The Repaint Specialists’ Colour Guide To Help Beat The Winter Blues!

When we think about repainting our environments, we often think about what is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. However; there is so much more behind the colour of your interior walls than you could ever imagine!

For decades psychiatrist have been linking colors and shades to our moods and mental wellbeing. The evidence is monumental, and we have even seen how colours on logos and in offices can affect customers and co-workers alike! Read more about the effect colours have on us as consumers here!

But, what about the colours we see with EVERY DAY? What about the colours we blanket ourselves in when we are at our most vulnerable?

After a hard day at work or school, are you returning to a place that brings you back to center or subconsciously sabotages you by increasing your anxiety?

The Repaint Specialists encourage you to take a walk around your home and mindfully explore the moods of each room.

The ‘Winter Blues’ is common and has a profound effect on many of us. In Edmonton, the Winter Blues can be amplified by the cold days, long winters, and grey skies that seem to go on for days. The Repaint Specialists can’t bear to think of their local Edmonton community feeling that way in there own homes when something so simple as an interior repaint job can drastically improve their mood!

To help, The Repaint Specialists have come together to share some of their favorite colours for beating the winter blues!

The Repaint Specialists’ Colour Guide to Help Beat The Winter Blues

Orange

Orange is a great color to help boost your energy and self-esteem. Physiatrists say that surrounding yourself with this colour may help you be more optimistic and help you shift your perspective on life’s situations. If you don’t like the idea of painting your whole room orange, try an accent wall or well placed orange accessories!

Yellow

Yellow is great for rejuvenation, depression, and lack of self-confidence! Like the sun, it can brighten up your grey day; however, also like the sun, it can stimulate your senses! Yellow may not be an appropriate color for a bedroom ( especially if you suffer from sleep disorders), but a splash of yellow in the kitchen or study may be just what you need!

Purple

Purple tends to inspire the mind and bring out your spirituality (regardless of your beliefs). It can bring out a sense f belonging, self-respect, and dignity. Many experts agree that if you suffer from anxiety, depression, stress, or low self-esteem then purple is an excellent choice!

Green

Green brings harmony and balance to you and your room. Help clear your mind, beat anxiety, and melt away stress by renewing your energy with a harmonious green! Lush green plants are another great addition to any room that you want to liven up!

If you are looking for some help selecting the right shade for your space, give The Repaint Specialists a call today!

Feel like hibernating? Let The Repaint Specialists do the work for you! With three different locations located in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert, The Repaint Specialists make it easy for you!

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!

Will changing the colour of your walls rid you completely of depression? No.

But it can help, and you can beat this!

Remember to talk to your friends, family, and health care providers and utilize your resources for the best possible treatment plan.

There is always someone willing to listen @ 1-833-456-4566

For more resources and help dealing with a mental illness go to The LifeLine Canada Foundation

 

 

The DIY Guide To Synchronizing Your Paint Colours- Tips From Your Edmonton Repaint Specialists

You’ve scrolled through Pinterest, obsessed over Instagram, creeped Facebook and looked up every home decor blog you could find on Google, so you should be set, right?

Yeah, sure! Except like most of us, you’ve probably picked about 50 colors that you love, and have no idea if they will go well together- Will that brilliant Obstinate Orange make a good accent wall against the Green Energy?

Now, we all know The Repaint Specialists are here to help, but some of us are hardcore DIYers, and The Repaint Specialists get that!  In fact, everyone at The Repaint Specialists is kind of a DIYer themselves; at least when it comes to painting! 😉

Even so, these Edmonton paint specialists hate the idea of you panicking in the paint isle only to give up and resort to a rental white. So, they are going to let you in on a little secret! Even the pros aren’t color matching savants! Well, maybe there are a few, but most of them have a secret weapon that allows them to match colors harmoniously, and you can use it too!

*Drumroll, please *

It’s called a color wheel! That’s right; that little wheel you used in elementary school to learn about colors and art is actually pretty useful!

Just in case you don’t remember, The Repaint Specialists are going to tell you how to use one!

HOW TO USE A COLOUR WHEEL FOR PAINTING YOUR HOME

If you look at the diagram above, you will notice that that the color wheel is broken into 3 sections. Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. Familiarizing yourself with the color wheel and these terms will help. Now, let’s take a look at the three ways you can use a color wheel!

