Furniture to Complement Your Paint Job

Furniture to Complement Your Paint Job

Imagine a situation where you were given carte blanche to create the space of your dreams. In this space you can choose the paint color, type, and texture. You can choose the type of windows, furniture, and accessories or electronics you want to include. You can even pick out rugs, lamps, tables, and more. In this situation, the sky’s the limit. Sound overwhelming? That’s because it is overwhelming. Having to put together an entire room or space can take time, research, and in most cases, money.

But for argument’s sake let’s narrow it down a bit and try to make the choice a little less overwhelming. Let’s imagine the room you have in mind is already painted and has a spattering of furniture, including a basic desk with no drawers, a television on a TV stand, a recliner, a coffee table, and a love seat. In this situation, you’ll want to remove the recliner, love seat, and desk to rearrange the room so that it has a more open feel. Imagine what your options are. Will you get a regular sofa? Will you get a sectional? What color will the furniture be? How will it match your current paint? How will what you buy make the room feel? Not as easy as it sounds, is it?

We love painting. To us, painting goes beyond just refinishing kitchen cabinets or painting a room or space and leaving. For us, painting is part of establishing a greater aura that influences how the room will look and feel. When we consult with you, we take into account your goal for the job. In many cases, we do work for those who are flipping houses, selling houses, moving into a new house, or completely repainting a space for any number of reasons. One of the more frequently asked questions we get is how to pick out furniture to make the new space not only work with the paint color and texture chosen, but to feel or look a certain way as well. With that in mind, we wanted to suggest a few tips to use when picking out furniture to help enhance your space and make it work with your new paint job.



We want to be clear that we are not recommending any furniture company over another. Where you buy will be dictated by many choices, including your budget. In this situation, we refer to LazyBoy because they have a wide range of options that help us make our point. You see, when you’re looking to buy furniture for your space one of the first things you need to figure out is why. Is your space for decoration, random use, or everyday use? Are you looking to create a man cave, home office, or baby’s play room? Knowing this will help you narrow down your furniture choices. If you look at LazyBoy’s site, you’ll realize that the options are endless. You can choose sectional sofas and remove and add parts. You can accessorize lamps, rugs, end tables, and more. You can choose your fabric color and texture. And you can even choose power features that will blow your mind. Knowing why you want to furnish a space will help you narrow down your options and have a clearer goal in mind. From here, you can match the furniture you choose to your existing paint job or pick the paint based on the furniture you choose.

Which Comes First?

Which comes first, the furniture or the paint? That is completely up to you. Some people choose to paint first and match the furniture to it. Some people go with a neutral color so any pieces of furniture will work. Others choose to pick the furniture first and match the paint accordingly to either compliment the furniture or contrast it. You have to decide which way you want to go, and there is no right or wrong choice. It is a matter of preference. Certain factors will dictate this too. Depending on your budget, the size of the space, and the purpose for it, you may just choose to keep the paint neutral, pick the furniture that serves your purpose, and paint last. In the end, you or your potential buyers need to love the space, so it’s your call. But we are here to help if you need it.

Take it Slow

Depending on why you need to furnish, you may need to move at different speeds. However, no matter what the case is, you should take your time. Rushing to find furniture and get it set up can lead to buying the wrong size or type of furniture, shoddy furniture, or furniture that does not match your purpose or paint scheme. Thus, take your time to do the research, visit some stores, and piece things together, even if it takes years. To get it right is priceless. To rush and throw good money away is reckless.


Use a Pro

We put this tip last because it is the best. Some people hear “hire an interior designer” and think it’s just too expensive. But this could not be further from the truth. Some stores like LazyBoy have full-time interior designers that will come into your home, learn about what you need, take measurements, and then meet with you in the store a few days later to show you your options. They will take your paint choices into consideration, whether you painted already or are about to. Plus, they show you a 3D mockup of what your space will look like from an aerial and eye level point of view. They can exchange pieces of furniture to show you different options as well. To find an interior designer, check your local furniture store or read this.

Make the Investment

While some pieces of furniture are for accent or decoration only, and a minimal budget is okay, some pieces deserve the financial investment. This holds especially true when it comes to pieces that will be used on a regular basis, such as couches, recliners, kitchen furniture, and beds. The more you pay for furniture, in general, the better quality construction and durability you will get. This keeps your furniture in great shape for a long time and from consequently ruining any part of your paint job by staying away from the walls.


