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Father’s Day Facebook Contest: Win a Chore Free Weekend

June 3, 2014

Fathers Day Facebook Contest from ProTect Painters

Surprise Dad with a Chore Free Weekend!

Father’s Day is at the height of the busy summer season – right when the household “To Do” list is really starting to grow. ProTect Painters is offering Dad the chance to enjoy a “Chore Free” weekend. Allow the experts in home improvement and house cleaning to take care of cleaning the house, painting a room and tackling your home repairs – we love this stuff!

Trade Snores for Chores this Father’s Day

Mr. Handyman, Molly Maid and ProTect Painters are part of Service Brands International and we’re hosting a “Trade Chores for Snores” Facebook promotion to take care of those annoying household tasks and give you back some free time to nap in a new recliner!

To enter the “Trade Chores for Snores” Facebook contest, simply “Like” our Mr. Handyman, Molly Maid and ProTect Painters Facebook pages between June 2 and June 20, 2014. The Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $1,000 Mr. Handyman gift certificate
  • $500 Molly Maid gift certificate
  • $500 ProTect Painters gift certificate
  • A new recliner!

Our Facebook fans also receive regular updates on desgn ideas and color inspiration.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets: What to Know Before You Do It Yourself!

May 31, 2014

kitchen-cabinet-paint Painting cabinets can transform a kitchen, however the job requires the skills of a professional painter or an experienced DIYer for best results. Dan Schaeffer, owner of ProTect Painters of Central Austin and a leading painter in Austin, TX provided some insight on the difference between a professional job and a typical do-it-yourself approach to painting your cabinets.

When you are painting kitchen cabinets, one of the major differences between professional painters and DIYers is spraying vs. brushing.

“When you roll or brush cabinets you will never achieve as smooth and clean of a look as spraying,” says Dan. “That clean look also starts with professional prep work of masking, cleaning, caulking, sanding,  and priming. You can’t just pull the cabinet off and paint, if you want a clean, professional final product.” Dan also added that “many homeowners don’t realize how much staging area is required to paint cabinets. You need adequate space to spray, plus room and separation between each finished piece for adequate drying.”

Learn more about the cabinet painting process before deciding whether or not to take this task on yourself.

Step 1: Purchase tools and supplies

  • Before and After Kitchen Cabinets painted Black

    Before and After Kitchen Cabinets painted Black

    Screwdriver

  • Putty knife
  • Paint application supplies such as brushes or sprayer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Painter’s tarp and/or rosin paper
  • Sponges
  • Buckets
  • No-rinse TSP or other degreaser
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper (100-grit and 220-grit)
  • Tack cloths
  • Cup hooks
  • Sawhorse
  • Sandable primer
  • Cabinetry paint
  • Drill (if needed)

You also will need a large open area for painting and drying.

Step 2: Label and remove each cabinet door and drawer front

Apply a piece of painter’s tape to the inside of each door and cabinet. Do the same for the adjacent frame. Number each removable piece and adjacent frame with the same number. This will help you keep track of which piece goes where when it comes time to put the cabinets back together. Remove all hardware and place in plastic bags, each one labeled with the corresponding number of the piece and frame; skip this step if installing new hardware.

Step 3: Cover all surfaces not to be painted

Cut painter’s tarp or rosin paper to fit countertops and apply with painter’s tape. Cover the floor, as well.

Step 4: Clean all surfaces to be painted

Mix a solution of no-rinse TSP or other degreaser. Working in small sections, use a sponge dipped in the solution and wrung out to clean all surfaces to be painted. Follow with a sponge dipped in water and wrung out to rinse. Let dry.

Step 5: Fill any holes or dings

Apply wood putty to any dings or dents in the wood as well as to any if you plan to use new hardware that will require holes in different places.

Step 6: Sand all surfaces to be painted

Using 100-grit sandpaper, smooth any raised surfaces from the wood putty and rough up all other surfaces. Wipe away all wood dust with the tack cloths and screw a cup hook into the edge of each removable piece to be painted; this will allow you to hang the pieces to dry.

Step 7: Prime all surfaces to be painted

Place as many pieces as will fit on the sawhorse. Apply primer to the inside, let dry, then flip to apply to the outside. Hang them to finish curing, which can take several hours depending on the weather. Repeat until all pieces are primed, priming the cabinet boxes in the meantime.

