10 Helpful Tips about Interior Painting

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Painting tips always help when preparing for your upcoming project. Giving you that extra information to get the job done. This week we’ve collected 10 tips to help you with your interior painting.

  1. Different paint finishes have their advantages. Before you paint consider wall imperfections and other factors. High-gloss offers greater durability and is very easy to clean. If your wall is less than perfect, however, high-gloss paint can enhance the imperfections. Flat paint will do a much better job of hiding imperfections, but it’s much easier to damage than high-gloss. Eggshell is a great middle-of-the-road choice.
  2. Don’t let the fear of color turn your room white. Colors can add depth and texture to a room. Using the right colors can turn an otherwise dull room into a beautiful, warm space, and well if you get a color you don’t like, just paint over it!
  3. Small samples prevent big surprises. It’s difficult to tell what a color is going to look like on your wall using a small paint swatch. Conversely, investing in a “test gallon” can get expensive, especially if you can’t make up your mind. To help with this many paint manufacturers offer small sample cans of their colors. They cost only a few bucks and will prevent you from wasting money on a color that isn’t what you want.
  4. Square footage is only half the equation. It’s a well known fact that when you go to buy paint, you have to know the square footage of the room. However, there are many other factors that contribute to the amount of paint you will need. You must always consider the surface you’re painting. If you’re priming the walls, and then what number of coats you are going to need. These things together, square footage, prime, and coats will affect the amount of paint you need to purchase.
  5. Make sure to give yourself some time to prep. About 80 percent of your time will be spent doing the prep work for the painting. Painting will not hide all of a walls imperfections, so it’s important that you take proper steps to make your walls as flat as possible. You also want to clean them before you begin paining since dust or debris left on a wall could cause new paint to peel.
  6. Primer, is well, primer. Primer is essential in any good-quality painting job. It seals the surface of your walls, provides a great base for paint to grab, and helps keep the coats of pain you need to a minimum. If you had to spackle you walls, using primer is a must to prevent flashing.
  7. Don’t cut in a line. Always do brushwork in the corners before you start rolling. Rolling after brushwork will even out the brushstrokes left on the wall.
  8. Rollers can put more than paint on the wall. To get rid of those extra fibers on your fluffy roller before you pain use some masking tape to lift that stuff right off. If you don’t those fibers will become a permanent fixture to your wall.
  9. Don’t overextend yourself. Extension pulls are a great way to cut time and effort on a painting project. They will prevent you having to climb up and down a ladder and give you more leverage when painting a wall that’s right in front of you.
  10. Boxing your paint will ensure you never have to fight blotches. The color mixer can create slight variations from can to can. The last thing you want is to have two shades of a color on the same wall. You can prevent this by mixing all of the paint cans together before you start painting. Boxing your paint ensures you will have consistent color throughout the room.



Popular New Paint Colors for 2014

Every year, paint companies release their predictions for the upcoming year and what will be the popular new paint colors among customers for the new year. They typically base these predictions on the paint colors that are selling best. This information is extremely accurate because paint companies are able to keep record of various shades that are being purchased by customers. All of this information is collected and when reviewed they can precisely predict the most popular paint colors that are on the horizon. This is exciting in many ways. Especially, for homeowners  to make the best decision to keep their homes and spaces up to date.

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The other great thing about paint forecasts is the can come as a range of colors that compliment eachother nicely. This allowing the consumer to have options within a certain shade of paint color. This also allows the colors of a home to flow well together, creating a very well thought out painting project within a home. The amazing color palettes will help a consumer to make a decision about colors that transition seamlessly throughout the home.

So let’s get to it! What are the popular new paint colors for 2014? Here they are from both Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore!

Sherwin Williams

The first color palette that will be most popular in 2014 is a Gray Scale including colors such as: Classic French Gray (SW 0077), Tricorn Black (SW 6258), Extra White (SW 7006), Gauntlet Gray (SW 7019), Agreeable Gray (SW 7029), Crushed Ice (7647), Earl Gray (SW 7660), and Peppercorn (SW 7674). The second color palette from Sherwin Williams is named “Curiosity” and includes various shades that leave ones mind to fascination and want. These shades include Blue Peacock (SW 0064); Anew Gray (7030); Show Stopper (SW 7588), a joyous shade of red; and Quixotic Plum (SW 6265).

Benjamin Moore

The first palette from Benjamin Moore is referred to as a “new” neutral palette. From their findings they found that more neutral shades will be popular in the home. Benjamin Moore discovered there will be a shift to softened pastels in greens, lavenders, pinks, and blues versus Sherwin-Williams’ Gray Scale. Some of their recommended colors are Van Deusen Blue (HC-156), which has a strong shade of blue; Flint (AF-560), this contributes understated sophistication; and Breath of Fresh Air (806), a pale sky blue. Moore also suggests a color palette that includes the three colors Lavender Mist (2070-60), aforementioned Flint, and Peach Parfait (2175-70).

