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5 Tips For Using Mineral Based Paint in Denver Metro, CO

5 Tips For Using Mineral Based Paint in Denver Metro, CO

5 Tips For Using Mineral Based Paint in Denver Metro, CO

When you are working on improving the appearance of your home by painting, one of the challenges you will face is choosing what kind of paint you will use.

One of the paints that are available to use for painting your home (both exterior and interior) is mineral-based paint, which is made of water glass and mineral pigments.

Mineral-based paint has many fine qualities, among which is that it is water-resistant and good against things like acid rain, pollution, and mold.

With that being the case, let us look at and consider five tips for using mineral-based paint in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Shellac To Seal Knots On Wooden Surfaces

Wooden surfaces tend to have knots, at least if they are wood cut from a tree and aren’t a synthetic product made to look like wood.

Knots tend to come through to the surface and are visible, even if you use a number of coats of paint — with one possible workaround to make them no longer visible.

If you use good shellac first to seal the surface, you will note that you won’t be able to see the knots come through after a couple of coats of your mineral-based paint.

2. Use Plastic Wrap To Make Reopening Paint Much Easier

One issue that people have is that it can be a bit tricky to reopen paint once it has been opened — but there is a way that you can close the paint container and have it be not too difficult to reopen.

Use a plain piece of plastic wrap put on the container prior to putting on the lid, and you will note that you can reopen the container of paint much easier.

3. Make Sure The Surface Is Clean Before Painting

Few things get in the way of painting than having a dirty surface — depending on the material that you are painting, it’s entirely possible that you have dirt, dust, and possibly even mold or mildew on the surface. You wouldn’t want to paint over that.

The best thing you can do in preparation for a painting project is to make sure that the surface you are painting is properly cleaned with a mixture of cleaning products and the appropriate brush or cloth so that you can get the dirt or grime off of that which is being painted.

Once you have cleaned the surface, you will have to make sure that it is dry before you continue with your painting project.

4. Too Much Paint On Your Brush Is A Bad Thing

When it comes to loading up your paintbrush during the painting process, too much paint is not a good thing.

If, while you are painting, you see a certain texture on the surface that you are painting that almost looks like little valleys, it is a good sign that you have too much paint on your paintbrush.

If you have the right amount of paint on your paintbrush, you will find that ultimately you will be using fewer brush strokes to cover the surface that you are looking to paint.

5. Test Colors Before Committing To Them

When you’re looking to paint your home, you might think that you can choose the right color based on a color swatch that you find in the paint store — this is a bit of a misconception.

Though, of course, you can get a general idea if color is good based on the switches from the store, you won’t know how well the colors work with your home unless you test them out in the different light conditions that are present throughout the day.

The best way to know for sure is to get a small sample of the paint to take home and then to test out a small amount in an area that you can check on in different light conditions, and if you find that it is to your liking, you are set!

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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Tips and Tricks for Choosing A Stain For Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

Tips and Tricks for Choosing A Stain For Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

Tips and Tricks for Choosing A Stain For Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

When you get new kitchen cabinets, one of the first things that should be done is to choose whether to paint the cabinets or to stain them.

The difference between painting your cabinets and staining them is relatively substantial, in that one will greatly cover the wood of your cabinets. In contrast, one will highlight the natural grain and appeal of your cabinets.

If you choose to stain your kitchen cabinets, something you will need to do is to determine which stain will go best with them — and not all stains are appropriate for your kitchen cabinets.

With that being the case, let us look at some tips and tricks for choosing a stain for your kitchen cabinets in Denver Metro, CO.

White

A white stain is a good look for you if you like the appearance of white cabinets, but you also want to retain the look of the grain of the wood.

It is the kind of stain that can be optimal if you pair it with more colorful appliances, flooring, or even countertops that contrast well with the white cabinets.

It is good to note that white kitchen cabinets pair well with appliances of just about any color.

Sand Well Before Staining

Though it’s agreed that sanding before painting your kitchen cabinets, it is not entirely agreed that you also need to do so before staining them.

Sanding your kitchen cabinets can make the difference between well-stained cabinets and cabinets that look quite awful and need to be redone.

You would do well to use 220 grit sandpaper to finely sand the surface of your cabinets before you begin the staining process.

It’s worth noting that you should also properly clean the cabinets as the sanding dust that comes about from sanding should not be left.

Stains And Finish Should Be Compatible

When you are finished applying coats of stain — the more coats of stain you apply, the darker it will be — you will apply a finish to the surface of your cabinets.