Step 8:  Sand all surfaces to be painted again

This allows you to remove any brushstrokes left behind during the priming process. Wipe away all wood dust with the tack cloths.

Step 9: Paint all surfaces

Place as many pieces as will fit on the sawhorse. Apply paint to the inside, let dry, then flip to apply to the outside. Hang them to finish curing. Repeat until all pieces are painted, painting the cabinet boxes in the meantime. Once everything has dried completely, apply a second coat.

Step 10: Put your kitchen cabinets back together

Once completely dry, reinstall all pieces with existing or new hardware, using the drill to create new holes.

As you can see, this is an involved home improvement task that takes an attention to detail for best results. Take it on if you have the time and want to do the work. Otherwise, a professional painter can complete the job—in less time as a sprayer will likely replace brushes, and with professional results. He or she also can help with the paint color selection process, as you will want to create a palette that complements wall and appliance color alike.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Dan Schaeffer ProTect Painters Austin, TexasDan Schaeffer is owner of ProTect Painters of Central Austin providing Painting Services to Austin, Texas. 9600 Escarpment Boulevard Suite 745-70, Austin TX 78749  We’re 100% insured and we’re local. Right in your own neighborhood!

Exterior Paint Color Combinations for 2014

May 21, 2014

When choosing exterior paint colors for your home, consider three factors: architectural style, environment, and personal preference. The latter proves easy enough—just think about the colors you like—but the other two challenge many a homeowner. Get expert advice from both the paint companies and your professional painter to make your final decision.

The Right Paint Colors for a Particular Style of Home

Leading paint companies present their exterior paint colors by architectural style, making it easy to narrow your options to those that suit your home.

Behr-Fleece-Finish-Exterior-House For example, Behr offers several standout color combinations for Craftsman homes, including Fleece Finish, which paints the brick White and the accents Mocha. Red Hot covers the door trim to make the front entrance pop.

With Spanish Mediterranean homes, it presents the eye-catching Light Limoncello color combination, which uses Expedition Khaki as the base, Toasted Marshmallow on the trim, and Island Palm as an accent.

The company also offers schemes for Colonial, Modern, Ranch, and Victorian Tudor homes.

Benjamin Moore overlaps with Behr in terms of presenting by style, offering paint color options for Federal and Chateau homes as well.

Benjamin-Moore-Fresh-Federal-Exterior-HouseIts Fresh Federal color combination embraces monochromatic for an organically elegant look. The gray of Fusion coats the stucco walls, while the creamy Deep in Thought and the dark brown of Silhouette serve as contrasting trim and accent, respectively, highlighting the architectural details of the home.

For the company’s Contemporary Chateau, it uses the soft beige of Coastal Path as a subtle base. The light Mascarpone highlights window trim, with the taupe of Weimaraner adding balance and depth.

Glidden-Federal-House-Antique-SilverGlidden also presents paint color combinations by architectural style. The company paints a Federal style home in Antique Silver, combining it with Icy WaterfallFrench Gray, and Leather Brown. A Mediterranean style home gets seven palettes, including the distinctive Peach Crayon as a base, with Antique Beige, Hazy Sage, and Bronzed Ivy for the trim and accents. Another striking option is Cyprus Grass with Misty Summer Day, Stormy Night, and Shaded Fern.

The Right Paint Colors for a Particular Environment

Sherwin-Williams takes a more regional approach to presenting its exterior paint colors.

Sherwin-Williams-Birdseye-Maple-Exterior-HouseDesert and Southwest style homes, for example, get their own palette. The colors highlight the warm, earthy tones of sun-baked adobe homes, terra-cotta roof tiles and desert sands with just enough contrasting hues of cooling green and gray. The yellow of Birdseye Maple on the body, the creamy brown of Lanyard on the trim and Link Gray as the accent work in such harmony.

For the Southern Shores and Beaches style, the company embraces the region’s charm with sun-washed tones that are welcoming on a variety of homes, whether a beachfront hideaway or grand plantation. The contrasting Festoon Aqua with Polar Bear and Sassy Green make quite the color statement, as do Banana Cream with Extra White and Roycroft Brass.

