Friday, December 31, 2021

Hiring House Painters - Questions You Should Ask Your Painters

Hiring House Painters - Questions You Should Ask Your Painters

Hello out there again sports fans. Calgary Painter here again, with this hiring house painters - questions you should ask your painters on our low cost cheap Calgary Painting internet website. Are you in the process of hiring a painter? Do you want to feel secure, and confident in your decision on what painter or painting company you call in to complete your painting? Well, today is your lucky day - we can help you do that. Here are 10 questions to ask a potential painting contractor. 

This is the cheap Calgary Painters, low cost and affordable professional house painting services. This hiring house painters - questions you should ask your painters should help you get well on your way to finding and hiring in the right painters and decorators to complete all of your painting and decorating needs for you and your house and home.

We will cover all aspects of it. From the best colors available, to the coolest tools you can use. Our focus is to help everyone. Whether you're a professional contractor, or just someone looking to hire one. Whether you're a pro, or an average Joe, we got you covered. I've been involved in a professional painting business for over 15+ years, and we are pretty sure thousands of jobs later we have likely seen it all.

As the business owner, the primary estimator, and from time to time the painter on higher quality finishes, I've been asked all sorts of questions along the way. To be honest, it's true what they say. There's no such thing as a bad question. In painting, and house painting, communication and clarity is key both the higher customer service, and the contractor should be in a position where they have a mutual understanding of what work is to be done and how it is to be done. 

If you're worried about being to annoying because you ask too many questions, don't be. From my perspective, or from other professional painters and contractors perspectives, I'd rather clear up your questions and concerns before the work starts, rather than halfway through, or better yet, at the end. The last thing anyone wants is to waste time and money.

I think it's important to know that these questions shouldn't come across as an interrogation. You're simply collecting information to eliminate any ambiguity. You're investing a lot of money after all, so the least they the painters or contractors can do is, be concise and detailed in their overall process. So with that said, here are some of the key questions you should ask a potential painting contractor.

Number one, how long have you been in business. Every year hundreds of newbie painters and decorators fire up in Calgary, and all of them think they are the best and fastest painters in the world. Lots of kids and fake it till you make it contractors in and around town. Even more so in January and February when the local college and university students are out in full force trying to catch those big baller high priced paint jobs in the low season with 500 other pro painters watching.

Finding out how long the painting company or the house painters has been successfully running a painting business with workers and painters will help provide you with some valuable insight in a company. It's not easy for a bad painting company to be in business for many many years, but often times it can be quite difficult to verify this sort of information. Most painters should have completed hundreds of houses per year and have a contract book or invoice book full of hundreds of happy customers and clients they have done business with.

If possible, ask for their website, or better yet, an online contractor database like homestars, which can totally be gamed with fake reviews, which can help verify the company even a bit further. Your best bet is to simply ask them for the contact details of the last hundred or so happy customers and painting clients that they recently did work for. This should tell you almost everything you need to know.

I know from experience as a business and a painter, once you open yourself up to scrutiny of review-based websites, you really make sure to stay on top of your game, and you're more likely to improve your services. Those fake reviews good or bad can come out of nowhere. It's obvious with the work force that some other local painting companies have, and the amount of work they appear to be completing that there simply isn't enough hours in the year to bang out a hundred paint jobs a week.

Word of mouth is still a tried-and-true method of finding good people. Everyone knows a great paint job and a good painter when they see one. It's the lowest paying trade in the trades industry, yet requires the most amount of skill and dedication. After all, everyone will be seeing your open and exposed work, while the majority of everyone elses work is completely covered up.

It's worth considering someone who successfully worked for someone you trust. Like a friend, or a family member, or even your next door neighbor. Just try not to hold it against your friend or family member or neighbor if the quality of the paint job isn't what you expected. You should take responsibility for whom you hire from the start of the job until the end. 

Number two. Who's going to be doing the painting. It's a good idea to verify who will be doing the actual work because, in 0 cases will the entire team show up for that initial estimate. Usually it'll just be one, or maybe two people, and oftentimes the estimator is just the estimator. They won't be doing the painting itself. This is something that you would want to clear up from the very start to avoid confusion.

If the estimator won't be there to start the project, then get them to explain the company's management process. Who's going to be running the show. It also may be a good idea to ask if the company uses employees or subcontractors. If they use subcontractors, be sure to ask if they're people they've used to consistently over a long period of time. 

Sometimes companies will hire subcontractors that they don't work with regularly to save costs, which could lead to inconsistent workmanship. Not always. Once a pro painter, you the painter doesn't tend to lose that skill. It's like learning to ride a bike. You never forget. At the very least, the team that starts the project, should be the one that finishes the project on most projects. Not all, but most. It's always a good sign. 

Number three, do you have liability insurance and do your employees have workers compensation. There are a lot of fly by night painters and decorators in our parts. WCB will fax you over proof of your painters wcb status in just minutes. Your painter should have at least 1 million dollar liability coverage, its just a couple hundred extra per month. And this will protect you from any incidental damage caused by the contractor. 

Workers comp is also a pretty important thing to ask about. Just to make sure the workers are also covered. WCB fees are typically only 3.5% of the cost of labor to insure a pro painter. It doesn't take too much, but your local painters and decorators with wcb likely need to be city registered and registered in the business registry before they can even apply for WCB.

To be sure, you can ask to see copies of all necessary documentation. WCB can be faxed over the same day or the next day, most painters look and estimators carry proof of liability insurance in the wallet or pockets like a drivers license and you should be able to sniff out if your pro painting company is covered and can get you covered legitimately. 

Number 4. What's it all cost. This may seem like a simple and straightforward question, but it can be quite tricky to answer. Painting projects can be quite a fluid process when you factor in all the potential changes that can happen throughout. For example you may decide to change your color halfway through. Please don't do that. Or you might take away a room that you initially want to done. 

If you're not positive about every aspect of your project, it might be worth asking your painter if you have the option to make these kinds of adjustments, and what the costs involved would be. It's also important to clarify who's buying the paint. You don't want to be stuck in a situation where you've completely budgeted for your project only to be left with a $1,000 bill at the end for all the paint that was used. If the painter can solidify the total price without any added fees on at the end of the job, that's ideal. 

Number five. How long is it going to take. Ideally the painting company you're talking to should be able to estimate the length of a project with fairly solid accuracy if they use the same or at least a similar team on a regular basis and the job is not too complex. Most paint jobs finish up in a single week or two weeks unless you have a huge house and are painting everything.

They should have a solid idea of how efficiently they will work, as long as the scope of work remains unchanged. The timeline should stay fairly concise. One week, two weeks, a week and 3 days, etc. Here's an example. If contractor A estimates 4 to 5 days in, contractor B thinks it'll take 2 to 5 days, I personally would feel better with contractor A, because it seems like they have a firmer grasp on their own pace of work. 

Be prepared to provide a bit of wiggle room in your schedule, as there are several variables in a project that can extend the timeline a bit. Lots of scratches, dents, and dings in the wall, split caulking on the trim, horrible paint job from the last painter to clean up. Whether plays a big role with exterior projects, but can even impact interior ones too. High humidity levels may impact paint drying time for example, which could mean the difference between getting 1 coat done in a day rather than 2. 

Number 6. What type of paint do you use. This is a multiple component question because the type of paint means a lot more than just the company. This is an important question to ask because it allows you to be informed on the finish, and most importantly, the grade of paint that will be used. We talked about different paint grades up top if you want to check that out afterwards. 

But essentially, you have different levels of quality within the same company. Contractor grades are your baseline, and then it only goes up from there. Higher quality paints tend to last longer, and give you a better return on your investment if you use the right tools and the right painters to paint out your work. Paying more for paint does not mean you get better professional painting results. That's on the painters and contractors doing the work for you.

50% or more pricing increase for the paint might seem like a lot, but when you factor in the increased performance, ease of use for the painter, the longevity, and the look of the finish, it'll be well worth it in many cases. But not always. We've seen $20 a gallon paint hold up as well as or equal to or better than a $100 gallon of paint. Most times its the painter and the painting, not the paint that you use. Sad but true. A $15 professional painter can wreck your house with a $500 pale of paint in no time.

Number 7. Where will you start the work. This is where you can start to feel out their work process. While it might be necessary to get every painstaking detail on their method, finding in which area they're starting the work in should open up a conversation of how the work will be done. All companies will work in different ways. Some will tackle a bit of everything all at once, while others will work in a more streamline fashion and go room by room. 

