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Step by step process of water damage restoration / repairs

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on May 18, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The homeowner noticed a small water spot on the ceiling about six months ago and decided to wait to see if the spot grew larger. Over the next couple of months it did and the leak was identified on the roof at the flashing between the roof line and brick. After the flashing was repaired, the homeowner waited another couple of months to make sure the spot did not grow and the leak was fixed. Six months after the leak was identified the homeowner was ready to have the water damaged plaster repaired.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Fun color & design ideas for your living room, bathroom, laundry room & kitchen cabinets

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Apr 27, 2016 3:00:00 PM

As you all know I like to share the great design idea articles from our friends at Houzz. Well this blog has some great ideas on how to add color to your living room, bathroom, laundry room and kitchen cabinets through design, paint, tile and accessories.

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Topics: Interior Painting

How to spruce "update" your kitchen without major renovation

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Apr 13, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The homeowner for this project wanted to spruce up the kitchen without doing any major renovation or replacing the cabinets. So we came up with a plan to remove the wall paper, repair the walls and paint all surfaces including: walls, ceiling, trim and even the kitchen cabinets.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Exterior and interior decorating with spring colors

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Mar 30, 2016 3:00:00 PM

With spring in the air (I think) as of March 20th it's time to start thinking about getting the interior and exterior of your home ready for spring (warmer...I hope) weather. Once again from our wonderful friends and contributors at Houzz I will provide you with articles to get your home ready for another spring season.

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Topics: Exterior painting

How to: Wallpaper removal/wall restoration

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Mar 16, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The homeowner decided he was going to remove the wallpaper himself. After his initial attempt he realized the paper was too difficult to remove and was causing major damage to the walls. We stepped in to take over the wallpaper removal after the initial layer had been removed as seen in the below picture. From that point we followed a multi step process (noted below) to remove the remaining wallpaper and restore the walls back to new.

1. After the first layer of wallpaper was removed there remained a layer of wallpaper glue that needed to be removed. We added two cups of DIF wallpaper remover to one gallon of warm water and applied to the glue with a wet sponge. After the first application had soaked into the glue was dry we applied another coat of wallpaper remover and while the glue was wet we used scrapers to remove the glue. Keeping the wall / glue wet makes the removal process much easier. Drag the scraper down the wall and avoid pushing up or across as that will cause damage to the walls.

The homeowner scraped up and across the wall which caused him to dig into the plaster and remove chunks of the wall. This left the walls in bad condition as seen in the below picture. The wall repairs leads us to the next step in the restoration process.

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Topics: Interior Painting

How to apply glitter wall paint

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Mar 9, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The homeowner wanted to change the color of her daughters bedroom walls along with adding a very slight glitter effect. The application of glitter to paint and applying to walls can be a D-I-Y project that can be completed during a weekend. Below is the process on how to apply glitter wall paint.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Bathroom colors: neutral, bright or bold

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Feb 24, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Homeowners ask me quite a bit to recommend a room in the house to explore with color. Typically I suggest a bathroom as it can be a fun place to add a splash of color. Typically they are small spaces that you can personalize where choosing bright or bold colors can be a fun idea. If you happen to not like the color you chose it's easy enough to repaint the space with a neutral color.  Below are three article once again from the wonderful contributors at Houzz on how to use bold, bright and neutral colors in a bathroom.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Dare to paint bold with black: walls, ceilings & doors

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Feb 17, 2016 3:00:00 PM

The color trend for interior painting in 2016 is white, white and some more white :) Well, what if you don't like white walls, ceilings or trim. Or you like some white but not all surfaces. How about trying the complete opposite....black. I know the color black is a very scary thought when thinking about painting the interior of your home. Below are three articles from the wonderful contributors at HOUZZ regarding when and why to paint your walls, ceilings and doors black.

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Topics: Interior Painting

How to choose colors for your interior painting project

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Feb 10, 2016 3:00:00 PM

There are many aspects a homeowner needs to consider when hiring a professional painting contractor for their interior painting project. There are too many aspects to list them all in this post. They are all noted in my interior guideline that can be read by clicking on the guide button below. What is not listed in the guideline is the color consultation / selection process. During my initial meeting with a homeowner the number one concern I hear is how difficult and stressful it is to choose the correct colors to complement the current furniture, accessories, flooring, rugs, pictures. etc. Also, if only select rooms are being painted those new colors need to complement the existing colors of the house.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Angie's List Super Service Award

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Feb 6, 2016 1:30:00 PM

It is an honor to announce that Dynamic Colors has been awarded the 2015 Angie's List Super Service award. This is the 8th consecutive year we have received this award. This is a true testament to all of the hard work that each employee puts in every day. We are a team at Dynamic Colors and all stride to provide each homeowner with exceptional work and customer service.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Guidance from a Professional Painting Contractor

Make the correct decisions before, during and after a project

This blog will provide you with important information to help you ask a painting contractor informed questions regarding the painting process from beginning to end.  Which will in return provide you the necessary information to hire the correct professional painting contractor for your project.

Helpful information:

  • What products / sheens to use for multiple interior surfaces
  • What products / sheens to use for multiple exterior surfaces
  • What questions to ask a painting contractor
  • How to review a painting contract
  • What to expect from a professional painting contractor

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