We all know how fun it is to pick out paint colors for your home, but what about deciding which paint finishes to go with? A very basic rule of thumb is: “The higher the sheen, the higher the shine will be, and the higher the shine, the easier it is to clean.” Here is some more detail about paint color finish sheens:
Flat finishes are the easiest to touch up and are excellent with hiding imperfections but they are hardest to clean. These finishes are great for adult bedrooms or other low traffic areas in your home.
True to its name, this finish will look just like the shell of an egg. Eggshell has better durability and cleans better than a flat finish. This finish is a great choice for living and dining rooms.
This pearly finish is easy to clean and works great for high traffic areas which are prone to getting scuffed and scratched such as hallways. We also recommend using satin for children and family rooms. Even though this finish is easy to clean, it is hard to touch up since any imperfection is easily noticed.
The best sheen to use for your kitchen or bathroom walls is the long lasting and stain resistant. This finish is resistant to humidity and can withstand bumps and scuffs as well. Semi-gloss is also a great finish to use for doors, windows, baseboards and crown moldings because of its high durability.
High gloss is the easiest to clean and also the most durable of all the finishes. Sound too good to be true? Yes, because this sheen has too much shine for interior walls and should only be used for wood trim where you want a brilliant sheen with a lot of reflectivity such as cabinets. It is rarely used for walls because of its ultra-shiny appearance. This finish is the hardest to touch up since it highlights any imperfections.
Last Saturday was Brooks Painting’s 8th annual charity paint give-away. This year we donated our services to the Davis Arts Center in Davis, CA. It was a very productive day painting the entire exterior of their building. Our awesome employees worked very hard and it paid off. Here are a couple pictures form our work day.
The volunteers of the day
Brooks Painting in Davis, CA will be hosting a free paint recycling event August 4-29, 2014. As you clean out or organize your garage or storage spaces, you can pull out old paint that you don’t need anymore and bring it to our recycle event and we will make sure it gets to the California Paint Care program for proper recycling. We will be available to accept your paint at our office at 2860 West Covell Blvd. #5, Davis, from August 4th to August 29th. We are here Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm, closed for lunch 12-1.
- People should consider keeping a little bit of the paint currently on their walls so it can be matched if they need that same color in the future.
- Paint must be in its original container and we cannot accept cans that are leaking or not properly secured.
- No aerosol products. This program is for architectural coatings only (no thinners, automotive coatings, etc.)
- It does not matter how old the paint is.
- Currently, there is no retail facility in Davis acting as a Paint Care drop-off site (according to the Paint Care website). The Yolo County Landfill and some retailers in Woodland will accept it. Brooks Painting is trying to make it easy and convenient for consumers in our community to recycle their paint by hosting this August event.
Get the Beach House Look!
We just finished an exterior painting job and the transformation from the track house color scheme to a Redondo Beach look was a success! Our client grew up in the Redondo Beach, California area and really want to make her last paint job on this home in Woodland, California a beach look. The real challenge was to create a beach color scheme that would still fit in the neighborhood she lives in. The wide window trim was great to have because it really helped give that Bungalow cottage look with the new colors. Diane had selected several colors and was looking at a variety of color charts. Kevin, our sales representative, helped select the colors and apply samples to Diane’s home prior to the work being done.
Color Consulting Services
Brooks Painting has always offered color consulting to our customers. The process can be a bit scary for many who are indecisive on what colors to select and might need a little push in the right direction. We also will apply up to three color samples at no charge for the material and time to do so, as an extra service to clients and a thank you for hiring Brooks Painting. To our sales team, the fun part of the job is helping customers “Transform the color of your life”
Color in photo:
Body: Sherwin-Williams SW 0019 festoon Aqua
Trim: Sherwin-Williams SW 7564 Polar bear
Roof trim: Kelly-Moore KM 5356-3 Eye of the Tiger
You just completed a paint job, or better yet, Brooks Painting just completed one for you. You have leftover paint and want to figure out what to do with it. Here are some perfect uses for the extra paint that you have sitting around.
1.) Use it. Accent walls are a great way to add a little pop with paint you have sitting around. Maybe you have a small bedroom or bathroom that needs painting. That old storage shed out back needs a new coat, or the side fence. Look around your house and see what you can use that old paint for before you move on to the next steps.
2.) Keep it. It is always good to have touch up paint after a project is completed. The way paint manufacturers are constantly being forced to change the makeup of paint, it is best to have an old can around. Make sure it is labeled, and the lids are securely on so that no air gets to the paint. Store it in a location where the temperatures will not freeze of get too hot.
3.) Share it. If you have a lot of paint leftover, offer it to your friends and family. Has someone commented how much they love the color of your room or house? Save them a few dollars and give them the paint. Don’t forget to refer them to Brooks Painting.
4.) Recycle it. In California we now paint a fee on every quart, gallon, and five gallon bucket of paint we buy. This goes to California Paint Care, our state paint recycling fee. Most paint stores are required to take your old leftover paint, and most landfills have free drop-offs too. Brooks Painting will be hosting a free recycling drop off for the month of August. You can drop off any old paint cans, as long as they are in good condition and not leaking for free to our office. We will then properly dispose of it for you.