refinishing and refacing.  Cabinet refinishing remains one of our most popular services year-round, and it’s because we really are exceptional at it.  Our highly trained cabinet refinishing team has provided outstanding services to homes throughout Ponte Vedra, Atlantic Beach, Mandarin, Riverside, Nocatee, and throughout Jacksonville Florida, and we’d be honored to add you to our list of raving fans!

Removing Paint from Surfaces

August 7, 2021 at 10:13 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Paint Removal, Painting Services

When you’re wrapping up your DIY painting project, you may find that drips, drops, and spatter have gotten onto some of the surfaces around the house.  Small amounts of paint spatter can spray onto the flooring, countertops, and other areas of your home, even when you carefully prep the area before painting and rolling.

The best way to remove paint from flooring, furniture, or other surfaces, is to carefully and thoroughly wipe it away with a painter’s rag or old cloth as soon as it happens, while the paint is still wet.  Once the paint drops dry, they’re harder to remove.  When paint spills onto concrete and hardens, it can typically be safely removed with a household cleaner and a stiff bristled brush, causing no damage to the surface.  However, many other household surfaces require greater care in removing dried paint without damaging the material.  For example, if you need to remove dried paint from linoleum and vinyl flooring, hardwood flooring, wood furniture, natural stone, and certain other surfaces, approach the project very carefully.

Use these steps as a guide when you need to remove paint from surfaces around your home:

  1. Manufacturer’s Guides – Always consult the manufacturer’s instructions before applying a cleaning product or using a tool on the surface. Certain solutions can void the warranty, so always check the product’s guidelines before embarking on a paint removal project.
  2. Start Simple – It’s best to start with the smallest step, such as the gentlest cleaning solution, and work your way up. In the case of dried paint removal, this can mean starting with a mixture of warm water and a few drops of dish soap, rather than a harsh cleaning chemical.  Even when removing hardened paint, avoid using alcohol, mineral spirits, or other harsh chemicals, as these are very likely to cause damage to many household surfaces.  Similarly, try using a plastic scraper like a spatula or credit card to remove dried paint rather than using a metal putty knife blade, steel wool, or other aggressive tool which will likely scratch and damage the surface.
  3. Test Area – Anytime you are going to apply a cleaning solution, even a simple one, always test the mixture in an inconspicuous area of the surface to be sure that the product does not cause any damage to the surface.
  4. Patience – To preserve your flooring, furniture, and other surfaces while cleaning up after an interior painting project, you’ll need patience and some “elbow grease” to safely remove dried paint. By avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasive tools, it may take longer to remove the hardened house paint, but it will be worth the wait because you’ll have protected your home’s surfaces.

When planning your next interior painting project, call on a great professional painting company to get results you love.  There are many good local house painters, but The Painting Craftsmen is the best professional painting contractor Jacksonville FL homeowners choose for their exterior and interior painting projects, cabinet refinishing projects, and more.  Our customers in Mandarin, Riverside, San Marco, Atlantic Beach, and throughout Jacksonville love our commitment to high quality work and outstanding customer service, and we’d love to provide the same for you!

5 Timeless Color Combinations

June 19, 2021 at 10:35 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Painting Colors

Fads and trends come and go, and many homeowners prefer to paint their homes in colors that will stand the test of time.  Here are 5 classic color combinations that won’t soon go out of style!

  • White on White – White siding with white trim is a timeless combination. It’s clean and sleek, it works on any style of home, and it works in any environment and neighborhood.
  • Gray and White – Gray siding and white trim is a favorite color combination that creates a look that is both modern and timeless. Settle on your favorite shade of gray, pair it with crisp white trim, and have some fun choosing a bold, bright color for your front door or other accent.
  • Once Color, Two Tones – Use varying shades of one color for a timeless and sophisticated exterior paint job. For example, consider light gray with dark gray trim and accents, or tan with khaki, or sage green with forest green.
  • Warm Yellow with Cream – Here in Northeast Florida, we love warmth and beach colors, but sunny yellow isn’t just for Jacksonville. Warm, light tones of yellow coupled with cream trim is a cheery and inviting color combination that creates a timeless look in any region.
  • Black on White – A white home with black shutters, windows, or accents is classic and will always be in style.

These classic color combinations will work on your home whether you live on the beach in Ponte Vedra, or a historic home in Riverside, or an atomic ranch in San Marco.  Choosing the best exterior paint for your home is a big decision, but don’t let it overwhelm you.  Call on a great professional painting contractor in your area and lean on their expertise!  The Painting Craftsmen is the best professional painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their homes, and we’re here to help with your project too!  For high quality work and attention to detail, combined with outstanding customer service, call on us!

How to Paint Your Ceiling

May 1, 2021 at 10:13 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Interior Painting Services

Ceilings are supposed to blend into the background and they can be all but forgotten until a water stain appears, or an area becomes discolored, or you have to make a repair.  When that time comes, how do you paint your ceiling the right way?  Our tips can help you plan your ceiling painting DIY project!

