It´s time for a change. And believe it or not, one of the most cost effective ways to make that change is through a simple can of paint. It´s unbelievable what a fresh coat of paint can do to give your home or business a much needed face lift. Although paint seems like the perfect fix, you and I both know that the idea of doing it yourself seems daunting and time consuming. Even if you find the idea of rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty, invigorating, completing the task and doing it well is a different story. So, what´s the solution? Give Total Renovation Group a call. We'll have your space turned around and looking fabulous in no time. Whether it´s a whole new color palette or touch up work, let us be the ones to transform your space, inside and out!
- Faux - There are two major materials/processes used in Faux finishing. Glaze work involves using a translucent mixture of paint and glaze applied with a brush, roller, rag, or sponge, and often mimics textures, but it always smooth to the touch. Plaster work can be done with tinted plasters, or washed over with earth pigments, and is generally applied with a trowel or spatula. The finished result can be either flat to the touch or textured.
- Marbleizing or faux marbling is used to make walls and furniture look like real marble. This can be done using either plaster or glaze techniques..
- Graining, wood graining, or faux bois (French for "fake wood") is often used to imitate exotic or hard-to-find wood varieties.
- Trompe l´oeil,"tick the eye:" in French, is a realistic painting technique often used in murals, and to create architectural details.
- Venetian plaster is a smooth and often shiny plaster design that appears textured but is smooth to the touch. Venetian plaster is one of the most popular and traditional plaster decorations.
- Color Wash Wash is a free-form finish that creates subtle variations of color using multiple hues of glaze blended together with a paint brush.
- Strie, from the French word meaning "strip" or "streak", is a glazing technique that creates soft thin streaks of color using a paint brush. It is a technique often used to simulate fabrics such as linen and denim.
- Rag Painting or ragging is glazing technique using twisted or bunched up rags to create a textural pattern.
- Oil - Oil paint is a type of slow-drying paint that consists of particles of pigment suspended in a drying oil, commonly linseed oil. The viscosity of the paint may be modified by the addition of a solvent such as turpentine or white spirit, and varnish may be added to increase the glossiness of the dried film. Common modern applications of oil paint are in finishing and protection of wood in buildings and exposed metal structures such as ships and bridges. Its hard-wearing properties and luminous colors make it desirable for both interior and exterior use on wood and metal.
- Acrylic - Acrylic paint is fast-drying paint containing pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion. Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry. Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water) or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.
- Glazing - Glaze refers to a substance that is thinned to create a transparent or translucent film of color. Diluting any paint substance, tinted varnish or tinted water essentially can produce a glaze.
- Wash Painting - A wash is a painting technique in which a paint brush that is very wet with solvent and holds a small paint load is applied to a wet or dry support such as paper or primed or raw canvas. The result is a smooth and uniform area that ideally lacks the appearance of brush strokes and is semi-transparent.
- Home - Exterior painting is the most important home maintenance project that can be done. Often the difference between a good exterior paint job and a bad one comes down to saving some money on the materials or labor (if a pro is hired). Another thousand dollars spent now can save many thousands later. If you plan on doing the painting yourself be prepared, typically exterior painting will be the most difficult and physically demanding home maintenance project you will do. Exterior painting will involve considerable time and physical effort. Why not do it right and receive the best value for your money plus gain the most time before needing to repaint.
- Trim - The most satisfying part of painting is putting the finishing touches on the exterior trim. This will tie the entire look of the home together. Just like painting any surface there are a few options that can enhance the overall look.
Exterior trim can be defined as any attached surface that isn´t painted the same as the body, main color, and is highlighted with a contrasting color. These features include assorted wood trim, fascia boards, gutters and downspouts or even the soffits. The exterior house trim can encompass almost any surface and will define your houses outline.
- Concrete - Use a fresh coat of paint to bring new life to an old basement, an exterior masonry wall, or even a garage floor. When properly prepared, the appearance of masonry surface can be greatly improved with paint.
- Brick - People choose to paint brick houses if the brick is damaged or is of inferior quality. White stains and areas of discolored brick can be eye sores that beg to be cleaned up and covered. Choosing the best brick paint is really important.
If your brick is not damaged and looks good in its normal condition you may want to consider keeping it. Once you paint brick you commit yourself to years of maintenance potentially. However if the proper brick paint is used and is done with the procession of a professional you can prevent this constant upkeep.
- Insuladd Insulating Paint - Insulating Paint Additive has been proven to save homeowners over 20% of their normal heating and cooling costs! Winter or Summer, interior or exterior just adding Insulating Paint Additive to your next painting project is a big step towards energy conservation that will work for you year after year.
Insulating Paint is a unique treated ceramic material specifically engineered to improve the effective insulation of the surfaces to which it has been applied. Mixed into any type of paint and used in hundreds of different types of application it acts as an invisible radian hear reflecting barrier that improves comfort, reduces heating and cooling requirements and dampens ambient noise.
- Decks - The beauty and function of a wood deck is well known to many homeowners. Unfortunately this beauty is somewhat short-lived and now it is time for deck refinishing. A maintenance schedule of 1-3 years is a good choice for most wood decks. The amount of longevity from a deck finish is dependent on initial preparation, choice of deck stain plus exposure to intense sunlight and weather.
- Woodwork/Trim - No matter how skillfully your trim work is installed, it won’t look good unless it has a fine finish. Uneven color, dust-flecked surfaces and brush marks all distract the eye and ruin the natural beauty of the wood.
- Hard Wood - Staining hardwood floors offers many possibilities, but it is not as easy as just slapping some stain on the floor and forgetting about it. Wood species take stains differently. Some can be very troublesome to stain and while others take very easily. This job should really be left to professionals, like us.
Quite similar to completely refinishing any hardwood floor, the procedure calls for removal of existing finish and the color that has penetrated into the surface of the wood itself. The amount of removal will be dependent on how deep the stain has penetrated or what the original stain color was. Color changes from a natural finish will be easiest because no staining was done. On the flip side, a change from very dark to very light color will entail more sanding of bare wood. For beveled type floors hand scraping will be necessary, increasing the time and cost involved.
- Cabinets - Unfinished natural wood cabinets are a thing of the past. In today’s land of cabinetry, a transparent topcoat is added to your unfinished cabinets to protect the wood from dirt and grease and maintain its beautiful look. Staining your cabinets is a great way to add color to the wood without ruining the beauty of the wood grain.