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Common Home Painting Myths Part 2


When it comes to painting your home, it’s important to have the right information.

Whether you plan on painting your home on your own or hiring a professional to do it for you, having the right information going into the project is important for getting the kind of results that you want. There are so many myths and misconceptions about painting that can leave you with less-than-desirable results, and in part one of this series, the team at Painting Plus of Longmont debunked a few of those myths. Keep reading to learn the truth about more home painting myths.

Myth #5. If you’re careful, there’s no need to use drop cloths or tape.

If this is your first time you take on a paint project, you may be surprised to learn that preparing to paint will often take just as long — if not longer — as it does to do the actual painting. Many DIYers believe that, if they are careful enough when they’re painting, they don’t need to put in the time or effort to prepare their home by taping off baseboards or putting down drop clothes. However, most paint spills and other accidents are out of your control, and if you don’t take the time to prepare your home properly, you may end up ruining furniture or flooring with spilled paint. Furthermore, taking the time to tape off all of the appropriate areas will ensure a more professional, uniform finish.

Myth #6. If the paint can says you only need one coat, that’s all you need.

Paint manufacturers make a lot of claims on their cans, and “you only need one coat” is just one of them. This claim can be incredibly misleading because there are many different factors that contribute to the number of coats required to achieve full coverage with paint, including the opacity of the paint, the condition of the walls and more. No matter what claims the paint manufacturers make on the can, use your own judgment when determining how many coats of paint are required to achieve the results you want.

Myth #7. All interior paints are the same, so you’re better off buying the cheapest options.

Many people believe that all interior paints are made equal, and that, no matter which option they buy, they’ll get relatively similar results. This is, unfortunately, not true. Paint is the result of a combination of resin, pigment, binder and a vehicle, and some paints are lower quality than others. In general, paint is just like anything else — the more expensive the paint, the higher the quality. If you cheap out and buy paint simply because it’s the least expensive, you’ll pay the price later on with inferior results.

Myth #8. It’s okay if you don’t buy enough paint; you can just get more later.

When it comes to buying paint, it’s important to get the right amount. However, guesstimating how much paint you need isn’t easy, and it’s always better to get more paint than you need than less paint. If you have some additional paint leftover, you can always save it for future touch-ups, but if you don’t buy enough paint, you’ll have to go back and buy more, and finding the right color again is not always a guarantee.

If you want the best possible results from your painting project, you need to hire the right painting company, and here in Longmont, no other company beats Painting Plus. We have more than 30 years of service under our belts, and our team consists of more than 35 technicians who are expertly trained to transform your home like never before. Contact us today for your free home painting estimate.

The Pros of Hiring a Pro Part 2


Whether you’re painting the inside or outside of your home, there are so many reasons to hire a professional.

Many homeowners falsely believe that, while DIY plumbing and electricity work are probably not great ideas, anyone, no matter their skill level, can paint the interior or exterior of their home. However, no matter how tempting it may be to paint your own home, you’ll be better off if you leave it to the professionals. In part one of this series, we touched on just a few of the many pros of hiring a pro for your painting project. Here are a few more:

#5. You won’t be left with a half-finished project.

Many times, when homeowners set out to do DIY projects, like house painting, they bite off more than they can chew, and they end up with details or even whole walls unfinished. The reality is that, in order to end up with the kind of result that you want, painting your home is going to take a lot of time and energy, and if you’re not fully prepared to give all of that time and energy, you may not be able to fully finish the project, at least not right away. When you hire a professional, you won’t have to worry about ending up with half-painted walls or untouched ceilings. We’ll complete the project from start to finish.

#6. You’ll save your friendships/relationships.

Often, when homeowners decide to take on DIY projects, they enlist the help of their spouse, friends and family. It’s always nice to have help no matter what the project is, but when the help you recruit doesn’t have the skill or experience you need to get the results you want, tensions and frustrations are bound to run high. Your fun, DIY painting project could quickly dissolve into bickering and annoyance, and for many people, friendships and relationships are better off when the work is left to the professionals.

#7. You won’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess.

From the time it takes to get all of the prep work done to the time it takes to get the paint applied evenly and professionally, the painting process can be long and arduous, and that doesn’t even include cleaning up. By the time you’re done painting, you’ll probably be ready to pop open your favorite beverage and relax on the couch while you enjoy your favorite show, but first, you have to finish cleaning up the mess. When you hire a professional, you won’t have to worry about handling the clean-up, because they’ll do it for you, leaving your home clean and ready to enjoy.