  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need dropcloths, painter’s plastic, painter’s tape, rollers and roller covers, an extension pole, roller tray, and brushes.  You’ll also need a step ladder.  Of course you’ll also need to have your paint and primer on hand.  We recommend high quality interior latex primer and paint.  The paint should be flat or matte finish, and though white or very light neutral colors are generally recommended, there is still room to get creative in your color choice.
  2. Cover and protect. Before you open the first can of primer, take the time to cover and protect the room. Move out any furniture you can and cover remaining furniture with painter’s plastic.  The more you clear out the room, the easier it will be for you to move around inside the room and set up your ladder and work unencumbered, and the less you’ll have to cleanup later.  Arrange canvas dropcloths over the floor and push the edge of the dropcloth all the way up to the wall trim.  Remove as much from the ceiling itself as possible.  For example, remove light coverings so that just the bulb is exposed, and remove vent covers.  You can cover fan blades to make cleanup easier after the project is finished.
  3. Set up. Set up your ladder and be sure that between your ladder and the extension pole, you can safely reach all areas of the ceiling.  If there are areas you can’t reach, you’ll need to borrow or invest in a taller ladder, or hire a great local painting company to do the work – they’ll have all tools, ladders, and materials to do the job right!
  4. Tape walls and features. (Note: If you’ll be painting the rest of the room, you can skip this step, since you’ll paint the walls when you’re done painting the ceiling.)  Use long strips of painter’s tape to mask off the wall where it meets the ceiling.  Press the tape firmly into place so that no ceiling paint seeps underneath the paint and onto the walls.  If you have exposed beams or other features on your ceiling, you’ll need to tape off these areas as well.
  5. Apply primer. Don’t rush or skimp on the primer step!  The right high-quality primer will fill in dents and gaps, form a barrier against stains, and create a smooth surface for the paint to go over.  One coat of primer may be adequate, but let it fully dry and then assess the coverage; a second coat may very well be needed.
  6. Apply the topcoat(s). If you chose a good primer and applied it well, you will likely only need to apply a single topcoat of ceiling paint.  Just like you did during the primer step, though, let the first coat fully dry and then assess it for coverage.
  7. Put everything back. When you’re happy with your painted ceiling, put the room back in order.  Remove the tape, reinstall light fixtures or vent covers, roll up and either discard or launder dropcloths, and arrange your furniture back as you like it.  Then, sit back, look up, and admire your work!

Like any painting project, ceiling painting can be a breeze, or it can become a hassle, depending on how much time you have, how much patience you have, and what type of planning goes into your DIY project.  Skip the hassle altogether by calling on the best professional painting company in your area and letting the pros take care of the entire project!

There are many great painting contractors in town, but The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their Mandarin, Atlantic Beach, San Marco, and Nocatee homes.  We love what we do, and we take great pride in transforming your home into a place you truly love.  When the time comes to paint your ceiling, or take care of other interior painting, exterior painting, or cabinet refinishing, trust the job to us!

Plan Your Cabinet Refinishing Job

April 11, 2021 at 12:06 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Cabinet Refinishing

If you are like most of our clients, your kitchen is the vibrant center of your home and the room your family naturally congregates in, so shouldn’t it be a warm, inviting space that you love?  If your cabinets are looking dull or dated, it’s time to plan an expert cabinet refinishing job with the best local cabinet refinisher!  Here are some tips as you begin planning to redo your kitchen cabinets:

  1. What high quality cabinet finish do you want? Good cabinet refinishers offer boundless options, so consider whether you want solid color lacquer, tinted lacquer, accent glaze, antique or distressed glaze, or something else you’re dreaming up.
  2. Get specific! Do you have a color – or color combination – in mind, or are you overwhelmed by your options?  Great cabinet refinishing services offer expertise in choosing the right colors for you painting project!  At The Painting Craftsmen, our expert project managers understand paint and stain, color and palettes, and style and design elements, and would love to help you design a look you truly love for your kitchen cabinetry.
  3. Know what to expect. High quality cabinet refinishing jobs don’t happen overnight, but with the right planning and prep, they’ll be done efficiently and you’ll be enjoying your new kitchen in no time.  Generally, your cabinet doors and drawer fronts are removed and taken to be custom painted and/or sprayed in a custom built spray booth with the best equipment in the field.  Another part of the refinishing project takes place inside your home, during which your cabinet boxes and other elements are painted and hand detailed according to the design you’ve selected.

There are many great painting companies in the area, but The Painting Craftsman is the best cabinet refinishing company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on to create the kitchens of their dreams.  Our skilled technicians have been extensively trained and have experience applying all types of topcoats in order to create results our customers love.  Your Ponte Vedra, Atlantic Beach, Mandarin, or San Marco kitchen will look amazing when we’re done!  Give us a call and let’s start planning your custom cabinet refinishing project!

