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

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!