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Paint it Forward Campaign:

Great News!  We will be starting the painting work for the winner of our Paint it Forward program this May.  She is a single mother of a 4 1/2 year old who was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia several years ago.

Now that the disease has progressed, she is moving into her parents home.  They are creating a mini apartment for her and her son in the lower level of their split level house.  It will have a living room, full bath, bedroom and walkout.  A stair lift is being installed for access to the top level.

We are thrilled  to be a part of this project and aim to make this mini-apartment a warm and cozy home for it's new occupants!

 

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A Nice Thank You Note:

We have painted many homes for client who have their house on the market to sell.  We always suggest a light neutral color on interior walls to brighten and enhance the features of the home.  

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery!

Pantone Color of the Year 2017!

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Winter Interior Painting Special from DiPasquale Painting

Winter Interior Painting Special from DiPasquale Painting

Save on your painting project with our Winter Rates!  It's time to get that interior painting project done and there is no better time than now.  Take advantage of our January and February Special with 15% off all projects!  

Call us today for a free estimate at 636-536-3056.

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Wallpaper is Back in Fashion!

Whether you choose a classic traditional style or go bold and graphic, wallpaper is back in style and can transform your room from ordinary to extraordinary!  These photos are from a recent Dining Room project in Frontenac.

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Kitchen Cabinets

 

 

We are currently working on two kitchen cabinets projects.  Our warehouse is a busy painting station these past few weeks.

The process begins with removing all cabinet fronts and drawers and transporting them to our shop.  Then they are sanded and primed.  The cabinetry in the home is also sanded and primed.

One project has the main cabinets and drawers going from tired old wood to a bright clean white!  The island is being painted gray for a contrast but coordinated color scheme. 

The 2nd project has red cabinets and drawers with a dark oak glaze applied for a beautiful antique patina.  All of the cabinets, drawers and cabinetry in the home will receive two coats of polyurethane for an amazing result.

This is a great economical and ecological way to freshen your kitchen!

 

 

 

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Why Power Wash Your Home Before Painting?

A thorough cleaning is a must before painting or staining any exterior surface.  It blasts accumulated dirt, grime and any broken-down paint residue off the exterior that will prevent a fresh coat of paint from adhering properly.  It also removes any mildew that can grow on old paint.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2016!

For the first time,

the Pantone Institute has chosen two colors for their color of the year:

Rose Quartz & Serenity.

 Together, these two colors create a balance between

the warmer embracing pink with the

cooler tranquil blue.

 

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It's All in the Prep!

The first thing that we take into account on EVERY painting project we look at is the prep work involved necessary to be able to do the job correctly. The reason for this is that no matter how fantastic we make something look when we paint it if the prep wasn't done correctly then ultimately the potential for failure is there. All surfaces must be clean and dry, free of dust, free of contaminants like oil or cleaning product residue and of course loose paint. If any one of these isn't addressed properly then the integrity of everything that goes on that surface is compromised.

Because the prep is so important we make sure that every surface is washed, scraped, sanded, caulked, spackled and spot primed prior to us doing any painting work. This certainly isn't the fun part of a paint job, I mean who doesn't like to see color going on, but it is definitely the most important and the key to a long lasting, beautiful and professional job.

Remember it's all in the prep!

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Exterior Painting Season is Getting Close

Though the latest snow and freezing rain might mask this fact Spring is coming and exterior painting season will be in full swing. One thing that everyone needs to be aware of is that with the introduction of low temperature paints a few years ago we have the ability to start this season earlier than ever and even paint during the winter months if need be.

In the past 50 degrees and rising was the bench mark for being able to paint outside but now the new paint technologies have lowered that threshold to 35 degrees and even lower in some instances. We can effectively, and with a performance guarantee from the manufacturer, perform any exterior painting project as long as the surface is clean and dry during this cooler weather and that brings with it some benefits to you. By being flexible in your timing you can take advantage of early season discounts and get a jump on the painting rush that takes place every Spring all while having the piece of mind that the job is being done effectively and will last for years.

