5 Tips for Accent Wall Painting

We all look for that special something that can help our homes “pop” in a special way: taking it from drab to interesting.  Painting accent walls can help make this happen when it’s done right.  You can take an all-white living room or all that neutral beige to new heights.  However, making this happen isn’t quite as simple as slapping a coat of paint on one randomly chosen wall or ceiling.

1.  Find the ‘natural focal point’: Before you start make sure you’ve selected  the right statement-making accent wall. Figure out where the natural focal point in the room is  so you can make it more dramatic by painting the wall in a different color.

2.  Take accent wall inspiration from your room: from your inspiration piece, choose the color that stands out to you the most. Integrating how you’re painting your accent wall into the room’s color scheme will make it feel like one cohesive space, preventing the sometimes-jarring effect of accent walls.

3.  Select a muted tone when painting accent walls: You don’t want to go too bold when painting these walls. Nowadays muted tones are more desirable.

4.  Choose the right accent wall: Sometimes it’s a challenge picking a wall when there isn’t an obvious focus.  Some suggestions: In an oblong room, the best wall to accentuate is the farthest short (in width) wall.

Generally, the perfect accent wall should also have no windows or doors and be no more than one story tall

5.  Don’t get too matchy-matchy: Sure, you want your wall to work with your color scheme—but avoid matching too well

Need help in ideas and choosing walls/colors? Give RPD a call and we’ll assist you in the decision-making  process.

 

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Showcasing the Bathroom

Bathroom updates are one of the most rewarding changes you can do in your home.  I especially enjoy when a customer says, “let’s gut the whole thing and start fresh.”  Of course, you can add a new beautiful look simply by changing out the countertops, mirror, and lighting.

One of the most requested items on the “To-Do-List” for a bathroom is a tub/shower conversion to a full shower with new tile (stone, ceramic, subway, etc.), adding a soap/shampoo niche, and new modern hardware. Seamless glass around adds to the elegance of the new shower.  My favorite is developing patterns with the tile to build the “show case” experience.

Recently, we adapted a master bath to accommodate wheelchair accessibility.  We added 36-inch pocket doors, increased the floor space in both the bathroom and toilet room, and created a walk-in/roll-in shower unit.  Needless to say, the homeowners were thrilled not only with the added open space but for the updated look to their bathroom.

Call us or email so we give you a free estimate for a bathroom remodel or any other project you have.

Shower AFTER – Shower widened and updated with new tiles and fixtures. Completely roll or walk-in ready.

Small Shower before and gutted to prepare for update

Tub – Entry AFTER – Wide entry and roomy area for a wheelchair to have plenty of access and room to move around.

Tub BEFORE – stuck in a cramped corner.

Vanity AFTER – Updated countertops, fixtures and freshly painted.

Vanity Before – Outdated and needing help. Here we see part of the vanity already removed.

RPD EARNS ESTEEMED 2015 ANGIE’S LIST SUPER SERVICE AWARD

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Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Renovate Paint and Design has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

Carol Loveless, Owner of Renovate Paint and Design, credits the company’s excellent reputation of consistently delivering quality services to the high standards which their Manager of Sales and Design, Charles Loveless, establishes with every job.  “Our customers know that they can trust Charles’ integrity and our crews’ performance including the expectations we have for all our services: to personalize our services and treat every customer’s home as if it were our own,” says Ms. Loveless.  They are so proud of their customers taking time to let others know about their positive experience with RPD.  “We know that it’s our customers that we have to thank for our business still being in operation since 2000.  We never take it for granite when offering our services,” states Charles Loveless.

​ “Only about 5 percent of the Painting and Remodeling companies in San Antonio, TX have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. 

Here’s a video showcasing our commitment to quality and professionalism in all we do:

5 Summer-time in Texas Reminders

 

Some of these suggestions have been based on personal unfortunate experiences others from reminders from professionals and what we’ve seen at homes around the San Antonio area:

air-filter_IYR3W_691)      Change out the A/C filter at least every two months so that units are not stressed and will last longer.

