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How much does exterior house painting cost?

Exterior house painting cost factors

So, how much does it cost to paint the exterior of your home? This post will go over the most common factors that go into the price of painting the exterior of your house so you better understand how the total cost is aggregated. We’ll even share some average numbers for your exterior paint cost calculations too. 

Pros and Cons

As much as we’d like to cover every single factor that is included when talking about how much it will cost to paint your home, there will certainly be scenarios that are uncommon or unique to your home

1- You may ask; how much does it cost to paint a house?

We may answer; how much does it cost to buy a car?

Then you may scratch your head and wonder why we asked a question to answer a question. You see, there is no best answer here when asked about estimating exterior painting costs since there are so many factors involved that are unknown until we get more details about the exterior of your home and your exterior painting needs. The price for painting the exterior depends on many factors that include the current condition, style of house to be painted, number of doors/ windows, square feet to be painted, heights, quality of finish, type of paint to be applied, level of preparation, number of coats and access to get the painting accomplished. Check out our post about interior painting costs as well.
Much like a car, you cannot give a price until you know what type of vehicle and the attributes the driver is looking for…….

Throughout the remainder of this post we’ll take a dive into each of these factors and how they contribute to the cost to paint a house and exterior painting services. 

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Exterior paint prep costs
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Peeling paint costs more

2- Current condition for exterior painting costs

As always, preparation is the key to the success of any project. The process of staining wood can be messy. The protection of all adjacent areas is imperative. No one wants to make a mess that can’t be cleaned up readily. In this situation, all the adjacent rugs, hardwood floors, and walls were protected with plastic, tape and carpet protection film.

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More prep increases cost
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Washing before painting is standard procedure

3- Your style matters with exterior house painting costs

The type of home you own can save you money.

Own a colonial, ranch, saltbox, cape, gambrel or maybe a contemporary home? The attributes of each home add or subtract from the workload of exterior painting costs.

Hopefully it is obvious, if your home is smaller: it costs less to paint.  The easiest houses to paint are ranch and cape style houses since access to all areas is simple. Other styles such as colonial can be basic in shape with straight runs of siding and simple lines to paint. Houses such as contemporary and homes with multiple additions, dormers (or multiple dormers), and multiple roof lines take longer to work on along with safety precautions for them. The number of doors and windows to be painted along with square footage of siding to be painted influences the cost which coincides with the size of the home. 

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Have a colonial style house? Find out how much it costs to paint.

Overall size and style of  your home are very important factors when estimating the cost for exterior painting. 

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Sometimes it is best to remove all the coatings instead of just scraping and spot priming. Get a quote for exterior painting and the prep your home deserves
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High quality paints and stains make a difference today and for years to come on your home.

4- Quality matters with exterior paint costs

Good, better, best for paint and preparation

Quality of paint, level of finish, number of colors and number of coats are the most labor intense part of the entire project.

Catching up with many years of neglect as previously stated can certainly gobble up hours and hours of time. Maybe you are planning to stay in your home a while and wish to use premium coatings and want more prep completed so it lasts longer. This can influence the total cost to more than if you wish to make it look good with less preparation and lower quality coatings. 

5- How do we access that side of the house?

Obstacles to house painting efficiency

Access to your home can be interesting. You may have a beautiful house nestled in the woods with perfectly painted woodwork and siding but, we can’t easily reach it.  Maybe you live on a hillside and there may be limited access to set up ladders and work on the surfaces. Are you in tight quarters with your neighbor and we have to ask them to setup ladders in their yard?  Do large bushes or trees grow along your house that prohibit access. All those beautiful roof-lines need to be addressed too. Safety first as our workers need to be up there crawling around to get it painted which is slower than working from a ladder or on the ground.

We don’t expect a flat, perfect lot for every project but these are a few things to look for with exterior painting and how they affect the overall price.

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Access to your home affects pricing. If you have bushes in the way and hard to reach areas we need more time to complete the project.
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Many roof lines and difficult access to areas can affect the price of exterior painting.
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Have a house on a hillside? We can get it done with ease.
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We can get that accomplished. No need for a second contractor to wait for.
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Wood rot repairs with PVC materials. No more rot ever again. Just beautifully painted surfaces to see for a long time.
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Sometimes you have to replace a few boards. Sometimes you have to replace all the boards. In this case we are replacing a few pieces of crown molding with PVC so it won’t rot again.

6- Exterior wood rot repairs

Carpentry before exterior painting

On almost every home exterior painting project we find wood rot repairs that need to be completed before painting.

You may choose to have them completed in advance by another contractor or we can take care of it in-house with our own carpenter. Either way, replacing boards and siding with products like Azek (PVC trim) and cedar siding materials should factor into the overall cost to paint your home.

For Castle Complements this is an important step in a long-lasting exterior paint project.  We offer a 3 year warranty and there must be a suitable substrate that has paint applied to it and we will not paint over rotted materials.

Carpentry and wood rot repairs play a vital part of the overall cost estimated costs. We will be glad to include a detailed cost breakdown of all repairs in our written quotes. 

7- Was your house built before 1978?

Exterior painting and safely dealing with Lead

Did you know that if your home was built before 1978 it could be painted with lead based paint? Did you know that painting contractors are required by law to be certified to disturb lead paint?

This is in no way meant to scare anyone. It is meant to inform you. For more than 10 years there have been laws here in Massachusetts that mandate the safe working practices when disturbing lead paint. Most contractors ignore it, don’t know about it or are scared to bring it up to customers.

When estimating your exterior paint project Castle Complements will test the surfaces to be painted to see if there is lead present. If so, there are safety protocols that must be taken by our employees to keep you, our employees and most importantly, your children safe when preparing the exterior of your home for painting. Feel free to ask us at any time about this and the needs that arise if lead is present. 

 

Safety is always paramount when estimating for exterior painting and while working on your home. Choose an expert that chooses safety!

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Was your house built before 1978? We can test for presence of lead paint when getting a quote for exterior painting.
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A gorgeous ranch with beautiful color scheme. Want to make yours this beautiful? Get a quote today.

8- Exterior paint quote for a Ranch house

1600 Square foot ranch exterior paint cost

Let’s get an example of the cost to paint a small ranch style home. 

We’ll assume the house has 12 vinyl windows that do not need painting, 2 entry doors, wood siding in great shape and nothing is taller than 18feet. The scope of work will be to power-wash, minor scrape and caulking needed, 2 coats on the siding and 2 coats on the window casings, doors, door casings and soffits with premium acrylic paints. No lead-based paint. 

this project would take 3 days and price for this service would range from $3,000.00 to $4,000.00

9- Exterior paint quote for a Colonial house

5,000 Square foot Colonial exterior paint cost

Here’s an example on what it costs to paint the exterior of a 5,000 square foot colonial style home.

This house has 32 windows that the sash needs to be painted as well. There are 3 doors, 3 garage doors and frames, federal blocks in the front corners, dentil molding on the front gables, 3 dormers, one side is on a hill and there is about 20 hours of carpentry repairs needed. Siding and trim condition is not bad but not great. Woodwork is in good but not great condition as well. House will be power washed. All surfaces will get 2 coats of super-premium acrylic paints.

The cost for this house to be painted will be $17,500-$25,000 and take 1-2 weeks. 

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How much will it cost to paint my house exterior? Check out this blog post about exterior paint costs.

CONCLUSION

 Wow, we’ve covered a lot of  that are taken into consideration when estimating for exterior painting costs.  We’ve even given examples of costs to paint a simple home to a more complex project. 

As you can see there is no way to give a number range based on how big or samll the house is. There is no average home exterior paint cost since it takes many factors to give an accurate price that reflects the actual project much like shopping for a car. 

 

Do you need an estimate to paint the exterior of your house? 

Want to know how much exterior paint will cost you? 

Call us or book a quote today and we’d be happy to get you an exact price for your needs. 

 

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    Exterior Painting Preparation Process

    Exterior surface preparation for painting

    Exterior paint has 2 major functions; make your home beautiful and,  more importantly, protect your most valuable asset. We’ll be going over the different ways to prepare your home for exterior painting so you get the longest lasting performance for your efforts. See how you can really make a difference in the way it looks and how long it lasts.

