You’ve picked colors, you’ve planned, you’ve envisioned your home with a fresh coat of beautiful interior paint … now the big paint day is just around the corner! So, what can you do to help your Cannon Paint Team work their paint magic?
We’ve put together a quick checklist of things you can do in preparing for our Artisans to arrive. Fill it out online or download it for convenience. Just check each item off the list as it’s accomplished. When you’re done, you’re ready for the magic to begin.
Step Away From a Humdrum Stairway into Stairway Magic!
How could a painter resist a Pantone staircase? The answer of course is we can’t, and there are plenty of other creative ideas for turning a ho-hum staircase into a stunner. If you’ve ever stood at the bottom of your stairs and wondered how you could possibly liven up a humdrum staircase, then we have some great ideas for you.
Wrought iron never goes out of style so replacing wooden balusters with wrought iron is not only a wise investment, but one that will vastly improve the overall visual impact of your staircase. Many standard styles are available that are quite lovely, but should your budget allow for a custom design, the sky is the limit.
A little imagination is all it takes when it pertains to creating staircase magic. To create means ‘to evolve from one’s own thought or imagination’ and therefore what you create is as unique as the individual. A creative staircase can mean refinement and elegance for a stunning conclusion, while another may think outside the box by using a simple design element to create a striking effect.
If your staircase is the first thing people see when they enter your house then it’s your chance to set the tone for how you want guests to feel in your home and perceive who you are. Do you lean toward a formal style or a more casual elegance? Are you a bit funky and eclectic or do you prefer French country or a lake cottage feel? Take lake cottage for example: The use of stained hardwood flooring for the stairs paired with a sisal runner and soft pastel interior paint can create the feel of lake breezes blowing across your cheeks.
Carpet runners are an excellent way to infuse your stairs with color without actually altering the stairs themselves. If you’re not afraid to take the leap and apply a design technique to your staircase, think about design elements you love. Are you fascinated by tile, wallpaper, stencils, paint or refurbished materials? Any will do. Check out our Pinterest page “Sassy, Stunning Staircases” for some incredibly creative and beautiful examples.
Lastly, don’t miss the opportunity to utilize the space underneath your stairs. That lost footage can be turned into a great reading nook, playroom for the kids, wine storage, pantry, small office or study area, book shelves, hidden drawers, mini-mud room, entertainment nook, or even a small half bath.
Your home is your castle and your staircase is possibly one of the most important features. Play it up for all its worth and enjoy your staircase, be it sassy or stunning.
As paint contractors, we’ve heard some pretty strange stories from our customers. From estimates that were so far off, you could see them orbiting the moon to painters who know nothing at all about paint … much less how to apply it correctly. And of course, it’s those types of contractors that tend to have secrets. So, exactly what are those dirty little secrets?
Before you hire someone to paint your home, check out this list of things some paint contractors won’t tell you:
1. They are not licensed.
Here in Michigan, the law requires that a paint contractor have either a Residential Builder or Maintenance and Alteration license. Any paint company operating without a license is doing so illegally and should be reported to the State of Michigan. Verifying a license is easy at the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.
2. They do not use their own employees.
Unfortunately, it’s a common practice for paint contractors to use sub-contract painters or worse yet, people that work “under the table”. What is the point of hiring a paint company if they’re going to hire other paint contractors to do the work? Have these people been screened? Are they insured? No telling. Which brings us to the next point.
3. They do not have the proper insurance.
If you hire a company that does not have insurance (or the proper insurance) you’re running a huge risk. In the event that a painter damages your property or sustains an injury while on your property, YOU could be held liable if THEY aren’t properly covered. A company should (at the minimum) have a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy.
4. They are not EPA “Lead-Safe” certified.
It is law that a paint contractor be EPA “Lead-Safe” certified to work on a house that contains lead paint. Any house built before 1979 needs to be tested for lead paint and if the test is positive, only a certified contractor can do the work. To not follow the proper guidelines for preparation means your painter could be putting you and your family at risk!