Other Furniture Buying Suggestions:

● Mark visuals on the floor where furniture will go to get a better idea of what it will look like
● Make sure measurements are correct, including the doorway, to ensure the furniture can get in your house
● Use the room’s natural design to pick furniture. A fireplace in a living room, for example, may call for more rustic furniture
● Consider stain-resistant fabrics
● Ensure your pieces complement each other
● Consider your theme (modern, casual, etc.)
● Start with the basics that will go in that room and add accessories from there

Picking the right furniture is critical to complementing your paint job and creating the best possible space for your needs. When picking your furniture, you want to consider many factors. You want to hone in on your use for the room, such as whether you will match the paint to the furniture or the furniture to the paint, take your time, use an interior decorator, know how much you are willing to invest in your furniture, and know what your other considerations are. Taking all of this into account will help you get the best return on your investment and a room that complements your paint job to help it all come together magnificently.


Wild Ideas for Decorating Your Bathroom

Wild Ideas for Decorating Your Bathroom

Did you realize that the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in your house! In fact, according to Infographics Archive, we spend over 2 ½ years of our life in the bathroom. This includes showering, shaving, brushing our teeth, cleaning the bathroom, doing makeup, putting on ointments such as moisturizer, reading, getting dressed, talking on the phone, and watching TV, just to name a few. That doesn’t include time actually using the bathroom! With all that time spent in the bathroom, why not make it a fun place to spend that time. We have some ideas and tips for you on how to make your bathroom more enjoyable.

Make it Fun

Ever go to the bathroom of a bar or restaurant and see the sports section of the local paper hanging up or wallpaper you have to read? That certainly makes time spent in the restroom more fun. Find some wallpaper that has comics on it, put up some paintings where you have to find that hidden object, or hang up a book or two to read while you are brushing your teeth. Try to make it fun!

Proper Ventilation

This should be obvious, but we thought it was worth the mention. Ensure when you have proper ventilation. This is not just important because of the smell that follows a good bathroom visit, but when you use chemicals to clean and aerosol sprays, those fumes need a place to go. Proper ventilation ensures this happens.

Use Durable Paint

Your bathroom takes a beating. You bang up against things, chemicals get on the wall, moisture occurs, and so much more happens in the bathroom. Ensure you use durable paint, especially around glass, ledges, and windows. This is because you may have candles burning on the window sill, blinds going up and down, and windows opening and closing. You want to ensure the paint you use will last. Consider using a durable semi gloss or gloss trim paint that can handle the beating. Plus, consider paint that reduces dust and grime build up.

Light it Up

When you wake up, it is a good idea to expose yourself to bright light. And since the bathroom is probably one of the first places you go, having the right light will matter. Plus, it plays a large role in the way the walls and ceilings look. This is because the light levels and shadows in the bathroom are constantly changing. Consider using natural light if you can. If you cannot, consider fixtures that will provide nice bright light. Be aware that this may expose issues in the texture of the wall, but those can be easy touch-up fixes.

Accessorize and Go Nuts

Nothing says bathroom like lots of small reading material. Consider keeping some books with 101 ideas or comics to have nearby. Also consider candles, towel racks, storage devices, and other little touches that can make a bathroom pop. Consider things all the way down to how your trashcan, toothbrush holders, and wall color all match and work with each other. It’s the little details that make the difference!

Going to the bathroom can be fun again when you create a bathroom worth going to. This involves some humor, creativity, and considerations, but it can be done. We have seen some bathrooms we love. And we encourage you to go wild, even if it means doing something similar to the image at the top of this article. If you want to see how we can make your bathroom great, contact us today!

Staging Your Home To Sell It Quickly

Staging Your Home To Sell It Quickly

Perhaps you have lived in your home for a long time and are moving. Or perhaps, you are flipping a house to sell. Or, perhaps you are handling the estate of a loved one. No matter what the reason for selling your home is, the process can take a short amount of time or longer. That depends on a number of factors, including market conditions and if you are doing it alone. According to The Balance, in an in-demand market, it can take 10 – 21 days on average to sell a home. Among the many tactics used to sell a home, including where and how you list it, staging your home can make all the difference between a short sale and a long sale timeframe.

