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Interior Painting

  • Should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

    before and after kitchen cabinets
    before and after kitchen cabinets

    A lot of customers ask us if they should paint their kitchen cabinets. In most cases, somebody has a stained wood cabinet that is at least ten years old. Painting kitchen cabinets is a great way to give a kitchen a fresh new look. And while painting cabinets is not cheap, it’s a whole lot cheaper than buying new cabinets.

    What’s involved
    Painting kitchen cabinets correctly is not easy and generally takes know how. If done incorrectly, the paint can quickly chip or peel. Additionally, drips or brush marks can be visible if the paint is incorrectly applied. Here’s some tips:
    Proper prep work. Cabinet doors and drawers should be removed. Handles should be taken off or well protected if they can’t be removed. Stained wood needs to be scuff sanded. A layer of high grade primer must be applied to raw wood before paint is applied
    Choose the right materials. Our favorite cabinet paint is Benjamin Moore Advance. It gives an amazingly smooth and durable finish. Do not choose the cheapest possible paint option for cabinets, you will regret not investing a little bit more in good quality paint
    Professionally spray cabinets. To get the optimal finish free of brush marks, cabinet pieces should be sprayed. Make sure the surrounding area is well protected with plastic sheeting if you don’t have a professional workshop to avoid overspray.

    Helix Painting is here to answer your questions and help you through the process. Give us a call or book your free estimate now.

  • Should I use a low VOC or zero VOC interior paint?

    Are you considering painting your interior? You may come across the term “low VOC” or “No VOC”. Sounds good, right? But what exactly does that mean?

    What is VOC?
    “VOC” stands for “volatile organic compound.” According to the EPA, VOCs organic compounds that are emitted as gases from certain solids and liquids. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products, including paints and varnished. Furthermore, concentrations of VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

    When VOCs are inhaled, they can contribute to various health issues. These problems most commonly include headaches, nausea, irritation of airways, among others. Additionally, VOCs are frequently associated with the odor of paint.

    Due to these issues, it’s best to use products with low VOCs or low VOCs.

    Many products these days contain low amounts of VOCs. They will generally be labeled as such. No VOC products do not have any volatile organic compounds. They generally will have much lower odors than other products. Many of these products are well engineered so they offer comparable dry times and durability to other products. One in particular to consider is Sherwin Williams Harmony or Benjamin Moore ben. Make sure to do your research and ask the paint manufacturer or paint company sales representative before choosing the product that’s right for you.

    Helix Painting is here to answer your questions and help you through the process. Give us a call or book your free estimate now.

  • How much does interior painting cost?

    We often get asked the question “How much does it cost to paint my interior”? The answer, of course, is “it depends”. The two biggest components of costs are materials and labor.

    Materials cost can vary based on the brand, type, and quality of paint, the coverage rate of the paint, how dramatic a color change is being requested, and application method. Most commercially available latex paints will cover 250 – 350 square feet for gallon. Some of our favorite paints include Sherwin Williams SuperPaint, Sherwin Williams Duration, Benjamin Moore Regal, and Benjamin Moore Advance.


    Labor costs similarly can vary greatly from project to project. Some of the things that determine labor costs on a paint project include:
    – Amount of prep work required. This includes moving furniture, cleaning surfaces that are not ready for paint, repairing drywall issues.
    – Size of the project: This may seem obvious, but painting the walls of a bedroom is a lot less work than painting ceiling, trim and walls in a large house
    – Number of transitions and “cut ins” – Every time there is a transition from one color to the next, there is more labor involved. Accent walls, cutting in around windows, doors, and shelves, and other transitions will add time and therefore costs
    – Primer and multiple coats – Applying a single top coat of the same color takes less time that applying three coats to achieve a bold color change. Similarly, applying a primer coat to an unfinished surface involves extra time (and materials).
    – Special applications and specialty items – Cabinets, furniture, glazing, decorative painting, and other non-standard paint projects require more time and more highly skilled and experienced painters. Expect to pay more for these areas

    helix painter preparing room for painting


    Some tips to keep costs down:
    – Clear the room of furniture and personal belongings so that the painters spend their time on painting, not moving furniture
    – Make sure surfaces to be painted are cleaned before the painters arrival. You want the painters focused on doing a great paint job, not scrubbing and cleaning surfaces with grease, grime and dirt
    – Choose good quality paints that suit your budget. While the top-of-the-line products may suit your needs, many customers find a good quality paint with high coverage rates suit their needs just fine

    Helix Painting is here to answer your questions and help you through the process. Give us a call or book your free estimate now.

  • Visit Us at the Colorado Home Show!

    Helix Painting is proud to join Team Dave Logan and other Colorado businesses at the Colorado Fall Home Show.

    Colorado Home Show Logo

    From September 20 – 22, hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand to advice on home renovation, interior design, remodeling and sustainable living products and topics. Make sure to visit us at booth #661.

