Why painting your house exterior in the spring should be first on your to-do list

The snow is gone (at least in most parts of the United States), the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming, that only means that spring is officially here.  It’s time to clean things up, work in the garden, and make needed changes to both the home and its surroundings.  Assuming that your exterior paint is failing, it’s best to focus on that first.

There are a number of good reasons to paint your house exterior soon.  First of all, the weather is most comfortable now. Second, it’s more practical to paint before putting down your mulch, your plants and overall just working on your garden, which will just get trampled if you paint later on.  Finally, why not get your painting done before more pleasant distractions like vacations, sports, and barbecues interfere.

We all know your home is your biggest asset, therefore it should not be pushed to the back burner.  If it has been a while since your house exterior has been painted, you’re taking a chance by postponing repainting.

Exposed wood can begin to get rotten if it is not taken care of; not to mention other potential problems that may arise when your paint starts to wear off.  With any type of home exterior, if you wait too long and you are taking the risk of paying for expensive repairs or replacement, and don’t forget to include your repaint.

Another reason that most homeowners are not aware of.   Exterior latex paint forms the toughest, most durable, protective finish when the weather is just right, not too cold like February and not too hot like June, which leaves us just a few months to get the job done, like it is now.  By painting in spring temperatures, odds are you will get a longer-lasting paint job.

Always be sure to use quality exterior paint, they run more expensive than those found at home improvement stores, but they are more durable and colorfast compared to ordinary paints.  Quality paints can last up to ten years compared to ordinary paints, which often provide three to four years of service.  It’s one of the best ways to keep from having to paint your exterior anytime soon.

Ask your local paint store representative for the very highest quality 100% acrylic latex paint.  If the job is something you are not sure you can do on your own, you can also request your paint store representative to refer you to a licensed painting contractor.  If you live in the Charlotte, NC  area, give us a call, Acropolis Painting, Inc. can help! We are experts in paint, it’s not just about spreading that paint and changing the look of a place. We listen to your needs, offer professional service and guarantee our jobs.

Call us if you would like to receive a free estimate or check our website at http://www.acropolispainting.com to get more information.

Exterior House Colors to Sell Your House

EXTERIOR HOUSE PAINT COLORS FOR RESALE

Exterior paint colors are a great way to enhance the look of your home, but it is a little challenging to know what other people would like. Choosing an exterior paint colors is difficult to nail down because you are targeting a large area of space, which is also your home’s first impression. So if you are looking to put your house on the market, you need to make sure you’re increasing resale value by selecting the right exterior color.

You may be allured to a particular exterior house color, but the majority of buyers prefer neutral exterior house colors. So when you are selecting the right color to paint your home for resale, keep it traditional and neutral because these are the colors that attract the majority of the masses.

We have hand selected a few schemes in the neutral and traditional families:

White 
Nothing sells better than a clean, white or off-white paint.  White exterior paint compliments any home style and just about any landscape. People are really attracted to traditional white homes and with no doubt, they always make a good first impression. Choosing darker or brighter colors for the shutters, trim and doors will add valuable appeal to your exterior.

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Beautiful white house with darker doors for added contrast.

 

Brown or Beige
Next to white and off-white, brown colors and beige are other popular choices for your exterior when choosing the right color to sell your home. Not only, they blend well with natural surroundings, but adding white colors to the trim will make your home look warm and inviting.

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Gray
Gray is another favorite that people are attracted to for the exterior of homes. Painting your home’s exterior gray also blends well with natural stone and neutral or lighter trim.

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Blue
Blue is soft and it is reminiscent of the sky. Blue is safe but rich and beautiful choice for your home. Pair it with white trim and your home will evoke the cottage feel that many buyers are searching for.

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Light blue house with white trim

Yellow
Surprisingly enough, yellow is another color that appeals to the masses, yellow evokes playfulness and creates a welcoming, cheerful exterior. Choose a soft yellow if you have a beautiful landscape or want to add a curb appeal, stay with white trim for an even softer look.

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Warm and inviting, this yellow adds a great complement to the landscape.

 

Whether your home is going on the market soon or you’re just ready for a change, exterior paint color will add curb appeal to your home; any of the colors above can and will  improve your home’s value. Acropolis Painting, Inc. can help you achieve that look and more.  Contact us or visit our website http://www.acropolispainting.com and together we can add more value to your home.

Paint problems most homeowners face. Paint bubbles, cracks or peels.

Why does paint crack, bubble or peel?