    Pros and Cons

    Choice of color can influence how long it looks great. Some exterior house paint colors fade faster than others, for instance, and will look tired long before it is time for a recoat of exterior paint. Grays tend to look great for a long time. Even a faded gray color still looks gray. Deep red colors sometimes fade to an orange version of its original color from sun exposure.

    Pros

    Power washing first. Painting A clean house will last longer.

    Remove all loose paint and expose fresh wood fibers with sanding before spot-priming

    Cons

    Caulking: be sure it is paintable. 100% silicone caulking is not paintable!! 

    Caulking: do not seal the underside of siding to face of the next course of siding. These spaces should remain open to let any water out that may get behind it. 

    1- Exterior Paint is amazing for protection and beauty.

    Let’s talk premium exterior paint

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    Exterior paint does an amazing job protecting and beautifying your home. Learn how to get the longest life from your exterior paint with great paint preparation tips.

    Exterior house paint is an amazing product! Like we said in the intro, paint only has 2 functions: beautify and protect and it does an excellent job of it. If you put into perspective how amazing premium exterior paint really is let’s take a look at what it is. Paint is applied in a liquid form over a surface at the thickness of your standard kitchen trash bag. Two coats are usually applied so you would have a coating that is a total thickness of about 1-2 mils thick. That is 1-2 hundredths of an inch of coating that can withstand the sun, wind, moisture, freezing temps, blazing heat, and rain. Exterior paint holds up tho the torture of Mother Nature for 20 years or more. That’s 14,600+ days of protection from paint. All that service life from 2 coats of exterior paint- Amazing! But, word to the wise; you must apply the exterior paint over a properly prepared surface. Keep reading to find out why it matters in these exterior house painting tips. 

    2- Exterior paint preparation is the foundation

    Getting the most from exterior paint.

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    Set the cornerstone of a great exterior painting project with proper preparation. A long-lasting project only happens when you put effort into prep.

    Although exterior paint can last a long time and keep your house beautiful it all starts with a great foundation.

    Making sure that your home is properly prepared is the key to a long lasting project. Painting contractors know this and should spend the bulk of their time on preparation. We’ll dive into what the substrate is, the current condition, caulking, priming, color choice, age of your house, application method of exterior paint, masking, washing, and surface preparation.Paragraph

    Hitting the sweet spot of all these factors will get you the maximum return to protection and beauty of your most valuable asset.

    3- Exterior painting preparation step #1

    Know your substrate/ Know your surface

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    Masonite siding can degrade over time. Knowing how to prepare it and keep it sealed from water will give you many years of service.
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    Preparation methods vary depending on the substrate. Different primers are used for different surfaces like pine, cedar and pvc elements.
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    Cedar clapboards have tannin in them so an extractive bleeding stain blocker must be used. Knowing what type of substrate it is dictates the type of primer and topcoat.

    It is important to know what you are preparing for exterior paint. There are different methods for preparation if it is wood(cedar, mahogany, pine, etc), concrete, masonite siding, cement board, Boral, or PVC all known as substrates. 

    Each of these substrates may require a unique approach to be prepared, primed and painted. Let’s move on to the next topic, current condition.

    4- Exterior painting prep step #2

    Asses the current condition

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    Sometimes it is best to strip All the old coatings off. This results in many years of service from your exterior paint project.
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    Aligatored paint like this has to go! It is best to remove all the coatings in this situation.
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    Cedar shingles with grooves like this have limited preparation methods avaialble to remove old coatings. Sometimes it is better to replace the shingles if you have multiple peeling layers.

    Knowing what the substrate is makes for a better plan when preparing for exterior painting and so does assessing the current condition of your home.
    You may have peeling paint, alligatored paint, wood rot, failing caulking and fading around your entire house. You may also have a combination of paint failures on each side. This could be due to sun exposure on your south side that causes excessive expansion and contraction. There could be more rot and mold growth on the north side due to lack of sun exposure.

    5- Exterior painting prep step #3

    Age and type? How old is your home?

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    Older houses require more attention. We’ll give it the attention it deserves.

    This portion is 2-pronged. First thing you should know is how long it has been since it was last painted. If this is an exterior repaint of an existing home it is always great to know what was previously applied to the siding and woodwork. This will help with what type of primer and new topcoat to apply for best results.
    The second age you should know is what year was the house built? If your home was built before 1978 there is a probability that is has lead-based paint previously used. When scraping or sanding to prepare the exterior for painting you will need to take federally or state mandated precautions to protect from lead exposure. Staying safe when working with older homes is paramount. As you can see the age of your home and the type of paint or stain previously applied(if repainting) is great to know when getting ready to prepare for exterior painting. 

    6- Exterior painting prep step# 4

    A Clean surface to paint is important

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    Mold and mildew must be cleaned off before painting. You wouldn’t wax a car over dirt, would you?
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    Cleaning the siding before painting is a must. Just one of the many steps to preparing the exterior for paint.
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    Usually the sunny side of the house has oxidation/ fading which causes chalkiness. Power Washing helps clean it off before exterior painting.

    So, you wouldn’t wax a car without washing it first, right? The same analogy applies to your home. Cleaning it before painting is like washing before waxing. Pressure washing your home to remove dirt, dust, and mildew before painting makes sure the new exterior paint coatings stick to the surface. It is typical to have organic matter. Like mildew, growing on the North side of the house. Maybe you live close to a busy road and your house is dirty. A good wash with professional detergents is a quick and easy start to preparing your home for exterior painting. Don’t paint a dirty house because it will inhibit the adhesion of the new coatings and lead to premature peeling and problems. Don’t forget to allow proper drying time before applying paints as well. 

    7- Exterior painting prep Step #5

    Mask and cover everything for pro paining results

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    Masking windows and wood rot repairs. Keeping dust out of your house and paint off the glass.
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    Covering the windows keeps them clean. You don't want dust in your house, right? Or paint on the windows either.

    Masking and protection of any adjacent areas to painting prep is a must.

    When preparing any surface it is elementary to cover the ground where you are working. This extends to the adjacent areas as well. Covering windows with plastic is a great way to keep them clean and to keep dust from getting indoors. Covering rooflines is important too. Don’t forget about deck railings and small items like spigots and lights on your home. At the end of your exterior painting project you don’t want to have paint or stain on areas that it doesn’t belong. Keeping a clean jobsite gets you professional results. 

    8- Exterior paint prep step #6

    Scrape, sand or strip?

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    Scraping and sanding sometimes reveals many layers of previously applied paint. It is best for a long- lasting exterior paint project.
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    Removing all the old failed paint makes the new paint look great. Sanding and leveling the edge between new and old coats makes a smooth surface.
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    Masking, covering, scraping, sanding…. Lots of “ings” happen to your home before we paint it. Let us do the painting for you.
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    Complete paint removal. Sometimes it is actually faster to remove all of it than scrape some of it.
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    This house is naked! No more coatings on the siding. Don’t worry, we’ll get a ‘coat’ on it

    Ok, this is the step in house painting preparation that is the most wavering and indeterminate. How much to scrape loose paint, how far to sand, or should the surface be stripped of all coatings? 
    If the project is all new substrates like wood siding and pvc trim woodwork then most of the preparation exists in filling nail holes and caulking before painting. If the house has previous coatings and small patches of peeling paint or chipping paint then you can use a scraper to remove what is loose and then sand the wood to expose fresh wood fibers. This will allow the primer to get the best adhesion and seal the edges of the peeling paint to encumber it from peeling more in the future at the edges of where it previously peeled. Then there are homes with multiple coats of failing paint in large areas. This is a candidate for complete paint removal or stripping of the previous coats. Of course, each of these methods consumes greater amounts of time and resources but when prepared correctly for exterior painting you will get many years of service. If you are getting a quote for exterior painting be sure to get a written scope of work so it is determined in advance what type of preparation for exterior painting will be involved 

    9- Exterior painting prep step#7

    Prime for success

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    Spot priming each nail for rust stains. Sometimes it looks worse before it looks great.
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    Priming all the areas where paint was removed. One step out of many before painting even starts to be applied.
    Priming all the areas where paint was removed. One step out of many before painting even starts to be applied.
    Bare wood must be primed. All areas that were scraped and sanded get a coat of primer that is meant for the substrate.

