Exterior painting weather is almost here

PicMonkey Collage2It’s that time of year again, and we hope the weather in Edmonton will cooperate with us this year. That time is exterior painting for your home or business. Often times we will quote on an exterior project and then schedule it into our queue. Once we see that the weather has turned for the best, we show up at your place and get ready to do some serious transformations!

Edmonton’s exterior window is between June and September. Before June we typically have periods of heavy wind and rain, and this does not create a good environment to clean, prep, paint, and have the surface dry completely. Our hot, hot, hot, summers are sometimes not the best either. Painting in extreme heat can cause the paint to bubble, and well, a dehydrated team too! After September our evenings and early mornings start to cool. With the coolness comes dampness and that does not help with paint drying and properly adhering to the surface.

Some things to think about when planning for an exterior paint:

1. Is your surface in good condition? Is it damp and is there signs of mold or rust? Damaged surface area is not ideal to paint. You may get one great season as the paint masks what is really going on underneath. This is quite typical for old decks.

2. When was the last time you gave your exterior a good wash? Blue Nile Painting will provide pressure washing. We also sand surfaces too. It’s important to remove debris before apply fresh paint.

3. Did you know you can paint your vinyl and aluminum siding. There are so many great products on the market to deal with almost any exterior surface. Before considering a massive renovation, perhaps a paint job will do the trick.

Now is the time to contact us for a free quote for your exterior. Have a visit to our gallery and check out our exterior projects.

Be well

Sam + Pam

Designing for the Holidays

Kim Ross from Redress Your Home

Meet Kim Ross from ReDress Your Home. She’s a great friend of ours and we were so excited when she decided to launch her own company! Kim has always had a passion for interior spaces and design. Creativity just naturally courses through her veins.

So one morning over some fabulous breakfast at Under the Highwheel, we got to talking. The holiday season is now upon us and I asked Kim what her design strategies are in making your home or office a festive space for family and friends.

Here’s the conversation…between sips of yummy coffee and Remedy Chai!

BNP: Where do you begin in dressing your space for the holidays?

ReDress: The first step to any decorating is to go through what you already have. Does it feed your soul? Do you still love it and use it?

First, purge and donate.

Now you have what you can work with. Next decide what your budget is. Can you add to what you have already?

If you don’t have a budget then use what you have by grouping and creating vignettes rather than spreading them across your whole space.

Great options for the budget conscious are Canadian Tire, and Bouclair.

BNP: How do you discover what your style is?

ReDress: Begin looking at ideas and inspiration. Visit Pinterest and search holiday decor. You will find so many amazing ideas. Also, flip through magazines and visit stores. You will begin to gravitate toward certain styles. The longer your eye rests on something, the more likely it speaks to you.

BNP: What are the trends you are seeing this year?

ReDress: I am so excited to report that teal and limes are trending right now. These colours can work well with purple and red. You will also see coloured and feathered trees making a come back! The de-constructed look is popular too: sculptural branches, whites, minimal decorations.

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BNP: What are the essential elements for holiday decor?

ReDress: Really there is no rule. It’s what resonates with you. Perhaps it is a tree,  or maybe stockings. Start with the thing that pops into your mind when you think of Christmas.

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BNP: When is the right time to start putting up holiday decorations?

ReDress: Some people will begin after Remembrance day, or the night before Christmas. It depends on your culture and tradition. I like to start on December 1.

BNP: How can ReDress help to style your home or office?

ReDress: Before we even begin, I ask the client to do a little bit of homework. Bring everything you want me to see. We will then go through each item and determine if you love it or not. Next we will discuss the direction based on what you love, recommendations, and budget.

Another option for ReDress is to come to your home to help you get ready for that night of entertaining. Sometimes people want help with creating that special holiday table.

Kim's Holiday Table

Top tips recount:

  • Edit your decorations first: purge + donate.
  • Start with what you love and add if you can or arrange in vignettes throughout your space to get the greatest impact.
  • 2013 trends: coloured and textured trees, whites, teal + lime, and deconstructed decor.
  • Consider your dinning table or entertaining area a place to dress for the holidays.
  • Get decorating with ideas from Pinterest and magazines or contact Kim at Redress.

 

For any occasion or holiday, drop Kim a line at ReDress and get styling! Follow her on Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Happy Holidays!

Sam + Pam

 

 

 

 

Welcome to our new digs!

It’s been a renovation-in-progress. We have redesigned our website, improved our quoting and invoicing system, and we have been growing so we can provide Edmonton and surrounding area with the best service ever.

We’ve done our research. We realized that it’s a very difficult and sometimes scary proposition to invite strangers into your home and business. This means that there is some disruption to your home and business life.

We make sure that we leave a very light footprint. That means when we work in your home or business we take care to keep things safe and clean. When we are finished painting your space, we return it to you better than before.

As a business, shutting down and compromising your profit is not ideal. As a team we are flexible. We can work after hours and weekends to make sure there is no time wasted.

What’s even more great, is that we provide all these little extras and a finish that will exceed your expectations.

Our hope is that our website provides you with the information you need as a homeowner, a business owner, and a home builder or contractor. The people you see on this website are indeed the people that answer the phone, respond to your email, visit your home for a quote, and show up to turn your space into something beautiful.

Visit us here often. Learn some tricks of the trade, links to resources, and some style ideas.

See you later,

Sam & Pam

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