5 Popular Colors To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets is the main service I provide here at Minneapolis Painting Company. Typically I paint 2-3 kitchens a month and am in many more. What I find amazing is that with all of the colors available, my clients all seem to be attracted to the same 10 colors. So here are the 10 most popular colors based on our clients from 2014.

Benjamin Moore Colors

Dove White

Dove White hits a chord with my clients. Over and over again this is the go to color. White Dove is a soft and light white that looks great on cabinets, trim and molding. This color goes great with Cheating Heart, Silver Lake, Yukon Sky and Horizon Gray.

Snow White

Snow White is part of Benjamin Moore’s Off White collection. This sophisticated and versatile color can help create a serene environment. Snow White goes great with Wrought Iron, Brittany Blue, Yukon Sky and Horizon Gray.

Navajo White

When you are looking for a white, but not a bright / stark white, then Navajo White is a great option. Navajo White has a much creamier look but still gives a nice clean white look to any cabinets or trim. Navajo white goes great with Exhale, Majestic Violet, Liberty Park and Deep Creek.

Super White

Sometimes people simply want a white that is perfectly clean and free from any other tints and hues, this is where Super White is perfect. Super White is a bright and clean white that goes great with any color scheme and will really pop against any wall colors.


Standard black can be a great compliment to any white color scheme in a home. It is great for center islands, front doors and other architectural features. Black goes great with any colors that your white scheme goes great with.


Preparing your Home for Exterior Painting

Minneapolis Exterior PaintingIn this article we are going to be outlining the steps you should take to prepare for painting the exterior of your home. Do these steps as you deem necessary depending on your individual situation.

Step 1

A clean surface is essential for paint adhesion. Using a pressure washer is really the best and most efficient way.  Select the proper detergent, and use caution when selecting the nozzle. A concentrated stream can damage wood, seep into the cracks of lapped siding, and break windows.

For surfaces that are not peeling or flaking, using just a regular garden hose and a scrub brush with Trisodium phosphate (TSP) will work. For mildew use a mixture of 1 part bleach and 3 parts water, remember to rinse the surface when finished, and let dry completely.

Step 2

If you see loose paint scrap it away. Use a wire brush and scrape the paint that is flaking. Scraping to bare wood is not necessay if the old pant is intact, in that case it can be painted over after sanding.

Step 3

Repair surface flaws with repair a compound rated for exterior usage. Follow directions on the package, and remember to sand the repaired surface after it dries.

Step 4

If you have old caulking that has failed it’s seal you will need to remove it and re-caulk the area. Check around door trim, windowsills, and any other areas that need to keep sealed with caulking. Remember to find a paintable exterior caulking for the job.

Step 5

Check the putty around windows and remove old putty that has deteriorated.  Re-putty the windows, and apply a new glazing. Let dry before painting.

Step 6

Protect your lawn, deck, flowerbeds, and anything around your home you don’t wish to be painted with a drop cloth. Gently tie up and cover your shrubs.

Step 7

Make sure to prime if you are painting a lighter color over a darker color, or if you have any bare wood, or any repairs you have made.


How to Cover Walls the Fastest

1. A Faster Way To Clean

First and foremost you need to start with a clean surface for paint to adhere to previously painted walls and woodwork. Just use a sponge and a trisodium phosphate cleaner to easily wash off dirt, and grime. Be sure to buy TSP concentrate and mix it with water, as it’s a better value than liquid TSP.

Just use TSP on all of your woodwork. It slightly etches the wood, which helps the paint form a better bond. Use it in kitchens to clean grease from walls, in bathrooms to remove hairspray and around light switches to remove fingerprints. Wear rubber gloves and turn up the cuffs to keep the TSP solution from running down your arm.Fastest_way_to_cover_your_walls

 2. Remove The “Goobers”

Even if you open your paint right after bringing it home from the paint store, you can still have small chunks or strands of hard paint in it. If those end up on the wall, you’ll have to pick them out and reroll the area. So spend two minutes straining out the ‘goobers.’

Buy a paint strainer or just use an old pantyhose to strain the paint. Place the strainer over an empty 5-gallon bucket, then pour the paint through the strainer. The strainer catches any debris in the paint. This is also a great time saver to start boxing your paint.

 3. Cut One Wall At A Time

It’s tempting to cut in along all the trim, the ceiling and the corners in the room at once, however you’ll get better results if you cut in just one wall, then immediately roll out the wall before cutting in the next one. That’s because if you roll out the wall right away, while the cut-in paint is still wet, the cut-in paint and the wall paint will blend much better, reducing the chance of lap marks.

