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Now is the perfect time to turn your attention to some interior painting projects. Whether you are trying to sell your house or just want to freshen it up, a new coat of paint can work wonders! To make your painting job go even faster and ensure a fabulous end result, it’s important to spend a little time researching the best primer for your job.

All-in-one paint and primers
There are many all-in-one “paint and primer” products available today. While these products work well in some situations, there are some instances when you should spend the extra time priming and painting separately. Glossy and slick surfaces, areas that have undergone extensive repair, and even when making drastic color changes are a few of the instances when you should consider the use of a specialty primer. You can always consult your local paint professional to see if the all-in-one option is a good one for you.

White primer
Taking the time to prime your walls first can actually save time by helping the finish coat develop its optimal color quicker and in fewer coats. If you’ve chosen an off-white or light paint color a regular white primer should work just fine.

Gray or tinted primer
If you’ve chosen a rich, dark color it is a good idea to work with your local paint store to get your primer tinted to be close to your final paint color as you can. Because tinted primers contain less white pigment, it helps decrease the contrast between the primer and paint color which means the paint covers better with less coats. Gray primer is also a good option for rich colors, especially red.

Picking the right primer will help ensure the perfect paint job!


~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.



Photo courtesy of Kate Smith of Sensational Color


Some people cringe at the thought, and others wouldn’t have it any other way.  For some the thought of white walls makes for a drab room.  For some it is clean and bright.

Whatever your preference, the versatility of white is undeniable.  It goes with everything and is timeless.  Whether you use it on your walls or in your furnishings, it can work beautifully in many applications.

White can be subtle with tints, tones, and shades of greens, blues, and violets.  White also has the ability to make warm colors like red, yellow, and orange really pop!




Well, it’s been quite an experience here the last few months.  The new Evolution Interior paint is now in stores along with the ColorEvolution Color line.  Come in and experience the Northwest artist inspired colors in our best interior paint line…

Let the Evolution continue!






It’s that time of year again.

Time to assess the situation of your exterior paint.  If it is indeed time to paint the outside of your home, here is a post borrowed from Color Guild, one of our partners in crime in the color biz!

How to paint your home exterior.

What is any color imaginable, has the ability to transform, and the power to protect from sun, wind, and rain? No, it’s not Superman. Just a fresh coat of exterior paint for your home! Give your home a second lease on life by painting the exterior. The average house takes about 60 hours to paint, but the impression will last years. The exterior of your home delivers first impressions. Bring the personality of your home from the inside to the out by showing it some tender loving care. Here’s what you need to know to paint the exterior of your home with precision and quality.

Steps to a First Class Paint Job

  1. Wash. Scrub-a-dub-dub! A thorough washing is necessary to ensure a finished product you’re proud of. Wet the walls then begin scrubbing in sections from bottom to top to avoid streaks. Use a solution of one gallon of water mixed with one cup chlorine bleach and one cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Rinse the walls again before the solution dries. Wood siding and paneling should take a day or two to fully dry before you can begin painting.
  2. Scrape. If it has flaked, peeled, bubbled, or blistered it is time to go. Confirm your paint is lead-free and protect yourself with a dust mask. If scraping by hand, it will be a time consuming process, but remember, the tortoise wins the race. This is the least damaging way to remove layers. Make it a little less painful by using a heating gun to soften paint. For safety, use a respirator and cover plants and shrubs with a tarp.
  3. Sand. Pat yourself on the back, it’s time to assess what’s left. The boundary between the paint and the bare wood can be smoothed with 50- or 80-grit sandpaper if most of the paint still adheres well and it’s not too bumpy. Make sure that there is a feathered, smooth transition from exposed wood to old paint. Follow up with 100- or 120-grit sandpaper to erase scratches.
  4. Patch. Put that caulk down. Wait to cover cracks with caulk until you have primed. You should however repair rot and fill in dents with two-step epoxies.
  5. Prime. Penetrate, seal, and protect with a primer. Acrylic primers can be used on most surfaces, but oil-based coatings must be used on cedar or redwood. Tint the primer a contrasting color to the top coat. This will allow you to see the color coming through, a sure sign you need to apply more paint.
  6. Caulk. Caulk all small joints less than 1/4 inch wide once the primer is dry. Don’t skip this step! If your joints fail, you’re back to the beginning.
  7. Paint. Time for the main event! Acrylic paints reign supreme as they don’t mildew readily, move and breath without blistering, emit fewer VOCs, and work well over oil or water based primers. Follow the pros and use a paint sprayer, but be cautious of drips or thin coats. Cover EVERYTHING that you don’t want to get sprayed. Use a brush if you’re a newbie. Always start at the top and work your way down and work in the shade away from the sun’s glare. Simultaneously be wary of those clouds though. Rain can wash away freshly applied paint.
  8. Bonus Tip. Spray paint nailheads with a metal primer to prevent rust.



~This post inspired/contributed by ColorGuild. ColorGuild, the global paint and color authority, is a member based organization serves as a definitive resource on color and coatings.  As a member of ColorGuild, we welcome their contributions and appreciate their opinions.