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  • What color gray should I use in my house?

    Grays are extremely popular, but it is hard to know what gray to use in your house. Grays in the greige (a combination of gray and beige) family are can provide warmth while grays with soft blue and green undertones can provide a fresh and cool feel.

    Ultimately, the right color all depends on the mood you want to create in your house, your lighting and other items in the home. We highly recommend picking a few colors you like, painting them onto some large boards and then taping those boards onto several wall. We do not recommend directly painting the colors on the wall. This can result in flashing when the new paint is applied.

    For those of you confused by paint color descriptions, we thought it might help to see the same room painted in different shades of gray. We started with the most popular Sherwin Williams colors requested by our customers. We then used the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap tool to show the same room painted in each of the colors. Take a look at each individual color or watch this video scrolling through them all.

    Room painted in SW Drift of Mist

    Sherwin Williams – Drift of Mist

    SW Drift of Mist

    Room painted in SW Front PorchSherwin Williams – Front Porch

    Sherwin Williams – PassiveRoom painted in SW Passive

    SW Passive

    Room painted in SW Repose GraySherwin-Williams – Repose Gray

    SW Repose Gray

    Room painted in SW Modern GraySherwin Williams – Modern Gray

    SW Modern Gray

    Room painted in Anew GraySherwin Williams – Anew Gray

    SW Anew Gray

    Room painted in SW Agreeable GraySherwin Williams – Agreeable Gray

    SW Agreeable Gray

    Room painted in Gossamer VeilSherwin Williams – Gossamer Veil

    SW Gossamer Veil

    Room painted in SW Worldly GraySherwin Williams – Wordly Gray

    SW Worldly Gray

    Room painted in SW Amazing GraySherwin-Williams – Amazing Gray

    SW Amazing Gray

    Room painted in Requisite GraySherwin Williams – Requisite Gray

    SW Requisite Gray

     

    Send us an email and let us know your favorite gray. If you still need help picking a color, we are happy to offer a free color consultation with all signed contracts. Schedule your free estimate today!

  • How to remove wallpaper

     

    Our customers often ask us how to remove wallpaper from their homes. While we are happy to provide a free quote for us to remove them, this is often something you can do yourself.

    Before you get to work removing wallpaper, it is important to prepare the area to control the mess.

    Follow these key steps:

    Step 1 – Remove all items from the walls

    Step 2 – Move all furniture and other objects to the center of the room.

    Step 3 – Cover anything left in the room (even in the center) with plastic sheeting or drop cloths.

    Step 4 – Place old towels along the baseboards to collect any moisture that might drip down. Tape plastic sheeting or drop cloths to the baseboards to collect debris.

    Step 5 – Cover any electrical outlets with painter’s tape. You can come back and remove the wallpaper from the outlet cover later. Turn off electric to the room.

    Now you are ready to start removing wallpaper.

    Step 1 – Score the wallpaper

    Most wallpaper removal project require the use of a hot water solution to reactivate the adhesive. This allows for much easier removal of the wallpaper. To help the hot water solution penetrate the wallpaper and reach the adhesive, it helps to start with a scoring tool to slightly perforate the wallpaper. Use light pressure to run the scoring tool over the wall.

    Step 2 – Create stripping solution

    To create your stripping solution, in a spray bottle, fill 1/3 full with vinegar and 2/3 full with hot water.

    Step 3 – Spray area with solution

    Begin spraying a defined area with the hot water solution. You want to work in sections to ensure the paper does not dry before you get to it. Start at the top of your section and work your way down. Let the solution sit for a few minutes to allow the solution to penetrate.

    Step 4 – Pry the wallpaper off the wall

    Start at the top, use a scraper to pry a corner of the wet wallpaper and backing off of the wall. Pull the wallpaper off in sheets, as best you can. If some wallpaper has dried or is difficult to remove, spray with more solution and allow the solution to soak. Be careful not to pull too hard at the wallpaper. You want to avoid damaging the drywall as much as possible. Wipe with a wet rag as you go. Repeat this process throughout the room. Allow a full day for removing paper from an average-sized room.

    Your walls are now ready for paint. Be sure to prime your walls before applying paint. Click here to learn more about interior painting.

    If this sounds like more work than you want to tackle yourself, we’re here to help. You can book your free estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.

  • I’m planning to sell my house. What colors should I use?

    We frequently get calls from customers who are selling their houses. Over the years, many have put personalized touches bright accent walls, seventies-era greens and browns, nine colors throughout the house, etc. Now that it’s time to sell, their realtors have recommended they make some affordable improvements to the home to make it attractive to a broad base of home buyers.

    home for sale sign

    Sound familiar? If you are selling your house, the key is to make it look fresh, neat, and clean to appeal to the widest cross section of buyers. Most commonly, that means putting a light grey, off white, or light cream color on the walls to match your home’s styling. Make sure the colors work with flooring or counter tops and are relatively neutral. Stock flat white ceiling paint and white semi-gloss on trim are by far the most common colors and will appeal widely. Buyers are frequently going to personalize their home with new paint colors or accent walls, but your job as the seller is to make the home marketable to the masses. So unless your home is a tear-down, it’s probably worth the modest investment to paint, put in new carpet and other touches get increase the money you will get for your home.

    Ready to start your cabinet painting project?

    Give Helix Painting a call for a free estimate to paint your interior. You can book your estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.

  • Should I paint my kitchen cabinets?

    before and after kitchen cabinets
    before and after kitchen cabinets

    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?

    kitchen cabinets painted white with glazing
    kitchen cabinets painted white with glazing

    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?

    Give Helix Painting a call for a free estimate to paint your cabinets. You can book your estimate online or call us at 720-445-9856.

  • Where to place an accent wall

    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.

    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 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.

  • 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 Joins Team Dave Logan

    Helix Painting is excited to announces we have joined Team Dave Logan.

    Team Dave Logan is a Denver company focused on connecting the Denver community with honest, hardworking businesses with integrity. Founded out a need to provide his mother with a recommendation for a home repair, Dave Logan realized there should be a resource for cutting through the hype and discerning the ethics and professionalism of any business.

    In order to join Team Dave Logan, Helix Painting went through their extensive interview process and background screening to ensure we are using quality business practices and operating with professional ethics. The screening criteria included:

    1. Better Business Bureau Certification
    2. Department of Registration Search for companies licensed per division
    3. Colorado Bureau of Investigations Criminal Arrest records for Colorado
    4. Co Courts.com Court Records
    5. Department of Regulatory Agencies Verify licenses
    6. Colorado Secretary of State
    7. Personal Background Check
    8. Denver County Contractor Licensing Contractor License Search
    9. Denver County Court Records-Liens and Judgments
    10. National Sex Offender Website
    11. Nationwide Criminal Database Search (Includes sex offenders)
    12. Patriots Act/OFAC/BXA/Terrorist List Search
    13. Federal Bankruptcy Search
    14. Business Credit/Commercial Credit Report
    15. Customer Credit
    16. Statewide Criminal Records
    17. EPA Lead-Safe Certification
    18. County Civil Lawsuit Search
    19. Malpractice Insurance for Attorneys

    We now proudly have the Team Dave Logan on our website and in our emails and look forward to working with fellow team members in the future.

    team dave logan logo

  • 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!