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Pressure Washing In Fall

Pressure WashFall is here, and with it, a build-up of leaves, sticks, moss, mud and other debris. Before things start to freeze, pressure washing can be a good way to clean up before the winter snows arrive. Great Expectations Painting in Coeur d’Alene offers pressure washing services to any size property that needs it!

Why So Much Pressure?

When you force your thumb over the end of a hose, that reduces the stream and increases the pressure of the water leaving the tube. Pressure washers use electric or gas motors with a water pump to artificially increase the pressure of water coming from your hose. This water is so powerful it can be used to remove leaves, caked on dirt, paint, and even damage stone.

When you use a pressure washer, remember that it can remove bark from trees and cut skin. This (and the fact many people do not own pressure washers) is a good reason to seek professional assistance. Wood and vinyl siding will hold up to pressure washing, but aluminum might dent unless you use a very low setting. Often the machine’s pressure is set to one constant setting, and you need to use a different nozzle to control the intensity of the wash.

Asphalt and concrete hold up well to pressure washing. You can also remove dust and pollen from windows, wash decks, and clear gutters before winter rain and snow fill them up.Pressure Wash

Some people attempt to pressure wash their roofs to remove moss and other debris. This is dangerous, can damage tiles and is not recommended. There are alternative ways to remove moss such as using a bleach/water mixture.

Regular maintenance throughout the year will keep paint lasting longer, cause less damage to wood and keep your property looking clean and beautiful. We at Great Expectations Painting are confident we can pressure wash whatever you need in this fall season.

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Halloween Painting Ideas

As the scariest holiday of the year approaches, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the possibilities of arts and crafts that you can make with your family. From pumpkins to over-the-top front yard graveyards, Halloween can be a creative bonanza! Here are a few painting ideas to get you on the right path for the trick-or-treating holiday.

HalloweenPainting Pumpkins

Everyone knows how to carve a pumpkin. It’s as American as apple pie. But did you know that you can paint a pumpkin for even more creative applications? Have your kids paint their favorite cartoon characters, or write a message to the children coming to your door. One stylish option to last all of autumn is to use metallic or high-gloss paint. You can paint a few stripes or other patterns outside of your gourds.  

Painting CutoutsHalloween

Give your house a classic photo opportunity with a wooden cutout. Grab an old piece of plywood, screw a couple of 2 by 4’s to the bottom corners to keep it upright. Now, you can cut a few holes at different heights in the wood. Next, have the neighborhood kids paint witches, mummies, and vampires around the face holes. Add a “trick or treat” message or something equally festive. Now you’ve got an easy, fun project that you can bring out of the garage every Halloween for the next group of kids to remember.  

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Painting the panes of windows can seem like heresy to some, but buying an old barn window from the antique shop can create a fun little project for Halloween. Buy some transparent glass paints and some opaque acrylics and make the illusion of a ghost or skeleton looking out from behind a window!

At Great Expectations Painting, we will complete any project, no matter how big or small. We also have interior designers that can recommend colors and paints that will be more versatile and long-lasting than just Halloween, to keep your projects useful for longer.

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Painting In Rain And Water

Northern Idaho is seeing its first taste of fall rain this week! And while we aren’t seeing downpours the likes of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it can feel like the time for finishing building, construction, and painting projects is running short. Here is some advice on how to keep painting even in the midst of rain and bad weather:

Only Stop Painting When It’s Actually Raining


It’s easy to miss the obvious, but you only have to stop painting when it is actually raining. Overcast skies and “smelling rain” isn’t going to ruin your progress. Keep painting even if the weather isn’t favorable until raindrops start to fall from the sky. If you feel rain, take a break and waPaintingit for it to pass. Modern latex or water-based paints become tacky dry very quickly in the thin layers most people apply. Whatever you just started to paint before the rain began is unlikely to be ruined by a drizzle. In the Northwest a lot of our rain comes at night, so most mornings you can get started painting again if it persists all day.


Unless It’s A Downpour, You Probably Won’t Have To Repaint

Like I mentioned earlier: Modern paint dries quickly enough to withstand most precipitation. However, if a large downpour begins within an hour of your last coat, it will probably need to be redone. How resistant your new paint is to the elements is obviously variable: Oil paints take longer to dry and the impact of rain becomes greater in areas of more humidity. Use your own judgment and see how it turns out.


