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💎New year, NEW kitchen💎

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog!

Today we are going to help you save thousands on a brand new kitchen!!!

Are you tired of walking into the same 1950’s kitchen every day? Are you embarrassed to invite friends over for dinner? Are you ready to not spend an arm and a leg on a kitchen you AREN’T ashamed of?

By the time we are done in your home, you will only be seeing this in your nightmares!

“Last year the national average cost for a minor remodel of the heart of the home was $21,198″

What if we told you you could completely transform your kitchen for less than HALF of that amount!!!?

To completely re-do this kitchen, it WOULD HAVE cost over $20,000.00… but because of our money saving tips, they only spent $2,000.00 and it looks like a whole new house!!!

The above picture is one of the projects we did in the Springfield Area. 

Besides just changing the color of your cabinets you can do other things in your kitchen to give it its own look, without the price!

Try giving the island its own accent color:

If you don’t have an island in your home, try giving the two levels their own colors. These small but subtle changes give your kitchen a personality of its own!

twocolors.jpg

Don’t like the grain marks on your cabinets? — Don’t worry, we can take that away as well!!

Do you want your kitchen to

Besides the above color tips, take a look at our tips below!

1. Update Your hardware:

Hardware can completely change the look of a piece of furniture and it can do the same for your cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet pulls for a new unique look that instantly updates your entire space.

2. Use lighter colors:

A light color on the walls and cabinets instantly brightens a space making it look larger and in turn, more expensive. Light colors reflect light and hide imperfections, including those scratches, dings and dents in your old cabinets.

3. Change  The  lighting:

Chandeliers and pendants are the perfect accessory to not only brighten your kitchen but change the mood of the space. Standard lights that come in most homes and rentals are uniform. Mix it up and give the most used room in your house some personality or an unexpected element.

4. Use artwork:

Artwork is a great way to elevate any room and it will do the same in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go big and bold — it will give the illusion of a bigger space. Art is also a great option for renters who don’t have the freedom to change everything they’d like to. Make sure the art goes with the theme of where you are decorating. For example if you’re going with a barn theme, you might have red walls and pictures of farm equipment and such. There is not limit when it comes to decorating. Let your ideas flow freely. 

5. Paint your appliances stainless steel:

Don’t have stainless steel appliances? No problem. Use a paint-on stainless steel finish to update your appliances that still work well, but are giving your kitchen a dated feel. Be careful, companies make different types if this liquid stainless steel depending on the appliance and its use. This is a simple way to make your appliances look a few thousand more dollars in worth!

6. Add window treatments:

Dress up your bare windows to instantly dress up your kitchen. The great thing about this, is there are so many options! Choose whatever goes best with the rest of the houses themes.

7. Hide small appliances:

Nothing brings down a space more than clutter. Keep your counter space clear of small appliances like toasters, blenders and coffee pots. They’re easy enough to take out when you want to use them. Having the counters and table almost completely bare make the area seem organized and calm compared to the usual hectic busy feeling that usually comes with a well used kitchen.

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🎨How to choose colors🎨

Hi Everyone! Thank you for taking the time today to read Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists!! Today we are going to talk about how to pick out the perfect new color for your kitchen cabinets, the Exterior of your home or the Interior. Here in our company, we use all Sherwin-Williams products so this blog will be featuring Sherwin-Williams!

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.)

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

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.

2) Decorate From Dark to Light, Vertically

Use darker colors for the floor, medium colors for the walls and light for the ceiling.

3) 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 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.

4) Use the Color Wheel

In general, analogous color schemes — 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.

5) Use Your Clothes

Most people buy clothes in colors they like to wear and they look good in. Similarly, you should dress your rooms in colors that flatter you. If denim is your go-to, consider a navy sofa or if you look (and feel!) perkiest in bright yellows, try mixing in a few citrusy accents with pillows or accessories.

6) 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.

7) Go With Grays

Put today’s trendiest neutral, gray, to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear either warm or cool and pair beautifully with both pastels or kicky colors like hot pink, Kelly green or citrusy shades.

8) 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)

9) 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.

10) Contrast Warm and Cool

With a healthy balance of 80-20% you can accent a room giving it life without over stimulating.

11) Rock a Monochromatic Look

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

12) 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.
 

13) 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.

14)  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.