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TRY A MONOCHROMATIC COLOR SCHEME FOR A TRANQUIL & ELEGANT ROOM:

When choosing color for a room one of the dilemmas that often arises is what color do I paint the trim so that it looks good with my wall color. Often the default is white or some variation on that theme but one alternate solution might be a monochromatic color scheme. We have done a number of projects over the years where the most dramatic effect used in a project was single color scheme, but many people shy away from this choice because they are afraid it might be too much color or be boring, but by altering the sheen or a slight color difference on different surfaces you can create a truly unique and beautiful effect.

By choosing a monochrome color scheme it give you the ability to make fabrics, furniture or accessories a more dramatic focal point of a room. Additionally it allows you to highlight the architectural details of a room but not make them the focal point and do something unique in your home design.

 

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Frank Lloyd Wright rediscovered

As a lover of architecture with a particular affinity for Frank Lloyd Wright I have included a link below to an article from Houzz.com about the reopening of the Hollyhock House which is considered one of his masterpieces. The residence was recently meticulously renovated and is now open to the public for tours.

Much of what made Wright a visionary is included in this house from the use of cast concrete for decorative effect, fantastic custom glass and the furniture to bring it all together. The furnishings and the glass work are what many people don't realize that Wright undertook beyond the design of the structure. He approached many of his projects to be all encompassing and the furnishings where often a huge part of it and in many instances a significant design element. Many of his furniture and cabinet designs are still being reproduced today decades after their initial use and the decorative glass was used in many instances to bring some of the designs included in the furniture or masonry into the overall design of the residence.   

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SETTING YOUR ROOM'S MOOD - WARM COLORS VS COOL COLORS

When the time comes to start any new painting project the question of what color to choose is often the biggest challenge any homeowner faces. Often it isn't just what do we like or how does it go with the furniture, though those are certainly big considerations, but how do we want the room to "feel" when it is finished and what response do we want the color to elicit. To help with that we have provided a bit of insight into color and how it effects the overall effect from a design standpoint but also how it effects people emotionally when they are in that space.

Warm colors (reds, oranges and yellows) help give a room energy and intensity.  They are good choices for rooms that are used for activities or stimulation such as the kitchen, playroom or exercise room.  

Cool colors (blues, greens and purples) help give a soothing or serene feeling to a room.  They are good choices for rooms that are used for relaxing such as a bedroom or powder room. 

Remember to create balance with warm and cool colors.  No room should have just one.  If your room has a predominately warm color palette, add a few cool items or accessories (and vice versa).  This will create the balance needed and is a good way to incorporate your favorite color.  For instance, if red is your favorite color it may not be the best choice for your bedroom walls if you want a calm place to rest.  Instead, choose a warm blue or purple for your walls and accent the room with red vases, lamps or artwork.

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Adding Color With Light

As much as I hate to admit it paint is not the only way to add color and dramatic effect to your home. Click on the link below to see an awesome article from Houzz.com on ways to incorporate lighting and other glow in the dark effects to add some serious design impact to your home.

One of the things they do highlight is a paint product for concrete and other hard surfaces that glows in the dark and would be ideal for many projects around the house like garage floors, pool decks etc.

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DON'T FORGET TO CONSIDER THE LIGHTING IN YOU ROOM WHEN CHOOSING PAINT COLORS

One of the things we occasionally run into with our clients during a project is their confusion when a paint doesn't look in their home like it looked in the paint store or design show room. The primary culprit in that occurring is lighting and its effect on color. We always recommend that you look at color in the room that it will be applied in and at different times of the day because these factors can have a dramatic effect on how a color looks.

Below we have included several different types of lighting and how they can effect how a color is perceived and hopefully this will be helpful when making color choices for your project and remember that the new LED lights cover the entire spectrum of colors depending on their lumen value so an LED in one room may not show the same as an LED in another if the lumen value is different. 

Fluorescent lighting will bring out the coolness of a color....the blues and greens.

Incandescent lighting will bring out the warmth of a color....the reds, yellow and oranges.

Natural lighting will show the truest color.

Remember to look at your paint color in daylight and evening light....it will look different!

