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A groundhog may choose to nap the next 6 weeks but we can put the time to good use
Wintertime is a great time to get inside things done. Start by getting your creative on and initiate your chosen home improvement project, you know, the one that you have been playing over and over in your mind. Guess what, it won’t happen on it’s own and it will be as beautiful as you imagine especially when you include Ben Moore paints as your base. Winter and Covid have kept you inside so be good to yourself and make your little heaven on main street.
This winter, don’t sit inside waiting for the sun to start shining! Get busy planning and working Whether you do it yourself or hire a Home contractor, the time is right. In any case Drive In Paint is your decorating advisor and confidant all the way through. Stop buy and we can help you with all your ideas.
Ben Moore Paint, Waverly Wallpaper and everything in between!
Oh and did we mention window treatments; shutters, shades, vinetts, silhouettes.
Color trends for 2022
Announcing Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year 2022, October Mist 1495, and the Color Trends 2022 palette, handpicked to create a canvas for your imagination to blossom. Contact us at Drive In Paint at any of our 4 locations today to learn about the hues and shop color samples!
Brighton your holidays and/or get a jump on the changes you are planning for 2022 with a glimpse of where colors are headed! We suggest start by going online to start the process of gathering all you will need for your project.
Pro Tip: check out this vide0 for one project on your list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygnHSUCagL0
Our Benjamin Moore experts guide you there by stopping by one of our 4 locations. Visit us at: https://driveinpaint.com/
Cooling trend in building material prices bodes well for Fall projects.
2021: We have all had sticker shock over the last year on building materials. However, latest analysis is showing a moderation in prices and some significant downward movement. Perhaps we are trending toward days of old, price normalization, monetary mitigation that will go a long way in easing our collective anxiety.
We suggest start by going online to start the process of gathering all you will need for your project. By doing so you can cover a lot of ground fast and this exercise will give you a good handle on just what your total material costs will be! Plan your project!
Pro Tip: check out this vide0 for one project on your list: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygnHSUCagL0
DYI vs Hiring a pro
If you like to do things yourself, if you have both the creativity and the skill with tools then we think you are good to go. If not and you are leaning toward hiring a pro, give yourself extra time by starting the search very early. Our recent experience tells us these pros are booked way out and have a hard time even returning calls let alone coming by to give estimates so call early – plan early. Also by starting early you have time to screen several tradesman which is essential to get the right team for the best outcome.
We also know that it is still the case that materials have been severely hampered by slow downs in often multiple parts of the supply chain making nearly everything hard to comeby. We can tell you to expect long delays (weeks & months) for any one or more of the items you need – the new normal.
Theses steps will go along way in helping you lower your anxiety because your expectations will have been adjusted to the current reality.
With all the potential projects in the homeowners world, all but a few require some sort of finish. Let our Benjamin Moore experts guide you there by stopping by one of our 4 locations. Visit us at: https://driveinpaint.com/
Hot Trends 2021: Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets
The kitchen is perhaps the most utilitarian room in your home, and if it’s functional for you and your family there’s no need to embark on a full-on renovation to make it feel new. But, if you’re tired of cooking in an outdated, uninspiring room, there is a fun way you can update your space: painted cabinets!
Painting the cabinet doors is a great way to upgrade your kitchen without spending a small fortune on costly renovations. By avoiding the cost of a professional contractor, you can cook up a beautiful kitchen, (DIY style!) that matches your family’s style without shutting down your kitchen for a long period of time. All you need are a few main ingredients, like high quality Benjamin Moore Advance Interior Paint and the perfect finish. If painting your cabinets is on the menu, check out the top colors and sheens that are trending this year.
Pro Tip: You can create an elevated look by simply painting the island. Adding a burst of color to your kitchen island will give your room more personality without having to paint every single cabinet.
If looking at a color wheel makes your head spin, check out some of this year’s hottest kitchen colors that will showcase your personality while matching the aesthetic of your home. Added bonus: you can choose the level of spiciness that you’re comfortable with in your culinary chamber!
Classic is Always in Style
You know that apple pie recipe that’s been passed down from generation to generation? It’s timeless and will always be a dinnertime classic, just like a white kitchen. White kitchen cabinets will never go out of style, because they add depth and dimension while making your kitchen feel open and spacious.
If you want to brighten up your kitchen with white cabinets, Benjamin Moore carries a wide variety of white hues so you can choose the warm or cool tones that complement the aesthetic of your home. Going with this classic color can be as pleasing as that first bite of warm apple pie after dinner with your family. Check out colors like White Dove OC-17, Super White OC-152 and Sea Pearl 961 on our website or at a DIP store near you.
