How Do I Know What Paint Sheen To Use?

Sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of paint can be an exciting and fulfilling project. With all the different kinds of paint sheens out there, it can be difficult to know which one to buy, especially if you’re standing in a line at the home improvement store needing to make a quick decision.

At Texas Professional Painting, we want to take the stress out of buying paint. We’ve created a guide to help you choose the paint finish to make your home pop. Read below to learn more!

Which Interior Paint Sheen Is Right for Me?

Paint finish is another term for paint sheen. You’ve probably made a trip to the home improvement store to buy paint and been asked the question, ‘What finish do you want?’.

Some stores will give you a quick rundown of what finishes are best for which projects, but it’s better to have this knowledge in your toolbox so you can make an informed decision yourself. Paint finishes come in satin, high gloss, semi-gloss, matte and eggshell and there are some key differences between each.

Sheen, or gloss, is the amount of light reflected off a surface. When paint has more resins, the result will be a shinier or glossier finish.

Below we will highlight finishes from matte (no shine) to gloss (the most shine).

Matte

Matte (sometimes called flat) paint finish has a low gloss percentage, so it doesn’t reflect a lot of light. This means that matte is a good choice if you don’t want imperfections to show through the paint.

Matte has tons of pigment, so the colors will look good anywhere, but it’s best to apply it in rooms that aren’t trafficked as much.

It is the least durable of the paint finish family, so use matte for surfaces in areas like ceilings, living rooms and dining rooms.

Eggshell

If you’re looking for a universal paint finish, eggshell is a great choice. It has a flat look with just a little bit of gloss to it, and it’s great for every interior surface in your home.

Eggshell is a little more durable and reflective than matte, while still keeping its ability to conceal surface flaws.

Another great benefit of eggshell is its stress-free application. Normally when painting interior walls, time is of the essence to avoid lapping. With eggshell finish, you can take breaks and come back to it and the finished product will still look amazing.

Satin

Satin is a very smooth and velvety finish and is a great choice for trim, doors and ceilings. It can also be used for walls in rooms that get a lot of foot traffic.

If you’re looking to paint a kids’ room, satin is the finish for you!

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss is the next stop in the paint finish family and it is (you guessed it) semi-glossy.

This sheen is great for rooms that get a lot of traffic because of its high durability and will be great in rooms that experience a lot of moisture and drips.

High Gloss

High gloss finish is glasslike, shiny and eye-catching, making it a great choice for statement walls as well as trim, molding and cabinets.

This beautiful finish is the most reflective in the paint sheen family, giving surfaces a mirror-like appearance. This beauty comes at a price though, as high-gloss paint is very difficult to apply, and makes surface impurities stick out like a sore thumb.

When using high-gloss on a surface, you’ll want to make sure to sand your wall and use primer before applying the paint.

A tip for applying high-gloss in your home is to use a quarter-inch or high-density paint roller to fully coat smaller spots.

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For painting projects that might seem too big to handle on your own, call Texas Professional Painters. We have proudly served San Antonio for years, and we will be happy to make your painting dreams come true.

We provide great prices and friendly service for interior, exterior and restoration painting as well as staining and finishing!

5 Home Exterior Paint Trends You’ll See In 2022

Choosing a color for the exterior of your house is a big decision. Generally, exterior house paint colors fall into either dark or light shade categories. Within these categories lie thousands of color options. Even more, you should take into consideration the size, light exposure and landscape around your home. With all these variables it’s no wonder home exterior painting can feel overwhelming.

Texas Professional Painting put together this article to help you pin down your vision. Read on to learn about 5 exterior paint trends you’ll see this year.

Home Exterior Trends

Tried and True Neutral

Neutrals will never lower your home’s resell value and will always be on-trend. Neutrals pair well with different materials, like brick, stucco or vinyl siding. There are thousands of options, and they’re far from boring. Consider unique neutral combinations like gray-blue, greige or the ever-versatile taupe.

Bold and Dark Exterior

Dark shades make a bold statement without being blindingly vibrant. Give a dark exterior structure by pairing it with light accent painting. Or fully embrace the moody aesthetic with a monochromatic look that combines dark exterior walls and trim. Not ready to commit? Opt for painting a section of your house dark–like the mudroom or screened-in porch.

Go for Green Paint

A green exterior compliments the landscape and gives your design an organic feel. Green is also the opposite of red on the color wheel, which makes it pair well with red brick houses. If your house does not have brick, a red front door can help tie the look of your green house together. There is no need to choose shades like kelly green or lime, instead, think about shades like sage or moss.