These two must be compatible — and the good news is that the label on your stain will let you know which finishes are best for your stain.

Cherry Red

Cherry red is one of the most popular when it comes to stains for your kitchen cabinets.

This is the kind of color that works well if you have neutral colors in your kitchen to go along with it.

You should also consider appliances that are stainless steel, or perhaps white or black, as these look good when you have cherry red kitchen cabinets.

Colored Stains

Colored stains give you all the benefits of painting your kitchen cabinets with traditional paint, but allow you to appreciate the grain of the wood still.

The stronger the color of your kitchen cabinets, the more you will likely want to go with neutral colors for your walls as well as the appliances in your kitchens — for a while, you could have bright colors on both, it would undoubtedly make for a jarring experience for the person coming into the kitchen.

Black

When you see black kitchen cabinets, you tend to think of a modern kitchen.

One issue that people tend to have with kitchen cabinets that are stained black is that they seem to give a kitchen an appearance of being smaller than it is.

A solution for this is not to have all of your kitchen cabinets black and to split them with some of the cabinets being black, and others being another color.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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How To Choose The Right Interior Wall Color For Your Home in Denver Metro, CO

How To Choose The Right Interior Wall Color For Your Home in Denver Metro, CO

How To Choose The Right Interior Wall Color For Your Home in Denver Metro, CO

When you are painting the interior walls of one of the rooms of your home, one of the most important choices you can make is that of the color, which will be around to some measure for a few years, or at least until you decide to repaint the walls of that room.

While it is true that you don’t have to wait too long to repaint your interior walls if you don’t end up liking the color or colors that you choose, it can sometimes be better to start off with a color that you like for the long haul.

With that being the case, here are some tips on how to choose the right interior wall color for your home in Denver Metro, CO.

See What Is Popular For The Year

As cliche as it might sound, one way to decide on the right interior wall color for yourself is to look at the ‘color of the year’ that certain organizations choose.

Pantone, one such organization, chose ‘classic blue’ to be their color of the year for 2020, and referred to it as being as being ‘timeless and enduring’ — two qualities which are surely good for a room over a long period of time.

Though you can choose to pick the exact color that is deemed to be the so-called color of the year for these organizations, you can also just use the colors chosen as an inspiration for your own color choices, such as a variation.

Don’t Pick A Color Based On How Chips Look In The Store

There’s something to be said for how a paint color looks in the paint store, but as good as they might look there you should be well aware that the color will look entirely different when you get home and have it in your selected room.

This is because the lighting in your room will not necessarily be at all the same  as the lighting in the paint store and it is more variable, being a bit brighter during the day and darker at night depending on your placement of lamps and the like.

As this is the case, the best thing to do instead of looking at paint chips in the store is to take small paint samples and use it on an inconspicuous part of your wall and see how it looks under different lighting conditions.

If it looks good, you will know that it will be a good color selection for the room — and if it doesn’t look good, you’ll have only spent a few dollars on the sample paint.

Consider What Looks Good With The Rest Of The Room

Though it’s true that furniture comes and goes in our homes, it can be a good idea to try to match the paint colors in the room you are painting to the themes present in the rest of the room.

Take, for example, if you have a brown leather sofa in your living room — you would want to paint your living room walls a color that would be appropriate with that kind of couch.

Consider The Other Rooms In Your Home As Well

In addition to what you have in the one room in your home, you may want to think about the other rooms in your home and what the colors are in those rooms.

If you were to go from a room with all light green walls and then go into a room with bright pink walls, it might be a bit jarring.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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Color Ideas For Your Brick Exterior in Denver Metro, CO

Color Ideas For Your Brick Exterior in Denver Metro, CO

Color Ideas For Your Brick Exterior in Denver Metro, CO

We have previously discussed the notion of whether or not it was a good idea to paint your brick exterior — it should be understood that if you are reading this article, you came to the conclusion at the end that it was a good idea for you.

The question you are no doubt faced with once you decide that you do want to paint your brick exterior is what color you’re going to want to choose.

The good news is that even though you can’t really go back in time as it were with painting brick — in that you cannot un-paint a brick exterior — you can always go with a different color over top the one you have if you end up not liking the way that your brick exterior looks after painting it.

With that in mind, here are some color ideas for your brick exterior in Denver Metro, CO.

White

White is the kind of color that would raise an eyebrow at first glance, making one wonder why a person would choose to paint the house such a simple color.