You Will Have To Wait Longer After Power washing Than After Rain

PaintingIf you are power washing your painting surface, it will take much longer to dry than if it had merely rained in that area. This is because the high pressure soaks water into the wood and other materials instead of resting on the surface. Rain is much lower pressure than our mechanical inventions, and materials will be ready to paint after rainfall much faster.

Hopefully, these tips will give you some confidence to continue painting in the rain and tough weather fast approaching this fall! Remember, if all else fails the teams here at GEP will brave any weather (until winter!) to give you the service you need.

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Interior Painting In The Fall

Painting is often thought of as an exclusively summertime job. Nobody wants to be outside painting their (or a client’s) home or office in the snow, rain, and cold. There are other painting jobs to be done, however. The inside! Interior Painting In The Fall or winter can be quite successfully done for a variety of reasons. Let’s get started

Interior Painting In The Fall?Humidity

Humidity is a huge problem for paint. It’s actually one of the biggest drawbacks to summer painting in some areas. In order for the paint to actually adhere to a wall and stick around, it needs to evaporate. Humid air has a ton of water particles in it and slows this process down to a crawl. Watching paint dry just got even more boring. This isn’t as big of a problem when painting indoors, but humid air outside definitely leads to more humid air inside without proper ventilation for the area you’re painting; an additional cost. Most days during the winter (again, depending on your region) are less humid and can even be pleasantly dry. Water getting into the paint as it dries can also result in cracking and peeling in the finished product.

Temperature is another factor when it comes to how paint dries and applies. The ideal paint job is done between 49 degrees and 100 degrees Celsius. The paint will dry more slowly below 49 degrees and will dry too quickly above 100, resulting in bubbling and cracking. Interior Painting In The Fall?We’re not very likely to have to worry about that top end during the winter time, but if your home is chilled below 49 degrees it may be time to turn on the heater. This costs money, sure, but that brings us to our final reason for why you should plan to paint the interior of your home in the winter.


It is likely to be much cheaper than a summer paint job. Most painting is scheduled to be done during the summer, and painters are going to be booked solid. Scheduling a painting for the winter fills in the normally empty part of the year, and does both the customer and contractor a favor. If you need some quality paint job recommendations click here, or here.
If you’ve been looking to get some interior painting done, you don’t have to wait until next summer! Save it for vacations or just some fun in the sun.

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Choosing Colors For Children’s Bedrooms That Will Last

Children can be fickle – everyone remembers the multiple phases that they went through. It may have been different cartoon characters or obsessing over specific looks and colors. If you have kids or are planning on it, the question of what color to paint a child’s bedroom is tricky. Families change rooms often or have multiple kids in one room. Here’s some advice to paint your kids’ rooms as few times as possible as they grow up:

ChildrenBlue vs. Pink

“I should paint the room baby blue or pink” is the assumption many new parents make as their young ones come into the world. These soft pastel colors are not a bad choice, but they have their limits. Pinks, especially hot pink, can have real limitations in matching fixtures and artwork that aren’t traditionally “girly.” This means that if your daughter doesn’t fall easily into a stereotypical princess look you might get a lot of pressure to paint the room as she grows up. Additionally, pink is VERY difficult to move boys into without fierce (and understandable) resistance. Pastel or deep blues, greens, subtle yellows like citron or beige, will last much longer and are more versatile as your child’s tastes develop.

Keep in mind: Wall paints act as a canvas. Adding and subtracting artwork, toys, carpets, furniture and bed sheets are much easier ways to change the vibe of your children’s room instead of repainting. This is obvious to many but easily forgotten in the rush of having kids. Shy away from the bold, electric, neon pinks and Toy Story wallpapers. The artistic decisions you make are also investments – repainting is never easy, and moving your kids into different rooms doesn’t make it any easier!

Do it Right

Great Expectations Painting can make repainting your children’s rooms quick and painless. Our team is fast, thorough, and provides free color consulting to anyone who enlists our services. Children

Some people are afraid of choosing “boring” or too neutral colors for their child’s room. There are a couple creative solutions to this problem. One is to choose a bold accent color for one wall and leave the others more traditionally plain colors. This gives a space for your child to express themselves or to place a similarly eccentric bed while still only having to repaint one wall when their tastes inevitably change.

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Painting Floors

An unconventional but bold way to change the appearance of wood floors is to paint them. Polyurethane-based paint can be much less expensive (and more fun) than simply staining them.  

