Aug 072013

Summer is not over yet, my friends! There is still plenty of time to give your home the fresh makeover it needs! Painting is the best way to start. Whether you refresh your home’s exterior with a fresh coat of paint or change your interior color scheme, your options are endless!

Sometimes the plethora of shades and swatches can be overwhelming when choosing a color. The best thing to remember is to keep it simple. Look around you—what colors in the yard may be complementary to your home? Are you still uncertain? Utilize our Digital Paint service and allow us to help you visualize the final outcome.

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What about the interior of your home? The best colors are those that make you feel good! This is your living space, so you want your surroundings to evoke the emotion you desire to achieve. Whether you are going for warmth, comfort, relaxation or just to spice things up, let your emotions be your guide!

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Remember your decks and fences, too! Keep them looking their best and enjoy the outdoors while you still can! Enjoy an ice cold beverage on your freshly painted deck or patio while the sun is still shining and the weather is still HOT, HOT, HOT!

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Jul 162013

Sammy SkillzMy name is Sammy Skillz, the official Cartoon Mascot of Sharper Impressions Painting.

I am that handsome painter in the bottom left-hand corner of the Sharper Impressions Painting logo.

I wanted to update you on a fun, new painting project we just completed.

Below is a picture of a barn I just painted for a family whose last name started with a Z. So we painted these cool looking Z’s on their barn doors to spice up their barn. Now when they drive home from work to the barn each night, they see their last name’s first initial welcoming them. We thought this was a cool artistic touch!

Fun with the letter ZBefore, the barn doors were just a plain, faded red – I gladly changed that! Now they have the family name’s big Z on the door and my customer loves it!

Why not get your creative juices flowing this summer and give your home a fresh look?!

My customers can attest to how many colors there are to choose from, the ideas are abundant. That is why we offer free color consulting. I am sure there is a color perfect for your home—inside and out! Make your home look great with a fresh coat of paint that will last a long time. Give us a call at 877-665-5565 for your free painting quote, or Click Here to schedule a quote online.

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Posted by sharperi
Jun 102013

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If you ask a room full of realtors (hold the jokes) what makes a house sell, you will get one of two answers; location, location, location or price, price, price.  I think there is another answer to that question that may be even more important; condition, condition, condition.

Nothing turns away buyers quicker than a house in bad condition.  Buyers will be willing to try to negotiate price or forgive a less than stellar location if a house is in good shape.

So, if you’re thinking of selling your home, let’s talk about things to do to get it in top selling shape.

  1. Curb appeal.  If the buyer drives up to your house and keeps on going, it’s going to be very hard to sell.  The number one thing you need is a fresh coat of paint.  Don’t forget the front door!  Popular colors for the front door are red, rust, eggplant and black.  Make sure that the yard is kept mowed, trimmed, weeded and watered.house
  2. Now that we have the buyers in the house, let’s make sure we close the sale.  Again, overall condition is critical.  Have the walls and trim painted.  You don’t have to go with white or beige, just pick nice neutral colors that appeal to everyone.  Remember, the idea is to have buyers imagine living in your house.

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    Before                                  After
  3. Edit, edit, edit.  When a house is cluttered or has too many personal belongings, a buyer can’t see the house and it’s features.  Be brutal when editing a house.  Err on the side of sparse, you can always add a little decoration back in if it becomes too stark.
  4. Make sure that each room reflects its’ original purpose.  Don’t turn a dining room into an office, it just confuses buyers.  You never want a buyer to have to guess what a room is supposed to be, or worse to leave your house and not realize that it has just what they need.
  5. Buyers respond to a house with all of their senses.  Once you have it looking good, make sure it also smells good (no pet or cooking odors), and sounds good (soft music).  Buyers will touch items in your house, so make sure everything is clean and sticky free.  If a buyer wants to taste your house, I don’t know what to tell you.

The most important thing to remember:  Once you decide to sell your home, it stops being your home and becomes a product.  Always be thinking about what you can do to make sure that your product is the one that sells first.

