Small Tips on Big Paint Jobs

Small Tips on Big Paint JobsIf you’re planning to paint the outside of your home this spring or summer season, listen up!

We have compiled a list of small tips that will come in useful for big paint jobs.

Check the Weather Forecast

In California, it’s typically warm enough to paint so you rarely will run into temperature issues. However, California does experience occasional rain and wind. It is vital that you choose the right time to paint. Pay attention to the forecast and make sure you paint in ideal conditions for ideal results.

Prepare Before You Paint

You might want to roll up your sleeves and start slapping paint onto the house, but if you don’t make sure to prep the surface first, the paint won’t stick. You should clean the siding and trim of your home thoroughly and buff away peeling paint to create a level surface. Cover outdoor furniture, vehicles, plants, or otherwise that might be in the “splash zone.”

Commit to Caulking

It can be a bit of a burden, but you should take this opportunity to caulk any visible holes or cracks. Often times, these can be found around the windows, foundations, or door jambs. Filling these holes will help paint go on smoothly and can also prevent pests from getting in. If you wait to caulk after you’ve painted, the caulk might be visible.

Carefully Consider Color

You should carefully consider the color you’re committing to. We highly suggest sampling colors and painting portions of the wall before you start the “official painting.” Make sure to view the colors in the daylight and evening because they often change under different lights.

If you really want the job done right, let us take care of it for you. Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for residential interior and exterior painting in the Los Angeles area.

Recognizing the Need for Exterior Paint

Recognizing the Need for Exterior PaintDoes your home need exterior paint? You might not be able to tell. Keep in mind that a fresh paint job is a critical component of home maintenance, and that peeling or chipping paint can make a home that’s otherwise in great condition look run-down. Follow these handy tips to determine whether it’s time for you to hire a painter.

Create a Schedule

The general rule is that houses need to be painted every 5 to 10 years depending on the surface of your home, the climate in your area and the quality of your last paint job, including the quality of paint used. However, your home could need more (or less) frequent painting. For example, a wood surface might need repainting after 3 years, but high-quality painted brick can last up to 13 years.

Southern Exposure

The south and west sides of your house typically get the most sun – and are the first to show signs that your house needs repainting. Most likely, you’ll be able to see that your paint is fading. If you have any doubts, wipe a dry rag or towel in a dark color along the side of your house. If chalky paint comes off, that’s a sure sign it’s time to repaint.

Watch for Cracks

Cracking, chipping, peeling – these are all signs that the paint on your house has seen better days. By this point, you’re actually past due for repainting, since your house has become vulnerable to moisture. If you’ve got a stucco house, this applies to you, too – it’s a myth that stucco doesn’t need regular painting.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs and have decided it’s time for some exterior paint for your home, give Richard Stewart Painting a call at 818-951-1181. We’re the Sunland, California area’s premier choice for house painting services.

Neutral Colors for Your Home

Neutral Colors for Your HomeNeutrals are in, and chances are, they always will be. Painting your home in neutral colors might sound simple, but it is a bit more complicated than simply choosing a white or off-white color. Plus, if you go with one neutral color throughout the home, it could give it a bit of an impersonal feel. Here are some tips for choosing neutral colors for your home that will leave your home feeling comfy and looking modern.

What is Neutral?

First of all, let’s define what a “neutral” color is: Hey There Home says it’s not necessarily white, but rather a light to medium color that works well with other colors. The trick is to choose a neutral that has an undertone that will work with the rest of your décor.

What is an Undertone?

Unfamiliar with undertones? That’s okay. To identify an undertone, all you have to do is look at the darkest color on a paint swatch. Whatever that color is, whether it’s black, brown, blue, yellow, or brown, is the undertone for the color you chose.

Samples, Samples, Samples

Make sure you are sampling paint colors before you permanently paint your home with them. Hold swatches up against your furniture. Looking at samples against white walls will make the sample appear lighter, and, according to the Washington Post, often causes people to choose a color that is much too light.

