Painting 101

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As spring approaches, homeowners and businesses have been cooped inside too long. It is time to freshen up and rejuvenate your atmosphere, and there is no better way to completely revamp an area like painting it. In fact, wall-to-wall paint is an excellent way to change the entire feel and design style of a room because colors are extremely influential on our emotions. For instance, painting a room red will feel completely different than painting it beige. Painting is not only affordable, but it is easy enough that anyone can do it. Here is what you need to do:

Prep Work

Nothing is more critical to the outcome of the final project as much as prep work. To begin, use painter tape and tape off the ceiling and the baseboard. Remove all outlet covers and light switch covers. Remove pictures, curtains, and furniture as well during this time. This step is also a great time to patch any holes in your walls.

Primer

A primer will allow your final paint coat to turn out the best. Each coat can take several hours to dry, so be sure to prime each wall thoroughly. Your prime should eliminate the prior layer of paint behind it. This step will prevent the old paint from bleeding through into your new paint color.

Paint

After your primer has dried completely, you can now begin painting. This step can be exciting, but do not rush it! Add two to three coats of paint and allow to dry completely. This whole project can take several days. Once dried, you can put back all your outlet covers and light covers. You can also touch up any areas where you see flaws at this time.

Paint is a fantastic way to upgrade and enhance your home. Be creative and add a new color. You can do several rooms at once to help between dry time. You may want to tarp carpet or flooring to prevent spills or drips. From more home improvement tricks and tips, make sure to subscribe.

Prep Work for Painting Interior Doors

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Most people who have painted enough know that your preparation work before painting is critical to the overall paint job. In fact, when you are painting interior doors, the prep work holds true, just like the other prep work for painting walls and ceilings. To help, we have listed a few detailed tips below that will assist you with painting interior doors. Let’s take a look!

Remove the Door from Its Hinges

We know how difficult the very first step is, but it will lead to a beautiful paint job! When you take the door off the hinges and lie it flat to paint, you will avoid unsightly drips and runs. Once you have laid the door flat, take this time to remove all the doorknobs, plates, and locks from the door. Make sure you put all the pieces from the door in one container, label it, and place it on a shelf out of the way.

Clean the Door

If there is dirt/grime on the door and you do not clean before painting, you will see the dirt and grime bleed through as soon as you paint over it. Can you imagine the fingerprints that are covering the door, especially if the door is used on a daily basis? After you have thoroughly cleaned the door, allow enough time for the door to completely dry.

You can use a cleaner like TSP (trisodium phosphate) to clean. It is a powder you mix with warm water and apply to wipe down your walls before painting. TSP cleans the dirt and grime from walls, ceilings, and woodwork and is used by professional painters. Just make sure you let the door completely dry.

Fill Any Dents & Holes

Please take the time to fill any and all holes, dents, and scratches in the walls and woodwork. If you do not fill, the new paint will only highlight the unfilled damaged areas. For small damaged areas, use a spackling compound to fill the holes. If the holes are deeper, use an epoxy wood filler. Before you can move to the next step, you must sand and clean the repaired areas.

Use Primer

Please do not skip this step; it only enhances the paint job and results in a smooth, painted door. You must prime the entire door; do not spot-prime the door because it will show through when you apply the topcoat. It is best to use a gray-tinted primer for doors if you are trying to change the color of the door.

Sand

Using fine-grade sandpaper, sand the door to remove ridges or bubbles in the paint job. Make sure you dust and clean the door thoroughly when finished sanding.

Now you can take the time to paint the door, let dry, repaint with a second topcoat. Make sure to let the door dry thoroughly before replacing the hinges and doorknobs, etc. Best of luck, and happy painting!

Stay Warm This Winter with Our Cold Weather Home Tips

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We are getting deeper into the winter season. The shortest days of the year are here, and we are prone to spending more time inside than usual. While we love spending time enjoying the sun and great weather, being cooped up indoors is not all that bad. It gives us time to spend with our loved ones, appreciate our homes, and relax.

