Refinishing Your Staircase

Most homes are designed so that when you open the front door, you are staring at the staircase, and for good reason, there are a number of colors and textures involved within the staircase itself; wood, carpet, stain, enamel, and lacquers.  Staircase refinishing is one project that many "DO It Yourselfers" don't even want to … Continue reading Refinishing Your Staircase

Exterior Painting Warranties

  This post will be straight and to the point.  If you are having the exterior of your home painted, you're about to dump some cash, that being said, make sure you understand the warranty.  If no warranty is offered, shop another company for your painting.  If a warranty is offered, look over the details.  … Continue reading Exterior Painting Warranties

Deck Season: Tips and Hacks

  The main complaint that I hear from new customers is that their deck finish only looked good for one or two seasons and then it started to break down.  In the mid west, we get temperatures in the 100 degree range for weeks at a time, and just a couple  of months later, 0 … Continue reading Deck Season: Tips and Hacks

How To Make Brushed On Polyurethane, Or Any Clear Coat, Look Like It Was Sprayed Professionally

  The dreaded task of brushing polyurethane.  If you are a professional painter and are reading this thinking that there is nothing to it except brushing it out smooth with an ox hair brush, I'm going to ask you to get rid of your presuppositions for a moment and read on. Ninety nine point nine … Continue reading How To Make Brushed On Polyurethane, Or Any Clear Coat, Look Like It Was Sprayed Professionally

How To Stand Out In the Sea of Competition

"The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace," Proverbs 3:35.Google "Painters near me", and you are going to find pages upon pages of competitors in your service area.  Wanna know what they all have in common?  You guessed it, they're painters.  For you readers that "know" painters, I don't have to elaborate.  Before I … Continue reading How To Stand Out In the Sea of Competition

For Paint Contractors: Are You a Painter, or are You an Entrepreneur? Part 4: Working Backwards

You've sat and dreamed for a long time about what your perfect life will look like.  All of the details are crystal clear in your mind, you have a week, a month and a year plan for your new life, you are actually starting to smell success like steak on the grill.  Now is the … Continue reading For Paint Contractors: Are You a Painter, or are You an Entrepreneur? Part 4: Working Backwards

For Paint Contractors: Are You a Painter, or are You an Entrepreneur? Part 3: Shifting Mindset

If you own a painting business, your main focus is entrepreneurship.  Yes, you might be a painter, you might be a business owner that actually still paints on the job, but even if so, your first and foremost job is that of an entrepreneur.  As I write this, it is wintertime.  Where I live, winter, … Continue reading For Paint Contractors: Are You a Painter, or are You an Entrepreneur? Part 3: Shifting Mindset

The Many Hats of a Paint Contractor

Ask someone what first comes to mind when they hear the word, "painter," and you will get a flurry of responses.  Beer drinker, is generally at the apex of the list, but here are some other hats that paint contractors wear as well. Meteorologist:  I'm in the midwest where the phrase, "don't like the weather, … Continue reading The Many Hats of a Paint Contractor

What Type of Paint Should I Use For My…

A Typical Conversation With Customers Me to the customer, "What type of sheen would you like on your walls?" Customer, "I'm not sure, What are my options, and what do you mean by sheen?" Me again, "How 'shiny' your walls will be with your new paint.  You have the options of flat, matte, eggshell, satin, … Continue reading What Type of Paint Should I Use For My…