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Should You Paint Your Garage Floors?
Garage floors can be one of the ugliest, stained and overlooked surfaces in your home. Beat up by your car and its fluids, defiled by lawn equipment, abused by tire remnants, your garage flooring needs protection to provide it with a long lasting life. Consider cleaning things up by covering up those stains with a […]Read More
How to Paint Your Home to Match Your Family
Trying to decide on the best colors for the interior for your house may seem overwhelming. When trying to come up with ideas for the right colors for your project, don’t try to design the house all at once. The first step is to choose the paint for the central living space. This includes the […]Read More
Color Trends For Office Space
Its difficult to find a color that will inspire creativity and productivity. Finding colors that aren’t so bland for an office is quite challenging.Listed below are a few exciting colors that can give an office space an extra special look today! Light Blue Light blue is calming and reassuring which is helpful when trying to […]Read More
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. The long answer: Some things are more negotiable than others, and there are some creative solutions for most of the projects that you would […]Read More
Signs it’s Time to Paint Your House
We all know that an exterior house-painting project can be inconvenient, expensive, and time consuming. But if you do prepare and do it right, it can be much easier than you think. Hiring painting professionals can make the entire process completely painless. Exterior painting is an excellent investment that extends the integrity and appearance of your home, your greatest asset.Read More
Great Expectations Gives Back
Teen Center at Strikezone on Government Way Donated a small nonprofit teen center, painting the interior. We are super excited to announce our newest community project. #BeTheBestYouCanBe Strike Zone is home to the most advanced Laser Tag experience in the northwest, and the only Dart Battle arena in the Spokane/Coeur d’alene area! Membership plans are […]Read More
Signs It’s Time To Repaint Your House Exterior
We all know that an exterior house-painting project can be inconvenient, expensive, and time consuming. But if you do prepare and do it right, it can be much easier than you think. Hiring painting professionals can make the entire process completely painless. Exterior painting is an excellent investment that extends the integrity and appearance of […]Read More
How to Choose Your Perfect Interior Paint Color
Choosing a color for your interior paint project can put a lot of pressure on you. This is the color you’ll be looking at every single day for (hopefully) a very long time! All of the different colors, sheens, and brands available can seem overwhelming at first. But with these tips, we hope you’ll be […]Read More
Choosing the Right Paintbrush
When it comes to brushes, you really do get what you pay for. A good brush is worth the investment, as choosing the wrong brush can lead to unfortunate results. Whether it’s bristles stuck in your paint or huge streak marks, the brush may be the culprit. If you’ve ever chosen the cheapest brush assuming […]Read More
Fighting Mold: When To Call In Experts
Once, when working on replacing a floor at my old home, we came across a dark, smelly, unhealthy problem that affects millions of Americans: mold. What is household mold and when is it too big of a problem to fix by yourself? What Is Mold? Mold is classified as a fungi (like mushrooms) that grow […]Read More
Should You Stain or Paint Your Fence?
Refinishing your fence with either paint or stain is a great way of improving the look of your home. Painting or staining can also help your fence last longer. Putting in a bit of extra work can extend the lifespan of your fence by providing some additional protection against insects, rot, and normal wear and […]Read More
The Popcorn Ceiling: Gone Stale?
We all have fond memories as children of lying in bed and looking up at the bumpy white ceiling. Perhaps you used your imagination to make shapes and faces in the patterns. Or, if you were like me, maybe you tried to scrape the bumps off with your fingernails and were met with a face full […]Read More
Interior Painting: How to Choose the Right Finish for Each Room in Your House
Finishes & Interior Painting If you have just jumped in to your first interior painting project, things can get very overwhelming very quickly. There is so much more to paint than just color. When ordering your paint, you’ll need to choose a brand, base, quality, and sheen for each color and amount. First and foremost, […]Read More
Pressure Washing In Fall
Fall 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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
Commercial Painting Tips: Invest in your building.
