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Bargain Paint Prices Are Not Always The Low Priced Estimates

I received some bad news from my lead painter earlier today. He told me about a cabinet project in different rooms in the home.  After discussing the project, I gave him the pricing information between $4500 – 5000, explaining to him that 1 part of the stain process is extremely difficult and takes a lot of time. The other cabinets – prime and 2 coats of paint were easier.

Unfortunately, the client gave the project to the flooring guy to do, for the price of $2500.00.

That was 2 weeks ago.

This morning, we got a call from them being so upset with the project they had left with the floor guy while on vacation for 2 weeks.  They told us that it was a mess, the prime coat was never sanded. The doors are rough and with paint runs.

The floor guy used the wrong kind of primer and paint.  We do get calls from clients asking us to fix another painter’s mistakes and stuff.   I explained to them that the cost would be about $7500-8000 range to fix everything as our labor hours would double.   Needless to say, they weren’t happy.

 

 

The reason I am telling you this homeowner horror story is I want you to know some important things we deal with on a daily basis.  I have a few questions to ask yourself.

  • How often do you deal with contractors?
  • How well do you know the products, the processes and the value of a finished project?
  • Do you know what the repercussions are for making the wrong choices?

 

 

I would like you to really think about, is vetting the company that is doing the work for you.

Check out their work.

Do they carry insurance?

What are their online reviews?

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Our pricing is set, in such a way where we know exactly how long it takes to do it right.  Especially with staining difficult woods.  Which maple is, plus, it’s a time consuming, complicated process. If you pick the low bid, you have to accept the results of the low bid work. It is a gamble at best.  But, more times than not, we see the bad gambles.

The Paint Ovations team, focuses on top quality, in materials, methods and craftsmanship.  That is how we work each project.  We do our best for each and every client. We do not lower our standards to get the projects.  We would rather do few jobs, get better reviews and meet our client’s expectations.  Then have clients come home from vacation, see the headaches they are left and cost them more time, more money and more stress.

Our reviews speak for themselves, with over 160 five star reviews, we put quality above quantity every time.

 

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Cabinet Refinishing Color Trends in Dallas 2018

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2018 Cabinet Refinishing Color Trends in Dallas

 

White and wood finish kitchen cabinets have been a main stay in the kitchen design scene for the past few decades. White, being as a fail proof color for kitchen cabinetry, became a staple for it’s characteristics of brightening up spaces.

Wood kitchen cabinets, are a traditional staple, their classic looks and the natural warmth that they bring into a room. Although these two kitchen cabinetry colors have dominated kitchens for decades, more homeowners are drawn to unique colors which help create a stunning kitchen.

 

Kitchen color trends in 2017, were colors from hues of hunter green to tones of pink. Olive green also made its mark.

 

The color trend for 2018 suggests a range of colors for kitchen cabinetry which include two tone colors, natural neutrals like greige, gray and oak, colors dominated by exotic earth hues like oranges and intense colors like navy blue and dark plum. Say goodbye to the days were kitchen cabinets are just in a single plain neutral colors.

 

So let’s go on an exploration of some of the up and coming kitchen cabinet color trends for the year 2018 and what makes them a fresh addition to your home.

 

Two Tone Color Trends

The conventional way of formulating color schemes for kitchens typically involve two contrasting hues or tones, like dark cabinets paired with light countertops or light cabinets are paired with dark countertops.

 

Two tone colors have started to gain interest this year and will continue to be the hot kitchen cabinet color trend in 2018. It first started with the kitchen island, the center island is painted with a different color that contrasts with the rest of the main kitchen cabinets.

Taking this color principle into new heights, more kitchens nowadays tend to combine two colors for their wall cabinets and base cabinets. By combining contrasting colors for kitchen cabinets, depth and dimension is added to the space.

 

The modern palette of a two tone kitchen cabinet color typically combines a strong neutral with a eye popping earth tone color. These color combos will make any kitchen cabinetry pop.

Some great choices for two tone color kitchen cabinets are dark neutrals like charcoal gray, black and taupe can be combined with warm natural colors such as terra cotta, mild greens or mustard/dull yellow.  Some other trending combinations for two tone kitchen cabinets are combinations like gray and green, cool and warm gray, natural wood tones and black.