    Primer is the base layer of a great paint project. Everything else builds on it so it must be done right. This is why you need to know your substrate. Some surfaces may require a specialty primer to effectively work. For instance, if you are priming cedar you typically want to use an oil-based primer since most acrylic universal primers do not stop bleeding of tannins. Although an acrylic primer will not necessarily fail in terms of peeling it will not look good when the finish coat has an orange-brown stain on it that will not go away. There are specialty primers for concrete, tannin bleeding woods, peeling problems, rust issues and stabilizing loose or chalky surfaces. 

    10- exterior painting prep step #8

    Caulking for protection

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    Caulking seals out water and moisture. Water and moisture is the biggest reason for failing paint.
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    Stop moisture and water infiltration by caulking all open spaces between substrates. Sealing out moisture makes the paint last longer.

    Now that you’ve made note of the substrate and the current condition its time to talk caulking.

    Caulking is a simple, easy, and inexpensive way to nearly stop all water infiltration. Did you know that excess moisture is the number one cause of exterior paint failures? Caulking seals gaps between boards, helps stop drafts and overall makes for a professionally finished exterior project. There are many different types of caulking. First, make sure it is suitable for exterior use. Second, get the most expensive caulking you can buy. A $5 tube of exterior caulking will outperform the cheaper $1-$2 tubes by as much as 10 times as long. It will stay flexible over a longer period of time and move with the expansion and contraction of the substrate better. Third, make sure it is paintable! Siliconized caulking IS paintable. 100% silicone IS NOT paintable. Caulking should be applied to any seam where 2 pieces of substrate come together and need to be sealed.

    Keeping moisture out is imperative to a long lasting exterior paint project preparation using caulking.

    11- Exterior painting prep step #9

    Type of Application for painting

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    Fresh coats on the side of the house while the back gets replacement shingles. Yes, we do that too.
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    Final touch ups. Beautifully applied paint on a sunny day. This house looks gorgeous.

    How you apply paint or stain makes a difference.
    There are basic ways that paint is applied. Brushing and rolling are the tried and true methods for applying paint. When doing so, especially on exterior painting, the paint is applied and brushed or rolled over the substrate pushing the paint or stain into the irregular surface profile. This wil fill in small pinholes in wood and other surfaces which helps not only seal the wood better, it also helps the paint or stain stick better since it has a deeper profile and more surface area to adhere to. Locally, in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, many homes have wood siding that is installed with the rough side out. This less-smooth side gives more ‘tooth’ and surface area for paint to adhere to as opposed to the smooth side of the siding. 

    12- Exterior painting prep step#10

    Color makes all the difference

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    We see a lot of gray houses. One of our favorites.

    Color choice for the exterior top coat can also extend the longevity of your project.

    We all know that the color(s) you pick to paint your house can make a huge difference in curb appeal. Did you know that certain colors fade faster? This may not be true for every paint manufacturer but, deep reds and some brighter colors have been known to fade faster than others. Red, for instance, can be an orange-red within 5 years or dark blues can fade making it look weathered and in need of repainting sooner than you’d like. Some manufacturers, like Benjamin Moore Paints, have a marking on their color samples that indicate it is not recommended for exterior use for reasons like fading. 

    Colors like grays and beiges, even when faded still look crisp and fresh for years.

    Conclusion

    There is so much effort to put forward when preparing a home for exterior painting. We hope this list of  exterior painting preparation was of help. Making sound decisions and going the hard road will always pay back in dividends of time. Spend more time on preparation for exterior painting and you’ll have to paint the exterior less often. 

    If you have any questions on exterior painting services please call or message us any time. 

    Want to know how much it will cost to paint the exterior of your home?(***Link to how much paint exterior blog

    Need an exterior painting contractor or painter near me? We are here to help. 

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    staircase railing makeover using stain

    Updating your home is always in style. How about updating your hallway railings? Making them a richer, darker color with wood stain makes more of an impact when your guests enter the front door. Follow along as we stain the hallway railings and posts in this home with our process of prep, cleaning, sanding, applying the stain and protective coatings.

    Before

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    1- Staining handrails darker

    the process used to stain the railings darker is exactly the same as the process in this blog about staining wood darker in an office.
    The same products of a water-based stain and a durable topcoat of water based polyurethane will last for years and can be accomplished over a weekend or a few days. The best outcome always comes from the best process. Follow along our process to make these handrails look great with a darker shade of stain and polyurethane.

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    2- Protection for Staining handrails

    As always, preparation is the key to the success of any project. The process of staining wood can be messy. The protection of all adjacent areas is imperative. No one wants to make a mess that can’t be cleaned up readily. In this situation, all the adjacent rugs, hardwood floors, and walls were protected with plastic, tape and carpet protection film.

    3- Cleaning railings for stain

    Surfactant leaching paint can look pretty bad, especially in the first few weeks after painting. Even though paint dries fast, as fast as an hour, it takes about 30 days to cure and harden. In the manufacturing process there are surfactants added which aid in the spread of paint as you apply it. These compounds typically rise to the surface slowly over time and dissipate. In the case of a steamy bathroom, they are raised to the surface, since they are water-soluble, very fast. Every time you take a shower and get condensation on your walls it causes the surfactants to leach to the surface. They then run down the wall with the condensation and the concentrated drop of waxy/ oily surfactant can make your freshly painted walls look terrible. Good thing you can clean it off. Read further to learn how.

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    4- Sanding the railings for stain

    After masking and cleaning it is time to sand the surfaces. Although you are not trying to strip the existing finish off it is good practice to sand thoroughly with 150-180 grit sandpaper over all the stair railings, stair banisters, newel posts and stair parts that will be stained darker. You should sand the railings until the surface is dull. While you are sanding you will notice if any parts were not cleaned thoroughly because the sandpaper will clog with the contaminants. If so, clean the area again and sand as needed. 

    5- Clean again for darker stain railings

    Ok, now you’ve protected adjacent areas, cleaned the railings and stair parts that you want to stain darker, and sanded everything. One more cleaning should be done to remove any sanding debris and dust. In this case, it is best to use a rag or cloth soaked in denatured alcohol to wipe everything down. Using denatured alcohol will make sure any residue comes off easy and it dries super fast allowing you to start staining in a short time after. You could also use a damp cloth but should wait until the surfaces are completely dry before moving on to the staining.

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    Castle Complements Painting Stain Handrails Darker Products_IMG_9919

    6- Products for staining handrails darker

    In some cases, you may need to take a little more action to get rid of the surfactant leaching stains on your bathroom. You can do the same process several times over the next few days. So, each time you take a hot steamy shower to be sure to wipe down the walls after. If it has been 30 days and the paint has fully cured try the following step after trying the hot shower method. If that doesn’t work you can use a damp cloth and a mild dish detergent which will help break through the residual surfactant on the surface. Rinse thoroughly and you should be good to go. No more sticky residue and streaks on the walls.

    7- Topcoat for dark stained railings

    After the stain is applied and dry you can topcoat the railings and newel posts to protect the beautiful finish you have achieved. The Saman varnish is also waterbased so it applies easily and dries very fast. Once again we used an HVLP system to apply the finish but you can readily apply the varnish with a brush too. Two to three finish coats of polyurethane should be applied to protect them and have a great hand feel to them. 

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    Castle Complements Painting Stain Handrails Darker Check your Work_IMG_9994

    8- Check your work

    You are almost done- Yay! Before you remove all the masking and protection you need to make sure all the work is satisfactory. Corrections are easier to make while you are still set up for the process rather than after you have removed all that protection for staining the handrails darker.  

    8- Cleanup

    Now that your darker handrails are looking beautiful and everything looks like a Pinterest post it is time to clean up. Always start from the top to the bottom. This is the exciting part- like unwrapping a present!

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    10- Admire your newly refinished handrails

    Now you know what it takes to make your stairway railings look great by darkening the stain. It takes some patience, great setup, preparation, and great stain products to make the handrails beautiful.  

    PROS AND CONS

    This process is great for existing handrails in a home since you do not have to completely remove/ strip the previous finishes off. This saves you time on preparation. The overall process can be messy if applied by brush or rag. We used an HVLP spray system to produce a uniform finish and quickly apply multiple coats as needed to achieve the desired stain color. 

    Another pro for this process is that it is all waterbased. There is little to no smell and dries super fast which gets you moving on to another project or just relaxing much faster than its oil-based counterpart. 

    CONCLUSION

    Now that you know how to stain wood stair railing and the process is complete you get to admire the new look of your staircase. They should really make an impact when you open the front door to let guests in. 