While you may think your home looks great the way it is, it is not how it looks to you that matters. How the home looks to the buyer is what matters because that is who your target market is. Therefore, it is in your best interest to make your home look as good as possible for your potential buyers. And this is exactly what staging does. When selling a home, it is hard to let go of the sentimental value and time spent in the home or working on it, but you have to in order to get the price you want. While there are many home staging secrets, we think these are the best of the best to help you sell your home as fast as possible.

De Clutter

This is the hard part. You have most likely accumulated a number of items over the years. None of that matters now. When you hire someone to come in and stage your home, about half of your furniture will likely go. The less furniture you have, the more open the house will feel, which makes it look bigger too. Help the stager and yourself by taking a hard look at what you and do not need, and start dwindling down your clutter.

Organize Your Furniture

There is a misconception that pushing furniture against the wall is a great way to create open space. However, the opposite is true. You will want to group your furniture so it is away from the walls and allows for a nice flow of traffic. Repositioning sofas and chairs in conversational groups makes the space feel larger and opens it up. It will make it seem easier to use as well.

Cross House Reorganizing

Just because you bought an item for one room does not mean it has to stay there. When getting ready to sell, you can move furniture to where it may work best. For example, a nice desk by a window with a cute lamp on it may look great while an armchair in another room by the window with a side table may look even better. Play around with your furniture and accessories to see what goes best where.

Repurpose Rooms

Have a room that is meant to store junk? Have a room that belonged to one of your children that is half office and half their old things? You will want to take rooms like these and turn them into something that will add value. And it does not have to be anything special. You can throw down some nice mats and some exercise equipment to make one room an exercise and meditation room, for example.

Light it Up

We grossly under light our homes, but a well-lit home can feel warm and cozy. You want 100 wattages of light for every 50 square feet of space. Also, make sure you have multiple sources of lighting. In fact, you want at least three: ambient (general or overhead), task (under cabinet or pendant), and accent (table and wall).

Some other ideas for staging to sell:

● Paint adjacent rooms the same color to make them look bigger
● Paint with natural colors to make it more appealing
● Do not be afraid of dark paint in the bathroom, dining room, or bedroom as they make it more intimate
● Hang your art in varying positions rather than a straight line to make it noticeable
● Mix the right accessories to make a room more appealing

We love painting, but we love seeing your home sell fast too. Call us today to see how we can help get you in touch with the right stager or we can paint to help you sell fast!

How to Clean Your Painting Tools Properly

How to Clean Your Painting Tools Properly

So you went through all the hard work of researching your painting project, picking the paint, prepping your area, and then painting it. Now it’s time for the part that usually causes people to run for the hills: the clean up! You have to pick up any coverings, close the paint lids tight, vacuum, and clean the brushes and other painting tools you used. And you know if you don’t clean them as soon as possible, the paint will just dry on the tools and make it harder to clean later. We know the feeling because we do this every day. That is why we wanted to give you a quick tutorial on how to properly clean your most common painting tools. Below are some quick step-by-step instructions outlined by Cleanipedia.
Paint Brush

Paint brushes — they’re fun to use but not fun to clean. Unlike in elementary school, you can’t just drop your brushes into a cup of water and then clean them with a paper towel. Below are the proper steps to follow when cleaning different types of paint brushes.

Non-oil based paints are easiest to remove, so we’ll start with them.

1. Rinse the brushes thoroughly in cold water until the water runs clear.
2. Using an empty jar or other suitable container, make a mixture of dish soap and hot water. As always, keep all cleaning materials well away from your eyes and mouth.
3. Soak the brushes in the mixture for a few minutes. If there’s any stubborn residue, gently massage the bristles with your fingers to remove it.
4. Rinse the brushes again.
5. Reshape the brushes by hand while they’re still wet, and then leave them to air dry.

Use the same procedure above for oil-based paint. However, before soaking the brushes in the warm, soapy water mixture, you should do the following:

1. Fill your container with a small amount of white spirit. Don’t use too much, just enough to cover the bristles.
2. Gently push the brushes into the white spirit and twirl them around. Make sure all the bristles are exposed.
3. Follow the list above from here on out.