Why White Walls Work

White, cream and off-white can make your home appear larger since the color reflects light. Light-colored houses also pop against the landscape, which adds to curb appeal. Make your house stand out in a neighborhood of beige by opting for a white exterior. White paint can be either warm or cool, depending on its undertones. Warm white makes a house look cozy while cool white feels fresher.

A Fresh Coat for Your Front Door

Painting your front door in a bold or bright color is a great option if you’re limited by community guidelines. Painting the door invests less time and money than painting the entire exterior. And when it’s time to sell, painting over your door can take less than a weekend.

Your Home Exterior Painters

There is a lot to consider when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. You need to decide what kind of first impression your home will give, or what will be its curb appeal. Your landscaping, neighborhood and the size of your home all affect how your paint job will look.

It can take time to commit to a color scheme for your home. That’s why, when it’s time to paint your home, you should put your trust in professional house painters. At Texas Professional Painting, our team is dedicated to providing you with quality workmanship. Let us help you transform your house into the home of your dreams. Contact us today!

We know first-hand how difficult it can be to hide that wood paneling from the 1970s and 80s. The good news is wood paneling can be painted over – as opposed to going through the trouble of having to replace it. Changing up the color of the wood panels can help you achieve a more updated look as well as adding your own personal style and color to your home in a unique way.

Painting your wood paneling can be easy but without proper planning, it can be a bit trickier than it should be. Fortunately, the experts at Texas Professional Painting are here to walk you through it – step by step!

Cleaning and Sanding the Wood Paneling

First make sure the wood paneling that you will be painting is free of any dust, dirt or oil. We suggest using a mild cleaner and water. Use a rag or soft cloth to gently rub the mixture onto the wood panels. Having a clean surface to paint on will make a huge difference in the overall look of the finished paint job.

Once your walls are dry, begin to lightly sand it down, and wipe away any dust left behind. This will take away any gloss or shine from the current wall that could impact the finish of your new paint. Sanding down the walls is not always required unless you have a super mirror finish, which most walls do not. You’ll typically find sanding down the paneling is worth the effort when you are rewarded with a smooth and even painting surface.

Masking the Ceiling

Just like painting any other wall, you need to mask off the ceiling, trim and baseboards so they will be protected from any paint. Use painter’s tape to help tape off any surfaces you don’t want to be touched by the new paint. This is also a good time to move any furniture or accessories that may obstruct your painting or that you would not want to risk being accidentally splashed or dripped with paint.

Painting the Wood Paneling

Before painting is to commence, using a primer or using a 2-in-1 paint and primer combination to help ensure that your paint has a nice easy surface to stick to. Using primer will help to take out any imperfections in the wood paneling and will provide a good base for the new paint you have selected. Try to look for stain-blocking paint as this will help keep your walls nice and clear of scuffs and marks and also hide any knots that may show through in the existing wood paneling. Apply at least two thin coats of paint to ensure proper coverage and saturation of the paint. A satin finish will be best for durability. Use a 2-inch angle brush to cut in at the corners. This will be good to get in all the grooves of the wood. For the bigger areas, switch to a paint roller – preferably a foam sponge roller cover. This will help avoid a weird texture on the panels. Lightly sand in between the two coats, and wipe out any excess buildup of paint on the grooves to avoid clumps in the paint.

Voila! Your wooden paneling has a new fresh paint job and you have transformed a room with a fresh new pop of color.

If you would like to leave this to the professionals: contact Texas Professional Painting today!

Your home’s deck is built to withstand winter weather, but like most other physical aspects of a home, it requires preventative maintenance and care. Texas Professional Painting understands there’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your deck ready for the winter, so we’ve prepared a guide with the best methods to keep it in shape!

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Deck?

The majority of outdoor decks are made out of treated wood. Since wood is a natural material, you can expect it to wither and break down over time. While all weather will give a deck wear-and-tear, cold weather in particular can be especially damaging. The reason is that moisture from rain, snow, or ice often seeps into cracks within the wood. Cold temperatures then cause the moisture to expand, leading to even more cracks, warping, and sometimes mold, mildew and bugs.

This is why it’s important to prepare your deck for winter, even if you live in an area where winters aren’t particularly harsh. All it takes is a few nights of freezing weather to cause damage that will shorten your deck’s lifespan. Preparing your deck ahead of time will save you time, effort and money in the long run. 

