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Written by Colleen Kalil

Don’t Do This if You’re Going to Paint

This country is blessed with a large helping of ‘good old American know-how’. We are inclined to take on projects and do them ourselves. It is the heart of the DIY movement and it has taken the nation by storm. While that is all well and good, we would like to offer you a list of ‘don’ts’ to ensure you are pleased with the outcome of the time and effort you have put into your paint job.

  1. DON’T start painting before you have done your due diligence and completed all of the preparations that will ensure the paint job goes smoothly, otherwise you will get to the end of the work, step back and say to yourself ‘what happened?’. Prep work includes cleaning the surfaces you intend to paint, inside or out. If you don’t then you will be painting over dirt, grime and other particles that will now be a permanent part of your newly painted home or business. Prep work also includes fixing surface imperfections and covering items you do not want exposed to paint.
  2. DON’T skimp on tools and materials. The old adage – you get what you pay for – could never be truer than when you are painting. Take the time to explore home stores to identify items that will make the job easier, more efficient and more successful. For example, did you know that you can purchase ‘roller liners’ that will make cleaning up after painting an almost effortless job? There are dozens of little knick-knacks that will ensure the painter doesn’t end up frustrated!
  3. DON’T forget to prime. Whether you are painting a new surface such as drywall or one that has been painted before, a primer helps the true color of the paint you have selected to show through while ensuring durability.
  4. DON’T continually dunk your brush or roller in the paint. It actually makes the painting tool too heavy and can lead to uneven painting strokes.
  5. DON’T choose the wrong paint! Don’t buy indoor paint for an outdoor job just because the price is cheaper.
  6. And DON’T forget to call University Painters, Inc. for all your painting needs at home or at your place of business.
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Written by Colleen Kalil

How Paint Can Make a Room Seem Larger

Spring and summer tend to be the times when homeowners take to their residences with a fine-tooth comb – updating looks and refreshing interiors and exteriors. It just makes everything feel fresh and new and instills a sense of pride in your home ownership. Now, not everyone owns a large home as many people have smaller houses that are made up of a number of small rooms that connect. The idea is to try to make a house and its rooms appear larger without having to go to the expense of putting an addition onto the home. The most inexpensive but visually clever way to add expanse to your abode is through paint!

Paint can add to the viewer’s perception of depth and size. Small rooms feel suffocating enough already so the homeowner is probably going to want to make it feel larger and more inviting. The amateur designer can learn how to use color, furniture placement and lighting to give the room a sense of increased size.

Let’s start with color. If you want a room to look larger then it is recommended that you use brighter colors. This tends to ‘open up the space’. Make sure the color choice is also soft because it is more naturally appealing and relaxing while also emitting a sense of openness. Trim can also work to fool the eye and make an area seem larger.

Lighting is an especially important amenity when creating the perfect open space in a small room. Natural light is always the best first choice. It reflects off the paint on the walls and gives a feeling of comfort and ease. But, the right light fixtures can enhance this sense as well. There are many light fixtures designed specifically for this purpose. If you have windows use coverings that are natural and light not heavy like drapes or old-fashioned Venetian blinds. However, windows that look out on a less than pleasant scene can be dressed up with plants – again giving off a sense of nature.

Finally, do not over crowd the space. One or two pieces of furniture placed strategically will give the room a finished look and avoid clutter!

If you need help creating the perfect indoor home look contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Your Garage Floor is Part of the Home

Most people love the look of a freshly painted interior or exterior residence or commercial property. But, there are certain areas they may overlook, thinking no one will notice or care. One great example is the garage floor. When you pull into your garage tonight give your garage floor an honest, critical look and think about whether it would look better if it were ‘finished’. Garage floors are concrete, and this is a difficult substance to work with when trying to make it look ‘noteworthy’. If you are attempting to create a ‘clean’ and organized garage presentation, then adding a finish to the floor may do the trick.

Two great choices for covering the garage floor are paint or epoxy. Epoxy is a durable glue that bonds exceptionally well. If you opt to use a 100% epoxy glue it results in a hard surface that will be resistant to oil and grease stains, chemical spills, abrasions and other issues.