We 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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
Organic Gardening Like A Pro
Organic Gardening Like A Pro We’ve come to the latest post about gardening. We will have to resume our painting advice since it looks like the snow will FINALLY be clearing up in the near future. This week enjoy a few tips about organic gardening and the health impacts of the process! Gardening is a […]Read More
Get Inspired to Garden!
Get Inspired to Garden! After these last few weeks, we’re about ready to start up a farm! We think our garden looks amazing so far! For some people organic gardening is a fun, relaxing pastime, whereas for others it can be a major headache. The following collection of tips will help you to become a […]Read More
Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips!
Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips! Welcome back to the gardening blog this week! We are enjoying the change of pace, and with the lingering snow its still to early to start painting! Get those seeds in the ground! For some people organic gardening is a fun, relaxing pastime, whereas for others it can […]Read More
Helpful Gardening Tips Blooming Now!
Helpful Gardening Tips Blooming Now Welcome to our gardening tips with the painters! This week, we have a few great more tips for getting ready for the spring weather! Enjoy! Gardening is generally a relaxing and therapeutic hobby. When it comes to gardening there are some basic “need to know” things such as: knowing your […]Read More
Don’t Have a Green Thumb?
Don’t Have A Green Thumb? Gardening Tips with the Painters! Usually on the Great Expectations Blog, we write a LOT about painting/paint care and etc. With spring finally preparing to sneak out in the next few months, we wanted to lighten up a little and get back to our roots, literally! Over the next few weeks, […]Read More
Our Great Expectations for the new year!
This week, we wanted to cover our Great Expectations for the new year! Having finally put the lid on last painting season, we can take a breather and prepare for the new year! Being a painting contractor in Coeur d’Alene, this winter was killer. It was so cold even by North Idaho Standards! The extra winter […]Read More
Happy New Year North Idaho!
We want to be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! Happy New Year from Great Expectations Painting! We have survived the presents, food and family. Now its time to look forward! Have some New Years resolutions to break? Finally going to start saving for that new car? That vacation to Hawaii going […]Read More
All We Want for Christmas!
Christmas time is here again! Other then being the starting words to a great song, everybody loves Christmas time! The Great Expectations Team wanted to take just a minute this week, and reflect on a few to the things we are thankful for this season. As always, we would love to thank our fantastic customers. […]Read More
North Idaho Weather Preparation: Driving
When driving in the winter, you need to take some extra steps to ensure your safety! Winter gets super cold up here, and being prepared can make the difference in a winter storm. In the past few weeks we have covered your home and family. This week we will give you a few helpful tips […]Read More
North Idaho Weather Preparation: Family
Normally on the Great Expectations blog, we talk painting. We really do love painting. Helping people meet their interior/exteior designing dreams, while ensuring a job done right brings a huge smile to our faces. When we come up with our “avoid horrible things” tips, they are heartfelt and really will save your painting job. Everyone once […]Read More
North Idaho Weather Preparation: Home
North Idaho weather preparation is important to ensure your home remains undamaged throughout the cold months. Up here it tends to get cold really quickly and this year will be no different (although it did stay warm for an extended amount of time! Taking just a few steps to winterize your home can have a dramatic […]Read More
Hobbies: Finding something to do when there is nothing to do! Do you need a hobby to fill in some spare time during your day? Many different hobbies are available, including scrapbooking, woodworking and cooking. If you are excited enough about your new hobby, you can consider turning it into a career. Keep reading to […]Read More
Late Season Painting
Late Season Painting: How late should you paint? Every year we do late season painting. We always get clients who are trying to avoid the rush of summer, and push their painting back until fall. We wanted to give just a couple tips to our blog readers on how late to paint! The most important […]Read More
Winter is Coming! Winterizing your Deck.
Winter is Coming! Winterizing your Deck. With the cold weather incoming, its time to start winterizing your deck. Here’s a few tips for properly taking care of your deck though the winter months! Store all your furniture. Your deck doesn’t want all that crap left on it all winter! Thoroughly clean, and remove your deck […]Read More
Siding Repair Tips: Secrets.