Show a Little Personality
If you’re the type that likes to modify a recipe as you go, you can do the same with your kitchen cabinets. After all, painting doesn’t have to be all or nothing. We mentioned in the pro tip above that you can just paint the kitchen island, but you can also play around with colors in your color remodel. Explore painting your island one color and your outer cabinets another, or even painting your upper and lower cabinets different colors. Two-toned color options create contrast while adding some personality to your space. How bold you go depends on your taste.
For some of this year’s hottest trends, colors like Hale Navy HC-154, French Beret 1610 and Salamander 2050-10 are all popular mix and match options. Not to mention they pair well with wood tones if you only want to paint the island, or they work with neutral colors like white, blue, or gray. For a full array of Benjamin Moore paint colors, visit your local DIP store.
Live on the Wild Side
If you like to be a little bit spicier in your design style, feel free to add a dash of hot sauce because bold colors are in for 2021! Even black cabinets are not off the table. Keep in mind that if you choose to go bold with your cabinets, other areas of your kitchen like countertops, backsplash and appliances should remain neutral as to not overwhelm your senses. After all, the kitchen should be a calming cooking space where you can showcase your culinary creativity.
For bold yet calming colors that have a personal feel, consider Springfield Sage 510, Dark Olive 2140-30 or Lush AF-475 to make a statement. If you’re not sure how bold to go, consider meeting with a DIP color consultant help you find the perfect level of boldness.
Much like the spices you use in your famous chili, the type of finish you choose makes all the difference. The sheen you select will impact the cabinet’s cleanability and durability, while giving you the look you desire. Cabinet finishes range from satin, which is the most common, all the way to glossy.
- A satin finish is mildly glossy and highly durable, as it resists scuffs and stains. It’s a great choice for high traffic areas that see a lot of wear and tear, like lower cabinets and moulding.
- A semi-gloss finish is glossier and has more of a shine than satin. You won’t see it right away, but once the paint dries it reflects more light and becomes shiny. This type of finish is resistant to scratches and smudges, so it’s great for kitchen cabinets because they get touched so often.
- A gloss finish is the glossiest and reflects the most light. This type of finish is durable and best for flat paneled doors or modern kitchens with bold colors. Gloss is also a great way to glam up a butler’s pantry that gets a limited amount of light.
Whatever your personal style, you can choose a kitchen color and finish to match. Get the best in Benjamin Moore Advance Interior Paint in all finishes at your local Drive In Paint store. Plus, our expert color consultants are standing by to help you sort through the wide range of colors to find the one that can unleash your colorful culinary ambitions. Drive In Paint carries everything you need, so be sure to stock up on all your painting essentials too.
If it’s time to freshen up your kitchen cabinets, choose this year’s hottest colors in Benjamin Moore paints at Drive In Paint.
Last Minute Decorating Ideas
If you are getting a late start for the holiday decorating for that Covid-limited gathering you may be planning ???? … check out the link below for some great visual ideas to kickstart your brain.
If you are not committed to a color, buy a quart first instead of a large quantity. Buying paint in a large quantity prematurely is too expensive to risk. Paint a piece of foam board and move it around the room to see how the light affects the color at different times of the day.
- Know the square footage of the room you are painting before you head to the store. The pros recommend one gallon for every 400 square feet. Covering textured, rough or unprimed surfaces may require more.
- Don’t apply latex on an oil finish and vice versa without first sanding the walls (remember to wear a mask) and wiping away the dust particles with a tack cloth. Apply a primer of the same composition (oil or latex) of the intended topcoat. To tell whether your current wall color is water- or oil-based, douse a white cloth with rubbing alcohol and rub it on the wall (in an out-of-the-way spot). If the paint softens and begins to transfer onto the cloth, it is water based. If the alcohol does not remove any color, it is oil-based.
- Don’t underestimate how long it’ll take you to get the job done. Allow at least 24 hours to dry before bringing everything back into the room. Allow two weeks to 30 days to cure before washing or wiping. (buying paint to cover area)*
- Paint doesn’t stick very well to dirty walls, so clean them with soap and water (or TSP) and rinse with water once done. Let dry overnight.