 

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COLOR TERMS:

Often when discussing color with clients it can seem like we are speaking a foreign language and though most people know intuitively what they like or what they want being able to apply specific terms to those ideas is often out of most peoples comfort zone. Below we have highlighted a few of those terms so that when you are reading an article or doing some research on color choices for your upcoming project you might have a point of reference for them. Enjoy!

The "hue" is what we call a color such as red, yellow, etc.

The "value" is how light or dark the color is.

The "saturation" is how dominant the hue is.  For instance the dominance in the color pink is less that of red than white.

The "intensity" of a color refers to it's brilliance or strength.  Pure colors such as blue are more intense than combined colors like green-yellow. 

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CHOOSING YOUR PAINT FINISH

When choosing paint finishes a number of considerations need to be taken into account such as how much durability do I need, how do I want the light to play on the surface or how does the paint sheen fit into my design plan. Below we have highlighted the primary paint sheens available and what attributes they bring to each paint decision for your home.

-MATTE or FLAT finishes do not reflect light therefore they are good for hiding imperfections on walls such as small dumps or cracks.

-EGGSHELL has a very low shine or gloss

-SATIN has a smooth and velvety look with a bit more shine than eggshell.  It is typically used on windows, doors and trim

-SEMI-GLOSS has a nice subtle shine and is easy to clean.  It is used most often on doors, trim and cabinets in kitchen and bathrooms

-GLOSSY has a shiny finish that is used for a dramatic look

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Not all Paint is Created Equal

During the course of many of the projects that DiPasquale Painting completes one thing that we continually run into is clients wanting to use a satin or eggshell finish when a flat or matte would be a better choice. What we find is that the primary misconception driving that choice is that flat or matte finish paint isn't as durable and won't hold up to the wear and tear that paints with a higher sheen will. Though it is true that as you go up in sheen you also gain some durability the advances in paint technology that are now available in the lower sheen paints make them a smart choice in many instances.

Though not necessarily a new technology washable and scrubable matte and flat paints have a number benefits. First and most importantly is that as you go down in sheen you also limit how much the natural imperfections in a surface show up. With higher sheen paints any nail pops, drywall seams or previous patches that were not done perfectly has a tendency to want to show up. These imperfections could have multiple layers of previously applied paint over them making them more difficult to sand and patch. By using a washable and scrubable matte or flat you get the benefit of a more forgiving finish while also getting the convenience of being able to remove stains and scuffs like you can with satins and semi glosses.

Another benefit is that many homes architecturally do not lend themselves to a higher sheen paint or a designer want's to use a low sheen to provide an effect in a space and having available a durable low sheen paint can allow you to achieve that effect you are looking for.

In regard to available products we have had great success with the Duration Home and Emerald lines from Sherwin Williams. Though most major manufacturers have low sheen, washable paints available these two we have used extensively and can say from experience that they perform great.

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DiPasquale Painting named to best of Houzz.com

 

We are pleased to announce that the team here at DiPasquale Painting has been named a best of Houzz winner in the customer service category as chosen by the local Houzz community. We are proud to have received this recognition and look forward to continuing on with service and quality as the qualities that set DiPasquale Painting apart from the competition.

The press release from Houzz is contained below and thank you to all who voted for us!

Houzz (www.houzz.com), the leading platform for home remodeling and design, today announced the community’s picks for Best Of Houzz 2015, a homeowner-to-homeowner guide to the top home builders, architects, interior designers, landscape pros and other residential remodeling professionals on Houzz from tile, stone and countertop pros to painters.

“Houzz connects people with the best home professional for their project by providing the only 360-degree view of a professional, from their portfolio, client reviews, awards and accreditations to their work style and expertise based on their participation in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to join our community in recognizing the talented professionals on Houzz who are delivering incredible designs and delightful customer experiences.”

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Take Advantage of Winter Savings!

Here at DiPasquale Painting the winter months are our slowest time of the year, so to keep the best painters in St. Louis working we are extending a winter discount to all our customers for any new bid for interior work that will be completed by March 15th, 2015 and 10% on any new exterior work that will be completed by April 30th, 2015. These are our lowest rates of the year so if you are considering any painting, staining, papering, deck work or anything else that we might be able to help with now is the time to do it!

Call Susan in our office today at 636-536-3056 to set up a free no obligation quote.

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