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How do I Clean My Painted Walls?

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As a painting company in Longmont, we get a lot of questions about how to keep a paint job looking good for the long haul. One of our most common responses is to keep it clean.

While this may seem like a pretty obvious thing to do, it’s amazing how often this important chore is ignored. We have to admit, even we get lazy about it, and we know how important it is!

Below we offer some helpful guidelines to help you clean your painted walls without damaging them.

Before You Even Start 

Before you begin cleaning your walls, ask yourself what type of paint finish you have. Semi-gloss and enamel paints will hold up to harder cleaning, while eggshell and flat finishes aren’t as sturdy. Next, make sure you remove the dust from the surface. You can use a duster or a vacuum’s brush attachment.

What Should I Use?

When it comes to your interior walls, you’ll want to start off with the lightest cleaning solution possible: water. If you find yourself in need of something stronger, you can always go to the store and buy a cleaner. Or you can use a mixture of ammonia (one cup), baking soda (a fourth cup), and vinegar (½ cup).

Start at the top of your wall and work your way down. If you’re using a cleaner, make sure you rinse the wall off after you’re done and wipe it to avoid streaking. You don’t need to soak your sponge in the solution; a damp sponge will do nicely.

When it comes to the exterior walls of your home or business, a garden hose is usually sufficient. However, if you need to reach for a pressure washer choose a nozzle that is between 40-25 degrees. You’ll want to be careful with how you use a pressure washer. Stronger pressure (the lower the degree, the stronger) risks damaging your paint; it can also crack windows and even cut skin.

When it comes to pressure washing it’s important to test a small spot at first to ensure you have the proper pressure. If you spray a small area and see damage, it’s clear you need a lower pressure hose. Don’t spray one spot for too long. Use side-to-side sweeping motions as you make your way from top to bottom.

Sometimes Your Wall Needs More Than a Wash

When it comes to getting your painted walls clean, the most important thing you can actually do is just to do it.

However, sometimes thinking about washing your walls leads you to the point where you realize you need a brand new paint job. So whether your paint is a little worse for the wear, or you simply want to go in a different direction with your paint, call the professional painting contractors at Painting Plus.

We are residential and commercial painters who have been servicing Colorado for over 30 years. As a Top Rated® Local business, we take our painting services seriously and will go above and beyond to provide excellent service and a high-quality job.

Your Paint Job and Branding Need to Work Together

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When you have a physical location for your business, you have yet another opportunity for branding. As a premier painting company in Boulder, CO, we understand just how important a paint job can be to your business. The way your business looks sends a message about your brand and how your carry yourselves.

A professional commercial painter will work with you to help determine the branding message you are trying to convey. In order to create a lasting positive impression on your customers, a new paint job may be exactly what your brick and mortar store needs.

How Painting Ties into Branding

When you drive by a commercial building have you ever had the sense you know exactly what the business is all about just by looking at it? The color — and shape — of the building play a huge part in painting a picture for potential customers.

You don’t have to be part of a large franchise to choose a color scheme that works for your business. Small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from this shift in mindset. If you’re thinking of updating the color scheme for your business, understanding the reactions people have to color can finish up this bad boy.

Choosing a Color

The color you choose for your business says a lot about who you are. Colors make a strong emotional impact on human beings, and they create a lasting impression. Think about what colors may be saying about your business. Creating a color scheme for your business is more than just what looks good to you or is in perfect accord with color theory. It’s about sending a clear message about what you do.

Here’s what the colors you choose may be saying about your business:

  • Red. Red is a color that breathes energy. It also increases heart rate and activates the pituitary gland. Use this to stimulate a strong response. This color is popular for restaurants and technological businesses.
  • Blue. Blue is a very popular color that sets people at ease. If you want to give your customers a sense of security and build trust, blue is the color to use. Healthcare businesses can benefit from the use of blue.
  • Green. The color green causes people’s minds to drift towards thoughts of nature and health. It delivers a feeling of serenity. It’s also tied to wealth, so a financial business may benefit from this color scheme.
  • Purple. Purple is a regal color that speaks of sophistication and even a sense of mystery. If you own a business that’s dedicated to pampering your clients, this could be the color for you.
  • Yellow. Yellow is warm and inviting. It can stimulate creativity and gives people a sense of optimism. Day care centers and primary schools are primary targets for this color

Also, if you’re thinking about a logo update, this can be a good time to do it. It’s important not to go to overboard when it comes to logo color. 95 percent of businesses use only one to two colors in their logo. Sometimes simple is more effective. McDonalds is a prime example.

