How Can You Store Leftover Paint?

Storing Left Over Paint If you’ve just painted a room or your entire home, chances are you’ve got some leftover paint on your hands. Paint can be difficult to store correctly, but you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the leftovers close by in case you need to touch up your walls.

Not sure how to store your leftover paint? Here’s what you do.

Use containers that are small, clean, easy to open and easy to carry. This makes it a cinch to take care of minor patch-up and touch-up jobs. Transparent containers make it even easier to see what kind of paint is inside. Here’s a creative idea for DIY paint storage that fits the bill.

Make sure the containers are properly labeled with the paint’s name, brand, color and where exactly it was used in the house. Never open multiple jars of paint to figure out what you need again!

Store paint in an area that’s easy to access and not subject to extreme temperature fluctuations that can dry it out. This means not storing it in the garage! Too often, we misplace paint in the garage, and cold winters and hot summers can damage it and eventually render it unusable. If you’re storing paint in smaller, more attractive containers, why not keep it in the hall cupboard on a high shelf?

If your Sunland, California-area home is due for a new paint job, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’ll have your home freshly painted in no time, at a price you can afford!

How to Prepare for Professional Painters

Preparing for professional painters So, you’ve hired professional painters to freshen up your home or business. Congratulations! You’ve made an excellent choice. Now, it’s time to learn how to prepare your home or business for professional painters.

Choose early and choose wisely

It’s a good idea to choose things like paint colors and finishes, as well as exactly which surfaces you’d like painted, before the painters arrive on the job. Keep in mind that very few colors look the same in real life as they do on a computer screen, so test paint chips on the walls and consider them in a variety of lighting situations.

Prep the walls

Make sure your walls are clean and smooth and that any chips are filled before the painters arrive, so you get a flawless finish. If you notice any small repairs that need to be made, arrange them in advance or check with your painter to see if they can be fixed for an additional fee.

Protect your belongings

You want your walls painted – not everything else in the room. Take down photos, mirrors and other wall decorations. Take down curtains and blinds to protect them from splatter, and move furniture either to a storage area or, if you don’t have one, to the center of the room.

Now that you’re prepared to have professional painters come to your home, it’s time to call them and make an appointment!

Sunland, California, home or business owners should give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181 for affordable, friendly painting services!

Three Signs It’s Time to Paint Your House

Repainting House Does your home need a new paint job? It’s a chore many of us put off, but less-than-fresh paint can make your otherwise beautiful home look run-down. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to hire a house painter, take a look at these signs:

Your paint looks damaged

Cracking, chipping, flaking and peeling are signs that your house needs a new coat of paint—urgently. These paint issues are more than cosmetic; they’re a sign that your house may have wet rot, dry rot or mold that can be exacerbated by weather conditions ranging from harsh winters to humid summers.

Your house is on the market

No matter how new your kitchen appliances are or how beautifully you’ve staged your home, an aging coat of exterior or interior paint can turn off potential buyers. First impressions are important, so make sure you’re giving a positive one with freshly applied paint.

It’s been a while

It’s actually better to repaint before you start seeing issues like water or sun damage. Think about it: would you wait for your roof to cave in before replacing it? The general rule for new paint is 5 to 10 years, depending on the quality of paint used and how well the job was done last time.

If your Sunland, California, home is due for a new coat of interior or exterior paint, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’ll have your paint looking fresh in no time at all, and you’ll love our affordable prices and friendly customer service!

This Year’s Top Paint Colors

Paint Trends 2018 Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to freshen up the inside and outside of your home or business. From cleaning out the basement to planting new shrubs, there are so many ways to give your home or business a fresh look this year. But one of the best ways to do it is by putting new paint on your walls on either the interior or exterior of your residential or commercial property. Here are some of 2018’s top paint colors.

Top Paint Color 1: Berry

People are eating strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries like never before, and now they’re using them as inspiration for their paint colors, too. If you want to add a touch of cheer to any room, you can do it with one of the many paints inspired by berries. They can add warmth to a room while also making a strong statement.

Top Paint Color 2: Blue-Green

Whether you want to create a safe haven in your home to relax or you want to make customers feel welcome in your business, one of the best colors to use is blue-green. It’s a more sophisticated option than some of the similar pastel colors that have been popular as of late, and it will enhance a room while also creating a feeling of calm in it.

Top Paint Color 3: Gray

Far too often, home and business owners choose a simple beige paint color when they want their walls to remain neutral. And while you really can’t go wrong with beige, you also aren’t going to wow anyone with it. Gray is the new beige as it’s perfect for adding a neutral color to your home or business, but it’s also a fresh take on neutral and will allow you dress it up or down depending on how you accessorize the rest of a room.