    Need help with staining your handrails? Looking to make an impact with your staircase when you open the front door to guests? Call us any time or book a quote to start the conversation about your handrail refinishing process today.

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      Interior Painting Services

      How much does Interior painting cost?

      Interior painting is a spectacular way to make your house a home. With paint, your interior space can look larger, lighter, cleaner and more modern. How much does quality painting from a professional house painter cost? In this article, we’ll cover house painting estimate costs and what goes into the numbers.

      1- Make a list

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      Castle Complements Painting Interior Painting House a Home_IMGb_8953

      When it comes time to hire residential painting services you may wonder how much it will cost you. The first thing you should do is take a walk around your home and note the areas that you want to improve with painting. Do you want to just have the wall painting or ceiling painting performed? Or maybe the trim painting and the ceiling only? Making a list will organize your thoughts and also make the list the same for everyone that comes to your home to give you a price for interior painting. This way you can compare price to paint based on the same list of interior painting needs.

      2- Do you have the time to paint?

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      You may know how to paint interior walls yourself or have a general idea of how to paint the house interior. Chances are you’ve looked for professional painting tips and tricks or interior painting techniques on YouTube or somewhere else on the web. The biggest issue is that you just don’t have the time to do it yourself or have the necessary tools which means it will take you several weekends or even months to get your interior painting project completed. 

      3- Hiring a Pro

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      This is where hiring a professional residential painting company makes your life easier and your home more beautiful. Painting contractors have all the tools necessary to get the job done which also saves you time shopping for tools and sundries you may only use one time. Professional painters will get your wall painting, ceiling painting, and trim painting completed with ease and best of all, you will get your weekends back since you don’t have to do it. 

      So, how much does it cost to hire a professional interior painting service? Here’s a quick example.

      4- Typical room details

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      Castle Complements Painting Interior Painting Room Details_IMGb_9299

      There are many factors that lead to the cost of interior painting. When you get prices from a handful of painting contractors you’ll see that prices can vary.  Let’s cover the cost to paint an average bedroom in a home. We’ll assume the room is 12 feet by 12 feet with 8-foot tall ceilings. The room has an entry door (raised panel door), 2 windows (casing only), baseboards and a closet door (raised panel door). These are all the surfaces in a common bedroom. For pricing, all surfaces are being painted 2 coats. 

      5- Product costs

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      Castle Complements Painting Interior Painting Product Cost_IMGb_9441

      In this bedroom, you’ll need 1 gallon of wall paint, 1 gallon of ceiling paint and 1 gallon of woodwork paint. Cheap interior paint would cost about $80-100 for these 3 gallons. Higher quality paint for these 3 gallons will be about $150 for the same 3 gallons. Most professional painters will opt for the better paint since the cost difference is minimal and the results would be better and faster. So far our costs are $150 for paint.

      6- Material Costs

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      Castle Complements Painting Interior Painting Material Cost_IMG_9458

      Interior painting supplies: Paint doesn’t apply itself, unfortunately, it takes tools and sundries to paint any interior room. Roller covers, drop cloths, paint brushes, ladders, extension poles, sandpaper, patching compounds……. the list is long. For this bedroom, we’ll assume $45 in miscellaneous items. If you had to purchase each of these for the first time it would be more than the $45.  Bedroom painting cost so far: $195 (150+45)

      7- Interior painting techniques

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      Setup/ masking/ patching: Every bedroom has items in it that need to be removed or masked to keep paint off. Light switch covers, doorknobs, window treatments, covering the floor, and masking items need to be completed. Patching minor blemishes too. We’ll allot 2 hours to this.

      Painting the ceiling:

      The ceiling will be painted with 2 coats. Cut in and rolled by hand will take a professional painter about 3 hours. 

      Painting the walls:

      Cut in and rolling paint 2 coats will take approximately 5 hours.

      Painting the woodwork:

      Painting interior doors, baseboards, and windows takes attention to detail. Two coats of paint on these items will take approximately 4 hours

      Cleanup:

      Unmasking, cleanup, and removal of all tools and materials: 2 hours

      8- Adding it all up:

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      Alright, for an average residential interior painting contractor a bedroom will take approximately 16 hours and $195 in materials. Assuming how much painters charge per hour at the rate of $50/ hour that leads to the cost of $995 to paint a bedroom.  Of course, these costs will vary on the quality of the paint, charge rate and how much attention to detail the painting company gives the project. 

      There are many intangible items that affect the cost to paint a house too. Painting contractors and professional painters, along with their experience, can help you with interior painting color tips and painting interior walls color ideas. They know professional painting tips and tricks, methods to achieve the best painting, and make it look easy because they paint every day

      Conclusion

      Thanks for following along with this quick explanation of how much it costs to paint a room. Now you know what it takes to get a rough estimate for a typical bedroom painting project.
      Want to know how much interior paint cost for your home? We make it easy. Just pick a time that works for you.(link to booing page).
      Perhaps you’d also like to know how much it will cost for fence paint, porch paint or deck paint with the best exterior paint? We do that too! Residential interior and exterior painting is what we do every day.

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      Why is my bathroom paint streaky? Surfactant leaching problems https://castlecomplements.com/interior-painting/why-is-my-bathroom-paint-streaky https://castlecomplements.com/interior-painting/why-is-my-bathroom-paint-streaky#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 17:14:54 +0000 https://castlecomplements.com/?p=1743 Why is my bathroom paint streaky? Surfactant leaching problems Read More »

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      What causes surfactant leaching and how to clean surfactant leaching from your walls.

      Bathrooms are a common place for paint failures. Surfactant leaching, while it doesn’t look great in your bathroom, isn’t a failure of the paint. Learn how it’s actually designed to help you and how to remedy the streaky mess that’s left behind.

      1- What is surfactant leaching?

      Paint is designed to stick to the surface being painted. If you have peeling paint then there are usually some fundamental issues with the adhesion of the paint. The most common issues of peeling paint are moisture, dusty/unclean surfaces, incompatible products, temperature and smoothness of the painted surface. Calcimine ceilings peel because of incompatible products being applied over it. 
       
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      Castle Complements Painting Surfactant Leaching Bathroom Paint Streaky_IMG_0061

      Surfactants are necessary water-soluble ingredients of latex paint. When paint dries in dry, well-ventilated conditions, those surfactants slowly rise to the surface. However, when those surfactants are exposed to moisture or humidity in the air while drying, they rise too quickly to the paint surface and settle, resulting in wall and ceiling stains, or surfactant leaching.

      The stains left behind from surfactant leaching, also known as streaking or weeping, can be oily, glossy, or sticky. It appears frequently in bathrooms and other humid environments on ceilings or walls. It is important to note that the discoloration from surfactant leaching is not the same as water stains or spots and should not be treated as such. See Benjamin Moore bathroom paint’s article here.

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      Castle Complements Painting Surfactant Leaching Bathroom Surfactant Leaching a Paint Failure_IMGb_0062

      2- Is surfactant leaching a Paint Failure?

      Peeling ceiling paint, blistering paint and chipping ceiling paint failures can be caused by excess moisture in places like a bathroom. In the case of surfactant leaching, however, it is not considered a paint failure. The paint is designed to act this way and even the best bathroom paint to prevent mold can have this issue. Darker paint colors tend to show the surfactant leaching streaks and stains more than lighter colors too.

      3- Why do I get surfactant leaching?

      Surfactant leaching paint can look pretty bad, especially in the first few weeks after painting. Even though paint dries fast, as fast as an hour, it takes about 30 days to cure and harden. In the manufacturing process there are surfactants added which aid in the spread of paint as you apply it. These compounds typically rise to the surface slowly over time and dissipate. In the case of a steamy bathroom, they are raised to the surface, since they are water-soluble, very fast. Every time you take a shower and get condensation on your walls it causes the surfactants to leach to the surface. They then run down the wall with the condensation and the concentrated drop of waxy/ oily surfactant can make your freshly painted walls look terrible. Good thing you can clean it off. Read further to learn how.

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      4- Is surfactant leaching toxic?

      Surfactant leaching is an aesthetic concern, and not harmful to the paint nor the surface it is on. As with any paint product you shouldn’t consume it. Sherwin Williams.

