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Painting With Feng Shui: How to Choose Meaningful Colors

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Photo Courtesy of Anna Hape via Flickr – License

Practitioners of the Chinese art of Feng Shui use color to harmonize people with their surrounding environment. The five elements, which include fire, earth, metal, water, and wood, are each represented by a color. These colors are then further associated with emotions. Throughout our many years of working as painters in the Boulder area, we have applied these concepts in our business and many of our clients’ homes.  We believe that many of the underlying color meanings of Feng Shui hold merit, so we have created this helpful guide to choosing the proper colors when painting your home’s interior. (more…)

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Five Overlooked Items You Should Consider Painting

PaintingA fresh coat of paint can spruce up a house, but repainting a room or your home’s exterior is only the tip of the iceberg. Your house can take on a whole new look if you’re willing to entertain a little bit of unconventional thinking. Here, we have compiled a list of five commonly overlooked items that you should consider painting to freshen up your home’s appearance. (more…)

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Top Tips for Painting Aluminum Siding

Aluminum SidingChances are, if your home was built during the 1940-1970s, you’re likely to have been graced with aluminum siding. After an increase in manufacturing capabilities, aluminum became a cheaper and relatively hassle-free alternative to the previously common wooden clapboard siding. The metal was chosen for its ease of application, durability, and long-lasting finish. After exposure to air, aluminum undergoes a chemical reaction and converts to aluminium oxide, forming an extremely hard coating that adds a layer of protection to your home. This, combined with the layer of baked on enamel that gives the siding its color, made for a material that is only just beginning to need serious maintenance several decades later. Luckily, the maintenance is more cosmetic than anything, and with proper care and professional expertise, aluminum siding can look brand new again. All it takes is a fresh coat of paint. (more…)

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Prepping Your Home Before the Painters Come

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Photo Courtesy of Peg Syverson via flickr – License

Prepping before painting a home can be a hassle for homeowners and painters alike. Paint jobs usually mean restricting time in certain areas of your home, making the room or rooms being painted off limits for at least one day. As homeowners ourselves, we understand that for both comfort and productivity’s sake, you need that room back in action as soon as possible. We empathize, and in fact, our main challenges are related directly to yours. Our top priority is making sure your paint job comes out flawless, while still respecting your space. We don’t like being in your way any more than you like being in ours. So in the interest of returning your house to normalcy in the shortest time possible, take a look at a few of our tips for prepping your home for painting before we arrive. (more…)

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Why You Should Consider Painted Floors

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Photo Courtesy of Abigail Batchelder via Flickr – License

Part of the joy of homeownership comes from being able to decorate your space in whatever way you see fit. Each home can be made truly unique, expressing the owner’s style, personality, and even emotions. Because not everyone has the same taste in home décor, we recommend looking outside the box for new ideas to give your home its own character. A personal favorite of ours is painting floors. Yes, many people have wooden floors that are stained, but many fewer have floors that are painted. When this technique is performed by a painter who is experienced in finishing floors, the end result is a uniquely beautiful surface that adds value to your home. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of painted floors. (more…)

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How to Make a Big Statement in Your Commercial Space with These Accent Wall Ideas

Commercial Space - How to Make a StatementFirst impressions speak volumes in the business world. A customer is likely to make a multitude of judgments based on what they see when they first walk in the door. Hiring a professional painting service is an excellent way to make sure your first impression is a good one. A team of pros can make sure your paint job reflects your values, representing your business how you see fit. A great way to maximize this effect is by painting an accent wall. (For those who are unfamiliar, an accent wall is any wall painted or decorated differently than a room’s other walls.) (more…)

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The Benefits Of Hiring A Color Consultant

color consultantIf you have recently built a new home or are remodeling your current one, you’ve probably relied on a bevy of professionals to get the job done right. From architects, framers, plumbers, electricians, to interior designers and artisans, perhaps even a decorator…there seems to be a professional for every thing. But have you thought about hiring someone to advise you on a color scheme for your room, or entire home for that matter?  Vision is one of the most dominating senses, and attractive color design can engage us in ways that other elements cannot. With that in mind, you may want to consider hiring a professional who can help bring to life exactly what you want your home to convey using paint. (more…)

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Refinishing Interior Woodwork

Courtesy of Wood Furniture Plan

Courtesy of Wood Furniture Plan

Is your great-grandmother’s 16th-century hutch looking a little worse for wear? Have certain furniture items around the house seen better days? Instead of tossing out your favorite furniture pieces that are showing their age, why not take on a project to give these pieces a little facelift? If you want to extend the life of a dreary-looking piece of furniture, your next step should be to refinish it.

Here are a few options to help you refinish your furniture pieces:

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5 Questions to Ask a Painter When Getting a Bid

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House Painted by Fordham & MacLean Painters

Hiring a painting contractor for a job of any size can be stressful, but it only becomes more so if this is your first time. You’ll no doubt find that the bids you receive vary wildly in price, so how are you to know which contractor to pick?

Should you opt for the lowest bid, or will you get a higher quality job done if you pick the most expensive painter?

It’s a hard call to make, so here are a few questions you should ask the prospective painter. These questions will help you get a better idea of whether or not to entrust them with the job. Before you bother asking these questions, make sure to check his or her references and ask to see some of their work. Additionally, make sure you ask the following questions:

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