4 Phases for this Showcase Home Remodel and Painting

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Our “showcase home” is about new homeowners who loved moving to Encino Park in San Antonio, TX, however they knew that this home needed updating and improvements before it could become their “dream home.” After hearing positive reviews of our company from friends and neighbors, they choose Renovate Paint and Design to help make this happen.

Bathroom Remodels Make a Big Splash This Spring

Bathroom Remodels Make a Big Splash This Spring.

Renovate Paint and Design brings a fresh new look to bathrooms in San Antonio, TX.  Take a look at some of our projects for ideas and to understand the some of the process.

Bathroom Remodels Make a Big Splash This Spring

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WOW, it is happening again this spring.  Many previous and new customers have contacted and engaged us in bathroom remodeling.  It is amazing how some simple changes add such elegance in one room. Check out our video on YouTube to see how we do these remodels and for more ideas: Look at these pictures of […]

Realizing the Olympic Home of Your Dreams

Like millions around the world, we have been enjoying the summer 2012 Olympics in London and watching the amazing endurance and fortitude of all those that are competing.  It has brought to mind the Olympic motto of “Citius, Altius, Fortius” or Latin for “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”

At RPD, we think there is a strong correlation between that motto and what every homeowner wants: a home that can endure and stand steadFAST against time / elements, having HIGH marks for décor, and a STRONG appearance / structure that has the HIGHest quality of materials and fixtures.  We all want an Olympic home and we’d like to share some ideas with you on how to make that happen.   If you need a coach to help get your home in Olympic shape, give us (RPD) a call and we’ll put it on the right track.  210-403-3232

Update Your Painting

The Olympic Home has only the best most durable painting products applied for endurance and color-fastness.  One of the most “green” and cost-efficient ways to paint your home is not have to paint as often, so using superb products encourages this.  Using the higher-end paint products to get maximum thickness and protection is what we recommend (RPD Painting Suggestions).  Consider these paint resources:

There are some trends we have noticed homeowners leaning towards.  This information is especially important for those that are considering the sale-ability of their home.

  • Wall paper is out and painting is in.  Wall paper is “dating” a house in the real estate world.  It is a more “Americana” look than most homeowners currently want.  Most customers complain about wallpaper in the bathroom due to the seams opening up due to the high moisture.
  • Cabinet  is out and painting cabinets is in.  Milk-staining and darker stained cabinets have lost their appeal with homeowners.  Many have opted to paint their cabinets, bringing color and brightness into kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Crown molding is never out of style.  Installing crown molding—in areas such as family rooms, dining rooms, master bed and bath—adds a touch of class and elegance to a room.
  • Two avenues of thoughts when choosing wall colors.  About 80% of our customers want to move away from “builders white” to warmer, earthen tones.  The other 20% are choosing a crisper and brighter look with shades of gray, whites and sage-tones.

Countertops

Out with the old Formica and simulated marble and in with Corian (DuPont brand), Silestone and granite countertops (when choosing granite countertops there are several well-known granite/stone yards in San Antonio;  RPD would  be happy to set up a tour of a local yard). Customers prefer the custom-look of a well-designed kitchen or bath: The Parade of Homes feeling.  In addition, these styles of countertops are more durable and come in multiple colors and styles.  RPD Kitchen Suggestions

Bathrooms

Bathrooms are one of the first rooms in a home that most people consider updating.  Changing out fixtures, tile, increasing the size of shower, and removing tubs, are all considerations.  It is one of the few rooms that when receiving a total makeover creates a dynamic appeal while greatly increasing the value of a home.

Tile colors trend towards earthen tones and true stone that provides texture to flooring, shower walls and elegant .  RPD Bathroom Suggestions

Flooring

Slick ceramic tile is out (linoleum has been passé for many years).  Simulated stone or real stone is the preferred product in bathrooms and kitchens.  There’s a full range of colors and styles to accommodate any style theme in a home, such as southwest, Mediterranean, and the modern Art-Deco.

One of the most popular choices of homeowners is changing-out carpet for wood floors, especially in high traffic rooms: living room, study, dining room.  Be wary of putting wood flooring in areas where there is potential water leaks (i.e.: bathrooms and kitchen).  Wood flooring adds an overall richness and appeal to any home.  Wood floor choices range from moderately priced engineered wood and more refined “glued-down” real-wood floor.

Windows

Windows add more value to a home than any other exterior surface.  They enhance the exterior look but also are energy savers and noise reducers.  The overall cost depends on the style preferred by the customer as well as the style of the home.  For example, the tilt-window is conveniently cleaned which adds a convenience factor for the homeowner.  RPD Window Ideas

Trendiness

When updating the colors or areas of your home, be sure your selections are choices you can live with for a long time.  Unless you have money to burn, you want the investments your making in your home to be ones that will not need replacement or changes for several years.

Art deco, modern, southwest, traditional American, old-world, eclectic, Mediterranean-style, etc., all of these can look great in any home, but be sure your décor and furnishings match the changes you want to make.  Web-searches and home-style magazines are great resources for creating the perfect style you’re looking for to suit you.  At Renovate Paint and Design we believe in personalizing our services to meet your unique style and interests.

White Trim and Doors are Yellowing – Why?

A Clean color of white around Trim and Baseboards, accentuates your home's walls and flooring.