Complimentary colors

To select complimentary colors, you are going to use the old adage “Opposites Attract”. Pick a color on the color wheel then draw a straight line across the color wheel. These two colors are complimentary even though they are basically exact opposites. Remember, you don’t have to distribute equal color around the room. You can select an accent wall for one of the colors, or simply add artwork or furniture that matches!

Analogous colors

This is when you choose a color on the color wheel that is next to the color you are choosing. If we choose yellow the analogous colors would be yellow-green and yellow-orange. This type of color choice is great when you don’t want to match the exact color or if you want to use your furniture or accessories to create the dramatic colors in the room highlighting your walls. Quite often neutrals are used when highlighting the main color feature of your walls such as white, off whites, grays, and browns, or even black.

TriaD COlours

First, choose a color on the color wheel then draw an equilateral triangle to find the two other colors. You will notice that each color has 3 colors between them to form the triangle. Let’s choose violet, the other two colors will be orange and green. These colors would be the secondary colors. The approach organizes the colors in terms of purity but can be a little more difficult to work with. You also don’t need to choose all the colors available, just keep their relationship in the back of your mind!

Regardless of what you decide, as long as your home represents you, it is going to look great!

Pro Tips:
Utilize Paint Swatches
Splurge on Samples
HAVE FUN!

Want to ensure your home looks it’s best?

Give The Repaint Specialists a call!

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9249

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

 

The Edmonton Business Owner’s Guide To Painting For Success

Do you have a local Edmonton business that’s dying for a makeover? Maybe, you are getting ready for your big launch and want it to look perfect.

Well, The Repaint Specialists  got a treat for you!

We often give a lot of consideration to the colour we place in our rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, or living areas. And, most of us know what colours make us feel good and why, but do you know what colours are going to make your customers feel good? We do!

Nowadays, it’s not enough to simply have a nice or creative space for your clients to come. The competition is too big not to pull out the big tricks. That’s why you need to really understand your products and what your customers are seeking out. Once you know that, you can prove what a savvy business owner you are by matching their needs to the colours on your wall.

All it takes is some good ole psychology folks!

Don’t worry! The Repaint Specialists wouldn’t make you do this alone.

The Repaint Specialists love to support their fellow Edmonton entrepreneurs, and to prove it, they’ve come up with a guide to  choosing the best colour for your business space.

The Edmonton Business Owner’s Guide To Painting For Success

Red Tomato-Behr
RED

In our western culture, red is often associated with anger (maybe because we often see red writing in negative situations such as marking red on a test or a negative bank statement), however, red can also mean excitement, passion, playful, youth, and creativity. Studies show that the colour red is also associated with impulsive and reckless behaviour. This may seem like a great idea to get your customers to buy impulsively, but remember you and your employees have to work in it all day, so choose this colour wisely and for the right reasons!

Other Businesses That Use Red: Coca-Cola, Netflix, Target, Lego, Pintrest, CNN

Exciting Orange- Sherwin-Williams
Orange

Orange is a bold colour that represents a cheerful outlook, quality, friendly, and confident. It is usually associated with products and services that give you a good bang for your buck. While some higher end retailers have gotten away with using orange, it is typically saved for lower cost establishments.

Other Businesses That Use Orange: Home Depot, Payless, Fanta, Amazon, Nickelodeon

 

Monticello Yellow- Benjamin Moore
Yellow

According to Forbes, yellow seems to be a hit or miss. People either love it or hate it. Either way, yellow is usually described as warmth, cheerfulness, optimism, and clarity. It can brighten up your customers day when they are feeling down!

Other Businesses That Use Yellow: Best Buy, McDonalds, Subway, Ikea, Pennzoil

Soul Search- Behr
Blue

Blue is one of the safest colours there is. Perhaps for the opposite reason as red, Blue seems to be a colour of positivity and good fortune. Business that incorporate blue tend to display trust, strength and dependability. Blue can also be seen as clinical.

Other Businesses That Use Blue: Dell, Walmart, Oral-B, Ford, Oreo, Vimeo, HP, American Express

Mermaid Song- Benjamin Moore
Green

It’s no surprise that green resonates with growth and nature. It is used for many organic products and has a calming effect on those who are around it. It is also seen as a gentle trusting colour that represents health.

