Cabinet Refinishing is Your Solution

Isn’t This Kitchen Gorgeous?!

Cabinet refinishing is the perfect solution to restoring beauty and excitement to your kitchen or bath! Refinishing outdated or damaged cabinetry brings new life to your rooms. Cabinet refinishing also maintains your investment in your home. Cabinet refinishing updates and brings new life into your kitchen and bath without the high cost of time, money and stress.

Refinished bath cabinetsReplacing your existing cabinetry can be costly, time-consuming, and stressful. Remember, replacing cabinetry means the old is torn-out, and the new is completely rehung. Now you’re considering a major remodeling project! This is a considerable investment in time and money. And you’re left without a working kitchen or bath for an undetermined amount of time.

With cabinet refinishing, you have your rooms back in a fraction of the time. The cabinet boxes stay in place and are repainted on the walls. The doors and drawer fronts are removed to the shop to be refinished to your specifications. The new finish is cured. Hardware reinstalled. Everything rehung with new stops installed. And your refreshed rooms are ready for you!

Refinishing cabinets allows you to be in control! You can repaint or stain the cabinets to their original beauty. Or choose a new color to coordinate with new countertops and backsplashes! You can reinstall the original hardware or replace that with something totally new and different! Maybe the cabinets just need their glossy shine restored to be perfect. Or maybe you want to reface them for a whole new look. By choosing to refinish your existing cabinets, it’s your vision come to life.kitchen cabinet refinished

Do you love your kitchen’s layout and want to freshen or update its look without a major remodeling project? Do you want to bring a change to your bath, but moving fixtures is not an option? Cabinet refinishing is for you!  Cabinet refinishing is your go-to solution for restoring beauty and satisfaction to your home.

Refinishing your cabinets runs the gamut. That’s from whole new doors or fronts to simply restoring a glossy shine. Money saved on cabinet refinishing vs. replacement is better spent on new countertops or backsplashes! How much further your money goes when choosing cabinet refinishing!

Helping You Decide

Cabinet refinishingAre you still unsure if cabinet refinishing is for you? Read our blog post, Time to Remodel Your Kitchen and Bath. It has a helpful checklist for assessing your kitchen or bath for a potential remodeling project. Need a little more direction and help? Check out our blog, Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer.   Getting a little assistance might be better for you in the long-run.

Choosing Paint Colors the HD Painting and Stain Way

What is it about choosing paint colors that makes HD Painting and Stain different? Whether it’s red, purple, gray or white, it’s all color! Mural painted nurseryAnd we love working with color! Recently, our color consultant, Nathan, talked about how he helps our clients make successful paint color choices that bring them satisfaction and joy!

Following these steps will help you understand what you like, why you like it and how to choose it.

Step 1: Assess the Work to Be Done

When choosing paint colors, it’s important to understand the scope of the work to be done. Ask yourself what exactly are you doing to the room? Are you painting walls? Ceilings? Trim? Doors? Will the flooring be changed in any way? Is this a quick refresh? Or a jazzy update?

Have a clear knowledge of the tasks before you. Recognize the changes you are making to the room to visualize your starting point.

Nathan advises, “Look at the room as a blank canvas. It’s waiting for you to fill in the details.”

Step 2: Assess the Expectations for the Room

How are you going to use this room? Is it going to continue to be your dining room? Or is it going to be a home office now? How are you planning to decorate? What colors and types of fabrics are you introducing into the space? Even if you’re not changing the room’s décor, consider the colors of the furniture and your room’s accessories.

Using the ideas generated by this discussion, Nathan says he’s already beginning to choose paint colors to accentuate the room’s Two color dining room with tray ceilingdécor and reflect its use.

Step 3: Assess the Energy

Nathan says, “Feel is a big deal. People recognize that a room has an atmosphere or feeling about it without realizing it comes from the color choice.”

What do you want the room to say? How do you want it to make you feel when you walk in? This is the room’s atmosphere, its energy.

Do you want to walk into your bedroom and feel peaceful or invigorated? Is your living room the place to play or relax? As the center of family life, the kitchen can be a lively place. Do you want to feel energized or create a sense of calm? Get to the heart of the mood you want your room to reflect. Knowing this helps you in choosing paint colors to successfully achieve that atmosphere.

Warm colors, such as red, orange, yellow, or pink, add energy and excitement to a room’s atmosphere. Cool colors, like green, blue or purple, bring a sense of soothing calm and relaxation. Neutrals (brown, gray, white, black, and metallics) create a sense of style and elegance in a space.