5. They don’t use contracts.
Believe it or not, some paint companies advertise that they don’t make you sign a contract … as if that’s an asset! It’s kind of funny actually … they’re called Paint CONTRACTors. The whole point of a legal document is to protect the parties involved. With a clear contract, your contractor knows exactly what’s expected and you know exactly what to expect.
6. They don’t know how to estimate.
We’ve heard paint companies claim they can “eye-ball” a project or base an estimate on the square footage of a home. Fact is, neither provides a sound method for estimating. The “eye-ball” method simply won’t be accurate and could end up costing you more than you anticipated. The floor square footage of a home only gives you an accurate way of measuring floor space. Your paint contractor isn’t ordering your flooring. A paint contractor needs to know the square footage of your walls and ceilings and how many linear feet of trim and casing there is in your home.
7. They don’t know how to paint.
Yes, we just said that! People buy a franchise, take a course on estimating and sales and they’re off like a rocket thinking they know what they need to know. You made a huge investment in your home … you need a contractor who understands the best methods for painting and maintaining the surfaces of your home specifically.
8. They don’t advertise.
Some say that this is a good thing since they aren’t passing the extra cost of marketing on to the customer. We say – what have you got to hide? Usually, it’s some or all of the things listed above. When you’re proud of your company, you want the world to know.
9. They don’t offer a warranty.
We know that having your home painted can be costly and you want the most for your money. Reputable companies will offer a warranty. Top-notch, reputable companies will also put you on a maintenance schedule. This is especially cost-effective for exteriors since you are addressing small sections versus having to re-paint the whole thing again.
10. That solvent-based paints, stains and lacquers are harmful to your health and the environment.
Let’s face it, solvent-based products are bad for you. They off-gas and release harmful VOC’s into the atmosphere that deplete the ozone layer and compromise indoor air quality. There are healthier options for you, your family and the planet. Some Paint Contractors don’t care enough to educate themselves, much less their customers.
Getting the results you want require a true pro! Ask the right questions to find the right paint contractor!
Ode To a Ceiling
Oh ceiling! How we gaze up at thee!
Upward. What wilt thou be,
…..Fair or lively, judge not by thy hue
Beloved whether white, yellow or blue.
It is true that we will often find ourselves gazing up at our ceilings without giving a second thought with regard to the color. It’s just a ceiling right, who cares? But this oft forgotten “fifth wall” can dramatically or subtly change a room with the merest hint or the boldest splash of color.
Many realtors believe neglecting to address the paint color of your ceilings is a big mistake when getting a home ready for sale. Not everyone is comfortable with bright ceiling colors, but white doesn’t have to be the color du jour.
If your home features architectural elements such as trey ceilings, domed ceilings, archways, decorative molding, floor to ceiling windows, etc., a painted ceiling can complete the rooms décor the way the perfect cuff links complete an Armani suit.
Even the simplest room may benefit from a ceiling in a shade beyond white. Most designers agree that rooms with ceilings below 9’ can handle a lighter shade of your wall color. However, on the opposite spectrum, it’s not unheard of to paint the ceiling of a smaller room the same color as the wall. Designers say by eliminating the contrast between ceiling and wall this will actually cause the room to appear more spacious.
Larger rooms provide more freedom for the creativity to flow. You can choose a ceiling color that complements your wall color, or if you want to create intimacy consider painting the ceiling a color darker than the walls. In rooms with high ceilings, create a cozy vibe with this clever decorating trick – bring the ceiling color down the walls about a foot; the effect is pure magic.
The art of whimsy is also alive and well and fully achievable on the ceiling, especially if you have the guts to go for it. Nurseries and kid’s bedrooms are the perfect canvas for your imagination to take flight. Cannon Painting has the artisans to make your flights of fancy come true.
Describe your vision for your room to the Cannon Painting design specialists. They can help you plan out the perfect finishing touches in your home.
The next time you think of your home as being made up of just four walls, remember to gaze upward. The oft forgotten fifth wall is just waiting for you to complete the picture. Your next interior painting project may have grown just a bit bigger but a whole lot more fun!