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“Why is it important to use High-Quality paint?”

December 7, 2017by Zach BrothersPaintingProjectsUncategorized0

How do I decide?

Why are there so many different paint choices? Why do the paints range from $20 per gallon to $89 per gallon? What’s the difference between the $20 paint and the High-Quality Paint? During this article I will break down the many reasons why cutting cost on paint will most often lead to higher overall costs.

Longevity

When you decide to use a high-quality paint you are not only paying for the quality now, you are paying for not having to paint as frequently in the future. A high-end paint will elongate the lifespan of your paint job by up to two times.

Easier to Clean

The high-quality paints on the market do make cleaning easier than the cheaper options. We always suggest to use baby wipes to clean walls as it is non-abrasive and does not contain a lot of soap to leave a white residue on your walls. Most paints in the top tier do market themselves as being “washable”.

Coverage and Hide

While these may seem like the same there are some differences, and high-quality paint will help with both. Coverage refers to the SQ footage that one gallon can cover. As a general rule 1 gallon of paint will cover 300-400 SQ ft. The high-quality paints will be very close to the 400 number and the lower end paints will be closer to the 300 number, sometimes even less. Hide refers to the paint’s ability to cover existing colors and itself. If you are using bold colors, such as dark blues and reds it is absolutely imperative that you use a high-quality paint. You can save yourself several coats of labor and materials by choosing a better paint the first time.

Ease of Use

If you are painting yourself, you should always reach for a high-quality paint. The reason why the cheaper paints are considered to be “contractor-grade” is because they are harder to use. These paints run off of your brush and splatter from your rollers. If you are painting your own home, the high-quality paints will help you finish the job much faster.

 

Now for the Big Reveal!!! What does Affinity Painting use for their projects??? You guessed it, we use High-Quality paints. These paints include Sherwin Williams Emerald Interior and Sherwin Williams Duration Exterior.

If you need any painting advice or need us to come a take a look at a project that you have, book a free estimate today!

 

“What Color Should I paint my Greensboro Home?”

November 29, 2017by Zach BrothersPainting1

Among the top questions I get from client is, “What color are other people using in their homes?” In this brief article I am going to touch on 5 of the most popular colors for interior and exterior painting of your Greensboro Home.

Interior Exterior Paint Colors

Interior Paint Colors-

  1. Mindful Grey SW 7016 – A beautiful, rich grey tone. Mindful Grey can be used in any room of the house, it makes for a fantastic neutral tone for the common areas of your Greensboro home.
  2. Sea Salt SW 6204 – Subtle and inviting. Sea Salt is a great color for bathrooms and bedrooms. It can also be used as an accent color in a tray ceiling.
  3. Balanced Beige SW 7037 – This is not quite the same beige from the early 2000’s. This color has done away with the peach undertones, transitioning to a much warmer, seller friendly color that can be used in any room of your Greensboro home.
  4. Dovetail SW 7018 – Bold and Contrasting. This Graphite grey is great for using in powder rooms and accent walls in your den. It’s a deep grey that will make your trim molding really stand out.
  5. Lazy Grey SW 6254 – Grey, but a little blue. For those of us that like cooler Grey tones, Lazy grey is for you. Just a touch of blue makes this a great option in your sun room or home office.

Exterior Paint Colors-

  1. Summit Grey SW 7669 – The Safe choice. When it comes to painting the outside of your Greensboro home, you can go one of two directions, safe or bold. Summit Grey is a safe choice. It pairs nicely with virtually any accent color and looks great against white vinyl trim.
  2. Rare Grey SW 6199 – Another great safe choice. This grey has subtle undertones of green making it a great color if you are looking to accent with darker greens or black.
  3. Tricorn Black SW 6258 – This color is what we use more often than not on our Shutters and Doors. It is toned down from jet black just a bit to offer a more passive approach to using black as an accent.
  4. Khaki Shade SW 7533 – Khaki Shade is perfect for your Stucco Greensboro Homes. It pairs perfectly with Maroon accents or Navy Front doors. A perfect way for your home to stand out in your Greensboro community.
  5. Poolhouse SW 7603 – Poolhouse is a great blue color for the exterior of your Greensboro home. It has just the right amount of blue to pair with your red front door or bold red shutters.