With all this time indoors, it is time to make your home feel cozier. In the hospitality industry, a turndown service is when a room is serviced in preparation for their guests going to bed. Sometimes, when you leave your room for dinner at hotels, they will come in and switch out your pillows for sleeping pillows, fold your blankets on the bed for easy access, put out alcoholic beverages, and dim the lights. We like to take this similar concept and bring it into our own homes. However, instead of making a hotel room more comfortable and cozier for sleep, we will cozy up our homes for winter. To help you accomplish this, here is everything you should consider in your own turndown service:

Replace the Sheets

The average person sleeps eight hours every night. With twenty-four hours in a day, we will spend nearly 1/3 of our lives in our beds. If you go into your bed early to watch television, you could be spending even more time in your bed! This reason is why your sheets, pillows, and comforters should all be top-notch and ready to go for winter. Have some winter sheets or a heavier comforter, which you add during winter. This feature can make the nights feel even cozier and your bedroom more comforting.

Utilize Your Fireplace

The Danish word for comfy lifestyle is “hygge.” Try to get a little more hygge in your life by using your fireplace now that winter is here. If you have a fireplace in your home, this is a fantastic amenity to start facilitating. Cut or buy firewood and make your home feel even warmer with a comforting fireplace that burns every evening.

Add Throw Pillows and Blankets

Even our living rooms can be serviced with this turndown. Make the couches, sofas, and chairs a little more inviting. Try adding some seasonal throw pillows and bringing out some fluffy blankets. This feature can become part of your décor while making an even more comfortable atmosphere.

Start making your home more relaxing and comforting with these simple investments. We also suggest getting some comfy clothing to wear around the home. Slipper or pajamas can make the whole experience that much more relaxing. Happy winter!

Open-Concept Living: What You Need to Know

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Years ago, open-concept floor plans were reserved for homes that were utilizing limited square footage. However, in recent years, open-concept living has become incredibly trendy. While some homeowners still desire separate rooms with their own function, many homeowners are taking a sledgehammer to their walls to create an open floor plan.

Benefits of Open-Concept Living

So what is all the fuss about open floor plans, and why are homeowners set on creating this architectural design? Well, there are many features of open floor plans that you cannot get traditional separate rooms:

  • One feature of an open concept floor plan is that it can transform the smallest spaces. It creates an open and airy feeling, making a space appear bigger. If you desire to bring more light and width a room, tearing down walls may be a solution.
  • Perhaps the most significant feature of open concept living is that it is multifunctional, and it allows for multitasking. For kitchens with open and combined dining and living room areas, you will be able to entertain your guests while preparing a meal. If you have a family, an open concept floor plan allows you to take care of things around the house while being able to keep an eye on the children. In addition, you can use the allotted space for more than one task. For instance, a portion of the living room can also serve as your office area by simply adding in a workstation.

Drawbacks of Open Floor Plans

While the flow, space, and added brightness are significant features of open concept floor plans, there can also be drawbacks to living within such space. Some challenges include:

  • Loss of privacy
  • Lack of wall space which means fewer electrical outlets and unconcealed wires.
  • Designing open-concept floor plans can be challenging.

Should I Opt for a Home with Open Floor Plans?

Whether you are in the market for a new home or you are planning on remodeling your home, you may be considering open concept living. How do can you determine whether this design scheme is for your family? Well, you need to assess your family needs and desires. You will want to take into consideration your lifestyle and see how well the concept will work for your everyday life. Once you do so, you will be able to determine if it is right for you.

Six Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Picking a Paint Color

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You have spent the past few weeks analyzing paint swatches, and you are finally at the point where you just wish a color would pick itself. Selecting the right paint color is crucial because it sets the tone for the room, and you want to choose a hue that will harmonize with the other design elements in the room. Before you result in randomly picking a color, here six questions you need to ask yourself:

Where Am I in the Decorating Process?

