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🎨Cabinet Painting🎨

Hi everyone! Today is the start of our How to paint kitchen cabinets in 3 short days post! Today we are going to walk through our process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists.

Our kitchen cabinet process used to take 6 days, but since we work in an assembly line process, use an airless sprayer and create an onsite spray booth we are able to cut it down to a 3-day process.  Check out our table of contents below to see everything we do when we begin a cabinet project!  Check back next week to see what we do on day two! 

Table of contents:

  • Arrival
  • Protecting your floors
  • Removing hardware
  • Cleaning
  • Taping
  • Sanding
  • HEPA filter system
  • Wash again
  • Spray booths
  • Primer
  • End of Day 1
  • Coat 1 
  • 4 hour break
  • Checking all areas
  • Coat 2
  • End of day 2
  • Checking the areas
  • Cleaning the tape/plastic
  • Replacing hardware
  • Re-assembling
  • Drop cloth clean-up
  • Cleaning

Arrival

When we start a new cabinet project we arrive at 8 AM. We typically start on a Monday or on Thursday, we start on these days because our process takes 3 days. We can finish two cabinet projects in a week. We always try to park on the road and not in the customers drive-way. We do this just incase anything were to spill or leak, we wouldn’t want to damage a drive-way. Once we get there and great the customer and walk through the project for a final time,  we lay drop cloths to protect your floors.

Protecting your floors:

We lay cloth drop cloths everywhere we walk and where we will be spraying we use paper drop cloths purchased from Sherwin-Williams. We tape the edges of the paper down so they don’t move and the paper doesn’t allow liquid to leak through.

Removing Hardware:

Next, we begin taking the drawer fronts and the door fronts off the units. These will not leave the job site at all, we will go over the on site spray booth soon.  After we take everything down we also remove all the hardware, this includes the handles, hinges, and anything else on the cabinets. This is a great opportunity for the clients to change out and update! We have to take them off no matter what to paint them! If they are there and setting to the side, we will take care of this for you. 

Click here to see kitchen designs and color help!

Cleaning:

After taking everything off the cabinet fronts we clean everything with TSP. We use TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) to break down the grease, grime, and all other things off the surface. It is a safe chemical that easily breaks down dirt and other unwanted things in the kitchen. We need to clean the units on the wall as well as the front and back of the doors and drawers. 

Taping:

To be able to spray the units we will tape off the inside so there is no over spray. We do this in the drawer and door fronts as shown in the video below. We place the tape inside the unit and drag the plastic down to cover the inside. We drape plastic over all the appliances, so nothing is damaged with over spray.

Sanding:

Now, before we go onto a light sanding we are going to set up our HEPA filter sanding system! This is an attachment to the sander that sucks up and collects all the extra dust that comes off as we sand. Sanding takes off any other layers of paint on the cabinets and makes it easier for the primer and new paint to adhere to the cabinets. We have to make sure to sand every little corner on all surfaces that are being painted. 

HEPA Filter System:

This filter system collects very small microns of dust while we are sanding!  After we sand we are goingk to wash it again with TSP to get any other dust off and make sure we got all of the grime off.

We are going to go on and set up a spray booth! Building a spray booth in the garage, spare room, or basement allows us to spray the fronts with the airless sprayer and keeping it on site.

Click here to see all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!

Spray Booths:

We make two different spray booths at the home. We hang plastic from the ceiling around the cabinets. This will protect the rest of the home from any over spray that may happen. We also make a spray booth in the garage, basement, or a spare room. In this area we lay the paper drop cloth that we mentioned in the kitchen. We also hang the plastic from the ceiling the same way we did in the kitchen. This is where we will spray the door and drawer fronts and let them dry.

Primer:

Now that we have the spray booths and everything set up and prepped, we are going to prime everything. 

Once the priming is finished we clean the areas and wrap up for the day.

At the end of day 1 we sprayed the primer on the units and fronts and we hung them up. 

Day 2 table of contents:

  • Coat 1 
  • 4 hour break
  • Checking all areas
  • Coat 2

After letting the primer sit over night we can put the first coat of paint on.