 

Warm Shades of Gray

The color gray is considered to be the new and trendy neutral.  Many homeowners and some designers are picking  the design strength that shades of gray bring to room.  Warm shades of gray can be used as a statement maker in modern kitchen cabinetry.

 

Gray is the perfect choice for homeowners who find white too common. It shares the same attributes that make the color white loved in the kitchen design scene.  Gray kitchen cabinets offer flexibility and versatility.  Gray functions as a nice backdrop for adding splashes of color, whether it may be warm or cool.  Lighter shades of gray won’t brighten up kitchen in the same way that white kitchen cabinets do.

 

Gray kitchen cabinets are perfect for modern kitchens. When paired with white or black stone countertops. Add in crisp and clean white walls for a beautiful modern kitchen.

 

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Give Your Kitchen the Blues

Dark blue or navy blue is starting to trend in kitchen and bath design. Lately, navy blue has been making waves when it comes to kitchen cabinetry color.

 

Navy blue kitchen cabinets bring in a strong presence in a room. It offers the perfect way to introduce a touch of color to a kitchen, without being too overwhelming nor too dull. Navy blue kitchen cabinetry is also calming yet stands out when placed in a neutral setting.

 

Other tones of the color blue which can be used for kitchen cabinets. Ocean blue and beachy blues can be used for a more toned down appeal that speaks coastal living and a relaxing feel.

 

Greige

Greige is another modern neutral that is trending as a kitchen cabinet color.

 

Greige is the combination of the colors gray and beige. Beige is a traditional neutral color for kitchen cabinets. It has a relaxing vibe and is simple to use when it comes to mixing and matching. Gray, is a modern neutral which is best known for its subdued appeal.

 

Greige is also flexible as it can be tailored into different tones and values. The amount of gray tint in a “greige” color can be adjusted into different levels in order to make a warm or cool neutral. The more greige becomes leaned towards gray, the more it becomes a cool neutral. While the stronger the beige influence, the warmer the greige becomes.

 

Complementing greige kitchen cabinets is not that hard. While greige kitchen cabinets that has more beige undertones in them can be matched with dark countertops or dark woods for contrast

 

Warm Natural Colors

If you do not like the look of new neutral colors, then this next kitchen cabinet trend color is your best option.  Earth tones and nature inspired colors are trending when it comes to kitchen cabinets. Many people are drawn to the character that warm natural colors brings into a space, as it makes it feel more welcoming, more inviting.  Warm colors continue to be a popular choice for kitchen cabinet color because they are inherently comforting.

Nature inspired warm tones include copper, gold, henna, clay, ginger, mustard, apricot, terracotta, yellows and reds.  In trendy kitchens, warm colored kitchen cabinets are best combined with muted grays.

 

 

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Kitchen Cabinet Colors Are Going Where They Never Have Before

New colors for 2018, and by that we mean unexpected colors which will make statements in any kitchen. These bold new colors for kitchen cabinetry include plum, petrol green and oranges.

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Plum

The color purple is one of the least popular colors which you can find in kitchen cabinetry. But plum is set to become the new trend of kitchen color.

 

Purple, in general, suggests royalty and because of such, dark plum kitchen cabinets can render a rich, luxurious feel to kitchens.

 

Petrol Green

Another color that is set to make waves in the year 2018 as kitchen cabinet color is petrol green. There is no doubt that the biggest trend for the coming year is to get a connection with nature. Inspired by nature, plants and trees, petrol green kitchen cabinets bring in a refreshing feel to kitchens. Other shades of green which are starting to go mainstream are moss green, sage green and hunter green.

 

Bleached Woods

Wood finishes, whether light or dark, are a mainstay in the kitchen design scene, and up to this day they still continue to be one of the most loved colors for kitchen cabinets.

Modern and contemporary kitchens typically make abundant use of synthetic and highly processed materials but incorporating natural elements like bleached hardwoods help prevent a kitchen from looking too sterile or bland.