#8. You’ll be happy with the end result.

You’ll live with the results of your painting project for years to come, so if you consider hiring a professional for no other reason, consider hiring a professional so that you can enjoy the best possible results. For DIYers, quality standards can vary, but even if quality is your number one priority, you probably don’t have all of the tools, equipment or know-how you need to get the kind of results that the professionals provide. And the best part about hiring a professional is that, if for some reason you don’t get the results you expect, if you hired the right painting contractor, they will always make it right.

Now that you know about the many pros of hiring a professional painting company, it’s time to find the right painting contractor for the job. Here in Boulder, there’s no better painting company to turn to than Paining Plus. We’ve been serving Colorado for more than 30 years, and we’ve got what it takes to meet all of your internal and external painting needs. Contact us today for your free estimate.

How to Find the Best Paint Colors for Every Room in Your Home


Finding the right paint colors is about more than just how each color looks.

If all that went into choosing paint colors was how the color looked, it would be a much easier job than it actually is; although, for those of that that don’t have an eye for design, it might still be a bit of a challenge. But the fact of the matter is, thanks to the psychology of color, choosing a paint color is about more than just how it looks; it’s also about how the paint color makes you feel. At Painting Plus of Fort Collins, we understand how difficult it can be to find the right paint colors for each room in your home, and that’s why we’ve come up with this room-by-room guide:

Pick the Right Mood

Before we get into the nitty-gritty details about which colors are best and worst for each room in your home, you’re going to want to sit down and put some thought into what kind of mood you want to set in each room. For example, for the bedroom, you may want to choose a peaceful, soothing color that will help you relax, or if you’re a free spirit, maybe passion is the name of the game for your bedroom. Thinking of the mood you want to set ahead of time will help to make picking the right colors for you easier. 

The Bedroom

In your bedroom, you want colors that promote rest and a good night’s sleep.

Best Colors:

  • Blue – Blue is one of the best bedroom colors because it makes us feel calm, restful and at peace with the world.
  • Yellow – Yellow walls help to promote good rest and are conducive to happiness. However, if you use a shade of yellow that’s too bright or you overdo it with the yellow, it can be a jarring color, so be careful with the shade of yellow you choose.

Worst Colors:

  • Purple – Purple is a beautiful color that evokes royalty and creativity, but it’s not a great option in the bedroom because it may interfere with your rest. Purple walls have even been known to cause nightmares.
  • Gold – Gold is a regal color that many of us associate with riches and wealth. In fact, gold has such a strong association with money that it interrupts sleep due to worries about paying the bills.

The Living Room

For a living room, the best paint color will be neutral enough that it doesn’t create an atmosphere that overpowers or competes with the conversation and social interaction.

Best Colors:

  • Grey – Grey is one of the most popular neutral colors, and it’s a common choice in living rooms because of how neutral it is. However, don’t overdo it with grey, as it can easily leave you feeling isolated.
  • Green – Green evokes harmony, universal love, peace and reassurance, making it a great choice for the living room, which is where everyone in the family gets together the most often.

Worst Colors:

  • Red – Red is one of the most powerful colors you can choose, and while it can be stimulating and friendly, it can also evoke feelings of aggression, which makes it a poor choice for such a social room.
  • Neons – No matter what color you choose for your living room, you’re better off with a lighter, more understated shade. Neon colors are often too busy and overshadowing, and will make your living room feel smaller.

In part two of this series, we’ll be touching on the best and worst paint colors for the kitchen, the office and the bathroom, so make sure you stay tuned to learn more!

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a professional painting company in Fort Collins that will get the job done right the first time, choose Painting Plus. Get your free estimate today!

Common Home Painting Myths


Are you getting ready to paint the interior or exterior of your home in Longmont?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. At Painting Plus of Longmont, we’re dedicated to helping you get the best results for your paint project, but we don’t stop there. We also want to provide you with the information you need to make the best decisions about your painting project, and that’s why we’ve set out to debunk some of the most common home painting myths, including:

Myth #1. If you use a primer, you don’t need to clean up your walls first.

Primer can be a wonderful thing, but what it can’t do is work miracles on your walls. If there is any grease, dust or dirt on your walls, your paint simply won’t stick as well to them, and neither will your primer. Before you start brushing on either paint or primer, you’ll first need to take the time to clean your walls, particularly in high-traffic and/or high-touch areas of your home.

Myth #2. You don’t really need a primer.

Don’t make the mistake of skipping the primer. Primer is incredibly important if you want a professional-looking result because it helps paint to adhere to the walls more effectively. Once you’re done applying primer, wait at least 24 hours before you start applying paint.

