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The weather is getting more beautiful every day and the days are getting longer – That sounds like summer! To enjoy your deck all season long, you’ll want to be sure to properly clean and stain it! Check out this awesome staining how-to from our friends at Storm:

Wait! – When was your deck built? If the answer is very recently, you may need to wait a few months for the wood to dry out before staining it. If you applied a stain stripper, you must wait for the product to break down the previous stain before you wash the deck down. Patience is a virtue during this process. (Do the water absorption test…Pour a little water on the deck and if it absorbs it can accept a coating…if it beads up or does not absorb the deck will wood will need to be properly prepared.)

Rain, Rain, Go away – It is essential that you check the forecasts before you begin and ensure that it will be a week with good weather. Stain requires multiple days to fully absorb into the wood and dry. A downpour or a layer of snow can ruin all of your hard work. Choose your week carefully!

Power Wash – The first step in your deck staining process should be to power wash. A pressure washer will remove leftover paint, mold, dirt, and other grime from the surface of your deck. The better you strip your deck of these materials, the longer your stain will last and the more beautiful it will remain.

Eenie, meenie, minie, mo! – When picking a stain, one must consider the type of wood, the desired color, and the geographic location of the deck. Someone living in Boston during the winter needs a different stain than someone living in Arizona in the summer. Make sure that you are choosing your stain based on the level of opacity, the degree of UV protection, and the typical longevity of the finish.

Testing 1, 2, 3 – Test your stain in a small area and allow it to dry before applying it to the rest of the deck in order to ensure that you have picked a color that you like.

Brush strokes – While there are many ways to apply deck stain, you always want to have a paintbrush handy. This brush will allow you to work the stain deep into the porous wood and reach holes that your stain pad, garden sprayer or other staining applicators may not reach.

Less is more – When staining, over-application can slow the drying process and cause the stain to crack or peel when exposed to inclement weather conditions. You do not want to under-apply, as this will not protect the wood, but over-application can be just as dangerous!

Nobody puts baby in a corner – Apply stain from the back of your deck to the front and do not change directions in order to avoid painting yourself into a corner!

Upkeep – After you are done staining, consider what your particular deck will require to maintain its current look. Washing the deck down every few months, removing debris, and applying a wood brightener will keep your deck looking immaculate all year long.

Enjoy! – Having a deck is a wonderful thing. All of this work will pay off when you and your loved ones are able to congregate on your masterpiece and enjoy a meal or bask in the sunshine together. Make sure to appreciate your deck by using it as often as possible!

Source: Storm 

The 127-year-old company will be the exclusive independent paint store retailer in OR/WA/ID to carry Joanna Gaines’ new interior paint line

PORTLAND, OR and WACO, TX (May 15, 2017) – Next week is a big week at Miller Paint Co., Inc. with its launch of Magnolia Home by Joanna GainesTM Paint in its Pacific Northwest retail paint stores.

Now, DIY’ers are one step closer to making their dream home a reality.  The new interior paint and color collection will be sold starting May 22 at all 55 Miller Paint stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  The color collection comes in 150 timeless colors in total, including the 25 Market Collection colors – all personally crafted by Gaines.  The retail prices for the line range between $42 and $52 per gallon.

Working with the KILZ® Brand to launch the new line, Miller Paint will be the first Pacific Northwest paint store retailer to offer the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint.

Additionally, Steve Dearborn, CEO and President of Miller Paint, said “we are excited and honored for Miller to be the exclusive paint store retailer in our three-state region of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

“This is a very big deal for us to offer a color collection created by someone as talented and as respected nationally as Joanna Gaines,” Dearborn said.  “We’re confident that the collection will inspire Northwest homeowners to bring her authentic, effortless style into their own homes.”

Gaines has noted that her inspiration for the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint came from people seeking advice on paint selection.  With highly personalized color names like “Wedding Band,” “Ella Rose” and “Shiplap,” the collection captures Gaines’ signature style, with the colors that inspire her most.

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“Developing my own paint collection with the KILZ Brand was an amazing opportunity because paint is the easiest and most dramatic way to transform a space,” Gaines said.  “I’m often asked for advice on selecting paint colors, and I want to make that process simpler. I hope these colors come to mean as much to others in their own homes as they do to me.  For me, the perfect paint is personal.”

Gaines began her career in design in 2003, when she opened Magnolia Market in her hometown of Waco, Texas.  Her eye for classic, yet unexpected, farmhouse-style design complemented her husband Chip’s career in construction and soon they began remodeling and selling homes throughout the city.  It didn’t take long for their distinct style to catch on.

Miller Paint is an employee-owned company, with a total of 380 employees that has been manufacturing and selling the highest quality paint and coatings products in the Northwest for 127 years. Its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility is located at 12812 NE Whitaker Way, in Portland, OR, and it operates 55 paint stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.

