Oct 15 2019
We regularly get asked whether a customer should paint their kitchen cabinets . There are some key factors to consider when you are deciding whether to paint those cabinets.
Can your cabinets be painted?
Most cabinets are made of solid wood and can be painted. Some cabinets, however, are made of engineered wood (you’ll often see a veneer or laminate covering). Cabinets made with engineered wood are very challenging to paint. The veneer or laminate coverings do not take paint well and are likely to peel and chip. For these cabinets to be painted, they need extra sanding and priming before painting.
Do you like the general style of your cabinets?
Painting cabinets can give them a new look and feel. Painting cabinets does not change the fundamental structure of the cabinet. If you want flat cabinet doors, painting them won’t change that. Make sure you are comfortable with the style of your cabinets. If not, you might want to consider replacing the cabinet doors. Remember, new hardware will also change the feel of your cabinets. You can get relatively inexpensive new hardware at Home Depot, Ikea or your favorite home improvement store.
Should you paint your cabinets yourself?
This is really a question of how much time you have and how much you like detail work. Painting cabinets requires lots of prep before you can start painting. You’ll need to create a proper workspace (cabinet painting can be messy), you need to sand the cabinets and you’ll need access to a paint sprayer. Spraying cabinets and allowing the doors and drawers to dry properly is key to getting a smooth finished product. We often meet customers unhappy with the brush marks or paint drips visible on some DIY cabinets.
What product is best for painting cabinets?
At Helix Painting, we generally prefer to spray cabinets with Benjamin Moore Advance. Spraying cabinets gives the best finished look. We find Benjamin Moore Advance is the best product for adhering to cabinets, best finished look and great durability.
Ready to start your cabinet painting project?
Sep 26 2019
Most customers who ask us to paint interior walls choose a neutral color throughout the house, typically a light grey, light beige or offwhite. However, a great way to bring color and intrigue into a room can be an accent wall. Accents are typically bold or dark in color and can really make a room “pop.”
But how do you decide which wall to use as the accent? There are no hard and fast rules, but based on our extensive experience painting interiors, we recommend a few guidelines to consider:
(1) You want to pick a wall that’s a natural focal point. For example, you could pick a wall with a fireplace, or a stand alone wall where a nice piece of art might go
(2) Symmetry is important with an accent wall. A natural accent place should be symmetrical within the room, not offset or with doorways on one side
(3) Two corners inside the space. Usually well placed accent walls will have a natural corner in the space
(4) Make sure the color you choose for the accent wall is a natural complement to the rest of the room. Sometimes that’s a darker version of the surrounding walls. Sometimes it’s a bright complement to the wall color. Often the accent will tie in hues from the furniture or decorations. Make sure the color doesn’t clash with the surrounding space or furniture
(5) Typically, the accent color should be 10 – 25% of the overall space in the room. Much more than that and it will not feel like an accent
(6) If you have crown molding or insets, you could consider making a ceiling an accented color for intrigue
(7) Still confused or undecided? Ask your interior paint company or designer for suggestions if you have questions. If you book a project with Helix Painting, we are happy to provide you with a complimentary Sherwin Williams color consultant.
Check out our blog post showing how different color accent walls can change a room.
Sep 21 2019
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.
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.
Sep 13 2019
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.
Sep 08 2019
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
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
Sep 03 2019
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.
Jan 23 2019
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.
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Jul 02 2018
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 email@example.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!
Apr 23 2018
Deck staining and fence staining is one of the easiest ways to freshen your outdoors for Spring. When deciding to stain your deck or fence, there are some important considerations.
When do I need to Re-stain my deck or fence?
If you live in an area like Denver, the combination of lots of sunshine, snow and, of course, hail, lead to some pretty tough conditions for the exterior parts of your home. Most homes need their exteriors painted at least every 5-7 years. Some stained surfaces can even need to be re-stained every 2 years. Decks and fences are no exception. If your stain has worn away, the wood on your deck or fence is exposed to moisture intrusion and likely to begin rotting. A water test is the easiest way to see if your deck or fence need re-staining or sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck. If the water beads up or stands on the deck, your deck is protected from moisture absorption. If it soaks in immediately, the deck needs to be treated. In this scenario, it is time to re-stain your deck or fence.