We use Emerald Urethane Enamel from Sherwin-Williams on all of our cabinet projects. It is the hardest, most durable paint Sherwin-Williams offers, it is also the same paint we use on most doors and trim as well.

Click here to read the ultimate cabinet guide!

We start with spraying the units and then we paint the cabinet fronts and drawer fronts. 

When spraying you can’t go too fast because it will be too thin, but if you go too slow the paint will be thick and will cause runs.

After letting the first coat sit for at least 4 hours we check to make sure it is all even and there are no runs. If there are any issues you can sand it and fix it. 

Make sure to do this before spraying the second coat, check every area on the units, and all door and drawer fronts.

The second coat needs to sit for at least 8 hours! We always let it sit over night, so this concludes day two! 

Tune in next week to see how day 3 goes!

Pictures of jobs we’ve completed:

Table of contents:

  • Checking the areas
  • Cleaning the tape/plastic
  • Replacing hardware
  • Re-assembling
  • Drop cloth clean-up
  • Cleaning

Now if you remember from last week, we ended the day of day two by spraying on the second coat.

The first thing we do today is, we are going to look over everything we painted and make sure there are no dings from the doors accidentally touching each other and make sure there are no runs.

Once we make sure all of the door fronts, drawer fronts, and units are okay we are going to start cleaning up!

Cleaning up means we are going to remove the tape and plastic that you see pictured below. We can also remove any plastic we had hanging from the ceiling or on any furniture such as the separate china cabinet pictured in the background below. We are going to leave all of the drop clothes on the ground for now. Someone else is also going to start taking apart the spray booth in the garage and bringing the cabinet fronts and drawers fronts into the kitchen.

Click here to see what Sherwin-Williams products we use.

Now we are going to put the handles back on the doors and drawers. Sometimes the clients take this opportunity to change out their hardware. If they purchase it ahead of time and let us know we typically change them out at no charge. Sometimes they change the number of holes when changing handles, that is when the charge plays in.

We will also attach the hinges back onto the cabinet doors. These can also been changes out, it is best to take an existing hinge you use to the store with you before purchasing them to make sure it works in your kitchen.  We attach the hinge to the door then to the units. 

When we took the doors and drawer fronts off we labeled them and the units. We need to play close attention to this when we are putting them back on. House tend to settle over time, and that means sometimes they shift. The cabinets are accustomed to this so if we mix any of them up it will stick out like a sore thumb.

Click here to read the ultimate cabinet guide! 

After we get everything put back together, we finish cleaning.

We have to take the remaining tape, plastic, and drop cloths. The drop cloths will be the last thing to go, when all of our tools except for cleaning tools are out of the home. After taking the drop clothes out we walk through and clean any possible messes.

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog! Today we shared our entire 3 day process for completing cabinets!  Give us a call at 309-349-7021 to get a free estimate! Check out our other blogs and Facebook to see any awesome new deals! 

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Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!Today we are going to give you all of our interior tips when painting your home! Check out the table of contents below to see the main tips we share! 

Click here to get color help!

Table of contents:

  • Arrival/Drop cloths
  • Moving furniture
  • Removing Nails
  • Filling holes
  • Caulking
  • Taping
  • Two coats
  • Interior Products
  • Realtor Tips
  • Conclusion

Arrival/Drop cloths:

When we first get to a job site, besides saying hello to the client we lay drop cloths every where we will be going. If we are painting the whole house we go room by room and lay the drop cloths then so the client can still be in their home.

We use all Sherwin-Williams supplies and it has a low VOC. That means there isn’t much of a smell and it does not stay long! It is safe to have in your home and you don’t even have to leave while we are painting!

Click here to read all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!  

Moving Furniture:

If the client isn’t able to move their furniture, after we lay drop cloths we help them. We also prefer the client is at least watching, especially if it is something breakable. We move the furniture to the center of the room and put plastic over it incase there is any paint splatter.

If we are painting a closet we ask that the client removes everything before we arrive. 