Let me introduce you to Sisyphus, a deceiver, egocentric and narcissist. He was sentenced by Zeus for his mockery by having him endlessly roll a huge boulder up a steep only to have it roll back down. Roll. Sigh. Repeat. Many homeowners can relate to Sisyphus. Is it the right paint?  What is the right temperature? Are the walls properly prepared? Many homeowners face this challenge. Let’s access the problem correctly.

When interior paints blister or crack, the trouble sometimes can be attributed to poor-quality paint, in most cases; the trouble is actually due to poor surface preparation or the wrong methods of paint application.

What are those little bubbles?  That fresh coat of paint looks like the dimpled surface of the moon. Porous surfaces must be prepared first with a sealant or primer. Be patient! If you are full of energy and move to quickly for your paint, it will create those bubbles. Do not shake your paint, if you must mix it use a stick and stir slowly. Gloss-paint is especially sensitive. Take your time!

Those big bubbles were not there before? For your peace of mind, you are not just seeing things.  Those blisters are usually seen on latex and acrylic interior and exterior finishes, they are an eye sore. They don’t happen immediately, but you will notice these when the paint separates from its base, in this case the temperature is to be blamed; if it is 35 degrees or below or 90 degrees or above.  Another reason is having moisture on your walls, painting over a humid surface can often result in bulging blisters, make sure your walls are dry and allow any spackle or coat of paint to dry completely before you continue.

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Why Does Paint Crack? Mud cracking. Paint was applied too thick, surface was not prepared properly, or dirt was not removed. Follow directions for appropriate preparation, spread out the paint evenly, make sure your walls are clean and free of any other residue.

Alligator cracks:  Paint was applied over a glossy finish; application of a rigid coating like oil enamel over a softer and flexible coating, this is a no-no. Remove old paint first by scraping, sanding or using chemical removers, prep wash your walls and allow to dry. You’re welcome!

Hairline cracks:  Applying paint to bare surfaces without the adequate preparation at first; over thinning or over spreading the paint.  Prime surfaces before applying the paint; then apply the finishing coats at the recommended spreading rate.

peeling-paint-texture-7Why Does Paint Peel? It is very simple; paint peels if it can not adhere to the underlying layer. The simplest solution is to sand. Sandpaper roughens the base surface, creating minute peaks and valleys onto which paint molecules can adhere to. Most paint peeling comes from moisture surfaces.  The worse transgressor is paint incompatibility.

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If in doubt, ask your paint store representative, they can advise you if you know what you are dealing with. Truth is, paint can be a pain!  If everything else fails find a painting contractor, Acropolis Painting, Inc. can help! We are experts in paint, it’s not just about spreading that paint and changing the look of a place. We listen to your needs, offer professional service and guarantee our jobs.

How to create a growth chart.

Create a Pottery Barn version of a growth chart

In case you haven’t notice, children are growing up quickly! one day you look at their pictures and realize that baby is not a baby anymore. Where has time gone? By any chance, are they using you as their personal growth chart? One day they measure themselves to your chest level, the next time they have reached your chin, seems like you blink and they grow!

Your child seems to leave behind great memories, cherish them and keep track of their height with a growth chart.  It is a fun and beautiful way of seeing your child’s progress.  They can also help you with this easy project which will create lots of memories, while having fun.

Here I am giving you step by step instructions on how to achieve a perfect growth chart.

What you need:

  1. Piece of wood – 1 inch thick x 8 inches wide x 6 feet tall
  2. Fine-grit sandpaper
  3. Stain (color of your choice)
  4. Satin Polyurethane
  5. Rags, fine paint brush and 1 ½” paint brush.
  6. Black or white acrylic paint (use black if stain is light, or white if stain is dark)
  7. Measuring Tape + Pencil
  8. Scissors
  9. Printer and paper (for number stencils)
  10. Small Nails + Hammer or screws and screw driver.
  11. String or Wire (if hanging the board using nails)

Step One

Lightly sand the wood using the fine-grit sandpaper going in the direction of the grain. Wipe off any dust with a rag or a brush. 

Step Two

Use the stain to paint the piece of wood using a rag, let it dry. Use 2 coats if you would like a darker tone.

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measure every inch at 1″, 1.5″, 2″ (half a foot), 3″ (foot mark)

Step Three

Grab your tape measurer and pencil, start marking every inch, paying special attention to ½’s and whole numbers, make those a little longer and emphasize each foot.

 

  • Mark the first inch, 1″ long.
  • Mark the second inch, 1 ½” long.
  • Mark the third inch, 1″ long again.
  • Mark the fourth inch, 1 ½” long.
  • Mark the fifth inch, 1″ long.
  • Mark the sixth inch, 2″ long.
  • Repeat this process. The foot-long mark; make it 3″ long.