See if they're open to collaborating with you. Perhaps you'd prefer to have access to your kitchen as much as possible. Ask if they could prioritize it by maybe getting it out of the way first, or perhaps waiting a bit until they get until the end. You don't want to turn their work plan on its head, but it's a positive if they can make adjustments that will improve your quality of life during work hours. 

Number eight. What is your prepping process before painting begins. Prep is so important everyone. Proper preparations will most certainly make or break a painting project. If your painter paints walls by grabbing the brush first, and then the roller second, on the first coat, its pretty obvious you probably are about to hire in the wrong painters.

Rolling in first, brushing in second, and then going about getting the walls patched up ensures that it's very difficult to miss all those dents, dings, and scratches all over the place. You can't seem to miss them once the wall is wet or the color has been changed. It's pretty obvious. Some companies will take lots of time to cover all the floors, furniture, fixtures, appliances, and others that just go right into painting with maybe a drop sheet or two. 

It doesn't really matter. But if your house is under 3000 square feet you should expect even a single painter to get into your house and at least roll out all of the drywall on your walls and inside of your closets in one day. If your pro painters can't do that for you than you probably really have the wrong painters and decorators in there. Even the $15 per hour just started last week wall painter can roll out a 3000 floor square foot house per day. Most without breaking a sweat.

You want to find out which end of the spectrum your painter falls on, find out who's responsible for any protective coverings to be used during the project, who's moving the furniture away from the walls, etc. Most painters want more money to move your stuff. Covering is usually free but you are hiring a painter or a painting contractor or a painting company. Furniture moving is a little side deal you can make with some painters, while other painters will do all the moving and return for free.

I don't advise you to go in with the expectation that they'll automatically be doing it themselves, and also the opposite is true too. If you're already paying to have someone remove and replace all the outlet plate covers then don't do yourself just leave it to the painters. Most painters like happy customers and moving a couch or two or the kitchen and table chairs ain't a big deal. Most painters aren't going to be interested in moving that tv on the wall that costs more than the paint job the painter is on.

Number nine. Will there be a proper cleanup. Cleanup can be a hotly contested topic, and it's something that should be addressed early, ideally, before the painting contract is inked and the project starts. Painting is by nature messy. The level of mess can range significantly and even with sufficient floor covering, minor paint spills and microsplatter can still sometimes occur. 

When you factor in things like drywall repairs and sanding, and stucco, removal of things can get even messier, depending on your project. The level of cleanup required could be significant, so be sure to confirm if your painter would be in charge of that, or someone else. Now this is something you'd want to confirm first with the painter that you're going with.

But normally a painting company will utilize proper coverings, or move them afterwards, and then give the floors a bit of a clean. Unless they're coming with a professional cleaner themselves you probably want to still bring someone in afterwards who's dedicated to cleaning. That way you're letting the painter focus on painting rather than floor scrubbing. 

Number 10. Does your work come with a warranty. This last question is a bit trickier than it seems. You're not just asking for warranty on the workmanship, but the products they're using as well. So let's start with that one first. Remember when you ask about what paint they're going to use. Well make sure they honor that if you're request premium paints like aura, emerald, or marquee. 

Make sure that's what they're actually going to be using. You don't want to pay for a Ferrari and end up with a super cycle. If they're using good paint, those paints are usually backed by the company that makes them, which gives you yet another avenue in the event that problems happen down the road. Most if not all paint on any shelf will work and hold up 10 plus years or longer. That $20 gallon and that $100 gallon are basically both going to work, and work well.

Generally speaking, good quality paints should look fine for five to 10 years minimum .I've repainted houses that hadn't been painted for 20, 30 years, and they still looked fine, and there was no $100 gallons of super high end paint way back then. So that shows you the quality of some of these products, and how you can basically pay for as little or a lot for paint without really compromising.

As for the workmanship side of things, companies will usually have a touch-up policy. Most paints and companies will be prepared to touch up past projects because things happen. Even to the best of us can miss a small touch up on a 12 bedroom house. We generally always take a real good look for quality service before we turn the paint job over to the customer.

Two-month touch-up period is reasonable because it'll allow the paint to fully cure, and it'll give the customer plenty of time to live in this space, and see if there are any deficiencies. It's not uncommon to see some of these warranty periods go as far as one or even two years, so just make sure you check that with your painter now for the sake of everyone involved. 

When possible try and have all the touch-ups done in one visit once you've seen one thing that needs to be fixed. Why your painter took your money and left while you have touch ups on the wall to be completed sounds like a lazy painter and a lazy painting crew. All tools and materials are on site, it takes 20 minutes to look over everything while being picky, why walk out the door before the job is finished.

I'd recommend doing a full and complete inspection in good lighting so that you don't have to organize multiple trips. So I hope this will help prepare you for a smooth painting project. Picking the right paint and the right painter is so crucial to getting the best paint job that you can. No matter what paint or primer or stain you use, 99% of the time its the painter doing the work that is going to save and carry the day. Keep your painters happy, and you'll be a happy customer with a great paint job.

Hiring pro painters and decorators ain't easy. We got a couple hundred painters and painting companies in town local to us, and it just takes a few days to call all of those painters up and lock in a free painting estimate or a free painting price quote. 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting can probably help you save a whole lot of time and a whole lot of money on professional house painting. Give our friendly Calgary Painters a call today and you could save yourself hundreds, maybe even thousands off a better paint job.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Level 5 Drywall Finishes

Level 5 Drywall Finishes

So I'm walking through one of our level 5 jobs again. QCI is very important to our low cost and affordable Calgary Painters and decorators. And we call it simply quality control inspection. Just checking the work out that our interior spray guys did today. Seeing how good the guys did, or how bad they did. Usually it's not too bad, but the taper in this place really isn't the best. 

I'm looking at a few things. Level 5, old school level 5, is where you completely skim the drywall over the entire surface of the board, so that you don't have a super slick area where the seam is, versus the natural textured area of the board. So that you have one continuous smoother area. So when it's painted you don't have that real smooth spot where the seams are versus the natural texture of the paper. 

Very important for high gloss paint applications. What we do nowadays is, we use a compound called tuff hide. There's other products out there that are similar high build primers. And we spray it on with the paint sprayer. And what it does is, it mimics the natural texture, somewhat of the the facial paper of the board. So that you don't have rough looking walls. 

Basically eliminating the the smooth area, versus the natural texture of the board. So I'm going to try to catch some of this with the camera while we spray, so that you can see what it looks like. This is how to pros do it. And you can kind of see some of the areas that I would see that would need to be fixed on the point. Which we come back and we do touch-ups and stuff like that. Here we go. 

So it's basically a primer combination. Great finishes can lead to more great starts. Follow these tips and techniques to start strong, finish strong, get good results, and keep your business building. When it comes to great finishes, level five is the best possible finish you can apply to drywall. So that your paint coat will be absorbed equally and smoothly. 

We'll show you two different methods for achieving a level five finish skim coat, and spray applied primer surfacer. But first you need to prep to a level four finish. Make sure your walls have no imperfections or tool marks, and that you've applied three coats of compound over all fasteners, tape,  and bead. 

To achieve a level five finish with a skim coat, start by mixing your all-purpose conventional weight joint compound with water until it's consistency is similar to a heavy pancake batter. Roll the mixture onto the wall making sure that the roller is well covered, so there are no dry spots. Do that wall over there, only 600 plus walls next. Next, take most of the mud off with your knife. 

The goal is to leave only a thin film that will equalize porosity, and wall texture. Be sure not to cover too much area at any given time, so that it doesn't start to dry before you can run your knife over it. As the mud dries, it'll become more opaque, leaving a nice consistent finish of even looking finishes. Even though the wall will feel dry within a few hours, it's important to let the surface sit overnight and give it a light sanding before priming then painting. 

Skim coat is the more traditional method of achieving a level 5 finish. Because it can be time  consuming, it's generally preferred for smaller jobs, or spot applications. Because it's essentially being completed with ready mix it, tends to leave a softer, less durable surface, and it tends to be the more porous of the two applications. 

For larger jobs, a spray application of a level 5 primer surface is the smarter method, because once the rig and sprayer start going, it's fast, and easy, to cover a lot of areas. Ten thousand or twenty thousand square feet per hour is easy. You won't get that type of footage rolling on a conventional drywall mud level 5 finish. 

This spray level 5 drywall finish process also results in a finish that's hard, making it more durable. And because it self levels, you'll get a smooth finish that gives the appearance of higher quality, without additional primer. To apply a primer surface or with an airless sprayer, start by properly covering all windows and trim that you don't want sprayed. 

