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Tips for Painting your Nursery

Courtesy of Apartment Therapy

Courtesy of Apartment Therapy

The birth of a child is an exciting adventure full of unfamiliar territory, unexpected surprises, and uncounted joy. Preparing for the new baby, however, can be very costly and time consuming, not to mention somewhat stressful and overwhelming.

An integral part of preparing for your newborn baby is to set up and complete the nursery. When preparing a nursery, you want to create a warm, safe, and happy environment for your baby to grow. Painting can be an inexpensive and effective way to transform your baby’s new room, creating a fresh look for this exciting new arrival.

Here are a few tips to consider while preparing your nursery:

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Tips for Painting Stucco

Image Courtesy of DIY Life

Image Courtesy of DIY Life

Stucco is an incredibly durable, versatile product that has been used as a popular building material for over 100 years. Stucco is a type of plaster made by mixing cement, sand, and lime with water, then applying it to the exterior and interior walls of your home.

It is environmentally safe and clean, and allows for air infiltration, keeping your home fresh and comfortable. It also acts as an excellent barrier against termites and woodpeckers that will slowly deteriorate your home.

Stucco is an excellent choice for your home’s exterior because it provides a hard, durable, weather-resistant outer surface that protects from all the elements. Stucco is also breathable, making it rot- and fungus-resistant. However, over time, stucco exteriors can suffer small chips, fractures, stains, and fading that may need to be repaired.

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5 Simple Ways to be an Eco-Friendly Painter

Work Completed by Fordham  & MacLean Painters

Work Completed by Fordham & MacLean Painters

These days, there are plenty of ways to make your home a little greener. From recycling, to using solar power energy, the list goes on and on with simple little ways to conserve that will make a big difference in the long run. Now, you can be environmentally conscious even while you paint.

Here are a few ways to paint your home in a way that the planet can agree with:

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Why Your Exterior Paint Colors Are So Important

The following is a guest post by Ryan Parker, owner/operator of Mod Paint Works.

Mod Paint Works

Mod Paint Works

A Different Kind of Value in Exterior Colors

There are many ways to add a statement of color to the exterior of your home. Here, we are discussing the importance of your home’s exterior paint colors. From dark vs. light colors, to the exposure of your home and quality of paint you select – your exterior paint colors are extremely important.

Dark vs. Light

Colors have different values. When we refer to the value of a color we are talking about the lightness and darkness. Also, within colors we have inorganic and organic colors (these might seem a little opposite, as they did to me). Inorganic colors are those that are ‘earthy’ – beiges, browns, tans, mossy-greens, etc. Organic colors are reds, blues, greens and yellows – more vibrant, intense colors.

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The Differences Between Low VOC and No VOC Paints

low and no voc paintsMany people are confused about low and no VOC paints. Manufacturers tout them, but are the products any good? Consumers who arm themselves with knowledge can make better decisions about the paint products they use.

What Are VOC Paints?

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2013 Interior & Exterior Paint Trends

Home Painted by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Home Painted by Fordham & MacLean Painters

If you’re ready to paint your home but have no idea what colors to use, the following paint trends may help you make a decision:

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5 Tips for Choosing Paint Colors

Choosing the best paint colors

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When you’re planning to paint your home you’ll soon discover just how baffling your options are. There are countless colors available, each offering an array of different tones and shades that themselves combine with every other color in endless ways, and it can be easy to become lost in a sea of paint swatches.

But hey, welcome to the future. We no longer have to rely on guesswork to pick out our paint colors, and we don’t have to wait until the final coat is drying on the wall before learning that the walls clash with the carpet. Here are just a few ways it’s become easier to choose paint colors in recent years.

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4 Tips for Painting Exteriors in Cold Weather

Painted by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Painted by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Not too long ago it was common for painters to pack up their ladders and brushes and retreat indoors as soon as the temperature started to fall. Exterior painting was a job for the summer when the warm temperatures would allow a coat of paint to dry quickly and uniformly, and no sensible painter would so much as pop open a paint can when there was a chill in the air.

With new advances in technology, however, the exterior painting season can now stretch well into the winter under the right conditions and with the right equipment. Here are just a few tips to help you get a great paint job after the mercury falls.

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How to Know You’re Getting a Good Painter

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Painting an interior or exterior wall is one of those jobs that seems like it should be a breeze. It’s just a lick of paint, right? What else do you need but a brush and the paint itself?

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Tips from Boulder’s Best Painters: Easy Step-By-Step Guide to Painting the Exterior of Your House

It’s easy…just hire a top-of-the-line professional to do it for you! Of course, that’s not always an option, so if you have to paint it yourself, follow these simple steps:

1. Prep, Prep, Prep!

This is the most crucial part of the job, which people often rush through, setting a poor foundation for the paint. Scrape off all loose, failing paint. Ease all edges with 60-grit, (very course) sand paper. Sand all sunburned, grey wood down to good wood; paint won’t stick to dried-out wood. Painting  in Boulder, Colorado is an especially big problem here where we get 300 days of sunshine a year. Chances are, if you live in Boulder, you have some sunburned wood on your house. The more you remove, the longer the paint job will last. Mask and drop off all areas not to be painted. Power-wash all surfaces after caulking, spackling and priming. People often do this before, which is unwise because you’ve created plenty of dust from sanding that needs to be cleared away. Plus, you’ve now caulked and spackled all of the holes through which moisture can leak into your house so you don’t have to worry about that. If you don’t want to power-wash your entire house, just rinse it off with a hose. In most cases this is enough and, in fact, power-washing by someone who is not properly trained can cause much damage to your house.

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