Considering environment as a factor, as Sherwin-Williams does, also involves looking at your particular neighborhood and even street. While you do not want your home to stick out like a sore thumb in relation to those surrounding it, you do want your color choices to make a personal statement, reflecting your tastes. That being said, how long you plan to stay in your home also must be considered. If you plan to resell with several years left on the lifetime of the paint job, more mainstream choices may be your best options.

Your professional painter can help you consider all of these factors and steer you toward the right paint color combination for your home in 2014 and well beyond.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Deck Staining & Painting – The Essentials for Deck Maintenance

May 15, 2014

wooden-deckThe elements do a number on unprotected wood. Rain and other wet weather can cause shrinking and swelling, which results in warping and cracking. Dry weather also does harm, fading the natural color of the wood and breaking it down. And damaged wood rolls out the red carpet for rot-causing fungi. Protect your wood by staining or painting it and perform other maintenance to keep it looking like new.

Staining vs. Painting Wood Decks

Each method has its considerations. For example, stain allows the grain and texture of wood to remain visible, how much is dependent upon the type you choose. You might choose a clear stain for new, attractive wood but a solid-color stain for older wood with blemishes and unsightly grain.

Staining a deck is easier work than painting, but you will need to reapply more frequently than with paint, every year as opposed to several. Also, depending on where you live you might need the additional protection paint offers from the elements.

Paint does require additional work to apply, as the wood must be properly prepped and sealed to get the longest-lasting results; you can often skip sealing with stain if you choose a weatherproofed product. Paint offers more color options than stain, though.

No matter which method you choose, be sure to use a stain or paint made specifically for wood decks.

Choosing Colors

deck-staining-sealingThe combined number of stain and paint colors available through Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore can be overwhelming, with stains available in nearly 300 different colors and paint in just about any color that a company offers for use elsewhere on the home. Check out this recent post on 2014 Stain Colors for leads to the best colors of the year.

Start by deciding between stain vs. paint, then consider your existing exterior paint colors and the architecture of your home. What color will work with both? Pick up as many examples as you need to at a local paint store or consult your professional painter, who can help narrow your choices to the perfect one as well as the right product for your environment. If you would like the stain or paint to last as long as possible, invest in high-quality products from these companies: WoodSmart by Behr, Deckscapes by Sherwin-Williams, Arborcoat by Benjamin Moore and Glidden Porch & Floor Paint are all good options.

Deck Maintenance

powerwash-deckDeck maintenance does not stop with a fresh coat of stain or paint. Actually, it starts before you apply a protectant and continues throughout the year. Start your maintenance year in the spring with a complete inspection. Look for nail pops, rough surfaces in need of sanding, damaged wood that requires replacement and loose railings. Make any necessary repairs before moving on to the next item on your to-do list: cleaning.

Cleaners made specifically for wood decks are available at your local home improvement store. You will find products from the likes of Benjamin Moore, Behr, and Sherwin-Williams for every stage of the project, from stripping to cleaning to restoring. While there, rent a pressure washer if you don’t own one and prefer not to scrub by hand. Be sure to follow the instructions provided to avoid damaging the wood, which can happen if you use the wrong nozzle size and settings.

As with any home improvement job of this scale, hiring a professional not only saves you time but money. Unless you have previous experience with this type of work, a professional painter can do the prep, application, and cleanup at a higher level of quality, resulting in restaining or repainting needing to be done less frequently.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Inspiring Color Palettes

May 8, 2014

Paint companies stock stores with color cards and brochures to provide ideas for upcoming projects. Those are not the only sources of inspiration, though. You can turn to social media, furniture catalogs, and tools on paint company websites. Here’s where to look.

Find Paint Color Inspiration on Social Media: Pinterest and Houzz

A variety of users share paint color ideas on Pinterest, including the companies themselves, interior designers, home décor magazine publishers and fellow homeowners. Let’s look at a few recent eye-catching pins:

No-Fail Neutrals—This pin of a page from Better Homes & Gardens puts Glidden’s Dusty Miller, Benjamin Moore’s Waterbury Cream, Sherwin-Williams’ Svelte Sage, Valspar’s Notre Dame and Dutch Boy’s Sandy Oasis against the backdrop of a cutting board, with other kitchen items providing context, to show viewers what these neutral shades look like in a kitchen setting.

