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Interior Painting

Staining and Varnishing Baseboards

Most homes in the Chicago area have a combination of painted baseboards and also stained baseboards.  Ninety-five percent of what we are doing is applying an oil based stain.  Let’s look at the video below that talks in greater depth about staining and varnishing baseboards:

Staining and Varnishing Baseboards

Because most homes have a combination of both painted and stained trim work, some colors are changing too. It used to be a very dark walnut color throughout.  Now, we are seeing more natural tones and weathered wood stains being applied.

95% of what we are applying, still, is oil based stains.  If you have pine, poplar, maple, birch, you should be applying a wood conditioner prior to staining.  Apply this with a brush or rag.  Read your directions on the can for more details.

Watch the video for all the details, because it’s too in depth to write everything out here.  But make sure you are addressing issues such as

  • Wiping off excess conditioner
  • How long you want to let wood conditioner sit on wood
  • Applying sanding sealer
  • Filling nail holes
  • Sanding between coats

Give me a call at the office at 815-260-6773 if you want to get an estimate for your interior staining of your trim work (baseboards, wood trim around windows, crown molding, staircase wood).  I’d be happy to help you out.  My team and I have been serving the Elmhurst, Plainfield, Naperville, Lincoln Park, Lisle, Downers Grove, Woodridge, and all of Chicago for over 30+ years.

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Fix Drywall Nail Pops

Do you have a bad drywall job?  Probably not, it is just your house settling.  But you will need to know how to fix drywall nail pops.  Check out my video below by clicking on the arrow:

Fix Drywall Nail Pops

Your home expands and contracts due to extreme hot or cold temperatures.  Your home is bound to get nail pops showing through the drywall.  Cracks are a sign that your home has a weak spot due to the original construction of the home.

In order to fix drywall nail pops or cracks, you’ll need to take out the old screw and replace with a new one.  Then get some spackle, sanding pad, drywall tape, and apply drywall compound.

Let me know if you’d like me to come out for an estimate to fix drywall nail pops.  My team and I have been serving the Elmhurst, Lisle, Plainfield, Burr Ridge, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Caulk Baseboards Before Painting

Caulk baseboards before painting is a necessary step when painting the interior of your home.

Caulk Baseboards Before Painting

The most important reason to caulk baseboards before painting is to add a layer of protection to your windows and doors.  This protections is to keep the cold air out.  And in the summer, to keep the cold air conditioned air inside. Another reason is to make your painting looking for complete because there is no thin, black line due to a gap up next to the wall.

Give me a call if you’d like an estimate.  My team and I have been serving the Naperville, Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Steps to Prepare Room for Interior Painting

Steps to prepare room for interior painting can’t be that big of a deal, right?  It really isn’t.

It is always good to have a list of how to get a room ready for interior painting so that the project goes quicker

Steps to Prepare Room for Interior Painting

Let’s look at a quick list:

  • Remove furniture and breakables
  • Remove pictures and artwork
  • Drop cloth and plastic off the area to protect from dust
  • Create a small staging area for all your equipment you’ll need

Give me a call if you need help with your next interior painting project at 815-260-6773.  We’ve been painting both interior and exterior in the Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Lisle, Naperville, Burr Ridge and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Paint Colors Look Different Than Color Swatches

Paint colors look different than color swatches is something I hear from my customers on occasion after my team applies the paint to their interior walls.  But why?  Click on image below to play full content of video:

Paint Colors Look Different Than Color Swatches

Why does the paint colors look different than color swatches from the paint store?  Let’s first consider that those color swatches are printed by a computer on a piece of cardboard that is only 2″ x 2″ in size.

We recommend picking up a few pints of paint colors and putting up samples in your home first.  This is a lot cheaper than repainting the whole room.

Give us a call at 815-260-6773.  We’ve been painting the interior of homes for the 30+ years in the Elmhurst, Burr Ridge, Darien and all of the Chicago suburbs.  And I’d be happy to come out for a free estimate for your interior painting and we can discuss in greater detail how paint colors look different than color swatches.

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