To start, choose a neutral color that doesn’t easily expose stain or scuffs. Lighter neutral colors like beige and sky blue are good options, compared to more extreme colors like royal purple or the obvious-to-scratch and hard to match black or dark brown.painting

Next, move the furniture from the room in question and the hard work can begin. If you imagine that your wooden floor is a canvas, the challenge becomes to make that canvas as consistent and clean as possible. This means sweeping, sanding, and washing the surface completely to remove any dust and detritus that will make painting harder. Use a floor enamel or primer to prepare for the first layer in your desired color.

Order of Operations

When you start, it’s important to paint the edges near the walls first. Don’t forget to have some paint on hand the same color as your walls just in case! Also, use some place tape to stay within the lines. Coating the majority of the surface will be much faster and easier on your back with the use of a paint roller.

Keep your layers as thin as possible, spreading evenly and waiting a full day before applying additional coats. Keep the temperature higher and avoid painting during humid times of the year to keep drying time shorter. If you intend to paint a pattern, remember to apply the lightest color first.

After about 3 layers of paint, and any designs that you wish to include, add a finishing coat of polyurethane to give the paint a lasting shine. Be mindful of fumes during the project, and prepare to have the room completely unavailable for the good part of a week.

A painted floor will definitely raise eyebrows when people visit your home. But,  if you take your time and choose your paints wisely, a painted floor can be a beautiful and unique addition to any home. Come chat with our people to guarantee it’s done right!

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How Much Can You Alter In Your Apartment?

The simple answer? Read your rental agreement and contact your property owners to get permission before any semi-permanent changes to your living space. Permission is better (and often cheaper) than forgiveness. Apartment

The long answer? Some things are more negotiable than others. You can find some creative solutions for most of the projects that you would want to create in your apartment.

For example, let’s say that you want to paint the interior of your bedroom walls. In most living situations, this is unlikely to happen. Painting even sections of the wall isn’t something property managers want to deal with, especially if you spill paint onto carpeted floors. One clever solution to change the color of your walls is to put up curtains instead. Screwing into studs isn’t nearly as permanent as painting, and a quality, colorful fabric is going to look a lot better than the hippy tapestries that cover the walls of freshman dorm rooms.

Along the same lines, covering most of the space with individual framed paintings can achieve a new sense of color for the walls of your room. Painting large swaths of butcher paper is a cheaper and more “hip” way to achieve the same goal. Light fixtures, door handles, appliances, and furniture are often free to alter or replace, or at least very simple to put back to how you found it. Changing the construction of the room itself, however, is obviously out of the question.


Or Is It?

ApartmentThere are some ways to change the dimensions of a room that can drastically affect your experience in the space. One simple, elegant way is with the use of a room divider, which can easily bisect a space. Suddenly, a desk in the middle of the living room almost becomes a room unto itself and offers a sense of privacy. Fabric room dividers are light and adjustable, allowing for quick changes when company comes over.

Another way to change your apartment is with lighting. Many people overlook how powerfully lighting affects our mood and energy. Tinted lights, like sepia or blue lights, are an easy way to control how a shade of color is perceived, turning an uncomfortable green-yellow into a more soothing gold. Contact one of our professionals for some quality color consulting!

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Commercial Painting Tips: Invest in your building.

Commercial Painting TipsWe get tons of requests for commercial painting tips. Many brave souls out there approach their commercial space the same as they would their home. They buy some paint, pick a few colors they like, then get overwhelmed by the scope of the work to accomplish! After more then a decade painting some of Coeur d’Alene’s most iconic buildings, we wanted to provide a few great tips for taking on a commercial painting project.

I’m often surprised that other commercial painters don’t approach a large project from an investment standpoint. Your building represents a huge monetary and time investment for your building. Ensuring you paint it with current colors, and the correct paint help increase your long term investment. Whether you own the space for your own business, or rent to tenants, an attractive building will keep your tenants in the building longer, as well as drawing additional customers to the location!