Then wearing a mask or respirator, safety goggles, and gloves, hold the gun perpendicular to the surface approximately 18 inches away. Start your stroke off the surface you were targeting, and pull the trigger as the gun is moving. Move the gun parallel to the surface at a steady rate. Just like that. While the gun is still moving, release the trigger as you approach the other edge of the target surface. 

This level 5 drywall finish spray finish avoids excess buildup at the end of each stroke lap. Each stroke approximately 50% over the previous for uniform thickness. For the initial coat, spray from left to right, and then crosshatch spray up and down, as a double up coat, to provide a uniform appearance. You want the application to be between eight to 20 millimeters thick because it'll shrink a bit when it dries. 

So it's always good to have a gauging tool on hand. The primer surfacer should be dry to the touch within 60 to 90 minutes. But let it dry overnight before painting. Remember, as with any power tool, please use caution, and follow the manufacturers instructions. Don't eat the primer or the paint, and don't point and shoot the spray gun at other people. It should be obvious you would think. 

When spraying this level 5 drywall finish in, the spray application does require a little practice itself if you don't have any spray painting experience. Also getting started requires the purchase or rental of professional spray equipment. Contractors usually find this expenses balanced out because the spray method is faster, the primer surfacer is more durable, and it self levels for a smoother finish. 

For jobs with the lowest bid wins, spraying a primer surfacer can help increase productivity while still delivering a great final product. A level 5 finish is usually required in administration or institutional buildings, and we see it more and more in higher end builds we see from time to time. It's also best when dark satin or glossy finish or metallic paint will be used, and it's ideal for cathedral ceilings, two-story rooms, critical light conditions, and angle or track lighting. 

No matter the method you use, level 5 drywall can help you achieve the absolute best level five finish for skim coat applications, sheet rock brand, all-purpose joint compound, provides excellent hiding properties for spray applications. Tuff hide primer surface always provides an easy to apply level five wall board finish with an enhanced formulation that delivers wider and smoother results. 

A great finish means strong beautiful walls that meet or exceed the spec without costing you too much time or money. Follow these techniques and you can be sure that your walls great finish will lead you to another great start. But, lets go back and talk about drywall finishes, so you can be sure you are calling in the painters and decorators at the right time.

What level we're finishing to is what is that level. So when you finish drywall, there are levels. There's zero, all the way through five. Depending on how far you finish. And it's just a broad guideline for those of us that finish, how far to take a job. So a level one looks exactly the same as a level one in a different area. 

It also keeps contractors on the same page as what to expect, and they come in if they're paying you for a level three, you better give them a level three, not a level two. And you don't want to spend an extra two days finishing to the level four if you're not being paid for it. So coming up is just a quick overview of levels one all the way through five. 

It's how we finish. We finished with tools. From time to time we will hand tape in small sections. You know we don't tape by hand a whole lot, so things around here might not look like that. Things might look a little different than yours, this is a pro finish. You might be a pro, you might not. And I'm not saying that ours is perfect, or that we are like the gold standard. 

I'm just walking you through how we finish, and what our different level finishes look like. So I'm going to show you what a level one looks like, considered a fire tape. We have to do to code here, and you probably have to do the same in your area. All joints should be taped, as you can tell angles, or tape butts, or tapes, flats, and everything. There's no excess mud anywhere, its clean, it's tidy, Screw heads are hit. Anything where air can get through needs to be sealed up. 

So if you have you know an outside bead on that, you're not up to code. This is just finished for demonstration purposes. This is an area's obviously the mechanical room, or the furnace room, something like. Looks like a furnace room to me. We won't be doing any painting in there. So that in a nut shell is fire tape. 

So this section over here, this is a level two. So with the level two, your corner bead is coated, your flats are coated once, and then your screws are still just coated. From your fire tapes for a level two tool marks are acceptable, with this coat, it doesn't have to look perfect. If you know it's like a upgrade above a fire tape. 

So this other section over here is our level three finish. As far as you go if your texting. So if you're doing a swirl texture, skip trowl texture, popcorn ceiling texture. This won't work for a knock down ceiling it needs more mud. Any sort of hand texture. This is as far as we go. Everything now has been hit twice. Blasted, and hit twice. Screw twice. Corner beads, and then the angles. So this is our level three finish right here. 

And a level three should have two coats now on every section. We made it to level four. That is considered a smooth wall. This is what we take our smooth walls to. At this point, everything has been touched three times. So last we've been done three times over, and we are ready for level five. This big wall we jumped to an finished. It was catching a lot of light, and we just wanted to give it some more tlc being a big giant wall. 

Everything has been mudded three. It says this ceiling is textured. That comes next. And then the corner bead also has been done three times. At this point there should be no tool marks, everything should be smooth, flat, and ready for a level 5 primer finish. As you read above you can manually roll in and skim out drywall or you can spray it in with a level 5 drywall primer like the one above.

You will see sometimes with this variation between the sheetrock texture and the mud texture being that the mud is so much smoother, there's a little bit of a texture to this. Ao if you're wanting to get rid of that and you're wanting to take your walls to the next level above a level four, then we go to a level 5. 

And this house has requested a mix of both spray on and roll on level 5 drywall. This older drywall that is all beaten up will take more time to get it looking like the rest. This section over here we did a level 5 finish with drywall mud and a roller followed up with wiping the excess drywall mud off the wall with a large flat knife and let it dry a night before sanding down and painting it.

This large section over here we spray painted in with a level 5 drywall surfacer. Both look good compared to this new drywall wall that we did with a brush and roller. One, two, three, and you can see the difference. These level 5 finishes are considered high end, and should ideally be used when your house interior is going to be finished painted in dark colors. Not many painters or drywall guys are all aware of that final finish touch. Hope that helps and thanks for reading our level 5 drywall finishes blog post.

This is the best finish. Like the best. Most people don't want to pay for this because it's very labor intensive, takes a lot of work, but if you're wanting a smooth seamless look, this is it. Especially if you're going with a very high gloss dark paint, you're going to want to go with a level five because it has good finishing properties for dark colors.

As well when you are leaning towards those darker and much more glossy paints, you're going to have some flashing. So, if you dumped all of this time and all of this money into your house interior drywall, it should be obvious that you don't want to call in and hire a newbie to complete your painting for you. On these higher quality level 5 painting finishes with flat finish painted ceilings, you will certainly need an expert to cut you in straight lines on everything.

The nice thing about this product is that it doesn't require any sanding. You simply spray it on, let it dry, and it self levels and flattens out all by itself. Look at that nice soft look. Now that your drywall is all primed, you could probably get on with spray painting and back rolling in the first coat of paint on the ceilings. We think spray painting finishes look the best for ceilings, but spray painted ceilings don't touch up so well with a brush or a roller after they have been painted.

After your ceiling is painted you can spray paint in the first coat of paint on the walls. Only pro painters can usually pull this one off. The best strategy is simply to spray paint on the lower half of the walls, and have a good drywall board roller roll the paint into place up top. From bottom to top, half on, half off. Spray painting the paint onto the wall and rolling it into place can save dozens of hours and days of painting labor off any paint job.

So we jumped ahead and sprayed and back rolled in this first coat of paint. This shack is about 3000 floor feet. It might take one or two guys a full day or ten hours to roll these walls in out of a paint tray with the old roller on the poll. Our two pro painters here managed to spray in and back roll all of these walls by lunch hour. That's over ten thousand board feet coated in half a day. I doubt it that our painters even have a paint tray on site.

And here we are again. You can see all the trim and casings and baseboards and doors have been installed. We took the doors and hardware off, and sprayed in the trim after prep. As you can see, all of this trim in this place was spray painted. See the trim paint spray painted on the new drywall? All of this trim took about a day to spray in with primer and two coats of paint after it was all caulked and filled. These stacked doors here will be hung again by the carpenter.

We came back again a couple of weeks later to finish this house up. As you can see all of the other trades have come and gone and beaten the place up for us. Lucky for us this is all easy and fast repairs around the place. We take care of the repairs, and because we spray primed and spray painted in the primer and first coats on the walls, we are looking at an easy two cuts and one roll to finish this place up. And here we go, the finished product. If you got the time and money, this is the best finish you can buy.

So this right here is level five. And that's it. The best of the best. You could probably do an ok job doing this type of level 5 finishing to your drywall all by yourself. For the best results you should think about calling in professionals. They will likely complete the job ten times faster and provide you better results ten times over compared to what you can do. 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting can probably help you save time and money on level 5 drywall finishes.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Best Paint Colors For The Whole House

Best Paint Colors For The Whole House

Hi it's The Cheap Calgary Painters again from 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting. This Best Paint Colors For The Whole House blog post is all about the 20 best paint colors for your whole house. There's definitely a time and place where you may need a single paint color for a large area of your main floor, or perhaps you've got a rental and you just need a good neutral paint color for the entire house. 