Other Business That Use Green: Whole Foods, Android, Starbucks, Animal Planet, Monster

Exclusive Plum- Sherwin Williams
Purple/pink

Pink and purple may seem like feminine colours, but they have a powerful calming effect that can be perfect for rooms where conflict may take place. Generally associated with intelligence, creativity, and imagination,a little pink or purple may be just what your business needs!

Other Business That Use Pink/Purple: Hallmark, Big Brother, Big Sister, Barbie, Taco Bell, Cadbury

Simply White- Benjamine Moore
white

White can be great for a logo. It’s modern, calm, neutral and represents balance; however, you may want to avoid painting your room in all white. White is like a blank canvas for the mind, and if immersed in it too long, it is easy to get distracted from the task (or product) at hand. Think about how boring it is to live in an all white rental!

Other Businesses That Use White: Apple, Wikipedia, Hyundai, Mercedes, Nike

 

Now, you can select your wall colour with confidence knowing that your investment will not only make your room enjoyable to sit in, but keep your target market walking through your door again and again!

Time to get started? We agree!

Give your nearest Repaint Specialists a call today!

 

How To Remove Mildew From Almost Any Surface of Your Edmonton Home

Mildew affects us all at one point or another; however, when it starts to get out of hand it can be both unsightly and dangerous!

What is Mildew?

Mildew is a fungus that typically grows on the surface of a damp area. It is usually characterized as patches of grey or white. Unlike mold, it doesn’t get fuzzy, and it is relatively easy to treat.

Today, The Repaint Specialists are going to walk us through how to remove mildew from various surfaces of your Edmonton home.

 

How to Remove Mildew from Wood and Vinyl Siding

1. First, you are going to want to cover any plants near where you’ll be removing mildew. The plants are just innocent bystanders, and we don’t need them getting injured!

2. Be sure to wear protective clothing at all times.

3. You can choose a store-bought mildew remover, or make your own solution:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose laundry detergent
  • 1 quart fresh household chlorine bleach
  • 3 quarts warm water. 

If you are looking for an extra boost, you can also try adding  a cleaner that has trisodium phosphate.

4. Do a test patch. This will help ensure that your solution is doing the job without wrecking your walls.

5. Finally, saturate the solution onto the affected area and let it sit for about 10 minutes. When time is up,  scrub the area with the solution and a soft brush. Start at the bottom and work your way up. When done, rinse from the top down with your hose.

How to Remove Mildew from Brick

If you don’t already, you should get into the habit of spraying your brick with a nozzle spray hose at least once a year for maintenance.  If you begin to notice mildew in between, you’ll need to scrub it off with a solution of one cup bleach to a gallon of water. Since it’s brick, you will want to use a stiff brush (not wire or synthetic) to scrub the mildew.

How to Remove Mildew from Stone

This one is easy, folks! All your going to need is a mild soap of your choosing, water, and a scrub brush.  Once you’ve wiped or scrubbed the mildew away, give the stone a good rinse with the hose.

How to Prevent Mildew in the Future

The best solution for mildew is prevention! Prevention is fairly easy if you just take a few moments to ensure everything looks right!

  • Limit the amount of moisture seeping into your siding by keeping your trees and bushes trimmed.
  • Once a month, do a quick walk around your home to inspect for damage inside and out. Mildew can creep up on you quickly, and you want to be there to catch it at the earliest growth.  If you find any mildew, attack it immediately before it has the chance to grow.
  • Finally, take the time to wash your siding every fall to prevent mildew from growing.

Having a hard time removing the mildew in your home?

Contact Edmonton Alberta’s trusted paint specialists today

Did You Know?The Repaint Specialists have 3 Edmonton locations to help serve you better.

Choose from our Sherwood Park, St. Albert, or Edmonton location.

Key Benefits To Hiring An Edmonton Paint Specialist

We’ve all been there!

You’re watching T.V., and that new home decorating show comes on. It’s amazing what these everyday people can accomplish on a small budget! In fact, it’s downright inspiring!

You start looking around the room, and you realize it needs some serious sprucing up, and you are just the person to do it! No fancy contractors for you! Just some good ol’ ingenuity and elbow grease!

HOLD THAT THOUGHT!

Before you head to the hardware stores, pawn shops, and hottest dumpster dive locations, let’s take a moment to think about all the ‘reality’ that this ‘reality’ renovation show it portraying.

Sure, it looks inexpensive and easy. The homeowners get discount paint, used furniture, and even made that amazing crafty chandelier for $29. Not to mention they accomplished it all in a weekend!