Paint should be the last element that you implement. However, it needs to be a part of the process from the beginning. After all, repainting can be a simple change. Once you pick out the right sofa and see how those expensive window treatments finally look, you can launch a paint job. If you know what color you interested in using within a space, hold off until all the major design components are in place before you settle on a color.

Will I Actually Love This Color?

The truth is, you will never know whether you really love the color you have selected until it is applied to your walls. If you really like a color, avoid being driven by fear and trust your instincts. Do not let anyone talk you into sticking with white or a muted tone just because it is “less risky.” If it is in the budget, you can hire a professional color consultant to give you advice on what colors look best in a room and how you can implement your favorite color.

Have I Used the Available Tools?

While the color may look great in the magazine, in real life, it may not be as appealing. Before making your final color decision, you should analyze paint chips, samples, and swatches. Using such tools will help you get a good feel for how the color will look on your walls.

Have I Looked at the Color More Than Once?

Lighting can dramatically affect the way a color looks. If you are using a paint sample or analyzing swatches against your walls, be sure to see how it looks at various times of the day and in different lighting scenarios.

What Mood Am I Trying to Create?

The mood and tone of a room can be established by the colors we choose. Therefore, it is important to recognize their power and choose a color or color palette that reflects the mood you want. For example, if you want a tranquil bathroom, you may opt for light blues. On the other hand, if you want a cheerful living room, you may choose a bright yellow.

Does It Complement the Space?

There is a huge debate about whether or not dark colors can be used in smaller spaces. Our opinion is to look at your space and determine the darkness based on your room. Since no two rooms are alike, you can decide if a light or dark shade would work best for your space.

What other questions do you ask yourself when selecting a paint color? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Tips for Choosing the Right Paintbrush

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Have you found yourself standing in the paint store trying to figure out which paintbrush you need to buy? Well, welcome to the world of paintbrushes! The main goal is to choose a paintbrush or roller that will give you the smoothest finish possible. Below, we have put together a few tips that should be helpful for choosing which type of paintbrush you need to get the smoothest paint finish possible. Let’s take a look!

Standard Paintbrushes

A standard paintbrush is used for interior surfaces. 

  • One-Inch Paintbrush – Best used for detail work like window frames and small cans of paint or sample paint. 
  • One and One Half-Inch Paintbrush – This size paintbrush is ideal when painting doors, frames, and baseboards. 
  • Two-Inch Paintbrush – Two-inch paintbrushes are perfect when painting small walls, doors, and radiators. 
  • Three-Inch Paintbrush – Three-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 
  • Four-Inch Paintbrush – Four-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 

Specialist Paintbrushes

  • Four-Inch Masonry Brush – Four-inch masonry brushes are used when painting smooth or rough outdoor masonry surfaces. 

Angled Paintbrushes

  • One-Inch Angled Brush – This paintbrush is designed for indoor use when cutting in window frames and other detail molding work. 
  • One- and One-Half-Inch Angled Brush – One- and one-half-inch angled paintbrushes are used when cutting doors, frames, and trim work. 
  • Two-Inch Angled Brush – Two-inch angled paintbrushes are ideal for cutting in doors, trim work, and painting radiators. 

Paint Roller & Accessories  

  • Nine-Inch Paint Roller – A nine-inch paint roller sleeve with a medium pile that is woven polyester is best used for walls and ceilings. Keep in mind that paint rollers come in various widths according to the job. Buy a small width roller for furniture, cabinets, small walls, and trim work. 
  • Extension Poles – When you are painting an area with a high ceiling or if the staircase is exposed and the height gets higher with increased steps, consider buying an extension pole to complete the jobs. Extension poles are perfect for interior and exterior paint jobs and come in a variety of lengths. 

We wish you the best of luck with your paint job and would love to hear how it turns out!