There is also an ‘epoxy paint’. This is a latex acrylic product that has a small amount of epoxy mixed in. An epoxy paint will adhere to the floor better than other forms of paint because it has that mixture of adhesive included. With either product it is a good idea to paint a sample on a small part of the garage floor and let it sit for a few days. Then take some time to reflect on which you like better. If you can find homes in the area that are willing to show off their garage floors it might also be helpful to see the finished product in real life.

Things to know as you make a decision include the fact that paint is easier to apply than epoxy, the garage floor should be power washed in advance and left to dry completely, and an epoxy finish will last longer and wear better and give a more professional finished look. However, applying an epoxy is much more labor-intensive and expensive.

If you are looking for painting advice or support contact the professionals at University Painters, Inc. We’ve got you covered!

Paint Colors,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Here are Some More Suggestions for Choosing a Paint Color

This is not a new topic – but it is definitely one that readers are always asking about. The question most painters are asked at nearly every job is “how do I choose a color of paint for my ‘fill in the blank”’. It could be a bathroom, bedroom, home exterior, trim, business, or some other project. Well, believe it or not there are a number of ideas that should help you in the decision-making process. After all choosing a color is a very personal decision that can be distressing if you opt for a color you find you can’t live with.

• Take the time to identify trends. Hop on the internet and scour it for pictures of different colors that you favor. If you don’t like a certain color then ignore what the ‘experts’ are saying about this choice. For example, one paint company claimed that the new trend in house painting is the color black. If you are not a fan then it won’t matter how many people say this is ‘in’. Move on.
• Consider palettes of color. If you are partial to a tint you can usually find it nestled along an array of similar shades – light to dark. This may help you begin the narrowing down process.
• Keep in mind the little things. For example, if you are painting the exterior of your home will you want trim? Will it be a complementary or contrasting color? What about painting a business? What color will draw the eye of a potential customer instead of repelling them? It’s true – color can be off-putting for many people.
• Don’t forget that the sheen of the paint is important as well. You can choose a color that is along the continuum from flat to shiny, each with its own appeal and drawbacks.
• Always, always, always get a sample of the color and apply it to a small area where it will be seen. Give it a couple days before you decide if it’s right for you or not. But, remember to prep the surface in advance of applying the sample so you get a true vision of its final look.

Now, enjoy your paint choosing process. It’s really part of the privilege of owning a home or business. If you need help, contact the experts at University Painters, Inc. You’ll be glad you did!

Staining,University Painters
Written by Colleen Kalil

Stains You Won’t Want to Get Out!

Spring and summer are peak times to update your home’s exterior. The gloomy and gray skies are gone and you are able to see how your house looks more clearly. If your home’s wooden exterior looks worn and faded, it is time to give it a fresh look. If you have a home that is ‘stained’, then this blog should be very helpful.

First, there are a variety of stain options for your home. A clear stain will allow the natural grain of the wood and its color to shine through. An application of clear stain will also allow the wood to weather naturally. If you add toner this will give the wood just a hint of color. As you might expect, there are a wide variety of toner options on the market. A toner, much like the clear stain, will still allow the natural color to shine through. A semi-translucent stain is more intense in color but also allows you to see the natural grain and texture of the wood to which it is applied. Finally, a solid stain will cover the grain, but the texture will still be visible.

Deciding on a stain should not be solely dependent on the color you want for your home’s presentation. It is important to realize that the darker the stain the better protection it gives your wood in all different types of weather. If your home’s exterior is covered with paint your only option will be to use a solid stain. No matter what stain you use, you should also keep in mind how it will blend or conflict with the color of your roof, garage door, windows and other components. Decide in advance if you want it to contrast or blend.

Staining your home is much different than painting it. It can make a bold statement, depending on the neighborhood in which it is used. Before taking this step it is advisable to choose a couple of stain options and apply them in small patches on different areas of the house. Take some time to ‘try them on’ and see which one you like best.