These shows run for one reason: to make money!

They take everyday people and put them under extraordinary circumstances to ensure a profitable job well done.


First, the producers get a killer deal on the majority of the products (sometimes free) for the publicity. Next, what seems like a short amount of time squished into an episode is actually days of non-stop grueling hours that drag on. Finally, those people are surrounded by experts every step of the way! Professional electricians, painters, restorators, designers, and more. When the show’s editors plug that shockingly low price into the bottom of your screen, they are counting for any of those professional’s wages.

Does this mean you can’t do it? Absolutely not!

With the right materials, enough time, and lots of practice, you could make your home beautiful all on your own, but for now, you might save yourself a headache, and hire a contractor for your big projects.

You can even get their expert advice for when you take on your next DIY project!

You don’t simply want to hire a contractor because we tell you, so I bet you’re wondering WHY you should hire a contractor.

The Repaint Specialists makes a pretty good point for why hiring a professional painting contractor might be in your best interests, so keep reading!

TOP  BENEFITS FOR HIRING AN EDMONTON PAINT SPECIALIST

EXPERIENCE EARNED

Experience can’t be bought; it’s earned. That’s what they say. Even if you start tomorrow, it would take a long time to obtain the experience one of your local painting experts has gained over the years. You’re not just hiring a painter; you’re beating the system and buying his/her experience and expertise from all the jobs past. Painting may seem like an easy subject to master, but a lot can go wrong, and your local Edmonton painters will know what to do when it does.

Expert Painters Have Expert Product Knowledge

When was the last time you strolled down the paint isle? All those labels –Latex, oil-based, low-VOCs, no-VOCs. Flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, high gloss, Behr, Cloverdale, Sherwin-Williams–  can get overwhelming and fast!  Painting contractors know which paint fits best in your home. Do you live with pets? Do you have kids? Do you suffer from allergies or sensitivities? No sweat! The Repaint Specialists can help select a paint or finish that is going to make your home look beautiful while making your life simple. Why? Because our customer’s satisfaction and a job well done is our passion!

Professional Painters Prep Before Painting

We know it tedious, and we mention it a lot. When painting your own home, it’s easy to get over excited about painting, or simply get bored and not give this step the attention it deserves. However, a repaint specialist will never skimp on the prep! We know how important this step is to the final look and longevity of the paint, and we go the extra mile to make sure it’s done right!

Professional Painters Add Value to Your Home

A professional painter adds value to your home. Whether you plan to sell it or live in it, you will see and feel that value every day.  When you hire one of Edmonton’s top paint specialists, it shows! From draping to clean up, you will know you are in good hands!

Interested in hiring a professional? Check out The Repaint Specialists’ amazing deals!

Do you still want to give this DIY thing a try? We understand!

Contact The Repaint Specialists, and they’ll point you in the right direction.

 

Edmonton’s Top Painters Presents: How To Paint Over Your Outdated Brick

The city of Edmonton has been around since 1785 (known simply as Fort Edmonton then) and is home to many historic buildings and Victorian styled homes.  Both, of which, are famous for incorporating brick into the architecture.

Brick can be a beautiful element to any room or home exterior. In fact, many interior designers love to utilize brick to add charm and texture to a space; however, brick done wrong can also make a room feel cold, dated, and dark.

Do you have an older home with outdated brick? Or, perhaps that old brick around your fireplace could use some sprucing up?

Edmonton’s most trusted painters, are here to help guide you out of the past and into the present!

Keep your homes victorian charm with a modern twist by picking up a paintbrush, and following…

The Repaint Specialists: Painting Brick Like A Pro

First and foremost, it’s important to have the right tools for the job!

Here is a list of items you will want to consider before beginning your brick transformations project.

Tools For Success
  • Wire scrub brush
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Trisodium phosphate (if necessary)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Masonry or latex paint
  • Latex primer
  • Drop cloths
  • Painter’s tape

 

Prepping Like A Pro

Before you can begin any painting project, it is important to THOROUGHLY clean the area. This is especially important for brick as dust and grime can easily hide throughout the cracks and divets. You can use a wire brush and your soapy water to meticulously scrub the brick and remove any efflorescence or dirt. Once your brick has been cleaned, you’ll want to let it completely dry before painting. It’s also important to inspect the brick for any cracks or structural problems that may require repointing or some professional help.