Experiment with Shades

Once you have a color in mind, consider painting surrounding rooms in the same tone, but in a softer shade. It’ll give your home some depth and intrigue, and you won’t have to worry about picking out clashing colors for the rest of the home.

Don’t Forget the Baseboards

Make sure to refresh your baseboards after you paint: a fresh neutral coat with the same scuffed up baseboards will only revamp your room a little bit. Make sure to paint baseboards over again in order to make the fresh coat of paint standout.

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Paint Colors that Sell Homes

Paint Colors that Sell HomesSpring has officially arrived, even though the weather isn’t quite reflecting that yet.  Regardless, “selling season” is here and many people are starting to prepare to sell their homes.

Many real-estate agents will give you the same advice when it comes to selling your home: you must stage it well. From making sure the inside is clear of cutter and presents as a clean, updated space, to making sure the outside is inviting and full of curb appeal.

People often focus on preparing the inside of their home but the outside is just as important.

One way to get the outside of your home to meet potential buyers standards: a fresh coat of paint.

There are several paint colors that are popular among potential buyers include off-white, gray, yellow, lighthouse red. However, how well the color of your home appeals to a buyer is dependent on the look and feel of your neighborhood as well. If all of the homes on your street have bright, eye-catching colors, you probably want to stay away from painting your home a grayish tone. If everyone has an off-white or neutral home you can show a little personality in your trim choice but you should stick to the basics for the majority of the color.

Even if your home is one of these popular colors already, when’s the last time you gave it a good paint job? Years of weather, dirt, debris, and aging in general can give your home a dingy outside appearance. Freshen up you home with a coat of paint which will help it stand out to people purchasing and will be a “job” that they won’t have to do, making it more “move-in ready!”

Painting the the exterior of your home can be a tough job which is why it is important to hire Richard Stewart Painting, the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.

Painting Your Rental

Painting Your Rental   Are you living in a rental and you’re no longer feeling inspired by the off-white color that covers your walls? Regardless, many people that rent are allowed to paint as long as the landlord is aware and approves the improvement.

If you are eager to paint your rental space, there are various things to consider before you dip your brush in.

Step One: Read Your Lease

Your lease should indicate whether or not you’re allowed to paint the space you’re renting. You should review your lease and see what it states about painting or making changes to the space. If you find that it is unclear legally in your lease or doesn’t say if you can one way or another, proceed to step two.

Step Two: Ask Your Landlord

Many landlords, especially if you’ve been a reliable tenant, will be willing to compromise with you. Plus, some landlords are also appreciative when tenants are willing to paint because it improves the rental space. Make sure to get your landlord’s approval in writing so that he won’t be able to use it as a claim to keep your full security deposit when you move out.

Step Three: Get Specific

If your landlord is okay with you painting your rental, ask him if he has a color scheme preference. Many landlords will allow you to paint if they approve the choice which is understandable. The landlord owns the property so he wants it to be well-maintained. Decide on a color together so that there are no surprises.

Step Four: Paint!

Once you obtain the approval of your landlord, all that’s left is to pick up the brush! If you want to get the job done right, consider hiring professional painters to come in and take care of your space. Your landlord will appreciate your willingness to make sure the paint job looks perfect.

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Paint Your Home’s Exterior this Spring

Spring is getting closer, (thank goodness) and many homeowners are sPaint Your Home’s Exterior this Springtarting to compile a list of spring chores. Many of us start to take care of our landscape in spring months, but spring is also a great season to give your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint.

If you haven’t repainted your home in a few years, spring is the time to consider doing so for several reasons.

Take Advantage of Ideal Weather

The spring is relatively mild for the majority of the country, making it a great season to knock out some outdoor chores. With summer weather often being excruciatingly hot, it’s a great idea to take advantage of spring to get outdoor chores done while weather is tolerable. Consider repainting your home in the spring months when weather is ideal.