Conclusion –

Each area of the country has different trends. In Greensboro and surrounding areas these have been the most used colors. Have you used something else and have been happy with the results??? We would love to hear about it! Leave a comment down below.

Cabinet Painting Blog

November 21, 2017by AdminPainting0

Cabinet Painting

What Can Painting Do For Cabinets?

Cabinet Painting or refinishing has become a very popular and inexpensive way to transform your kitchen.  You can save thousands of dollars by using your existing cabinets, and having them professionally painted.  Stained cabinets can be transformed into painted cabinets.  Dark cabinets can be made lighter. Light cabinets can be made darker.  When it comes to painting cabinets your options are as endless as your imagination.

Honey-Tone Cabinets Transformed to Antique White

Honey Cabinets Before Painting

BEFORE

Honey tone cabinets before their transformation…

Honey Cabinets Painted Antique White

AFTER!

Honey tone cabinets transformed to Antique White.  Beautiful Results!

Add some color to the inside of the cabinet to create some depth and tone while accenting other areas in the kitchen.

  • Adds dimension and depth
  • Allows bold use of color
  • Maintains classic look on the outside
  • Great for see through cabinets or enclosed

Feeling real bold?  How about red or blue cabinets to make a statement?

  • Although not the most popular these colors can be utilized in certain situations and really make a bold statement (Not just for Firefighters!)
  • Not for the light hearted
  • Brightness may cause squinting in the morning
Red Painted Cabinets

Chalky Fun!

How about some real fun with chalk paint?

  • Inside or Outside Cabinet Doors
  • Write and wipe away
  • Fun for kids and adults
  • Post reminders, dinner, quotes, etc…
Small kitchen chalk paint
Cabinet Door Chalk Paint

As you can see there is no limit to what the imagination may come up with for your kitchen.  Painting is the most cost effective means of changing the look and feel of your kitchen.  We love painting cabinets and enjoy the the process of working with our customers to make their vision come true.  Schedule a consultation and see what your kitchen can be transformed into today!  Your new look awaits.

Best Painting Company Mebane

November 16, 2017by AdminPainting

2017 Readers Choice Award

Best Painting Company

 

Best Painting Company Affinity Painting

  Thank You Mebane for voting us the 2017 Readers Choice Award for Best Painting Company! A big THANK-YOU to our Customers for their support, business reviews, friendships, and referrals.  In addition, we love working in Mebane because of it’s small town charm, friendly people, and a lot of our roots are in the Mebane area. We look forward to meeting many more of you soon.  Take Care! Jason Peloquin
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HOLY SHEEN!

October 28, 2017by AdminPainting

“What is the appropriate sheen level to use inside of my home?”

 

Different Sheen Levels (Sherwin Williams Specs)

  • Flat – A non-reflective appearance that helps hide surface blemishes, making walls look smooth.
  • Matte – This flat finish is great for hiding surface imperfections, while its angular shine helps make walls smooth and washable.
  • Eggshell – Great to use for walls, eggshell finish has a slight hint of shine and holds up better to cleaning.
  • Satin – With its slight gloss, this finish offers the benefits of richer look. It works best for high-traffic areas.
  • Pearl – A subtle shimmer midway between eg-shel and semi-gloss offering a lustrous finishing touch.
  • Semi-Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is perfect for areas that get cleaned frequently.
  • Gloss/High Gloss – This lustrous, durable finish is great for windows, doors and trim or any area that you would like to highlight.

Which Sheen is best for you?

Wow, that is overwhelming. Seven different sheens, how do I choose which is best for my home? Well, this will depend on a few factors.
  1. The better paint you use, the less sheen you need for superior washability. Whenever I am quoting a project, I ask the client how important it is for the walls to be washable. Most people tell me that is the most important thing to them. Once we get to the Sheen discussion, I will then tell them that when using a Premium product like Emerald from Sherwin Williams you can achieve an excellent wash rating without have to have “shiny” walls.
  2. We use Emerald by Sherwin Williams almost exclusively inside of houses for several reasons, but mostly because it offers a beautiful Matte FInish that is washable (even scrubbable). We use Emerald, Matte finish about 90% of the time.
  3. For Wood trim, it is really up to personal preference. I love high gloss trim, but not everyone likes the “wet” look. I just think that it is super elegant when you see a nice Matte finish wall sitting next to a beautiful High Gloss trim. However, there are drawbacks to using such a high sheen. If your Wood trim is damaged or you would rather not see every single imperfection, High Gloss is probably not for you. 90% of the time, we use Semi-Gloss on Wood finished because it is the most flexible.
If you have questions about sheen or feel that we can help you with your upcoming project, please schedule an estimate today!
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The Holiday Season is right around the corner. Is your home ready for guests?