How to Paint Brick

First, tape off any areas that you do not want painted. Then, begin by applying a quality latex or multipurpose primer to the brick. If mold or mildew was previously on the surface, you might need to apply multiple coats. Allow the primer dry completely. Next, you will want to use your roller or brushes to apply a paint formulated for masonry, or a latex paint, to the brick. Make sure to thoroughly apply an even coat to all the corners, cracks, and crevices! Follow the dry time indicated on your paint of choice (These Edmonton paint specialists suggest Behr, Cloverdale, Benjamine Moore, and Sherwin-Williams). If needed, apply multiple coats until the desired colour is reached!

Stuck on what colour to choose? Here are the top paint colors of 2018

PRO TIPS

  1. Make sure all your brick is clean and free from damage! This is extremely important. You can buy an acrylic caulk to repair any small cracks before starting your brick painting project; however, if the cracks or chipping is substantial, you will need to call in a professional!
  2. Avoid using acidic cleaners as this can significantly affect the final look!Sometimes, a project like this is easier to delegate to someone with more experience!

Give The Repaint Specialists a call, and we will take the pressure off!

THE REPAINT SPECIALISTS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO INTERIOR PAINT CLEANING

You’ve been staring at that handprint on the wall for weeks, and it’s been driving you crazy! You took a cloth to it yesterday, but that only made it shiny for a while, and when it was dried, the handprint was still there mocking you. What’s worse is that that handprint got you noticing all the other marks on your walls! The grease in the kitchen, the crayon in the halls, the mildew in the corner of the bathroom (when did that even get there!)

The last time you took a scrubby to try and remove the stuck on dirt, you ended up removing the paint. At this point, your ready to repaint your whole house, but then you would still need to clean the walls and get this stuff off!

We get it; Are families are messy too!  

The Repaint Specialists want to make your life as easy as possible, so they have come up with a guide to help you get those stubborn spots of your walls without ruining your expensive paint job!

THE REPAINT SPECIALISTS ULTIMATE GUIDE TO INTERIOR PAINT CLEANING

TACKLING GREASE

Don’t feel bad. Every kitchen has grease and grime. It comes with the territory; however, right above the stove can become particularly greasy and discolored. Good news! It turns out that tackling grease and grime is more straightforward than expected. Almost any decent dish detergent should help get you out of this sticky situation. ‘Dawn‘ is well known for it’s gentle yet powerful grease fighting action!

Simply mix a bit dish soap with some warm water and wipe. Rinse, and blot the wall dry. Have a stubborn grease stain? Try a mixture of 1 part white household vinegar to 2 parts warm water!

Fighting Dirt and Grime

You may not notice just how much we touch our walls. If you have little ones, you can times that by 10.  The oil and dirt that our hands can transfer to our walls, doors, cabinets and door frames can be unsightly at best. Guess what; you can make the same solution as above, and luckily,  for those stubborn finger marks, Mr, Clean makes a pretty good eraser that actually works! Just wet the sponge and gently rub.

You may find yourself needing more than a little sponge; that’s okay, we got you covered. Here is a recipe for making your own homemade eraser sponge/cloth. Remember to wear gloves! 

  • 1 cup ammonia
  • 1/2 cup distilled or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 gallon of warm water

Wipe the mixture on your walls with your choice of sponge or cloth, then rinse clean with water.

Crayon Graffiti

We love our kids, but there are some days we don’t like ’em. These days usually involve crayons, walls, and destruction. Your store-bought or homemade magic eraser should do the trick, but if it doesn’t, people have reported success with toothpaste, erasers, baby wipes, and baking soda on a damp sponge (be careful not to scratch!)

Sharpie Disaster

Permanent marker can be a real pain to get of the walls. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and gently dap the stain.  You may need a few cotton balls before it comes out. Having a cloth handy to catch runs is a good idea!

Battling Mildew

Mildew is a nasty fungus that eats soap scum and body oil: hence why it is prone to the bathroom! A solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar to 1-quart water can be sprayed and wiped from the wall. MIldew can cause a lot of damage, so you want to keep it under control.

If it has gotten too far, you may need to call in a specialist! 

Water Stains

First things first! You need to solve the problem of where the heck the water stain is coming from in the first place. Once you have that sorted and fixed, you can make a solution of 1 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water to prevent mold and mildew from growing. You need to be sure that the area is thoroughly dried, so taking a hairdryer and cloth to the area isn’t a bad idea. Bleaching doesn’t always remove stains, and in these cases, you will have to repaint: Don’t worry we know a guy!