Riverdale 1—This submission to Houzz by Barbara Purdy Design shows an expert take on the master bedroom. The “Questions” feature allows users to ask the submitter for specifics if not already provided, such as the name of the paint color and where she found various décor pieces. While magazines and paint companies create beautiful rooms featuring a variety of products, looking at images from design companies online often results in more accessible items. The bedding in this room, for example, is from West Elm!

For best results when using Pinterest and Houzz, search by the room you plan to paint, such as “kitchen paint colors” or “bedroom paint colors” to narrow your results.

Look at Furniture Store Catalogs: Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel

Sherwin-Williams-Pottery-Barn-BedroomDo you get your furniture from one particular store or type of store, such as Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel? If so, then sign up for their catalogs. That way, you get paint color inspiration that already matches your taste delivered right to your mailbox. If you take a more eco-friendly approach to shopping, most furniture stores also offer their catalogs online so that you may browse virtually and save trees.

The stores show their products in room settings, allowing you to see the choices they made in terms of paint colors and décor. Simply take a page into your local paint store or match online to make the inspiration a reality. And with stores such as Pottery Barn, you can get an exact match as the company sells a line of paint through Sherwin-Williams. On its website, it shows images from its catalog with paint colors noted as well as advice on how to match the right paint color to your particular room.

Use Online Color Selection Tools

Benjamin-Moore-Color-Capture-AppEach of the leading paint companies has an online color selection tool. Sherwin-WilliamsBehr, and Benjamin Moore all offer an app and desktop tool that allows you to take match an inspirational photo—for example, the color of wildflowers you wish to recreate on the walls of a room—to a paint color.

To learn about the features in each of these online color selection tools and which operating systems they work with, check out our Color Visualizers | Useful Online Tolls & Apps for Paint Color Selection article.

And as with any paint color selection, be sure to sample chosen colors in your home before committing with a full paint job. You will want to see how the lighting in your home affects the colors. After all, you will not have the professional, perfect lighting used to capture colors in paint company brochures and magazine articles. Have your professional painter supply samples and apply them in the best possible area in the rooms you plan to paint.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

How to Choose Interior Paint Color

April 30, 2014

Some homeowners dread picking new paint colors. The pressure! Others embrace the opportunity to flex their creative muscles. No matter which camp you belong to, use these guidelines to choose the best interior paint colors for your home.

Consider the Mood

Research shows that color affects mood, which means the hues you pick will play an important role in your daily life. Let’s go room by room and explore the best colors for each:

Behr-sunlight-delight-kitchenKitchen/Dining Room Paint—Red stimulates the appetite, making it entirely suitable for these rooms. Use it sparingly, though, so as to not overwhelm. If red proves too powerful, opt for orange instead. It also stimulates the appetite and has an association with healthy foods, such as citrus. Yellow also works well in a kitchen, as it evokes cheerfulness. Who doesn’t want to start their day with breakfast in an uplifting room?

Sherwin-Williams-Pottery-Barn-BedroomBedroom/Bathroom Paint—For ending your day, you’ll likely want a color that sets a relaxing tone. Blue and green do exactly that. Blue calms and slows metabolism. It also suppresses the appetite, helping you to ignore cravings for a midnight snack. Green ranks as the most restful color for the human eye, with aqua helping to bring about a feeling of emotional health.

Benjamin-Moore-Sparrow-Living-RoomLiving Room Paint—The color you choose for your living room depends on its use. Do you have a large family that likes to debate topics and/or play games? Consider orange for this room, too, as it increases oxygen supply to the brain and stimulates mental activity. If your living room serves as a place of rest and relaxation, choose a less aggressive color.

To learn more about how colors affect the way you feel, check out Choosing the Right Paint Color to Fit Your Mood post.

Factor In Existing Décor

If new furniture and décor will accompany the paint colors you choose, skip ahead to the next section. If not, take a look around the rooms you plan to paint. What are the color schemes of the furniture and accessories? They will need to serve as the starting point for creating the overall palette in a room.

We write about this topic often. If you are new to decorating, start with the Paint Color Combinations to Nail the Perfect Color Scheme! post about the 60/30/10 rule. This interior design theory states that using 60 percent of a dominant color, 30 percent of a secondary color and 10 percent of an accent color creates visual balance in a room. You will need to figure out what your existing pieces add up to in this formula, then choose complementary colors to complete the math.

To learn more decorating, visit our Color Schemes for Decorating Your Home topic page.