Top Paint Color 4: Black

As recently as just a few years ago, the idea of painting an entire room black would have sounded preposterous. But these days, people are adding bold black touches to bathrooms, kitchens, and more. Painting an entire room black might not be ideal for you, but you can use it to add an accent wall to a space for maximum impact.

Are you interested in having paint added to the inside or outside of your home or business? Richard Stewart Painting can provide you with interior and exterior painting on your residential or commercial property and make it look like new again. Call us at 818-951-1181 to learn more about our painting services!

Reconstruction & Repainting After the Devastating Wildfires

Reconstruction & Repainting After the Devastating Wildfires Thousands of people in the state of California have been displaced over the last few months and thousands of home, businesses, and other structures have been affected by the major wildfires that have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres of land. One of those fires, the Thomas fire, was the largest wildfire ever in California, according to CNN. It has been absolutely devastating for many of the state’s residents, and there are people who are going to need to spend the next few months, and potentially even the next few years, recovering from the fires.

At Richard Stewart Painting, we know all too well how truly destructive the fires have been for Californians. We were centrally located in between the five major fires that took place this fall, and we have seen first-hand how much damage the fires caused. They have torn through certain segments of California and made them unrecognizable to us, and we cannot wait to see the state get back to some semblance of normalcy.

One of the things many home and business owners are going to need to do in the near future is obtain painting services for the structures they own.

The fire and smoke from the wildfires has left behind so much damage to buildings, even those that may not have been directly affected by the fires. They will need to be repaired and repainted, and we are more than capable of handling painting for those in need of it. We can offer our expertise and skills to those who are looking to start the recovery process sooner rather than later. It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do during reconstruction, and we want to be there to help the home and business owners who need it most.

Did your home or business sustain heavy damage due to the devastating fires in California? Call Richard Stewart Painting at 818-951-1181 today and learn what we can do to start the reconstruction process.

Paint Colors that Can Increase Your Home Value

Tips on Painting Your HomeIf you are thinking about selling your home, you are probably also wondering how you might be able to boost the overall value of it. A 2017 study, conducted by Zillow, looked at over 32,000 photos of sold homes and discovered that paint color plays a role in overall home value.

If you are choosing the right paint colors, you might be able to increase the overall value of your home if you are choosing the right ones.

Blue and Gray

The most popular color choices turned out to be different shades of blue and gray. In a bathroom or a kitchen, a shade similar to powder blue could earn you between $1,800 and $5,440 when selling your home. Bedrooms in brighter, shades, such as cerulean shades of blue, might earn you around $1,856 more. Shades of navy blue or slate gray in a dining room can possibly get you $2,000 more for your home.

Neutral Tones

Simple, plain white walls might actually lose you money when selling your home. You might see it as a blank canvas but potential buyers see it as a project. However, studies have showed that homes with white bathrooms typically sell for around $4,000 less when compared to similar homes. However, other neutral colors might work in your favor. A living room painted in a more natural shade, such as light beige or oatmeal, might earn you an extra $1,800 when selling your home. A gray or beige tone on the exterior of our home typically sees an average sale of $1526 more.

Pinks, Reds, and Yellows

While Zillow found that some shades brought a higher sale price others resulted in a lower sale price overall. Many different shades of yellows in the kitchen resulted in lower sales of up to $820 less. Rose colored shades in the bedroom reduced the sale price up to $208. In the dining room, brick red tones often correlated with a $2,031 drop in price.

Overall, the paint trends of 2017 revel that cool, neutral colors are trending and potential buyers seem to be looking for them when shopping around. If you are planning to paint some of the rooms in your home before selling, contact Richard Stewart Painting.

Using Multiple Paint Colors in One Room

Home Painting Tips

If you are looking to update your home and want to modernize it a bit in the process, consider using multiple paint colors in one room.

Richard Stewart Painting has some suggestions on how to use multiple paint colors in one room in order to create a trendy, unique room.

Choosing the Right Room

Any room in your home that might need a helping hand in the design department is a good candidate for a multiple-color paint job. We suggest using this method for rooms that are smaller and aren’t typically filled with furniture.

On the flip side, multiple colors also work well in rooms that are large with one wall that has a unique shape. If you’re remodeling the kitchen and want to make a statement without breaking the bank on expensive tile, consider using a different paint color in place of it.

Focus on Color Coordination

The best way to choose matching colors is to stick to one area of the color wheel. You’ll want to choose either a warmer or a cooler shade of the color you want to paint the bulk of the room ensuring the colors will blend well together. It can be hard to get a good idea of what the finished product will look like but by choosing different shades of the same color, you know for sure everything will look coordinated.

Create an Accent Wall

If you want to try something different, you can also paint a design onto one designated space of the wall. You can use stencils or painter’s tape to create geometric patterns in all different colors, or paint stripes onto the wall. Use an accent wall to create an incredible reading nook or designate a home office space.