      5- How to remove surfactant leaching on walls

      While you can’t stop surfactant leaching, you can clean it. You may have tried to wipe the sticky residue off your walls and while some of it comes off it doesn’t quite all come off.   Want to know how to correct surfactant leaching on walls? Take a hot shower! Yes, that’s right. In order to clean up the surfactant leaching, you have to mimic what caused it in the first place.  You want to cause it to get wet with condensation and then wipe the walls down with a soft cloth. Pssst!- just use your bath towel. In most cases, this will do the trick and take no extra time at all. It may take a few hot showers to get the surfactant out of the paint. 

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      6- Stubborn surfactant leaching stains?

      In some cases, you may need to take a little more action to get rid of the surfactant leaching stains on your bathroom. You can do the same process several times over the next few days. So, each time you take a hot steamy shower to be sure to wipe down the walls after. If it has been 30 days and the paint has fully cured try the following step after trying the hot shower method. If that doesn’t work you can use a damp cloth and a mild dish detergent which will help break through the residual surfactant on the surface. Rinse thoroughly and you should be good to go. No more sticky residue and streaks on the walls.

      PROS AND CONS

      It is always best to wait at least 2 weeks before washing your walls.

      Even though the surfactant leaching isn’t pretty, it won’t cause any issues. Waiting for the paint to cure a while will help it from being abraded even from soft cloth wiping. Surfactant leaching pictures. Sometimes any washing of very dark colors and flatter sheens can leave marks from the cloth used. This is called burnishing. Test an area first. Did you know that surfactant leaching exterior paint is also an issue? It happens in the months when overnight temperatures are cooler causing excess moisture/ dew on a siding while the paint cures. The marks from the leaching usually go away within 6 weeks all by itself. In extreme cases it can be washed or rinsed off. 

      CONCLUSION

      Alright, so now you know what surfactant leaching is, how to identify surfactant leaching, why surfactant leaching happens and how to clean surfactant leaching off your bathroom walls or how to correct surfactant leaching on bathroom walls.
      We hope this article helped. If you should experience surfactant leaching and need our assistance please message us or call any time at 978-235-5678.
       
      Need assistance with other painting related projects? Interior painting? Kitchen Cabinet Painting? Exterior Painting? Wood rot repairs? Message us today and we’ll get right back to you. We want you to Love your castle and Love your painter!
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        Staining Wood darker https://castlecomplements.com/interior-painting/staining-wood-darker https://castlecomplements.com/interior-painting/staining-wood-darker#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:40:37 +0000 https://castlecomplements.com/?p=1705 Staining Wood darker Read More »

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        Staining wood Darker or the Transformation of Staining Wood Cabinets Darker

        Staining light wood darker in an office

        BEFORE

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        AFTER

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        In this day and age of painting everything white you may actually want to darken the stain of your woodwork to look better. In this article, you’ll see an amazing transformation of staining wood cabinets darker in an office. See the prep, the process and the materials used to make it a more regal and updated office for getting work done.

        1- Staining wood darker

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        Staining wood darker: This office is clad from floor to ceiling with oak panels, oak shelves, oak countertops and oak doors that only have a few coats of polyurethane. Over the years it has achieved a patina of golden orange which is not desired. The new owners of this home wanted to match the oak floors after they stained the wood floors darker.

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        Follow along with our process to make this office stain darker. Please note that this process is for previously finished wood that you want to make darker without stripping or sanding all of the old finish off of. 

        2- Color matching darker stain

        With the system of water-based wood stains available we were able to match the red mahogany stain color from Minwax used on the recently stripped and stained oak floors. The combination of chocolate and prune stains mixed in a ratio of 2:1 made a perfect match. Keep reading to learn more about the exact, easy to use products, we used.

        3- Getting the wood ready for a darker stain

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        process of cleaning and sanding
        Getting the wood ready for a darker stain
        cleaning and sanding every surface from the baseboard to the crown molding
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        As always, it takes lots of prep to make a great outcome. The office floor had to be covered and the cabinetry prepared much like a set of kitchen cabinets.
        In order to stain the wood paneling darker and stain wood darker without stripping we had to clean and sand every surface from the baseboard to the crown molding. The process of cleaning and sanding took 2 people about a day, including the masking.

        4- Staining wood a darker color

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        Castle Complements Painting Stain Wood Darker Before_IMGb2_0029

        For this process, we mix the waterborne stain with a water-based urethane made for floors. It is mixed and thinned so that it can be sprayed with an HVLP sprayer in thin even coats. One coat of wood stain is not dark enough so we apply about 5 coats to achieve the desired darker stain color

        5- Common staining questions

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        It is common for us to get questions about this process like how much to stain wood darker or how to stain wood darker without sanding. Also, will stain get darker with more coats and can you stain wood darker. Call us or message us any time and we’d be glad to answer your wood staining questions.

        6- Many colors of wood stain

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        There are many colors that can be achieved by mixing different stain colors together. Wood stain dark cherry, wood stain dark espresso, wood stain dark mahogany, wood stain dark walnut, wood stain dark oak, grey wood stain, white wood stain, black wood stain, gray wood stain, redwood stain, ebony wood stain, walnut stain, dark walnut stain, espresso wood stain, jacobean stain, blue wood stain, walnut wood stain, red oak stain, maple stain. The possibilities are endless and we are able to mix any wood stain color to match something specific if needed. 

        7- Stain wood products

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        In this specific instance we used a product from a company called Saman. They have a full line of stains and finishes that you can use to create an exact stain color or stain color match as needed. As stated above we used the colors chocolate and prune. Saman products are all water-based and dry times are fast allowing multiple coats in a day, no smell and quick return to service time. We use a sprayer to apply to get the most even application of stain. There are other classic brands such as Minwax wood stains, Valspar wood stains and Minwax polyshades which is a stain and polyurethane all in one product.

        8- Staining oak cabinets darker

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        Castle Complements Painting Stain Wood Darker Oak Cabinets_IMGb_3254b
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        Castle Complements Painting Stain Wood Darker Oak Cabinets_IMGb_3256

        All of the oak in the office transformed from an old yellow/ orange to a dreamy dark red/chocolate tone that was achieved over several coats. The same process of staining could be used with pine wood stain, oak wood stain, mahogany wood stain, cedar wood stain, and walnut wood stain depending on what species of wood you have already in your home. 

        9- Sealing after stain

        Now that you are happy with your darker stain color it is time to seal it. A clear topcoat in the sheen you desire is all it takes to seal in the beauty. The most common sheen is satin. On this specific project, we mixed Saman flat with equal parts satin finish to achieve the gloss level seen in the photos. It’s not too shiny and not a flat finish so it will clean up great. Let it dry for a few days before using your new and beautiful space.

        10- Staining dark wood lighter?

        Staining dark wood light, unfortunately, is not possible. In some cases, we may be able to make dark wood gray but due to the nature of stain if the wood stain is too dark how to lighten is problematic. Since you can see through the stain and darker color will last through the subsequent coat and that is why you can stain light wood darker but not the inverse.

         

        Pro’s and Con’s

        As previously stated, start with thin coats and work your way to the darkness you wish to achieve with the stain color. You cannot make the stain color lighter once it is too dark. You would have to strip or sand off the stain in order to lighten the stain color. Sanding and cleaning are imperative and the key to a great staining and finishing project.

        Conclusion

        Now you know you can darken the stain on your woodwork. The process is simple and the results are dramatic. If you are looking to darken the stain in your office or darken the stain of your cabinets feel free to reach out to us. Have a question about the staining or toning process? Please ask. Leave a comment below or call any time. 

        We look forward to taking care of your wood staining needs and also any interior or exterior painting project you have. Love your castle- Love your painter!

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        How to paint over calcimine

        Ugh! Peeling ceiling Paint!
        Do you own an older home with peeling ceiling issues? Calcimine is a common problem;
        here’s how to deal with it.
        Have you ever been painting a ceiling and as you make your way across the room you notice the fresh paint peeling off the ceiling as it dries?
        Or do you have a ceiling with paint that peels all the time?

        There are a few causes of this and we’ll explain through this post so follow along as we cover causes of peeling paint, common areas that paint peel and how to deal with calcimine coated ceilings specifically.

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        1- What makes paint peel?

        Paint is designed to stick to the surface being painted. If you have peeling paint then there are usually some fundamental issues with the adhesion of the paint. The most common issues of peeling paint are moisture, dusty/unclean surfaces, incompatible products, temperature and smoothness of the painted surface. Calcimine ceilings peel because of incompatible products being applied over it. 
         
