Interior Painting

Interior Painting – A Great Expectations Painting Speciality!

Interior painting is our bread and butter at Great Expectations Painting! We love seeing our clients dreams unfold through their paint jobs! While there are tons of interior painting “experts” available, we like to go the extra mile. When you hire Great Expectations Painting, we approach every job like it was our own home. Our painting service carefully covers all of your floors and furniture, making sure you won’t have any paint drips to deal with! Once we have carefully laid out plastic, we test your chosen paint color, making sure it will accent the room instead of clash! Once we have prepped and tested, we’re ready to paint! You can be sure you’ve hired the best with Great Expectations Painting! We Look forward to taking care of your next painting job! Make sure and take advantage of our 100% free quotes with owner Zach Froehlich!

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Happy Holidays from Great Expectations Painting! 10% Discount!

Christmas is just around the corner, and we here at Great Expectations Painting are so very excited to celebrate with our friends, family, and team. Winter is officially here! We’re seeing the first signs of snow in our beautiful home of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This means we’ll begin scheduling any exterior painting for next spring, 2019. But that doesn’t mean our hard work is stopping anytime soon!

Winter Projects

We will help you complete your interior painting projects all year round. And we’re not just well-versed in painting! Consider Great Expectations for color consulting, pressure washing, cabinet painting and refinishing, and painting your decks and fences, too! No job is too big or too small. We’ve done charity projects for our local Teen Center, all the way to huge buildings like Safeway and Sprint. We’ve also covered graffiti and fixed hack jobs done previously. If we at Great Expectations Painting have the means to do it, we will!

Just call Zach at (208) 640-1365 for your free estimate. Katrina Reese will then schedule your job and our hard-working painters will get your project finished at the best price and to our high standards. You can expect our crew to stay in contact with you every step of the way to ensure that your job is completed to your expectations.

If you’re interested in completing a painting project this winter, you’re in luck! Simply mention this article to Zach during your bid and we’ll discount your project 10%! It’s that easy.
This discount offer is good from today until April 2019. 10% discount excludes paint.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and we look forward to working with you!
– The entire Great Expectations Team

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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 able to choose your colors with confidence!

Where do I start?

There’s a lot of colors out there. That being said, the easiest way to choose your perfect interior paint color is to start with colors that you love. When you pick your very favorite colors, you aren’t trapped within the confines of traditional color schemes. By using a unique and personal color, you can create your own color palette that is unique to you and doesn’t look common or boring.

Look for inspiration

Magazines and catalogs are great sources of inspiration and information. Home improvement stores have been using these for decades to help spark colorful ideas in their clients. More modernly, the internet is the best place to search for color ideas. Pinterest, instagram, and even Google images are great places to start your hunt on the perfect color scheme.

Get Creative With Neutrals

Neutrals don’t have to be blah. You can bring beautiful life to a neutral palette by being creative with how the colors are used. Consider stripes and texture to add style while keeping the room relaxed. Neutrals leave lots of room for fun decorations without looking visually overwhelming. Some homeowners like to paint the walls with neutral colors and use a brighter pigment on the ceiling. This is a subtle way to bring excitement to an otherwise mild room.

Use a Print

Have a favorite comforter, pillow, or rug? Use it to design your color scheme! Using your favorite pattern as a focal point for the room is a great way to tie the space together. It is also a sneaky way to draw attention to the best parts of the room. You can take a fabric swatch to the paint store, or bring the whole thing! Choose the brightest colors in the print for accent walls, or the smaller details of the fabric for a larger space.

Find Your Color in Art

This is a trick used by successful interior designers. Choose colors from artwork. You can choose colors directly from the piece, or create a unique color scheme using complimentary colors. Take a photo of your artwork to match at the paint store to be sure you get it right the first time. You will be amazed at how the space comes together!

Sample, sample, sample

Arguably the most important tip on this page, this one should be considered a rule. Never skip sampling your paint colors. You may be surprised at how different paint will look on your walls and under the lighting of your home during different times of the day. Paint also tends to look much different when it dries, depending on the type of wall you are using it on. When you are spending this much money and time on a project, you want it to be right the first time. Do NOT skip this step. If you go to the back of any paint store, you will find stacks of cans of returned paints from those people who didn’t sample before they committed. You don’t want to be one of them.

Use A Color Consultant

There is a lot to know about color. If you find yourself doubting your knowledge and would prefer professional help, don’t be afraid to reach out to experts. Our amazing color consultants are more than happy to you at any step in your progress. They will consider the lighting of your home, the architecture, and your personal style to choose the perfect colors for you. We can provide paint ideas to sample, all the way to a custom-designed color palette for your entire home, interior and exterior. Feel free to contact us any time for a free estimate!