A Commercial Painting Contractor That Understands Your Needs as a Business

As a local business ourselves we understand the importance that even those “little things” like a proper paint job can do for your business. Of course, as a painting business ourselves we’re a little biased. However, that doesn’t change the facts: your storefront is a huge branding point for your business.

If you need a new look for your business Painting Plus is here for you. Our experience painting contractors will give you the service you deserve at a price that works for you. Contact us today for a free estimate of your commercial painting needs.

What Colors Go Together

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As a painting company in Fort Collins, it would be a large understatement to say we’re concerned with color. Color is one of the main reason we do everything we do — paint also provides protection for the surfaces it covers.

In order to understand what colors go well together, color theory is a helpful guide, especially if you don’t have the instinct. If you do have good instincts, then color theory can help sharpen those instincts and provide confirmation.

So whether you consider yourself a natural color expert, or you’re like a lot of guys who have to ask their wives what matches with what, we trust you’ll benefit from this little tutorial on color theory.

Color Wheel 

Color wheels are a helpful visual way to understand color theory. We know you probably learned this in grade school, but bear with us. There are 3 primary colors: red, blue, yellow. Primary colors are so named because these colors cannot be created by mixing other colors. All other hues are derived from these three. The three secondary colors are green (mix blue and yellow), orange (mix red and yellow), and purple (mix blue and red). Tertiary colors are made by combining a primary and a secondary color.

Additionally, if you mix a color with white what you have is a tint. If you mix a color with black, what you get is a shade.

How to Know What Colors Work Well Together

Now that we have a basic idea of how the color wheel works, we can start to answer the question of what colors go together. In color theory, the goal is to create what many professionals call color harmony. The goal with color harmony is to create a balanced, appealing look.

If you fail to achieve color balance you will either have something that’s bland on one hard, or chaotic on the other. Our brains will reject both under and over stimulation.

Here are some ways you can match colors together in order to achieve the harmony you are looking for.

Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel. These are red/green (they’re Christmas colors for a reason), blue/orange, and purple/yellow. These color combinations allow for maximum contrast as well as maximum stability. Using one color as a background and another one as accents can be a great way to use these color combinations to their fullest.

Analogous Colors

These are colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel (i.e. blue, blue-green, and green). When using analogous colors it’s best to not use a pure hue. Instead, focus on different tints of the color to get the look you’re going for.

Split-complementary

This scheme matches one color with the two colors next to its complement. Green, red-orange, and red-purple is one example.

Triadic

Three colors which are evenly spaced on the color wheel.

Tetradic

This is using two complementary color pairs. Whenever you add more color balance is more difficult to achieve. However, pulling off balance with this color scheme will have some very eye catching results.

Monochromatic

While technically not found on the color wheel, monochromatic matching is created using different shades or tints of the same color. This is not so much about bold contrasts as it is about subtle transitions.

Another important thing to keep in mind when working with color is the idea of “warm” and “cool” colors. In a nutshell, warm colors are bright and remind people of sunlight and can be used to create a cozy feel. Cool colors remind us of water or the sky and create a calm and soothing feel. It’s important to keep this in mind when creating a color theme for your room or building. Creating the right atmosphere is a vital part of any paint job. Knowing whether to use a warm or cool color theme will go a long way in creating the look you’re hoping to convey.

Applying Color Theory to Painting

We hope this guide to the world of color was both fun and educational. Choosing the right colors for your home or commercial space is an incredibly important part of the both decorating

At Painting Plus our professional painters are well trained — most even have an intuitive sense — in what colors go together. Our exterior and interior painters can work with you to help determine the best color theme for your next paint job.

However, choosing a color scheme is only half the battle. Our painting contractors are also skilled in paint application. If you have a shoddy looking job with poor prepping and an uneven coating, even the best color combination in the world.

So if you’re looking for a painting contractor with the color knowledge and painting application skills to get your residential or commercial painting job done right, contact Painting Plus today for a free estimate.