Nails:

Before we begin to paint anything, we check the walls for any nails, anchors, or etc. If the client wants to put a picture or decoration piece back up where it was, they mark it with a post it note or a paper clip. Anything that isn’t mark gets removed and the holes are filled and sanded before we begin to paint. We also check the corners for any other nail pops that we may need to repair. We check every room we are painting before we start so all the sanding will be finished by the time we are painting. 

Click here to read our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Filling holes:

While we are checking the nail situation we also check for any other holes. They may have been made from furniture, animals, people or anything, we check them all. Pictured below is the wall repair from Sherwin-Williams that we use. We have to pay attention to the texture of the wall, this determines if we sand once it dries or if we add texture while it is still wet.

Caulking:

We check around all of the trim to see if any caulking needs to be completed. Sometimes it is necessary to remove the old caulk. This not only makes the house look fancy but it also may stop any potential breezes that may come through. Sherwin-Williams has different kinds of caulk, they can vary in shade as well as consistency, what we use varies from project to project. 

Taping:

We tape off any areas that we aren’t painting to make sure they don’t get any potential splatter on them. If we are spraying we tape off a lot more areas for extra protection. 

For example, in the picture below we put plastic over the cabinets to protect it while painting the ceiling.

Click here to see where to start with your exterior process! 

Two coats of Paint:

We always apply two coats of paint on every project we work on. We also only use Sherwin-Williams products. There has to be a 4 hour break in between the two coats to make sure the first coat is dry. We do the second coat before the end of the first day so it can dry over night and we can clean up the next day.

Click here for help choosing colors!

Interior Products we use:

Below we are going to share the different Sherwin-Williams products that we use on all of our projects. 

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture. 

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Click here to see if you should replace or repaint your exterior siding! 

Cashmere:

Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!

Duration

 

Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

Click here for help choosing colors & finishes for your upcoming project!

Harmony:

Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew!

Realtor Tips:

If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, we are listing some tips from local realtors on styles that will help sell your home!

  • Carry one color through out the main areas of the home. This will help deture you from possible overloading the eyes of possible buyers with too many colors.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms should be the same color but can be different from the rest of the home. 
  • Stick with neutrals, and yes, that means grays are back in!
  • If you have dated or oak cabinets, it is best to have them painted. Realtors are finding people like gray or white cabinets, and Oak cabinets are the main type to be painted or replaced. Click here to see our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over many different tips today on how to take care of your interior projects! We offer free estimates and a five-year guarantee! Call or text our office phone to set up a free estimate! 309-349-7021

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😎Color & Product Help😎

Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to share tips from professional interior designers on picking out new colors for you home! We are also going to share the products we use here at our company! We use all Sherwin-Williams products! Check out our Facebook for new deals! Fill out a contact form below with any questions that you may have! 

Table of contents:

  • Sherwin-Williams Color Snap
  • Color Tips from Interior Designers
  • “The Eye” from Sherwin-Williams
  • Bonus Tip
  • What products we use
  • Conclusion

Sherwin-Williams has an app that you can download!

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

The app allows you to browse their color selection and save your favorites! To make it even better, you can take a picture of whatever you’re painting (Cabinets, Walls, Furniture, etc.) and drag the color you want to see up there to picture it before actually dedicating to the color!

Keep this app in mind as you read through our helpful tips!

Ways to choose colors:

1) Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space:

Look around the room you are painting- if there are any large patterns, colorful rugs or large pieces of art; choose the color that stands out the most that you like.
For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges. You can choose any color you like out of this. Of course if you are starting fresh you can choose whatever color and then buy your furniture to match the color you chose.

2) Start With the Formal Areas of the House:

Specifically, the living room, dining room, and entryway.
Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme for the kitchen.
For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.

3) Use the Color Wheel:

In general colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.

4) Back to Black:

For a small pop, try a black lampshade or a black vase; for bigger impact, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue. This will stand out from everything else, but in a classic way.

5) Go With Grays:

Put today’s trendiest and neutral gray to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear there truest. Grey is extremely popular right now! Any and all shades you can think of!