16) Consider these ideas to transform your home:

For a smooth transition between spaces, try choosing a color for one room and paint the adjacent space two shades away, lighter or darker, using tones from the same color chip.

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!

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🙅New kitchen with HALF the price🙅

Hi everyone! Thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists Blog!

Today we are going to help you save thousands on a brand new kitchen!!!

Are you tired of walking into the same 1950’s kitchen every day? Are you embarrassed to invite friends over for dinner? Are you ready to not spend an arm and a leg on a kitchen you AREN’T ashamed of?

By the time we are done in your home, you will only be seeing this in your nightmares!

“Last year the national average cost for a minor remodel of the heart of the home was $21,198 The report goes on to add that a more major renovation averaged $63,829, and an upscale kitchen renovation had an average cost at $125,721.”

“The typical house has at least 30 linear feet of cabinetry using same design / size with medium-grade oak cabinets – Average of $117 to $140 per linear foot for a total of $4200. This does not take into consideration the removal of old cabinetry and the potential for reinforcement of walls and floors. Such costs would be based on the average carpentry rate of $70 per hour.”

The two above statistics are the sad truth we are living today!

Worry NO MORE! We have secret money saving tips you will all LOVE!

What if we told you you could completely transform your kitchen for less than HALF of that amount!!!?

To completely re-do this kitchen, it WOULD HAVE cost over $20,000.00… but because of our money saving tips, they only spent $2,000.00 and it looks like a whole new house!!!

Besides just changing the color of your cabinets you can do other things in your kitchen to give it its own look.

Try giving the island its own accent color

Click here to read about our cabinet process!

If you don’t have an island in your home, try giving the two levels their own colors. These small but subtle changes give your kitchen a personality of its own!

twocolors.jpg

Don’t like the grain marks on your cabinets? — Don’t worry, we can take that away as well!!

Even if you don’t like the grainy look, they don’t have to be replaced!

Do you want your kitchen to

1. Update Your hardware:

Hardware can completely change the look of a piece of furniture and it can do the same for your cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet pulls for an new unique look that instantly updates your entire space.

2. Use lighter colors:

A light color on the walls and cabinets instantly brightens a space making it look larger and in turn, more expensive. Light colors reflect light and hide imperfections, including those scratches, dings and dents in your old cabinets.

3. Change  The  lighting:

Chandeliers and pendants are the perfect accessory to not only brighten your kitchen but change the mood of the space. Standard lights that come in most homes and rentals are uniform. Mix it up and give the most used room in your house some personality or an unexpected element.

4. Use artwork:

Artwork is a great way to elevate any room and it will do the same in your kitchen. Don’t be afraid to go big and bold — it will give the illusion of a bigger space. Art is also a great option for renters who don’t have the freedom to change everything they’d like to.

5. Paint your appliances stainless steel:

Don’t have stainless steel appliances? No problem. Use a paint-on stainless steel finish to update your appliances that still work well, but are giving your kitchen a dated feel. Be careful, companies make different types if this liquid stainless steel depending on the appliance and its use.

6. Add window treatments.

Dress up your bare windows to instantly dress up your kitchen.

7. Hide small appliances:

Nothing brings down a space more than clutter. Keep your counter space clear of small appliances like toasters, blenders and coffee pots. They’re easy enough to take out when you want to use them.

Click here to read about the LOW VOC products we use!

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🎨Painting & Decorating your kitchen🎨

How to paint kitchen cabinets in 3 short days! 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.

The first thing we do when we enter a new job site is lay down drop cloths to protect your floors.

We also make sure to tape down the drop cloths to make sure they don’t move.

Next, we begin taking the drawer fronts and the door fronts off the units. These will not leave the job site at all. After we take everything down we also remove all the hardware, this includes the handles, hinges, and anything else on the cabinets.

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.

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 take plastic and drape it over all the appliances, so nothing is damaged with overspray.

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.

This filter system collects very small microns of dust! 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.

To set up the spray booth we first lay drop cloths to protect the floor, we then hang plastic from the ceiling creating an enclosed space so there is no over spray.

After sand lightly sand everything (Door fronts, drawer fronts, & units) we then clean them with TSP again.

Now it is time to do the first spray: The primer.

We spray the cabinets instead of roll or brush so there will not be any marks. It is important to keep up on your airless sprayer. If you do not, there can be many issues including over spraying and runs in the paint. 