  1. Hire a color consultant. An overlooked aspect of the painting industry, color consultants closely track real estate trends, paint development, and color phycology to ensure optimal space to work. Painting the interior and exterior of the building a specific color can deeply impact your work force (or tenants) mood while working. There is a ton of research that supports making smart color choices, and it will in turn make you more money.
  2. Commercial Painting TipsProtect your property, and your employees. Ensuring the paint your using meets current LEED standards makes sure your tenants and clients are kept safe from harmful paint products. This certification will be on the paint label and is easy to find.
  3. Paint when its cold out. We all hate painting in the winter months, but there is a very fiscal reason for it! Painting during the winter months is typically when companies are least productive. As a professional painting company, we offer substantial discounts for winter work. Your tenants will also typically be less impacted by painting later in the year.
  4. If you are overwhelmed hire a professional. Commercial buildings often offer unique challenges not found in traditional home painting. If you want to hire a professional company, make sure they are licensed and bonded. When the contractor comes to your job site, he should provide references, proof of insurances, as well as an inspection worksheet with the bid estimate. If you want additional projects completed (more then average fill work, calking gaps, etc.) make sure they are included in your bid! Any reputable company will let you add these charges to your bill later as well!

This covers our brief commercial painting tips for investing in your building! If you are looking for a great exterior painting company, please drop us an email! We would love the opportunity to help protect your property investment!

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Spring will be here soon!

Great news! Even though you would never know it from the look of things outside, spring will be here soon! With the warmer weather come dreams of boating, summer food, and hanging out outside! Somewhere in the back of your mind (past the excited-ness) lies the coming dread of spring cleaning! You have already put it off until now and your not sure how much longer it can be avoided! Don’t worry! The Great Expectations Painting team is here to help! Whether you are hoping to get a nice new coat of paint, or clean out that moldy bathroom, here are a few tips to get you going!

  1. Make a list. Its easy to hang out and drink a beer rather then actually starting to clean. Avoid the complacency by making a complete list of all the jobs you need to do! It will help you figure out exactly how long the cleaning will take, and helps provide great motivation!
  2. Start with the jobs you like best. There isn’t a good reason to the the crummy jobs first! Start with an easy appealing one, and work your way towards less “desirable” jobs.
  3. Spring will be here soon!Make completion rewarding. When your in the thick of cleaning, nothing will make you feel more motivated then rewarding progress! Want a tasty dinner at that new sushi restaurant? Maybe a foot massage from your significant other? Have a reward jar full of different gifts to yourself and pick one each time you complete a spring cleaning job. You will be shocked how exciting it can be to win!
  4. Have fun with the kids. Now, we all love to pawn jobs off on our kids, its part of their lot in life. Make spring cleaning fun for the family! Take a weekend, and make up a great game to see who can get the most projects done. Or have a board on the wall and an eventual completion reward that everyone will want to win! Getting the family together to complete the work will help make a big dent in the leftover cleaning from last year!

When looking towards spring and the cleaning it brings, just keep in mind our few helpful tips and the whole family will enjoy warming up and getting work done!

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Preparing your home for new painting.

Preparing your home for new painting.

Preparing your home for new painting.Finally! The cold weather is starting to break! We were beginning to wonder if a permanent tundra had taken over North Idaho and we would never see the sun again! Without the snow on the ground, we can again recognize concrete, houses, plants, trees, and animals! Its a great feeling! Soon we will all be back outside enjoying the beautiful town we live in!

The better weather also means were closing in on painting season! Have you been looking to refresh the exterior of your home? Maybe you want to update your interior colors to “modernize” a bit? Either way, here are a few tips to prepare you for the new season!

Plan to start early. This year, Great Expectations Painting is already booking out 6 weeks! That means if you want to get your painting job completed in a reasonable amount of time, we need to get you booked soon! Interior painting jobs we typically save for later in the year; its all about getting the exteriors kicked on from now till the summer months. We always give out discounts for interior paint jobs later in the year as well, so if you can wait, you will get a better price.

Preparing your home for new painting.When looking to paint the exterior of your home, make sure you already know what paint colors you want. This will save us time re-bidding the job, and saves any coloring mistakes from happening. We never mark up the cost of paint on a job, so when you provide us the colors you want to use, we will just purchase the paint (with our discount) and include the price in the work bid. Saves a ton of time, and you won’t need to pay us to pick out the colors!

While we are doing your painting exterior, we can also knock out some of those annoying projects you just don’t want to handle! We do all sorts of construction projects at incredibly good prices. If your back fence needs repaired BEFORE being repainted just let us know! We can add the additional work onto your bid, and it will be cheaper then you think. We often get clients that add-on 2-3 projects just to get them out of the way!

While we are preparing your home for new painting, keep in mind the above and we will get your project handled in the professional, GEP way!