6) Use the Rule of 60-30-10:

“When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories)

7) Make Small Spaces Pop:

If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, give it more oomph with a look-at-me color choice. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms envelop you.

8) Contrast Warm and Cool:

With a healthy balance of 80-20% you can accent a room giving it life without over stimulating. Now this isn’t necessarily 80 % warm and 20 % cool or vise versa, however, it is either or. Make sure to not have too much of both, it will make the room over whelming and feel crowded. 
 

9) Rock a Monochromatic Look

Shine the spotlight on your favorite color by filling a small space, like a bathroom, with just that hue.

10) Follow the Rule of Three:

Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t-miss strategy in any space. Following this rule will ensure you don’t have too much going on in one room.
 

11) Elegant look:

Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer simply white or beige. You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors such as almond walls with red toned browns on the trim. You can also add splashes of color throughout the room with a color throw, pillow or vase carefully placed to offset the subtle neutral tones in the room.

12)  Vibrant look:

If you want a room with pizzazz, choose vibrant colors and their respective shades such as oranges and gold, reds and dark purples. You can complement these colors by selecting a two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel such as purple. You can also select black and red for a real stand out contrast and look that is reminiscent of an Oriental look. Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.
You can lower a high ceiling visually by painting it a darker shade than the walls. By the same token, you can expand a room by selecting a lighter color for your ceiling than the walls. Don’t be afraid to add a tint of color to your ceiling paint for a tied in and subtle look. One way to go if you are afraid of too much color in your ceiling is to paint the ceiling, door trim and floor moldings the same shade such as a creamy ivory. This will add a touch of elegance and a nice transition throughout your room.

Bonus Tips:

If you go somewhere and like a color you see, or you like a color already in your home, they make a tool that can scan the wall and pop up different options! This is called “The Eye” and you can purchase it at your local Sherwin-Williams! You download an app on your phone called “Muse” it will save your previous scans and shows you the closest color from any maker.

Different finishes(Sheen): 

  • High Gloss: Most durable and reflects the most light. Will show any/all imperfections.
  • Semi-Gloss: Easy to wipe off and clean. Shiny but not as shiny as high-gloss. Will show major imperfections but not all.
  • Satin: Easy to clean doesn’t reflect a lot of light but doesn’t absorb the light.
  • Eggshell: Soft, velvety look. Resists stains but you may need to scrub a little. There is no shine to this finish.
  • Flat/Matte: There is no shine to this finish and it absorbs the light. Best for hiding imperfections in walls but is hard to clean, it may need painted over if it gets dirty enough.

What finish is best for where:

  • High Gloss: Best for high traffic areas (Cabinets, Trim, Doors) Not good for most walls.
  • Semi-gloss: Good for wet rooms (Kitchen, bathroom)
  • Satin: Good for family rooms, foyers, halls and children’s rooms.
  • Eggshell: Great for the dining room and living room.
  • Flat/Matte: Good for adults rooms and ceilings. Not recommended for children’s rooms or high traffic areas.

Bonus Tips:

  • Grays are IN! 
  • Realtor’s say if you plan on selling your home, it is best to go with calm, neutral tones.
  • It is also best to carry the same color all through your home. If you want an accent wall, go for one that can be seen through-out the house.
  • The kitchen and bathroom can be different colors from the rest of the home but it is best to keep these rooms the same color.  

Products we use:

Interior:

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture. 

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Cashmere:

Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!

Duration

 

Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

Click here for help choosing colors & finishes for your upcoming project!

Harmony:

Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew!

Cabinets:

Our cabinet painting process used to take us six days to complete one project, but after practicing over the last four years and working with Sherwin-Williams representatives, we were able to cut that time in half per project. You can click here to read all about our cabinet painting process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. The process is the same for all cabinets, whether they are in a garage, bathroom, kitchen or even laundry room. We use the same product on all cabinets, trim & doors. 