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May 032013

lifeForHaiti

Every year, Sharper Impressions Painting donates paint, money and services to a rebuilding effort. In the past we have donated to the Katrina Hurricane rebuilding and the Japanese Tsunami disaster recovery.

This year we have donated new paint to the rebuilding efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that they just simply cannot rebound from.

We were moved by the struggles the rebuilding effort has been experiencing lately, and we felt compelled to donate.

A particular charity that is near and dear to our hearts is Life For Haiti. The Founders have actively worked to create and establish jobs in Haiti, where unemployment was over 70%. The opportunities they have provided have changed the lives of many Haitians. But they still need help.

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Here at Sharper Impressions Painting, one thing we have is paint!

We had an abundance of our paint shipped to Haiti, along with other necessary supplies and tools provided by other local businesses. This is our way to aid in rebuilding a community and restoring their hope for a brighter future.
For more information about Life for Haiti, please visit www.lifeforhaiti.org.

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May 032013

Sharper Impressions Painting

See the cartoon guy in the bottom left-hand corner of the Sharper Impressions Painting logo? Well that’s me… Sammy Skillz!

Sammy Skillz

How did I earn Skillz as a last name? Well, I have mad painting skills. So, Sammy Skillz was born.

With this year’s painting season in full go mood, I turned my hat backwards, grabbed my brush and thought I would tell you how I became a dedicated mascot.

Growing up, I always knew painting was my calling as I spent most of my childhood climbing ladders, painting the walls with applesauce, and eating the occasional paint chip…..My mother would call me a handful, to say the least.  She knew I was destined to be a great painter.

By age 3, I climbed my first 40 ft. ladder, and I haven’t looked down since!

Sammy Skillz

By the age of 18, I was inducted into the Painting Hall of Fame. Just before my 40th birthday, I received the prestige of being elected President of The Cartoon Painters Legion….the highest honor!

Aside from my impressive painting resume (they don’t call me Sammy Skillz for nothin’)… I am a dedicated family man.  Sunny Skillz is my wife. Sunny ensures that I’m up early every morning ready to go paint with a fresh cup o’ joe.  Caffeine and ladders is the way to get your motor running.

Recently, Sunny and Sharper Impressions Painting made me take my first ever vacation in 21 years! I read up on all of the newest painting trends while on the beach, anxious to get home and back to painting. Maybe there is a little cartoon Skillz on the way?

I work very hard to make sure Sharper Impressions Painting customers are happy with their paint projects. With each painting season, the scent of a new paint brush excites me….and the tan isn’t so bad either.  :)

See you on a ladder real soon,

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The official Cartoon Mascot of Sharper Impressions Painting

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Apr 252013

Finally, we can all come out of hibernation and start enjoying Mother Nature outside again.  Spring is finally here!  After firing up the barbecue and planting some fresh flowers around the home, you may notice some weathered areas around the painted surfaces on the exterior of your home.

Here are some hints that it could be time to paint and avoid future costly wood and siding repairs.

Peeling Paint

You may see small amounts of chipping and peeling of paint on your trim or siding. Usually about the size of a dime, this peeling paint will expose the wood underneath. This is a sign your top coat of paint isn’t protecting the wood from rain, wind, and sun. Paint protects your wood the same way that skin protects your body.  It must be intact and secure around the entire home.

When you run your fingers along your painted surfaces, do you see a chalk like substance stick to your finger tips?  This is called chalking.

If touching your house leaves a lot of chalky paint residue on your hands this is a sign the paint is breaking down. (Oxidizing)  It may be time to repaint; new paint will never leave a lot of film on your hand.

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Mildew

Mildew will look like little grey spores and/or dark spots on the paint. Mildew is a sign that your slick, glossy paint surface needs refreshed; it allows spores to grow in the nooks and crannies of the paint skin.