Acrylic paint brushes require specific treatment:

1. Start by rinsing them with cold water until the majority of paint is removed and the water runs clear.
2. Next, gently massage your special brush conditioner or conditioning hand soap into the bristles of each brush.
3. Rinse them thoroughly and reshape them manually.
4. Leave them to air dry.

Paint Rollers

These are fun to use and they can cover a wide swath. But when not cleaned properly, they can become damaged and paint unevenly. Below are a few steps to clean them well.

1. Remove excess wet paint by wiping it off onto a newspaper.
2. Fill your empty bucket with warm, soapy water.
3. Remove your roller from its mounting and place it into the bucket.
4. Squeeze it out repeatedly with your hands until the water starts running clear.
5. Once it’s clean, remount the roller and spin it quickly to remove the excess water.
6. Allow the roller to air dry.

Paint Tray

This messy task is the worst. That is why we included some fun pictures to make it easier. The steps below will help you get your tray clean enough to eat dinner off of.

1. As soon as you finish painting, return any unused paint to its original container, unless it has been contaminated. Use a brush to feed the paint back into the tub, and then replace the lid.

2. Run cold water over the tray and rinse away the worst of the paint.

3. Then, with cold water still running over the tray, use a scrubbing brush to remove any stubborn paint. You’ll find that by using a circular motion, the residue comes off quite easily.

4. Give the tray a final rinse once all the paint has been removed, and dry it with an old rag. Then store it away for later use.

Now that you know how to clean the most basic tools, you can paint with confidence. They key is to clean with as much care as you do when painting and to follow the steps carefully so your tools last a lifetime. If you don’t want to deal with the mess, or if you just have a question about cleaning your painting tools, call us today!

5 Things You Learned In Kindergarten That Help With House Painting

5 Things You Learned In Kindergarten That Help With House Painting

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things


Do you pine for simpler times? Times when you could just play, color, and take naps? At one point or another, we all want to get back to those times when life was simple and we lived on black-and-white terms. That is why we paint! We love that it is just like being back in kindergarten, when all we had to do was stay inside the lines, eat our lunch, and take a nap at the end of it all. Kindergarten taught us a lot about life, like how to share, apologize, and about proper hygiene. But you also learned some things about painting too, and we thought we would share those lessons with you as we have been putting them into practice painting houses for over thirty years.
Stay Inside the Lines

This seems obvious when coloring, but when painting it is paramount. For example, if you are painting the walls of a room and you accidently paint the ceiling with the roller or brush, it can make a mess, especially if it is not the same color. If you try to paint over where you painted outside the lines, it will be rough, bumpy, and you may have to remove the paint and start over. Thus, staying inside the lines can preserve the qualities of your paint job.

Clean Up Your Mess

We’ve written about how to clean your painting tools before

It’s important to clean your painting tools the right way as soon as possible so they do not become ruined and unusable. When done properly, you can keep your tools working for a lifetime. Additionally, cleaning up your painting area will prevent spills and stop pets and children from getting harmed by any wet paint.

Do Not Mix Colors

Mixing colors on your own can seem like a fun idea, but it can also be an unsafe and costly practice. Because different paints come in different forms and different colors mix differently together, you will want to have a professional paint store mix your colors for you. Otherwise, you will ruin your paint and waste your money.

Practice Safety

When you used glue or paint in kindergarten, you probably wore a smock and cleaned your hands after. Painting as an adult is no different. You want to wear the proper safety equipment (link to post on that here) so you do not get paint in your eyes, hair, or lungs. You also want to ensure you wear protective gear for your clothes. In addition, you will want to clean your hands or any skin the paint came in contact with right way.

Have Fun

Kindergarten was so much fun. The stories, games, and projects are some we still use and remember to this day. We love painting and you should too! If you are going to paint, why not make it fun so the experience is memorable? Just like we do, involve the whole family, play some music, and see who can come up with the best themes or paint the neatest.

You can recapture the carefree feeling of kindergarten through painting. You can make it fun and use some of the lessons you learned in that grade to make sure your painting is a safe and effective experience. And if you need guidance from your teacher, give us a call to see how we can help!