How Do You Protect Your Deck From Weather Damage?

Keep it Clean

The easiest way to prepare your deck for winter is by simply taking the time to clear out any clutter or debris from the top of your deck such as trash, dirt, leaves and planters. Not only will this help improve the overall appearance of your deck, but it also prevents any unnecessary growths like mold and mildew.

If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend cleaning your deck with soap and water. Using a cleaner specifically made for the material your deck is made of is the best way to prevent any damage to previous coatings. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away at any stubborn stains or a pressure-washer to save time.

Use a Tarp 

Another simple strategy to protect your deck from direct moisture damage is to cover it with a non-porous, thick tarp. This will reduce the chance of any rain, ice, or snow from seeping into the wood. You can use a tarp that’s made for pools, as long as it covers the entirety of your deck and can be secured in place. Use nails or screws to prevent the tarp from moving during windy weather. 

Staining & Protective Coating

While the above methods are helpful, the most effective method to protecting your deck is having a local San Antonio painting company like Texas Professional Painting apply a high-quality deck stain.

Sealing your deck with a water-resistant stain/coating is key to surviving the cold. It serves as a protective sealant that fills any cracks and prevents moisture damage such as cracking, warping, and mold. Not only that, but it also increases the lifespan of your deck, prevents rotting, reduces UV damage and improves the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat.

Note: if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, be aware that low temperatures can lengthen the process as the staining can take longer to dry. Plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck.

Contact Professional Painters

Has your deck aged or been damaged by cold temperatures? Texas Professional Painting can help you restore it back to life! Our deck staining services will help improve the appearance of your deck as well as extend its life expectancy by protecting it from harsh weather. We also offer a variety of deck stain colors, so you can rest assured your deck stain will be the perfect match for your home’s exterior! Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss our deck staining options before the winter arrives!

Deciding to re-paint any part of your home is a big step, but where do you start? One of the first steps is to pick the right paint sheen. Before you dive into the different types of paint sheens, keep in mind that a paint sheen is simply the various levels of gloss that a paint can contain when placed in light.

Here are a few of the more common sheens on the market:

Gloss

If you have young children or even fur babies, a high gloss paint will be your best friend. These types of paint are more durable and easier to clean, which is a good choice for cabinets, trim and doors.

Semigloss

If you do not want to commit to the utmost shine, semigloss is a perfect match for you. Even though paints with a higher paint sheen require more prep work, these paints can be easily cleaned due to their popularity in easy-to-reach areas.

Satin

It makes sense to want the most durable paint on your interior walls, but a satin finish may be the better choice when considering re-painting high traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. This paint sheen is the easiest to clean out of the lower-sheen options, and it resists mildew and fading, which makes high-moisture areas the best fit for this paint sheen.

Eggshell

Eggshell is one of the most popular paint sheens and provides a soft, smooth finish. It is ideal for areas in a home with medium-to-low traffic, such as hallways, doorways and living rooms. It is also great for textured surfaces, such as exposed brick, because it hides the imperfections instead of highlighting them.

Flat/Matte

A flat/matte paint sheen provides a smooth, non-reflective appearance that hides any imperfections like nail holes or patches. This paint sheen is ideal for new construction projects using drywall, especially on the ceiling. Even though this paint is used in low-traffic areas, it is easy to clean up with a damp sponge – but it will not last when using a chemical cleaner.

Call Professional Painters

There are various paint sheens to consider to get that perfect finish for every inch of your home. The creative process can be the most difficult part, so why not get some help with the hard labor? Texas Professional Painting can help get the job done, so contact us to schedule an appointment.

Whether small or large, a kitchen is the heart of the home. Your kitchen is where meals are created. Your kitchen fuels the bodies, minds and souls of friends and families all over the world. Kitchens just have that natural way of bringing people closer together. 

Because your kitchen is a major focal point of your home, we often think about upgrading the interior paint, the backsplash, the appliances, granite or even extending it, but what about giving a little bit of TLC to your cabinets? After all, your cabinets are what hold the cups, bowls, plates, spices and more that nourish your family. 

Read below to see if refurbishing your cabinets is a DIY job for you or if you should contact the trusted kitchen painters at Texas Professional Painting to bring out the beauty of your home’s kitchen. 

