{when to paint on brick}

Deciding Whether to Paint Over Brick

For many of us, there’s nothing as lovely as brick. The textures and tones of a a nice brick wall can give a room or fireplace extra character, and can be the focal point of a home’s exterior. But what if you get tired of your brick, or never liked its color in the first place? There are options, like whitewashing (below), or painting over the brick altogether. But if you want to paint your bricks you’ll have to know these tricks.

“In general, I try not to paint brick,” says Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom Manager. She loves matching the colors in a nice brick, with a half-dozen subtle color choices for the room color. “But if it just limits me so much on what I can do as far as a color combination, then I will paint it.” In other words, when the brick is mostly one solid color – think of a dark red-orange brick or a mustard yellow – or the homeowners just hate the color, she’ll paint the brick to match the room rather than painting the room to match the brick.

brick-before-painting

Brick Before Painting – Young House Love

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{do i need to use primer?}

Prime Examples: When You Need Primer and When You Don’t

You’ve seen them on the shelves and probably asked the question, now that we sell so many Paint & Primer formulas, do you even need to use primer anymore?

“The short answer to that is, it depends on the situation,” says Ron Clarin, Manager of Hirshfield’s West St. Paul location. “Normally when they ask us that question, we ask questions in return. Depending on the situation, they may or may not need one.”

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{breathing easy with no v.o.c paint}

Friday Finds: Zero Emissions and Zero Sacrifice with Natura Paint

Choosing a No VOC paint used to mean going green at the expense of something else. Maybe the quality wasn’t very good, or you just couldn’t find the perfect shade. Fear not – No VOC paints have vastly improved over the years. Nowadays, it’s a lot easier to enjoy the benefits of a No VOC paint – no odor, better air quality, non-toxic – without losing the great quality of a regular paint.

Unlike other low VOC paints, Natura Paint can be tinted with any of the Benjamin Moore colors, without adding VOCs. This gives you more than 3,000 shades to choose from. Also, Natura not only offers No VOC paint, but takes it one step further with “No Emissions” Paint – a guarantee that there are zero VOC emissions detected from the paint. In other words, you and your family won’t be inhaling emissions from compounds like formaldehyde and acetone – talk about breathing easy!

Check out their latest commercial. This may be the most challenging project we’ve ever seen:

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{new paints need new brushes}

Picking the Right Brushes and Roller Covers for No VOC and Low VOC Paints

So you want to use No VOC or Low VOC paints. Good for you – and the environment. But you’ll want to pay special attention to the brushes or rollers you use to make sure your project looks as good as you feel.

“As soon as you take the VOC’s, the glycols, out of paints, what happens is the speed in which they dry has increased,” says Steve Lincowski, who has been selling Wooster brushes for 35 years. That means picking the right brushes and roller covers for No VOC and Low VOC paints is crucial, because the brushes and rollers will streak or clump with the new paints. In fact, Lincowski says Wooster changed many of its brushes and rollers to work better with the new products.

Best paint brush

Wooster Brush

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{how to decorate with pastels}

Friday Finds:  Playing with Pastels

Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.

Trending combination of color according to @pantonecolor: Wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow

Images from the September issue of Goodhomes Magazine. Photography by Max Attenborough

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{friday finds: problems with peeling paint}

What Can I Do To Avoid Peeling Paint?

As the robins return, you may find yourself making a list of outdoor projects to tackle this Spring and Summer – among them repainting the exterior of your home. It’s a big job, but a valuable investment in keeping your house in top condition. If you’re trying to fix a problem with peeling paint, Doug Kehoe, an experienced Hirshfield’s store manager, has some tips on how to get the job done right.

Exterior Paint Peeling

Deal with peeling paint now to prevent more in the future.

“Peeling is caused by a variety of factors,” explains Doug. “Many of them are tied to issues with surface preparation.” Peeling paint is not a reflection of the paint itself, but a loss of adhesion to the surface.
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{what the color of your front door says about you}

Put Your Personality Right Upfront

What’s so fascinating about the portal to a house? Perhaps it’s because an interesting front door communicates something about the personality you’ll find inside. What does your front door color say about your mood and your home?

yellow front door Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Yellow Hibiscus 357 | Source

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