Look at the Lighting

Many homeowners choose paint colors in the store, never thinking to see how they will look at home—and not just at home, but also at home under all of the light conditions in the environment. You can test out favorite colors by taping color cards to the walls in a room, moving them over the course of a week to see how they look during the day and with artificial light at night.

To truly see how colors will work in a room, though, apply samples. The actual paint best reflects what the colors will look like once applied. Do this with final choices only to keep your room from looking like a painter’s palette while you make your final decision.

For best results, ask your professional painter to apply the samples just as he or she would during the painting process. Painting lighter colors over darker colors might require additional work that you might not want to do.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Purple & Lavender Paint Colors

April 22, 2014

Purple and lavender are popular bedroom colors, but they also work well in other areas of the home. The color symbolizes royalty and wealth as well as wisdom and spirituality. Consider it for dining rooms, living rooms and studies, too, whether as a dominant color or on an accent wall. Here are a few favorite hues from leading paint companies Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore.

Behr

Plum Swirl—In this contemporary dining room, Plum Swirl on the walls serves as a sophisticated backdrop for dinner parties and other social gatherings. The white of Nude on the wall and window trim balances the purple paint and dark furnishings.

Plum Frost—A living room becomes airy and romantic with the almost lavender of Plum Frost and the contrasting white of Pale Bud. Mixing with greens, reds, blues and pinks gives this room an eclectic feel that highlights the purple even further.

Sherwin-Williams

Exclusive-Plum-Sherwin-WilliamsExclusive Plum—The company chose this as its 2014 Color of the Year. The sophisticated violet offers a balance of cool blue and feisty red with a splash of gray. It suggests Exclusive Plum for a cozy masculine den when paired with accents of copper and well-worn leather. The color also makes a statement when used against white tile and chrome fixtures in this bathroom.

Grape Mist—In its Pottery Barn Kids collection, this sweet hue would create a dreamy bedroom for a little girl. Lavender offers a restful quality to a bedroom, after all. When paired with Lemon Chiffon in the same collection, it takes on a creamy tone as well.

Glidden

Morning Heather—This study takes its users on an adventure thanks to this bold purple on an accent wall. The light, gray-blue of Quiet Rain on adjacent walls balances the strong color and the room as well as the dark wood furniture.

Essence of Lilac—The soft violet of this color gives this dining room a spacious feeling while balancing the neutral, mid-tone flooring and brighter colors of adjacent rooms.

Benjamin Moore

Lavender Mist—The company’s New Neutral color palette for 2014 includes this ethereal lavender. It suggests using the hue with Slate Blue and Iced Mist to bring in a touch more color and with Englewood Cliffs and Oxford White to stick to a more neutral feel. Both combinations would work well in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Iced Mauve—This color offers a more dusky option. The company combines it with Phillipsburg Blue and Rust for a surprising but complementary palette. Such colors would work well in a study or home office.

Super Nova—The darkest member of the purple family in the New Neutral collection, this color would create a dramatic bedroom when used with Country Green and Butterfield.

More Uses for Purples & Lavenders

Lavender also can be an option for the kitchen, one you might not have ever considered. When used with stainless steel appliances and white cabinetry, lighter purples create a sleek, sophisticated room.

Also look at purple when painting a hallway, as it can make an interesting transition between more rooms with more neutral color schemes. When used with patterned wallpaper, the effect can be even more dramatic.

 Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Purples and lavenders also can be used together in contrasting shades for a monochromatic but not quite effect. As with all color choices, be sure to apply samples before painting an entire room. That way, if the hues together are not to your liking you can move on to other combinations. Your professional painter can provide sample cans as well as apply them in the right spot to catch the changing light of the day and night.

How to Choose Exterior Paint Color

April 10, 2014

Are you thinking of changing the exterior paint colors of your home? If so, then there are a variety of factors you should consider in addition to personal preference. Use this handy guide as part of your decision-making process for best results.

Read HOA Paint Guidelines if Applicable

Behr-Classy-Clay-SquirrelIf you live in an area with a homeowners’ association, there are likely rules that govern home exteriors. Many HOAs limit the color options in an effort to keep the neighborhood aesthetically harmonious. Get the most recent edition of the guidelines to ensure you do not make a mistake, one that would prove costly if you had to repaint. You could even incur fines from the HOA, which has the power to place a lien on your house for nonpayment of those fines, if you choose a color not on the approved list.