Guarantee Durable Finish

Most exterior latex paints will create a durable and protective finish around your home. However, fluctuating temperature can cause paint to lose some of its durability. If the paint dries too quickly on a hot summer day, the paint might not form an impermeable bond. Paint that dries too quickly is also liable to show brush strokes and clumps. If you paint the exterior of your home during mild weather, you might get a more durable and even finish.

Simplify Other Chores

If you’re planning on mulching or planting flowers this spring, consider painting your home’s exterior before you start working on the surrounding landscape. If you complete your gardening work first, all your hard work will be trampled when you start painting. By painting beforehand, your home will look fresh, making your other outdoor projects stand out even more.

Painting the exterior of your home is a huge job, regardless of the size of your home. There is a significant amount of both preparation and skill needed.

Contact Richard Stewart Painting to paint your home’s exterior carefully and artfully.

Breaking News: Small Rooms Can Be Painted Dark Colors

You probably have a room inside of your home that is relatively small and compact but that you’re desperate to make into an inviting space. You’ve probably contemplated painting the room to give it a bit of a face lift but aren’t sure which direction to go in with it.

However, small rooms can be painted using dark colors and it is a common misconception that the two should not be paired together.

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Make It Mighty

Painting a small room a dark color can help the room feel “bold.” Putting a dark color on four small walls expresses that you aren’t afraid to make a statement using your home décor. A bold and dark room often becomes a bit of a sanctuary, making the dark color totally justifiable.

Let There Be Light

Painting a room a dark color does not mean that the room itself has to be dark as a result. You can paint a room a dark shade of green, and as long as a decent amount of light can get through, the room won’t appear nearly as dark as you’ll envision it. If you’re painting a small room a dark space, allow natural light to brighten up the general space.

All About the Accents

If you are going to paint a small room a dark color, you can easily brighten up the space using lighter colored accents. For instance, if you are going to paint a room a dark navy blue color, consider incorporating white accent pieces into the space. Something as simple as a white vase or bold white picture frame can lighten up a room with dark colors.

Consider the Shade

Dark colors can work well in small spaces, however, it is important to pick the most appropriate dark shade for the space you’re working within. For instance, if you are painting a small kitchen, consider going with a “spicy” color such as red or orange which can easily be tied into kitchen decor.  If you are painting a small bedroom, consider going with a shade of gray that can easily be paired with white or blue in order to make it into a softer space.

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Top Paint Trends of 2017

At the beginning of each year, paint com2017s Top Paint Trendspanies like Sherwin Williams and Behr announce the colors they believe will be making the biggest splash in homes across the US. 2017 is no different, and this year there are a wide range of hues – from summery yellow to rich purple – being celebrated by paint professionals.


The primary paint that we use at Richard Stewart Painting is Dunn-Edwards. Dunn-Edwards has been the leading paint manufacturer in the Southwestern states since 1952. To see what they believe is “trending today,” you can visit the color and inspiration section of their website. The page showcases 158 different trending colors, from blue to beige.


Of course, the go-to source for paint inspiration is Pantone, and their 2017 color choice is quite a bold one. The company named this year’s favored hue “Greenery” and this grassy green shade is one that will truly bring the feelings of the outdoors inside.

Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams took quite the opposite route when deciding upon their color choice for 2017, opting for a deep neutral called “Poised Taupe”. A lovely color for homeowners that have grown tired of the everything-gray trend, but still aren’t sure that beige is their neutral of choice, Houzz contributor Jennifer Ott calls taupe the perfect compromise between warm and cool.


Instead of naming just one color their favorite this year, Behr has taken quite a different approach, breaking down 2017s top colors into three different categories: Comfortable, Composed and Confident.

From muted blues and pinks to rich magentas and reds, the company has laid out colors that will accentuate the style of every homeowner. All you have to do is decide which trend you’d like to follow!