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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 they were all the same, you were probably met with a subpar finished product – and now you know why! The brush makes all the difference. Quality paintbrushes hold more product, allowing you to apply the paint more evenly. Good brushes are also easy to clean, letting you finish your job faster. Fortunately, paintbrushes aren’t too complicated, so let’s dive in!

Know your options

Several different types of paintbrush styles line paint stores across the country. Natural-bristle brushes are fairly common and are great for oil-based paints, varnishes, shellac, and polyurethane. Natural bristle brushes are made from animal hairs that absorb more paint and assure a smooth release and finish. Hybrid brushes, also known as blended nylon/polyester brushes, work well with all types of latex paints. They are easy to clean, durable, and produce a quality finish. Best of all, hybrid brushes have a lifespan of several years or more. Polyester brushes also work with latex paints. They do a great job of applying paint evenly and smoothly.

Consider your job

Knowing your paint is an important first step in choosing the right brush. If you are working with an oil-based paint, it is best to use natural-bristle or hybrid brushes. On the other hand, water-based latex paint agrees best with synthetic brushes. Synthetic brushes are made from nylon or polyester. Hybrid brushes contain a combination of both.
Also consider the different styles of brushes as well. While it is easy to pick a bristle type and end there, know that different end types exist and some are better than others for certain jobs. Flat brushes are best for wide, flat surfaces like siding. Wider angled brushes work well for cutting in around corners, doors, and windows. Thinner angled brushes are great for trim.


When examining potential paintbrushes, look for tightly-packed bristles from top to bottom that spring back when you bend them. Also look for bristles that vary in length, as this allows for more detailed work. Our experts recommend that you also gently pull on the bristles. A good-quality brush won’t release many bristles, if any.
At the end of the day, you should choose the brush that feels best in your hand. In order to get a feel for how the brush will perform, try “painting” the floor or wall of the store. Note the control of the brush and the feel of the brush in your hand.

Our experts here at Great Expectations Painting are available to help you choose the perfect brush. We have great connections with the best paint companies in town that can hook you up with the perfect tools for your job. A great paint job starts with a great brush, and we are here to help you every step of the way, from ceilings to trim.

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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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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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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!

Late Season Painting
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Late Season Painting

Late Season Painting: How late should you paint?

Late Season Painting

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 part of late season painting (of course) is the weather! Modern paint is quite adaptable to damage once it has dried, however you need to be careful with late season applications. To much humidity will not allow the paint to adhere to the surface, which can cause peeling. Painting if its to cold, won’t allow the paint to fully develop and adhere, potentially affecting the paints seal on your home. If you are going to paint late in the season, it needs to be a non humid, sunny day (or few days)!

Use High Quality Paint.

Late Season PaintingRegardless of the exterior temperature, the exterior painting will correctly adhere with the weather on your side. Plan to pain when the forecast looks beautiful and the weather looks nominal. When you are late season painting, you need to use higher quality paint. Cheaper paint doesn’t have the sealing or adaptable of high quality paint. When your are looking to paint late in the season, the paint needs to be able to adapt to the exterior temperature and still properly apply. Higher quality paint is designed to adhere in different temperatures, and won’t have peeling the way a cheaper paint will.

Start Early!

The last tip is to only take on short projects. No matter what you do, dew will develop later at night in temperatures under 50 degrees. This means you NEED to have your project done 4 hours prior to the evening. The secret is to start REALLY EARLY! Sprayed paint will only take a few hours to dry, especially after the priming coat. Getting done mid afternoon with proper drying time will get the paint to really stick, even with late season painting. We could go on for hours, but these few basic tips should keep you out of trouble as the season develops. Good luck and get ready for the snow!

Summer Painting Tips
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Summer Painting Tips!

Summer is finally here and its time for summer painting tips!

Summer Painting TipsAfter 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 would dictate, I definitely approve of the heat rather then freezing anymore! Weather always provides different challenges for interior and exterior painting! I often get asked for my best tips about ventilation, paint choices, and weather “avoidance.” Here are a few tips for hot weather painting that should help your job go a little bit more smoothly! As always, I am more then happy to answer any questions you may have, so feel free to email me!