KILZ® Brand is a quality coatings paint manufactured by Masco Coatings, Inc. and it’s distributed nationally.  It is the exclusive manufacturer and licensor of the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Paint.  Its corporate headquarters is located at 3400 W. Segerstrom Ave. in Santa Ana, CA.

Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Paint is a registered trademark of Magnolia Homes.  For more information, please visit www.MagnoliaMarket.com.

Miller® and Miller Paints® are registered trademarks of Miller Paint Co., Inc.  For more information, please visit www.millerpaint.com.

KILZ® is a registered trademark of Masco Coatings, Inc.  For more information, please visit www.kilz.com/magnolia.

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Spring/Summer 2017 sees a refocus on inspirational sources; we are rethinking and reassessing the world around us. As perspectives change we gain more confidence with color usage and in turn, engage with the effect color has on our surrounds. Taking inspiration from our 2017/18 trends we look to advances in experimental technology, celebrating the hidden beauty of data that lies at the heart of our computerized world. We also explore unknown grounds with an organic and warming theme that reference sunny climates. Feeding our desire to collect and curate our personal spaces we then gain a carefree approach and are tempted by eye-catching aesthetics. Finally focusing on a weightless minimalism that has a universally pure and contemporary atmosphere. These themes will come together to inspire new directions in color and here we share 5 key colors to discover for Spring/Summer 2017/18.

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Experimental and positive in attitude, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE references the digital world and explores both human and mechanical errors. Inspired by the Glitch trend this color celebrates digital imperfections, using them to inform designs and emphasize the artificial nature of our digital world. Introducing a human element to technology, this green has an acid undertone that is detached from natural or organic connotations. With a refreshing and modern feel, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE can confidently lift your spaces into the now. Use in combination with the other saturated tones of the Glitch palette in kitchen spaces and children’s bedrooms for a dynamic and energized effect.

In contrast, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN references our direct connection to colors found in nature. From the Ground trend this tone has a glowing warmth that radiates throughout a space and brings a sense of sunshine to the inside. Desert-like landscapes inspire this rich sand yellow color and the tone offers a sense of comfort and refuge. Surround yourself with the lustrous heat of 0941 GLOWING LANTERN and combine this color with the other deep earthy shades of the Ground palette, which are inspired by the raw pigments extracted from the earth. This grouping is perfect for living rooms and bedrooms as it exudes an elemental glow that is sure to add warmth.

Appealing to our sweet tooth and magpie eye, 1069 PINK TOUCH embodies a carefree attitude with an indulgent edge. Part of the Candy trend this sugary shade has a joyful message that encourages a mix and match style. Inspired by sugared candy treats, this color is designed to catch the eye and deliver a note of positivity. Powdered and pale, 1069 PINK TOUCH can be used in combination with the other shades of Candy for an eclectic mix that encourages a playful approach to color. The milky undertones and soft finish of this tone creates the perfect option for updating kitchens and bathroom areas.

With an intriguing air, 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON looks to reduce visual noise with a controlled aesthetic and striped back approach. Inspired by the X-ray trend, this color references the delicate forms we find in nature, but with purity that demands attention. Genderless and seemingly universal grayed blue adds clarity and a reassuring sense of precision within a space. Use in combination with a palette of cool neutrals for a contemporary update. 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON can add a touch of clean modernity to your bedrooms and study areas for a current and refreshing outcome.

The dark alluring tone of 0536 SUBWAY strips away unnecessary elements to highlight the beauty of the structure of a space. Selected from the X-ray trend this color forms a clean and minimal palette that looks to intense monochrome combinations to reveal what is essential within your home. Referencing core architectural structures, the depth of 0536 SUBWAY acts as a strong and definitive dark tone. Black creates a sense of focus within rooms so use this tone in office areas and hallways in small amounts to highlight architectural details and create a sense of clarity.

0695 INDIAN NECKLACE, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN, 1069 PINK TOUCH, 0589 CESTETIAL HORIZON and 0536 SUBWAY are the five colors we see to be key for Spring/Summer 2017/18. These tones are taken from the 2017/18 trends Glitch, Ground, Candy and X-ray. The colors work across a variety of interior applications and can be used singularly or combined successfully as an all over palette for a space. These colors all offer something diverse and convey different moods and aesthetics that are on trend. Each color has the potential to add something innovative and exciting to your home, whether it is used in isolation or with our suggested complimentary tones.

Daughter is why

It’s National Heart Month! For the month of February, we’re partnered with the American Heart Association to participate in their Life Is Why We Give campaign. In each of our stores, customers have the opportunity to support their community’s heart health by making a donation to the organization.

The American Heart Association uses donations to fund research and education programs around heart health. This includes heart disease, nutrition, exercise, and so much more. There are a number of things we can do to keep our hearts healthy, from stress management to giving our bodies healthy foods and the nutrients they need.

Miller Paint loves helping our local communities, and together, we can work to improve our community’s heart health. No matter what your age, everyone can benefit from a healthy diet and adequate physical activity.