Emerald Urethane Enamel:

Product Information: 

  • A smooth and luxurious finish for doors and trim. Delivers a finish that withstands wear and tear and goes on in fewer coats.
  • Durable finish is great for windows, doors and trim.
  • Perfect for areas that are cleaned frequently.
  • Interior/exterior waterbased urethane modified alkyd with the look and feel of an alkyd/oil finish.
  • Available in a range of Sherwin-Williams colors and custom tints in satin, semi-gloss and gloss sheens. Resists yellowing compared to traditional oil based paints and has excellent blocking resistance, allowing surfaces to maintain a tough, durable finish.

We use Emerald Urethane Enamel for many projects, as mentioned above. We use it for these things because it is so durable and lasts a long time. It’s great for high traffic areas that are touched a lot, like cabinets, trim, or doors! 

Pro-Classic:

Achieve a smooth and luxurious finish on interior doors and trim with ProClassic® Alkyd Interior. It delivers a high-performing finish that withstands even the toughest wear and tear. This formula goes on smooth without brush or roller marks

This paint was the Emerald Urethane Enamel before Sherwin-Williams created it.

Exterior:

For exterior there are a lot of different surfaces that you may encounter. Luckily, Sherwin-Williams paint lines are advanced enough that each product can be used on multiple surfaces! 

Super Paint:

Product Information:

  • Formulated with Advanced Resin Technology for outstanding adhesion, hide and color retention.
  • Outstanding coverage and durability. Provides a dirt-resistant and mildew-resistant coating.
  • Withstands the elements and resists frost, peeling, blistering, fading and cracking.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
  • Available in flat, satin, gloss and high-gloss sheens.
  • High-gloss is ideal for reducing sticking on doors, windows and trim.

As it says above, this paint is safe to paint on vinyl. It can also be used on all other materials, some of course may need to be primed first! It can withstand cold temperatures as well!

Resilience:

Product Information: 

  • Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent moisture resistance in half the time of traditional latex paints — paint later in the day with confidence and less concern about dew or impending rain.
  • A mildew resistant coating.
  • Outstanding hide, coverage, durability and dirt resistance.
  • Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Can be tinted in VinylSafe® Paint Colors

This paint is critical to our exterior division here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. This paint dries in half of the time, we use it at the beginning and end of our exterior session, just because the temperature and weather isn’t very stable here in central Illinois. Just like the super paint

Super Deck:

Product Information:

  • Protects the integrity of your wood deck for 3 years with fast, easy application.
  • Penetrates bare wood, giving properly prepared decks excellent protection from sun and premature weathering.
  • Contains agents which inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface of this paint film.
  • Technologically advanced formula weathers similarly to oil-based stains. It wears away gradually rather than peeling and blistering at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Can be applied on damp wood, so most jobs can be finished in a single day.

Super deck, as I’m sure you have guessed by the name is for wood decks.

Woodscapes:

Product Information:

  • Enhances appearance and texture for great curb appeal.
  • Penetrates for exceptional protection and resistance to peeling.
  • Thick formula for uniform finish with great coverage.
  • Excellent color retention provides a mildew resistance coating.
  • Low temperature application to 35° F

Woodscapes is great for staining wood on your home. Stains can come in a solid, semi-solid or translucent. You of course can use paint on your wood as well. 

A100:

For trusted performance at a great value, A-100® is an A-1 choice. With a 100% acrylic formula that covers well and lasts, A-100 Exterior Latex Paint is a proven performer that meets your expectations and your need to keep an eye on the bottom line.

A100 is a great paint for the exterior of your home!

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over some designing and color tips as well as the products we use! If you’re doing an at home project or don’t live in our area, you can click on the paint line name and it will take you to Sherwin-Williams website and the data sheet! You can see more information and the price!

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

😍Interior Guide😍

Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!Today we are going to give you all of our interior tips when painting your home! Check out the table of contents below to see the main tips we share! 

Click here to read our kitchen design tips and color help!

Table of contents:

  • Arrival/Drop cloths
  • Moving furniture
  • Removing Nails
  • Filling holes
  • Caulking
  • Taping
  • Two coats
  • Interior Products
  • Realtor Tips
  • Conclusion

Arrival/Drop cloths:

When we first get to a job site, besides saying hello to the client we lay drop cloths every where we will be going. If we are painting the whole house we go room by room and lay the drop cloths then so the client can still be in their home.

