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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.

Cost

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!

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Organic Gardening Like A Pro

Organic Gardening Like A Pro

Organic Gardening Like A ProWe’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 most enjoyable and relaxing hobby that will not drain your savings away in the process. Gardening is the perfect way to spend family time or for friends to get together. If you have children, you’ll see that they are fascinated by how the seeds grow into veggies and flowers. This is a great way to help them appreciate the great outdoors and nature. This article will help you learn techniques that will make growing a garden much easier and more delightful.

Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. Healthy plants are naturally more resilient against pests and disease. Begin with a high-quality soil with less chemicals to avoid salt accumulation, and you give your garden an excellent chance of growing healthy plants.

Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They can grow through shrubs and trees, or even cover an arbor. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.

Yes, you really have to weed. Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential. To help you do this, you may want to consider using white vinegar. White vinegar will definitely kill the weeds! Try spraying some white vinegar in water when you are pulling weeds from your garden.

Organic Gardening Like A ProTry to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. Moisture not only attracts parasites, but also makes it easier for your plants to contract diseases. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. There are many effective fungicide products that will prevent fungi growth and clear up any existing problems as well.

Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. You can also mulch around trees and shrubs with wood ash, which drives away insects. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.

It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. If you miss this easy step, you run the risk of harming yourself due to the chemicals that can irritate your skin. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.

You don’t have to plant just for spring and summer. Consider what are often beautiful colors in the fall. That doesn’t have to be it though. The foliage of autumn makes for perhaps the most colorful season of the year. Maple, beech, and dogwood display colors ranging from dark crimson to light yellow. When you choose shrubbery, try hydrangea, barberry, or cotoneaster.

In conclusion, whether you are gardening on your own or with friends, the tips you’ve read above are sure to be helpful. Gardening can become a treasured family activity. You can even invite your friends! Regardless of whether you garden alone or in the company of others, these tips are sure to be a valued part of your gardening technique.

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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!

Get Inspired to Garden!

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 savy organic gardener.

The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.

Create useful rulers from your tool handles. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.

It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.

Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

It’s easy to just jump in and start gardening without thought, but it’s important to plan your garden first. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. This is important, because different plants require different care.

Shelter your deciduous shrubs. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This tactic is better than utilizing plastic, because it will allow air to circulate.

As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic gardening than a lot of people realize. While it takes quite a bit of effort and lots of patience, your pay off in the end will be a fantastic organic garden. When you follow the organic gardening advice in the article above, you will have a successful and delicious bounty of fresh foods.

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Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips!

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 be a major headache. The following collection of tips will help you to become a savy organic gardener.

The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!

Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.

Create useful rulers from your tool handles. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.

Get Inspired With These Great Garden Tips!It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. When you dig up the plant, carefully avoid the roots then place it in a container.

Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.

It’s easy to just jump in and start gardening without thought, but it’s important to plan your garden first. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. This is important, because different plants require different care.

Shelter your deciduous shrubs. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This tactic is better than utilizing plastic, because it will allow air to circulate.

As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic gardening than a lot of people realize. While it takes quite a bit of effort and lots of patience, your pay off in the end will be a fantastic organic garden. When you follow the organic gardening advice in the article above, you will have a successful and delicious bounty of fresh foods.