With all these colors to choose from – and the warm spring weather drawing nearer and nearer – homeowners throughout the Los Angeles area are getting the itch to start repainting both the interiors and exteriors of their homes. And with so many trendy paint colors to choose from, many find themselves in need of some guidance.

That’s where Richard Stewart Painting steps in! With 30 years of experience, we are happy to help you find the perfect paint colors to fit your home’s style, creating a fresh new space for you to enjoy as the year 2017 unfolds.

Benefits to Testing Paint Colors Beforehand

Whether you have just moved in and are painting the entire house, or are looking for a change and are just updating one or two rooms, painting the walls can feePaintSampleBrushesl like a huge commitment. Sure, it can – and eventually will – be colored over in the future, but that doesn’t mean that you want to put a color on your walls that you don’t fall absolutely in love with.

We’ve all been there, looking through swatches upon swatches of paint colors, but not entirely sure what the colors we like on paper will look like on the walls of our homes.

There is a simple solution to all the second guessing: Paint samples.

For homeowners re-painting their interior, we at Richard Stewart Painting recommend picking up a few paint samples and applying them to your walls. Not only will this put your mind at ease, but it will also ensure that absolute best results.

Paint your samples in at eye level, and don’t be afraid to put furniture in front of them, hold up pillows to them and hang pictures or artwork over them to create a complete picture in your mind.

With your two or three top competitors applied next to each other on the wall that the winner will eventually reside, it will be easy to tell which is right for you. Not only will using paint samples allow you to tell what color best matches the style and furnishings of your home, but it will also give you a chance to study the colors in the correct lighting at all times of the day.

After you’ve applied your swatches to the wall, revisit them throughout the day (or over the course of a couple days), paying attention to how they appear in morning, afternoon and evening light.

When you give this technique a try, you are sure to be happy with your results.

Still aren’t able to come to a paint color decision after sampling swatches on your walls? That’s why the professionals at Richard Stewart Painting are here to help! With years of experience, we can guide you through the color selection process and paint the walls for you, taking all the hard work out of the interior decorating process.

To schedule a consultation, please call us at 818-951-1181.

Prepare Walls Before Painting

An important part of paintingPrepare Walls Before Painting is what you do to prepare beforehand. Preparing the walls before painting will help your paint go on smoothly and sufficiently. You can’t just dip the brush in the paint and hope for the best if you want the best results. Painting is a process, but if you do that process right, your final results will turn out much better.

Remove All Necessary Items

Before you start painting, you should be removing any outlet or switch plates covers from the wall. You might want to replace these all together to give the room a fresh look when you’re done. Mark the holes with painter’s tape and make sure you keep the screws with the piece they belonged to if you are putting them back up. Have small individual bags handy to hold the plates and the screws together.

Patching Holes

You should have any holes in the walls patched before you start painting. Look for small holes left over from pictures frames or any décor that you might have had hanging. If you are moving into a new home, scan the walls for nails that might have been simply left in the wall. When you patch the holes, clean the excess material when it is still wet for an easier removal process. After it is dry, sand it down to smooth out whatever is left over so that the paint can go on without being bumpy.

Consider Sanding

Before painting, many people choose to sand their walls. Sanding can help paint adhere to the wall better. However, it can be messy and require a lot of elbow grease depending on the size room you are painting. You should scrape any paint off that is flaking and then use low-grade sandpaper to scrape off any remaining plaster bumps. You can also use an electric sander if you have a large room that you can’t do easily by hand, just remember to wear goggles.

Put on Primer First

Many people are in a rush to skip priming the walls in order to save some time. However, a primer can really help to hide imperfections and flaws on walls. A high-quality primer will help your color shine through brighter as well and stay truer to the original paint swatch. Although primer is time consuming, it can really make a difference in what your paint will look like when it’s finished.

If you are thinking about painting your home, we suggest letting a professional take care of it for you. Richard Stewart Painting is the premiere choice for interior and exterior commercial and residential painting.