 

Paint Ovations is a leading cabinet refinishing contractor in Dallas-Plano and surrounding areas.  We would be more than happy to give you before and after pictures of cabinets we have refinished.  Give us a call with any kitchen cabinet refinishing questions or make over ideas you have in mind.  We have several kitchen cabinet refinishing and painting five-star reviews for you to feel comfortable knowing Paint Ovations can handle all your painting and refinishing needs. 

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Wood Types and Their Finishes

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Wood Types and Their Finishes

 

There are many types of unfinished wooden kitchen cabinet for you to choose from, so, just how do you know what type of wood is best for your brand-new kitchen?

First, think about how you intend to finish your unfinished wood kitchen cabinets, because different wood will respond differently depending on the stain, paint or finish and completing techniques you are planning to use.

How much do you want to spend on your unfinished wooden kitchen cabinet? Wood prices vary, therefore keep this in mind when you are browsing for an incomplete wood kitchen cabinet.

 

Mahogany, oak, cherry, hickory, maple and pine are six of the common wood species for kitchen cabinets.

 

Mahogany for Kitchen Cabinets

Mahogany was one of the most sought-after types of wood in the mid-1700s and early 1800s and is found in many quality antiques today. It was prized because of its straight wood grain and because very wide mahogany boards can be produced. Mahogany trees can grow to over 150 feet in height and over six feet in width at the base. They come from Cuba, the West Indies, Africa, Asia and a host of other countries, but the most prized wood comes from Cuba and the West Indies

 

It’s known around the world as an excellent wood for cabinets. Today it’s one of the most expensive options available, and only the select few people have quality mahogany cabinets in their kitchens.  There are a few key benefits to using mahogany cabinets over other more common types of wood. For some people they make the added cost of the cabinets worthwhile.

 

One of the main reasons mahogany is chosen for cabinets today is because of the beauty of the wood.  Mahogany is known for its durability and rot resistance which are excellent qualities for kitchen cabinets.  Mahogany cabinets have a very unique look that you can’t replicate easily. As the cabinets age they also take on a deeper and darker tone that gives them a richer look many people enjoy.

 

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Oak for Kitchen Cabinets

Oak is the most popular for an unfinished wood kitchen cabinet since it is relatively inexpensive. There are more than 200 species of oak with various shades, but the one most often observed is a tan or yellowish dark brown color. Oak is tough plus dense.

Like a movie star, oak possesses natural good looks. Unlike a movie star, oak is easy to work with—even during finishing. Oak’s distinctive grain pattern is what people are responding to when they say, “I love the look of oak.” The best finishes for oak celebrate its grain.

If you’re considering oak kitchen cabinets in your kitchen redesign, you might want to consider that oak comes in a wide range of colors.

 

Red oak is strong, durable and relatively inexpensive. It is often featured in traditional cabinet styles as it shows off the pronounced grain patterns that oak is known for.  White oak is as durable as red oak and even a bit stronger. It has more of a golden tone than red oak and a more, subtle grain pattern. White oak is generally quarter-sawn for custom cabinetry—a process that creates a distinctive grain pattern with a characteristic fleck

 

For a budget-friendly kitchen design, oak is lower in price than maple, cherry or hickory. The lower price allows you to buy sturdy yet inexpensive kitchen cabinets in many different styles. Oak is commonly available in stock kitchen cabinetry, which allows for much less expensive kitchen remodels.

 

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 Cherry for Kitchen Cabinets

Cherry kitchen cabinets are a favorite because of their warm tones and rich look. Cherry tends to have predominantly red undertones. The texture of cherry wood is smooth and satiny, which allows it to accept stain beautifully. Another reason for its popularity is that it matures over time and changes in color. Cherry wood becomes warmer and richer as it’s exposed to the air—a feature when choosing wood cabinets for their kitchen.

 

Cherry wood also shows a beautiful fine grain that gives cabinets character and unique personality. It is moderately heavy and strong, which makes it durable and able to withstand the wear and tear of everyday cabinet use.

 

Cherry cabinets, while not as expensive as other premium woods such as mahogany, are more costly than lighter woods.  Cherry is gorgeous wood. If you want to give cherry a dark color right away, don’t use oil stain. It colors cherry’s pores and makes it look unnatural. Sealing the surface and then applying coats of colored glaze is the way to go.