To assure success in choosing your paint colors, the undertones in the paint must be cohesive. Warm colors have red, orange, or yellow undertones. Cool colors have green, blue, or purple undertones. After you’ve chosen your color palette, review your paint colors for similar undertones. Often it’s mismatched undertones that undermine a successful color scheme.

Step 4: Assess the Lighting in the Room

Globe drop light reflecting on wallsMost people don’t realize the type of lighting in their rooms affects the appearance of the paint colors on their walls. Is the light in your room primarily from bulbs? Does sunlight have a significant impact on the lighting in your room?

Consider the types of light bulbs you are using. Soft white and warm white incandescent bulbs and LED bulbs give off a warm, yellowish light reinforcing a warm and cozy feeling in the room. Bright white and daylight bulbs have a bluish tone bringing a more energetic feel to the room. And, of course, the popular Edison bulbs with their amber color warm up whatever space they’re used in.

Nathan says lighting is so important to choosing paint colors that he has suggested different bulbs to clients to help get the effect they’re looking for.

Step 5: Find Your Paint Colors

Your living space reflects your personality. As such, Nathan spends time talking with clients to help them get an idea of what color direction they are going and to establish a base palette from which to work.

Ask yourself: “What colors do you like?” Are you high-energy? Then consider warm and/or bright colors. Is your home your refuge,Nathan with color swatches your place to just chill? You’ll want to choose cooler, softer hues.

As there are so many different shades and hues of color available, Nathan typically helps clients to begin choosing their paint colors with just one color. Once the color/mood/personality of the room is established, Nathan looks for 3 or 4 different shades or hues, usually from light to dark, within that color: “This way I’m helping the client to choose their colors without overwhelming them.”

It’s also important to consider whether contrast is appropriate in the room. Are there architectural features you want to emphasize? Will a contrasting color create an illusion, such as a bigger or smaller space, that you would like to incorporate? Use a color wheel to help determine pleasing complementary color schemes.

As Nathan so aptly puts it, our job at HD Painting and Stain is “…creating a canvas for the client to decorate the room to fit their vision.” In helping you with choosing paint colors, our goal is finding your perfect palette for your special treasures to create your perfect home.

Using Paint Additives to Enhance Your Home

“Paint Additives.” A technical painter’s term, but knowing what they are and how to use them will make your DIY paint project a lot easier and your communication with your professional painting contractor a lot clearer. Plus, a few types of additives are just fun. Believe it or not!

Additives are special products formulated to enhance specific properties in your paint to achieve a desired effect. There are additives to enhance the performance of the paint, and additives to enable the paint to meet a specific need or want in the end-product. They are also time-saving and cost-saving when it comes to the important prep work!

Read on for the wide variety of additives available and how they make your paint job easier.

Want a more professional appearance for your DIY painted walls? Add an extender for better paint flow and extended drying time, reducing the appearance of brush or roller marks. Formulated for both latex paints and oil-based coatings, consider Penetrol/Floetrol or X-I-M Paint Extender.

The additive Oil Bond gets you right to painting without all the sanding prep required by some jobs. Now projects like your kitchen cabinets or refurbishing projects can be painted directly saving you time and money.

Want to add texture to your walls or ceiling? Adding a granular additive, such as sand, creates a variety of textural surfaces to enhance your décor or to cover-up those little imperfections. Add glitter for sparkle on a bedroom ceiling or wall; or decorative flake or quartz for a beautiful bathroom floor.

Non-skid additives for floors give peace-of-mind for those slippery surfaces, such as decks, stairs, ramps or poolsides. Anti-Skid Additive from Sherwin Williams is composed of 100% ground walnut shells!

Have high-traffic areas in dire need of repainting often? There are paint additives to increase abrasion resistance and enhance the life of the paint. Nice to paint those stair risers and know it will last longer this time!

Maybe the next time you paint your kitchen, it’ll smell like vanilla beans! Or your bathroom like a spring rain! SCENTsations has a wide variety of scents to fit your mood.

Problems in the basement with mildew? Are your soffits and shaded exterior areas prone to mildew growth? A mildewcide helps retard mildew growth both inside and out saving you considerable time and money in the future.

Add an insecticide to latex or oil based coatings, such as stains, varnishes, and sealers, to help kill any crawling and flying insects exposed to the treated surfaces.

Though not all-inclusive, this list will get you thinking about your next project and the possibilities. Hopefully, it will help you to knock your next DIY project out-of-the-park! Or to talk-the-talk with your professional painting contractor.

The team at HD Painting & Stain understands the challenges of achieving a beautiful, functional, and lasting paint job. Please contact us to discuss your next project! We are constantly striving to be the best painter in Belleville, IL!