Monday, April 17, 2017

Marching Orders for Spring Painting

To everything there is a season, and as March ended, we entered the first stage of the exterior painting season. Depending upon where you live, it may or may not be warm enough to apply paint, but you can still get a jump on things.

Early spring is an ideal time to plan ahead and begin some of the prep work that's key to a well-painted exterior. Carefully inspect the outside of your home and write down what needs to be done. Your notes will serve as a helpful 'marching orders' for the coming paint season.

What to look for? Obviously, any sign of trouble on the siding or trim in the form of paint that is peeling or flaking, but also spots where ugly mold or mildew has taken hold.

Pay special attention to areas where different material meet and note if the caulk is missing or deteriorated. Gaps in the exterior not only detract from the appearance of a home, but they also can create drafts, let costly air conditioning and heat escape, and lead to water damage.

If there's any painted metal on your home's exterior, see if the coating or coatings have been compromised. Is there rust on iron railings or efflorescence (powdery white residue) on aluminum siding, soffit or trim? If so, jot that down.

Not anything else that is amiss with your paint. Nearly any deficiency can detract from the appearance of your home and lessen its production. And correcting these problems quickly may help prevent bigger issues in the future.

Some projects can be done in almost any weather; others are weather-dependent. 

For example, you can remove mildew on any dry day without regard to the temperature. Simply scrub the surface with a bleach solution, allow it to sit for 10 minutes or so, then wash away the offensive growth.

Most caulk can be applied when the temperature hits 50 degrees F, but take into account the overnight lows, which could leave surface materials below the threshold, at least earlier in the day. Just clean adjoining surfaces thoroughly, apply a bead of caulk, and smooth it with a moist finger to produce a tight, protective seal.

Likewise, 50 degrees F is typically the cutoff for exterior painting when using a latex coating (again, take overnight temperature into account). If you're doing touch-ups, scrape away any loose or peeling paint, prime bare wood with a quality acrylic latex primer, let it dry thoroughly, then apply one or two coats of 100% acrylic paint. (By using a "paint and primer" product, you can skip the prime coat.

Your home is unlikely to suffer serious harm if you leave bare or primed wood exposed to the elements for a short time. But that's not true with many metals, especially iron.

Once you scrape or sand away rust and expose bare metal, it must be primed immediately and painted as soon as possible afterward, or the rust could reappear in just a couple of days. So, don't start this project unless the weather is warm enough to finish the job.

As you can see, you can make progress on your spring painting by inspecting your exterior, planning the work, and even tackling some projects right now. That's the way to get a great jump on things!


This article provided by Paint Quality Institute. To view other articles, please visit them at Paint Quality Institute

Friday, April 14, 2017

Spring/Summer 2017 Trends

This is the monthly color and design news update from the companies behind Color Guild. The article aims to preview the forth-coming season and give insight and relevant information for using color to help inspire personal projects. 

Spring/Summer 2017 sees a refocus on inspirational sources; we are rethinking and reassessing the world around us. As perspectives change we gain more confidence with color usage and in turn, engage with the effect color has on our surroundings. Taking inspiration from our 2017 trends we look to advances in experimental technology, celebrating the hidden beauty of data that lies at the heart of our computerized world. We also explore unknown grounds with an organic and warming theme that reference sunny climates. Feeding our desire to collect and curate our personal spaces we then gain a carefree approach and are tempted by eye-catching aesthetics. Finally focusing on a weightless minimalism that has a universally pure and contemporary atmosphere. These themes will come together to inspire new directions in color and here we share 5 key colors to discover for Spring/Summer 2017.

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Experimental and positive attitude, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE references the digital world and explores both human and mechanical errors. Inspired by the Glitch trend this color celebrates digital imperfections, using them to inform designs and emphasize the artificial nature of our digital world. Introducing a human element to technology, this green has an acid undertone that is detached from natural or organic connotations. With refreshing and modern feel, 0695 INDIAN NECKLACE can confidently lift your spaces into the now. Use in combination with other saturated tones of the Glitch palette in kitchen spaces and children's bedrooms for a dynamic and energized effect.

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In contrast, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN references our direct connection to colors found in nature. From the Ground trend this tone has a glowing warmth that radiates throughout a space and brings a sense of sunshine to the inside. Desert like landscapes inspire this rich sand yellow color and the tone offers a sense of comfort and refuge. Surround yourself with the lustrous heat of 0941 GLOWING LANTERN and combine this color with the other deep earthy shades of the Ground palette, which are inspired by the raw pigments extracted from the earth. This grouping is perfect for living rooms and bedrooms as it exudes an elemental glow that is sure to add warmth.