Consider Your Neighbors

Even if you do not belong to an HOA, you still should consider neighboring homes when choosing exterior paint colors. Visitors and homebuyers alike will be put off if your house stands out from those around it in a jarring way. Choose colors that blend with adjacent homes or a palette that complements them.

Factor In Exterior Colors That Can’t Change

Behr-Diagonal-DelightNot all surfaces on the outside of a house get painted. The roof, for example, stays the same color, as does a brick exterior if you plan to keep it original. Also don’t forget hardscaping, driveways and walkways. Use these hues as the starting point when picking out your color scheme. There may even be flecks of colors within the shingles, brick or other surface that could serve as complementary colors.

Consider the Climate

An abundance of sun or shade can change the appearance of a color. If you live in a sunny climate, brighter colors are safer as the sun washes them out to an extent. If you live in an area with more rainfall and heavily wooded lots, choose colors that complement those surroundings and keep in mind that shade darkens paint color even further.

Look at Your Landscaping

Benjamin-Moore-Colorful-CraftsmanIf you have flowering shrubs and trees that change color with the seasons, factor those hues into your decision. You can easily change a flower garden to work with new paint colors, but you would not want to uproot a tree come fall if you no longer like the leaf color.

Sample, Sample, Sample

The best way to see how an exterior paint color scheme will look on your home is to try it out. Once you narrow your decision to two or three, begin applying the schemes to areas that get the full range of sunlight and shade within a day. That way, you can see how they will look at different times of the day. You need not apply the colors to the appropriate trim and accent pieces, just together in one area.

Leave the samples up for a full week, or longer, so you can also see how they look in changing weather conditions. If possible, apply to an area of your home’s exterior that does not face the street. If not possible, don’t stress too much. Everyone in your neighborhood has to paint their home at some point, so they will understand if a section of yours looks like a painter’s palette for a short while.

No matter what: Do not rush the decision. A professional paint job can last 10 years or more, depending on the material and climate, so you should be happy with the results and the investment of time and money.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Painting a Wrought Iron Fence – Should I Hire a Professional?

April 5, 2014
Photo: bambe1964 on Flicker

Photo: bambe1964 on Flicker

Should you hire a professional to paint your home’s wrought iron fence? That depends. Does it simply need touchups here and there? Or are large areas rusted and in disrepair? Understanding what the process involves will help you decide between the DIY route and outsourcing this task to a pro.

Thoroughly Clean the Wrought Iron Fence

If only painting small sections, you can wash the areas by hand using warm soapy water and a scouring pad. A power washer will be needed if cleaning the entire fence line. It will remove all flaking and help with layers of rust or corrosion. Follow the washer’s instructions to ensure you use the appropriately sized nozzle, one that will get the job done without damaging the fence.

Prep the Fence for Painting

Go back over the fence to find any remaining rust and corrosion. Use the appropriate tool to remove them, such as a wire brush or grinder with wheel attachment. You can fill any holes left behind with epoxy metal putty. Next, sand the entire fence line. Doing so will help the paint adhere correctly, lengthening the life of the paint job.

Choose a Paint Application Method

Again, the method you choose depends on the size of the project. If only painting small sections, a brush and roller will suit your needs. A paint sprayer makes more sense if painting the entire fence line. Using a sprayer comes with additional prep.

Instead of simply covering the ground under the particular area you are painting by hand, you will need to cover everything and anything overspray may reach. That can mean the ground, home exteriors, and the driveway. Keep in mind what could reach neighboring homes and driveways, as well. Using a sprayer also requires purchasing twice as much paint, as about half becomes overspray unless you use electrostatic painting, or e-coating methods.

Electrostatic application allows the work to be done quickly and efficiently. It also offers the best result. The process involves paint in the form of powdered particles or atomized liquid sprayed using an electrostatic charge. This allows for 95 percent of the paint to be utilized.

DIY or Pro?

Photo: John Knox on Flickr

As noted above, several factors must be considered when making this decision. The average homeowner can handle small touchups on a wrought iron fence. If painting the entire fence, though, or even several sections, it makes sense to hire a professional painter.

A pro can expertly assess the state of your fence and recommend work that will reduce the frequency of repainting. A professional painting company also already has the equipment needed to do the best work, allowing you to eliminate costly rental fees—power washer and sprayer—from the budget for this project.

