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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!

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!

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!

5 Ceiling Paint Alternatives

July 24, 2020 at 2:22 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Interior Painting Services, Painting Services

White is a perennial favorite ceiling color and almost always looks fine in any room.  However, there is no rule that says a ceiling must be painted white!  If you want to consider alternatives to white paint for the ceilings in your home, here are our top recommendations:

  1. Bold Walls, Pale Ceiling – If you like going bold and have painted your walls a bold color, paint your ceilings a much lighter hue of the same wall color. Paint supply stores can add white to your wall paint color until you reach a tone you love for the ceiling.
  2. Single Color – In the right conditions, namely in a room with a large window and high ceiling, paint all walls and ceiling – trim too – the same color to create a bold and striking look.
  3. Above Trim – If you have a picture rail or chair rail, paint a darker tone below the rail and choose a paler hue of the same color above the rail and on the ceiling.
  4. Blue Like Sky – Pale blue is a popular alternative to white, in part because it’s reminiscent of blue skies. If your walls are white or otherwise neutral but you’re looking for a pop of color, try a pale shade of blue or bluish green.
  5. Yellow for Warmth – Painting your ceiling a yellow tone can add instant cheer to the room. If your kitchen has white cabinetry and walls, add a lively pop of color with a yellow ceiling.  Or to make a den or family room cozier, a pale gold or yellow tone on the ceiling adds warmth to the entire room.

When it comes to choosing wall paint and ceiling paint, your options truly are endless, and that can become overwhelming.  When you find the best painting company in your area, though, you can trust the professionals to take care of you throughout your project, including helping you select the paint colors and sheens you want for each room in your home.

The Painting Craftsmen is the best Jacksonville FL painting company and the trusted professional painters serving Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Mandarin, Riverside and Northeast Florida.  Our highly trained technicians have an eye for detail and a passion for remaking your home into the home of your dreams.

Fresh Paint, Added Value

June 3, 2020 at 5:42 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Exterior Painting Services, Painting Services

One of the simplest yet most effective way to add value to your home is to apply a fresh coat of exterior paint.  When preparing to put a house on the market, many homeowners choose to call on a great professional painting company because they know this will increase their chances of selling quickly!  Here are several ways that a coating of fresh paint will benefit your home and add value to it:

  • Curb Appeal – Nothing boosts curb appeal like new coating of paint! Whether you repaint your house in the same hue or make a dramatic color change, fresh paint will enhance the way your house looks every time.
  • Checkup – While planning for your house to be painted, it’s also a great time to give your home’s exterior a “checkup.” Your painting contractor may point out rotting wood panels that should be replaced, cracks in stucco, rusted nail heads, brittle caulk, mold infestations, or any other issue that should be resolved in order to be sure your home stays in great shape.
  • Repairs – A quality exterior house painting project includes a significant amount of prep work. Problems that are identified during the “checkup” can be fixed and checked off your list at this time!  While prepping your house for painting, a great local painting contractor will caulk gaps, fill holes, repair drywall, replace rotten wood, and make other repairs that may be needed to be sure your home looks exactly as you want it to after the project is completed.
  • Protection – Fresh paint helps protect your Florida home from the elements, including rain and high humidity. Siding is less likely to splinter or crack when it’s sealed with a good coat of paint.

This summer give your home a facelift as well as an increased level of protection with a fresh coat of paint.  Set aside the time, grab your tools and supplies, and find the right colors for your home’s exterior and get going.  Better yet, if the though of a massive DIY painting project in the summer heat has you feeling overwhelmed, call on the best professional painting contractor in your area to take on the job.

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for interior and exterior house painting, cabinet refinishing, and more.  Our teams of highly trained professionals work skillfully and efficiently to help create the home you’ve been dreaming of!  Houses throughout Mandarin, Riverside, Nocatee, Atlantic Beach, and Jacksonville are looking sharp with a fresh coat of paint from The Painting Craftsmen.  Trust your house painting job to the painting pros

The Best Paint Colors for Your Bedroom (& What to Avoid)

October 2, 2019 at 9:06 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Painting Colors, Painting Services

The colors that you choose for a room have a significant effect on the mood and feeling of that room.  Many homeowners choose cheery, bright colors for the kitchen, and warm, welcoming hues for a cozy family room.  But what hues and tones do you bring into a bedroom?