Who will do the job?
Are you planning to hire someone to complete the work or are you planning to complete it yourself? While there is always the allure of doing it yourself to save money, this is one DIY project that can often be tougher than you think. Cleaning and sanding the surfaces before staining is much more time consuming than people expect. Cutting corners or not using the proper preparation techniques is the most common reason for deck stains and sealers to fail. If you decide to DIY this project, do not skimp out on this part of the process. You can learn more about deck staining from Sherwin Williams or your favorite paint company. If you decide to hire someone to do the work, be sure to discuss how they will prepare the surfaces beforehand. Many companies will not warranty work done on horizontal surfaces (due to the potential for water to puddle on horizontal surfaces), so it is important to make sure the job is done right the first time.
When is the best time to Stain a Deck or Fence?
Decks and fences need to be stained when the weather is warm and dry. Most stains are best applied when the temperature is between 50 and 90 degrees. Additionally, it is best if you have a window of a few dry days for this project. You’ll need to have prep done on one day and staining on the following day. Ideally, it would be best to not have rain for 24 hours after a staining to allow for the paint to properly dry.
What kind of stain should I use?
Choosing the wrong stain could result in a final product that disappoints. The type of stain you choose depends on the appearance and durability you want to achieve. It should also be influenced by the condition of your current wood. If your wood has hail damage or major variations in color, a clearer stain will show these imperfections more than a solid stain. The main stain types are:
- Clear – Clear stain shows the natural wood grain best, but offers the least UV protection.
- Toners – Toners provide a light color that highlights wood grain and provides good durability.
- Semi-Transparent Stains – Semi-transparent stains provide very good durability and add a rich, pigmented color, but still allow the natural wood grain to show through.
- Solid Color Stains – Solid color stains help cover up wood blemishes or unsightly grain and offer maximum durability.
Now that you know a bit more about deck staining and fence staining, it is time to get outside and test your wood decks and fences. If they are absorbing moisture or looking worn, it is time to prioritize this project. You can learn more about Helix Painting’s deck staining and fence staining services on our website. You can also book a free estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.
Apr 23 2018
Color is a great way to make your home stand out. While many people choose earth tones and more muted colors for exterior colors, in certain neighborhoods, colorful trim and unique siding can add charm and character to home. We recently completed one such project for our client. This house was on the north side of Denver, in an older neighborhood that prides itself on having homes with character. Our client decided the best way to honor this home’s historic character was to enhance the trim’s color.
Communication is Key When Making Major Color Changes
When embarking on a major color change, communication and continuous follow through with the client is key. We encouraged our client to meet with a color consultant to help create a plan for the home.
Getting expert advice helped to ensure we could create a final product matching our client’s wishes. We then created a mock up of our client’s vision. While the mock up wasn’t the prettiest image, it helped make sure everyone was on the same page.
Not only did this mock up help our painters, the image helped our client see a few changes she wanted to make to the color scheme. The visual clues and continuous communication allowed us to make necessary changes before money and labor was wasted on a design that wasn’t perfect. With the new mock up approved, we were ready to start painting.
Revealing the Finished Product
After such a dramatic change in the home’s colors, we couldn’t wait for the reveal to our client. In the words of our client, “Wow!” The home went from a tired, dated looking property to a vibrant, eye catching home.
Find a Way to Make Color Work for You
The vibrant colors used in our client’s home are definitely not for everyone. Whether you prefer less bold colors or your HOA restricts you, you can still find your own ways to express personality in your home. Accent walls are one of the easiest ways to create dramatic flair inside a house. Check out our blog post, Changing Paint Color Can Dramatically Transform a Room, to learn more about accent walls. As described in the blog, you can use the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap Visualizer to see what a new color might look like in your home.