 

Five Reasons You Should Hire a Painting Professional

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While painting is something many people opt to do for themselves, there are many benefits to hiring a professional as well. As a painting company in Longmont, we’ve seen a lot of people try to do it themselves and it’s a rousing success. However, we’ve also seen many cases where people attempt to do the work themselves and not only does it not turn out how they expected, but it also became a major hassle and headache just to get the job done.

Before you take on your next commercial or residential paint job, it might be helpful to take the following things into consideration before you decide to do it yourself.

1. The Sheer Amount of Time a Painting Job Can Take

When you’re tackling a painting job, it can take a lot of time to get the job itself done, especially if you don’t have the experience. Not only that, but the painting itself is just part of the process. That’s not even taking into account the amount of time it will take to set up, clean up, and buy materials.

Professional painting companies will usually send a crew to do the job, which exponentially decreases the amount of time a project will take.

2. The Amount of Money You’ll Save

Painting contractors often have access to higher quality materials at a lower cost, especially since they’re buying in bulk. And because they already have all the tools at their disposal, they won’t have to pay for those either.

When you decide to take a painting job on yourself, you’re on the hook to purchase all of these things yourself.

3. The Level of Expertise that a Professional Brings

Professional painting services will offer a look that simply cannot be matched. They know how to prime their surfaces and apply a uniform coat of paint. Professionals will also have an intimate familiarity with paints themselves and be able to select the one that’s just right for the job among the many options.

Like anything else in life, there’s no substitute for experience. A professional painting contractor not only knows what looks good, but they also know exactly what to do to achieve that result.

4. It’s Much Safer to Have Someone Else do it for You

While you’re not likely to hurt yourself painting from the ground, almost every paint job will require you to get on a ladder or stepping stool of some sort. If you have a multi-story home or business, as many people do, then your risk only increases due to the fact you need a taller ladder to reach all the spots which need painting. If you fall off a ladder and hurt your back or break some other bone, you’re looking at even more time and money lost.

A painting contractor will already have the proper licensing and insurance in case of these accidents. They will also be well aware of all the safety risks and will be aware of the latest safety rules and have the correct equipment to lower the risk of accidents.

5. Errors are Less Costly

When you make a mistake with a DIY job, the person who’s ultimately responsible is you. Professional painters not only have the resources and experience to make fewer mistakes (i.e. they know how to properly cover surrounding items in case of splatter) they are also held accountable for the job they do.

After all, a good professional painter has a reputation to uphold. They will not only do their best to cut down on the number of errors, but they will also take it upon themselves to fix them in the rare instances they do occur.

Consider a Local Professional Painter for Your Next Painting Job

While we know there’s an artist in you that’s bursting to come out, when it comes to residential and commercial painting jobs, here are just a few reasons you would benefit from leaving it to the professionals.

If you’re looking for help with your next painting job, please contact us for a free estimate. Painting Plus is an interior and exterior painter with over 30 years of experience serving Coloradans. We’re an A+ rated Better Business Bureau painter that’s never had a single BBB complaint filed against us.

Painting Your Walls White? Consider These Things

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White walls have made a comeback in home interior paint color schemes — find out the ins and outs of painting them white and what professional painters have to say about it!

 

We’ve (finally) moved from the days of painting each room of your home a different color, to transitioning into an era of elegance that is lasting, which is why white walls are coveted in home design and decor.  

 

White is white, right?! Unfortunately, finding the right shade of white isn’t so simple. At Painting Plus of Colorado, we know the color white! Connect with us and share in our experience of white walls in today’s post.

Behind White Walls

 

If you’re looking to add a coat of white to your home’s interior walls, gather these tips and partner with painting professionals for your desired look.

 

Consider the undertones.

 

Colors, even white, have undertones. Before painting your space white, consider what it will be used for and what tone fits into its ambiance. 

 

  • Cool, white tones – Cool whites have undertones of gray and blue and emerge as stark and clean.

 

  • Warm, white tones – Warm whites have undertones of yellow and red and appear warm and soft.

 

Between the two, which tone is better for your home? Are you painting a kitchen where you do a lot of tasks, or are you painting a living area where people come to kick back and relax?

 

It always comes down to your personal preference and style, but tone is a feature to consider when choosing between your whites.

 

Consider the upkeep.

 

White walls show it all — so be ready for that! They’ll expose every smudge, dent, and smear that happens. Because their imperfections will tend to surface loud and proud, you can always keep a little extra paint around to touch up small areas or ask your painting contractor for a stain-fighting primer or paint coat finish.