In terms of painting your brick house exterior, however, white is one of the best colors that you can choose, though of course, you are going to find yourself having to spend a bit more time cleaning it as a result of how easily you will be able to see the dust and grime on the exterior.

The good thing about white as far as exterior house color goes is that it will actively keep the interior of your home cooler.

The same can be said, the opposite in any case, if you happen to decide to paint the exterior of your home black — though some might say that it would be a good choice if you live in an area that has a lot of cooler falls and winters throughout the year.

Aqua

The color aqua brings to mind the sea, which is a tranquil kind of paradise for the eyes.

People that choose to paint the brick exterior of their homes aqua do so with the hope and the expectation that they can impart some of that tranquility onto the exterior of their homes.

In terms of look, some would even say that this kind of brick paint gives what could be described as a coastal look/vibe.

Creamy

If you are looking to paint your home a lighter color but you don’t want to actually go all the way white, you can paint your brick exterior a creamy color and get the benefits of having it be a lighter color without some of the downsides of having a purely white house.

The creamy kind of exterior paint job for your brick home will have a mostly neutral look to it without having any sort of yellow or banana look, which is certainly not a look you want to go for unless you do… in which case why not just go for banana yellow itself?

Dark Blue

Dark blue, as far as exterior paint jobs go, is on the spectrum of being close to being navy but isn’t quite there.

If you’re a fan of having a darker color brick exterior but you don’t want to have a black house, dark blue may be the kind of color you’re going to want to use.

It can sometimes invoke thoughts of the deep sea and going out onto the ocean and looking out into the deep expanse which may or may not be the kind of thing you want to think about when looking at the brick exterior of your home.

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Should You Paint Your Brick Exterior in Denver Metro, CO?

Should You Paint Your Brick Exterior in Denver Metro, CO?

Should You Paint Your Brick Exterior in Denver Metro, CO?

When you own a home with a brick exterior, one of the big questions that come up in terms of updating the look of the house is whether or not you should paint the brick exterior.

There are certainly pros and cons to doing it, and while this can be said of just about any exterior home paintwork, brick painting is somewhat unique in the way that you can’t go back once you have done it.

That being the case, let us now consider whether you should paint your brick exterior in Denver Metro, CO.

Pro: A Painted Brick Exterior Is Easier To Clean

As far as cleaning goes, the more porous a material is, the more difficult it is to clean — and you won’t find too many building materials that are porous the way that brick is.

When you paint brick exterior, however, you take away that porous quality — and that makes it considerably easier to clean.

For those that appreciate a regular cleaning of their home exterior, having a painted brick exterior will make their lives that much easier.

Con: A Painted Brick Exterior Needs To Be Cleaned More Often

The flip side to the ability to clean your painted brick exterior more easily is the fact that depending on what color you use for your paint job, you will be able to see any dirt or grime more easily. Therefore, you might find yourself having to clean your brick exterior more often.

Of course, this is tempered by the fact that it is that much easier to clean.

Pro: Painted Brick Exterior Protects Against Foul Weather

Depending on what kind of paint you choose to use when you paint your brick exterior, you will find that your house is better protected against bad weather elements like rain or snow, even in strong winds.

This is in part because the paint makes the exterior non-porous, as opposed to the nature of brick, which is more susceptible to such bad weather.

Many paints have a UV protective element as well, and painting the brick exterior will help protect against that for a number of years.

Con: If Water Gets In Beneath The Paint, It May Ruin The Brick Underneath

If for some reason you have any kind of breach in the paint job — any sort of crack or rupture where water may seep in, and under the paint job, your bricks may get ruined over time.

This is all entirely dependent on a couple of factors — one of which is that the paint is the kind that cannot breathe, which is to say that it does not allow water to get out.

There are certain newer sorts of paints that are more breathable, and if that is the kind of paint that you use for painting your brick exterior, you have less to worry about regarding this matter as it is only the trapped water that damages brick over the long term.

Pro: Your Home Is Boosted In Curb Appeal

There’s one thing that can be said for a home with a painted brick exterior, and that is that the curb appeal is higher than a home without such an exterior.

Curb appeal refers to the perceived value of the home as a passerby might see it when they are on the sidewalk or the street — hence curb appeal.

Con: It’s A One Way Road

As mentioned above, you can’t go back from painting your brick exterior.

This is because painted brick is nearly impossible to get back to its unpainted state, and even if you do get off the paint, it will never look the same as it did prior to being painted.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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