Often, honest and established painters will let you know if a simple and cost efficient power washing is enough mildew maintenance for that particular year. Mildew can easily be removed with a professional pressure wash, although sometimes it will require a new coat of paint to keep your home protected.  A good quality paint will have a mildewcide as part of the formula, which will prevent future growth.

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Caulking

Caulking failure can cause current and future issues with your home’s exterior and interior including:

  1. Loss of energy efficiency from the inside of your home to the outside.
  2. Weather, like rain and wind, can enter your home where caulk has failed.
  3. Insects and critters can enter where caulking failure occurred.
  4. Moisture can get behind the wood and paint, which leads to peeling of paint, rotting of wood and mildew growth on the surface and inside the home.

Caulking is also important cosmetically; if it is done properly, your homes gaps and joints will look seamless with your paint color.  It will make the exterior of your home tight and secure. The look will be more complete and your home will instantly benefit from a thorough caulking application.

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Final Advice

The hints outlined above are a good guideline to use when determining what type of painting work your home may need heading into our beloved Spring Seasons.  Some of Sharper Impressions Painting customer’s most popular Spring projects are listed here:

An exterior paint job with new, modern colors
Cleaning and sealing of decks and/or fences to liven the wood and bead up water
A power wash/pressure wash to eliminate mildew and dirt from your home’s exterior
  • An exterior paint job with new, modern colors
  • Cleaning and sealing of decks and/or fences to liven the wood and bead up water
  • A power wash/pressure wash to eliminate mildew and dirt from your home’s exterior

A good painting contractor will provide an honest and detailed quote for what painting and preparation your home may or may not need.  Painting quotes should be free, quick, and fun.

Established painting contractors should never ask for a deposit, until the work is done and you are satisfied. Enjoy this Spring Season!

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GEOFF SHARP is the Founder of Sharper Impressions Painting
RESOURCES:  Before and after pictures of all the work mentioned above at:  www.sharperimpressionspainting.com

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Sep 072012

I have two confessions, Fall is my favorite season and I’m addicted to painting my house.  I enjoy the look, the feel, the smells and the sounds of fall.  The vibrant red, orange, gold and purple of the changing leaves.  The crispness of the cool evening air.  The sound of leaves crunching underfoot.

What is best about Fall, is the abundance of the season.   As we celebrate the harvest, we also look forward to the upcoming holidays and spending time with family and friends.

I repaint at least one room in my house every Fall. Everyone jokes that I’m losing square footage because of all of the layers of paint.  I can’t help it; I love the look and feel of a freshly painted room.  I find changing the color of a room invigorating.

Color Samples Try-on

Fall is a great time to take a long, hard and honest look at the inside of our homes.  Is it time for a fresh, new look?  When was the last time that you re-decorated your home?  Have you put off having company because you don’t feel good about your home?

Nothing changes the appearance of a home more than a fresh coat of paint.  A couple of days and a couple of gallons of paint can give your home a whole new look.

The colors of Fall provide a beautiful backdrop that can last all year.  A red dining room will look as good with Fall leaves and gourds as it will with the branches, berries and metallic of the holiday season.  The same red still looks great with spring blossoms and provides a lovely backdrop in summer.  The same holds true for velvety purple, rich warm chocolate brown and spicy orange.

Red Dining Room Spice Living Room

Fall is a great time to fall in love with your home again.  Pick a beautiful new color, bring in some seasonal decorations and pick up the phone and invite people over.  Embrace the season.

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Sep 072012

People often ask me what the best and worst parts of my job as a color consultant are.

The best part is easy to answer; I love working with people and helping them uncover their hidden color choices.  People often start an appointment by telling me that they have no idea what color to choose and that they’re not any good at “decorating stuff”.  However, 99.9% of the time, people do know exactly what they like and they just need a small amount of guidance to get to their perfect color.  I love the look on a client’s face when they know they’ve chosen the color that they really wanted all along.

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After much thought, I realized what frustrates me the most is when a customer can’t commit to their color choice.