If you are looking for professional help creating that ‘stained finish’ to your home, contact the experts at University Painters, Inc.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

The Attitude of a Room

Different colors evoke different emotions. Light blues and greens are known to be calming, and tend to help soothe and relax. High energy colors like bright yellows and purples can add a level of excitement and fun to an otherwise bland environment. When people get angry they say that they are “seeing red,” but red is really a color of strength and conviction. When painting the rooms in your home, there are hundreds of different color combinations that can be used to bring atmosphere to any room. Each room has its own identity, and with the help of the creative and inspired experts at University Painters, you can choose the right color to breathe life and positive energy into each room of your home.

The bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, but plays one of the largest roles in our day. When you wake up in the morning, it is not uncommon to go straight from the bed to the bathroom, and vice versa at bed time. It is where you get ready to face the day, and the room should bring a calm and peaceful, yet lively energy to your day. Pastels can bring a Zen-like atmosphere to any bathroom. If your bathroom connects to a bedroom, consider warm colors that flow naturally into the color of the bedroom. Strong and contrasting colors can also give the illusion of space to a smaller bathroom.

The living room is your entertainment space. It’s where you and your family will relax and watch a movie, and it’s also the room where you will invite your friends for game night. Neutral colors are not only inviting, but can blend naturally into the colors of adjoining rooms. That makes them perfect for living rooms, which are often wide open spaces in the home. Do not be afraid of the multiple different options that are available in the spectrum of shades of white. A nice accent wall can stand out and give the room a little pop.

When it comes to the bedroom there are multiple things to consider. Start with how you want the room to feel; do you want it to have its own built-in energy, or be calm? Your bed sheets can also provide inspiration for the color scheme of the entire room, not just the bed. When painting your bedroom, consider giving the room a little extra character by coloring the ceiling. After walking through a house full of white ceilings, some unexpected color on the ceiling of your bedroom can really boost the room’s idiosyncrasy.

Each room in your home has its own personality that is chosen by you. The beautiful thing is, you can choose and change this personality over and over again. So every time you are ready to give a room a little facelift, let the experts at University Painters be your guides. For more information, to schedule an appointment, or request a quote, please visit

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Welcome to The Rock

There is something about a stone wall. They are beautiful, and can add a peaceful and calming effect to any room. What is not peaceful and calming is the bill that is associated with a stone or marble wall. There is a way to give your room that same rustic appeal without putting a dent in your bank account. A faux finish is a decorative painting technique that replicates the appearance of marble, stone, or wood, and the skilled professionals at University Painters are experts in this technique.

There are many other looks that can be created through faux finishing techniques other than wood and marble finishes. Sponging is one of the more popular and easiest options. This effect is best achieved by creating a paint mixture, then using a sponge to layer the paint over a pre-primed wall. Color washing can give a room a weathered look, and is also known as a “broken finish.” This look is produced by using a rag or towel to apply a translucent glaze over a bold base coat. Using long, light brush strokes will help produce a calm, light texture. Once you have primed the wall, and applied your base coat, take the rag and dip it in your glaze paint. Then apply it using light, circular strokes.

The stone and marble looks are a little more difficult to produce. After you have selected your color, apply it to a pre-primed wall in a base coat. Then take a flat or stain paint that is lighter in color than your base coat and apply a layer to the wall. Then with a rag or cloth, apply a darker shade of your base coat. You can use your creativity here to help produce a marbled or stone look that is perfect for lightening up any room, especially around a fireplace.

There are a number of different looks that can be achieved through the art of faux finishing and they are easier to describe than to perfect. The trained painters at the Angie’s List Award Winning University Painters, are masters of these techniques and are ready to help provide your home with the perfect finishing touch. For more information or to set up an appointment for a quote, visit