How to Have an Organized Remodel

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So you have spent weeks debating over color palettes for the living room, and you are tired of your partner shooting down all your design ideas. A home renovation project can wreak havoc on a family by bringing everyone to the brink of insanity. While it is definitely exciting imagining how beautiful your home will look once the improvements are complete, it can be stressful getting there.

If you are in the process of remodeling your home, it is important to try and remain level headed. Often, stress can be contributed to the issues that arrive between professionals and homeowners. So what are some common stressors, and how can you best prepare yourself? Today, we are going to focus on how you can have an organized remodeling experience. Let’s take a look!

Where Do I Start?

Whether you are set on launching a major home renovation project or simply gutting out your landscape, most homeowners do not know where to begin. You may be overwhelmed with questions such as:

  • Do you need to hire professionals?
  • Will your permit require permits?
  • Will my property be able to support a new structure?

If you have never done a remodeling project, the lack of knowledge can be even more overwhelming. At the onset, develop a general scope of the project. Write down in details exactly what improvements you seek to make.

Vision

You will need to have a clear vision of what you want before you start your project. If you have not already, it is time to start looking through magazines and websites to see what colors, textures, furnishing, and flooring that you like. Websites like Pinterest can be helpful in developing design schemes.

Once you have made the final decision on what type of design scheme you want, you should piece it together and create a vision board. You can purchase a large bulletin board to place your color swatches, pictures of room ideas, flooring samples, and other items that lend to the design process.

When developing your vision board, ponder over these questions:

  • Do you desire the space to feel warm and inviting or cool and relaxing?
  • Are you going for a more sophisticated feel or a casual feel?
  • What will be the primary function of this room?
  • Who will be spending time in this room?

The answers to these questions can be rather helpful during the planning process.

After you have collected your answers to all of the questions, curated your vision board, and done your research, you should be able to begin your remodeling process with ease. To have even more of a stress-free experience, be sure to leave it to the professionals at Century Tile. With local experience in the industry since 1947, Century Tile is your go-to flooring expert for all of your remodeling needs. Contact us today for more information!

How to Have a Successful Open House

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Preparing your home for the market can feel like a daunting task. You can no longer set your home’s priorities to be tailored to your needs, but instead, you need to customize it for the housing market. Open houses are the perfect opportunity to allow more potential homebuyers to look at your real estate. Plus, they are essential for recognizing that first impressions go a long way. Most individuals will look at several properties in a short amount of time. Having your property seem like the most ideal candidate can take a little time and effort but will help you sell your home more quickly. If you are looking to have an open house, here is everything you need to consider:

Livable Dynamic 

The first thing home buyers are subconsciously considering the whole time is if they can picture themselves living in your home. You need to create an atmosphere that is livable and appeals to the masses, not tailored to your family. Having rooms set up as functional as possible is ideal. You may have a large bed in a small room which can make the space feel overcrowded. Perhaps, you do not have adequate seating in your living room, or maybe your master bedroom is lime green. Making these changes to accommodate everyone’s neutral preferences will help you move your home off the market quickly and effectively. A great rule of thumb is less is more! 

Advertising 

If nobody knows about the hottest new product, it will never sell. Word of mouth is only so effective. Consider investing in a newspaper article as well as getting signs. Continue to advertise your open house prior to the set date. Simple signs may have your neighbors spread the word to their friends. You can also put up digital ads using social media and craigslist. 

Pets, Valuables, and Personal Items 

For the day of your open house, make sure to remove your pets. While you may love your fur babies, a potential buyer may not. You also do not know who will be visiting your home. Lock up any valuables like money, jewelry, and other personal belongings because it may be best to take with you. You should also consider removing any personal pictures of your family and loved ones from the home. This helps the buyer envision themselves in your space.

Remember, open houses can quickly enhance the probability of selling your home. Spend a little in creating the perfect open house. With some simple preparation, your home will thrive on the market.