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Appealing to our sweet tooth and magpie eye, 1069 PINK TOUCH embodies a carefree attitude with an indulgent edge. Part of the Candy trend this sugary shade has a joyful message that encourages a mix and match style. Inspired by sugared candy treats, this color is designed to catch the eye and deliver a note of positivity. Powdered and pale, 1069 PINK TOUCH can be used in combination with the other shades of Candy for an eclectic mix that encourages a playful approach to color. The milky undertones and soft finish of this tone creates the perfect option for updating kitchens and bathroom areas.
With an intriguing air, 0589 CELESTIAL HORIZON looks to reduce visual noise with a controlled aesthetic and striped back approach. Inspired by the X-ray trend, this color references the delicate forms we find in nature, but with purity that demands attention. Genderless and seemingly universal grayed blue adds clarity and a reassuring sense of precision within a space. Use in combination with a palette of cool neutrals for a contemporary update. 0589 CELESTIAL HORIZON can add a touch of clean modernity to your bedrooms and study areas for a current and refreshing outcome.

The dark alluring tone of 0536 SUBWAY strips away unnecessary elements to highlight the beauty of the structure of a space. Selected from the X-ray trend this color forms a clean and minimal palette that looks to intense monochrome combinations to reveal what is essential within your home. Referencing core architectural structures, the depth of 0536 SUBWAY acts as a strong and definitive dark tone. Black creates a sense of focus within rooms so use this tone in office areas and hallways in small amounts to highlight architectural details and create a sense of clarity.

0695 INDIAN NECKLACE, 0941 GLOWING LANTERN, 1069 PINK TOUCH, 0589 CELESTIAL HORIZON and 0536 SUBWAY are the five colors we see to be key for Spring/Summer 2017. These tones are taken from the 2017 trends Glitch, Ground, Candy and X-Ray. The colors work across a variety of interior applications and can be used singularly or combined successfully as an all over palette for a space.

These colors all offer something diverse and convey different moods and aesthetics that are on trend. Each color has the potential to add something innovative and exciting to your home, whether it is used in isolation or with our suggested complimentary tones.

For the next article 'Decorate: Nostalgic Style' we continue our exploration into interior decorating ideas with a focus on creating inspirational palettes for your home.

Color Guild looks to Colour Hive, the international trend forecasting company, and publisher of MIX magazine, for interior decorating advice and ideas. Colour Hive has a track record of accurate color trend information and successful forecasts for the interior and contract markets worldwide.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Depth of Blue

This is the monthly color and design news update from The Davis Paint Company and The Color Guild. the article aims to preview the forth-coming season and give insight and relevant information for using color to help inspire person projects.

Looking to the natural world for inspiration, this palette celebrates the beauty of blue and in particular, our deepest oceans. With undeniable appeal, this palette looks to create the ultimate selection of blues for your interior paint schemes. Referencing the unknown elements of the wild seas, these colors explore how we can combine tonal shades to inspire. With light and dark distinctions we encourage exploration into intense colors and contrasts. Bringing a deeper meaning to blue, these colors are a modern alternative to neutrals with a resounding message of positivity and serenity.

Discover the true depths of blue with 0620 STAR STUDDED, an elegant color that offers an arresting alternative to black. Intensely saturated, this dark tone has intriguing depth that references the unknown abyssal zones of our oceans. Shadowy and alluring, 0620 STAR STUDDED is a safe bet for your home if you are looking to create a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere. This clever color reflects and absorbs light within spaces to echo feelings of water and of weightlessness. Discover the power of tonal blues by combining this shade with contrasting lighter colors such as 0617 JOHNS BLUE and 0650 BRIDGEWATER BAY.

Look to the dynamism of 0655 QUEEN OF THE NIGHT to add a touch of tranquility to your interior spaces. Tinted with a dark teal, this color offers a contrast to the other blues within the palette and evokes feelings of deep pools and wild seascapes. The intensity of 0655 QUEEN OF THE NIGHT has the power to create focus and harmony within spaces and so is most effectively used in studies, offices and dining rooms. Combine with light neutrals to create a revitalizing balance. Alternatively group with contrasting orange and yellow paint accents and accessories for a contemporary and bold effect.

