Todd Finn -  RE/MAX Partners



Posted by Todd Finn on 2/4/2018

Choosing a front door color for your home can be a difficult feat. While the exterior color of your home is a big decision, it’s often the accents that go along with the base that is an even bigger debate in one’s mind. Typically, your front door will be a different color than the rest of the home. It may seem like a bold decision to have the color of your front door “pop” out from the rest of the home. It’s not that much of a stretch to pick an odd color for the front door. When you pick the right shade, your home will stand out in a good way. The key is in picking a shade that contrasts well with the main color of your home. Here’s some thoughts on the colors that may make the perfect front door hue: Green Green is a perfect color that is relevant the whole year through. From the brightness of spring to the dark of winter, it’s difficult to go wrong with green. There’s many, many different shades of green from celery green to forest, there’s sure to be a shade that will go well with your house. Green shades pair well with grays, blues, browns and tans. Blue Blue is another color with endless shades. The problem with a light blue door is that it wouldn’t stand out very well from the rest of your home. If you decide that blue will go best as a front door color on your home, go for a darker version. It will make a dramatic statement. White If your home is a darker color, white could be a great color for you to paint your door. While white seems kind of boring, it will certainly stand out if your home’s main color is a darker red, blue, or even a gray. Red Red is a bold color for a front door. If your house is a shade of tan or gray, red may be just the color your front door needs. Red is certainly a color that provides a warm welcome to everyone who comes through the door! Yellow Yellow is another bold, stand-out color that you can paint your front door. Yellow pairs well with many grays and shades of tan and white. This bold color will pop out just enough to make your front door give off a sunny vibe for a warm welcome. Whether you want your home to give off a formal vibe or a more relaxed one, there’s a color for your front door. Remember that your front door is only one piece of what gives your home the curb appeal you’re looking for.





Posted by Todd Finn on 3/19/2017

The trim is one of the trickiest parts of a home to be properly painted or stained. There’s many steps that must be taken for the trim to be painted well including:


  • Nailheads must be set below the surface of the wood
  • Holes need to be filled and sanded
  • Damaged wood must be repaired and replaced
  • Old paint and varnish must be removed


The work that needs to be completed on both the walls and the trim should be done before you begin painting and staining. There’s no rule as to when you should paint the trim -before or after the walls are painted- the only thing that matters is that the prep work should be done before the painting step begins.


Safety Measures


When you’re stripping the surface, wear protective glasses along with a dust mask. The chemicals that you’re using can contain toxic fumes. The room needs to be ventilated properly as well. Wear gloves to keep the chemicals off of your hands. You’ll also protect your hands from splinters.


As an additional precaution, when you’re painting, you’ll want to test for lead. Many homes may have lead paint in them, especially those that were built prior to 1978. You can remove lead paint yourself if you take the right precautionary steps, but in some cases, you may need a professional to do the job.


Get The Trim Ready For Painting


Once the trim has been scraped down, you’ll want to wash the surface of the trim with a mild household cleaner. Then, rinse it with water or a water and vinegar mixture and let the trim dry. Scrape any remaining loose paint from the trim. 


Sand The Trim


Use a small flat sander to sand the walls or woodwork. For more contoured surfaces, try to use a flexible sanding block. These flexible sanders work great for more curved surfaces.   

 


Have A Strategy


If you’re a less experienced painter, it will be easier if you paint the trim first. This will make it much smoother to prepare the details and paint all of the details. Once you paint the trim, mask it off with painters tape. This will prevent any splattering from occurring while you’re painting of the walls. 


Tips For Painting The Trim


Once you complete all of the prep work for painting the trim, use a primer. Next, topcoat the trim using some kind of a latex or enamel. Remember that glossy surfaces accentuate the woodwork in a home, making it stand out from the walls. Moldings, doors and windows require a higher sheen than a wall since there’s more contact on these surfaces.


Painting trim can be challenging, but when you do it safely and in the right order, your painting job will go much more smoothly.




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Posted by Todd Finn on 10/30/2016

Choosing the paint colors for your home is a daunting task. With so many options available, picking the right colors can take longer than the actual painting. But it's a good thing to spend time on choosing paint colors that you're happy with. The color of the room we're in has been shown to affect our moods in positive or negative ways. Your home is the place you should feel the most comfortable, and the colors of your walls should be an extension of that. Today we're going to give you some tips on choosing the right paint for your home that will fit your personal tastes but will also be appealing to just about any eye.

Take inventory

Before you head to the hardware store to start looking at color swatches, you're going to need to do some research in your own home. While you have the freedom to choose any color you want to paint your walls, it's advisable to take a look at the colors that are already in your home--not the colors on the walls, but the colors of your furniture, floors, ceilings, countertops, etc. If you have a living room furniture set that you love and a new carpet, odds are you don't plan on replacing these items just to fit the new color of your room. So, here's what to do. Take out your phone and snap some close-up photos (I mean really close up so that you can only see one color) of your sofa, chairs, and other furniture. Open up your photos and compare them next to one another. Do you notice a color trend in your furniture? If so, one of those colors could be a great place to start your palette.

Choosing a palette

There's no need to go to the store just to get a basic idea of the colors you want for your home. If you're reading this, odds are you have all the tools you need to start making a palette. There are numerous websites devoted to creating color palettes. But today we'll talk about two specific tools that will be the most useful.
Palette makers
The first thing you'll want is to put one color into a palette maker online (Google will present you with many). This color should be the one that you want to tie the whole house together with.
Color harmonies
Have you ever head of complimentary colors? The term might make you think back to middle school art class. Complimentary colors are a type of color harmony. There are websites that allow you to enter the color of your choosing (in this case the main color you chose above) and it will give you the color harmonies for that color.  

Tips to-go

  • Choosing various shades of the same color help build continuity in your home
  • Putting the darkest colors in your room near the floor and the lightest near the ceiling add a natural ambience to the room
  • Use bolder colors for "high energy rooms" like the kitchen, and quiet colors for lower energy rooms like the bedroom
 




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