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Interior House Painting

STEP 1

Color Selection

Selecting the color for a room: Lighter colors will help make a room feel true to its actual size, while darker colors may tend to visually draw in the walls. Inspiration for color choices can be found in decorating magazines or on popular networks. It may be helpful to take a close look at a bed comforter or sofa pillow and imagine the color on the wall. For a comparison, some paint suppliers offer paper color swatches that can be temporarily attached to a wall. Remember, if you paint a small test-sample on a wall, it should be applied very thinly as to not create a lump or texture under the new paint-job. While in the past, accent walls were popular, currently it’s no longer the case. When considering walls to be painted, notice where the entire wall stretches. For example, a kitchen wall may extend into the living room; an upstairs hallway wall may flow into a two story foyer. Because we do a lot of interior painting, we know what wall colors are trending. However, if you have no plan on moving, remember paint colors are a personal choice! If you have hired a home stager or home decorator, ask them to provide you with the color number and the maker. We will need your color choice before we arrive to begin work. 

STEP 2

Protecting the Area

Our painters wear inside shoes and outside shoes! 

We cover and protect all surfaces, handrails, window coverings, countertops, furniture, and cabinets that are not intended to be painted with fresh plastic and plastic film. We cover floors with drop cloths. We cover hardwood steps with slip resistant drop cloths.

STEP 3

Preparing the Surfaces

The condition of the surface to be painted will determine how we prepare. For example, cracks may need to be filled or a previous bad ceiling cut-in job may first need to be remedied. Trim, handrails, and molding, are determined by the previous product used in its finish! Most trim has a gloss finish. It may be lacquer or oil based. It may be urethane or water based. Each job requires its particular surface preparation!

STEP 4

Applying Fresh Paint

Before we paint walls, we caulk all the gaps between any painted trim and the wall (except in the instance of natural and stained trim). We always apply two coats of paint to a wall. 

When we paint only the trim and molding, we tape! We tape the wall and we tape the floor including carpet. Trim coats vary on the surface condition of the trim. 

STEP 5

Wrapping Things Up

Our lead painter will do a final inspection and will invite you to do a walk-through just prior to the teardown. Throughout the project we only bring in items that we need. When we are done with a tool, we return it to our work vehicle or trailer. At the end of the job, we remove all the painter’s tape and touchup. We take up the drop cloths and dispose of all the plastic film barriers and coverings. We pick up any flakes and crumbs and we move furniture back to where it was. We do a final walkthrough to make sure we are not leaving any tools behind and guarantee you are 100% satisfied with the work!

STEP 6

Business

We never request money down when you order our service; we don’t consider it good business to hold you and your money hostage!  Our painters are never assigned to two job sites at the same time.

 

Only when we arrive to begin work, may we require a deposit. In some cases we don’t take money down.  Only when the work is complete, are we paid in full! 

Kitchen Cabinets

We specialize in kitchen cabinet re-paints! We remove the cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware. We sand the wood and prime the cabinet with three different types of primer. Then, we apply multiple coats of pigmented urethane or tinted lacquer for an enduring topcoat. The kitchen cabinet portion is worked on with drop cloths protecting floors and plastic protecting countertops. Ranges and refrigerators are temporarily pulled back to allow access to the sides of the cabinet. Dishwashers, range-hoods, and microwaves are usually left in place during the project (unless those appliances are being replaced by the owner). Drawer fronts and cabinet doors are often painted on-site in the homeowner’s attached garage with drop cloths protecting the floor of the garage. 

 

Most kitchen cabinet re-paint projects are completed in 2 weeks.

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Wallpaper Removal

In most cases we can have all the wallpaper removed from the walls in a standard sized bathroom in about 4 hours. Our professionals know how to identify the components of different wallpapers and how best to remove them from your walls. The techniques we use eliminate any risk of water making its way to other area of the house such as areas below where the work is being done.

 

The quality of primer and the quality of paint under the existing wallpaper will determine the next step! In most cases, after the wallpaper and wallpaper backing are removed, the old wallpaper gum is scraped from the walls with a putty knife and the walls washed down with shop towels and warm water. Next, we allow to dry. Next, we seal the wall to mitigate the finish paint from crackling and being rejected. Next, we skim-coat areas of the wall that have imperfections and fill small cracks and nail holes in the plaster. Next, we sand and prime the areas that were patched. Finally, the room’s trim is taped off with painter’s tape and two coats of paint are applied to the walls.

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Protecting Your Home

Before we can begin painting your ceiling, small fragile items such as collectibles, figurines, small planters, trophies, stuffed animals, pottery, wine glasses, wine bottles, hanging paintings and hanging photographs, etc., are removed by the owner to a safe location. Next our professionals tape off the walls with non-abrasive delicate painter’s tape. Next, a 3M curtain made from plastic film is attached to the tape. Next, drop cloths are laid down to cover every square inch of the floor. On hardwood staircases we use runners with a slip resistant membrane to reduce the potential of slip and falls. Next, all furniture is covered with new plastic sheeting strait out of the box. Next, the 3M curtain is dropped down over the wall to shield window coverings and walls from any stray paint. Finally, our professional painters apply two uniform coats of paint to the ceiling. After the ceiling has dried (which usually only takes a few hours) our professional painters will remove and discard the plastic that was used. They will take up the  drop cloths and return your furniture to where it was originally.

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Hard to Reach Areas

We have the tools and resources to access hard-to-reach-areas in your home.