We use all Sherwin-Williams supplies and it has a low VOC. That means there isn’t much of a smell and it does not stay long.

Click here to read all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!  

Moving Furniture:

If the client isn’t able to move their furniture, after we lay drop cloths we help them. We also prefer the client is at least watching, especially if it is something breakable. We move the furniture to the center of the room and put plastic over it incase there is any paint splatter.

If we are painting a closet we ask that the client removes everything before we arrive. 

Nails:

Before we begin to paint anything, we check the walls for any nails, anchors, or etc. If the client wants to put a picture or decoration piece back up where it was, they mark it with a post it note or a paper clip. Anything that isn’t mark gets removed and the holes are filled and sanded before we begin to paint. We also check the corners for any other nail pops that we may need to repair. We check every room we are painting before we start so all the sanding will be finished by the time we are painting. 

Click here to read our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Fill holes:

While we are checking the nail situation we also check for any other holes. They may have been made from furniture, animals, people or anything, we check them all. Pictured below is the wall repair from Sherwin-Williams that we use. We have to pay attention to the texture of the wall, this determines if we sand once it dries or if we add texture while it is still wet.

Caulk:

We check around all of the trim to see if any caulking needs to be completed. This not only makes the house look fancy but it also may stop any potential breezes that may come through. Sherwin-Williams has different kinds of caulk, they can vary in shade as well as consistency, what we use varies from project to project. 

Taping:

We tape off any areas that we aren’t painting to make sure they don’t get any potential splatter on them. If we are spraying we tape off a lot more areas for extra protection. 

For example, in the picture below we put plastic over the cabinets to protect it while painting the ceiling.

Click here to see where to start with your exterior process! 

Two coats of Paint:

We always apply two coats of paint on every project we work on. We also only use Sherwin-Williams products. There has to be a 4 hour break in between the two coats to make sure the first coat is dry. We do the second coat before the end of the first day so it can dry over night and we can clean up the next day.

Click here for help choosing colors!

Interior Products:

Below we are going to share the different Sherwin-Williams products that we use on all of our projects. 

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture. 

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Click here to see if you should replace or repaint your exterior siding! 

Cashmere:

Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!

Duration

 

Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

Click here for help choosing colors & finishes for your upcoming project!

Harmony:

Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew!

Realtor Tips:

If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, we are listing some tips from local realtors on styles that will help sell your home!

  • Carry one color through out the main areas of the home. This will help deture you from possible overloading the eyes of possible buyers with too many colors.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms should be the same color but can be different from the rest of the home. 
  • Stick with neutrals, and yes, that means grays are back in!
  • If you have dated or oak cabinets, it is best to have them painted. Realtors are finding people like gray or white cabinets, and Oak cabinets are the main type to be painted or replaced. Click here to see our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over many different tips today on how to take care of your interior projects! We offer free estimates and a five-year guarantee! Call or text our office phone to set up a free estimate! 309-349-7021

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

😎Interior Painting😎

Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!Today we are going to give you all of our interior tips when painting your home! Check out the table of contents below to see the main tips we share! 

Click here to read our kitchen design tips and color help!

Table of contents:

  • Arrival/Drop cloths
  • Moving furniture
  • Removing Nails
  • Filling holes
  • Caulking
  • Taping
  • Two coats
  • Interior Products
  • Conclusion

Arrival/Drop cloths:

When we first get to a job site, besides saying hello to the client we lay drop cloths every where we will be going. If we are painting the whole house we go room by room and lay the drop cloths then so the client can still be in their home.

We use all Sherwin-Williams supplies and it has a low VOC. That means there isn’t much of a smell and it does not stay long.

Click here to read all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!  

Moving Furniture:

If the client isn’t able to move their furniture, after we lay drop cloths we help them. We also prefer the client is at least watching, especially if it is something breakable. We move the furniture to the center of the room and put plastic over it incase there is any paint splatter.