Build a classic mood with 0617 JOHNS BLUE, a stormy sky blue perfect for a variety of interior spaces. With undertones of muted grey, this color grounds the overall palette with a definitive clarity. This tone references dramatic weather conditions but retains a clean and modern atmosphere. Discover possibilities by mixing the depths of 0620 STAR STUDDED and the vibrancy of 0650 BRIDGEWATER BAY with 0617 JOHNS BLUE to create a lively and positive overall effect. This timeless color will balance your spaces and is most effective when used as an all over paint in locations such as kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms.

Energetic and optimistic, 0650 BRIDGEWATER BAY has an uplifting quality perfect for your home. Acting as the vibrant highlight to the other shades in the palette, this color grabs your attention and will instantly refresh your spaces. Allow yourself to be rejuvenated by the power of 0650 BRIDGEWATER BAY and add a touch of positivity to your walls. Pair this shade with the dark tones of 0655 QUEEN OF THE NIGHT and 0620 STAR STUDDED for a combination that demands to be noticed. Look to 0650 BRIDGEWATER BAY and explore the possibilities within kitchen spaces for a clean and modern feel. Also within children's rooms for an energetic and playful all over application.

With an alluring softness 0607 BRUSH BLUE is a barely there tint that contrasts with the dark and mid tones within this palette. Offering an ethereal and powdery feel, this tone is removed from any cold connotations and instead generates a tactile and inviting calm. Look to the chalky finish of 0607 BRUSH BLUE for rooms such as the bathrooms and kitchens and add a clean quality removed from any typical clinical or cold feelings. Open up your small spaces such as hallways and alcoves with this tone, the perfect alternative to stark white or dull neutrals.

Delve into exciting combinations of natural blue with this color range. Look to 0620 STAR STUDDED, 0655 QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, 0617 JOHNS BLUE, 0650 BRIDGEWATER BAY, and 0607 BRUSH BLUE to create a balanced tonal effect perfect for any interior. Express an optimistic and calming mood in your home by utilizing the light and dark contrasts within the palette. This color range may be used successfully as an all over application and in particular look to the tinted blues, perfect for rejuvenating kitchen and bathroom spaces. The intensity of the dark tones can be used to cocoon and calm in personal and private spaces such as bedrooms and living rooms. This palette is dynamic and offers strong combinations for interiors.

Check back next month as we delve into Spring and Summer 2017 Color Trends!

Why You Should Take a Shine to Sheen

This article by Debbie Zimmer from the Paint Quality Institute goes into more detail on paint sheens.

Spring House, PA - Many do-it-yourself painters spend hours selecting the perfect paint colors, but give far less thought to the sheen they'll use. That's short-sighted, according to Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute, who recently was named one of the "Top 200 Influencers in the Home Design Industry".

"Paint sheen affects not only the initial appearance of a paint job, but also its long-term performance," says Zimmer. "So it's important to carefully consider your options when choosing a paint."

Leading paint brands come in as many as six different levels of sheen, which is basically a measure of the reflectivity of the paint once it's applied. Flat paint is the least reflective, followed by increasingly "shiny" options like matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and -- shiniest of all -- high gloss.

If the condition of your walls is impeccable, you can choose any level of sheen your eye desires. But if you have sloppy sheetrock, uneven surfaces, or otherwise imperfect walls, be aware that paint with a higher sheen will make these defects more apparent, while a coating with less sheen will help conceal them.

There's another aesthetic aspect of sheen: The shinier the paint, the more it will reflect light, rather than absorb it. So, if you want to brighten your surroundings without inflating your electric bill, consider using wall paint with some significant sheen - trading up from a flat paint to , say, a semi-gloss coating. The difference will be apparent.

Some of the reasons sheen level is important have to do not just with the appearance of your paint on day one, but rather, the way it will look years later.

"Paints with higher sheen are tougher, more durable, more mildew resistant, and more stain-resistant than those with a flat or matte finish," says Zimmer, "so they'll hold up better over time. If the room you are painting is heavily used, it's wise to select a wall paint from the glossier side of the spectrum."

Kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are clearly candidates for semi-gloss, or even high gloss wall paint; so, too, are rooms that are frequented by guests, children, or pets. On the other hand, walls in lesser-used spaces such as entrance ways or spare bedrooms will likely hold up well even with flat or low sheen paint.