Regardless of your style and painting aspirations, there are endless opportunities to mix and match multiple paint colors.

Richard Stewart Painting can help you create a cohesive room with multiple paint colors. We are the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Consider Repainting Your Office Building

Painting TipsIf you own a business, you should be repainting your office building often in order to maintain the exterior appearance.

The exterior of your building is the first impression of your business that customers will get; make sure it is painted in a professional manner.

Prevent Fading Paint

If the paint shade on one side of your building doesn’t match the other due to sun damage, it’s time to repaint the building as a whole. If you can easily notice water damage, peeling paint, or cracked paint, others likely are too. These types of signs indicate that it’s time to give your building a fresh coat of paint.

Not only will your business be more attractive to customers with a fresh coat of paint, but maintaining the building is important for long-term maintenance as well.

Avoid Mold Growth

Mold growth is an indication of excessive moisture which often ends up on buildings over time. Although repainting your building is an expense, it can help to prevent mold growth. Not only can mold damage your building but it can also result in serious health issues if left alone. If you notice mold on your property, it’s time to repaint as soon as possible.

Consider Rebranding

If your company is doing well but you’re looking to make a major change, such as rebranding your company, you might start by repainting your building. Rebranding your company often involves updating your logo, your mission statement, your products, and so forth. However, updating the exterior of your building can also help bring positive attention to your business and get people curious.

Wanting to get your business repainted? Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial painting.

Cleaning Up After an Interior Paint Job

Painting TipsWhen you’re painting an interior room, prepping for the paint job is only half the battle.

It is important to clean up properly after painting the interior of your home in order to protect your floors and other belongings.

Once the paint has dried, it is important to clean it up.

Tools You’ll Need

If you drip while painting and the paint is wet, you can easily wipe it clean with a damp rag. We recommended having one on hand while painting. In most cases, it can be easier to address the drip the instant it happens instead of waiting until you’re finished with the job.

While the paint on your walls is drying, you should clean up all of your tools carefully. Make sure to dump any excess paint from the pans back into the paint buckets unless it has started to dry in which case you should wait for it to dry completely and throw it out.

Make sure to carefully wash your brushes so they can be reused for the next job. For latex paint, move a brush along the bottom of a bucket filled with warm water to remove the paint. Rinse with clean water until the water runs dry, and hang with the bristles pointed down. If there’s stubborn dry paint, use a painter’s comb to loosen it.

If you are using rollers, use a scrap piece of wood to scrape the excess paint off of the roller, back into the paint bucket. Rinse the roller in warm water until the water runs clear and leave them to dry. You should discard the roller if you used an oil-based paint.

Secure the remaining paint cans with the lid and store it in a dry space in your home where it won’t freeze or overheat.

Touch Ups

If you’re working on a big project, chances are flecks of paint have landed where they weren’t supposed to go. If there is paint on the carpet, allow it to dry and snip out the paint spots with a pair of scissors.

Remove the masking tape from windows, door frames, and molding. If there is paint on your windows, it can be scraped off with a bladed scraper.

If you’d rather leave the work to the professionals, contact Richard Stewart Painting today, the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Choosing Colors for Sun-Filled Rooms

Choosing Colors for Sun-Filled RoomsRenovating a room that’s constantly bathed in sunlight? If the room you’re re-doing gets lots of natural light, choosing a paint color can get tricky. You don’t want something too yellow that mimics the sunlight but you don’t want something that’ll get easily washed out.

Here are some tips to keep in mind for choosing the perfect color for your newly refinished sun-drenched room.

Paint Zen says that if you have a southern-facing room, you should choose your colors carefully: it’s important to avoid too-bright colors, so nix those from the mix. Then, skip the warm colors like yellow, orange, and gold—too much sunlight and sun-inspired paint can make the room feel too warm and ultimately uninviting.

Instead of bright colors, focus on bold: if you want to make a style statement choose something striking like reddish pink, or dark blue.

If you want to balance out the sunlight for a cozy effect, choose something like light gray, or other colors with a blue undertone. The color won’t give a cold effect, it’ll just complement the sunlight.

For rooms that feel a bit too hot after a day of baking in the sun, go with pale blue or green—it may not actually prevent the temperature from rising in the room, but it’ll give it a cooler vibe.

Houzz says that tinted whites will make the sunshine the main event in the room, so if you prefer to highlight the beautiful windows, then choose an off-white or slightly gray-white for the walls.

If your room is a bit small, consider painting the ceiling in the same color you chose for the walls, too—it’ll give the effect of a larger space, and work really well with your cozy sunroom vibe

Even if you have the perfect color in mind, taking on painting a few rooms in your home can be an overwhelming task. Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.