We must wait at least 4 hours before we can apply the first coat of paint. Letting the primer set in will help the paint adhere.

After applying the first coat of paint you will need to wait another at least 4 hours for the second coat. At our company we always do two coats on all our projects.

After the second coat waiting 12 hours is a must before it will be durable enough to put everything back together.

After removing the tape from the inside of the units you can hang the doors and drawers.

  1. The first look is just a typical repaint. Updating your kitchen with a fresh coat of paint can take your kitchen cave and turn it into an elegant hangout. Currently one of the most popular colors is a shade of grey.

2. Another way to give your kitchen its own personality is by having one of the detached sections an accent color while keeping the rest of the cabinets the same. It’s a way of having an accent without drawing too much attention away.

3. Accenting the island. Something about the center of the room being a darker color than the rest brings it all together. It gives the heart of the home its own hear

4. Having the top a lighter color and the bottom a darker color. This nice accent separates the room in a nice clean line. It brings a sophisticated feel to the room.

 

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🤩Kitchen cabinets: Day 3🤩

Welcome! Today is the third and final blog in our kitchen cabinet process! 

 

To read about DAY ONE click here!

 

To read about DAY TWO click here!

At the end of day two we had sprayed on the second coat.

Today 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!

We will remove the plastic and tape from inside the units!

Now we are going to put the handles back on the doors and drawers. We will attach the hinges back onto the cabinet doors, then we will attach the whole door to the unit.

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

We have to take the rest of the tape, drop cloths, and plastic off of the appliances and floor.

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✌Painting cabinets: Day 2✌

Welcome back! Today we are continuing our special! Today we will go into detail about day 2 painting kitchen cabinets! 

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

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

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

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.

 

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!

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🎨Kitchen 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.

The first thing we do when we enter a new job site is lay down drop cloths to protect your floors.

We lay cloth drop cloths everywhere we walk, 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. The paper doesn’t allow liquid to leak through.

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.

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.

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.

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.

This filter system collects very small microns of dust! 

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.

To set up the spray booth we first lay drop cloths to protect the floor, we then hang plastic from the ceiling creating an enclosed space so there is no over spray.

After  lightly sanding everything (Door fronts, drawer fronts, & units) we then clean them with TSP again.

Now it is time to do the first spray: The primer.

We use extreme bond primer from Sherwin-Williams. We spray the units and the door and drawers front.

We spray the cabinets instead of roll or brush so there will not be any marks. It is important to keep up on your airless sprayer. If you do not, there can be many issues including over spraying and runs in the paint. 

We must wait at least 4 hours before we can apply the first coat of paint. Letting the primer set in will help the paint adhere.

The door and drawer fronts are hung up so we can paint the whole thing and let them completely dry.

This completes the first day of painting cabinets! Tune in next week to hear about day two!

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🎨Cabinet Painting🎨

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🎨Interior Uncovered🎨

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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

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😍Interior Guide😍

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😎Interior Painting😎

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🥰CABINETS Day 1🥰

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😮How we go Green-LOW VOC😮😮

Hi everyone and thank you for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!

As part of our “New Chapter” here with our company, we are GOING GREEN! As always we use Sherwin-Williams products so on our blog today that is who we will be talking about! Almost all of our products have little to no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) in them!

When people hear us talking about VOC the most common subject to come up is the smell; while yes- paint with  VOC  has an odor, that is not the only risk!

Health effects may include:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.

Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include:

  • conjunctival irritation
  • nose and throat discomfort
  • a headache
  • allergic skin reaction
  • dyspnea
  • declines in serum cholinesterase levels
  • nausea
  • emesis
  • epistaxis
  • fatigue
  • dizziness

Steps to Reduce Exposure

  • Increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs.
  • Meet or exceed any label precautions.
  • Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials anywhere people are around often.
    • Identify, and if possible, remove all sources.
    • If not possible to remove, reduce exposure by using a sealant on all exposed surfaces of paneling and other furnishings.
  • Read directions on all house hold cleaners
  • Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products.
  • Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never mix household care products unless directed on the label.

Links to Sherwin-Williams low VOC program-

Thank you again for reading Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog and STAY TUNED!!! We will add more information weekly to keep you and your family safe when it comes to remodeling!!!!