Advice for a Bathroom Remodel

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Completing a bathroom remodel can be exciting but can also be a little more complicated than you imagined. If you are not sure about what to focus on when remodeling your bath, you came to the right place! Here is our expert advice on beginning a bathroom remodel:

Flooring

Making sure you choose a flooring material that is water-, scratch- and stain-resistant is essential. Water is going to be an issue when you are dealing with a shower stall, tub, and sink. Make sure you install something durable like tile to ensure your floors stay in pristine condition. Natural stone can also be a good choice if properly sealed. If the room used to be more on the dull side, try a uniquely shaped tile choice to mix it up. If you go with the classic tile shape, try installing a border to add character.

Storage

Clutter can ruin a functional space, so take this opportunity to install as much storage space as you need to keep things tidy. If there was too much storage prior to your remodel, try sleeker shelving that will still get the job done. If you are working with a spare bathroom that will not be seeing much use, you can skip the bulky cabinets and go with a more minimal look through open shelves or baskets. These will still hold the necessities for guests while taking up less square footage in the room.

Fixtures

An attractive set of fixtures can amp up the style in your bathroom. To save space in a small spare bathroom, install a pedestal sink with just enough room for overnight guests to fit their travel kits. A claw-foot tub also makes a beautiful statement. For the master bath, try a vessel sink or an undermount sink to create a more unique look. The master can forgo a bathtub and have a beautiful stand-up shower stall with tile from top to bottom and be enclosed with clear glass doors to keep the room looking spacious.

Lighting

Most bathroom lighting fixtures are set above where you would be standing to look in the mirror. This casts shadows downwards and is not the most optimal use of light for getting ready in the morning. Try adjusting the lighting to eye level on each side of the mirror. In doing so, it will help cast the right lighting for makeup application as well as a morning shave.

Ask for Help

Finally, do not be afraid to ask for assistance if there are parts of this remodel that confuse you. It is better to ask for help prior to installation so you can prevent purchasing any inappropriate materials for the space. Feel free to come and visit our one of our showrooms with any questions you might have. One of our expert sales associates would love to assist you. Do not wait; stop in today!

How to Choose Proper Lighting for Your Home

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Light is an essential element to any room. Without proper lighting, a room can feel small and unwelcoming. Light helps color pop, it makes rooms feel much larger, and it gives a general good vibe throughout the atmosphere. When you think of design, the lighting may not be the first thing to cross your mind; however, this essential element will make or break any room. While floors, paint, and décor are essential, without light, you cannot even see the aesthetics of a room! Knowing how to properly showcase lights is important. There are three ways to light an atmosphere properly. Becoming familiar with them can help make sure your rooms in your home are properly illuminated.

General Lighting

Every room needs general lighting. This is the light that illuminates the space, and it can be an overhead light which covers the whole room in light. Your general light should provide adequate lighting to make a room easily maneuverable and not feel dark. Rooms with dark color themes like black walls, dark ceilings, or dark flooring may need more than one source of general light to illuminate the room.

Ambient Lighting

Take your light further and incorporate ambient lighting. This lighting is vital to support the room’s overall aesthetics and highlight attributes. You can use ambient lighting to highlight pictures, create a mood, or help amplify or showcase a focal point. This spotlighting is excellent to enhance a space and should be used as such. Overplaying ambient lighting can take away from its significance; however, too much light is never a bad thing.

Task Lighting

What about the areas which you need more fine-tuned lighting? A task light is a way to illuminate spots in which you may perform certain daily tasks. These can be installed under countertops where food is prepared or in a reading corner where you need a little more light. Task lighting is excellent because it is used when needed. Include task lighting throughout your home for a more complete look.

Some rooms may need several of each type of lighting. Others may only need general lighting. Additionally, natural lighting from windows is the best source to help revitalize your space. However, the sun is only available for so many hours, so do not miss out on proper lighting!