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Textured Small Drywall Repair

Whether damage to a textured ceiling was the result of a leaky pipe or an overflowed bathtub, we can help! We understand that matching a textured ceiling to the surrounding pattern is often a difficult challenge. We have multiple stomp patterns on hand and the skills and knowledge to give you an honest evaluation and an idea of what the finished product will look like before we take on the task.

 

When our professional painters repair texture, a plastic curtain is used to separate other rooms from the room being worked on. Plastic is draped over counters and furniture. Any loose paper and drywall that is part of the damaged area is removed and discarded into a trash bag directly under the damaged area and disposed of. Next, a vacuum is used to clean the edges. Next, a new piece of drywall is cut to size, attached, and taped. Next, a very thin coat of mud is applied and allowed to dry before subsequent thin coats of mud are blended into the surrounding textured pattern.

 

After the repairs are completed we paint the entire ceiling corner to corner to help conceal where the repair was made!

Water Damage Repair

We repair small water damage to drywall caused by leaky roofs. We remove the old drywall tape. Next, we tape with fiberglass and re-mud the area. We blend the ceiling patch into the surrounding knockdown and we skim-coat the damaged area of the wall to conceal the repair. Next, we prime the area. Finally, we apply two coats of paint to the wall and paint the ceiling corner to corner.  

 

When our professional painters repair drywall, a plastic curtain is used to separate other rooms from the room being worked on. Plastic is draped over counters and furniture. Any loose paper and drywall that is part of the damaged area is removed and discarded into a trash bag directly under the damaged area and disposed of. Next, a vacuum is used to clean the edges. Next, a new piece of drywall is cut to size, attached, and taped. Next, a very thin coat of mud is applied and allowed to dry before subsequent thin coats of mud are blended into the surrounding surfaces.

Trim and Molding

Over the course of many years of home occupancy, it is common for houses to have walls repainted multiple times. However, during that same period, trim and molding are often neglected items! If a home’s walls are in excellent condition, we may be hired to paint just the trim! Trim paint is a harder material when it dries than latex paint! Latex paint is commonly applied to walls. Trim and handrails are constantly being touched and baseboards often come in contact with vacuums, mops, and Swiffers! It’s for this reason trim and handrails are painted with trim paint!

 

After our professionals determine whether the old trim paint is oil, lacquer, latex, urethane, or some other product, the correct trim paint will be applied. In instances where the current trim paint is pealing, trim may need additional steps for preparation. Using only the right paint may not be the solution. It is important that all new paint is applied to a stable surface!

 

When only trim and molding are being painted, our professional painters tape off the flooring where it meets the baseboard with blue painter’s tape. Walls are taped off with a non-abrasive tape. So whether the floor-covering is tile, wood, vinyl, or carpet, you can rest assured our professional painters will not cut corners!

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Drywall Repair

When our professional painters repair drywall, a plastic curtain is used to separate other rooms from the room being worked on. Plastic is draped over counters and furniture. Any loose paper and drywall that is part of the damaged area is removed and discarded into a trash bag directly under the damaged area and disposed of. Next, a vacuum is used to clean the edges. Next, a new piece of drywall is cut to size, attached, and taped. Next, a very thin coat of mud is applied and allowed to dry before subsequent thin coats of mud are applied to the taped area. A sander is connected by a vacuum hose and attachment to a vacuum with a clean filter. This process significantly reduces dust and debris from collecting on nearby surfaces.

 

After the repairs are completed we paint the entire ceiling corner to corner to help conceal where the repair was made!

 

Before we can begin painting your ceiling, small fragile items such as collectibles, figurines, small planters, trophies, stuffed animals, pottery, wine glasses, wine bottles, hanging paintings and hanging photographs, etc., are removed by the owner to a safe location. Next, our professional painters tape off the walls with non-abrasive delicate painter’s tape. Next, a plastic hand-masking 3M curtain is attached to the tape. Next, drop cloths are laid down to cover every square inch of the floor. On hardwood staircases we use runners with a slip resistant membrane to reduce the potential of slip and falls. Next, all furniture is covered with new plastic sheeting strait out of the box. Next, the 3M curtain is dropped down to shield window coverings and walls from any stray paint. Finally, our professional painters apply two uniform coats of paint to your ceiling. After the ceiling has dried (which usually only takes a few hours) our professional painters will remove and discard the plastic that was used. They will take up the  drop cloths and return your furniture to where it was.

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Popcorn Ceiling Removal

If you are tired of your popcorn ceiling, we can determine if it can be scraped off, or skim-coated over. If the popcorn has never been painted, we can scrape it off and skim-coat your ceiling. Next, our professionals prime and apply two coats of paint to the ceiling.

If the popcorn has been painted and is securely attached to the ceiling, we may need to skim-coat over the popcorn to achieve a smooth surface. Next, our professionals sand, prime, and apply two coats of paint to the ceiling.

 

When our professional painters remove popcorn, a plastic curtain is used to separate other rooms from the room being worked on. Drop cloths are laid down to protect the floors and plastic is draped over counters and furniture. Typically, unpainted popcorn soaks up moisture when it is removed and can easily be collected for disposal. It is good to keep in mind after the popcorn is removed, there will be an obvious line all the way around the room’s ceiling where the popcorn hung down slightly over the walls. For this reason, it is common for homeowners to order the room’s wall to be painted as well.

Interior Painting Services

  • Kitchen Cabinet Re-Paints

  • Wallpaper Removal 

  • Plaster and Drywall Repair 

  • Textured Small Drywall Repair 

  • Popcorn Ceiling Removal and Skim-Coating

  • Ceilings 

  • Walls 

  • Trim and Molding 

  • Doors and Windows