Promote Good Study Habits with Paint

promote good study habitsSchool is back in session. This means your kids are now spending a good portion of time in their room hitting the books. Certain paint colors promote good study habits, which is why this may be a good time to renovate your child’s room.

Paint Colors for Focused Studying

Certain hues stimulate the brain, aiding in greater mental clarity. For starters, we recommend refraining from dark colors. These colors are ungrounded, making it difficult for the mind to stay focused on a single task.

Bright colors, on the other hand, stimulate the mind and amplify creative thinking. The specific color is not important, as long as it’s a lighter tone. This helps both children and adults maintain sharp concentration. Plain white and cream colors are good choices.

Magnetic Paint

Magnetic paint is a relatively new and trending option for interior painting renovations. This is paint infused with iron dust particles. This gives it magnetic properties, much like a refrigerator. With this, your kids can hang study notes, mathematical equations and formulas, or the classroom syllabus on the wall. Continue Reading →

Updating Homes With Paint Make Them Look New

Updating homes with paintCertain interior paint colors and combinations can make a room appear “behind the times.” The same holds true for other modes of décor, which we will cover. These styles are not necessarily a no-no, but the home designs are outdated, at least according to public consensus. So updating homes with paint would be worth considering.

4 Outdated Home Designs

1. Certain Wall Colors

We don’t like to “diss” any type of color, since every type of hue has its advantages. However, certain colors just don’t stand the test of time. This includes more unconventional colors, such as peach, mauve, and hunter green just to list a few examples. Sticking to neutrals is always a good choice since they never go out of style. Plus, neutrals make a room feel more spacious. Continue Reading →

The Advantages of Dark Paint for Nurseries

Dark Paint for NurseriesNurseries don’t have to be either blue or pink. In fact, we believe a gender-neutral color is best. In this case, a dark paint color for a nursery suffices quite well. Our interior painters often recommend this for both aesthetic and practical reasons.

Why Dark Paint for Nurseries?

We prefer dark navy blue because it works for both genders. If you go with the traditional blue or pink, you’ll have to repaint the walls should you later have a second child of the opposite sex. Plus, with a gender-neutral color, you don’t have to wait until you know the baby’s gender to start the renovation. This gives you a big head start, especially if you and your spouse decide not to know the gender until the baby’s arrival. Continue Reading →

How to Avoid Paint Blisters

paint blistersOne reason we don’t recommend DIY painting is because homeowners are often unaware of the complex preparation that goes into the process. Lack of preparation can lead to all sorts of quality issues down the road. One such issue is paint blisters, which tend to appear not long after applying the final paint coat.

What Are Paint Blisters?

Paint blisters are small bubbles that appear when a portion of the paint detaches from the coating beneath it. This creates a protrusion similar in appearance to a blister that appears on your skin, hence the name. Paint blisters can occur in both interior and exterior paint jobs. However, it’s more common among the latter due to the weather exposure.

What Causes Them?

Paint blisters are caused by moisture and are common in basements and other high-humidity areas. The blisters are a sign that the surface wasn’t adequately dried before being painted. This is why timing is important. Painting in a cold morning, or immediately before or after a rain can leave behind blisters and other blemishes. Continue Reading →

Should You Paint Over Thermofoil Cabinet Doors?

Painting Thermofoil CabinetsLike painted walls, painted kitchen cabinet doors will eventually begin to wear and fade. Cabinet doors, though, require special attention, especially if they’re made from thermofoil. Painting thermofoil cabinet doors is generally not recommended. It’s not that it cannot be done; they’re absolutely paintable. It just needs to be done by a professional interior painter.

What is Thermofoil?

Thermofoil, also known as melamine, is a form of plastic made from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) substrate. Many cabinet doors currently in use are made from thermofoil because they’re inexpensive to produce, which makes them more affordable for homeowners. The surface can also be painted to simulate the look of wood.

Painting Complications

Thermofoil can be painted; it’s just not recommended as a DIY job. Due to the surface quality of thermofoil, very intricate preparation procedures are necessary. The surface needs to be cleaned to remove moisture and oil. It also needs to be sanded, but it has to be done carefully. Sanding too lightly will not create a suitable surface for the paint to stick to. Sand too roughly, and you risk scratching the door.

The surface also needs to be primed, though the primer requires a special formula suitable for thermofoil application. When the painting begins, two to three coats are required, with an application of polyurethane varnish between coats. The paint itself also has to be suitable for thermofoil application. Chalk paint is best, though some forms of latex paint will work as well. Continue Reading →

Tips on Painting the Crown Molding

Crown Molding Painting │ Bothell │ JA Seekins PaintingThe crown molding is no minor addition to the home interior. The trim’s very presence affects the impression of the room’s size. Painting the crown molding also adds depth and brings personality to the room. Here’s some advice on color selection for when you decide to paint this part of the interior décor.

