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Fireplace restoration process: before, during & after

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

The homeowner contacted us for our restoration services as the walls and ceilings the dining room, sunroom, living room, entrance and fireplace mantel in the living room needed some TLC. Many of the wall corner joints had failed along with the wall to ceiling joints due to age in all of the rooms. All of those area were repaired by removing the failed joints, application of USG Structo-Lite base coat plaster since many of the holes along the joints were deep, applying new corner joints, one coat of Durabond and two top skim coats of 3M easy sand joint compound before priming and painting. All of the walls were painted in an off white, Benjamin Moore Mountain Peak White (2148-70).



Since all of the walls were a soft off white she really wanted to highlight the fireplace mantel in the living room with two colors if we could restore the brick/plaster and wood. As you can see from the pictures the brick/plaster was in really bad condition. The damaged areas had at one time been repaired as the failed areas were plaster patch and not brick. The decision was made to build up the damaged areas with the same base coat plaster patch we used on the walls since it provides a rock hard texture finish. To get the texture of the plaster patch to match the existing texture of the brick we rolled the patched with a 1/2" nap about half way (3 hours) through the drying process to add additional texture. After the patch was dried we scraped and lightly sanded the patch to shape it to match the texture of the brick so when painted it provided a uniform finish.

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Topics: Interior Painting

2016 Trends: Design, Kitchen and Bathroom

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

Now that we have entered a new year many people thinking what can they do in 2016 to update their homes. There are always new trends in design, kitchen and bathrooms each year. I am going to provide you with four links from the wonderful designers who contribute at Houzz regarding 2016 trends in design, kitchen and bathroom.

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Textured wall & ceiling plaster restoration & painting

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Jan 20, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Textured walls or ceilings can be very difficult to work with. Specifically when it come to matching the existing texture after the restoration is complete. The walls and ceilings of this home were done with a textured plaster. Over the years both surfaces were starting to show a lot of cracks that eventually lead to complete separation of the plaster creating holes in the walls and ceilings. All of those areas (about 25 for this room) needed to be scraped out to the base of the wood lattice.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Wall striping of a kids bedroom with bright colors

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

What to do when your kids ask you to paint their bedroom? You help them pick out a color and you paint the walls. Well, what happens when between your two kids they have 10 "favorite" colors and want to paint their walls with all of them? First reaction is to laugh and then second is to figure out a way to incorporate as many colors as possible.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Kitchen cabinet & wall restoration & painting

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Jan 3, 2016 8:05:00 PM

The decision to replace or paint kitchen cabinets can be a very difficult since you don't know what the finished painted product will look like. That's why it's important to contact a professional painting contractor that specializes in cabinet painting.

The homeowner of the below kitchen planned to replace the counter tops, back splash and flooring along with updating the appliances. She remained undecided about replacing the cabinets due to cost and was unsure about painting due to the condition of the cabinets. She contacted me for an appointment to look at the cabinets so I could provide my professional recommendation if I thought the cabinets could be restored and painted to look new and save the cost of completely replacing. The cabinets were in average condition and I recommended they be painted at a significantly lower cost than replacing.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Happy New Year.....

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Jan 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

From all of our families here at Dynamic Colors we are wishing you, your family and friends a healthy and Happy New Year. May 2016 be filled with excitement, happiness and many successes.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Exterior restoration and painting of a Victorian home

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Dec 27, 2015 8:05:00 PM

This Victorian home was newly purchased by the homeowners in 2014 but not painted in 25+ years and needed a lot of siding, trim and window restoration to ready for painting. The homeowner contacted me in July for a proposal, accepted the proposal immediately and scheduled the work to being the last week of September. The project was scheduled for six weeks to be completed on November 7th. The first four weeks were all restoration and preparation including: paint removal from siding, trim and windows. Along with the removal of damaged siding / trim and installation of new. The areas that did not need restoration were scraped, power sanded, cleaned, spot primed and caulked to ready for painting. After the restoration and preparation was complete it took two weeks to paint the entire house and was completed a day early on November 6th.

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Topics: Exterior painting

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.......

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Dec 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

From all of our families here at Dynamic Colors we are wishing you, your family and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Topics: Interior Painting

Exterior restoration of 1920s duplex

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Dec 20, 2015 8:05:00 PM

With the holidays right around the corner I've decided to take a bit of time off and make the next four post about two exterior restoration projects and two interior painting projects we completed within the last couple of months. I know winter (I think) is right around the corner and discussing exterior projects is not on the top of your mind. But I figured why not show you what can be done to restore the exterior of a home and get you thinking about the warmer weather and spring :) Below are the pictures and description of a 1920s duplex in Evanston.

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Topics: Exterior painting

Exterior fall colors & calming colors for winter season decoration

Posted by Anthony Giangrossi on Dec 13, 2015 8:05:00 PM

Now that you have some ideas on how to get the house ready for the winter season below are two links again from our friends at Houzz.  The first link has bold and vibrant exterior fall colors that might provide you some interior decorating ideas. The second link has calming colors like gray and sage to give you some decorating ideas on the opposite spectrum.

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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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