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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.

toys for tots

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

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Not in the mood for giving out the same old stuff this holiday season? If your family members or friends happen to be of the do-it-yourselfer persuasion, try thinking outside of the box. Help them out with some great gadgets and tools for when it comes time to paint. There are so many clever items to make painting easier and more enjoyable.

Try sending some of the things on this list, and you’ll be thought of gratefully when it comes time for their next project.

Happy Painting,

 

Cutting-in tool. Often, the most time-consuming part of a paint job is cutting-in the corners and edges – but you can help your favorite painter cut that time in half with a cutting-in tool. Spring for one of the most efficient models to help him or her save even more time.

Masking tool. Another way to speed painting around edges and corners is with an automatic masking tape dispenser. Similar to packing tape dispensers, these tools let the painter quickly apply the tape and cut it to the desired length with a quick flick of the wrist.

Aluminum bench. When painting interior walls and ceilings, most do-it-yourselfers use stepladders; but the pros know better. A sturdy aluminum bench is easier to work from, easier to move, and makes for a more stable painting platform It’s also a handy place to sit down and take a break!

Short-handled paintbrushes. If you’ve ever done any painting, you know what a challenge it can be to use a brush or roller behind a toilet, radiator, heavy furniture, or in any tight area. That’s why the short-handled paintbrush is such a godsend. These mini-brushes make it easy to apply paint in those hard-to-reach spots.

Paintbrush light. Cloudy days and dim light make painting difficult. But a battery-powered paintbrush light – which attaches right to the brush handle – can counter the gloom, and light up dark areas to make painting easier.

Brush comb. Need another stocking stuffer? Why not a brush comb? This handy little item helps stretch the life of those expensive paintbrushes by removing paint residue from the bristles; some models even double as squeegees that remove excess paint from roller covers.

That’s the skinny on shopping ideas for your favorite do-it-yourself painter. Any (or all) of the above items would make his or her holiday season picture perfect!

~mg

In celebration of being on the eve of another summer… and much like Pantone’s Color of the Year, Summer’s Eve. 0120-Summer's-Eve -

Warm and spicy, almost like a good wine. Perfect for a dining room, or powder room.

~melanie

These colorful kids’ rooms are fun, some a little funky, but more importantly they offer an opportunity to showcase your personal style. Whether you do it with colors, stencils, or patterns, it’s your creativity that will bring your child’s room alive. Let a gallon of paint and your imagination personalize your child’s room. Here’s an opportunity to try some fun, kid-friendly paint colors.

 

 

Don’t you love how paint transforms a room? Feeling inspired? Stop into your local paint store and let their knowledgeable experts help you with color selection along with practical tips and tricks of the trade. Support your local independents!

~melanie

~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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting solutions without the smell

For many, winter is the perfect time to turn our attention to indoor painting projects. After all, who likes to spend a beautiful summer day indoors? Well, that “great idea” for many painters is perfect until the first coat goes up and the scent of fresh paint fills your home and overwhelms you and your family. Not only is this a health risk for some, the odor can simply be a nuisance for others. Next time, remember, there are paints for indoor winter projects that won’t fumigate your family. Try low and no VOC paints, they are excellent for winter projects.

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If you’re interested in learning more about VOC’s and why they stink, you can find your answers here. Our hope is to help you understand why and when to use low and no VOC paint in your home. According to Bob Shapiro of The Color Guild, most people choose low or no VOC paint because they can not tolerate the odor from traditional latex and oil paints.

“There are many who feel it’s a healthier paint,” says Shapiro and adds that for people with respiratory concerns it’s the best way to go. “When people have a particular physical condition – either asthma or even a sensitivity to latex, a low VOC paint is your best option.”

Here are a few items to keep in mind when working with low and no VOC paints:

It’s preferred by many professionals

Many professionals really like working with low and no VOC paints because of the potential health benefits. Today’s painter is much more health conscious and they find today’s low VOC paints to cover as well as the traditional paints.

Pay attention to the painting tools you use

The types of rollers and brushes you use matter, regardless of the type of paint. Sundry manufacturers have come out with new rollers and brushes that are designed specifically for use with low VOC paints. Remember, quality is the big thing when it comes to roller covers and brushes in general. And you don’t want a cheap roller cover with an expensive paint regardless the VOC levels. That said, be sure to talk to your paint dealer about the best tools to use with your paint.

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Low and no VOC paints have improved

In the past 5-years there have been noticeable improvements to low and no VOC paints. Shapiro adds that one of the most significant changes made for some paints is the move to water-born colorants. Often, not only does the base paint have VOC’s so too does the colorant. Remember, only when the colorant is no VOC can the paint be truly free of VOC’s.

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Not only are low and no VOC paints free from strong odor, they are also a more sustainable product, so if being “green” is an interest, check out these paints and be sure to talk to your local expert who can guide you to the right paint and tools for your project.

~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.