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        Castle Complemetns Painting EckCreativeMedia Inforgraphics Where Ceilings do Peel

        2- Where ceilings do commonly peel

        The most common room for ceiling paint to peel is the bathroom. The excess moisture from taking showers along with contaminants from soap, cleaners and beauty products can be a cause. Calcimine coated ceilings have a tendency to peel when painted over with incompatible coatings such as latex or acrylic ceiling paint.

        3- What is calcimine paint?

        Calcimine paint was used in the past up until about the 1940’s and still found in some houses into the 60’s. Calcimine paint was an easy and cheap coating to give interior surfaces a clean look. Calcimine was made from easy to acquire products like calcium carbonate mixed with water (sometimes pigments and glue) to make an easy to use and fast-drying coating for walls and ceilings. These were the days of heating with coal and wood stoves, so walls and ceilings stained with soot quickly and calcimine was a quick and inexpensive cover-up during spring cleaning. source: read more here

        4- What is the problem with calcimine?

        If you continued to use calcimine you’d have less problems with peeling, however, technology and coatings have evolved. Old school- since calcimine paint was applied with water, and the calcium carbonate is soft, it poses a long-term problem for homeowners when applying current latex or acrylic paints over calcimine. Acrylic paint is water-based it will reactivate the calcimine, which is chalky, and peel off, chip, or have bubbled paint on ceiling. 

        Calcimine ceiling repair and painting: How to paint over calcimine.

        5- Preparing the room

        As always, you’ll need to ready the room for painting by covering, masking and protecting. Check out our blog about preparing for painting here
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        Castle Complements Painting Peeling Ceiling Paint Preparation for Ceiling Repairs_IMG_9694b
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        6- Scraping the loose paint

        Whether you have paint peeling off the ceiling while painting, paint peeling from ceiling or paint cracking you’ll need to scrape ALL the loose paint from the ceiling. Sometimes a small cracked or peeling area will scrape off exposing a larger area than it looked like. Scrape the loose paint until you get to an area where the ceiling paint is tightly bonded. Wiping or cleaning any excess chalkiness will greatly help.

        7- Spot priming

        After all the areas of failed paint are scraped it’s time to spot prime. Remember that calcimine is loosened by water or moisture. You will want to apply a moisture-resistant primer. In this case, you should use an oil-based primer so you do not reactivate the calcimine and keep paint from peeling.

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        8- Patching

        After the primer has dried it’s time to patch all the defects. Use your patching compound of choice and apply the number of coats needed to make smooth after sanding. Patching compounds are water-based so be sure to patch only where the oil-based primer was applied so as to not have issues with the moisture from the patching compounds over calcimine. Allow to dry and sand smooth. 

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        9- Spot prime again

        Yes, another coat of oil primer should be applied over the patches. This ensures uniformity of the finish coat by sealing the porous filler. 

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        10- Ceiling paint

        In order to ensure no more peeling ceiling paint you must use the best ceiling paint for this specific project. Not just any white ceiling paint will work. You will want to use a calcimine re-coater. An oil-based calcimine specific primer/paint. We use Calcimine Re-coater from Benjamin Moore which can be used as primer and a finish coat for ceilings.  Apply 2 coats of calcimine recoater. 
         
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        We hope this information helps when it comes to your peeling ceiling. Calcimine painted ceilings can be problematic but now you know why they peel, what calcimine paint is, and how to remedy the peeling. There are no shortcuts for scraping, spot priming, patching and painting with the correct products when it come to calcimine ceiling painting but, when done right, will have your ceilings looking great for years to come.

        Did you know that in addition to repairing ceilings we also remove wallpaper and paint kitchen cabinets?
        Need help with your peeling ceiling?
        Have cracks, water stains or ugly texture you want removed?
        Call us TODAY for a FREE Estimate, you will be happy you did!
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          Cabinet Refinishing How to Guide https://castlecomplements.com/interior-painting/cabinet-refinishing-how-to-guide Sun, 08 Dec 2019 03:08:18 +0000 https://castlecomplements.com/?p=1483 Cabinet Refinishing How to Guide Read More »

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          How to get professional kitchen cabinet painting results

          Thinking about spray painting your kitchen cabinets? You’ve come to the right place for answers about the entire process. In this post you will learn how to set up and mask, prepare the kitchen cabinet hardware, prep the kitchen cabinets for paint, tools and equipment, dust extraction, spray equipment, primers, repairs, finish coat process, handling of painted doors and drawers, and clean up for kitchen cabinet painting. 
          Follow through this comprehensive post for professional kitchen cabinet painting.
          Alright, so, you want to paint your kitchen cabinets. Replacement kitchen cabinets cost a fortune and the cost to paint kitchen cabinets meets your budget. 
          There are a few things to check for and lots of opportunities to make your kitchen cabinets even better when painting them. Check our post about it here.

          BEFORE

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          AFTER

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          1- Set up and masking for kitchen cabinet painting

          One of the most important parts of any painting process is preparation. Spray painting kitchen cabinets give you the best finish and makes them look like they came right from the factory. With that, you’ll need to protect all surfaces adjacent to your kitchen cabinets so nothing gets ruined. 
           
          Start with the floor. protecting the floor when painting kitchen cabinets is the first priority. Products like rosin paper and shingle underlayment work best for temporary protection. These products can be rolled out and trimmed to cover the floor. You’ll want to seal the edge of the masking with tape. Not just any tape, though. Make sure it is a low tack tape so the finish pf the floor is not ruined when unmasking after kitchen cabinet painting. 
           
          After the floor is covered you’ll want to protect the countertops. Protecting the countertops when spray painting kitchen cabinets is done in two steps. First step is to mask with plastic so you have a watertight seal. The next step is to cover the countertops with rosin paper. The rosin paper protects the counters from over spray and the plastic underneath protects the countertops from any liquids used when cleaning the cabinets as part of the prep. Some of the cleaners used could drip onto the rosin paper causing damage or discoloration that is unseen until you remove the rosin paper after painting the kitchen cabinets. 
           
          Great, the floors and countertops are covered. Now you can mask the walls and backsplash adjacent to the kitchen cabinets with more paper or plastic. Don’t forget to mask the ceiling too. Usually, you can get away with masking 2-3 feet away from the cabinets. 
           
          Word of advice for masking: Be sure to bring the edge of your tape precisely to the edge item you are masking. Because you are spraying the kitchen cabinets if you leave an area unmasked it will get painted. If you mask it and it needs to be painted you will have no paint on it. Sharp straight lines with tape make sharp straight lines in the paint. 
           
          There’s still one more area to mask. We’ll get to that in a few steps.
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          2- Doors, drawer fronts prep for kitchen cabinet painting

          So, now that most of the kitchen is masked and getting ready for spraying we need to address the doors. Before removing any doors you want to mark them. You can really take away the joy of a completed kitchen cabinet painting project when you can’t figure out which door came from which cabinet. In order to skip this frustration, you’ll need to mark each door. quickest way is to apply a piece of tape to the front of each door and write a number with a marker on the tape. Do the same with the drawer fronts. 
           
          Removing the hardware and doors:  next, you should remove the knobs, pulls and handles on the doors and drawers. Place them in a bag if you are going to reuse them after painting the cabinets. now it’s time to remove the doors. To make reassembly easier you’ll also want to keep track of the hinges. when you remove the top hinge from a door you can place it on the top shelf inside the cabinet it comes from. same with the bottom hinge. 
           
          place the piece of tape with the door number inside the mortise for the hinge. stack your doors and drawers off to the side.
           
          Now your masking can be completed.  Now that the doors and drawers are removed you’ll need to mask the openings so you don’t spray paint into the cabinet door and drawer openings. Note: you can skip this if you are looking to paint the insides of your kitchen cabinets. 

          The bases should also be free from major defects so they will be great candidates for painting.