So I have compiled the list of what I think are the 20 best whole house paint colors and these should be at the very top of your list of paint colors to sample in your home. If you've been on Instagram at all lately you have seen that white walls have been making a huge comeback in a very big way and they're really a big trend this year.

You're going to see several of my favorite whites for the whole house listed here in this Best Paint Colors For The Whole House post, but also check the best white paint colors for interiors blog post for a lot more great options. First of all, I have Swiss coffee. And Swiss coffee by Benjamin Moore is just a true classic. 

It's been a designer favorite for years because it's beautiful, it's warm, and it has this really nice creamy quality to it that makes it really versatile. And it works really nicely with dark colors creating a really pretty contrast. Next up is Chantilly Lace. Now this is a really crisp pure white and it's also great for trim and ceiling, so if you really just want to create a cohesive all-white look in your room go with Chantilly lace. 

Alabaster with Sherwin-Williams color of the year back in 2016, and there's no doubt that Alabaster has become a true favorite for homeowners and designers alike. Now Alabaster is a nice warm white, and it brings a really nice softness and serenity to any room with a good hint of creaminess to it. Paperwhite while technically a white, really looks like a very pale gray, so if you're looking for that hint of gray on your walls this is a really great paint color choice.

It will lighten and brighten your space, but it does lean toward the cool side if you're looking for something that will go really nicely with blues and greens, or you have some really nice marbles like in a bathroom, or kitchen. Paper whites are really good choice for you. now Grayish are just blends of gray and beige. It can be the best of both worlds because it can appeal to those of you who really like the look of gray but you're not really sure about moving too far away from the more traditional feeling of beige.

So Grayish make a great whole house paint color choice, because they tend to go with everything, and they tend to appeal to everyone. Probably the most popular grayish paint color out there is Benjamin Moore's Revere pewter. And it's no wonder that designers love this color, because it has just the right mix of gray and beige to satisfy almost everyone and it works with pretty much every design style. 

So this is a really great choice for open floor plan, and it is a paint color I recommend very often to my clients who are looking for that whole house paint color. Colonnade Gray is another favorite of mine and it happens to be the whole house paint color that we chose for our Calgary home. It is sometimes referred to as the Sherwin-Williams version of Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter, and it is true they are very close and bring in warmth and in to any room.. 

However some people say that Colin and Gray is just a touch more neutral, in that it won't really take on any green undertones that sometimes people say they see in Revere pewter. Balboa mist is a beautiful grayish with a faint hardly noticeable purple undertone, and it is one of Benjamin Moore's most popular neutral colors. 

It's nice, and soft, It's light. It's elegant and but it does have a bit of a chameleon quality to it such that the color can change slightly during the day and in different types of lighting due to its tendency to shift color a little bit. This is one color you really need to test thoroughly on your walls before you commit to it. 

Sherwin-Williams agreeable gray is one color that everyone seems to agree is a perfectly balanced grayish paint. It's not too dark, It's not too light. It's a great choice for absolutely every room in your house, and it has become a huge favorite in the interior design world, and is one that designers everywhere wholeheartedly recommend. 

Edgecomb Gray is just a lovely soft gray, it leans a little more to the beige side than some others in this category. It has a nice kind of classic vibe to it. It's fairly reserved, which is why it pairs so well with just a wide range of natural materials, like woods, stone, and even granite. Over the last decade we saw gray overtake beige to become the most popular wall color for absolutely every room in the house. 

Grays are still very popular, they're very flexible too, offering just a fantastic neutral backdrop for a wide range of design styles. First up is Benjamin Moore's classic grey. This is a minimal barely there gray that really almost reads white, so it's a great choice if you just want to add the slightest contrast against white trim, but you want your overall look to be very light and bright with just that hint of gray to it. 

Sherwin-Williams repos gray is an excellent light medium gray paint. It's not too dark. It's not too heavy, and it's often described as the perfect gray color. It looks fantastic against pure white trim, and it's a really good whole house choice for those of you who are looking for something that looks like a true gray, but not too dark. 

Benjamin Moore silver chain is possibly one of the truest grays out there. It has no apparent purple, or strong blue green undertones. This is one that tends to stay gray on your walls in almost any lighting conditions, and it's neutral. Neutral really lets it work well with a wide range of styles. If you ask any designer, it's very likely they've heard of stonington gray. 

Stonington is part of Benjamin Moore's historic color collection, and it's just one of those timeless colors that works in both traditional and more contemporary homes. It's a light gray, but it does have a slight blue undertone, which means that it can read a tad blue in some light. It works really well with cool tones if you're going to be decorating with blues and greens, and it also works very well with marble. 

Grail by Benjamin Moore is always on my list of gray paints to recommend a client, and it's a color you'll find over and over again in photos of designer rooms. It's considered to be a true gray, but it really has more subtle blue grain undertones to it. And because of this it can look very different from one room to another. So it's really important to test this one out in a variety of lighting conditions. 

Moonshine has quickly become a Benjamin Moore bestseller. It's a pale gray with some green undertones to it, and it looks really pretty when paired with soft blues, and leaves so it's often used in bedrooms. However moonshine has this kind of ethereal nature to it, and it's a got a great ability to add just a subtle hint of color without really competing for your attention, so this quality makes it a great choice for the entire house. 

Even though grays and whites have become today's neutral color of choice, beige will always remain a timeless plastic. It's ability to work in a variety of rooms, and really warm up a space, makes it just a great choice for a whole house. Neutral, back when beige ruled the world. Sherwin-Williams killing beige was king. Page is a very warm comfortable beige that has been a top seller for Sherwin-Williams for many many years. 

If you love beige, and you want to feel of a cozy space, this is a great choice for you. Benjamin Moore's Manchester Tan. It's a really nice light sandy beige, that's neutral enough to work well throughout your entire house. It's a favorite amongst designers because it's quite flexible. It's have more of a casual feel to it and it plays well with others. 

With just a touch of gray in it, it pairs really well with other grays in your home, like stainless steel, or gray stones, and it looks really pretty with a wide range of wood tones. A whole house color should be versatile, which describes accessible beige by Sherwin-Williams to a tea. Beige yes, but with enough gray to keep it nice and subtle, and very flexible for really any room in your house. 

Accessible beige is gorgeous in spaces with lots of natural light, and it provides a nice warm elegance in the evenings. If you're finding that some of the grayishes are looking too great for you, this is a great next step to take. Next up is Benjamin Moore's shaker beige. Now this is one of the top selling colors of all time for Benjamin Moore and part of their historical collection. 

This inviting paint color it's just a true classic. It's warm, it has a nice medium value to it, It's a real nice sandy color, that never really looks too yellow or two pinkish. So it's very nicely balanced. Candace tan is soft and fresh, and it's probably one of the most neutral of all the beiges on this list. It reads kind of like a pure tan without any obvious undertones, but it's also light enough to really nicely brighten up a darker space. 

So if you're looking for a classic light tan for the main areas of your home, this is a great place to start whole house paint colors for your home. Now be sure to grab samples of those paint colors before you commit to one. It's really the best and only way to choose your paint colors, and make sure that they work for your unique lighting conditions. 

You can typically have tester quarts or test color paint made up in any color at any paint store or hardware store near you. Simply get the color card or fan deck with the color you want, and bring it in to any paint store or hardware store near you. The friendly staff will be able to mix up as many colors as you need to test your new colors with.

Be sure that you pick yourself up a couple of different cheap paint brushes to test your new potential paint colors with. And always be sure you do two complete test coats of your new color over top of your old colors. Most professional painters know that two coats of paint or more is needed to get you painted and looking great in your new paint colors.

Once you have your new paint colors selected, you are probably ready for painting. You will likely get the best possible painting result simply calling in a painter to professionally paint your new selected paint colors into place. The skilled and talented Calgary Painters over at the low cost painting company 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting can help you save time and save money on professional painting. Call (587) 800-2801 to get a free painting estimate or free painting price quote. Our painters can usually beat most painting price quotes and estimates other painters in town have provided you.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

House Painters Calgary - Brand New Looking Interior Painting & Repainting Services

Premium House Painters Calgary Calls In For Top-Notch Showroom Quality House Painting & House Repainting Services In Calgary.


House Painters Calgary - Professional Calgary House Painters.