We believe that the bedroom walls should be a color that invites you to rest and relax.  Pale blues, cool greys, and softer tones encourage a calm feeling and can help you to relax, unwind, and rest.

Here are a few of our current favorite paint colors for the bedroom:

  • Pale gray tones such as “Misty” by Sherwin-Williams can encourage a sense of calm.
  • If you’re looking for a darker tone, deeper, warm grays, such as “Sparrow” by Benjamin Moore will create a warm and inviting feel for your master bedroom. Olive green hues, such as “Sap Green” by Farrow & Ball can have the same effect.
  • Lavender tones such as “Spring Lilac” by Benjamin Moore, are a way to create a calm feeling in your bedroom. The lavender herb is associated with stress relief, and you may find that the color itself can have a similar effect.
  • Pale green colors like “Sea Salt” by Sherwin-Williams can emulate the feel of a spa and turn your bedroom into an oasis.
  • A warm white, such as “White Tie” by Farrow & Ball looks great in nearly any type of room, including a bedroom.

Other tips for deciding on a paint for your bedroom:

  • We recommend choosing a matte, satin, or low luster sheen rather than a high gloss sheen.
  • Avoid using extremely bright colors, which can overstimulate your senses, and think carefully before painting your bedroom walls deep red, bold orange, or other colors that may represent alarm or caution. These colors can have the opposite effect and can hinder your ability to relax.
  • Black and extremely dark hues can make your bedroom feel more like a cave than a relaxing place to retire at the end of the day.

Once you decide on the perfect paint color for your bedroom, a highly rated professional painting company can provide a smooth, even coating and crisp lines throughout your bedroom, and in any other room in the house.  If you’re looking for a highly rated painting contractor in Northeast Florida, The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for their homes.  Our technicians are trained and experienced, with an eye for detail and a passion for customer service.  Ponte Vedra Beach, Ortega, Southside, and Riverside homeowners rely on our expertise to keep their homes beautiful, and we’d love the opportunity to do the same for you!

Accent Color Dos & Don’ts

August 24, 2019 at 9:39 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Painting Colors, Painting Services

An accent wall is a great way to bring in a splash of color, particularly a bright or bold color.  Use our list of “dos and don’ts” to help you plan the best way to incorporate additional color in your home!

  1. DO consider an accent wall even if the rest of the house is primarily neutral. Countless homeowners prefer to cover their walls in grays, beiges, and whites, and the effect is lovely.  However, don’t be afraid to add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral home!  It may be exactly what the room needed!
  2. DON’T avoid bold and vibrant colors. Bright, bold, vivid hues make some of the best accent walls!  Don’t be afraid to take risks where accent color is involved. Instead, see a potential accent wall as an opportunity to display a few of your favorite wild colors or patterns.
  3. DO take into account the color of the other walls.Though you should feel encouraged to go bold and select bright, fun patterns or colors, you do need to take into account the other colors in the room.  For example, if the walls are a pale green hue, think carefully before choosing bright orange for an accent wall.  It can be done, but you’ll want to look at a variety of samples first and may want to solicit the advice of a color specialist or highly rated painting contractor.
  4. DON’T think you’re limited to solid paint for an accent wall.You can paint stripes, ombre, or faux finish.  Wallpaper is a valid choice as well!  A great professional painting company will be able to create the look you want for your accent wall, regardless of the color or material.

Accent walls can be tricky to paint.  Often the area is small, cumbersome to get to, and you have to be sure you don’t get the accent color onto the neighboring walls. Straight, crisp lines are critical, and you’ll either need sharp skills or extreme patience (or, most likely, both)! Most homeowners call on a great Jacksonville painting company to do the work for them!

The Painting Craftsmen is the best house painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their homes and painting projects.  Painting is our passion, and it shows – just ask our hundreds of clients throughout Jacksonville, San Marco, Ortega, Avondale, along the Beaches and beyond.  If you’re dreaming of a new look for your home’s exterior or for any room in the house, call on us and let our craftsmen make your dream a reality!