So, there you have it! The ultimate list to put you at ease when your mother in law says she is coming to visit!

Looking to repaint your home anyway? Check out this year’s trendiest colors from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, Behr, and more! 

Looking for some extra guidance?

Contact The Repaint Specialists today.

Rated among the Top 3  Painting Professionals in Edmonton, Alberta,  we are proud to be serving the residents of Edmonton, Sherwood Park, and St. Albert with quality, affordable services they can depend on.

 

To Remove Or Not To Remove? Wallpaper Tips From Edmonton’s Repaint Specialists

Through the years, wallpaper has faded in and out of fashion, but today, with so many choices, it’s simply a matter of preference; however, as we all know, preferences change!

When the wallpaper is installed correctly and well maintained, it can last greater than 15 years bringing colour, texture, and style to your home. However, as the years go on,  you may find that wallpaper you installed 10 years ago isn’t so chique today. Or, maybe, the years haven’t been as kind to your wallpaper as they have been to you (have you been working out?).  Regardless of the reason for making a change, a coat or two of this year’s trendiest paint colours can freshen up the room in no time!

Now that you’ve decided to make the change, it begs the question: “Do I remove the wallpaper, or do I paint over it?”

Right about now, you may be having flashbacks to horror stories about wallpaper removal. Hours of agonizing ripping and scratching at wallpaper only to find multiple layers behind or layers of drywall or plaster peeling away with the shredded wallpaper. It can be time-consuming, and an unbearable hassle; however, removing the wallpaper and starting fresh will always give you the best results with fewer issues now and in the future.

It’s okay, take a deep breath!

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove all that wallpaper. In certain circumstances, painting over the wallpaper is a perfectly acceptable way to save time, sanity, and still accomplish a beautiful, long lasting finish that will wow your guest, and make you love your home. So, how do you know if it’s okay to paint over the wallpaper or not? The Repaint Specialists suggest the following:

It’s Time To Remove The Wallpaper:

Anytime your wallpaper has become loose, ripped or has holes, it should always be removed. Foresight is also our friend. Remember to consider what the future holds. Do you think you will want to go back to wallpaper in the future? Are you planning to live in your home for a long time? Wallpaper that has been painted over is excruciatingly difficult to remove and will create bigger problems when you decide to redecorate again.

Ripped wallpaper
Go Ahead And Paint Away:

Is your wallpaper in great shape? No peeling, slipping, holes, or bubbling? No water damage? Jump up and down for joy because you get to march over to your nearest hardware store and buy your favourite can of paint! Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Cloverdale, and Benjamin Moore are all excellent choices by the way. Before painting, it’s a good idea to add a coat of spackle so the wallpaper’s texture won’t show. Even though you will save time painting over the wallpaper, you will want to consider the above advice regarding removal as best practice!

PRO TIP: Use an oil-based primer to seal the adhesive in the paper and protect it from the moisture in the paint.

Are you pulling your hair out after noticing that droopy wallpaper?

Contact The Repaint Specialists today, and we’ll do it for you!

The Repaint Specialists are one of Edmonton’s leading interior and exterior painting experts. Rated among the top three paint expert on Google, we are proud to be serving the residents of St. Albert; Sherwood Park; and Edmonton, Alberta.

 

 

5 Fall Maintenance Tips for The Edmonton Home Owner- From The Repaint Specialists

BRRRRR! Did you feel that chill last night because we sure did!

Here in Edmonton, we are heading fast into the winter season, and The Repaint Specialists know first hand that a little proactive maintenance can go a long way to keeping your home’s exterior looking flawless and saving you money!

Every year, homeowners like you make little mistakes that end up costing them thousands. Luckily, The Repaint Specialists are going to let you in on the secret of successful fall maintenance for a stress-free winter.

If you want to keep your toes warm, wallet full, and paint job new then keep reading!

5 Fall Maintenance Tips for The Edmonton Home Owner

Taking care of Business

Before you can even begin to prevent potential problems from occurring, you need to seek out current ones. Carefully inspect the exterior of your home looking for paint chips, peelings, or cracks. Mold and mildew could be hiding in the wood and not only damage your home, but also pose serious health risks! Repairing current damages now will save you a whole lot of hassle later. Trust us!