Color Recommendations

Our interior painters have painted countless crown moldings for homes all over Bothell. Here’s their recommendation based on years of experience: choose a different color than the color of the ceiling and walls. When the molding color is the same, the ceiling seems heavier, and the crown molding itself appears less significant. This is the opposite of what most homeowners want. They want the crown molding to be a focal piece; otherwise, they wouldn’t have installed it in the first place.

The exception to this rule is if the ceiling is fairly low. Since the crown molding draws the eyes upward, a contrasting color will make the ceiling appear even lower.

If the home contains other trims, such as those around the doors and windows, we recommend that you paint them all the same color. This creates a cohesive room environment. Continue Reading →

Color Ideas for Painting a Closet

Closet PaintingPainting the closet isn’t something a lot of people consider. In fact, it seems unnecessary, given that the space is almost always out of sight. Nevertheless, the closet is still a room in its own right and one we use every day when reaching for or putting away a garment. The closet deserves its own room characteristics, and a new color will give it just that.

Color Guide for Closet Painting

Our interior painters recommend using a neutral color; this helps complement the clothing and makes your wardrobe the focal point of the room. If you opt for an accent color, such as teal, it will create an unflattering contrast with the clothing. Stick to a light, neutral palette; gray or beige should do the trick. In addition, light neutrals also reflect light more efficiently. This helps you see inside when you need to reach in to retrieve an item.

Don’t Forget the Finish

Selecting the right finish is just as important as the right color. Closet walls are more prone to scuffs because items you constantly remove and replace items. For this reason, it’s best to use a satin finish paint, which doesn’t show scuffs and streaks as easily as flat, matte, or semi-gloss. Continue Reading →

The Truth About “Permanent” Paint

Permanent PaintYou may have heard of so-called “permanent” paint from paint manufacturers and even some exterior painting services. As suggested in its name, permanent paint is supposed to last a lifetime once applied. Is there really such a thing, though, as paint that maintains its surface quality forever?

Permanent Paint isn’t so Permanent

Here’s the plain truth: there is no such thing as paint that lasts forever. Sure, thanks to new paint additives, there’s paint that will last longer than normal. However, even the highest-quality paint applied by a professional painter will typically require a new coat every five to seven years. No paint is 100% resistant against the constant exposure of sunrays, humidity, and other weather elements. Even interior paint is not permanent, though it may last several years longer.

Other Reasons Paint Begins to Wear

There are various other reasons that cause paint to wear. One prominent factor is the existing condition of the wall. If the surface has been painted over on numerous occasions over the years, then even a new coat of “permanent” paint will wear prematurely if the surface was not adequately stripped and prepped. We’ve worked on many homes where the supposedly permanent paint was peeling due to the underlying, older paint beneath giving out. Continue Reading →

Show Your American Pride with these Patriotic Paint Colors

ja-seekins-6Independence Day is here. Not only does this holiday kick off the summer, but it’s also a day to reflect on our status as American citizens. It’s a wonderful fortune not to be taken for granted. Some homeowners are taking their patriotism even further by painting their home red, white, and blue. These patriotic paint colors become increasingly common every year, especially when 4th of July is around the corner.

Patriotic Paint Colors for the Home Exterior

Some of our exterior painting projects have included home painting with the colors of the American flag. The color combination is a bit of a daring move. Red and blue, specifically, aren’t exactly an ideal combination since red is considered a warm color and blue a cool color. Nevertheless, patriotism beats out pure aesthetics for some homeowners.

If you decide to go this route, then consider white for the main portions of the wall and reserve red and blue for the trim. This is exactly what one California resident did with his home, which you can check out here.

Some homeowners have even taken it a step further and painted the American flag on one side of the exterior.

If the color combination is too drastic of a move for you, then it’s always enough to hang an American flag on your property or hang bunting over the rails or below a window. Continue Reading →

What to Do About Surfactant Leaching on Your Walls

ja-seekins-5You may not be familiar with the term surfactant leaching, but you’ve likely seen it on your walls. They definitely blemish what would otherwise be a beautiful wall surface. Learn what surfactant leaching is and how to prevent it or minimize the appearance should it occur.

Surfactant Leaching Explained

Surfactant leaching appears on painted walls as brownish, sticky residue. The texture may also be oily, soapy, or glossy. Rather than try to explain it further, click here for a photo of what it generally looks like.

What Causes Surfactant Leaching?

Surfactant is an ingredient found in latex paints. The substance helps the paint adhere to the surface it’s applied on. When fresh paint is exposed to moisture, the surfactant separates from the paint and travels to the coating’s surface.

Surfactant leaching, for the most part, is harmless and does not cause permanent damage to the paint. The residue, in fact, can be wiped away with a damp cloth. If left alone and allowed to dry, however, then you have a problem, and repainting may be required. Continue Reading →