At Brooks Painting we have 20 employees working for us. We are truly blessed to have some excellent men and women who represent our company. While we do put paint on homes and businesses all over Yolo & Sacramento counties, we do so much more. Many of you know how active we are in our communities, but what you may not know is that we also get to have a lot of fun together. This year we are doing an employee only event at Raley Field, to see the Rivercats play. Then we will include our families and go camping in the fall together. It is a way for us all to enjoy each other outside of the work environment. There is also another side to Brooks Painting. We really care about our employees and want the best for each of them.
This past week I got to attend the swearing in ceremony of our employee Fernando Zaragoza. He became a citizen of our great country on 5/15/13. It was such an honor to be there and support him on this wonderful day. There were about 1,000 people who took the oath and became citizens that day. This was my first time ever being a part of anything like this, and it was amazing. The most memorable part of the whole time, was when they read off all the countries represented by our new citizens. These 1,000 men & women from all over the world, wanted to be citizens of the USA. Despite all the hardships our country is dealing with, and politics that we may agree or disagree with, these men and women chose to work hard and become citizens of our great country. Fernando had to do a lot of work to get to this point; it is not simply filling out a form. I was so proud of him, and honored to be there to support him.
So you have those tired, yellow, golden oak cabinets from 20 years ago. You’re tired of the yellow taking over your kitchen. What do you do? Paint them!
Painting cabinets is the most cost effective way to “replace” your cabinets. The paint holds up really well, especially if new handles are installed. Our painters are very experienced in painting cabinets, and they know how to do the job right. You won’t have runs or drips. We can use different primers to either cover up the oak grain so you no longer have the pattern showing through the paint, or prime them so you can see the oak grain pattern coming through the color. Either way, they become new again and are beautiful.
One of our customers in Del Web, Roseville, CA updated her kitchen recently. She added some detail in the crown molding with a rope trim. I helped her select a color for the cabinets that complimented the glass tile detail in her backsplash with Kelly-Moore Maple Sugar. Our painter added a dark stain in the rope detail to add dimension and drilled holes and installed new handles. Then we painted her walls in a creamy Sherwin Williams Napery and it set the cabinets off beautifully. Her kitchen cabinets have been given new life and she’s thrilled with her new kitchen. She was so happy with the kitchen cabinets, she asked us to refinish all the cabinets in her home. Transformation complete.
Congratulations to Yolo Community Care Continuum, the recipient of the Brooks Painting 2013 Charity Paint Give-Away! Of our three finalists, YCCC received the most votes and Brooks will be donating up to $10,000 in painting services for their facility. It is our honor to be able to give back to the communities we work in through our Charity Paint.
Yolo Community Care Continuum is a non-profit organization located in Davis, CA, established to better the lives of people with a mental illness through direct services, advocacy, education and volunteer efforts.
You can learn more about YCCC at http://y3c.org/. We are looking forward to this project and giving back to our community. Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted in this year’s giveaway. Be thinking about who you will nominate for 2014!
It is very much the question of the chicken or the egg that we all grew up with. In the painting world, especially here at Brooks Painting, part of our job is to help our clients with choosing their colors for their painting project. The easy part for most of our clients is choosing the company to apply the paint, and the stressful part is choosing the colors. With 20 plus years of experience I feel like I am pretty good at this. In fact, I have a lot of clients who have me pick their colors for them. We also have Terese on our sales staff who has a design background, and is excellent at helping with colors. Some people know exactly what they want, but more than half really don’t have a clue. That is where our expertise comes into play.
We encounter a lot of customers who are redoing the entire space. They are getting new flooring, furniture, or bedding. They want a whole new feel, and paint will just be a part of the overall picture. So where should you start? Paint really should be the last part chosen. Let’s take a bedroom, for example. Have your new bedding there already or at the very least a sample of it. If you are changing flooring, window coverings, etc, samples of those are ideal too. Once we can lay out the other items going in the space then we can pick colors that will complement each other. The last step is to pick a paint color; that is much easier to change than bedding, flooring, or window coverings, and furnishings. I can’t tell you how many times customers want to do it back words, and I advise them against doing that. It is much better in the long run to have the whole picture of the space laid out, than just one part.
If you need help with color consulting, please call us at Brooks Painting to help with all your color needs in Davis, Woodland, Yolo County, Solano County, or Sacramento County.
Monley Cronin, Inc. recently hired Brooks Painting to paint the interior and exterior of Forage Genetics new seed growing facility here in Davis Ca.. The job is still in progress but has gone very well. Dick Cronin with Monley Cronin Construction in Woodland, ca., who project managed the job called personally to tell us how well Brooks worked with doing production and quality. Dick Cronin would be please to hire Brooks Painting again. Our crew leader, Bud, and estimator “me” Kevin Cornell, worked with Dick on the scheduling. Brooks Painting wanted to be sure to meet their timeline for completion. We exceeded their expectations. We finished early and with quality. Monley Cronin was pleased to show the progess to Forage Genetics’ company project manager. We used Kelly-Moore products on the interior and exterior which have work very well. Kelly-Moore Dura-epoxy was used in the grow room where seeds are germinated for testing. The seed rooms have constant moisture and humidity which needed a good strong finishing product, Dura-epoxy was a great choice. We are looking forward to completing the project in the next couple weeks and a new working relationship with Monley Cronin and Forage Genetics.