These color palettes that both Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore have predicted, are simply suggestions to help modernize and update homes. Of course, it really comes down to personal preference. But for some, suggestions are always nice.

Let our paint professionals help you to make a decision that you won’t regret. Call us today!


How to Paint your Ceilings

So you’re thinking your ceiling needs a new coat of paint? The first thing you need to is decide if you are going to paint the walls also, or just the ceiling. If you are going to paint the walls, make sure you paint the ceiling first, that way you don’t have to worry about the ceiling dripping paint on finished walls.

Painting CeilingsOnce you’ve got your painting plan figured out, you need to pick out your paint. Measure the rooms height, width, and depth. Give this information to the company you decide to buy your paint from and they will assist you in determining how much paint you’re going to need to get the job done. As always, having a little extra is always a good thing in-case you need to do touch ups later.

The next step is to remove the furniture from the room, however if you live in a place where this isn’t possible move all the furniture to center the room and cover it well with a tarp or plastic.

Next, cover the floor with plastic and make sure you tape it down to prevent paint getting under the plastic onto the floor.

Now you’re prepped, but there is one more thing to sort out before you decide what you’ll be doing your painting with, and that is do you need primer? The rule is that if you intend to paint over a color that is darker than the hue you’ve selected definitely put on a primer. This will make it so the new shade won’t be bled through by the old color. It will also save you time and money to put up a primer before the finishing paint because the new color will require less coats of paint. Follow the next steps with the primer as you would with the finishing paint. Make sure you let the primer dry 24 hours before you begin painting.

Next step is to cut the ceiling, which means to paint the edges of the ceiling to minimize the amount of paint that gets on the walls.

Once the prep work is done you have a couple options:

  1. Buy or rent a paint sprayer and spray the ceiling. It’s a bit of a mess but it gets the job done, just remember if you do this, take plastic over the windows and anything you don’t want to color as a fine mist will cover everything. Easy to paint over the walls, but not as easy to get off of glass.
  2. Or use a roller to paint instead of the sprayer. If you decide to roll the ceiling you can either use a ladder to get up their comfortably or use an extension pole for your roller. Then paint the ceiling in even strokes to make sure you keep an even thickness across the area.
  3.  After you paint your ceiling, if the walls are you next step, go for it. Just make sure the ceiling is dry before you get started.If the ceiling was the only part of the room you painted, the last thing you need to do of course, is clean the room up, put the furniture back in place, and enjoy your new space.



Idea Paint: A Great New Idea

idea-paintWhat is idea paint? Idea paint is a single layer of paint that is used to produce a very useful dry erase surface. Idea Paint is now a household name because of its usefulness and great results after use.  This is a paint that you paint onto your walls and it creates a dry erase surface on your walls.  Idea paint comes in three main colors. It may be clear, white or black. This sort of paint should only be applied using a roller, not a brush.

Many people use idea paint for different reasons. Mainly, idea paint is used for the ease of cleaning that comes with it. The surface that is produced after using idea paint is one that can just be wiped off easily. Idea paint is globally recognized as the originator of high-performance dry erase paint and is available in a variety of formulas that cater to residential, commercial and educational customers.

In the event that you are a part of a household within which there are young children, using idea paint is a good idea. Generally, children enjoy making markings on walls and other flat surfaces and many times, these markings prove to be very difficult to erase. With idea paint, the children can make their marks today and then tomorrow, the surface can be clean again because you can simply wipe off today’s work of art without much effort.

Idea paint is also popularly used for educational purposes. The white board that is used in schools is an example of how idea paint can be used for formal education. Students find it fun to use and because of this, many teachers try to incorporate it into their classroom environment, by using it not only as the surface of the board, but also, as the surface of tables and sometimes a specific section of a wall. This can make the lesson more fun as the students are able to be more actively involved, as they will be able to experiment with concepts and make their mistakes, while, still being afforded the opportunity to just erase it and start over.


Why Paint In A Minnesota Winter?

Snow HouseThe season of winter is now upon us. A lot of people are preparing themselves, their families and their homes for the chill of the weather. How about some indoor painting for the winter season? Some people decide not to take on the task of painting at this time of the year. However, this is actually a very good time to do some painting.

The painting projects that you would be better able to take on in the winter season, would be indoor painting. You may choose to paint the entire interior of your house, or just specific areas. Regardless of where you decide to paint, it will still make quite the difference as it relates to the appearance of the surface. Usually, people choose to repaint bedrooms and the living area, as well as the patio area, during this season. One of the reasons for this is the guests that you may have.

