Choosing the Best Colors for Your Home Office or Classroom

»Posted by on Aug 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

When it’s time to choose colors for your home, what is your process like? Is it a pretty random selection; little more than just saying “Yeah, that one works”? Maybe you just hand the reins over to your significant other and tell them to decide. Or, on the other hand, you might have more of an eye for style when it comes to color selection, and the process becomes a whirlwind of swatches, style guides, trips back and forth to the store, and the list goes on… Choosing colors for your home is a hugely important process, and not just because you more than likely will be living inside those colors for quite some time. Thanks to color psychology, the colors you choose can have a huge subconscious impact. Because of this, understanding the effect they will have...

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6 Low-Cost Projects to Increase the Value of Your Home

»Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

If you’re like most people, you do your best to keep your home looking sharp. Sure, it’s not realistic to keep the place where life happens pristine all the time, but overall you want to keep it looking good! And, this is never more true than when you have your house on the market. But what do you do if you don’t have a lot of cash to throw at home-improvement projects that might help sell your property just a bit more quickly? Home Improvement Strategies Here are a few ideas to make your house stand out from the crowd that won’t garner too many complaints from your wallet: Refinish your front door – Curb appeal and first impressions are the name of the game. A bright, clean, freshly painted or stained door creates a finished, aesthetically pleasing...

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What Tools Do You Need for Exterior Painting?

»Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Few things are more frustrating than hoping to start a project, then realizing that you don’t have all the tools you need to get the job done well. It’s kind of like grocery shopping on a busy day, maneuvering through the aisles, finally getting to the check-out counter, and then realizing that you forgot your wallet. Just not fun… With that in mind, we thought we’d share a list of the tools you can expect to use during a home exterior painting project. Tools for a Good Exterior Painting Experience Depending on your particular home painting project, you may need all of the following or you might not need one or two. But, as a general rule, these can be helpful: Ladder – Unless you have an extraordinary height advantage… Scraper – Ideal...

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Creating And Painting An Interior Accent Piece

»Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

When it comes down to it, the primary purpose behind interior painting and design is to make your space your own. Rather than listen to the sometimes non-stop flow of suggestions from well-meaning friends and family, you need to strike out on your own when it comes to your home painting choices. Be bold, and have fun. After all, the onslaught of sentences that start with, “Hey, you should paint this…” are fueled by somebody else using their sense of style in your home. And, they may be totally right! But at the end of the day, your walls are yours, and you should make them just the way you want. What Exactly Is An Accent Piece? It doesn’t take a master of interior design to know that bland, uniform colors are, well, bland and uniform. One part of the room...

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Do You Need Primer for Exterior Paint?

»Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

Who doesn’t love a fresh coat of exterior paint? It’s an opportunity to refresh, revitalize, or maybe totally redefine the style of your home. Plus, with the exterior color trends that are popular right now, there is huge opportunity for fun color combinations, statement doors, bold accent colors, and the list goes on… Once you dig into your home painting project, though, you might just stumble across a question or two that you didn’t anticipate. Some of these swirl around the subject of primer. Is it necessary? When is it necessary? Do I really need to include another step in the process? A Primer Discussion In short, each situation is a little bit different. Your siding is unique, having experienced, weathered, and been subjected to its own combination...

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How Can You Tell If Your Original Exterior Paint Was Oil or Latex-Based?

»Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off

There are few things more frustrating than gearing up for a project, collecting the tools you need, and then realizing that you don’t quite have all the information necessary to make sure the job is done right. An example of this that might just pop up during an exterior painting project is the issue of not knowing whether or not the old exterior paint on your home or outbuilding is latex or oil-based. Oil? Latex? Who Knows? Before you invest in paint for your exterior painting project, here are a few tips for making sure you know what kind of paint was used before: Old Cans? - This may seem simplistic, but it’s so simplistic it might just work. If you bought an older home, there is a chance that old, leftover paint cans were left somewhere in the shed,...

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