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Cabinet Painting Tips

Are you considering remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? Deciding what to do with your cabinets is a major consideration. According to HGTV, new cabinets are likely to take up to 50% of your remodeling budget, depending on what you decide to do. There are a lot of choices here. You could replace, re-face, refinish, or repaint your cabinets.

But why choose one option, over the other? In our opinion, the best option is to repaint. It is the most cost effective option and, compared to replacement, by a lot. In addition to the cost of replacement, you will have to pull any appliances that are built-in in order to replace the cabinets. Built-in appliances might include your dishwasher, oven, stove, microwave, etc., and are structurally tied into the cabinets. If you repaint, this won’t be necessary and your kitchen can still be used, throughout the course of the remodel.

In the event you decide to repaint, there are five steps to consider. You will need to dismantle doors, drawers and hardware; carefully prep the wood (an often mismanaged task); prime; paint and reassemble. Care should also be taken when selecting the right primer and paint. Additionally, if the remodel includes a change of hardware, be sure to consider where the existing drill holes are, if possible. Patching and re-drilling will add an unwelcome degree of complexity to the task.

The problem with this is that it can be a fairly daunting task to try to undertake in your spare time (if you have any), as a DIY project, and can be very disruptive, for an extended period of time. These types of projects can put a real stress on family relationships.

One solution to this problem would be to call the professionals at Prime Time Painting. We will provide high quality prep work that includes, caulking, sanding, wood filling, priming, and more. Doors and removable shelves are painted with a high quality, airless sprayer and all other sections are painted with special roller and brushes. We only use the highest quality enamel paints that have self-leveling features to deliver a smooth finish.

CALL US TODAY at 630.920.3300 or request an appointment, on our web site, to get a free estimate. You’ll be glad you did and so will your family.

Selecting a Subcontractor on a Commercial Job

Are you are remodeling your commercial space? If so, there is a lot to consider, when selecting a subcontractor for internal/external painting. This may be both the first and last time you go through the process, so the following is a few ideas on what you should consider.

Although obviously a major factor, the search for the least cost provider should not be the only factor for consideration. When evaluating price, be wary of high and low price outliers. If one subcontractor is significantly lower than the rest, it might be attributable to inexperience, overlooking a portion of the work, cheap material, or hidden costs. One or more of these factors can turn the whole experience into a nightmare. A subcontractor that is significantly higher than the rest may have a profit margin that is just too high!

Additional considerations should be scheduling and people. Can the subcontractor provide references that attest to his ability to schedule projects (begin and end them on time)? Can the subcontractor hire and keep high quality, experienced employees? The painters should be prompt, courteous, professional, dedicated, and, most importantly of all, accountable. Failure at any of these levels can be the difference between the projects being considered a success or failure.

Another factor should be are you getting a full service painting company? A full service painting company should be helping you from color selection to cleanup. After color selection and the signing of the contract, the subcontractor should be handling the rest. They should also be providing a free, written estimate. Some factors that should be spelled out in the contract are:

  • - Is the company properly licensed and insured?
  • - Will a deposit be required on material and/or labor?
  • - What sort of guarantee is offered?
  • - Do they have a BBB rating?
  • - What is the schedule (beginning and end date) and Scope of Work (SOW)?
  • - What type of quality paint and other materials are to be used?
  • - What specialized equipment will be required and supplied by the subcontractor?
  • - What is the company ownership and how long have they been in business?

 This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list, but it is a reasonable starting point. Another reasonable starting point is the pros at Prime Time Painting. Prime Time Painting is locally owned and operated, headquartered in St. Charles, and are in their second decade of providing the highest level of service, to the local community. Give us a call and schedule an appointment for a free estimate! 

Painting An Accent Wall

Adding a splash of color into a room is best done with an accent wall.  An accent wall is a wall that differs in color from the other walls in the room. It makes a room zing! It adds a focal point to the area without overpowering the entire room.

Choose a color wisely. Find a color that compliments the main color of the room. For example, if the room consists of mostly browns, adding a teal or aqua shade would fit the room’s color scheme. The accent wall is generally the focal point of the room, so make sure you know which wall to paint. 