Pro Tips for Painting Trim

Painting trim is detailed work and takes skill and precision to master.  Pro tips from an award-winning local painting company (us!) will help you achieve great results when painting the trim in your home!

  1. Supplies – First, there are a few supplies you need on hand for any great paint job, including trim painting: sandpaper or sanding blocks (100- or 120-grit), putty and knife, painter’s tape, dropcloths, paint brushes, paint try and/or pail, and of course the paint itself (high quality interior latex paint).
  2. Clean – You’ll need to clean the surface of the trim or else your hard work will be in vain and the paint won’t apply correctly. Use a dry cloth to wipe away spider webs and dust.  Follow with a damp cloth to clean away grime buildup.
  3. Sand & Make Repairs – After cleaning, go over the trim with your sanding block or sandpaper. The purpose of this is primarily to dull down any shine, but it’s also good to smooth down any imperfections.  If you see nail holes, dents, or cracks, fill them with the putty and smooth them over as you go.
  4. Painters’ Tape – Painter’s tape plays a key role in achieving crisp, clean lines in your paint job. Take the time to apply long strips of painter’s tape, usually at least several feet long, and press the tape firmly onto the wall next to the trim you’ll be painting.  Be sure to press hard so the tape adheres firmly and evenly to prevent trim paint from seeping onto the walls.
  5. Coatings – If you’re painting bare, unpainted wood trim, you’ll need to first apply at least one coat of high-quality interior primer. Let the first coat dry, and if you still see bare wood, apply a second coat.  Once primer coats have dried, finish with a smooth coating of high quality interior latex paint.  You can pull up the painter’s tape while the paint is still wet.

Once you’ve applied your final topcoat, just stand back and admire your good work!  It’s amazing what a difference a great trim painting job can make to the look of the room, and thought it’s careful, time-consuming work, it’s well worth it when you see those crisp, clean lines and bright white trim!

Great local painting companies can take care of the interior painting for you, too, including all trim work.  There are many good Jacksonville FL painting companies, but The Painting Craftsmen is the best choice for high quality work that will last.  Our expert interior painters are known for their eye for detail and precision as well as efficiency, and we’re the trusted painting contractor to homeowners throughout Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra, Riverside Avondale, San Marco, and Mandarin.  We specialize in high quality coatings and great customer service, so if you’d like the job done right, call on The Painting Craftsmen!

3 Tips for Exterior Paint Color

November 16, 2020 at 3:44 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Exterior Painting Services, Painting Services

Choosing the paint for your home’s exterior is a big decision!  A high-quality paint job will last for years, so you want to select the right colors, taking into account your personal taste, as well as the neighborhood and environment your home is a part of.

Here are tips from the best local painting company – us! – to help you can find the best exterior paint colors for your house:

  1. Style – Think about the style of your home and whether you want colors that reinforce that style. For example, Riverside Avondale neighborhoods have many Craftsman style homes, which typically incorporate warm neutrals and earth tones.  San Marco and Miramar neighborhoods include midcentury modern homes and Spanish colonial style houses which are often painted white or cream to complement terra cotta roof tiles and dark ironwork accents.  Beach houses along Ponte Vedra or Atlantic Beach are often more contemporary in style and would look great in color schemes of light, airy neutrals or seaside hues that reinforce this style.  Many house styles incorporate 3 colors – the main color, trim color, and an accent color, and homeowners often like to research the style of their houses and then choose colors that enhance it.
  2. Unchangeable Elements – Be sure to consider the parts of your home and property that are permanent, or at least cannot be changed easily. You’ll want to find a paint that does not clash with the color of your roof, or brick pavers, or stone accents you intend to keep.  Also consider the landscaping, particularly any flowering trees, to be sure you choose colors that will go well with the natural elements that surround your home.
  3. Setting – Consider your own neighborhood and street. If you are part of a homeowners’ association, you may need to review any rules or restrictions that pertain to house paint.  Even if your neighborhood is not part of an HOA, there may be bylaws about house color that you should review before hiring a good Jacksonville painting company to paint your home.  If you’re neighborly, you’ll also consider your neighbors’ preferences.  If you’re planning to sell your home in the future, you’ll also consider the tastes of others and steer yourself away from particularly bold or daring choices.

For more help choosing the best paint colors or color schemes for your house, you can always work with a highly rated painting contractor to find the right colors!  All the best Jacksonville FL painting companies can provide color consultations, and employee technicians who understand paint, including which coatings work best on which surfaces, and which colors will look great on a house of any style.  There are many great Jacksonville FL painting contractors, but for true craftsmanship, outstanding customer service, and a high-quality job that will last, call on The Painting Craftsmen.  Let us turn your house into your dream home!

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