Despite popular belief, during the winter, the air is much less humid. This will prove to be an asset to your venture of painting. The cooler air will help to prevent the paint from holding too much moisture, while it is drying. The more humid temperatures cause the paint to not dry properly and in effect, because the paint holds on to the extra moisture, which will cause the paint to crack on your walls and eventually start to peel off. In this case, you will have to repaint your walls much sooner than would have been required.

Also, the chill of the air can actually help the paint to dry better, if you do your painting before the temperature gets too low. In warmer weathers, the paint tends to dry way too quickly, on your walls, which results in the paint not being able to stick to the wall properly. Usually, this is what results in there being gaps of air between the paint and the surface of the wall, when the paint dries. This is what also causes the paint to start peeling from the wall in the future. So, it is safe to say that, the winter season is a very good time to do some effective and more durable indoor painting.

Another practical reason for you to take the winter season as the optimum opportunity to do your painting is because it is one activity that can be done totally indoors! At this time of the year, there are not many activities that you can do outdoors. So, you can take this chance to do this activity, as an indoor activity. Painting in the winter season is really the best thing for your walls.



5 Colorful Rooms To Inspire Your Interior Painting Project

We all need it sometimes. Sometimes you find yourself absolutely stumped and cannot find that right color for your interior painting project. Sadly, those 1 inch paint swatches don’t quite cut it when picking a color for your interior. That’s why we try to include as many photos as possible on our site. We know there are really two main reasons people visit our website. #1 to find a great minneapolis painter and #2, to find inspiration and look at photos. Here are a few great photos to help get your inspired and find the right color for your project:

Green Living Room Grey Living Room Purple Room Blue Living Room Awesome Girls Room


3 Interior Painting Ideas You Can Do In A Weekend

Painting is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to add character and style to your home. With a couple of simple tools, a small investment of time and a small investment into paint you can accomplish any of these simple Interior Painting Ideas in a short weekend.

Interior Painting Idea #1: Painting a Table and Chairs

  • Furniture PaintingTime Needed: 5-8 hours
  • Investment: > $100

One of our interior painting ideas is to paint either a new (from a garage sale or thrift store!) or existing table and chair set. This will quickly add new color to the room and can add loads of character to a dull dining room, living room or kitchen.
To complete this interior painting idea you will need to first sand down your table and chairs with 120 grit sanding paper. Next, prime the table and with a bonding primer. Wait for the primer to dry and sand with 150-200 grit sanding paper for a super smooth finish. Last you will be applying two coats of finish to your table and chairs. I prefer to use Benjamin Moore’s Satin Impervo for painting furniture due to its hard, smooth finish.

Interior Painting Idea #2: Paint a Mural on a Bedroom Wall

  • Mural PaintingTime Needed: 5-10 hours (or more if mural is complicated).
  • Investment: $20-$50 for craft paints and brushes.

Painting a bedroom mural can be a fun and rewarding Interior Painting Project. For this interior painting idea you will need to first determine what you are going to paint on your wall. Will it be an original piece of art or will you copy a pre-made photo or picture onto your wall. Kelly at Muddy Flowers just finished creating a kids bedroom mural recently and blogged about it. She plans on having and in depth tutorial up soon as well. This project is not only fun and rewarding, it is cheap as well.

Interior Painting Idea #3: Paint Your Ceiling

  • Ceiling PaintingTime Needed: 2-4 hours
  • Investment: $30-$50

This interior painting idea is a little out there, but can be really fun and make your house a unique destination. When painting a ceiling you will want to make sure to remove all furniture and tape off all walls or you WILL end up dripping paint onto your furniture and walls.
Finding a good ceiling color will probably be your hardest part. Most people are accustomed to white ceilings and want them to just blend in and not be noticed. A painted ceiling will definitely be notices so be prepared to make a statement.
Hopefully you found some inspiration from these three interior painting ideas and are ready to get to work on your own home right now! Good Luck!


3 Tips To Follow When Painting Your Minneapolis Home

After years of painting in the Minneapolis and surrounding areas I have picked up on lots of different things that can help homeowners when getting their homes painted. These simple tips can save you time, money and headache. So here you go!

Document All Colors, Brands and Sheens

This is so simple and is a huge time saver as well as money saver. Whether you are painting your home yourself or hiring a painting contractor. If you don’t have the paint color, brand and sheen then it is up to you (or the painter) to try to match the existing color. If you only need touch ups you may find that a matched paint doesn’t quite match as well as the original paint would have. This can cause you to have to repaint a whole wall rather than just touching up.