- Clean ceilings before painting. There will be cobwebs and dust that you just don’t see. Use an old paintbrush or china bristle brush to dust baseboards, trim and crown molding before taping them off (use painter’s tape with paper attached to protect the baseboards). Overlap the tape seams by at least an inch to avoid seepage between pieces, and then seal the tape to the surface with your fingers or a rag.
- Don’t cover the floors with plastic as it can be very slippery. Use drop cloths or old sheets to protect them from splatters and drips.
- The color mixer at the paint store can create slight variations from can to can. The last thing you want is to have two shades of a color on the same wall. This can be remedied by mixing all of the paint cans together before you start painting to ensure you will have consistent color throughout the room.
- Fill holes with spackle using a five-in-one tool or wide blade and caulk where necessary. Sand dry spackle smooth, and prime each spot.
- Removing outlet covers makes for a much neater paint job. Tape the screws to the cover, and tape over the outlet or light switch to keep paint from getting on them.
- Use an edger instead of painter’s tape. Buy a good quality edger (they’re fairly inexpensive) and take your time in the corners so that you don’t spend all the extra time taping off everything.
- A 2-inch angled-sash brush can also be used for cutting into corners.-Hold it like a pencil and paint a steady line.
- If you take a break while painting, cover rollers in plastic wrap and refrigerate so that you don’t have to clean them every time you stop.
- Consider skipping the paint trays and using a five-gallon bucket with a roller screen inside. This saves time on filling and re-filling the bucket.
- Use a hammer and nail to poke holes in the rim of the paint can. It allows the paint to drip back inside the can after you pour it out. (buying paint to cover area)*
- Use a nylon-bristle brush for water-based paint and natural bristles for oil-based paint. Do not use natural bristles with water–based paint, the water can make the bristles limp. Foam brushes are good for intricate work such as painting molding or window casings. These brushes usually last for only one use because they’re hard to clean and easy to tear.
- If your project requires oil-based paint, natural bristles like ox or hog hair are perfect because they hold paint better than synthetic bristles.
- If you’re using latex paint, then nylon and polyester brushes are much better because they don’t absorb water like natural fibers.
- Good all-purpose brushes are flagged, meaning the bristles vary in length gradually coming to a peak in the middle of the brush. Flagged brushes provide a smooth, even, more precise layer of paint.
- Use the right roller for the job. For smooth surfaces like wallboard and wood, use a roller with a 3/8-inch or less nap. For surfaces with heavy texture, larger naps can reduce the number of coats — and the amount of time spent painting.
- Use soap and water to clean latex paint off the brush immediately after painting. If the paint dries on the brush, you’ll need special solvents to remove it. If your house is on a public sewer system, you can clean the brushes in your sink, but be careful not to dispose of paint in an area where it might seep into the groundwater.
- For oil-based paints, you’ll need a solvent such as paint thinner or mineral spirits. Pour about two inches of thinner into a metal container and swirl the dirty brush in it until the paint comes off.
- Moist paintbrushes can be wrapped in plastic or waxed paper and sealed with a rubber band or aluminum foil. Hang brushes upside down to maintain their shape.
- Keep a stash of paint for touch-ups in a small plastic cup or glass jar, like margarine containers or baby food jars (thoroughly cleaned, of course). Be sure to label each container with the color and brand name.
If you have any more painting questions, or need help choosing the perfect fall color, visit our experts at one of our 4 locations or for further immediate tips, visit:
Fall painting – Colors are coming out and leaves are already starting to fall.
A lot of us have banged out a good portion of our to-do lists. Now is a good time to finish up the projects you skipped during the summer. It’s a good time to paint your front door, exterior walls, or outdoor trim.
Fall is a great time to paint your home. After all, you don’t have to fight the summer heat. But you should follow these rules:
- Most exterior paints and stains should not be applied in temperatures lower than 50° F.
- Temperatures should not drop below 35° for 36 hours after application to allow proper drying and film formation.
Here are some other tips to make your fall painting project successful:
- The best hours to paint in the fall are between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
- In the fall months, paint your way around the house in the other direction. Follow the sun to speed up drying times.
- Paint dries more slowly in lower temps, so if you need a second coat, wait at least 24 hours to let the first coat fully dry.
- Watch those dew points! Paints, stains, or primers should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. (The dew point is the temperature at which moisture will condense on a surface).
- Check the wind speeds. During the summer, a nice breeze is harmless. Now, even a 10 mph wind can fling falling leaves onto your wet paint! So be careful!
If you have any more painting questions, or need help choosing the perfect fall color, visit our experts at one of our locations.