 

 

Hickory for Kitchen Cabinets

A few North American hardwoods may be stronger than hickory and a couple harder, but of all domestic commercial species in common use, none matches hickory in its combination of hardness, strength, stiffness, and shock resistance (yet it readily steam-bends). It may have been the reflection of these traits that led the Tennessee soldiers under the command of General Andrew Jackson to nickname him “Old Hickory” at the battle of New Orleans in 1815.

 

While hickory tends not to darken with age, it takes all stains and finishes equally well. Because of the hardness of hickory, sanding may take more time.  The wood’s open grain can be filled to arrive at a glass-smooth, reflective surface on your cabinets.

 

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Maple for Kitchen Cabinets

For generations, maple wood has been used in the construction of kitchen cabinets. It is hard to pass up the natural beauty that this wood offers. The unique, rich color combinations are stunning, not to mention the wood’s glossy finish. Maple is a surefire choice for anyone looking to spruce up their kitchen’s current design and is surprisingly affordable compared to other alternatives.

 

If you are searching for a wood product that features a fine, consistent grain pattern, look no further. Maple cabinets consist of a glass-smooth finish and have a uniform appearance throughout, which can be difficult to find with alternative materials. With maple cabinets, you get consistency that is perfect for that elegant and stylish designer kitchen.

 

In addition to its smooth grain patterns, maple is highly regarded for its staining capabilities. The wood’s warm shading makes it receive just about any stain product.  Including the popular line of modern near-noir shade styles, which provide the deepest and richest coloring styles.

 

For homeowners who prefer their maple cabinets to be painted instead of stained, you will find no issues in this department either. Thanks to that fine-grained appearance, every paint hue looks absolutely amazing when applied to maple.

 

Pine for Kitchen Cabinets

Pine kitchen cabinets are a popular choice among homeowners, especially those interested in a more rustic or country kitchen design.  Pine is less expensive too.

Pine wood tends to be lighter in color, although it can be stained to a darker hue. Pine wood also tends to have many knots, giving it a distinctive, immediately recognizable look.

The color can be white, yellow-colored, or ponderosa. The yellow this tree is straw colored and is not really too solid. White is similar to yellow-colored as both take to stain plus paint well. Ponderosa pine is usually either from sapwood, or heartwood. The sapwood is yellow within color and the heartwood is of the reddish hue or orange. Ponderosa will need special preparation in order for the particular stain or paint to take correctly.

Another reason pine is popular with homeowners is that it is an extremely cost-effective wood. Although the cost of pine may vary among retailers, in general pine is a cheaper wood than oak, maple, cherry, mahogany, or more exotic woods.

One thing to remember when choosing pine kitchen cabinets is that pine is a distinctly less durable wood than some other higher-end woods. That is because it is a softer wood and thus is more vulnerable to scratches, dents and dings. This is an important consideration as the kitchen is often the command center of the home and can be susceptible to daily abuse.

 

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10 Reasons to Use High Quality Paints

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10 Reasons to Use High Quality Paints in Dallas, Texas

 

 

While it’s nice to save money, there are a few things for which quality should not be compromised for a lower price. Paint is one of those items where you get what you pay for.

 

Here are 10 Reasons why high-quality paint is worth the money:

  1. Easier application. High quality paints level better and tend to go on more evenly.   Brush and roller marks flow out and become unnoticeable.
  2. Spatter resistance. High quality paints are not as likely to spatter during application.
  3. Concealing capability. High quality paints can usually hide the original wall color and imperfections in less coats, saving time (Labor) and money (Labor and Materials) from needing to apply additional coats of paint.
  4. Touch-up capability. Touch-ups can be done easily and are unnoticeable with high-quality paints.
  5. Stain resistance. Top-quality paints tend to have better grime and dirt resistance and keep dirt from sinking in, making for easier cleaning.  You can wipe the walls, ceilings and trim without harming the finish.
  6. Scrub resistance. These paints are tougher and usually can withstand scrubbing without the surface being damaged or effecting the finish.
  7. Imprint resistance. Shelves, windowsills and other face-up surfaces can gather prints when objects are placed on them.  This problem is significantly minimized with high quality paints (especially eggshell finishes).
  8. Stick resistance. The smooth finish produced with high quality paints allows the paint to be less susceptible to sticking.
  9. Mildew resistance. Mildew resistant agents are much better in high-quality paints. If you don’t want mildew, don’t compromise on paint quality.  Think kitchen, bathroom, laundry room and in some cases garages and basements.
  10. Fade resistance. To ensure your paint color stays just as you want it, use a high quality 100% acrylic latex paint. These paints maintain their fresh appearance for years.