    In addition to the hundreds of exhibitors, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) of Colorado’s designers will be onsite throughout the entire show to share ideas and meet with homeowners to address their remodel, design, architecture, decorating and construction questions. ASID designers will also host presentations throughout the weekend on such topics as kitchen design, remodeling and accessorizing ideas.  The seminars are located in booth #621. Sessions are included in the price of admission. You can find the schedule here.

    For anyone interested in attending the show, we have a limited number of free tickets to give away. Please contact us, if you are interested.

  • Helix Painting Earns 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award

    Angie's List Super Service Award


    Helix Painting is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018.

    “Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best  in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.”

    Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening.

    Service company ratings are updated continually on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in multiple fields ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Click here to view Helix Painting’s reviews on Angie’s List.

    For over two decades Angie’s List has been a trusted name for connecting consumers to top-rated service professionals. Angie’s List provides unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

  • How to Choose the Right Paint – Part I: Bathrooms

    bathroom painted with neutral colors

    Choosing the correct paint, paint sheen and color can be one of the toughest parts of a home project. Whether it is a large remodel or a simple face-lift for a room, choosing the right product can make a big difference. We’ll start our series on this topic with bathrooms. 

    What Type of Paint to Use

    Brand

    There are a number of paint brands available in the market. Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore are the two main brands we work with at Helix Painting. Both companies create great products and have price points to fit every budget.

    Product

    Once you have decided on a paint company, the product choice comes down to how much money you want to spend and how often you plan on repainting. Higher end products will generally last longer. We generally recommend Sherwin Williams SuperPaint and Benjamin Moore Ben as good mid-range products and Sherwin Williams Duration and Benjamin Moore Regal as good higher-end products. For those willing to pay an extra premium, paint companies are now creating products with additives to help repel moisture and resist model, such as Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa.

    Sheen

    After deciding on product, it is important to consider paint sheen. Bathrooms have a different environment than the rest of your house. They are smaller, fill with steam are likely to have water splashed on the walls. Bathroom walls need to be wiped down more often than other rooms. These differences impact what sheen is best for bathrooms. Paints come in several sheens:

    • Eggshell is an easily wipeable, but does not do well in areas with much moisture.
    • Satin has a slight gloss finished look, but is only recommended for low moisture environments, like a powder room.
    • Sami-gloss repels most moisture well and is easily wiped down, making it a good fit for a bathroom.
    • High-glass is excellent at repelling moisture and is easily wiped; however, it can show more imperfections when painted on large surfaces like a wall. It is best to only use high-gloss on trim or cabinets.

    What Color Palettes to Choose

    Now onto the hard part, choosing color. Color is a very personal decision, but it is important to remember two key factors: bathrooms are generally small and the wall color in a bathroom impacts your reflection on the mirror. With smaller rooms, a dark color can make a room feel even smaller. A dark or strong color can also change the appearance of your complexion. Neutrals, whites, creams, and grays will have the least impact. These color palettes will also give your bathroom a larger, brighter feel.

    Looking to start a painting project? The team at Helix Painting can help you to select the right paints and give your home with a professional, fresh look. You can book your FREE estimate on our website or by calling us at 720-445-9856. We look forward to helping you revitalize your home!

  • Prioritizing Rooms to Paint in Your House

    Painting your home is the easiest way to make it feel fresh and new again. If painting multiple rooms in your house isn’t convenient or is not within your budget, asking a few key questions can help you prioritize which rooms to paint first.

    The first question we ask customers is why they are painting.

    • Are you painting to prepare your house for resale? If so, we will likely guide you towards focusing on key common areas (kitchen and living room) and the master suite. Paint is often a great way to make an older bathroom feel more inviting.
    • Painting before moving into your new home? In this scenario, we would suggest painting the areas where the paint color is most offensive to you or areas that feel dirty/worn. Closets are often a space that feels worn and is relatively inexpensive to paint. Plus, it is much easier to paint a closet before you have filled it with your stuff.

    We also consider the following:

    • Does the area get a lot of foot traffic? Are the walls and trim damaged? Some simple prep work on damaged walls and trim, along with new paint, will greatly improve the look.
    • Do the colors fit your style? Dated colors make a space feel old. Updating to colors that fit your style is the cheapest way to renovate a home. Check out our blog post to see how different colors can change the feel of a room.
    • Do the baseboards look dirty? While some Simple Green and a washcloth can do a lot for your baseboards, some times a fresh coat of paint is needed to get a truly clean look.

    Answering these questions can be a helpful tool to determine which areas need painting first. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at info@helixpainting.com.

    Whether painting just your kitchen and living room or painting your whole house, at Helix Painting we aim to make the project as easy and painless as possible. We pride ourselves on superior quality and customer service, so you can focus on enjoying your home.

    Call 720-445-9856 or click here to schedule a FREE estimate today!