Calgary House Painters Helping You Save Time & Money On Professional Residential Interior Painting & Repainting Services. Brand New Looking Painting.

Hello there again and thank you for stopping in and checking out our House Painters Calgary blog post here on our Cheap Calgary Painting internet website. 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting has been an industry leader in low cost and cost effective and the most affordable professional residential Calgary House Painters house painting services in Calgary Alberta Canada for over a decade and a half. Our Calgary Painters and our decorators have been helping happy customers and happy clients save hundreds to thousands of dollars off the cost of professional house painting services of all types for well over 15 plus years and counting. Residential painting and repainting is our specialty.

If you just happen to be in the market and looking around for professional house painters Calgary has around town to help you with your interior painting or your exterior painting, it might be worth your time and money to book and hire us for your professional painting, and get the best professional painting results. With a simple phone call, text message, or email you could schedule yourself a free interior house painting estimate from our interior house painters that could save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars and get you better painting results. We beat most prices quotes and painting estimates, and we always deliver those showroom quality professional painting results.

Best Price House Painters Painting Estimate.

Our professional House Painters Calgary solutions providers have a combination of five unique ways that our Calgary House Painters help you save time and money on your professional house painting needs without cutting any corners. The best way that you the consumer can get the best price from your selected house painters is to simply make a smart and informed decision before you sign on the dotted line with one of those Calgary painting companies out there. With about four hundred to five hundred painters and decorators out there in the Calgary area, most if not all potential house painting customers out there have a whole lot of options to choose from. Calgary has some great house painters in Calgary that can provide you top notch painting and decorating services. 

Of course, that's likely only a hand full of good painters in Calgary, and a whole lot of painters and painting companies in Calgary that don't exactly deliver top notch painting and decorating services nor higher quality customer services. The best way to get the best painting prices and the best painting services that your hard earned dollars can buy, is to simply call in all painters and decorators in Calgary and get free painting price quotes and free painting estimates from everyone you can. You will get plenty of painting estimates and painting price quotes from each painting company or painting contractor out there that you can get in for an estimate. You will also be able to meet and greet each painter or painting contractor and decide if you get the right vibe and feeling from each of them.

Expert And Professional House & Home Painting.

A couple of key things you should be on the look out for is how your selected Calgary House Painters, painter, or preferred painting contractor provide you all of your potential painting options. A lot of the time most customers have a pretty good idea what type of painting or painting services they are looking to have completed by the painters and decorators. 

It can also be said that some customers out there really don't know what options they have available to them to help them make a more informed decision. The best bang for your bucks will be simply repainting all of your interior in a one shot process, instead of painting and or repainting in stages or one type of painting a time. If your painter and decorator you've called in for free painting estimates and free painting price quotes hasn't reviewed all your painting options with you, then you likely found yourself the wrong painters for your painting.

Most customers and clients out there looking to paint are concerned about painting prices. Painting and repainting can be cheap and cost effective if you hire the right painters, but it can also be an expensive purchase depending on your painting needs and requirements. The best way to save money and time on painting is to hire the right painters, save money on paint and painting labor, and get better value and better painting results for your hard earned dollars. 

Professional painters with decades of experience and hundreds, if not thousands of successful painting projects completed, can usually paint or repaint your house or home interior or exterior in less time, which should result in you saving money and time on your project. Other painters out there with less experience will likely take a lot longer to complete your project and result in you paying more for labor because of the painters inexperience. 

High Quality Interior Painting Strategies.

Knowing all of the painting and decorating options available to a painter to complete your painting needs and requirements can make all of the difference in price and quality. Not all painters Calgary House Painters and decorators have the same painting skills, nor do all the painters and decorators out there have the same view or process for competing your painting and decorating services. Some don't even have the same painting tools, or the same experience or approaches to painting. 

With so many different ways to complete your painting services needs and requirements, so many different tools, approaches to painting and decorating, and so many painters and decorators out there, the painting prices and price quotes you will get from most of the House Painters Calgary has in and around town will be all over the place. Extremely low prices, medium or average prices, all the way up to the highest painting prices that you will ever see.

Some of the biggest key ways that you the consumer can save time and money on professional house painting is to be sure you book and hire the correct house painters in Calgary to complete your painting. You should be able to save money on the cost of paint and painting supplies, and the cost of painting labor by professional painters and decorators using the right tools for the job and the right approaches to painting. Every year we hire in our competitors to complete jobs for us. 

Not all painters have the same skills or methods of painting, and it can always be seen in the final painting finish. Booking and hiring the right and correct painters for your painting and decorating requirements should help you save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars off of the cost of professional house painters. Of course if you hire in the wrong house painters, you could wreck your house, not get the professional painting finish you desire, and yet still pay more for painting that your so called professional painter completed for you.

Professional Trained Skilled Veteran Painters.

Did we mention that our Calgary House Painters provide over 30+ complete free painting and decorating services with each interior house painting and exterior house painting jobs that we complete? Not all painters provide free drywall, ceilings, and trim dents and dings repair. Any painter out there will want more money to complete your painting and decorating touch ups, yet not many of them are willing to provide you that service for free. Painting and repairing all dents, dings, scratches, blemishes, and anything that just doesn't look right is part of the traditional painting and repainting process. 

You simply can't paint over top of damage and expect that a bit of paint is going to correct those unsightly finishes. Considering most, if not all of your entire house can be patched up in under an hour or two, and for as little as ten dollars in mud or spackle, there's really no reason that you the customer or consumer should be expected to pay extra for repairs and services that are simply part of the paint job. If your painter and decorator wants more money for patching and repairing small and medium sized dents, dings, nail holes and scratches and blemishes in your ceilings, wall, and trim, you likely got the wrong painter.

Furniture moving, covering, and returning to the original position is another way that painters and decorators out there tend to take advantage of the customer. Of course, empty houses and empty homes that are being painted or repainted get completed much faster because there's nothing in the way that needs covering or addressing. 

Any house or home that has property or furniture in it will obviously take much longer to complete - up to twice as long - than an empty house or home and might cost you some more time and money. Of course, if your home is filled with all of your property, and you are what is known as a pack rat, it could easily take an extra day or two for your painter to complete the painting and decorating needs you require because your stuff is simply in the way.

Residential & Commercial Quality Paintings.

On repaints on houses and homes that aren't full of property, you should expect to see the job completed sooner. On the other hand if your house or home is filled with all your property, it needs to be moved and covered as part of the painting process. Some painters might not charge you extra, some painters might charge you more, some painters may charge you a whole lot more, and some painters simply won't even think or contemplate your painting job unless you move all of your property out of the way or out of the house or home completely. That may or may not work for you. Find yourself a painter that can work around all of your property free of charge and you're on the right path to finding the right painter.

Post paint job clean up on the interior of your house or home, or around the exterior of your house or home or property is essential. It's one of the completely free services that our Calgary House Painters provide for free with every job. Some painters find it completely acceptable to leave you a mess full of paint drops and drywall sanding dust all over your floors. Other painters think hitting your ceiling with wall color and leaving it as it is, is also completely acceptable painting procedure. Other painters and decorators just assume you will complete all of the clean up on your own. That may or may not work for you and your house and home. 

You should be expecting your painters and decorators that you hire to complete all of the required clean up of the mess they made along the way. It's simply part of the painting process that most professional painters and decorators complete as part of the painting process. If your painter and decorator intends to stick you with the painting bill and expects you to do the clean up and furniture return on your own time and your own dime, you likely hired in the wrong painters to address your painting concerns.

How your painter paints or repaints your house or home will determined how your painting finish finishes up. Most professional painters and decorators out there with hundreds and thousands of paint jobs completed know that spray painting your house or home interior or exterior provides the best results. Spray painting ceilings, trims, and walls will provide you the best looking results, and provide your surfaces with maximum protection via more primer and paint being applied to the surfaces.

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We see professional painter clowns and retards all over the place that swear up and down brushing and rolling in ceilings, trim, walls, and siding is a completely acceptable form of painting. Good luck with that. Anyone out there that paints or repaints knows that spray painting your house interior or spray painting your house exterior provides the best looking and the longest lasting painting results that your hard earned dollars can buy. If your painter isn't talking about spray painting in your ceilings and trims and siding on your house interior and house exteriors you certainly have the wrong painters in mind.

Between hiring the right painters or team of painters, purchasing cost effective paint and paint supplies with a proven history of superior paint coverage and the lowest paint prices in the industry, using the right tools and strategies for the paint job, painting the surfaces of your house or home interior with the best methods and strategies for painting, just about any home owner, property owner, or potential painting customer or potential painting clients out there can save hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars off of the cost of professional painting - without cutting any corners in any way. Of course, if you hire in the wrong house painters for your house painting, you can simply get stuck paying a whole lot more than you expected, and get much less than an amateurs' so called professional house painters painting finish. Not to mention that mess you are left to clean up. 