Sometimes the lack of commitment requires a simple tweak of the color for the client to be happy.  Other times, it’s not so easy.  Some people fear committing to a color because it’s too different from what they’re used to.  Sometimes people are afraid of what others will think of their choice.

Choosing Paint Colors

I encourage everyone to really think and feel when choosing a color.  Be a little daring, if you’re feeling it.  If you’re looking for serenity, go for it.  Get funky, if that’s what you want.

The important thing is to fully commit to your choice.  Own it, Baby.

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Aug 082012

Choosing the right paint can be just as important as picking the right color.  I’ve listed the basics of paint below to help you make a confident choice.

The sheen of paint determines the level of glossiness and how much light will reflect off of the paint.  The higher gloss paints will tend to show more imperfections of a wall.

Different sheens with labels

Flat paint is the lowest gloss paint and was used for years in low moisture rooms throughout the house.  Flat paint cannot be washed and can mar easily.

Eggshell paint is the most popular sheen with homeowners.  It offers a similar look to flat, but doesn’t mar as easily and can be washed without showing wear.

Satin is a level above eggshell and below semi-gloss.  Satin paint is sometimes used in high moisture rooms such as kitchens and baths when the homeowner doesn’t want too much shine.

Semi-gloss is widely used in kitchens, bathrooms and for trim work.  It can be easily cleaned and is very durable.

Gloss paint can be used in kitchens and baths, but tends to show fingerprints and smudges more easily than a semi-gloss.

Different sheens

Primer can be a valuable tool.  Using primer will greatly reduce the number of coats of paint that will be needed and will improve the appearance of the finished job. Primer should always be used on fresh drywall or wood or when painting over bold or dark colors.

Finally, low or no VOC paints.  VOC stands for volatile organic compound.  VOCs are what gives paint its odor.  Scientists and health professionals have become concerned about the negative impact that VOCs are having on the health of humans and the animals that live with them.  If you have any concerns about this, have young children at home or are pregnant, then asking for a low or no VOC paint may be the way to go.

Low VOC paint

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Aug 072012

Color has the ability to evoke strong emotions in all of us.  When we are exposed to color we almost immediately have a feeling about it.  Color is probably an even stronger trigger of emotion than sound or smell.

Color can mean different things to different people, but most of us have a similar emotional response.  Understanding the emotion of a color can help us pick the right “color emotion” for each room of our home.

Red is the color of fire and blood.  Red represents energy, strength, power, passion and love.  Hues can range from a very light pink which is associated with innocence, first love and romance, to a dark, passionate fiery red.  Red can be used in any room that you want to create a feeling of drama, passion and energy.

Red Room

Orange and yellow are associated with happiness, creativity, intelligence and heat.  Most think of sunny, tropical days when we see these colors.  Both can stimulate activity in the brain, making them good colors to use in a workspace.  A darker orange makes us think of spices and can stimulate the appetite, which is great for a dining room.  A pale yellow is considered soft and delicate and is often used in nurseries.

Orange Spice Yellow

Green is the color of nature; it is considered to be a neutral color and will compliment most other colors.  Think of plants and flowers; every color of flower goes well with it’s supporting foliage.  Green represents nature, harmony and growth.  Because of its connection with nature, green is considered to be relaxing, making it ideal for almost any room in your home.

Green

Blue and purple are associated with the sky and ocean.  These colors represent trust, loyalty, truth, luxury and nobility.  In their lighter forms blue and purple tend to be associated with youth, innocence and sweetness.  The deeper colors tend to be thought of as rich, luxurious and royal.

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White is traditionally thought of as clean and pure.  In the past several years, white has been over-used in houses and for many has become boring.  However, a clean, bright white wall can showcase furnishings and artwork beautifully.

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Black is associated with elegance, formality, and mystery.  Using black in your home will show a great deal of drama and can be an excellent backdrop for bold colors such as red and yellow.  Black, white and gold will look very elegant.

Next time you’re picking a color for a room, think of how you want to feel in that room.

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