 4. Don’t Bother Tapping Off All Your Trim

Taping off all your trim with masking tape is time consuming and doesn’t guarantee good results. Paint can still bleed under the tape. In short, taping off everything is a waste of time.

Instead, only tape horizontal surfaces, like baseboards and chair rail, where paint splatter can land and be noticeable. Vertical surfaces, like door and window trim, aren’t as vulnerable to splatter, so don’t bother taping them. Just be sure to cut in carefully with your paintbrush so you don’t slop paint onto the trim.

5. Cover That Wall Fast

If you’re right handed, paint the wall from left to right. If your left handed, paint from right to left and reverse all the following directions.

Right handed : Load the roller sleeve with paint and roll from the baseboard to the ceiling to get the paint on the wall. Then roll straight back down, without reloading the roller, to ensure the wall is covered. Load the roller and move over about 3 inchs to the right and roll the full height of the wall again to feather out the leading edge.

When you get to the top, move about 6 in. to the left, without reloading, and roll back down to smooth out any runs or lap marks. Then reload the roller, place it on the feathered edge and start the process over. As you paint, roll horizontally where you cut in along the baseboard and ceiling. Only roll about 3 ft. at a time so the paint will stay wet as you roll the walls.


10 Helpful Tips about Interior Painting

Sample Paint Cans

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.

Gray Paint Chip Palette

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.



How to Paint French Doors

French Doors

Do you have a pair of French doors that need a new look? It can be daunting task to figure out how exactly to paint those beautiful French doors with all that glass. So here we have it all broken down on exactly what you will want to do to make it as easy as possible!

Remove the Doors

Before you do anything you will want to remove the doors from their hinges. This will allow you to keep them even and steady while performing the paint job. It also will allow you easy access to all the nook and crannies of the doors. Lay out some plastic painters sheets where you will be painting, and set up two saw horses to lay the French doors across. This gives you a flat area to work.


Once you have the doors laid out on the sawhorses. Be sure you remove any hinges, handles or metal from the doors. If there are any cracks, be sure you repair them prior to beginning painting. Use the putty to fill the cracks and holes. Let completely dry and then use sandpaper to smooth the surface. Using a damp cloth, remove any of the dust that might be left behind after sanding.

To prevent paint from getting onto the glass windows, using painter’s tape tape off the glass panes.


As with any painting project, be sure you use a primer to get the best results possible. Simply paint the door with your chosen primer and wait to dry completely. Using long strokes and going in the direction of the wood, apply the primer. While one door is drying, apply the paint to the other door. Depending on the previous color on the doors, you might need a second coat of primer. Use your best judgment.

Paint and Seal

Once the primer is completely dry, you can begin painting with your chosen color. Using the same methods (long strokes, going with the grain of the wood) apply your new coat of paint. Let dry completely, and apply a second coat. Be sure you paint both doors evenly, and if your doors face the outdoors, make sure to apply a weatherproof sealant. The sealant helps to protect your new paint from rain, sun & snow.


After the doors are completely dry, put all the hardware back on. Remove all of the painter’s tape from the glass, and double check your work for any missed spots. Hang your doors back in their location and enjoy the look of your newly finished French doors!


Decorating Your Home For Christmas

Merry Christmas“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” If it isn’t, just yet, then it can definitely be, with these ideas for decorating your home for the festive season. For the most part, Christmas represents a time of happiness and merriment in the lives of many individuals and as such, this is exactly what your home should reflect when you decorate for the season.

Decorating your home for Christmas does not have to be expensive. You can do this effectively by finding interesting and useful objects around your home and transforming them into festive decorative pieces. Primarily, the colors that are most used at Christmas time include: white, red and green. These are actually very flexible colors and as such you can choose from among them, or you can even use them all at once. A bit of white fabric could make the perfect covering for a table, or even a mantle. Then if you have any empty glass jars around, you can fill these up with red and green object that you can find easily. For example, you may use candy, or marbles or even cotton balls. This will definitely brighten up and area. This is an inexpensive means of decorating this season, so, you stay within you budget.

Adding ornaments to your furniture is not only fun to do, but it is also an enticing sight, when it has been completed. One of the things that can really lift the face of any area is a glass bowl, filled with pine cones. They can be silver pine cones or even green, depending on the theme that you have in mind. You can also produce your own ‘winter wonderland’, by trying out a white carpet for your living room floor. The silver pine cones and other silver or glass made ornaments will highlight the white of the carpet. This creates a rather surreal effect.

What would really help to put the finishing touch to your Christmas decorating is a fresh coat of paint for your walls. Newly painted walls will help to bring out the Christmas spirit in your home. Think of the new sheen that will emanate from your walls. Plus, it is much better to pain in this season, due to the cooler air that will help the paint to dry better and last longer.


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.