Siding Repair Tips: Secrets There are tons of secrets that contractors have found throughout the ages. Most of the time, they filter these secrets between themselves, hoping to keep the DIY-er types guessing. Its almost like a secret club, and once your a member, you get to know all the secrets! Or, you can just […]Read More
Simple Ways To Improve Your Home
Simple Ways To Improve Your Home There are tons of ways to improve your home! Your home’s appearance affects your daily disposition. Your home is supposed to be a place to relax, spend time with family and feel comfortable. You will feel happier if you decorate your home in a way that is functional and […]Read More
How To Live A Better Life By Making Home Improvements
How To Live A Better Life By Making Home Improvements Your feelings about the place where you wake up every morning can set the tone for every day. It’s been proven that people spend most of their time at work or in their own house. If you run a home businesses, your house has an […]Read More
Great Siding Repair Tips: Setup
The Great Expectations Painting Siding Repair Guide! If you own a house, you’re probably familiar with siding repair. Regardless of how careful you are with your home, the unrelentingness of the sun will damage your siding. There are steps to avoiding damage with your paint selection, but its inevitable! Here is our guide to set […]Read More
Proper Fence Care: An Epilogue
Proper Fence Care: An Epilogue We’ve finally come full circle to proper fence care! After all that hard work preparing, staining, and sealing your fence, its finally time to sit back and enjoy it! Well done, drink some lemonade and relax. Make sure and check out HGTV’s great serious on fence care as well! There […]Read More
Fence Painting: Application
We’re finally to our fence’s application time! Application is the last step in properly painting your fence. Thus far we’ve covered all the preparation and priming. Now is time to finish up with your paint or stain application. Truth be told, this is the easiest step in the process! When you are ready to apply […]Read More
Fence Painting: Paint Choices
The most important part of a new paint job, are your paint choices! The specific paint choices you make will determine longevity, aesthetic, and ease of application. The different types of paint/stain to use depend on whether your fence is new or old. Wood that has been stained/treated several times needs different treatment then a […]Read More
Fence Painting: Priming
Welcome back to the Great Expectations Fence Painting Guide! This week, we cover priming your fence. Having successfully (and carefully) prepped from last week, we are now ready to apply the first layer of primer! If you are staining you fence, make sure and skip this step! Stain does not get primer it goes directly onto […]Read More
Fence Painting: Preparation.
These next few weeks on the Great Expectations Painting blog, we want to cover fence painting! This week covers fence painting preparation. Here in Hayden and Coeur d’Alene, we do TONS of fence maintenance! There are very specific ways to make sure your stain or paint adheres and lasts a long time on your fence. […]Read More
One last thing about decks.
Okay, I know we ended the Deck primer last week, but we have one last thing about decks: How to maintain them! After all the work we just put in to making it spotless and beautiful, you need to make sure it stays shiny! Proper deck maintenance drastically improves the amount of time your stain and […]Read More
Deck Staining Primer: Clean-up
The Great Expectations Painting Deck Staining Primer! Part 4 (and…were done!) Our deck staining primer will cover everything you need to know to have your deck looking amazing! Most DIY-ers and even contractors don’t take the steps to properly prep, coat, and seal your deck. With most things there is the “right” way to do the job, […]Read More
Deck Staining Primer: Application
The Great Expectations Painting Deck Staining Primer! Part 3 (of several, deck staining properly takes a lot of work) Our deck staining primer will cover everything you need to know to have your deck looking amazing! Most DIY-ers and even contractors don’t take the steps to properly prep, coat, and seal your deck. With most things there […]Read More
Deck Staining Primer: Stain.
The Great Expectations Painting Deck Staining Primer! Part 2 (of several, deck staining properly takes a lot of work) Our deck staining primer will cover everything you need to know to have your deck looking amazing! Most DIY-ers and even contractors don’t take the steps to properly prep, coat, and seal your deck. With most things there […]Read More
Deck Staining Primer: Cleaning.