 

Bring all the accents together.

 

If you’re planning on painting a majority of your home white, ensure all the accents match or complement the space. Match your doors, the wood trim, and fixtures to the white — or contrast it. Just be mindful of all the different color variations that could crop up — features you may not always be able to change.

 

When you find your white, stick with it!

 

Finding your shade of white is like winning the lottery or finding a needle in a haystack — when you discover it, cherish it and hang on to it! You can rely and lean on this white for not only upkeep but for future painting projects.

 

Consider an accent wall.

 

If you like the idea of white but are still are not ready to commit fully to an all-white home, dip your small toe in and add an accent wall. Gray walls are trending, especially a dark charcoal gray accent wall mixed with neutral browns and creams — tie it all together with white walls and your home is an aesthetic masterpiece.

 

Create depth with layers.

 

When you choose white, it can easily become stark and institutional-like. Warm things up and add depth through layers. Forego boring and add in exciting and colorful textiles, pillows, rugs, furnishings, plants, and accents to brighten up and breathe life to your space.

 

Keep it light.

 

With different lighting, white walls can appear differently throughout, so ensure you test out your shade of white and observe it in natural daylight and in the evening when artificial light is used. If you have an area of low natural light, brighten a room cooler shades that will reflect warm, ambient light from various types of lighting layers such as lamps and task lighting.

 

White is easy to cover.

 

If you go ahead and try white paint throughout most of your home and decide it’s not for you, white is a color that is easy to paint over! Going from light to dark is ideal because going dark to light can take more sweat equity and additional coats of paint to completely cover it.

 

We do white walls!

 

We’ve seen the color trends throughout our 30 years in the painting industry — partner with us, the premier interior painting company in Boulder. Schedule an estimate today!   

 

 

 

Paint Touch Up Artistry — It’s a Skill!

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Hiring a residential painting contractor is an investment — protect your walls and learn the mastery of the paint touch up!

 

Walls and the paint that adorns them plays a crucial role in the aesthetic of your home — protect your walls by not only storing a spare can of paint around but learn the techniques in a touch-up!

 

Because most people don’t have a residential painting contractor on speed dial to touch up little paint imperfections here and there, Painting Plus of Colorado wants to help you protect your investment by giving you the best tips and techniques to touching up paint when the unforeseen happens. Join us in today’s post and become a touch-up artist!

Touch Up Your Interior Paint

 

There are so many scenarios that call for a paint touch-up, and knowing how to make it look good is crucial — whether you are renting or own your home.

 

When you need a paint touch-up…

 

  • Your kids have drawn on the walls
  • You were moving furniture and nick a corner of the wall
  • Your spaghetti sauce exploded
  • High foot traffic

 

How to Artfully Touch-Up Your Walls

 

When you get a stain, scratch, smudge, or ding, you’ll first want to decide if you want to touch it up. If it’s in a place of low visibility, sometimes it just doesn’t matter or is worth the effort. However, if you’re renting and every little imperfection is a dollar subtracted from your deposit — the devil is in the details. 

 

If you have a stain, first try simply cleaning it. Employ a soapy sponge or make a paste with water and baking soda to try and remove it. If you have no such luck, you’ll probably need to remedy it with paint. Follow the steps below for a flawless and beautiful touch up every time!

 

  • Prepare the surface – Clean the surface with soap and water, followed by a rinse with a clean sponge and water. Dry with a towel.  

 

  • Crack a window – Paint contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so better prepare your home and health when you crack a window.

 

  • Match your paint color – Hopefully, you’ve kept a spare can of paint or paint sample for these situations! If you don’t have spare paint, talk with your local painting contractor or stop into a home improvement store and take advantage of their color matching services.

 

  • Stir the paint – If your spare paint has been sitting for a while, it’s important to give it a good stir to ensure you mix all the colors and it goes on your wall and matches the current paint.

 

  • Replicate the texture –  If you can, try and figure out what tools were used — whether it was brush or roller — this way you can match the texture and keep the lines the same.

 

  • Use paint thinner – Dilute your paint with paint thinner because fresh paint is viscous, and at full strength, will create an uneven patch of paint.

 

  • Employ the feathering technique – To create an even layer of paint, touch up the area in question and then lightly, with a paintbrush, feather out some paint beyond the touch-up spot.