October 9, 2017by AdminPainting

For most families, the favorite time to gather is during the Winter months of the Holiday season. You have guests coming to your home from all over the world. Family members, in-laws, new additions to the family all will be looking forward to their visit to your home.

 

Common Areas

Let’s go over some Common areas that you should consider freshening up:
  1. Kitchen – This is the area of your home that will get the most amount of traffic during a holiday meal. If your kitchen will be the focal point of the gathering, it is important to have a welcoming color that compliments the other areas of the common space. Light Greys are very popular right now as they are able to offer many options with decorating and will typically blend with different cabinet colors.
  2. Main Guest Bathroom – Inevitably, your guests will need to use the restroom, does your guest bathroom have old wallpaper or embarrassing watermarks behind the towel rack? It is a great time to remove that wallpaper and use a great paint that is resistant to watermarks and stains. For Guest bathrooms I always suggest using a complementary color to the common area, but do something fun and bold. Great colors to use will have similar undertones to the common area but are lighter or darker.
  3. Dining Room – This is where your big meal will be served, it needs to be a space that is peaceful and elegant. I often see red colors in dining rooms, and I always think that is a bit too bold for an eating area. I tend to like to see a dining room have less color and subtle contrast to the trim. Great colors to use are ones that compliment the tablecloth or hutch. In most formal dining areas, a chair rail will be present to break up the wall a bit to offer a great opportunity to add a second color underneath that molding if you want to introduce an accent color to the mix.
While there are many more areas that your guests will see, I think that these are a great place to start. The best time to get your home ready for the holidays in terms of painting is right now. With Affinity Painting we will help you with the color selections and help find a time that works best with your schedule. Once your home is freshly painted you can start preparing for that great big meal, or those in-laws from out of state. Contact Affinity Painting today to schedule a free estimate for your home.

“Are you Buying or Selling a home?”

August 30, 2017by AdminPainting

Castle Home Affinity Painting Greensboro Burlington

Affinity Painting Home Selling Advantage

I have seen a tremendous amount of home sales lately in our market. It seems appropriate to address the circumstances that would cause you to want to paint the home you are selling or buying.

When you are selling…

  1. Bold Colors – If your home has been painted with a lot of Yellow, Red, Blue, Green and other bold colors it will not be “Seller Friendly”. It is important to neutralize the walls to give the potential buyers a better visual of the home without being distracted by the colors.
  2. Patching of Nail Holes – While it seems that these holes can be overlooked, most buyers will not want to decorate the home in the same way that it is laid out now. Patching holes from hanging pictures allows the new buyers to start fresh, hanging their pictures/artwork without having to cover the old holes.
  3. Dirty Walls, Scuff Marks – The easiest way to increase your home’s potential on the market to simply give it a fresh coat of paint. It can remain the same color if it is already neutral, but a fresh coat of paint goes a long way when you are showing a home to a potential buyer.

After you have Purchased…

  1. If the seller did not do what was suggested above – There are many cases in which the seller was in a rush or they did not have the available funds to update it appropriately. This means you probably got a great deal and have the capital to be able to make the changes yourself.
  2. The seller painted everything one color and you want to “make it your own”- The most exciting thing about buying a home is making it your own. If the seller has left you with a clean slate, now is the time to add color and customize your new home however you would like.
  3. Updating carpets/appliances/kitchen/bathrooms- This ties in a bit to “making it your own” but it is a bit different. Once you decide to update your carpets, the existing wall color may not work well with the new carpet, time to make a change. Similarly, if you plan to upgrade the kitchen with a new backsplash or countertops it is recommended that you paint as well to make sure that there will be a great color scheme in that space.
These are just a few situations to consider. If you are buying or selling a home, we can help you with both! We love to work with families on both the house you are selling and the house you are buying. We can schedule projects accordingly to match with your closing dates to allow for a smooth transition.   By: Zachary Brothers

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