Interior Painting: How To Select The Best Paint Finish

From flat to gloss, both latex and oil/alkyd paints offer a full range of finishes. The sheen you choose is based on the final look and wearability you want to achieve.

Flat – A non-reflective appearance that helps hide surface blemishes, making walls look smooth. This finish, which cleans easily with a damp sponge, is ideal for:

  • Adult bedrooms
  • Dining rooms
  • Formal living rooms
  • Ceilings

Satin – With its slight gloss, this finish offers the benefits of richer look. It works best for high-traffic areas such as:

  • Halls
  • Woodwork
  • Children’s bedrooms
  • Family rooms

Semi-Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is perfect for areas that get cleaned frequently, such as:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Utility area
  • Closet doors
  • Trim

Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is great for windows, doors and trim or any area that you would like to highlight and is excellent for:

  • Wood trim
  • Cabinets
  • Doors
  • Furniture

Pearl- A subtle shimmer midway between egg-shell and semi-gloss offering a lustrous finishing touch.

Flat Enamel- A non-reflective appearance that helps conceal surface imperfections while providing some washability.

Matte- This flat finish is great for hiding surface imperfections, while its angular shine helps make walls smooth and washable

Egg-Shell- Great to use for walls, egg-shell finish has a slight hint of shine and holds up better to cleaning.

Low-Luster- A smooth, subtle sheen that’s durable and easy to clean.

Medium-Luster- This higher-gloss finish is perfect for doors and trim.

How To Keep Your Hardwood Floors Looking Their Best

Proper floor care for your hardwoods

Hardwood floor cleaning to people who are not experienced with hardwood floors can leave a person with the deer in headlights look. Some people think that the extent of hardwood floor cleaning is taking a wet rag and spot cleaning little areas of the floor. Even though it is not as involved as cleaning carpets, it is important to take the proper steps to clean your hardwood floor properly so that it can last for years and years to come. Here are a couple of tips that can help.

Basic Hardwood Floor Maintenance

Basic hardwood floor cleaning starts with basic preventative maintenance. This can be started by routinely dusting the floor with a mop that has been treated with some sort of dusting agent. A dusting agent will assist with picking up dust, dirt, pet hair and other small particles that could potentially scratch your hardwood floor.

Every one to two weeks, it would be a good idea to use the floor brush attachment on your vacuum on an electric broom to do a more thorough cleaning of your floor. Be careful, however, of using a vacuum with a beater bar attachment. This beater bar could scratch the hardwood floor’s finish, which is something you absolutely do not want to do. If none of those things are available, a dry Swiffer or something like it will do the trick.

Even though doing a weekly or biweekly cleaning will get your ahead of the game, it will not prevent dirt, oil and grime build up that can happen over time. For these things, it will take a little extra elbow greens to keep those hardwood floors sparkling.

Make it look even better!

To give you hardwood floors that extra attention, use a wood cleaning product and follow the directions on how to dilute it. If you don’t dilute the cleaning product correctly, you could cause more harm to your floor than good.

Damp-mop the floor, making sure that the mop that you’re using is not oversaturated and does not leave standing water on your hardwood floor. Once you’ve applied the wood cleaner to the surface, follow up with a once over with the mop in clean water. Wipe up any excess liquid, and in areas that you can, turn on a ceiling fan or the air conditioner to speed up the drying process.

If you ever have any questions about a specific way to clean your hardwood floor, reach out to one of our trained hardwood floor professional and they can put you on the right track, as well as assessing any current needs you might have to keep your floor sparkling and bright.

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel

The average kitchen renovation runs between about $20,000-$50,000, depending on how serious an overhaul it is. But you really can get more bang for less buck if you take down a few tips from the experts on ways to save money during a kitchen remodel.

Have a Grand Plan

If you’re doing more than just painting the cabinets or replacing the countertops during your kitchen remodel, don’t try to save money out of the gate by not hiring a professional to create a design plan. “Hiring a designer saves you time and money in the long run, so you don’t make expensive errors,” says south Florida-based designer Meredith Marlow.

Be Prepared Before You Start

After coming up with a plan for your kitchen remodel, decide on absolutely everything you want in the kitchen, and have it on-site before a single inch of space sees the sledgehammer.  One of the factors that sends a budget spiraling out of control is a homeowner picking products during the renovation. If a product is backordered, the homeowner is often faced with a choice: pick a different item that is often pricier, or wait for their original choice, when their trades people may have other jobs scheduled and the homeowner may be charged extra for the work

Bright White Can Hide Outdated Cabinet Design

One of the biggest expenses in any kitchen renovation is new cabinets. If yours are in good shape, though, consider keeping them and just giving them a new look. A great solution to preserving your cabinets, but updaing the look is going bright white when painting cabinets in a kitchen remodel. White paint does wonders for outdated cabinets and can save you money. We recommend washing, then priming and painting cabinets with high-quality white semi-gloss. Adding new hardware will enhance the bright white effect.

Doors Conceal Outdated Cabinets

If your cabinets are too outdated to be salvaged even by the snazziest coat of paint, consider if they could be spruced up with some new doors. If the structure is sound, you don’t have to toss out the whole cabinet: just get good measurements and find a style of door you like. We offer cabinet refacing and have decades of experience. It’s a whole new look for a fraction of the price.

Cut Corners, Literally

Your backsplash may technically be functional and keep food and oils off the walls behind the stove, but let’s be honest: in a kitchen renovation, the backsplash is a style leader. It can be a cost driver, as well. Rather than turning the corners with your backsplash and carrying it all along the kitchen wall, just finish the tile where the walls meet. That ensures you have the tile where it’s most visually and functionally important. Then you can budget for some really mind-blowing tile in the area behind the sink or stove, and go budget in the other areas around it

Light It Up

Bringing in more and better lighting is a smart move in any renovation, but that’s especially true in the kitchen. Hang well-designed pendants for style and light, and make sure overhead lighting is bright and concentrated in areas where the cook will be working. Don’t forget the details: adding under-cabinet lighting won’t bust your budget but will make a big impact.

Keep Plumbing Where It Is

Another reason to work with a designer on your kitchen renovation: using the existing piping and utility layout will save you big bucks. It costs about $5,000 on average each time you move appliances like a dishwasher, sink or a gas stove.

They’ll Never Know It’s Remnant Stone

Granite and solid-surface counters don’t have to break your bank: We can go to granite supply yards and check out their remnants. Especially if you don’t have huge swaths of countertop to cover, you may find yourself a very good deal.

You Paid for It … Use It!

Don’t let the end pieces and remnants of your own materials go to waste either. The average project wastes between 5-15% of its material. If you’re conscientious, however, you can create high-end features like cutting boards from granite pieces or rollout inserts in cabinets from leftover lumber from cabinets, moldings and countertops.

Add Architectural Interest

You can get a high-end look with impact details small and large: try adding bun feet to free-standing cabinetry to give it a furniture-feel, or add some beadboard paneling to spruce up an island. Or you can get really creative with a focal point that is less expensive than mosaic tile but packs a big punch, like stacked stone on the back of your kitchen island.