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Monthly Archives: July 2014

You’ve fallen in love with the color of your friends bathroom, but you’re having trouble picturing what it will look like in yours. Well, if you’re not quite ready to put paint to brush to wall, we can help.

We have just updated our Color Visualizer on our website.

Upload a picture of your house, inside or out. Try out all kinds of color combinations. Have some fun, and get that painting project done!

Click anywhere on the picture and get started.

Color Visualizer

Color of the Month: I’m a Local| Color Is 0863

August’s Color of the Month is a great looking yellow with a fabulous name: I’m a Local. This yellow has life and warmth; it’s bold but not glaring. It’s really a range of yellows: mustard, goldenrod, or dijon that brightens and relaxes a room without feeling chaotic. This pleasant color goes well with the cool and warm shades of gray that are still so popular. It can be a neat wall color, but it seems to be trending more as an accent color. Trim on a drapery, a splash of color in a piece of artwork and on statement pieces like sofas or side chairs.

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Color of the Month

I'm a Local on the walls

These walls are a very close match to I’m a Local.

Transitional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

yellow basin sink

http://www.housetohome.co.uk

yellow couches

http://www.homeadore.com

yellow door

http://www.sunset.com

I’m a Local is a great complimentary door color for a home with a charcoal exterior and creamy white trim.

yellow accent pillow and throw

 

Suburban Oasis by Kristina Wolf Design

I’m a Local puts a cozy, modern twist blended together in this snapshot with June’s Color of the Month: 0669 Frozen Stream.

How will you use this warm and local shade of yellow before August runs out?

 

~mg

~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.

Trim 1

 

A few weeks ago we shared Tips for Painting Wood Trim and this week we’ll look at low maintenance products that look and feel like traditional wood, but are made from cellular PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Synthetic products are replacing traditional wood for both interior and exterior applications and one of the industry leaders in these products is from a company called AZEK®. These products are used primarily for exterior trim use, but also come in soffit materials, bead board, cove moldings, decking, etc.

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Trim 2

 

Painting tips for man-made products:

  • AZEK® products are impervious to moisture and do not require paint for protection, but will accept paint and hold paint very well.
  • Some customers prefer to lightly hand sand the cut or moulded surfaces for a smoother finish or to remove very faint streaks of surface yellowing sometimes produced during moulding.
  • The standard is white and if you have a color other than white in mind, or want a painted surface, use 100% acrylic latex paint, with a Light Reflective Value of 55 or higher. LRV values can be found on the back of the paint chips in the COLOR IS fandeck.
  • AZEK® surfaces must be clean, dry, and void of any foreign materials such as dirt, grease, or other contaminants that might come from normal handling, storage, and/or installation of the product prior to painting.
  • Paints tend to last longer on Azek® products than it does on wood because there are no moisture issues.
  • Since AZEK®products have no moisture absorption, paints may take longer to fully cure than they do on wood. Generally most paints will be dry to the touch fairly quickly (60 minutes or less) but may take up to 30 days or more to fully cure depending on temperatures and humidity.

Low maintenance products still get dirty and dingy. Dish detergent or Oxyclean can be used for cleaning AZEK® trim. Frequently asked questions on AZEK® products available here.

 

~mg

~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.

The Right Way to Paint Exterior Trim

Any do-it-yourself homeowner knows that painting an exterior can be tricky. We don’t want to be tackling this project again until we get sick of the color. The majority of your home’s exterior trim is wood, which expands and contracts with temperature extremes and retains moisture once the paint film is broken. Unfortunately, this may cause yourexterior paint to peel. One of Color Guild’s members shared some stellar tips to make sure you have the least amount of maintenance as possible.

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All standard painting rules apply. The surface needs to be clean, dull and dry. We always recommend scraping any loose paint off and sanding the surface and prime any bare spots.

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The most effective primer will be a traditional oil-based primer. The oil base primer offers superior penetration and adhesion and may be coated with a high quality 100% acrylic latex paint. Preferably something with a sheen as the additional sheen offers a slightly smoother more durable finish. However if you are sensitive to solvents in paint, are somewhat of an environmentalist and green, or just prefer to use water based primer, be sure to get a high quality primer. This isn’t somewhere to skimp!

Using a bonding primer is a great solution for trim that traditionally has peeling problems, especially on the horizontal bottom surfaces exposed more to moisture and sun.

Always use two coats of paint over either the oil base primer or bonding primer. This gives a thicker paint film and will always be more durable and longer lasting than one coat.

Even if you do everything perfectly, still expect to do some maintenance every few years on your exterior trim. So don’t get discouraged because just like us, our houses take some serious abuse from the great outdoors.

~mg

~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.