If we are painting a closet we ask that the client removes everything before we arrive. 

Nails:

Before we begin to paint anything, we check the walls for any nails, anchors, or etc. If the client wants to put a picture or decoration piece back up where it was, they mark it with a post it note or a paper clip. Anything that isn’t mark gets removed and the holes are filled and sanded before we begin to paint. We also check the corners for any other nail pops that we may need to repair. We check every room we are painting before we start so all the sanding will be finished by the time we are painting. 

Click here to read our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Fill holes:

While we are checking the nail situation we also check for any other holes. They may have been made from furniture, animals, people or anything, we check them all. 

Caulk:

We check around all of the trim to see if any caulking needs to be completed. This not only makes the house look fancy but it also may stop any potential breezes that may come through. 

Taping:

We tape off any areas that we aren’t painting to make sure they don’t get any potential splatter on them. If we are spraying we tape off a lot more areas for extra protection. 

For example, in the picture below we put plastic over the cabinets to protect it while painting the ceiling.

Click here to see where to start with your exterior process! 

Two coats of Paint:

We always apply two coats of paint on every project we work on. We also only use Sherwin-Williams products. There has to be a 4 hour break in between the two coats to make sure the first coat is dry. We do the second coat before the end of the first day so it can dry over night and we can clean up the next day.

Interior Products:

Below we are going to share the different Sherwin-Williams products that we use on all of our projects. 

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture. 

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Cashmere:

Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!

Duration

 

Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

Click here for help choosing colors & finishes for your upcoming project!

Harmony:

Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew!

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over many different tips today on how to take care of your interior projects! We offer free estimates and a five-year guarantee! Call or text our office phone to set up a free estimate! 309-349-7021

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

🥰CABINETS Day 1🥰

Hi everyone! Today is the start of our How to paint kitchen cabinets in 3 short days post! Today we are going to walk through our process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists.

Our kitchen cabinet process used to take 6 days, but since we work in an assembly line process, use an airless sprayer and create an onsite spray booth we are able to cut it down to a 3-day process.  Check out our table of contents below to see everything we do when we begin a cabinet project!  Check back next week to see what we do on day two! 

Table of contents:

  • Arrival
  • Protecting your floors
  • Removing hardware
  • Cleaning
  • Taping
  • Sanding
  • HEPA filter system
  • Wash again
  • Spray booths
  • Primer
  • Conclusion

Arrival

When we start a new cabinet project we arrive at 8 AM. We typically start on a Monday or on Thursday, we start on these days because our process takes 3 days. We can finish two cabinet projects in a week. We always try to park on the road and not in the customers drive-way. We do this just incase anything were to spill or leak, we wouldn’t want to damage a drive-way. Once we get there and great the customer and walk through the project for a final time,  we lay drop cloths to protect your floors.

Protecting your floors:

We lay cloth drop cloths everywhere we walk and where we will be spraying we use paper drop cloths purchased from Sherwin-Williams. We tape the edges of the paper down so they don’t move and the paper doesn’t allow liquid to leak through.

Removing Hardware:

Next, we begin taking the drawer fronts and the door fronts off the units. These will not leave the job site at all, we will go over the on site spray booth soon.  After we take everything down we also remove all the hardware, this includes the handles, hinges, and anything else on the cabinets. This is a great opportunity for the clients to change out and update! We have to take them off no matter what to paint them! If they are there and setting to the side, we will take care of this for you. 

Thinking of having your cabinets painted? Click here for color and design ideas! 

Cleaning:

After taking everything off the cabinet fronts we clean everything with TSP. We use TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) to break down the grease, grime, and all other things off the surface. It is a safe chemical that easily breaks down dirt and other unwanted things in the kitchen. We need to clean the units on the wall as well as the front and back of the doors and drawers. 

Taping:

To be able to spray the units we will tape off the inside so there is no over spray. We do this in the drawer and door fronts as shown in the video below. We place the tape inside the unit and drag the plastic down to cover the inside. We drape plastic over all the appliances, so nothing is damaged with over spray.