5 Painting Projects for Painting Enthusiasts

5 Painting Projects for Painting Enthusiasts

If you’re like us, then you love to paint! And since painting your house often can be expensive, you’re probably looking for an affordable painting project you can complete over a weekend or two. Here we share five ideas we love that you can do solo or as a bonding experience with the family.

Restain a Table

Tables get a lot of wear and tear. We use them every day when we eat, they collect dust and scratches over time, and sometimes they get wet or are exposed to other elements. There is no time like the present to restain that dining room or kitchen table you love and bring it back to life. This is a project that should not take more than a weekend. You can learn how to restain a table in a few simple steps here.

Paint a Lamp

Perhaps you want to change the look and feel of a room without replacing the furniture. Or maybe you have an old lamp that you want to give new life to. Lamps literally light up our lives, so why not make them feel appreciated by repainting them or their lamp shades? You can learn how to repaint a ceramic or glass lamp base here. You can also learn how to spray paint a lamp or lamp shade here.

Repaint Your Fireplace

This project is doable in a weekend. You can make your fireplace the accent piece of your room or simply refresh and prepare it for upcoming use. Either way, your fireplace can easily become the focal point of the room. Learn how to repaint your fireplace here.

Restore the Radiator

It does not take much to make your radiator look like the proud workhorse it is. Before you start, you will want a professional to remove the current paint. They will most likely blast it off. Afterward, you can prime and paint it any color you choose. Gold can make it feel like a piece from the Gilded Age, for example. See a full tutorial on how to do this project here.

Recoat Your Front or Back Door

Splashing a new paint of coat on your door can make it look fresh. You can even paint it for an occasion such as the 4th of July. Doing so will make you feel like you are coming home to a whole new house, and it is a project that can be done in a weekend. To learn how to quickly repaint your front or back door, go here.

You can scratch your painting bug in many ways. From painting everyday items like lamps and tables to stable household center pieces like doors and fireplaces, a simple weekend painting project can rejuvenate you and your house. Need more DIY painting projects that require no more than one can of paint? Visit here. We love painting so much, you can call us anytime to ask for more information on DIY painting project ideas and how to execute them!

5 Things to Look for in a Painter in Vero Beach

5 Things to Look for in a Painter in Vero Beach

Painting in Vero Beach, Florida can be a chore. First, you have to pick all of your colors and then you have to buy the paint and get it mixed. Next, you have to buy the right tools to paint with, including protective gear. Then you have to move furniture and set aside valuable time that you could be using to do something else. This can be exhausting just to think about it, especially with all the fun you could be having in Vero Beach instead.


After considering all this, you’re probably ready to hire a painter. But how? And what should you look for? Should you trust online reviews? These are all great questions, and we are glad you asked. Let’s start by discussing online reviews.


Online reviews can be misleading, as many companies pay to have people leave them. This is a deceiving practice, and you can wind up getting scammed because of it. At the same time, you shouldn’t completely disregard them as some are genuine. What you want to do is look for patterns across multiple review sites. If multiple review sites show positive reviews from different people, you can rest assured they are legit. You can learn how to spot a fake review in seconds by reading this USA Today article.


You don’t want online reviews to be your only measure of finding a reputable painter, however. Whether you need a room, the outside of your house, your interior, or a smaller project painted, below are five things to consider to find the right painter in Vero Beach, Florida and the rest of the Treasured Coast.


Ask Real People


Nothing says authentic like speaking to people you know about the company they may have used for their recent paint job. Let’s say you see a neighbor outside who just got their house painted. You can ask them about quality, customer service, cost, and all the other things online reviews may not tell you in earnest. Nothing takes the place of finding a painter through a trusted friend. You can even ask the contractor for a list of references to call. This may be a little biased, as they will not give you a person who will bad-mouth them, but it will let them know you are thorough. And if they refuse, you can keep that in mind in your decision-making process.


Call a Few Companies and Consult


Any company worth its salt is going to offer free consultations. Don’t be afraid to call or email a few companies in your area and ask them about their services. If they seem nice enough on the phone and you are comfortable with that exchange, ask for a consultation. In a consultation, you can get your questions answered and let the company see what you need. You should get at least three bids to get a feel for who you would like to work with. You can also use the bids to negotiate on pricing later in the process. We love these questions Angie’s List suggests you ask house painters.