Homeowners will find that most of the trim and doors in their house are painted with an oil-based product.   Trim is found around the edges of the house (baseboards, windows, doors) and can accentuate and add style when installing crown molding or decorative trim molding.  The problem is oil-based paint on interior trim and doors is notorious for changing from white to an antique cream 7 to 10 years after painting.  Over the years, I have been asked “Why does this happen?” by many customers. 

First of all, you may wonder why oil-based paint is used so often; especially considering that it has strong fumes and isn’t  very environmentally friendly (due to high Volatile Organic Compounds- VOCs, strong solvents needed for clean-up and difficulty to dispose of properly)?  Using oil-based paints has its advantages:

  • It goes on smoothly
  • Is resistant to abrasion
  • Is moisture resistant
  • Dries to a hard / glossy finish and is more durable in areas with lots of traffic, which is why it’s used so often for baseboards. 
  • Using it on the decorative trim and doors helps to add continuity and color/sheen match with the baseboards.

The yellowing effect of oil-based paint occurs over time due to several causes. 

  • The alkyd chemicals in the oil begin to age/break down due to their curing mechanism. 
  • Exposure to sunlight and gas heat increases the yellowing. 
  • Oil-based paints are more susceptible to mildew.
  • Tobacco staining from smoking leads to a premature aging-effect.

There is really only one option for regaining the original trim/door color:  They must be repainted. The process to do this is:

  1. First, lightly sand the trim/doors with a 220 sand paper. 
  2. Wipe the surfaces to remove any dust from your sanding
  3. Finally, using a quality brush, apply the top coat with even strokes using high-quality oil-based paints.

If your trim/doors have oil-based paint you have to go back with the same type of paint.  Use this painter’s “trick” if you are uncertain what type of paint you have:  using an alcohol swab or cotton swab with alcohol, try rubbing off the paint.  If the paint comes off fairly easily, it latex, if not, then it is oil-based. 

Keep in mind that water/latex-based paints will not stick to oil-based paints resulting in peeling and being easily scratched.  You can use an oil-based primer prior to applying a latex top-coat, however there are problems:

  • you’ll still have to deal with the high VOCs of the oil-based paint
  • more paint is used
  • brush strokes will be more evident
  • Latex paint is generally not as durable as the oil-based.

If you have an option, try to use a quality interior latex paint, especially on decorative trim (crown molding).   Keep in mind that if any alcohol-based products touch the latex paint it will cause the paint to deteriorate and eventually come off.  FYI – some household cleaning products contain alcohol.  The advantages to using Latex paint are:

  • Low odor (lower VOCs)
  • Faster dry time
  • Water clean up
  • Long-term flexibility
  • Non-yellowing
  • Not combustible

Whichever option you choose, whether oil-based or latex, be sure that you use high-end top-quality line of paint.  Examples of paint brands that all have great oil-based (Alkyd) paint product selections are:  Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pittsburgh Paint.

NOTE:  A few paint manufactures have been testing out and/or have on the market new oil-based and latex trim paints that can be applied to trim/doors. These should release less VOCs into the home environment and be able to be cleaned with only water.  We will report on these products in the near future.

Creativity Bound in Iron

Creativity is part of a great painter’s core – one has to love taking something damaged or “missing” and enjoy redefining it to either its former glory or new design.  We appreciate taking something mundane and making it into something of wonder.  With this in mind, we have enjoyed the art of Tom Hill, from the U.K.  For only three years he has been taking ordinary horseshoes and makes them into animal sculptures.  Check out his website:  http://www.tomhillsculpture.co.uk/horses.php to view his creations.

Tom Hill's Pegasus

The Changing Colors of Fall and Your Home

Fall colors will be creeping all around us soon! Consider colors for your home.

Fall brings about many changes.  It’s also a time when homeowners consider improving the look of their home as they prepare for holiday entertaining and family gatherings.  Choosing colors when repainting the interior or exterior of your home can be complicated, but rewarding when the right choices and combinations are used.  Working as a color consultant on our projects we have found that when considering colors, homeowners typically will either want to stay in a safe range of color selection or be more adventurous with multiple and/or dramatic colors.

The exterior selection of colors is less complicated than interior selection.  Basically, we, at Renovate Paint and Design, visualize the overall design of your home, the siding and roof colors, and the colors of homes around the property.  One of the most important tools we use is listening to the customer and asking questions.  When a general direction on color selection is determined we then choose two to three color combinations that work well with the home, thus taking much of the complication out of the decision process.

 Whether painting for the first time or updating the interior of your home, the selection of colors will transform it into an environment that reflects the personality or interests of the homeowner, such as: warmth, tranquility, vibrancy, elegance, modernism, drama, or passion.  Most homeowners are fleeing from the monotone off white or beige walls that were standard when the home was built.  They are becoming more educated in their choices by reading home magazines, visiting color visualizers on the internet, going to the Parade of Homes, or by stopping to look at model homes in new subdivisions.  Renovate Paint and Design compliments this knowledge by bringing years of experience with colors and textures into the homeowners’ environment.  They have established that the best way of helping customers in choosing the right colors is to envision the desired outcome.  When considering color changes, focus on the furnishings, floor coverings, architecture design of the home, and the desired effect.  Renovate Paint and Design gives a free color consultation during the estimate for painting your home to assist in the overall transformation that you desire.  Call us at 210-403-3232 to set up your appointment.