Use A Pole When Rolling Walls

Whenever I see those DIY shows on TV painting a wall with a roller and no handle I cringe. I have seen it too many times. With the use of an extension pole, from 1′ – 4′ or an adjustable 2′-4′ pole you will save your back, you will also find painting to be significantly easier and quicker.

You Don’t Always Have To Prime

Although every paint store will tell you to prime every single thing you paint, it is not always necessary to prime. Actually, there are only a few situations that primer is actually necessary.

  • Any raw surface such as wood, drywall, metal and so on.
  • To seal in stains on walls, wood and more.
  • To cover and bond damaged paint.

If you are repainting interior walls, you almost never need to prime your walls. Not even if they are currently a bright color.

When You Do Prime, Tint Your Primer

If you are painting a color over wood, drywall or anything that needs primer, don’t go with standard white primer. You may end up needing to add an extra coat of paint just to cover up the primer. Primers can often times be tinted up to 50% of your final color. This can easily save you a coat of paint in the end.



A Simple Painting Lesson I Learned 7 Years Ago

I have to start this post with one of my favorite stories about a client I painted for. This happened about 7 years ago and while at the time was very frustrating, it really helped me understand the minds of my clients.

I was painting the interior in one of the North suburbs of Minneapolis, it was an easy and straight forward job. My client simply wanted new paint on their walls. The current color was a dark green and my client really loved the color gold. So I was hired to paint their living room, entry, kitchen, stairwell and upper hallways all gold.

The job took 2 or 3 days (I don’t remember exactly) and everything went just fine. There were no issues, the client and I got along just great, I finished the job, got paid and went on my merry way.

The next day I got a call from a very upset client, they said that I had gotten paint all over their trim and all over their ceiling. They said I was really sloppy with my painting and were extremely frustrated. I couldn’t hardly believe that I had done what they said, I am a very good painter, I had looked over my work and made sure everything went great. Did I work too quickly, was I zoning out, what was the issue?! Shocked, I jumped in my car and headed straight up to their house.

When I got into the house the client took me straight to their stairwell and pointed out spots of green paint on the trim (even on the sides of the trim) and green spots on the ceiling. I immediately began smiling, which they did not like. If you were paying attention above, remember I said I painted GOLD. Their old color was GREEN, they had painted the green themselves. After a bit of explaining we both had a good chuckle and to this day this is a story I enjoy telling.

What I learned from this experience has been a very important lesson about construction and painting in general. Homeowners typically do not inspect the little things on their home (such as paint on ceiling) when they either buy a house or do work themselves, but they inspect it to a T after hiring a contractor. This is 100% what they should do as well. What I took away from this is that I should also inspect their home to a T before I start a project.

This helps me to find issues, known or unknown to the homeowner, point out things that we could fix if they want us to or even just to point out issues so that I don’t take credit for them when finished. This has made my contracting life much easier through the years.


Services You Can Hire Minneapolis Painting For In Your Kitchen

Often times I find myself talking to our clients and they mention how they need to have a certain project done (not the project that we are there for) and they don’t realize that it is something that Minneapolis Painting can already do for them.

Today I want to share a bit about what our company can do for your Twin Cities home in the kitchen.

Interior Painting Services For Your Kitchen:

Kitchen Cabinet Tinting

Kitchen Cabinet Tinting is where we take your existing wood cabinets and spray a new tinted topcoat over your existing finish. This will darken your cabinets or change the stain color. When finished, this process makes your cabinets look like they were originally stained in the new color. This process works great when you have clear coated Maple Cabinets and want to darken them.


Kitchen Cabinet Enameling

A very popular service we offer is Kitchen Cabinet Enameling (or kitchen cabinet painting). This is where we take your old cabinets, painted or stained, and enamel them with a hard and durable new finish. Typically we take your cabinets and turn them white or a similar color. We even fill the wood grain, so yes you can do this to oak cabinets.

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Cabinet Staining and Clear Coating

This service is pretty straight forward. If you love your cabinets and just need to bring them back to life, we can give them a fresh new clear coat. If you have new wood, we can stain and clear coat them for you. Another more intense option is to completely strip your old cabinets and start over with a brand new stain and clear coat.

Wall Paper Removal

Wall paper removal can be a very tedious project. At Minneapolis Painting Company we can make sure your wallpaper removal goes smooth. After we remove the wallpaper, we skim coat the walls as necessary with drywall mud and them prime the walls before applying any paint.

Wall and Ceiling Painting

These services are pretty basic and self-explanatory. Beyond basic wall painting we can do any faux finish you may be interested in or any combination of colors your heart desires.

Trim, Window and Door Painting

This service goes right along with kitchen cabinet painting. We can take your old trim, doors and windows and accomplish any of the services that we offer for you kitchen cabinets and do the same for your trim, windows and doors.

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