 

acdrainline2)      Put bleach down the A/C overflow lines in the attic to prevent clogging and water damage.  (If you’re not doing this you may be calling us for ceiling and other water damage repairs.)

 

soakerhose3)      Keep soil around foundations moist with a soaker hose to help prevent movement and cracks.

 

 

waterpenetrate4)      If you water longer and deeper once a week your grass will fare better.  But remember to keep track of watering guidelines through your local water company.  Make sure you know the day(s) and timeframe that you’re allowed to water.

 

 

bugathome5)      Fire ants and other bugs will be more tempted to enter your home during a dry time.  Monitor the exterior of your home especially around brick weep holes.  A long-lasting spray will be necessary at points of entry to your home to minimize an insect invasion.

Your Chimney may be Rotting

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Get the Binoculars and Check It Out

“Out of sight out of mind” is a true statement for areas of the exterior of your home that are seldom seen or noticed.  Once a year I suggest that you visibly walk around with a pair of binoculars or telephoto lens and examine the upper levels of your home; especially where the wood touches the roof.

If you drive down the block you may notice about 20% of all homes have some type of damage to their chimneys.  On 70% of homes we paint, the carpenter first has to replace rotten wood trim or siding on chimneys.  The chimney is one of the most exposed surfaces on your home.  Wind damage, driving rain, occasional lightening, squirrels, raccoons, and sun cause substantial damage.

You might say, “Charles, we have no problem; my home is not that old or it has been painted in the last couple of years.”  Believe me when I say, do a visual check once a year of your home’s exterior.  You will save yourself a lot of money by being aware and catching the maintenance items on your home before they become major problems.

Remember this: wood rot usually begins with water penetrating cracks which affects the interior of the wood surfaces.  Look and see if the painted surface looks like it may be waffling or collapsing on itself.  This is a sure sign of internal wood rot.  You usually cannot see this from the ground without binoculars.

Don’t worry about getting up on a ladder to do your repairs, contact us, we do it all the time in and around San Antonio, TX: Renovate Paint and Design, 210-403-3232, info@renovatepaint.com.

Freshening the Air You Breathe

air-filter_IYR3W_69As the weather is warming up your air conditioner will be working harder. Do you know how often you should change your air filters?

How often to change your air filters can depend on several factors:

*  the type of air filter you are using
*  the overall air quality of your home
*  pets, pets, pets..
*  occupancy of the home, and
*  the level of air pollution and construction around the home

For your standard 1″-3″ air filters, the manufacturers basically tell you to change them every 30-60 days, which is actually a great rule of thumb. But general rules aren’t always for everybody. If you suffer from light to moderate allergies, you could upgrade the air filter or change them even more often. Or, if you’re in a more remote area, less occupied home (like a vacation home) and there are fewer cars around, annually may be quite sufficient. Why do pets matter so much? They have a tendency to shed, which can clog your air filter quick and with great success. Of course the air filter is just doing its job by capturing pet hair and dander, but extremely dirty filters can cause extremely weak HVAC performance.  Here’s the points summarized:

  • Vacation home or single occupant w/o pets or allergies: 6-12 months
  • “Average” suburban home w/o pets: every 90 days
  • Add a dog or cat: every 60 days
  • Add more than one pet or have allergies: 30-45 days

Don’t forget to remind yourself to change the filters!  You can easily mark the date on your calendar or set a reminder on your phone calendar to ensure that this is not forgotten.  There are also air conditioning / heating companies in the local area that can send you an email reminder.

It is also important to have your system serviced by a licensed AC contractor at the beginning of each cooling and heating season.  It is a good idea to install an inline HEPA filter.  These filters remove 99.9% of air borne particles.  This means that they remove not just dust but also pollen,  VOCs and other harmful pollutants that exist in all homes.  Also, HEPA filters typically only need to be cleaned twice a year and should be a part of your regular service agreement.  A little bit of home maintenance will help you stay cool all summer long.

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 […]