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Written by Colleen Kalil

The Prep is Half the Fun

When you decide to take on the job of painting the walls of any room in your house, it is important to make sure that you have covered all the bases. You need to select the color, pick the paint, and get your tools ready, but do not forget about the prep work. Making sure that you have properly prepared the area that you are going to paint is 80% of the job, and if you do not get that part right, the paint job itself will never turn out the way you envisioned. The highly skilled and well trained professionals at University Painters know the importance of the prep work that comes with any task, and will properly prepare your area before applying the most spectacular paint job that you have ever seen.
Naturally, you want to make sure that you have moved the furniture and protected the floor and anything you do not want to paint. You have to remove all wall hangings, and electrical outlet plates from the wall. Now the walls are ready to be cleaned. That’s right; you have to clean the walls before you paint them. Grease and stains can show right through the paint, so it is important to make sure that you take soap and water and give those walls a good scrubbing. Do not forget to rinse and give them plenty of time to dry.
It is also wise to sand the walls before you start painting. There could be bubbles in the old paint job or bumps in the dry wall, and if you want your new paint job to really freshen up the room, you want to start with a smooth surface. Drips and accidents happen, so make sure to tape up all the baseboards and molding. It is also important to put a coat of primer on the wall before applying the paint.
There is a lot more to painting a wall than just painting the wall; the award-winning and talented staff at University Painters knows this all too well. If you want a truly jaw-dropping fresh look for any room in your house, it is important to have the job done correctly, and if it is done by University Painters, you can rest assured that not only the paint job will be perfect, but any necessary preparation work will be done properly. For more information or to set up an appointment or request a quote, go to

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Interior Molding Ideas for Your Home

Adding moldings to any home not only adds character to the room but also adds elegance. When choosing molding around your windows, ceiling and doors, use a painting company such as University Painters who is capable of carpentry work, as well as painting. There are different styles of moldings and trim to help enhance your home. Trim can be added if you want a clean, simple look around windows and doors, but you will want it to flow well with the moldings that you are adding. Here are a few of the different molding types.

Crown Moldings: Crown moldings cover a large family of moldings that are available in many styles and designs that are used to create visual eye appeal for ceilings. They can be simple or elaborate, depending on the desired look. Some of the types available are Cove, Colonial, Classic Dentil, or solid, covering the transition between the ceiling and the wall. This type of molding will help add a decorative appearance as well as enhance the room’s appearance.

Chair Rail Moldings: Chair rail molding is a trim that is used on a wall to display a decorative look by drawing your eye away from the continuous pattern. It is attached horizontally and is typically between 2” to 3” wide and placed on average 32” to 36” from the floor, depending on the ceiling height. In earlier days it was believed to be designed with hooks to hold chairs, hence the name chair rail.

Casing: This type of molding is used to cover the space between windows or doors and the walls to help keep the area insulated. This molding type is generally known as trim. It is normally less wide than a base trim/molding and not as thick.

A lot of thought should be put into the types of molding used in your home, whether you are planning to do it yourself or plan to use a professional company like University Painters. Do your home work and be knowledgeable of what the result is you are trying to achieve.

Feel free to contact us at University Painters for advice or a free quote.

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Written by Colleen Kalil

Painting Older Homes

Whether you have just purchased an older home or are updating one, there are some things to consider when beginning your painting project. Older homes quite often have peeling, yellowing paint and possibly lead paint with many blemishes that will need to be removed. You may also be dealing with wallpaper that is old and peeling that needs to be stripped before you refinish the walls and apply new paint. If you are concerned about the lead-based paint being an issue, you can go to Lowes or Home Depot and purchase a test kit.  You can of course hire a professional painting team that will be equipped for a project of this undertaking. While you are there be sure to bring a list of the items you will need for the project; there is nothing worse than starting a project and having to stop and go to the store in mid-process.

Once the walls have been prepped for painting the next step is choosing a color palette you would like for your home.  When making this decision try to accompany the actual style of the home itself. Is it more earth tones or is it more rustic? What was the style of homes from that period? A lot of older homes used wainscoting which protected the lower part of walls from scuffing and dirt marks.  If you want to modernize the home, then use the colors that suit your taste and are trending currently. Whether your goal is to restore a historic home back to its original beauty or just make necessary repairs, there will be a lot of work involved but the reward should be well worth it.

Please feel free to contact us at University Painters for tips or a free estimate. We may be able to help you save money and headaches in the long run. e 7 Co

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