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          3- CLEANING

          No other step in this entire post is more important. When getting your kitchen cabinets ready for painting it is imperative that they are CLEAN. This process also needs to be done before you do any sanding. If the cabinets are sanded while dirty you will contaminate surfaces that may not have been dirty and therefore inhibit primers and paints to stick properly. 
          Cleaning your kitchen cabinets for painting should be done with a strong de-greaser and scouring pads followed by a rinsing with an oil cutting solvent like paint thinner and then a final rinsing wipe with denatured alcohol. Safety warning: never mix cleaning chemicals or the rags, scouring pads soaked with cleaning chemicals. 
          This process should be completed on all doors, drawers, and cabinet frames. Pro tip: Double-check the underside of the upper cabinets and any surface within 3 feet off the stove. They are dirtier than you think. 
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          4- Sanding kitchen cabinets for painting

          Sanding is important when painting any surface.There is no shortcut  paint kitchen cabinets without sanding. In the case of kitchen cabinets, you wan to be certain that you are getting the best adhesion possible. All surfaces to be painted should be sanded with a grit of 150-180 snapper and then dusted or wiped clean of dust.
           
          OK, let’s recap what’s been done so far to get your kitchen cabinets ready for spray painting: We’ve masked the floors, masked the countertops and masked the walls and adjacent areas like the ceiling. The doors have been marked and the hardware has been taken off. Final masking has been done. Thorough cleaning of all surfaces. Finally, you have sanded all surfaces. 

          5- Keeping dust and over-spray out:

          Keeping the other rooms in your house clean is just as important as the task of painting the kitchen cabinets. That’s why you should take preventative measures to be sure the dust does not end up where it doesn’t belong. Not only do you not want the dust and over-spray to end up in another room of the house you also do not want it sticking to the freshly painted surfaces. 
           
          For this, you can do two things. Temporary walls can be erected so that you contain all over-spray. Second, you can create a negative airflow by placing a fan with ducting in the spray booth you created with temporary walls. The ducting should flow outdoors or out of the spray booth and have a HEPA filter as to not spread the dust out of the spraying area.
           
          Great, now you are almost ready to start painting your kitchen cabinets. Let’s talk about spray equipment and product first.
           
          Spray equipment- High-quality professional paint spray equipment is a must for the best results. A professional HVLP, airless system or an air-assisted system can all be used. These systems will typically cost from $800 to $3500 and last a very long time with proper maintenance.
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          6- Kitchen cabinet priming:

          Primer is the foundation of a perfectly painted set of kitchen cabinets. Common primers for kitchen cabinets are White pigmented shellac, urethane modified primers, self-sealing lacquers, lacquer under-coater, or vinyl sealer. you should test the surface to find the best-suited primer for your kitchen cabinet painting needs. How many coats of primer on cabinets? Usually 2 coats with minor repairs between coats is perfect.

          7- Repairs

          Repairs should be made after priming your kitchen cabinets. Dings and dents can be filled with glaze and spot putty. If there are scars or marks from the old hardware they can be filled. Maybe you are changing the handles and need to fill the old holes. Now is the time to repair them. After filling you will need to sand and remove dust.

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          8- Prime again

          Apply a second coat of primer to your kitchen cabinet doors, drawers and frames. Once dry you’ll need to lightly sand all surfaces in advance of the first finish coat.

          Kitchen cabinet painting; paint or lacquer? People often debate whether you should use paint or lacquer or even the best brand of paint for kitchen cabinets. Today there are more options than ever. Lacquers are often left to the pro with a spray booth because they were highly flammable which made it a poor candidate for at-home spraying of kitchen cabinets. Currently, there are options for water base lacquer so fire safety is nil. Paints can be used with success too. Cabinet paint lowes. There are many cabinet specific paints on the market. These are also water-based so no worries of fire when spraying in your home.
           

          9- Finish Coats

          Apply 2 finish coats of paint or lacquer with the proper dry time between each coat. Be sure to sand between coats.

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          10- Quality check - unmasking

          Check all surfaces to be sure you have the results you are looking for. If not, you can touch up as needed while your kitchen cabinets are still masked. If everything is satisfactory and your kitchen cabinets look amazing its time to unmask the frames and floors and countertops. 
           
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          11- Door and drawer installation

          You may wish to cover the countertops with a towel or drop cloth so you can rest your freshly painted kitchen cabinet doors and drawers on them without marring them. 
          Place each door in the corresponding numbers position they came from. Pro tip: apply a new clear rubber bumper at the inside top and bottom of each door so they do not get damaged from slamming.
          Install your drawers and put on new bumpers at each inside corner as well.
           
          Now step back and look at your beautiful new painted kitchen cabinets.  Great job!!
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          So, let’s recap how to paint your kitchen cabinets. We walked through the masking, cleaning, sanding and preparation of your kitchen cabinets. We also covered types of primer and the best paint spray machines for application of primer and paint to your kitchen cabinets. There’s some great pointers on how to avoid complications with where the doors came from when reinstalling and not spending too much time with alignment by keeping track of the hinges. Lastly, using things like new rubber bumpers on the doors and drawers will keep you from having damage to the freshly painted cabinets. 
          We hope you enjoyed this tutorial and can see how much attention and care goes into spray painting your kitchen cabinets. If you would like more info on types of products, how to prep in certain scenarios or even technical help with application feel free to reach out to us. Thinking about  painting your kitchen cabinets and don’t want to rain a finger for the process? Message us with pictures of your kitchen and what you’d like done and we can get a conversation started about the cost and process involved to make your kitchen the envy of your neighbors. 
           
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            Wallpaper removal- getting the room ready. https://castlecomplements.com/interior-painting/wallpaper-removal-getting-the-room-ready Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:23:34 +0000 https://castlecomplements.com/?p=1339 Wallpaper removal- getting the room ready. Read More »

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            There’s no easy way to remove wallpaper. Sorry, I said it.
            Wallpaper removal all comes down to patience and a lot of elbow grease. We often say that by hiring us to remove wallpaper you’ll save your relationship with your significant other.
            Wallpaper removal can be frustrating and take a lot of time only to make a big mess and not get the professional results you are looking for.
            Follow along with us and learn the best methods for wallpaper removal to make your wallpaper stripping project as smooth as possible.

            Wallpaper Removal Process

            1- Getting the room ready

            Getting a room ready to remove wallpaper is important for protection and safety.
            You will be using quite a bit of water to loosen the wallpaper for removal.
            The water can damage hardwood floors and rugs if you over-apply by accident.
            Water and electricity do not play nice to together so, for safety reasons, you need to protect electrical outlets.
            First, you should cover the perimeter of the room with drop cloths. This will keep the scraps of paper and gobs of paste from sticking to your rug or flooring making and even bigger mess to clean up after your walls are clean.
            Next, Tape plastic to the wall ½ inch above the baseboard and extend approximately 3 feet onto the floor. This will keep water that runs down the wall from running behind the baseboards and on to the wood floors and carpets. The drop cloths will soak up water and paste residue if it gets by the plastic.
            Lastly, because you are using water near electrical outlets you can shut off the power to the room or you can divert the water over the outlets by placing a piece of tape over each outlet like in the picture so that water does not get into the switch or plug.

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            2- Determining what type of paper

            There are 2 types of wallpaper to check for Peeleable/ Strippable, Non-Peelable/ Non-Strippable

            First, try dry peeling the wallpaper. If most of the wallpaper comes off the wall, leaving only paste residue and minimal paper backing, then it is dry strippable wallpaper, which is a solid vinyl covering and the easiest to remove.

            If the decorative pattern portion of the wallpaper comes off but leaves a paper layer and paste on the wall, then it is a peelable wallpaper and slightly harder to remove.

            If little bits & pieces of wallpaper come off but no large pieces then it falls into the non-peelable category and will have to be scored to remove properly. This process takes the longest and includes foil and mylar wallpaper.

            3- Working with the wallpaper

            Dry Strippable or Peelable Wallpaper process for removal
            Begin working at a seam and try to get under the paper with a wallpaper razor scraper to remove as much of the wallpaper and paper backing as possible.

            Mix the wallpaper stripper solution or vinegar with hot water. Follow the directions on the back of the container for appropriate water to stripper proportions. Apply the solution with an appropriate sized hand sprayer or pump sprayer so you can cover more square feet at a time. Typically one to two gallons of solution is enough as you want to keep the water as hot as possible. Mix additional batches as needed.

            Apply the solution from the ceiling to the floor. You want to get it wet but not so much water applied that there are puddles on the floor. Let soak long enough for the paste/paper to soften. You may have to wet the area two to three times waiting 15-20 minutes between each wetting.