 

Wait it out – If your patch looks quite different than the dry paint already on the wall, that is okay, in fact it’s great! Wet paint will appear darker, but as it dries, it should match the paint perfectly (or almost).  

 

What to Avoid in a Touch Up (Don’t Be a Novice)

 

Using a finish. Perhaps you have a semi-gloss or gloss finish — don’t forget to swipe a coat on to complete your masterful touch-up!

 

Use too much paint. We get it, you want to get this project over and done with quickly. When you load up your roller or brush with too much paint, you may end up with an uneven blob that looks out of place and unnatural. Begin with a small amount and use more if you need.

 

Don’t store your spare paint properly. Paint needs to be kept in a dry, cool environment like a basement or hallway closet. Make sure you close your paint canister tightly and clean the rim for easier access when you have to open it back up.

 

Paint your imperfection like a professional when you adopt the above into your painting arsenal!

 

For the leading interior painting services in Fort Collins, reach and connect with us today!

 

    

 

How to Avoid an Exterior Paint Eye Sore

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Because you don’t want to be “that house” in your neighborhood, so instead, partner with our home painting services in Longmont!

 

You probably have “that home” in your community — the home whose exterior is outrageously painted an unnatural color that gets scoff and visible eye rolls. Maybe they like it and maybe it’s their style, but if you want to keep your exterior paint choice a little more calm and collected, you’ll need to steer clear of a couple choices.

 

From crazy exterior paint choices to more neutral colors, at Painting Plus of Colorado, we are here to cater to all of your painting needs. We’ve seen a lot of interesting houses in our 30 years in the painting industry, so to avoid a neighborhood eyesore, heed our these painting exterior painting faux pas!

Choose an Exterior Paint Color By Avoiding These Mistakes!

 

Embrace and improve your curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint — but keep your neighbors happy and don’t frighten the wildlife with the wrong color choice!

 

The color scheme was overlooked.

 

Just like with your interior paint, you’ll want to pick a color scheme. Without a color scheme, your exterior paint project could turn into a visual nightmare. When you choose a color scheme, put together colors that can be used on the exterior including:

 

  • The main body of your home
  • Trim
  • Window trim
  • Front door
  • Front porch

 

If you’re looking to add some excitement with a pop of color, both the window trim and front porch areas are great mirco-accent spaces that can brighten and enliven your home’s exterior.

 

The exterior landscaping wasn’t considered.

 

If you’ve invested in beautiful landscaping, don’t jeopardize your home’s exterior by choosing a paint color that blends into the background or colors so crazy that you’re on the verge of a seizure. Instead, get a full picture of how your landscaping looks in every season, and choose a color that complements your botanics well.

 

Home color sampling was skipped.

 

Maybe you are ready to make things happen and you skipped painting and sampling little color swatches on your home. Sampling is crucial because not only can it help you avoid a costly color mistake but it gives you real-time feedback of what the color will look like. Believe or not, all white and beige colors are not the same — they all have various undertones that make them different. Do yourself a favor and test the colors on your home before you commit.    

 

The HOA wasn’t considered.

 

HOA’s are serious, you don’t want to paint your home without consulting it beforehand. Typically there are specific colors you have to stick to, to better blend in within the community. Consult your HOA and check on the approved colors before you make a very costly mistake.

 

The neighborhood aesthetic was overlooked.

 

Even if you don’t live in an HOA community, it’s still important to be mindful of the neighbors you do have. So, take a quick inventory of what’s going on — is it a funky, creative neighborhood you can be free in or is it on the more conservative side with beige and neutral colors? It may even be beneficial to have a conversation with your neighbors to discuss what you’re thinking and see what they have to say.

 

Connect with Painting Plus of Colorado for your next exterior painting project!

 

With painting services spanning three decades, we have a host of awards coupled with experience, under our belts. We skillfully complete each project and pay attention to the small painting details to provide you with the leading home painting services in the Longmont area.  

 

Partner with us today and refresh your curb appeal today!

 

Need Home Exterior Color Inspiration?

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Picking a new exterior paint color scheme for your home is anxiety-inducing — get some much-needed color inspo from our painting company.

 

Choosing an exterior paint color is a big deal — it’s a feature that can make or break your curb appeal and potentially sell your home at a better offer and it can keep the peace between your neighbors. So, if you’re a traditionalist, there are classic color schemes that you can choose to help take the pressure off!