When You Should Sand The Cabinets

While you may have seen products out there that claim you do not have to sand your cabinet doors before a cabinet painting, oftentimes it is necessary to maintain flawless and durable cabinetry. 

You should sand your cabinets before priming if the old paint is chipping, you’re trying to change the texture of the surface, or if you’re planning on using a water-based primer. If your cabinets show scratches or are just really dinged up and you want to smooth out the wood grain, sanding may also be necessary. 

While sanding is not necessary for all cabinets, you should make a note to sand your cabinets lightly after you prime and in between each coat of paint for a smoother finish. 

Why You Don’t Need to Sand Cabinets Before You Paint Them 

If your cabinets are raw wood and completely unfinished, there is no need to sand them before painting. Additionally, a surface that has been painted recently, say within the last year, also does not necessarily need to be sanded, but may be a good idea if you’re willing to do it and if the current coat of paint is uneven. 

Cleaning and prepping the wood, priming, and sanding in between coats of paint are absolutely necessary for a great finished product, but one thing you can skip is sanding your cabinets before painting them. Yes, this may go against everything you’ve ever been told about painting, but trust us. Instead of sanding, there are other ways to clean your cabinets thoroughly before priming them, such as with mineral spirits and rough scrubbing pads. 

Why don’t you need to sand your kitchen cabinets before painting them? The answer is simple. The problem with sanding down to the wood is that it creates potential moisture to seep in or out of the wood. Moisture and wood are not a good combination – and with your cabinets being in a kitchen that is prone to spills, stains and splatters, your cabinets are more vulnerable when being sanded right away instead of in between coats. 

A San Antonio Painting Company You Can Trust 

Texas Professional Painting is a San Antonio painting company you can trust. As an interior painting company, we understand the visual impact of your home doesn’t stop at your walls. Let us guide you in selecting the perfect colors and stains for your cabinets that will complement the rest of your home’s beauty for years to come. 

Get your free kitchen painting estimate from Texas Professional Painting today!

Your home is important to you. At Texas Professional Painting, we get that. That’s why we want to help you with all your San Antonio exterior painting needs. We’re here to help you create the home you want by providing you with advice on selecting the perfect paint color for the outside of your home. Avoid the pitfalls below to think like a professional exterior painter and help yourself pick a color you’ll be satisfied with for years to come.

Selecting a paint color without testing it on your surface

When choosing the perfect color for your home, printed paint samples are a valuable resource. They will help you get an idea of what the final paint color will look like, and you can easily compare samples to see which you prefer. However, before you make a final decision, you should also test the color on your home’s surface. 

Testing paint on your home’s surface will help you see how it really looks once it’s dry. This is important because paints may dry differently when applied to certain surfaces or appear different when added to a textured exterior. 

Testing a paint color will also help you see how it will look in the natural, outdoor lighting. When applied to a larger surface and put in the bright light from the sun, the paint’s color may appear different to you than it did on paper at the store. Being aware of this is helpful as a home exterior painter because it will help you figure out what you like in a paint color.

Ignoring Additional Details on Your Home’s Exterior

It’s important to visualize how your paint color will look with other aspects of your home. For example, if your home has any brick or metal detailing that won’t be painted, you should consider a paint color that will match these aspects.

Other examples of things to consider are any roofing, fencing, balconies, or trims you have on your house. The colors of these details will combine with the color of your house to create the completed look. Guarantee the final product is to your liking by making sure all aspects of your property’s exterior combine to create the cohesive look you are going for. 

Forgetting to Consider How the Paint Will Look With its Surroundings

Before selecting a paint color, it is helpful to consider how your house will look with its surroundings. Examples of things to consider are neighboring houses and any landscaping your yard may have.

If your home is surrounded by neighboring houses, you may want to consider how your paint selection will look next to others. This is because contrasting exterior colors may create an overall effect that is visually unappealing to not only yourself, but your neighbors as well. 

Additionally, you should take your yard’s landscaping into consideration when selecting a paint color. Any decorations such as rocks laid out in your yard, fountains, flowerbeds or accent lights can also be a source of clashing colors. By taking your landscaping into account when picking a paint color for your home, you can make sure that all aspects match.

Forgetting to Do Your Research

Make sure that the color you’ve selected is available from a trusted brand. Before selecting a paint for your exterior, do your research to make sure that it will be a high quality for your home.