Don't be a victim. Hundreds of painters in Calgary simply aren't up to the job, don't have the practice and experience, let alone the right painting tools to get the job done. We see it year after year. If you ever wonder why those so called Calgary Kijiji Painters are available today and tomorrow to get you an immediate price quote or to start your job, it's because they suck. Any painter worth it, is usually busy and booked into the future. There's a reason they are hard to get an estimate from, and there's a reason why inferior and unskilled painters and decorators can get to your job immediately. Make the right choice and the right investment for your home, house, property, or business. 

Always roll and paint with the higher quality House Painters Calgary has in town that have completed hundreds if not thousands of interior house painting jobs or exterior house painting jobs. Most if not all of the professional painters out there have hundreds and thousands of happy customers they can put you in touch with for referrals. If your painter and decorator can't show you at least a hundred happy customers and painting clients they have serviced recently, you probably got the wrong painters.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Interior Painters Calgary - Premium Professional Quality Interior Painting Services

Professional Interior Painters Calgary Calls To Save Time & Money On Professional Interior House Painting Services & Interior Painting Prices.

Interior Painters Calgary

Our Calgary Interior Painters Really Can Help You Save A Lot Of Time And A Lot Of Money On Professional Interior House Painting Services.

Hello again, and thanks for stopping in and checking out our Interior Painters Calgary blog post on our professional Calgary Painters internet website. Cheap Calgary Painting for house and home interiors is one of your specialties. Perfect painting results every time from 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting. Our professional Calgary Interior Painters and decorators have been helping new painting customers and clients save time and save money on professional interior painting and decorating services in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada for over a full decade and a half. Our affordable painting business offers low cost professional interior painters and professional interior painting services for less than other painters and decorators out there.

Count on our professional interior painters and decorators to save you time and money on all times of interior painting and ceiling texturing services compared to all the bigger painting companies out there and just about most of the kijiji Calgary painters out there looking to make it big time hanging out on the popular cheap interior painters out there. Like many of the high quality painters that are providing local Calgary area painting services, we value a job well done, a new interior painting finish, and another happy and satisfied customer.

There's plenty of reasons to pick us, and go with our award winning painting teams, and one of the best Interior Painters Calgary solutions providers besides getting the best prices and the best  painting results. Our make it look like brand new as possible or its free approach to professional painting makes it clear what you can expect as your final interior painting results up front before you consider hiring or booking us to complete your interior painting and decorating needs.

Price and quality and start and finish time seem to be important things to most customers and clients considering calling in a a professional for a paint job. We do our very best to save you all types of time and all types of money on professional interior painting. With hundreds upon hundreds of interior paint jobs completed to date, we have routine approach to painting that gets the job done. No funny stuff about prices from us. Up front prices and very firm and fair onsite painting estimates and onsite price quotes from our pro Interior Painters Calgary solutions providers can save you plenty after reviewing all of your wants and needs and painting requirements and painting options..

On most if not all of the interior paint jobs our interior painters take on, we can provide you the total price up front and in writing for you to consider before you even consider signing on the dotted line. Unlike just about every other painting company out there in Calgary final inspection is never needed because everything will look just perfect any time any of our painters get the paint flying. We paint and repaint every surface to make it all look as brand new as possible.

Low Cost Affordable Interior Painting Services.

Another more popular reason to consider hiring our professional Calgary Interior Painters with a 4.8 out of 5 stars rating is that we have helped hundreds and thousands of customers in Calgary over the last decade and a half save time and money on professional painting, ceiling texturing, drywall repairs, drywall boarding, drywall taping, and just about anything needed to make it look awesome. Be it professional interior painting or perhaps professional residential painting our painters do our best to save you money compared to all the other painters in Calgary that you might get free painting estimates or free painting price quotes from. 

Low cost professional painting options from cost effective Interior Painters Calgary calls in to save money on painting. When you call us in for some of the best house painting services in Calgary, we always assure you are looking to save cold hard cash money dollars and cents on your professional interior painting without cutting any corners. Our seasoned and experienced professional painters and decorators know all of the tips and tricks in the painting trade to keep your costs and prices low without compromising or cutting any corners on your paint job. 

More often than not our professional make it all look brand new or better interior painting services get the job done on time and on budget with a lot less headache than other painters and decorators out there might provide to you. Hundreds of happy customers and clients in Calgary, Alberta picked our painters to complete the interior painting of the house or home or property they are looking to get painted and saved hundreds, sometimes even thousands of dollars off painting prices and painting services. 

No matter what type of interior painting or ceiling texturing services or repairs you have in mind, we can almost always find you a way to save time and money on professional house painting services. We've been doing it for years. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of houses, homes, condos, properties and businesses all over the city.

Brand New Looking Interior Painting Finishes.

And of course all around the city too. Our showroom quality and efficient Calgary Interior Painters really get the paint and ceiling texture flying. We might not be the cheapest painters and decorators in the city, but we certainly are the cheapest Calgary Painters that can get the job professionally done on time and on budget for a lot less than other painters in town. Get yourself a free painting estimate or free painting price quote today. Our professional interior painting estimators are on stand by to head on over to your place and hook you up with a free estimate or price quote. 

Most of the time we might be able to provide you a price or a guess or an estimate up front over the phone or text or email with a couple of pictures to give you an idea of what you are up against. Our painters and painting contractors always provide you all of your interior painting options up front so you can make a more informed decision on how you can save some money on painting. With a simple phone call in, email, or text message you can have yourself some painting prices and estimates on just about any painting project you got in mind.

Our painting contractors and our painting estimators come to the table with the practice, skills, and experience to help you save time and money on just about any type of drywall repairs, interior painting, or interior decorating ideas you have in mind. For the best bang for your buck on the best value for your dollar consider getting a price quote on a complete and an entire interior repaint. Painting all of your ceilings and painting all of your walls and painting all of your trim will have your entire interior shining and help you save money up front and in the long run.

It's also the best way to get the best bang for your buck if you are considering interior painting or interior repainting over top of your existing interior painting finish. Painting your ceilings and your walls and leaving your trim out will look pretty obvious. Painting your walls in your trim and getting those looking all fresh and brand new looking and then skipping out on your ceiling and not going with ceiling painting will also stand out as well. It's always going to be cheaper for you to paint or repaint everything in your entire house interior at one shot instead of breaking it up over time or spreading the process out.

Highest Quality Longest Lasting Paint Products.

Just about every other drywall painter and decorator out there will likely want to charge you a lot more for drywall repairs. Don't be a sucker and pay extra for drywall repairs to one of those other out to lunch Calgary Interior Painters unless your drywall repairs are extremely excessive. Your average $20 an hour professional house painter can usually patch all of the dents and dings and scratches and holes inside of your entire house all over your drywall in under 1 hour. Then you can add in some dry time for the drywall mud or the spackle to dry, and throw in another hour or two to send down the walls and clean up all the dust. 

If you are getting prices above $100 extra to get out all the dents and dings in your house you're probably getting ripped off from your painter. Furniture moving and returning them furniture back to its original place and position after the painting is completed is simply part of the process. Many painters here in Calgary try to gouge you out and get you to pay more for moving your furniture around. 

There is a substantial difference between painting an empty house and painting a house that is full of the customers furniture and property. Empty houses tend to get painted in just a couple of days where as having your property and possessions in the home can really slow down the painting process resulting in a couple of extra days in labor and extra expense to you.

Saving money on paint and sundries and painting supplies is also another way to save time and money on your professional painting costs. Almost all paint that consumers can buy off of the shelf is typically good paint and will typically do the job well if you have the right paint for the surface and the right painter painting the right paints. 

Almost every painter and painting company in Calgary tries to mark up the cost of paint. It might cost the painter the only $20 a gallon and yet they expect you to pay $50 or $75 a gallon and put the rest into the pocket. You can instantly save a couple hundred dollars on any paint job by being selective on your paint and hiring a painter that doesn't mark up the cost of paint and supplies. We pass all of our exact costs and prices on to each and every customer we paint for. You can save hundreds.

Free Prep, Dents, Dings, Scratches, Holes, Repairs.

That's probably why we beat most painting price quotes and most painting estimates that other Calgary Interior Painters will likely provide you when you call them in for a free painting estimate or a free painting price quote. Not to mention that some of our painters can do the work of two or three painters every day without even breaking a sweat. Saving time and money on paint and labor and production costs to get your house painted is going to be your biggest savings on house painting especially if you're looking for super high quality professional paint job.