A pro also can do the work in a fraction of the time it takes a DIYer. Consider the time it will take to thoroughly clean and prep your fence, apply the paint and clean up after the work is done. Depending on the amount of fence on your property, this job could eat up multiple weekends.

A properly painted wrought iron fence adds aesthetic value to a home. It also increases its monetary value for resale. Give your home the best possible chance to make a positive first impression.

ProTect Painters offers full painting services. If you are still on the fence about whether to DIY or outsource this project, contact us for a free estimate. We can inspect your fence, suggest the appropriate paint and application method, and let you know when the work can be done and how long it will take.

Specializing in exterior and interior painting, on residential and commercial projects, ProTect Painters provides local businesses and homeowners across the country with highly-skilled, trustworthy, and fully insured and licensed painting professionals who provide superior craftsmanship. Utilizing a myriad of paint options and finishes, combined with flawless customer service, ProTect Painters guarantees a stress-free home improvement experience for its customers.

Beige & Cream Paint Colors

March 27, 2014

Beige and cream will always be popular paint colors, as both serve as neutrals when used alone. By definition, beige is a light yellowish brown. Cream is a pale yellow. Either can set a calm, relaxing tone in a room. Take a look at some standout beige and cream offerings from leading paint companies Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Glidden and Benjamin Moore.

Behr

Behr-Creamsicle-Dreams-Sunset-Beige-BathBehr has 29 colors alone called beige, and even more with less direct names. Country Beige has sandy undertones, while Clay Beige brings in a bit of gray. Honey Beige pulls in yellow, and Winsome Beige does the same with pink. Winsome Beige can take on a feminine feel when paired with Pearl Violet, or it can veer toward the masculine if used with the green of Grasshopper Wing.

The 268 cream offerings from the company include the dependable Custard Cream but also the unexpected Cilantro Cream. When in a palette with a bold color such as the red Haitian Flower, it allows the stronger color to pop. When used with the lighter Celery Ice and darker Oregano Spice, it creates a close-to monochromatic look that proves far from boring.

Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams-DiaphanousThe Diaphanous color palette from Sherwin-Williams includes several shades of beige and cream, including the aptly named Beige. The darker Balanced Beige gets its moniker from the browns mixed in. Both pair well with the dustier colors in the collection, Sandbank and Malted Milk.

Steamed Milk and Westland White offer creamier options. These are just a few of the more than 700 beige and cream options available from the paint company.

Glidden

Glidden-Honey-Beige-KitchenAntique Beige and Honey Beige are two standouts from this company. When used with Antique Silver and French Gray, Antique Beige sets a warm, but sophisticated tone. Honey Beige, when in a palette with Soothing Lavender and Palest Lavender, creates an interesting contrast and turns the walls into works of art themselves.

Creamy Buttermilk looks like exactly that and turns a room sunny when used with Belgian Waffle and White on White.

Benjamin Moore

Benjamin-Moore-Clay-Beige-BedroomThis paint company’s New Neutral color palette includes Clay Beige, soft and subtle when used with a barely contrasting white. It becomes part of a rich color family when in a palette of the browns Algonquin Trail and Revolutionary Storm.

From the nearly 100 creams from Benjamin Moore, Creamy Beige includes the best of both neutral worlds by adding a touch of orange to introduce a soft, delicate glow.

Tips for Using Beige and Cream Paint Colors

Because beige and cream can take on characteristics of colors they are used with, you should pick these colors last if they are not taking the lead. One beige or cream might not look right with all of your bolder front-runners. Mix and match until you find a combination that works well together.

If you want a light, airy feeling in a room, steer toward cream as opposed to beige. Creams work well in traditional décor schemes, while beiges lend themselves more to a modern aesthetic.

Keep light in mind when making your final decision. Rooms that get a lot of sun may benefit more from a darker beige than a lighter cream. Again, mix and match and sample on the walls to see which works best in a specific room.

Finally, don’t feel like you are taking a less stylish route if you choose a beige or cream. If you like the color, embrace it. Also know that using these neutrals allows you to change other elements of your décor more often. Can your neighbor with the bold accent walls do the same? Also, beiges and creams are excellent investments if you see selling your home within the lifetime of the paint job, as buyers find it easier to imagine making it their own.

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