 

Keep your neighborhood chic and classic with a variety of color schemes! When you partner with Painting Plus of Colorado, transform your Boulder home’s exterior and update your curb appeal with our painting services. Venture into color schemes with us, in today’s post!

Color Schemes You Can Always Count on!

 

There are classic color schemes that people have been using throughout the decades because they’re tried and true. Traditional isn’t boring — it’s chic and evergreen. It’s the little back dress of home exterior paint.

 

Color it Calm!

 

For a soothing exterior paint palette that ushers pause and introspection, create a nostalgic color scheme with the following:

 

Trim – A creamy, off-white

Body – A light grey, with green undertones

Door – Burgandy, or a deep, verdant red

 

If you have a front porch space, adorn it with greenery and old-fashioned metal mailbox.  

 

Tudor Charm

 

If you live in a Tudor-inspired home, you have broad and spacious trim that cannot be overlooked. Instead of camouflaging its Tudor charm, feature it in a traditional way.

 

Body – Off-white with yellow undertones

Trim – Chocolate brown

 

Body – Light grey with bluish undertones

Trim – white

 

California Charisma

 

If you’re privileged enough to live in sunny California, there’s a chance you live in a cute craftsman-style home. Let your landscaping be the real feature of your home’s exterior and make the color its understudy.

 

Body – Grey (can go light or dark)

Trim – White

Door – Coral

 

Style the front porch with woven, natrual rugs and Adirondak chairs.

 

Ravishing Red

 

A red home might not exactly be a neutral color, but in the perfect shade, it works really well. Whether you have a farmhouse-inspired home or you just really like red, create the perfect look.

 

Body – Red with brown undertones

Shutters – Charcoal grey or black

Trim – Off-white

 

Play With Beige

 

Beige is not for everyone, but it is a very basic, neutral color that everyone can get behind. If you have an HOA to adhere to or you’re planning on selling your home, try this variation with beige.

 

Body – beige

*Caveat – If you have a home with features and accents that stand aoart from the main body, contrast those with either a lighter or darker beige color.

Shutters – Navy blue

Trim – Cream

Windows – Cream

 

Dreamy Cabin

 

If you live in a cabin or wood exterior home, it can be difficult to figure out what complements it well because really, all you’r painting is the trim.

 

Trim – Brown with red undertones

 

Trim – Periwinkle

 

Trim – Dark green

 

There are so many color schemes to work within and that fit the architectural style of your home.

 

Connect with us today to discuss your next exterior painting project!

 

When to Forego the DIY Painting Route

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Painting the interior of your home can be arduous and a time burglar — hiring a painting company may be exactly what you need!

 

If you are a handy person, do-it-yourself (DIY) projects can be fun and even meditative — but when you’re over your head, you are over your head! Not everyone is a DIY aficionado, and that’s okay. It’s when you try and commit to remodeling your bathroom or repainting your home and realize early on, this is not for you!

 

There is a reason why the home improvement industry exists — to help you out! At Painting Plus of Colorado, we want to lend a hand to all of your interior painting projects so you can continue to thrive in the areas you excel in! From scheduling a free estimate to the completion of your project, we provide the leading residential painting in the Fort Collins area! Finally finish that painting project and learn more about how professional painters can help you.  

When DIY Interior Painting May Be Worth It

 

There is nothing wrong with rolling up your sleeves, using a little elbow grease, and tackling a painting project — some people are really great painters!

 

DIY when…

 

You only need to do a single room.

 

If all you have to do is a simple, uncomplicated bedroom over a weekend, that is totally doable. Heck, you can even do it over a couple — prep and clean the room one weekend and finish the painting the next. With one room, you’re not spending too much time away from your life and the project can be finished in a reasonable amount of time.

 

There is no damage or repair that needs to take place.

 

If you have a fresh, clean wall that is free from large holes and is a relatively smooth, congrats, you have the perfect painting surface!

 

You chose a similar color.

 

When you chose a new color that is close to the current one, the wall rarely needs more than a few priming touch-ups and one coat of paint. This scenario requires little work and can be completed quickly.

 

Your heart is in the work.

 

If you’ve painted before and you have beautiful, sharp lines and walls that are smooth and free of brush marks — the work is professional-grade — then a DIY painting project is for you!