 

Paint Ovations only uses high quality paints.  Why are there so many different paint choices? Why do the paints range from $20 per gallon to $89 per gallon?

 

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What’s the difference between the $20 paint and the High-Quality Paint?

 

Longevity

When you decide to use a high-quality paint, you are not only paying for the quality now, you are paying for not having to paint as frequently in the future.  A high-end paint will extend the lifespan of your paint job by up to two or three times. With Sherwin-Williams Emerald, you get a lifetime warranty.

 

Pigment

Two types of pigments are in your paint. First are “prime” pigments. These provide color and hide. Second are low-cost “extender” pigments. They add bulk to the product, yet add little value.

 

Higher-quality paints have more prime pigments, which provide easier application, greater durability and better color retention.

 

Binders

There are a variety of binders in paint. Latex paints contain either 100 percent acrylic, styrene-acrylic or vinyl acrylic binders. Oil paints typically contain linseed oil, soya oil or alkyds. The type, quality and amount of binder affect everything from stain resistance, gloss to adhesion and crack resistance.

 

Higher-quality binders adhere to surfaces better and provide enhanced integrity and longer-lasting performance. This makes them more resistant to cracking, blistering and peeling.

 

Liquids

The liquid provides no added performance benefits. It’s simply the vehicle that allows you to get the paint from the can to the surface. Top-quality paints have a greater ratio of solids – pigments and binders – to liquids.

 

Additives

Additives are ingredients that give paint a specific benefit that it might not otherwise have. Common additives in higher-end paints include:

 

Rheology modifiers to provide better hide through flow and leveling of the coating.

 

Mildewcides to keep mildew in check.

 

Dispersing agents to keep pigments evenly distributed.

 

Preservatives to prevent spoilage.

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Cost per year of service

Before you specify paint based on price, consider this: Lower-quality paints require more coats to cover and, because they aren’t as durable, need maintenance much sooner. This is especially true with exterior coatings.  Paint Ovations only uses Durations and Emerald for a high quality paint.

 

So, to get a true idea of costs, look beyond the initial price tag and compare the cost per year of service. For example, say you’re painting a home that requires 20 gallons of exterior latex. You have two options:

 

Buy a lower grade paint at $20 per gallon with an expected life span of six years.

 

Buy a high-quality 25-year paint at $65 per gallon.

 

In the first scenario, your out-of-pocket cost would be $400. Since the paint is expected to last six years, the cost per year is $67. In the second scenario, your material cost is $1,300. But because the paint has a 25-year lifespan, your cost per year is only $52.  Plus, the labor savings of applying the paint 4 times.  Which is why Paint Ovations estimates may be a little higher than competitors.  We look at the long-term investment.

 

On some estimates we may be a few hundred to a thousand higher in our initial bid.  But, when we look at the bids, we aren’t comparing apples to apples.  Those lower bids may be using cheaper product, which in the long run ends up costing you more down the road.

 

Even if you plan on selling your home before the paints life cycle is up, it pays to go with a high quality paint as it can be cleaned easier, blended if damages easier and makes for a faster, selling home.

 

By choosing the higher-priced, higher-quality paint, you actually save $15 per year in paint. And that’s just the material cost add labor into the equation and the money you save in the long run increases significantly.

 

When it comes to selecting paint, quality does matter. Whether you’re looking at interior or exterior paint, and whether you’re considering adhesion, durability or hiding properties, a better-quality paint will give you better service – both short and long term.

 

Have any questions about paint, give Ron Bledsoe and the Paint Ovations team a call and his years of expertise will guide you into making the right decision for your painting applications.

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