All information was found on the official Sherwin-Williams Website and the official EPA website 

VOCs harm the planet, the environment, and anyone who comes into contact with the noxious gases. Exposure can lead to long lasting effects, even death from too much exposure. These gases combined all over are extremely dangerous to people and the environment! 

 

Low VOC products have little to no harsh chemicals so they do not harm the people around it or the environment. It is a safe, healthy alternative that still gives you the same great, new look you and your home deserve!

🎨How to Paint Cabinets🎨

How to paint kitchen cabinets in 3 short days! 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.

The first thing we do when we enter a new job site is lay down drop cloths to protect your floors.

We also make sure to tape down the drop cloths to make sure they don’t move.

Next, we begin taking the drawer fronts and the door fronts off the units. These will not leave the job site at all. After we take everything down we also remove all the hardware, this includes the handles, hinges, and anything else on the cabinets.

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.

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 take plastic and drape it over all the appliances, so nothing is damaged with overspray.

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.

This filter system collects very small microns of dust! 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.

To set up the spray booth we first lay drop cloths to protect the floor, we then hang plastic from the ceiling creating an enclosed space so there is no over spray.

After sand lightly sand everything (Door fronts, drawer fronts, & units) we then clean them with TSP again.

Now it is time to do the first spray: The primer.

We spray the cabinets instead of roll or brush so there will not be any marks. It is important to keep up on your airless sprayer. If you do not, there can be many issues including over spraying and runs in the paint. 

We must wait at least 4 hours before we can apply the first coat of paint. Letting the primer set in will help the paint adhere.

After applying the first coat of paint you will need to wait another at least 4 hours for the second coat. At our company we always do two coats on all our projects.

After the second coat waiting 12 hours is a must before it will be durable enough to put everything back together.

After removing the tape from the inside of the units you can hang the doors and drawers.

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Affordable Fall Decor…

Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists: Crafting Affordable Decorations This Fall

Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists: Crafting Affordable Decorations This Fall

Hi and thank you for coming back to the blog for Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. Fall season is in full swing and today we are going to discuss how to craft affordable decorations for your yard this fall! This includes using natural foliage from your yard to your benefit as well as DIY craft projects that anyone can do. Read on below for 10 tips and tricks on affordable decorating!

Use Natural Foliage

You might not realize it but the leaves that collect in the yard provide endless opportunities for do-it-yourself projects as well as simple craft projects for anyone in the family. Not only do they make our surroundings feel cozier but they provide an infinite resource for decorating the front of the home. From garlands to wreaths, these natural autumn decorations give the perfect touch and ambiance of the season to the front of the home.

Decorate With Pillows and Rugs

You would be surprised how a few deliberately chosen accessories can give a unique look to the front of your home. Get inspired by the fall season and add a few comfortable pillows and an outdoor rug or two for a variety of fall colors. Outdoor pillows can be found fairly cheap and provide the perfect pop of oranges, deep reds, dark blues and black that will look perfect on your porch. And think about using an old rug from the basement or your garage to place on your porch as a fall decoration that will provide even more fall color to the front of the home.

Add A Scarecrow!

It might seem an obvious decoration for the fall but it is a cheap option and can also be done yourself with leaves found in the front yard. But a scarecrow creates a whimsical (or scary!) mood to any front porch display. You can build a traditional scarecrow by stuffing old clothing with straw and leaves or you can purchase a ready-to-display scarecrow in stores or online. Just a reminder: make sure your display won’t frighten younger children before investing any time or money in creating a more elaborate display. 

Take Advantage of Antiques

Not only do antiques look lovely but they can connect us to a forgotten piece of history, a lost loved one, or simply just remind us that its fall. Rummage through your garage and basement as antiques can provide a great personal touch to the front porch of a home. Make sure it is nothing valuable – anything you place out front will be exposed to the elements, etc. – but you can usually find plenty of old trinkets just looking through your house. But if you don’t have any tools getting rusty in the back of your garage or an old metal wreath in your basement then you can buy antiques rather inexpensively at a thrift store or at a swap meet in your area.

Now when decorating with natural foliage from your yard you should always be aware of possible dirt and critters that could be found in the leaves. Always check the leaves you choose to use and never bring any of the decorations inside to avoid any dirt or bugs. As always thank you for reading these decorating tips! Be sure to come back and visit the blog at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists for more fall tips and tricks, painting ideas, cabinet design, and more!

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