It’s important to make sure that the paint you use will last no matter what the weather is and won’t fade too quickly in the heat of the sun. Be sure to look at reviews for the brands you are considering using. Once your research has been done, you should select a color from a brand of paint that you trust to last.

By avoiding these four mistakes, you can make an informed decision on what the color of your home’s exterior paint should be. However, there is another mistake that you should avoid. This last mistake is not hiring a professional. A professional exterior painter will be able to help you decorate your home the way you like. Texas Professional Painting has been trusted to work hard and provide the best quality for customers.

Contact Texas Professional Painting to view our services and to see how we can help you.

What Time of Year is Best for Exterior Home Painting?

You might be looking at the exterior of your house and thinking it is time for a fresh coat of paint. However, it might not be the best time of year to get the exterior paint redone. The biggest element that can affect the process of painting is the weather. But what weather conditions are best for painting? Keep reading to find out.

The Best Season for Painting 

You could define the best time to paint the exterior by season and summer is typically named the best one to paint in. However, summer can present different conditions in various regions. Due to this, it is important to pay attention to the weather conditions associated with a typical summer such as warm and dry temperatures.

One of the most important things for exterior painting is to have a dry and warm climate to allow the paint to have enough drying time. When it comes to summer, your region could be prone to hurricanes or other tropical weather so you should aim to get the paint job done earlier in the season when it has the potential to be dryer. 

While the warm weather in the summer can help with speeding up drying time, extreme heat can have a negative effect. When temperatures get high or the sun is shining directly on the house it could prematurely cure the paint or in other words making it dry too quickly after applied. 

Painting in Other Seasons and Weather

If you’re still wanting to get your house painted during another time of year, it is possible but if it falls during a time when the weather conditions are optimal. You should try and find a time when the temperature remains somewhat consistent throughout the day. For example, if the day and night temperatures vary drastically it would not be a good time to paint. 

Another important element to keep in mind is the moisture or wet conditions. You don’t want your home to get painted following rain or high humidity due to there still being moisture remaining on the home’s surface. 

When it comes to humidity it is unlikely you will find a time where it is non-existent. Instead, pay attention to the level of humidity in the air. Around 40 to 50 percent humidity is typically the ideal condition, but if it is up to 70 percent the drying and curing time of the exterior can be slowed dramatically. 

With these tips and keeping an eye on the weather forecast, you should be able to plan for sprucing up your home’s exterior paint. If you are unsure a painting professional will be able to advise you on when to start the project. 

For expert advice and to schedule your exterior painting, contact the experienced team of painters at Texas Professional Painting

There are so many home painting trends to choose from these days, what matters most is picking the right one for you. Luckily, we are here to give you some great home painting ideas. Whether you’re looking for a home exterior painter or interior painter, Texas Professional Painting is one of the best San Antonio house painters you can find!

Let’s get into some of the most current trends we’re seeing.

Bathroom

Long gone are the days of boring color palettes in your bathroom. These days it’s all about bringing in bold colors to liven up the space. Examples of these colors would be shades of blue, green and gray, which will bring new life to your bathroom. With that in mind, bold isn’t for everyone – so it’s nice to have alternatives.

More neutral colors like creams, whites and pastel colors make for a quiet, yet tasteful, statement in any home.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the house, so you want the place where you spend the most time to look great, as well. What better way to do that then to paint it with colors that welcome anyone? Reds, whites, grays and yellows are all popular choices and will liven up your kitchen in any number of ways. What matters most is choosing a color that will make your kitchen the star of the show.

Bedroom

The bedroom is where you go to relax after a hard day’s work, and you want the walls in your room to encourage that feeling of relaxation. The best way to do this is with colors like soothing blues, soft greens and calming yellows. You want your bedroom to be cozy. These colors will bring that feeling to any room – and make for a great place of rest.

Baby’s Room

Choosing a color for the room of a new family member is always a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be. You want your baby to feel comfortable and at home with soft colors that don’t overstimulate. Whites, greens and purples in soft shades will ensure that your baby feels right at home while still bringing an element of charm to the room.

Home Siding

The color of your home siding is how you stand out from the crowd amongst your neighbors, but you don’t want to be too bold. We suggest soft grays, blues and greens to accentuate the features and lines of your house without drawing too much attention to yourselves. Combine this with white accents to make your home elegant and stylish.

With so many trends and different San Antonio house painting companies to choose from, we know there are many hard choices to make. Just know that we’re here to help you make all the right decisions for your home. Contact Texas Professional Painting today!

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