TIP:  Make sure you measure your baseboard. Keep in mind your baseboard will be part of your growth chart.

Step Four

Get your acrylic paint and thin brush and paint right over the lines you penciled in. Don’t worry if you don’t have a steady hand.  You won’t be able to tell the difference from a distance, and the wiggly lines will give it a rustic look anyway.  You can use a different paint color at the 6″ mark, and at the foot mark, this is optional.

Step Five 

Print two-inch long numbers, from 1-6, use the font of your choice.  Cut the numbers, with the pencil write the numbers slightly below the foot-mark.  Remember, the foot-mark is 3″ long, the number looks better just below it.  Here is an example, place number 6 at 5’11”, not at the 6′ mark.

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paint and fill in the numbers with acrylic paint

Step Six 

Using your acrylic paint and thin brush, paint and fill the numbers inside the lines. Let your board dry completely.

Step Seven 

Take the board outside, using the 1½” paint brush, give it two coats of satin polyurethane.  Rather use satin finish than gloss because gloss will make a permanent marker smear.

TIP:   Let board dry outside (preferably overnight), the fumes of polyurethane are very strong and can make you dizzy if you bring it inside. 

Step Eight

Hanging your growth chart. You can either use a wire to create a loop and nail the chart to the wall.  Or you can screw the board more permanently to the wall.

TIP:   Keep in mind your baseboard is technically part of your growth chart.

Step Nine

Start measuring your children as they grow, don’t miss the progress as they get bigger and bigger, use a different color sharpie for each child and write the date as they are measured. Don’t forget to use your child’s length at birth as the first mark on the chart.

This will make a great gift for first time parents, they will be absolutely in love with it. At Acropolis Painting, Inc, we feel very happy to share our ideas with you, creating a personal space should always be fun! Painting is a great, inexpensive and bold way of changing a space, and it’s a very personal way of making a house your home!

Paint sheen finishes, what’s the difference?

How to select the right interior paint sheen

When deciding about painting, color is just one of the things you have to think about, but what about the sheen of the paint?

There are 5 different types of sheen: Flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each one of them.

Flat, Eggshell, Satin and Semi-glossFlat paint is very forgiving, this sheen  does not reflect light, therefore it is an excellent choice for hiding any imperfections on your walls.  Flat paint is non-washable. Use in your living room or ceilings.

Eggshell is flat paint with a hint of gloss, this is more durable than flat paint since you can lightly wash it, but don’t overdo it. Eggshell goes great in the bedroom or less formal areas.

Satin has a low sheen of gloss which means it will tolerate moderate washing, this is a great choice for households with pets or small children.  Use satin in high traffic areas, especially bathrooms.

Semi-glossSemi-gloss goes well on cabinets, moldings or trims, it has a beautiful glow without getting too much attention. It is washable and durable.

Gloss is perfect for heavy traffic areas, it is mostly applied to baseboards, doors, doorframes and window trims.  Preparation is very important to yield a smooth finish, otherwise it will accentuate imperfections. Gloss paint is washable and durable.

Consider a professional painter for new constructions.  Giving the proper preparation at the beginning will guarantee better finishing results for the future.

Choosing the right sheen is just as important as finding the perfect color, every house is unique and should be treated accordingly, therefore choose the right gleam keeping in mind your lifestyle.  Sheens can create a visual interest and extend the life of your paint job.  If you need a professional, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are here to serve you!

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Fall-Inspired Colors 2016

When deciding your next project color, experts agree to go with light and neutral colors.

For the fall season, experts agree to go for a color that tends to lift the spirits.  They suggest to steer away from warm cozy colors but rather be inspired by colors that make a tiny room feel larger, without the time and expense of moving walls.  The paint color you choose as well as furniture and accessories will help you create the mood.

Today, color is all around us, but for many years it didn’t play an important role in people’s lives, now we see people love, embrace and evaluate the color and scheme that corresponds to making them feel good.

Most colors work for most house designs, don’t be afraid to experiment and be creative.  A beautiful “Oyster Bay” by Sherwin Williams 6206  (picture above), gives a fresh and serene touch.  While a “Stonington Gray” Benjamin Moore HC-170 can make your space feel modern yet elegant.

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Choosing your next color can feel overwhelming, but there are design tools and paint collections at most paint stores that can help you create a perfect room.

Don’t be afraid to play and experiment.  If you feel that you need some planning and expertise, we are here to help you make your home an expression of your lifestyle.