Your best bet is to shop around and get free house painting estimates and free house painting price quotes from every Calgary painter out there in the industry. Most times you will be able to get most painting companies to be able to give you a rough idea or a price quote over the phone without seeing the house. Most times most painters will want to follow that up and make sure that they see the actual painting work to be completed before they commit to it. 

There's nothing wrong with calling and everyone for a free painting estimate or price quote and then going with the painter that you feel the most comfortable with. Not all customers are bent on price they just simply decide to roll with one painter or one painting company over the other ones because they trust in the painters and decorators.

Depending on the paint job on the type of work that you're doing most consumers out there should be expecting pretty much like a brand new painting finish or better. It really doesn't take a professional painting company for a professional painters and decorators a whole lot of time and money and effort to paint out a high quality paint job. Most types of high quality painting finishes require the painter and decorator to be extremely skilled and detailed in their work or the result will be you will see all the imperfections in the end at the end of the paint job. 

Your painter should be calling you in about halfway through the painting process to sign off on drywall repairs and dents and things and scratches throughout your ceilings and your trim before the final painting process or the final coats of paint are installed. If your painter is not doing that you probably rolled with the wrong painter.

Solid & Consistent Looking Painting Finishes.

Our professional painters take all the pain and stress out of professional painting and out of professional house interior repainting and complete interior repainting projects. Be it a simple repaint for your entire house interior or a new construction paint job or a renovation paint job to go with some new installation or renovations you completed a single painter and a painting company or whole team of painters in a painting company should each individually be able to complete your painting from start to finish. 

You should know exactly what you're getting into before you sign on the dotted line, You should also be called in about halfway through the painting process to sign off on all the repairs before the final coat, and you should be a happy customer with a well-painted interior painting finish at the end of the job.

Our professional interior painters Calgary appreciates takes care of all the details. Pretty much all's you have to do is decide what you want painted pick your new colors and will take care of all the rest of the details that it takes to get you an amazing painting finish. 

We consistently provide higher quality painting results than most of the competition and for about half the price that those other Calgary Painters out there charge. Before you sign on the dotted line with any other Calgary painting company out there be sure you got a free painting estimate or a free painting price quote from our interior painters first. We will save you time, we will save you money, we will take care of all the details, and we will provide you some of the highest quality painting results your hard-earned dollars can buy. Or you can roll with some other painting company pay more and get inferior painting results.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Painting Oak Cabinets - Kitchen Cabinet Painting Makeover

Painting Oak Cabinets - Kitchen Cabinet Painting Makeover

So you've got yourself some builder grade oak cabinets that are perfectly functional, there's nothing wrong with them, but you just want them to look a little nicer. One of the things people do to update them is give them a coat or two or three of paint. But there's a right and a wrong way to do it. Lots of products on the market, and lots of pretend cabinet painters out there. 

In this Painting Oak Cabinets - Kitchen Cabinet Painting Makeover blog post on our low cost Calgary Painters professional House Painting internet website, I'm going to show you what's most familiar to me as a professional painter for those low cost customers and clients out there that don't have a lot of money to go full monty on new cabinets. Just as a disclaimer, you might do some research and find some possibly better solutions out there, but this is what is working for me and my low cost customers.

I'm going to do some fast, simple and easy oak cabinet painting professional style. Now the story here is, this painting customer actually just moved into a condo. The kitchen is nice, the finishing touches are nice, but she's not happy with the builder grade cabinets. Who ever is. And new cabinets are not in the budget right now. She also don't want to necessarily buy new doors, or build new doors for them.

So painting is what we're going to do. But there's a little bit of prep work that goes into something like this, because oak is an open pore wood, so you have to decide if you want to just hit them with paint, or if there's going to be a pore filling process as part of the cabinet painting. But either way, it's a lot of work, and there are only two people on this planet who I would actually do this job for. One is any painting customers out there that like saving time and money on painting.

And the other is any other painting customers out there that might like saving time and money on professional cabinet painting. Maybe. Maybe not. Now, I want you to look closely at this oak door. We'll talk a little bit more about these pores and the deep open grain. If you look closely with a clear finish, sometimes you can see it. You catch the light just right but it can be hard to see. 

Now when you paint this surface, because of all the little deep grain pockets, pore pockets, those indentations become a lot more obvious. And this is why people pore fill oak cabinets. You don't necessarily have to do it, some people don't mind it, you know this customer does, she doesn't want to see it, so let me show you an example of one that's been filled and painted earlier, and one oak door that hasn't been prepped or painted just yet. 

Here we are, and one that hasn't been finished. Now if we look closely at this door, you can see a lot of the obvious grains. What happens is the paint goes on to the surface, it doesn't necessarily penetrate real deep into those little grain lines, and while you could keep coating it with paint and try to build it up it usually winds up telegraphing through the finish, and you see all of these grain lines. 

But if you do a pore fill, it should fill and level out, look a little more like this here. It's much more consistent and solid looking than this one here. We don't necessarily have all those little ravines and certainly from a distance it's just looks like a nice solid clean panel. So it gives you a much cleaner more contemporary look, but again, some people may like this look better. 

Totally up to you. It's a visual thing. Do what you think is best, but we're going to do a pore fill and let me show you how it's done. And there are a lot of poor filling products on the market. What I like to use is timber mate wood filler. It is a water-based sort of powdery kind of filler easy to spread, easy to sand,  I've used other products, and I keep coming back to this. Just so easy to use, and usually you can do it in one coat. 

This product is actually something you would use to do repairs on wood. It's very sort of thick consistency, but you dilute it with water until you end up with something like this, that's got a little bit more of a pancake batter thing going on. And what I have here is just a bunch that I've been using up,  and I put a little bit of dye in there, and while it's a very ugly grayish green color, this cabinet door is going to be a dark brown in the end. Two tone cabinet painting. Fancy. 

So I'm going with something that's in a darker color family, and maybe that'll make it a little easier to coat my paint colors. So I just put some on the surface, and I'm going to get a putty knife, and I'm going to spread it across the grain. The grain is running this way, and if you go with the grain, a lot of times you just got to pull the stuff right back out after you put it in. 

But going across, or going at a slight diagonal like this, will drive this putty down into the grain. Now I should also mention you've got face frames to do right, so the cabinets that are on the walls. It's up to you. That's one shortcut you could take. You could say well, it's just a face frame, most of it's going to be covered by doors, and drawers. So I don't have to do a pore filler there. It's up to you, but the process would be the same. This customer ordered pore fill on everything. 

Now you do want to go right up to the edge where the panel meets the rail and style, but I caution you to be careful there. If you get too much of schmutz underneath there, you are going to have just kind of a weird look where there's some residue left over. We don't want that. Nice and easy. So I'm not putting a lot, but nicely filled and spread out nicely. It looks professionally done.

Once finished you might notice that it doesn't look great. So do your best, just kind of go right up to that edge, and drag it in, and I highly recommend if you have a small very thin putty knife, bring it across here, and just clean and scrape out those profile corners so they are clean and dust free. It's important. But this stuff sands out really easy. 

Now that these are done, you can see a little bit of this grain filler goes a long way. Look at all the doors and drawers that we filled. And we also did the cabinet boxes. It was only $15 canadian for this material, but the entire process added two days of labor time to fill and sand and clean. It goes a long way. You might be tempted to just to do the panel or the doors only, but I highly recommend you do the frame as well, because that can look bad too if you don't do it all so it looks the same as the rest.

I'll show you a cool little trick here as we're going across getting this frame done. It's okay to be messy with this stuff. You know see that little spillover, that's fine, we want that same thing on the outside profile, and because we have a you know fairly complicated inner profile, and a outside profile here, the putty knife can kind of be more trouble than it's worth in here. You could also gouge the wood. 

So what I like to do is just take that little bit of extra material and use your finger and spread it across nice and easy. The old finger knife again. Every pro painters favorite tool. Try not to get too much into the corners, and into the inside corners like that. That could be kind of a pain in the butt to sand later,  and it's really what you have to keep in mind. 

Everything you're doing right now could become a problem in a few minutes when it's dries and you have to sand it back. Easier to get everything when it's wet. So you know, maybe do one, learn some lessons, and then apply what you've learned to the rest of them. You might figure out some cool tricks to save yourself some work in the sanding process. 