Should they ever become soiled, glossier paints are much easier to clean. High gloss and semi-gloss paints, in particular, will easily give up fingerprints and many other common stains with just light scrubbing. As a results, they're ideal for use not just on walls, but also on windows, doors, and baseboards.

So when the counter person at the paint store asks which sheen you'd like, don't brush off the question - reflect on your needs. In many ways, the sheen level of the paint you choose is every bit as important as the color!

To learn more about paint sheen and interior painting, visit the Paint Quality Institute online at

The Paint Quality Institute was formed in 1989 to educate people on the advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute's goal is to provide information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color trends and decorating with paint through a variety of vehicles, including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles, and instructional literature. Please be sure to visit the Paint Quality Institute at PAINT QUALITY INSTITUTE and PAINTQUALITY.COM are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Paint Sheens Explained

Paint sheen is still somewhat of a mystery to many people. Most paint companies have anywhere from 3 to 6 different sheen types for you to choose from. Today we are going to go over those sheens to help take the guess work out of choosing which one will work best for you and your living space.

DAVIS FLAT (Available in Interior and Exterior) - Flat paint tends to have a chalky/matte look and is best for use in low traffic areas such as bedrooms. Flat paint does not hide imperfections well because they offer no light reflections to make them noticeable. Flat is perfect for bedrooms and dining rooms. Flat paints are easy to touch-up but not easy to clean.

DAVIS MATTE/FLAT (Available in Interior Only) - Matte Flat paint is very similar to a FLAT finish but it tends to have a much softer feel when you touch it. Just like FLAT, it does not hide wall imperfections well due to the lack of light reflection. Matte/Flat is perfect for bedrooms and dining rooms. Matte/Flat is easy to touch-up and the Matte/Flat we offer here at Davis Paint is scrubbable so no worries on keeping it clean!

DAVIS EGGSHELL (Available in Interior Only) - Eggshell is named after its likeness to an actual eggshell. When looking at the paint head on, it appears to be flat but when looking from an angle, it offers a slight light reflection. Eggshell is much easier to keep clean than an actual flat and offers decent touch-up properties as well. Eggshell is perfect for living rooms, hallways and family rooms. 

DAVIS SATIN (Available in Interior and Exterior) - Satin is a popular sheen and very versatile. Satin offers great resistance to scratches, scuffs, stains and dirt. Satin can be easily washed so it always looks clean and because it offers a stronger surface, it is ideal for rooms which need to repel water such as bathrooms. Satin is also the #1 choice for trim when using a Flat or Matte/Flat paint. 

DAVIS SEMI-GLOSS (Available in Exterior Only) - Semi-gloss is one with a slightly glossy appearance but does not appear "wet" like full gloss sheens. These paints are great for areas that get lots of heavy use because the surface is slightly harder than the sheens listed above. This paint is most commonly used on shutters, doors, house trim and around windows. This paint sheen is very easy to keep clean.

DAVIS GLOSS (Available in Exterior Only) - Gloss paint is the highest level of sheen you can obtain in a paint. Gloss almost has a mirror-like finish because of its ability to reflect light away from the surface. Gloss paint is by far the easiest to keep clean and it is also highly resistant to moisture. The only con with gloss paint is its inability to high imperfections on your surface or substrate. This paint is ideal for house trim and shutters. Many have used this on handrails as well. 

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Dispel Holiday Blues by Adding New Color to Your Home

Spring House, PA - If you're blue now that the holidays are over, you may be able to pick up your spirits by adding some new color to your home. So says Debbie Zimmer, spokesperson for the Paint Quality Institute, who recently was named one of the "Top 200 Influencers in the Home Design Industry". She advises that interior painting can be a panacea for much of what ails you after the holidays.

"It's normal to have a letdown this time of year, but jumping right into a project that freshens your surroundings with some attractive new color can re-charge your batteries and even brighten your outlook," says Zimmer.

Post-holiday painting is supported by some strong logic: winter is an ideal time to start an interior project; with no holiday event on the immediate horizon, you can work at a pace that suits you best; and your walls may well need to be painted after enduring the wear and tear of the festive season.

Even so, the biggest beneficiary of the new interior paint color may not be the bricks and mortar you call "home"...but rather, you yourself! Keeping busy, whether by painting or doing something else, helps create a feel of wellbeing; and painting typically produces a rewarding sense of accomplishment. Plus, introducing certain colors into your surroundings is a proven way to improve your mood.