A note about two-in-one paint-primers – These days, many paints are advertised as self-priming paints with the promise that priming is no longer necessary. However, these paints don’t actually include primer. In reality, they are thicker paints with a higher build, which can give you a smoother result. These options work well when you’re painting over existing paint or on drywall, but if there are any paint problems, like bubbling, flaking or peeling, you’ll be better off with a standard primer.

Myth #3. Any high-quality paint can work in a bathroom.

Finding the right paint for a bathroom can be trickier than finding the right paint for any other area in your home. Thanks to the humidity in the bathroom, the chemical bonds in paint can actually start to break apart, which can leave you with surfactant leaching — yellow, chemical-streaked walls — and increased mold growth. For bathrooms, you need high-performance paint that has a moisture-resistant cured coating and contains mildewcide.

Myth #4. Painting is a fool-proof DIY project.

While it’s true that painting is one of the most DIY-friendly home improvement projects, that doesn’t mean that it’s fool-proof or that anyone can do it and achieve the same kind of results. When it comes to painting, there’s a lot of room for error, and there are also a lot of steps in the process that homeowners with less experience may not take or even know about that are crucial to the end results. There are also many tools and pieces of equipment that most homeowners don’t have or don’t know to buy that can drastically improve the results.

Taking on a DIY painting project may be a great way to save money — less so when you consider how much equipment there is to buy and how much time it takes to get it right — but don’t expect professional results if you decide to do it yourself.

There are so many common myths about home painting to debunk, and if you’d like to learn about more of them, be sure to stay tuned for part two of this series.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for the right painting company in Longmont to take on your interior or exterior painting project, look no further than Painting Plus. We’ve been serving the good people of Colorado for more than 30 years, and you won’t find a company more committed to excellence than we are. Contact us today for your free estimate!

The Pros of Hiring a Pro


To hire professional or not to hire a professional, that is the question.

There are many home improvement projects that even the bravest homeowner wouldn’t tackle on their own, like rewiring a lightswitch or moving a plumbing fixture during a bathroom remodel. But painting is one of those projects that anyone can do — or at least that many people think anyone can do — and that makes it a tempting DIY project to take on for homeowners looking to save a little more money. However, at Painting Plus, Boulder’s premier painting company, we’ve seen first-hand how our services can benefit our clients. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of the pros of hiring a pro for your internal or external house painting needs.

#1. You’ll save more time.

Painting your home may not seem like it’s all that time consuming or involved, but when you consider the time it takes, from preparing the space all the way to cleaning up after the project is complete, it takes a lot longer than just slapping a fresh coat of paint on the wall. You work hard all week. Wouldn’t you rather spend your free time relaxing or hanging out with your family? One of the biggest advantages of hiring a professional is that it allows you to make the most out of your time.

#2. You’ll save the hassle.

Not only is painting time consuming, but it can be a huge hassle, especially when you consider all of the steps that need to be taken before you even begin painting. You’ll need to move furniture, tape off baseboards, light switches, outlets and window frames, lay down drop cloth, spackle any holes in the wall and more. When many people think of painting — especially interior painting — they often think it’s as simple as just applying a new coat of paint, but there’s a lot more hassle involved in the process than you might be prepared for.

#3. You won’t have to go out and buy equipment.

If you’ve never painted your home before, or if it’s been a few years since you last painted, you probably don’t have all of the supplies you need. Painting requires all kinds of equipment, including rollers, roller trays, brushes, tarps, painter’s tape, ladders, stools and rags, not to mention the paint and primer itself. Once you go out and buy all of the equipment you need to actually paint your home, there’s a strong possibility a DIY painting project may not be as cost effective as you might think.

#4. You probably don’t have the experience you need.

Contrary to popular belief, house painting isn’t a skill that just anyone can pick up and master right off the bat. Many people believe that anyone can pick up a roller and get the same kind of results, but the reality is that painting is an art form that takes skill, practice and experience to perfect. Since you presumably don’t spend all day every day painting, chances are, you simply don’t have the experience and the skills you need to get the kind of results that you want.

There are so many great reasons to hire a professional to paint your home in Boulder, and in our next blog, we’ll touch on a few more.

In the meantime, if you’re ready to stop wasting your time on DIY painting and instead reap the many benefits of hiring a professional, turn to Painting Plus. We offer a wide range of painting services, and we’ve been serving Colorado for more than 30 years. With us, your home is in good hands. Contact us today to get your free painting estimate.

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