 

Hire an interior painting professional when…  

 

You need a complete paint rehaul.

 

If you’re planning on repainting your entire home, hiring a professional painter is the person for the job. This volume of work will take time, even when a painter does the work. It requires moving out furniture and prepping and sanding, room-by-room, and disrupting a chunk of your life. What may seem like a little work as a DIY painter, can actually turn into the painting project from paint-fume hell! Free up some of your time and energy while saving your sanity, and hiring professional interior painters. Once you see all the hard labor they’re putting in, you’ll be so thankful you delegated out this task.

 

Your walls are damaged and require work.

 

If you have an older home or walls that tell stories — like the time when your kids were playing and accidentally punched a huge hole in the wall with a foot — this is something you can’t simply paint over. When spackling, sanding, and scraping are involved, it’s best to call in the experienced experts.

You’ve picked a dramatic color — a stark difference from what you have now.

 

If you loved the dark green color a little too much and ended up painting your dining room and living room the same verdant color — changing it from a rich, dark color to white is no easy feat. This will typically require at least two coats, making for a longer more labor-intensive project.

 

The details are not your thing!

 

Some people just don’t so details — and that’s okay — but it probably means that painting should be left to the professionals. For amazing trim, smooth walls, and uniform paint coverage hire a local interior painter!

 

There are times for a DIY painting project and there are times when it’s better left to the professionals!

 

To connect with the leading painting contractors in the Fort Collins area, call us today!

The Brick Wall Conundrum

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Because sometimes you want a different color brick wall, but are you breaking a huge design faux pas in doing so?

 

An exposed brick wall is a major selling point that people love to exploit, after all, it’s trendy, it’s hip, and it adds character to a room. Similarly, you may have a brick home, yet want to venture into color, but once you paint brick — it’s a commitment — and there’s no turning back! So, where do you even begin to play with the idea of painting it? There may have just been a lot of audible gasps over even mentioning painting brick, but you can paint brick, it does happen!

 

At Painting Plus if Colorado, we want to craft a space that is uniquely yours, even if that means painting the bricks! We offer exterior and interior painting solutions for Colorado homes and businesses. Go down the rabbit hole and into the idea of painting brick, in today’s post!

Painting Exterior Brick

 

Because painting brick is such a hot topic and you either land on one side of it or the other, we’ll first take a look at the potential benefits of hiring professional painters t give your exterior brick a fresh coat of paint.

 

There are many ways to revive an outdated home aside from landscaping, and paint is an excellent choice to up your curb appeal. If you have a home with aging brick you can completely update it and transform its exterior aesthetics with new paint.

 

Pro tip: You can transform regular brick with neutral colors such as white or charcoal grey. The classic white color is crisp and clean and gives a Scandinavian feel. Dark grey is more dramatic and makes a beautiful contrast to a lush green yard and trees and is perfect with a white trim.

 

It’s also important when painting your exterior brick, to remember that it is like a tattoo — it’s permanent so you’ll want to be sure in the decision you’re making. Some painting companies have programs that you can use to get a better idea of what your home will look like with a fresh coat of paint.

 

There is also more maintenance with a painted brick exterior. Dirt, mold, and debris can be more visible so you’ll have to power wash it more often.  

 

Painting Interior Brick

 

If you’re ready to transform your exposed brick wall and have made the decision to paint it, here are a few guidelines to follow.

 

Keep things neutral – Just like the exterior, a fresh coat of grey or white paint can be stunning. Some of the best interior designers have agreed that if you’re going to paint a brick wall, avoid painting it a bold color.

 

Create a new custom finish – Instead of just choosing one color, companies transforming unflattering brick by adding texture through a variety of brushes and techniques, effectively creating a new custom wall.

 

If painting it isn’t quite the right option for you, consider covering it with tile or installing drywall. Tile is great in that sometimes odd and dated brick cannot be repaired or updated just with paint, sometimes it just needs an old-fashioned rehaul. Adding in mixed-materials of tile and wood can be a lovely option for a smaller space.

 

To modernize a space, drywall is another great option beyond painting. It adds an updated look and a current aesthetic.

 

If you’re looking to change up your space and paint over exterior or interior brick, you may get a few weird looks at first, but when you work with a good team it can really freshen up your home.

 

Partner with us and use us as a resource and sounding board for your interior and exterior painting ideas! Reach out today!     

 

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