  • Be physically active.  You can slowly work up to at least 2½ hours (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., brisk walking) every week or 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity (e.g., jogging, running) or a combination of both every week.
  •  Additionally, on 2 or more days a week you need muscle-strengthening activities that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest shoulders, and arms). Children should get at least 60 minutes of activity every day.

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We hope you’ll join us and donate at the register to help fund the health of our community. Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of men and women in this country. The American Heart Association works every day to change that. They believe that everyone has a reason to live longer and healthier and enjoy more of life’s precious moments – and we agree! We’re proud to help our community find their reasons for giving and helping fund programs that are saving lives every day. Everyone has a reason to give. The Life Is Why We Give campaign asks, “Who’s your why?”  If you’re comfortable doing so, we would love to know who or what your reason is for supporting  the American Heart Association and their mission to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

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The holiday season is officially here and we’re happy to be a drop-off point for Toys for Tots at our 3 Central Oregon locations! How happy are we? So happy, that if you bring in a toy for donation, we’ll give you a coupon for your next purchase!  This offer is good through December 16th and limited to one coupon per household.  You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at:

Denfeld Miller Paint Bend
2121 NE Division

Denfeld Miller Paint South Bend
1245 S 3rd Street

Denfeld Miller Paint Redmond
641 NW Fir

You can also find additional Central Oregon drop-off locations at www.ktvz.com/toysfortots

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Did you know Miller Paint carries Hunter Douglas window coverings?  We currently have them available to order through select locations in the Portland Metro area, as well as Corvallis.  Hunter Douglas blinds are a great way to show off your home with style this season.  You can even save with valuable rebates on select Hunter Douglas window fashions if you order before December 12, 2016!  Contact the store nearest you for more information on how to order (it’s actually quite easy).

Window coverings are available in the Portland Metro area at:

Miller Paint on Grand Avenue
317 SE Grand Avenue
503-233-4491

Miller Paint in the Pearl
839 NW 17th
503-595-6781

Miller Paint on Murray Road
1040 NW Murray Road
503-574-4411

PUMPKIN

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to have a pretty temperate climate, despite all the rain. When summer rolls around and we start spending more time outdoors, it’s easy to notice where your home’s exterior needs some touch-ups. As temperatures drop, the cooler weather conditions can be perfect weather for painting! But don’t wait too long into the fall for the weather to take a rainy turn; weather that’s too cold or too wet isn’t ideal, and won’t allow your paint to cure properly.

Always check the labels on your paint or stain for temperature recommendations. The amount of time needed for paint to properly cure will be affected by temperature and level of humidity. If paint is improperly cured, due to humidity levels or extreme temperatures, it can crack, blister, and peel. A good thing to remember is to try to paint in dry weather, and in the shade as much as you can, as applying paint will be smooth, its properties won’t change due to the environment, and it is more likely to cure properly. In warm weather, the surface you’re painting will have a hotter temperature than the air. Always paint on dry surfaces, and after a rainstorm, allow at least 4-8 hours for your home’s exterior to dry thoroughly before applying more paint. Don’t forget to prep your surfaces properly, so your primer, paint, and stains can properly adhere.

Fall is in full swing, and there are going to be some gorgeous, perfect days for exterior painting! Take advantage of this transition between seasons and enjoy the cooler weather. This month, we’re featuring Pumpkin from our Color Evolution line of paint. Pumpkin is a wonderfully warm, deep, earthy orange that works on it’s own as a primary color for the interior or exterior of your home, and just as well as an accent color.

To take some of the guess work out of choosing paint colors, upload a photo of your home to our Color Visualizer app to see what it looks like in different Miller Paint colors: http://millerpaint.chameleonpower.com/visualizer.aspx

Fittzy

 

Testing big swatches on your walls can be time consuming and messy. Swatches just give you a small spot of color, which probably won’t give you the best idea of how it will look covering a whole room.

Figuring out how to arrange your frames on the wall can be difficult, and choosing the wrong paint color can be frustrating. Avoid that trouble next time with Fittzy!

Fittzy is a new app that allows users to measure, decorate, and paint any room or exterior with the touch of a finger! Miller Paint colors are featured, allowing you to test out your favorite shades in and on your home.

Some popular uses of the app include:

  • Seeing how your current furnishings will fit into your new space when moving.
  • Virtually paint entire rooms, instead of using small swatches.
  • Turning your device into a digital measuring tape to reference room dimensions.
  • Sharing Fittzy designs to get input from family and friends.
  • Annotate your designs with notes so you don’t miss anything.

You’ll never choose the wrong color again, and decorating your space is made easy and less stressful.

Fittzy is currently available on Apple iOS devices but will be available for Android soon.

Download Fittzy fron the App Store here!

Everything comes back around… in fashion on the runway, and in color too. Check out some of my favorite groovy colors this fall.

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Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon!

~mg