Now, it does set up and dry pretty quickly, as that happens, if you want, you can come back over and scrape one more time. And a lot of times it's a good way to save yourself some sanding later. It's always going to be easier to get it off while this filling material is still wet. Just saying. We're getting some of that excess off, or if you're not comfortable doing that, leave it alone it's very easy to sand and stuff later. 

All right, let's do our other style over here. If you do some research, you'll find there are some other products out there. High Build. Sprayable sort of things you can apply to to the wood, you know via spray, and then sand that stuff back. This is a very manual way to do this it's a very DIY way to do it and that's okay. 

And thing to keep in mind here is, I'm really not shooting for absolute perfection. I want to do something that's just better. I want it to look better than it did. I want to postpone the inevitable replacement of the cabinets, you know, which will happen at some point in the future. But if I can buy her 5 years, 10 years, it's something like this that's what we're going for. And you don't need absolute perfection for that, but you've got the skills and the materials to make it perfect and go for it. 

Now you can see how much time I'm spending on this already. This is one door. I multiply this over the course of 20 doors and drawers, 30 depending on the size of your cabinets, and this is why I say it is a lot of work. This is not a weekend project I can tell you that much. At least that's not a single weekend project no. Remember with the face frames, I told you there was sort of a cheat opportunity where you don't necessarily have to pour fill the face frame itself. 

Here's another possible cheat opportunity, you don't necessarily have to pour fill the inside face of the door. Totally up to you if you want to do it. Obviously it always looks better if you do, but if you're short on time and money, and you just really want it to look good from the outside, and that's all that matters to you, then only do the pore fill on the outside. 

Now within about an hour, your panel should be ready to sand. So it's a good idea to just do the pore fill and as many as you can at once. And kind of batch them through this process, and then start sanding them all at the same time. Easier to keep everything clean. Now to do the sanding. A couple things I'm going to use. 

I've got a hand held orbit sander. You can certainly use a quarter sheet sander. Just any kind of small sander to allow you to get most of the flat surfaces very gently. You don't want to be too aggressive. I've got a sanding block, that's going to be helpful. A card scraper certainly for corners, and things like that. Maybe even a chisel. Depending on your situation, and of course sandpaper now. I'm going to use 180 or 220 kind of whatever I have. 

I like to do the whole little trifold method, where you fold it one time, and then fold it another time on the inside, and this way you have a couple of nice crisp square and rigid edges that you could get right into the corners. I also have one of these sanding profile tools, so just kind of a flexible rubber material.

I think I got these from cloverdale or dulux paints. I don't really remember, I've had these sets for over twenty years. That's a lot of toxic paint fumes ago. These are fantastic for getting into those rounded inside areas, and also on the flats out here. And a very important piece of equipment is a respirator or a dust mask. 

You don't want to mess around with this stuff, you don't want to breathe it. The mask is not optional, it's absolutely required. So highly recommend you wear one of those right. So let's get to some sanding. All right, so let's get to some sanding. There we go. I'm using 220 grit. After a little bit of sanding with the orbital sander, and I'm scraping out these corners here to make sure everything is nice and clean. 

Don't be shy to get in there make sure everything's nice and clean, and as you can see, it really shouldn't look great at this point The idea is, all of that colored material goes down into the pores. Every time you see those dark spots, that's the spot that was filled, but you do kind of want to get back to the bare surface, because we want to at least make sure that we've scuffed the original finish that was on here.

Whether it was a lacquer, or a poly, something like that. We want to scuff it a little bit, so that you have that kind of mechanical tooth for your paint to bind to. But essentially this is what you're going for now if you opt to not do a poor fill on the back side you at least want to make sure you scuff it up with that 180 grit and just get all of it.

If there's a little spots of gloss, it's not that big of a deal. But you want to just make sure it's kind of nice and even, satin or matte look to it. Again giving us a nice surface for the paint to bind to. Now for the paint. I'm going to use general finishes milk paint, and oddly enough, it's not actually milk paint. That's usually a powdered material that you mix with water. 

This is an acrylic paint, that is just kind of satiny matte looking, and it gives the appearance of milk paint. But gives you even more durability. They also have a great selection of colors, which is one of the main reasons we're using it. Because cabinets do get abused, I'm going to be using an additional top coat with a satin sheen to it, and that's going to give us more protection. 

Now when it comes to this painting and top coat business, there are a lot of products out there that won't require a top coat at all. Do a little bit of research, talk to someone at a paint store, call in a few local painters and take advantage of those free estimates and free painting price quotes. Great products out there, but I don't paint cabinets with latex paint often. 

So sometimes when it comes time to add color to something I go with what I know. And with what I'm comfortable with. And the system will work and give my customers and the protection she needs and look she wants. So that's what we're going for. I'm going to apply it with a HVLP gun. If you don't have one of those you, or your painter doesn't either, you probably got the wrong cabinet painter standing in front of you.

You could certainly use a regular bristle brush, or a foam brush, or even a roller on some of those bigger panels. That's garbage junk painting. But it works. You can get decent results with that too. So let's load up the sprayer. I like to dilute the paint about 25% with water, and I use it I start by spraying the back of the doors first.

While general finishes milk paint isn't actually milk paint, you can see how matt the dry film is. Very much like traditional milk paint. After a few hours of dry time, I flip the piece over and spray the front with two coats. Once that's dry, I apply a clear coat of high performance. I dilute the finish by about 10%.

Now where you go from here is pretty product specific, so follow the manufacturers instructions for things like the number of coats, sanding between coats, and a lot of it just depends on how much protection you want, and how much of film you want in the end. So what I'm going to do here I really only need maybe one more coat. 

You know HVLP does put down a decent amount of material, look at that beautiful spray painting finish. So two coats is going to do just fine, and I got some 320 grit sandpaper here, and really all I'm looking to do is find any little dust nips or junk in the trunk, just give it a nice light sanding to clean it up, and smooth it out. 

Now this is really more tactile than visual. I'm not too worried about how it looks, I just want to make sure I don't have any grit or anything in the surface. When you get to the edges and the profiles just be really really careful. It's all too easy to dig through your finish and go right through the paint, so only sand where you need to, and then have a light touch while you do it. 

And finally clean off all the dust with a vacuum or compressor, wipe it down with a tack cloth, there we go. Just like the professionals do it. Make sure you double check those corners. So now we're spraying the final coat. So here is our finished door. You know not too bad. It's absolutely not perfect, but I think it's good enough. I think my customer will like this final look considering she saved about $10,000 plus on a new set of cabinets in here.

She will be happy with it. It's a nice satin finish, with that clear coat on top, that allows it to be clean and makes for easy cleaning. You got to remember, if you do something like general finishes milk paint that ends up as a matte finish, matte finishes don't really hold up that well to cleaning. They show scuff marks. It's very obvious when stuff happens to it so something with a little bit of a sheen allows it to be clean very easily. 

And overall, you can see the pore fill makes a big difference in how much of that grain you see in the final result. This one is without pore fill, this one is without. I can see the difference, can you see the difference. You can still tell it's made of wood. You see some of that grain, but it's definitely not as obvious as it was before we rolled in and started painting. 

All right so I had a whole kitchen's worth of these doors and drawers to do in two different colors, and while this really isn't a kitchen makeover blog post, I do want to show you what it all looks like installed at my customers house if you are looking for cheao cabinet painting options that work and that you can probably do all by yourself.

So let's go check it out. So here's what it looked like before, and here's the after. The first thing I did was at a support strip to the top that allows me to attach some crown molding. Such as a simple thing,  but it really makes a big difference in the final look of the kitchen. From there I painted the face frames and the island by hand with the paint gun. We just left it in place, masked up, and sprayed it in after we pore filled these oak grains on these oak cabinets.

I really didn't want to spray inside the house but the customer paid us well for the extra labor. So with a good quality brush you can end up with absolutely minimal brush marks if you thin down your material and have more time to available to get it done. So I painted the doors one color at a time, starting with the upper linen color, and then the dark chocolate for the lowers. 

Now I know some of you will take issue with painting wood, and I get it, but not all wood is created equal. In fact, you should see how much perfectly good wood that used just to build this place .Only to cover it in drywall. But seriously this paint job updates the kitchen and extends the useful life of the cabinets by years in the end, my customer is happy, the price was right, and that's all that matters.

You can probably complete this type of painting oak cabinets kitchen cabinet painting make over all on your own. It might take you about 2 weeks and a couple hundred dollars. You would likely get much better results in much less time calling in professionals to complete the work for you. The economical and low priced Calgary Painters over at the local fast and friendly 1/2 Price Pro Calgary Painting House Painting Company can probably help you save time and money on all types of Oak Cabinet Painting.