Educate Yourself


When you get your oil changed in your car, you probably have a high degree of knowledge and understanding of the process. Old oil comes out and new oil goes in. You know what to expect, so you’ll likely not get overcharged or sold a bill of goods you don’t need.


When it comes to painting, there are many caveats depending on your project. Therefore, doing some research to learn some basic information can really help you when speaking with a contractor. In this manner, you can ask the right questions and get a basic sense for whether you’re getting the wool pulled over your eyes. You can look up painting techniques, for example. Or if you’re having a room painted, you may look up cost and time frames ahead of time. Knowledge is power, and it can weed out painters who try to take advantage of people’s lack of knowledge.


State Your Expectations


When you speak with the contractor, be sure to be very clear about your needs. This lets them quote you accurately and give the right time frame for completing the work. If you want a surface that is bumpy smoothed out in the process, tell them. It may cost extra, but you know what to expect and so do they. This goes along with educating yourself. By stating your expectations, you’ll learn some things to help you make a decision. And with technology, you can fact-check answers you get.


Ask for a Guarantee


There are certainly no guarantees in life. However, when it comes to hiring a painter in Vero Beach, Florida, a guarantee is exactly what you should look for. The painter should promise to correct any of the following: chipping, peeling, blistering, flaking, or excessive fading or chalking that occurs within two years after the job is done at little to no cost. If the painter tells you the paint itself has a warranty, remember that doesn’t include labor, which is a far more costly proposition than material.


In addition, consider the following:


  • Obtain a complete contract
  • Choose the paint yourself
  • Beware of lead if your home was built before 1978
  • Only pay 10% to 15% until you are satisfied with the job
  • Consider the company’s credentials


We love painting! That is why we want you to choose the right painter for your job. Whether you live in Vero Beach, Florida or any part of the Treasure Coast, call us to set up a consultation or ask us a question about your painting needs.



Paint Sheen Levels

Paint Sheen Levels

Hot to Chose Right Sheen For Your Paint
The sheen or the gloss level of the paint you choose for your room décor has quite an impact on the look of your room. It can be determined according to the function of the room and the aesthetic sense.

Types of Paint Sheens
Let’s discuss the type of sheens available in the market, though their names and gloss level can vary with the manufacturer:

Flat: Paints with flat or matte finish have no shine and thus hide little imperfections in the wall. However, they are not so stain-resistant though today paints with matte finish and high stain resistance also available in the markets.

Eggshell: Eggshell paints or velvet-finish paints have very slight sheen or gloss level, are soft and impart a warm look to the room and are easier to clean too. They are preferable for most bedroom and living room décor themes.

Satin/Semi-Gloss: Paints with satin or semi-gloss finish can be used to highlight architectural details and focal points of the home and also in kitchens and baths as they are easy to clean.
High Gloss: Very high gloss or sheen paint are quite reflective and should be normally reserved for doors and trims and to create special effects.

Tips on how to choose the optimum sheen level of your paint
Higher gloss or sheen level generally means easy cleaning of the room or area.

These paints are suitable for amateurs as they distract the viewer from any painting imperfections.

Rooms and areas that need to be washed and cleaned often such as bathrooms and kitchens and where people visit most can use high gloss paints.

High gloss paints also have most stain resistant finish and are toughest when it comes to wear and tear.
You can use high sheen paints to highlight the focal point or a bold color scheme of the room such as kids’ room or fantasy room décor.

For kids, one can use bright high sheen primary colors to make different patterns that look interesting such as polka dots.

Flat paints or paints with low sheen or gloss level are for professionals as they make the surface appear smoother and more uniform and are non-reflective in nature.

Flat paints are generally used in newly constructed homes or in areas that are not so frequently used in the homes.

For a vintage home décor, flat paints can be used to paint a wall near the fireplace to highlight it while warm earthly hues look quite beautiful on pillars or columns in old homes.

For an interesting dramatic effect, one can also use combination of different paint sheens.

One can consider a monochromatic room décor in two different sheens for an interesting customized effect such as in stripes, blocks or other geometrical patterns.
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