Any new wall color may help lift your spirits, but for the biggest psychological lift, choose a happy hue. You might have a personal favorite that fits the bill; if not, psychologists have identified some specific wall colors that have a positive effect on nearly everyone. 

Among the pick-me-up hues is yellow, according to those who have studied these things. That's because yellow surroundings actually boost the level of serotonin in the brain, making one feel more joyful - creating, in effect, a "natural high"!

If yellow doesn't turn you on, then consider its close cousin, orange. According to color psychologists, tints and shades of orange give off positive vibes that we perceive as energy and warmth, both welcome feelings as winter sets in.

Not a fan of yellow or orange? Then brighten your surroundings with an off-white paint color or another very light tint. Any of these will help combat gray days that are so common this time of year. Just stick to the lighter side of the color chart and go with a color you love.

No matter what paint color you end up choosing, Zimmer advises that you pay close attention to the sheen level. "Gloss, semi-gloss and satin paints are more reflective, so they make the interior brighter yet; gloss is great for trim while semi-gloss or satin is better for walls," she says,

So if you're one of the many who need a pick-me-up after the holidays, think about picking up a paintbrush or roller and a can or two of top quality paint (100% acrylic is best). By doing some interior painting, you'll likely improve your spirits as much as your home.

For more information about interior painting and the psychology of color, visit the Paint Quality Institute website at

The Paint Quality Institute was formed in 1989 to educate people on the advantages of using quality interior and exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute's goal is to provide information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color trends and decorating with paint through a variety of vehicles, including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles and instructional literature. Please be sure to visit the Paint Quality Institute at PAINT QUALITY INSTITUTE and PAINTQUALITY.COM are trademarks of The Dow Chemical Company ("Dow") or an affiliated company of Dow.

Original Article: Holiday Blues

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Bargain Mansions Anyone?

Tamara getting ready for
Let me introduce you to Tamara Day, the upcoming star of the new DIY show coming out in late 2017 called "Bargain Mansions", in which Tamara completely renovates hidden real estate gems in the Kansas City area.

Tamara and her husband, Bill Day, began buying dilapidated homes 16 years ago to restore and sell. In 2008, they moved to Leawood after purchasing a 5000 square foot foreclosed home for themselves that required a complete re-haul to make livable. What originally started out with Tamara and Bill hiring contractors to renovate the home turned into Tamara taking matters into her own hands and doing A LOT of the manual labor herself.

The home was completely destroyed when Tamara and Bill initially made their purchase. It was filled with trash and virtually all of the appliances that were left by the previous owner had been destroyed. Even the light fixtures which once hung from the ceiling had been ripped out. Finally, with the help of Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, they were able to get the home gutted and start making their home from the shell left behind.
Tamara watching the paint can labeling process.
Tamara does not hesitate to jump in on every part of rehabbing a house and she is not afraid to get her hands dirty. During the renovation process, she can be seen tearing down walls, painting, putting in new flooring, etc.. I do believe I have even seen her with jackhammers and sledgehammers. To sum it up, there is no part of the renovation which Tamara is not involved in.
Tamara getting ready to head into the spray booth with our lab technician, William
while Dave brings her up to speed.
Fast forward to 2017 and Tamara now has a show coming out on the DIY Network called "Bargain Mansions". The show will start off with a 12 episode season which will begin airing in October of this year. Shooting for the series began in January.
Tamara about to film her monologue/
Davis Paint has been lucky enough to help Tamara with paint solutions during the filming of her show. DIY was on the premises this past Friday, February 24th, 2017, to film Tamara on location. We are honored Tamara and DIY wanted to include us in the process. The images included in this blog were all taken during filming.
Tamara spraying down her shutters in our spray booth.
We will keep you updated with details as we get them! Do not forget to check out Tamara on her Facebook page, as well as her website,, to stay up-to-date.
The crew having a little fun between filming spots.
On a personal note, I cannot wait! After meeting Tamara I completely understand how she is a success. When you have an imaginative personality and you're a hard-worker on top of it all, the sky is the limit for Tamara and I know this girl cannot wait to see where she goes.
The crew about to film one of the show segments.
Tamara learning the paint making process.
The crew watches the filming from another room.

Filming the closing segment

Tamara in the spray booth
I had to even jump into a picture with her!

Article Written by Krissy Brown. Photography courtesy of and © Krissy Brown Designs. All Rights Reserved.