  • Helix Painting and Sherwin William Team Together to Help Homeless Shelter in Denver

    Helix Painting is pleased to partner with Sherwin Williams to revitalize Christ’s Body Ministries, an inner-city facility serving poor, homeless, and broken people of all backgrounds. 

    Christ’s Body Ministries mission is simply to feed, clothe, and share the gospel 365 days a year with Denver’s poor and homeless. At its 8th and Lincoln facility, Christ’s Body Ministries goal for 2018 is to serve 75,000 meals, give out 80,000 clothing items, share the Gospel with 50,000 poor or homeless men and women, provide transitional housing for 15 men and give respite care for 100 men.

    painters from Helix Painting“Helix Painting was there to help us when others walked away. We are blessed to have the Helix team give a much-needed face-lift to our facility’s interior” commented Pastor Denis Flierl. The Helix team was happy to lend a helping hand to the Denver organization. Helix Painting owner Brandon Homuth shared “As an organization, we look for ways to improve the community around us. Christ’s Body Ministries is providing an important service to many in the Denver area. We are proud to support their noble cause.”

    For those interested in volunteering with Christ’s Body Ministries, please visit their website.

    members of Helix Painting team

    About Helix Painting
    Helix Painting is an interior and exterior painting company serving residential and commercial customers throughout the Denver metro area. Our vision is to delight our customers by revitalizing and beautifying their homes with a level of service and quality that sets the standard for the painting industry. We are incredibly professional, well-managed and easy to do business with. We reliably deliver excellent quality and stand by our work – the job’s not done until you’re satisfied, and we strive to get it right the first time, every time. We aspire to be our best as a company, a team, and members of the community. To learn more, please visit out website.

  • Changing Paint Color Can Dramatically Change a Room’s Feel

    Changing paint color in a room can dramatically change how the room looks and feels. Not only does this make your color choice an important one, but it also can be a very intimidating choice. To help demonstrate the way paint can change a room, we used Sherwin Williams’ ColorSnap Visualizer to show the same room painted several different ways.  Let’s first look at how just changing the wall color can change the appearance of a room.

    Watch to see the impact of changing paint color in a room

     

    Using an accent wall can bring color without overwhelming the room or making it too dark

    The same room can also have a dramatically different look when just one wall is painted a different color, also known as an accent wall.

    These three room have very different feels with one using the base color on all walls, the next using Sherwin Williams’ Van Dyke Brown and the last using Van Dyke Brown on all walls.

    living room painted beige                   accent wall in living room painted in van dyke brown                living room painted all in van dyke brown

    The choice of accent color can also impact the feel of a room. The Van Dyke Brown accent wall sets a different tone from the Quest Gray accent wall

    accent wall in living room painted in van dyke brown            quest gray accent wall in living room

    While the different color options and combinations can seem overwhelming, there are people who can help you. The Sherwin Williams’ ColorSnap Visualizer is a great place to start. You can upload photos of your room and see how it will look with new color. Additionally there are professional interior designers and color consultants available to help you with the decision.

    Visit our website to learn more about our interior painting services and how Helix Painting can help you transform your space. Book your free estimate today and receive a free color consultation.

  • Interior Painting: Why you should consider interior painting in winter

    Why you should consider interior painting in winter

    Why is it best to consider interior painting in winter? Interior painting is often seen as a spring and summer activity. After all, not many people are thinking about home improvement when they are busy shoveling snow off their sidewalk. While spring and summer are certainly the best times for exterior painting, the winter can be a great time to give your home a new feel through painting its interior. There are several great reasons to consider interior painting in winter:

    Great interior painting deals can be found in the winter

    Painters generally work on both home interiors and exteriors. Since colder temperatures and shorter days make it difficult to paint in the winter, exterior painting is generally packed into the spring and summer. (You can learn more about the challenges of painting in the winter in our recent blog.) This means there is more supply of painters for that interior job in the winter than there is in the summer. Greater supply means a better price for you.

    Projects can be completed sooner

    During the busy summer season, painters’ schedules book out weeks and months in advance. Additionally, painters are focused on painting exteriors when the weather is good and will push off interior jobs for rainy days. Complete your interior painting project in the winter and you are sure to be your painter’s top priority.

    Your Paint Will Dry Faster

    Your paint job will dry noticeably faster in the winter rather than in the spring or summer. Warm, summer weather typically results in greater humidity and increases paints’ drying time. They cold, dry winter air that isn’t great for your skin is great for paint. It allows for your paint to dry quicker than it would on a summer day.

    Schedule Your Free Painting Estimate Today

    Take advantage of the slower winter painting season! Give your home a new, fresh look in less time and with less money. Book your FREE estimate on our website or call 720-445-9856 now. Mention this blog to receive a free color consultation. At Helix Painting, we pride ourselves on 100% customer satisfaction with great quality and service at a reasonable price.

    Get some inspiration for that interior painting project from our Pinterest board