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Staining a Wood Deck

Submitted by Scott on Thu, 2011-03-17 13:24

It's that time of year again.  Spring is in the air, flowers are blooming, snow is melting and your deck coating is no longer hidden.  To put it nicely it probably looks awful.  I'm amazed how many people believe that they need to completely re-finish their deck every year.  If that's you then you're getting bad information and more than likely using the wrong product.

2010 JD Power Paint Rankings

Submitted by Scott on Wed, 2011-02-23 16:01

Here are the 2010 JD Power rankings for the major paint brands.  Depending on your area some of the brands may or may not be available.  As always the best product for your project may not come from the top ranked company so do your homework first.  In general we have no problem recomending any of the flagship products from any one of the top three brands (Pratt & Lambert, Benjamin Moore and Dunn-Edwards).

Painting Stucco

Submitted by Scott on Mon, 2011-02-21 19:14

Painting stucco has become quite a common practise in recent years.  Many of the colours that were popular in the 90's are now dated and being changed to improve curb appeal.  While it is rare that stucco needs to be coated coating stucco does offer the opportunity to repair cracks and damaged areas.  This article will give you a brief overview of the stucco coating process.

Painting Over Oak

Submitted by Scott on Tue, 2010-11-30 15:26

 Painting over oak seems to be a popular thing to do these days.,  I'm as big a fan of wood as there is but at some point it's just too much.  When your floor, baseboards, doors, windows and railings are all oak that has yellowed with the years it's a bit too much to handle.  Add in some oak cabinets and you'll stop seeing anything else.

So how do you start?

Painting a Small Place

Submitted by caitlin on Tue, 2010-03-30 19:51

There is a lot of anxiety out there when it comes to trying to paint and decorate a small space. People tend to believe if you are painting a small space the color must be light - this is a myth. Doing a light color may make the space feel brighter but it doesn't make it appear larger. What makes a room feel small is if you choose to do a feature wall. When two different colours meet they draw your eye to them, this creates the illusion that the wall is shorter where the the two come together.

Selecting an Interior Trim Color

Submitted by caitlin on Mon, 2010-03-15 17:16
Picking a trim color can be a delicate task. There are a lot of options out there and about a million off white variations.

Doing a color on your trim can be very creative and fashionable as long as it's done properly. The only safe time to do a color that is darker then the shade on your wall is if you have a really oversized room. This may be beneficial if you have a room that feels overly spacious by making it feel a little bit smaller and cozier.

Tricks to Picking a Ceiling Color

Submitted by caitlin on Tue, 2010-03-09 00:14

When picking a ceiling color there are a lot of factors to try to keep in mind. The trickiest factor is always lighting. As a rule of thumb always remember that the color chip you are looking at or a color on a wall will look about a shade darker on most standard ceilings (this may not be the case for vaulted rooms). This happens because light doesn't hit your ceiling the same way it would a wall. If you are trying to get your ceiling to be the same color as your wall you will probably have to get your paint tinted at least 10% lighter to allow for the change in lighting.

How to paint interior trim

Submitted by Scott on Wed, 2010-02-17 19:11

I know that walls get all the glory when it comes to interior painting but your baseboards, door and window frames (and doors) are like the frame on a picture, they can make or break your walls.  It's also one of the easiest ways to tell if the painting has been done professionally so taking the time to do it well yourself can add a lot of value to your home.  This post will take a look at the how-to and a few tips for making the most out of your trim painting.

How to paint a ceiling

Submitted by Scott on Thu, 2010-02-04 17:01

Ever try to paint a ceiling only to have the stipple all fall off on you?  How about having it all flake off in your bathroom 6 months after you painted it?  Ceilings really aren't that complicated but doing them properly is always easier than doing them twice.  A great looking ceiling can really help define the room too.  Here are some simple rules to follow for having the paint on your ceiling look great and last a long time...

How do I chose the right contractor?

Submitted by Scott on Sun, 2010-01-24 21:27

How do I chose the right contractor?  I'm sure anyone who's turned on HGTV or seen Mike Holmes has nightmares about having to make this decision.  Okay, maybe it's not that bad, but it's still not an easy choice.  Lets try and go through the basics and hopefully make this a bit easier!