Sanding:

Now, before we go onto a light sanding we are going to set up our HEPA filter sanding system! This is an attachment to the sander that sucks up and collects all the extra dust that comes off as we sand. Sanding takes off any other layers of paint on the cabinets and makes it easier for the primer and new paint to adhere to the cabinets. We have to make sure to sand every little corner on all surfaces that are being painted. 

Click here to see what Sherwin-Williams products we use! 

HEPA Filter System:

This filter system collects very small microns of dust while we are sanding!  After we sand we are goingk to wash it again with TSP to get any other dust off and make sure we got all of the grime off.

We are going to go on and set up a spray booth! Building a spray booth in the garage, spare room, or basement allows us to spray the fronts with the airless sprayer and keeping it on site.

Spray Booths:

We make two different spray booths at the home. We hang plastic from the ceiling around the cabinets. This will protect the rest of the home from any over spray that may happen. We also make a spray booth in the garage, basement, or a spare room. In this area we lay the paper drop cloth that we mentioned in the kitchen. We also hang the plastic from the ceiling the same way we did in the kitchen. This is where we will spray the door and drawer fronts and let them dry.

Click here to read our ultimate cabinet guide! 

Primer:

Now that we have the spray booths and everything set up and prepped, we are going to prime everything. 

Once the priming is finished we clean the areas and wrap up for the day.

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog this week! Today we went over everything we do on the first day! Make sure to check back next week to see what we do on the second day! We use all Sherwin-Williams products, Offer a 5-Year guarantee, and FREE ESTIMATES with a co-owner! Call or text today! 309-349-7021 or fill out a form below! 

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🎨Kitchen Design & Color Help🎨

Introduction:

Hello, welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to go over some simple tips and tricks to help you spruce up your home on a budget! We are going to help you pick out colors and finishes, as well as sharing our entire cabinet painting process! If you are doing the cabinets yourself and don’t have an airless sprayer to use, you can still use our entire process by brushing or rolling! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we go over! Call or text us at 309-349-7021 for a free estimate!

Click here to see our detailed 3 day cabinet painting process!

Table of contents:

  • Color snap from Sherwin-Williams
  • Ways to choose colors
  • “The Eye” from Sherwin-Williams
  • Kitchen styles
  • Different finishes/sheens
  • Best finish for where
  • Projects
  • What we use
  • Low Budget tips
  • Conclusion

Sherwin-Williams has an app that you can download!

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

The app allows you to browse their color selection and save your favorites! To make it even better, you can take a picture of whatever you’re painting (Cabinets, Walls, Furniture, etc.) and drag the color you want to see up there to picture it before actually dedicating to the color!

Keep this app in mind as you read through our helpful tips!

Ways to choose colors:

1) Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space:

Look around the room you are painting- if there are any large patterns, colorful rugs or large pieces of art; choose the color that stands out the most that you like.
For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges. You can choose any color you like out of this. Of course if you are starting fresh you can choose whatever color and then buy your furniture to match the color you chose.

2) Start With the Formal Areas of the House:

Specifically, the living room, dining room, and entryway.
Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme for the kitchen.
For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.

3) Use the Color Wheel:

In general colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.

4) Back to Black:

For a small pop, try a black lampshade or a black vase; for bigger impact, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue. This will stand out from everything else, but in a classic way.

5) Go With Grays:

Put today’s trendiest and neutral gray to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear there truest. Grey is extremely popular right now! Any and all shades you can think of!

6) Use the Rule of 60-30-10:

“When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories)

7) Make Small Spaces Pop:

If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, give it more oomph with a look-at-me color choice. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms envelop you.

8) Contrast Warm and Cool:

With a healthy balance of 80-20% you can accent a room giving it life without over stimulating. Now this isn’t necessarily 80 % warm and 20 % cool or vise versa, however, it is either or. Make sure to not have too much of both, it will make the room over whelming and feel crowded. 
 

9) Rock a Monochromatic Look

Shine the spotlight on your favorite color by filling a small space, like a bathroom, with just that hue.