  1. Make sure and check the weather! Mother Nature, so often our very loved friend, is a little bit less loving when it comes to painting! The heat (other then the working which is very difficult) helps to dry the paint, but in extreme temperatures (over 90 degrees) you will get some blisters because the paint doesn’t have enough time to set. Humidity brings its own set of problems. Even with amazing new technology in paint development, it still doesn’t stick to water/wetness/dampness/notgunnahappen. You CAN’T paint in the humidity! Don’t try it! Wait for a positive weather forecast and paint when Mother Nature dictates!
  2. Don’t be cheap! At Great Expectations Painting, we never charge a profit on paint or supplies, so believe us when we say BUY QUALITY PAINT! The technological developments in paint the last 5 years have been amazing! The colors, vibrancy, and longevity of paints across the board have all increased exponentially. It is worth every penny to buy high quality paint. They typically include additives and color protectors that inferior paint don’t include. More expensive paint is a safe and great investment!
  3. Don’t skimp on the prep work. Part of what’s great about summer painting is how easy it is to get peeling paint off your house! The high heat tenets to “help” the removal process! Keep in mind that if you don’t remove all the peeling, your new paint won’t stick! Stop any potential painting disasters by doing a thorough job of old paint removal! You will be glad you did!
  4. Combine cans of paint. A real rookie mistake in painting, whether interior or exterior, is not combining paints! As you get to the bottom of a gallon of paint, make sure and add an additional gallon! By combining paint, you will keep any differences in color invisible since the paint blending will cover any mistakes! A real pro tip!
  5. Always paint downwards! To avoid streaks and drips, always start painting at the top of the room, and gradually move downwards. This helps avoid drips, streaks, and in general looks much more professional. This is especially true when using a roller!
  6. Summer Painting TipsExterior painting: Prep the landscaping! I can’t tell you how many times my DIY friends forget to cover their plants! Painting is incredibly messy by nature, and you need to COVER YOUR NATURE! Make sure your plants and trees are covered with canvas so your paint doesn’t ruin them!
  7. Use the proper sheen. These days, there are several different sheens to choose from when picking paint for your interior or exterior painting job! You can read more about which sheen to pick here. Make sure the sheen you pick is appropriate for the job, interior or exterior application, and your lifestyle!

That’s a few of the important summer painting tips to remember! Don’t forget to have fun, and PREP PREP PREP! Summer painting tips are only helpful if you use them!

This year, don’t forget to enjoy some time on the lakes, and happy painting! For more great exterior painting articles, check out our archives here!

Hiring a Coeur d'Alene Painting Contractor
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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 my blog, I provide tons of industry secrets to help private homeowners do a great job when painting.Hiring a Coeur d'Alene Painting Contractor I want to address a few important questions about hiring a Coeur d’Alene Painting Contractor and what details to look for with a reputable painting company.

  1. Licensing and bonding is a big deal! You don’t want to work with any contractors who are not licensed and bonded. It protects you and your home in addition to the contracting company! Make sure the painting contractor you hire is fully insured and bonded. We (any reputable company) will be happy to show you our  licenses. It costs a lot of money to run a business legitimately and we take great pride in our workmanship!
  2. When your painter asks you to pay is a huge indicator of how they run their business. At Great Expectations Painting, we don’t take up front payments. The primary reason for requiring “deposits or up front payments” is paying for previous outstanding balances. Keeping forward cash flow keeps our workers focused on quality instead of, ensuring your painting job is done right every time!
  3. Great Expectations Painting strives to provide you with a great accountability record. When we issue an estimate, the times/costs/plan we give you is accurate. When hiring a Coeur d’Alene Painting Contractor make sure and asked for a timetable of work completion! The contractor works for and is accountable to you!
  4. Hiring a Coeur d'Alene Painting ContractorYour painting contractor needs to know they are painting your home or business. Typically we get asked about security, property damage, or left over supplies. Its a consistent problem with construction sites. Your contractor should assure you the workplace will be clean and beautiful by the time of job completion.
  5. If your home is older, your contractor will often need to take extra precautions for the home. If your home is over 40 years old, there is a good chance the layered paint will contain lead. Taking proper care of lead contamination does have extra costs, but the long term benefits are worth it! Make sure your contractor has the proper equipment and experience for taking care of old paint!
  6. Feel free to inquire about paint choices. Not all paint is created equal! There are many reasons we choose a particular brand of paint on jobs, and we are happy to discuss our reasoning with you. If you want a particular brand or color we typically don’t work with, feel free to ask about our experience or concerns. Sometimes your contractor will have a good reason to avoid a specific brand, but sometimes we just haven’t used a particular type or color.

I could go on forever, but you get the “jist.” Transparency offers protection for everyone! By asking the questions up front you can save yourself plenty of time and energy. You will also find the awesome contractors like us, your friends at Great Expectations Painting!

We can’t wait to here from you!