6 Things that Help You Paint Like A Pro

August 17, 2019 at 9:37 am | No comment | Category: Blog, Interior Painting Services, Painting Services

A great paint job is the result of great planning, hard work, a lot of prep work, and high-quality tools and materials.  However, there are a few tools that are essential in giving your home a good looking and long-lasting paint job.  Here’s our list of the tools you need to paint like a pro:

  1. Good Quality Paint Sprayer– If you’re painting your home’s exterior, you’ll wear yourself out if you try to paint the entire surface with a brush or even with a roller. Instead, a good quality paint sprayer will make the job go smoothly and efficiently.
  2. Good Quality Brushes– For interior and exterior jobs alike, a high-quality brush makes a huge difference in how the paint goes on, and how the results look.Trim is neater and lines are cleaner when you have the control of a good brush, and a great brush will hold more paint and won’t leave bristles sticking to your newly coated walls.
  3. Good Quality Roller Covers– A high quality roller cover will ensure your walls get coated evenly and efficiently. Just be sure to select the appropriate nap on the roller cover for the type of paint you’re using and the type of surface you’re needing to cover.
  4. Extension Pole– By attaching your roller to the end of a good extension pole, you’ll be able to reach those high areas and may be able to get the job done without hauling ladders all around your house.
  5. Painters Tape– Don’t just use masking tape when you tape off your work area.Paint will seep underneath general masking tape.  Instead, use painter’s tape that is specifically formulated to keep a crisp line and prevent paint from bleeding through.
  6. High Quality Paint– Low quality paint is thin, runs down surfaces, spatters off your roller, and requires numerous coats. High quality paint is thicker, levels well as it’s applied, hides uneven surfaces and patched areas better, and covers primer generally in a single coat or in two coats at the most.

Skip the prep altogether and avoid spending hours of your precious time on a painting project by calling on a great professional painting company to take care of everything for you!  Homeowners in Riverside, Ponte Vedra Beach, Atlantic Beach, Mandarin, and throughout Jacksonville call on The Painting Craftsmen. We’re the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust for their painting projects, and we’re the best choice for your interior and exterior painting projects too!  Call our office to get started!

4 Reasons to Leave Exterior House Painting to the Pros

August 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Exterior Painting Services, Painting Services

A new coat of paint or stain adds tremendous appeal to your home and goes a long way in helping you create the home of your dreams, boost the curb appeal, or simply provide protection against the elements.  Many homeowners don’t fully realize the size and intensity of an outdoor painting project until it’s already underway.  Here are a few reasons you should leave your exterior house painting project to a great Jacksonville FL painting company:

  1. Prep– Exterior painting projects require extensive prep work. The house must be pressure washed with a chlorinated mixture in order to kill bacteria and mold, remove debris and insect infestations, and create the cleanest surface possible for sanding and scraping.  Even houses that are well maintained need to be sanded and scraped in areas, caulked, repaired, and more.  Areas must be taped off, dropcloths must be arranged, and all surrounding landscape must be properly protected.  The prep work alone could take an unexperienced homeowner multiple days of labor before the first can of paint is even opened!  It’s best to leave the prep work to experienced and trusted painting contractors who specialize in exterior painting.
  2. Skill– It’s easy enough to hold a brush or roller, but only trained and experienced painters know how to hold the tools in order to achieve maximum efficiency and coverage with minimal drips and spatter.Even a homeowner who is relatively “handy” does not have the skill to move through a large exterior house painting project with the efficiency that a skilled painting contractor has.  If you want the house painted fast and well, you’ll need to hire the best Jacksonville FL painting company.
  3. Dangers– Certain dangers befall nearly any type of exterior home painting job. The job may require you to climb extension ladders, walk along a hot rooftop, work in and around thick vegetation, insect infestations, and worse.  Surfaces can become slick and dangers, fumes can be noxious, and there is a host of other dangers, risks, and general annoyances that come standard with exterior painting.
  4. Weather– Jacksonville FL is beautiful, but it is hot, humid, prone to thunderstorms, muggy and unbearable in the middle of summer, and oddly chilly in winter months. It’s easy to see why countless homeowners choose to call on a highly rated painting company rather than do the work themselves!

The Painting Craftsmen is the best house painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their homes!  We’ve spent years perfecting the skills needed for exterior house painting, and we offer the highest level of professional painting services in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, Atlantic Beach, Mandarin, San Marco, and throughout the region.  Each of our painters has been specifically trained for the job and will provide expert craftsmanship from the prep work all the way through to the final coat of paint. Call today for your free estimate and let our team of professional exterior house painters give your home a fresh coat of paint.

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