 

cleaning

No doubt you’ve taken a cloth or two your interior walls (even if it was just that one wall…that one time…), but if you’re conscious about your home maintenence procedures, then you may already know how beneficial it is to clean your exterior walls in the spring too! However, did you know it is equally as important to take a pressure washer to your home during the autumn months? Removing mold, mildew, and other contaminants that could ruin the integrity of your paint is essential!

Landscaping

Those pretty little bushes that graze the side of your home may look beautiful during the summer, but they can wreak havoc on your home during the winter. If left alone, those bushes and shrubs could scrape against your home’s exterior and cause a bad case of wood rot. Take a little time to do some light landscaping and trim those branches back. It’s well worth the time and is virtually cost-free!

 

Caulking Repairs

Making sure your caulking is in tip-top shape can protect your home from moisture damage and rot while keeping your home more energy efficient. This means you save money, not only on fewer/less expensive home repairs but also on your energy bill. Your warm toesies will thank you too on those particularly frosty nights Edmonton is famous for!

clearing the gutters

Your gutters are an essential component to keeping your home safe from potentially hazardous water buildup. During autumn as the leaves begin to fall, they can clog up your gutters and cause a whole host of water-related problems. Clean them up now before the snow comes!

Don’t wait too long before starting your winter maintenance routine! If you follow the above advice from The Repaint Specialists you’re sure to be on the right path to keeping your home’s exterior gorgeous for another year!

Stuck on tip number one? No problem!

Let The Repaint Specialists take care of those exterior paint cracks and chips!

Give us a call at any one of our three Edmonton, Alberta locations

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9249

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

 

 

 

6 Easy Steps For Professionally Finished Cabinets- Painting Like A Repaint Specialist!

Does the sight of your washed out, outdated kitchen cabinets make you too sick to eat? Probably not! But, hey, they’re still pretty bad, right?

We get it! No one wants to walk into their kitchen and feel like they’ve traveled back to the 70’s. (unless there is a groovy disco ball hanging from the ceiling; in that case, boogie on!)

Unfortunately, that probably isn’t the case, and your cabinets could probably use a little TLC. Well, The Repaint Specialists are here to guide you and your cabinets back to the modern world!

How do you get started?

Well, first, you need to determine the type of cabinet surface of which you’re dealing. Flat wood, wood laminate, and metal are all reasonably simple surfaces to work with for your DIY project; however, if your cabinet surface is a plastic laminate, then you may want to consult a professional as special paints, skill, and techniques may be required! Once you’ve determined what your cabinet surface is made of, and what paint/stains are most appropriate, it’s time to remove the doors and take off the hardware!

PRO TIP: Number each door as you remove them and label their locations so that you can place the exact cabinet back in its proper place.

Next, you need to clean up all the surfaces! *Que Groans*

Yes, yes, we know this is tedious work, but it’s an absolute MUST if you want beautifully refinished cabinets. If you are tempted to skip this step, the neighbor kid looks like he could use an extra 10 bucks…  The Repaint Specialists recommend using a solution of one part tri-sodium phosphate and four parts water for best results! After you’ve applied the cleaner, rinse thoroughly, but DO NOT SOAK! Allow your cabinets to dry completely.

Now for the real elbow grease. All the surfaces you plan to repaint will need to be sanded. If the old paint is still in decent condition, you don’t need to bother sanding down the wood. Merely rough up the surface so that the next layer will adhere nicely. If you do need to sand down to the bare wood, be sure to feather the edges of the sanding area so that the new paint will lay flat giving you a professionally finished look. After sanding, remove all dust with a vacuum and give a good wipe with a tack rag.

 

Finally, you are ready to apply the primer and paint! First, apply an even coat of primer, and allow it to dry per the directions on the packaging. Once you are sure the primer has set, you can apply your choice of paint. You can choose to paint with a brush, spray, or even a roller as long as the surface is nice and flat. Depending on the paint, you may need a second coat. Once your paint is completely dry, you can reattach the hardware and hang up your cabinet doors.

Aren’t you glad you labeled them! 

Give yourself a pat on the back and send out those dinner invites. You’ve got a kitchen to show off!

Need some TLC yourself? Let The Repaint Specialists do the work for you!

Give our team of expert painters a call at any one of our three Edmonton, Alberta locations. You won’t regret it!

The proof is the painting! Check out our recent before and after pictures here!