            Use a wallpaper razor scraper, broad knife, and/or scouring pad to aid in removing paper and paste from the walls working from the bottom up. Repeat step as many times as necessary until you have all the wallpaper removed.

            Rinse walls with clean warm water to remove any paste/paper residue. Alternatively, you can sand the walls to remove any paste/paper residue once completely dry so it doesn’t gum up and fill the sandpaper.

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            4- Non-Peelable / Non-Strippable Wallpaper process for removal:

            Run a scoring tool (paper tiger) or knife blade over the wallpaper making cuts or X’s with enough pressure to puncture the wallpaper surface but not harming or gouging the plaster or wallboard. Course sandpaper can also be used to score the surface. This will allow the wallpaper solution to thoroughly penetrate the wallpaper


            Mix the wallpaper stripper solution or vinegar with hot water. Follow the directions on the back of the container for appropriate water to stripper proportions. Apply the solution with an appropriate sized hand sprayer or pump sprayer so you can cover more square feet at a time. Typically one to two gallons of solution is enough as you want to keep the water as hot as possible. Mix additional batches as needed.

            Apply the solution from the ceiling to the floor. You want to get it wet but not so much water applied that there are puddles on the floor. Let soak long enough for the paste/paper to soften. You may have to wet the area two to three times waiting 15-20 minutes between each wetting.

            Use a wallpaper razor scraper, broad knife, and/or scouring pad to aid in removing paper and paste from the walls working from the bottom up. Repeat step as many times as necessary until you have all the wallpaper removed.

            Rinse walls with clean warm water to remove any paste/paper residue. Alternatively, you can sand the walls to remove any paste/paper residue once completely dry so it doesn’t gum up and fill the sandpaper.

            5- Other Things to consider

            Not only is the type of wallpaper you are removing important to know, you will also want to know if the walls are wallboard or plaster. If the walls are plaster it is a much harder surface and can be easier for wallpaper removal.

            If the walls are drywall/ wallboard then they tend to be damaged easier as it is softer.

            Yet another factor that can make wallpaper removal easier is if the walls have been previously coated with paint or sizing, a wallpaper primer. If they have been painted or primed before wallpaper installation then the paste tends to re-wet and remove with ease and not damage the wallboard too.

            Sometimes you hit the jackpot and find wallpaper that was applied directly to the wallboard with no previous coatings or primers. These are the worst for removal as it damages the paper face of all the wallboard and requires a special process of priming and skim coat after wallpaper removal. We hope this is not your case!

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            6- Cleanup

            Ok, now that all that dreaded wallpaper has been removed its time to clean up. No, not pick up the drop cloths yet- clean up the walls.

            You’ll need a bucket of clean hot water and a bucket with water to rinse along with a sponge and scouring pads.

            Start at the top and work your way to the bottom by applying water to the wall with your sponge to wet it. Then use your scouring pad to loosen any small pieces of paper, gobs of wallpaper adhesive and remnant of the backing. Finally, rinse it off with a clean sponge. Repeat until everything is clean.

            The cleaning is important because if you have any wallpaper paste residue left behind it can interfere with the adhesion of the paint.

            Finally, you can clean up the floors, pick up the drop cloths and admire your hard work.

            There you have it, the best ways to assess what kind of wallpaper you are removing, the types of tools needed for wallpaper removal and how to deal with the most stubborn wallpaper.
            In the end it comes to patience and determination.
            Wallpaper removal can be very gratifying and be the best decision yo make when you are looking to make a space look so much better.
             

            Looking to have us remove the wallpaper for you instead?
            Get a quote for wallpaper removal from the experts at Castle Complements.
            You can book a quote at a time convenient for you.

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              Painting your Kitchen Cabinets? 9 Upgrades to consider https://castlecomplements.com/interior-painting/9-upgrades-to-consider-when-painting-your-kitchen-cabinets Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:00:14 +0000 https://castlecomplements.com/?p=1300 Painting your Kitchen Cabinets? 9 Upgrades to consider Read More »

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              Beyond kitchen cabinet painting, upgrades to consider

              Kitchen Cabinet Painting allows you to upgrade your kitchen in many ways other than just your kitchen cabinet paint color.
              There are 9 options below that you should assess in order to have the best painted cabinets that work for you.
              The end result will be like having a brand new kitchen and not just kitchen cabinets that are painted.
              Castle Complements Painting Co. can help you with the how-to’s of kitchen cabinet painting instead of kitchen cabinet paint DIY.
              Our professional team will have your neighbors in awe of your new painted kitchen cabinets.

              Have an outdated kitchen from the 90s and know it’s time for a change?
              The most popular and affordable option for a new looking kitchen is to paint your cabinets.
              There are more options to choose than what kitchen cabinet paint color.
              Opportunities abound – Options to consider when deciding to paint your kitchen cabinets are what you don’t you like about them now.
              If there are elements of the kitchen cabinets that annoy you or make them look old, even after painting, then now is the perfect time to upgrade so you will LOVE your painted kitchen cabinets.

              1. Check for is the kitchen cabinet build quality

              Spending time and money on an inferior set of cabinets just doesn’t make sense.
              The best kitchen cabinets to paint are made of high-quality materials.
              Maple, oak and cherry kitchen cabinets are all great options for kitchen cabinet painting.
              If the cabinets are made of particleboard, laminate or plastic veneer then you should probably pass on trying to paint them.
              These surfaces make it hard for paint to properly adhere or may need replacing more than painting.

              2. The overall condition should be checked as well.

              Since your kitchen cabinets maybe 20 years old you should be sure the frames and doors are in sound condition.
              The kitchen cabinet doors should be solid, without cracks and free from major damage.
              The bases should also be free from major defects so they will be great candidates for painting.

              3. The Valance

              The most common area that annoys homeowners is the scalloped-edge arch that spans between the upper cabinets over the kitchen sink opening also known as the valance.
              This outdated piece of wood that puts a time stamp on your kitchen can be trimmed or removed before painting to increase its visual appeal.

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              4. The Soffit

              Is there an open soffit above your kitchen cabinets that you don’t like?
              The area over your kitchen cabinets just collects dust if it’s only a few inches of space.
              A very common approach to update the cabinets before painting is to build a soffit that spans from the cabinet up to the ceiling.
              A new kitchen cabinet soffit with crown molding can modernize the appearance before painting them and solve the problem with that dust-collecting area.

              5. Make it brighter

              It’s also a great time to add a light rail to the bottom edge of the upper cabinets.
              This could be for an added detail to make the painting kitchen cabinets have a more modern look and also double as an extended area to put under cabinet lights.

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              6. Make it stylish

              How about the hardware on your kitchen cabinets? Kitchen cabinet hardware can also be adding to the outdated look. The hardware can be replaced with a more current look and finish. Are the hinges exposed? You can update to concealed hinges with soft close. The handles and knobs ugly? Yup, you can update them. Even the drawer slides can be updated to a soft close system. No more hearing a slamming drawer or door again.

              7. Make it modern

              How about the existing door style of your kitchen cabinets?
              New kitchen cabinet doors and drawer fronts can be purchased to be painted along with the cabinet bases to match.
              This allows you to update the overall style of the entire kitchen. You could change the arch-top doors to a shaker style with cleaner lines.
              Doesn’t this sound great?

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              8. More practical

              Need more shelves?
              Want them to pull out like a drawer?
              Before getting your cabinets ready for paint you can have shelves changed to easy-pull sliding units allowing you to easily access what is in the back of all those hard to reach areas.
              Is the dog getting into your trash?
              A sliding garbage drawer might just be your answer.

              9. Color your world

              Now we get to talk about paint for your kitchen cabinets.
              Not only do you get to pick any color that you want you can pick multiple colors.
              Yes, many clients of ours choose to paint the cabinets on the perimeter one color and paint the island cabinets a separate color.
              There is also the opportunity to paint the lower cabinets one color and the upper cabinets a second color.
              White painted, deep blue and gray painted cabinets are all popular kitchen cabinet paint colors at the moment. Along with paint color, there is the ability to choose to glaze over the paint and also distressing.

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              The amazing part of all these options when considering painting your kitchen cabinets is that it is still less expensive to modify a solid set of kitchen cabinets and paint them than it is to replace them.
              Even better, all of this can be achieved in less than 2 weeks instead of 3-6 months so you can get a modern, stylish, functional and beautifully painted kitchen cabinets.

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