The Great Expectations Painting Deck Staining Primer! Part 1 (of several, deck staining properly takes a lot of work) Our deck staining primer will cover everything you need to know to have your deck looking amazing! Most DIY-ers and even contractors don’t take the steps to properly prep, coat, and seal your deck. With most things […]Read More
Summer Painting Tips!
Summer is finally here and its time for summer painting tips! After a long cold winter, the sun is finally shining and its time for summer painting tips! This weekend in hayden and Coeur d’Alene, the temp is going to tip the scales to temperatures around 95 degrees! While a little warmer then my taste […]Read More
Hiring a Coeur d’Alene Painting Contractor
Hiring a Coeur d’Alene Painting Contractor requires some through research. I’ll be the first to admit: painting contractors don’t have the best reputations. Oftentimes we are known for missing deadlines, questionable work standards, and hazy licensing. Because of our industry’s reputation, painting has become a hot-bed of DIY information! In fact, if you often read […]Read More
Painting in Spring!
Painting in spring requires a bit of extra finesse! The weather changes from raining to super sunny can cause havoc on your new paint! Most people love painting in spring. The temperature is just starting to rise, birds start singing, kids start playing outside, its great! Follow these simple steps to make your painting in […]Read More
Choosing the Right Paint
I’m often asked about choosing the right paint for home interior and exterior jobs. All paint is not created equal! There’s a huge variety in types, sheens, and qualities to wade through and it can be a bit overwhelming! Like in most things “choice” oriented, knowing what you want and are looking for will help […]Read More
Painting Buildings 101
Painting Buildings is terrifying. I remember the first few large projects I completed. After you have painted hundreds of houses, there is still something imposing about a large building! Like with any project in life, you just put your head down and start! First its a small corner of the building primed, then the wall […]Read More
Spring is in the air!
Ahhh…Spring in Coeur d’Alene Finally (although last week’s freezing cold rain didn’t help) the green of spring is coming back to Coeur d’Alene. After such a cold winter that lingered on way longer then should have been legal, the birds are starting to sing again! During our normal winters, if we’re honest, we always take a […]Read More
Commercial Painting by the Pros
Commercial Painting is truly what separates the boys from the men in the painting business! It doesn’t take a lot of tools or experience to paint a home, but commercial buildings are a whole different ball game! Typically, its a matter of scope. When painting a home the investment in paint and supplies is usually […]Read More
The Art of Color Consulting
Color consulting is one of the more interesting aspects of the painting business. Most people consider painters to be “big, tough” kind of guys but hang on there! We have hearts too! What colors you choose to paint your home and rooms carry very distinct moods and feelings. As a color consultant, Zach wants to help […]Read More
Cabinet Painting Tips
We often get asked by our clients for Cabinet painting tips and care! Most people have a working knowledge of how to paint walls (get a roller, get some paint, you get the picture) but cabinets seem to make everyone nervous. While our first piece of advice is to HIRE a professional, there isn’t any reason […]Read More
Interior Painting Tips
We often get asked for our professional interior painting tips! There are specific ways pros do jobs that are not obvious! Following our simple instructions will help your painting last longer and be more professional. Interior painting has become a real “DIY” hub and we want you to succeed in beautifying your home! Make sure before […]Read More
Exterior Painting tips
How successful your exterior painting job will be strongly relies on good preparation. There are several things that you can do to prepare your house for painting. Following these simple steps will make the paint last longer, and your home stay beautiful! 1.Pressure wash the exterior of your home. We often take care of this […]Read More
Cold Weather Painting Tips!
We often get asked about some practical cold weather painting tips! Most homeowners are deeply concerned about when is a good time to start painting, especially coming off a cold winter! We have thought of several great tips to keep you out of trouble! This is list is partially inspired by about.com’s great list, so thanks to […]Read More
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