You can even take it to the next level. Instead of just a single accent wall with a single color, add a patterned or textured wall. Then paint the other walls each a different neutral tone or color from the patterned accent wall. This will turn the walls into a work of art and make it look alive. 

After choosing a color, add accessories to the room that are the same color as the wall. It will add depth and make the wall look consistent and naturally coated. Examples of accessories would be rugs, pillows, and flowers.

And don’t forget to think about furniture placement. The accent wall is generally the focal point of the room. For example, placing your bed or a couch in front of the accent wall will create an area of visual interest. Incorporating wall accessories, like a mirror, on the accent wall would create a sense of space and add a scenic environment. 

If you are thinking of using accent walls in your home, give the professionals at Prime Time Painting a call and schedule a free, in-home consultation. We’ve been painting homes for over 20 years and can take care of every step of the job -from color selection to leaving a beautifully clean work space when done.

Exterior Painting Tips

Exterior Painting Tips

 

With the coming of spring and warmer weather, you are probably making spring cleaning plans. Painting your home is not only a great way to spruce up your house, but it is also a great preventative maintenance project, and painting the exterior is especially important. However, it can also be a huge undertaking. As with any major project, it is important that you understand some of the basics before you get started.

Make sure the conditions are right for painting. Weather will have a huge impact on your final coat. Temperature, humidity, and sunlight will all affect the finish and lifetime of your paint job. The wrong conditions can leave bubbles and splotches in your final coat and lead to premature cracking and flaking of the paint.

Speaking of lead, did you know that lead paint was not banned in the U.S. until 1978? If it has been a hot minute since your house was last painted, you may want to have some testing done before you begin scraping and stripping old paint. You do not want to put your family or yourself at risk of lead poisoning.

As with medicine and war, so it goes with exterior home painting. An ounce of preparation is worth a lot more than fixing your mistakes later. This cannot be stressed enough: most of your time will be spent in preparation. Before you can apply a new coat of paint, you have to make sure your surface is ready. You will have to strip any old, flaking paint (be extra careful of the lead chips!), possibly sand the last coat, thoroughly clean the surface, tape off and cover areas you don’t want painted, fix any imperfections in the surface with putty or other material, and then apply primer. Now, you are ready to paint. Make sure to monitor your progress as you paint, so as not leave any unsightly drips or brush strokes.

Instead of doing all of this work yourself, you could just call the pros at Prime Time Painting and let us handle it. We do this for a living, so can use your free time for what it is intended for -relaxing.

Color, Mood, and What it Means for Your Home

Color, Mood, and What it Means for Your Home

True fact: An old friend of mine had red walls in his room and spending time in there made me feel crazy.

It’s undeniable that color has an influence on us. You can tell from the way we use colors for different signs -yellow usually indicates caution while red signifies more immediate danger.

While many claims about the effects of color on your mood may be overblown, there are some long standing truisms to consider when choosing colors for rooms in your house. Red, yellow, and orange are warm colors. They can invoke feelings that range from warm and fuzzy to irrational rage. You face a similar dilemma when looking at cool colors -blue, purple, and green. These colors can be associated with feelings of tranquility and peace, but they can also bring the blues (they were named that for a reason). What a bummer! The shade of the color has a large influence on the feelings associated with it. Light colors are more calming, and bright, intense colors can be more agitating.

Colors have been shown to have a surprising array of concrete physiological and psychological effects as well. Working on a diet? Some dieticians have suggested that you eat your meals on a blue plate because blue has been shown to suppress appetite. Do your kids need help with homework? In one study College students exposed to the color red before taking a test did significantly worse than students exposed to black or green. Also, placing a green tint over reading material has been shown to increase reading comprehension and speed. #KnowledgeDrop

Our painting experts at Prime Time Painting will help you choose the color that is right for you and your home. Whatever color you choose, it is important that the color works for you. Prime Time Painting will ensure that your new paint job looks exactly the way you want it. Give us a call to schedule an appointment. One of our experts will stop by, walk through your home with you, and provide you a written estimate free of charge.