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Extensive Interior Painting in Alexandria VA

This interior painting job was multi-faceted.  The new Home Owner wanted to change all of the colors from the previous Owner.   Although I happen to like deep red and orange, I probably would have chosen those colors for the dining room or office.  In any event, the new owners could not come to terms with the color options that existed in the the master bedroom, converted dining room, and especially the basement rec room.

Other aspects of the job included painting previously stained wood trim, and the paneled walls within the rec room.  In order to paint over the stained trim, we needed to completely prime the wood with Oil Based Kilz Primer. A respirator is always required whenever using oil based Kilz Primer.  Once the Kilz had completely dried, it was important to completely sand every square inch of the primed wood.

There was also an unpainted brick wall within the converted dining room.  This room was a previous porch addition that was built-out at some point to include a ceiling, door, and real windows.  In this case, it was necessary to completely prime the brick with heavy-duty block filler primer.  Because of the fact that we were applying three different types of primers, It was critically important to completely seal the tile and hardwood floor.

The preparation required 5 days to complete.  Since the property was vacant we were able to work late and did not need to accommodate for people living in the house.  Projects that require extensive preparation are performed much more efficiently when they are vacant.  The painting aspect of the job was very straightforward.  Prior to the application of the second coating, we utilized spotlights to check for any imperfections.

Should I Paint My Home Before Selling It

Some people would think that it would be a waste to paint their home right before they are moving out of it. The main reason I've heard is the fact that they really wouldn't be able to enjoy the benefits of a new paint job and plus it could be expensive.

An important consideration should be made if that investing in this type of improvement would actually increase the value of the home. In most cases, that would be the benefit of re-painting your home prior to selling.

Some market studies in the Northern Virginia area have shown that repainting your home produces a 135% return on investment. This means that spending $3,000 on a paint job is likely to increase the selling price of your house by $4,050, which would be a profit of $1,500. Moreover, a small investment in painting not only could increase the sale price, but it could also increase the likelihood of selling your home quickly.

In housing market of Northern Virginia, selling a home may not be that difficult because there are buyers. Nevertheless, ensuring that your home is clean and freshly painted will increase its curb appeal for realtors and buyers.

My advice is to Invest the money to get the job done well. Since most people would stand to profit from this investment, it makes sense pay what it takes to hire a quality contractor who will do the job right.  Doing a paint job correctly does not translate into doing a paint job as quickly as possible. Ask your contractor if they will be using tape and plastic protection for the carpets and counter tops. Will they remove electrical outlet plates?

Use neutral white colors. In the Northern Virginia area, many homeowners prefer various shades of white, including shell white, oyster white, or cool platinum. In most cases it isn't even necessary to paint ceilings and trim. Only painting walls will definitely save a lot of money, no matter how big your home is. My recommendation is to stick with a single off-white color for the walls, which would most likely contrast with the white color of the ceilings.  Allow the prospective buyer to choose their own accent colors because the goal is to have clean-looking walls, not colorful walls.

As a professional painting company based in Arlington Virginia, the painters of Davinci's Painting have tons of experience when it comes to preparing a home for sale. Moreover, we have tons of experience for the buyers of those homes, who want to provide their own custom colors for specific living areas.

We have established an outstanding reputation for reliability, responsiveness and flawless results.

Here are some photographs of a recent interior project that we completed for an Architect in Arlington Virginia. The house was vacant and the Owner re-finished all of the hardwood floors.  He also contracted to have a new entire HVAC System installed to replace the 60 year old boiler system that was in place. As a result, there was a substantial amount of drywall repair work where previous heating pipes were removed and new HVAC ventilation pipes were installed.  There was also some drywall removal in one of the closets, which isn't always a fun job. The main living areas walls were painted in a shade of grey, and each of the bedrooms had it's own green accent color. The bathrooms were painted in a light blue. This was a wonderful project and everything turned-out great!

What is the best type of Interior Paint Finish?

Choosing the correct color for your Home is always an important factor to consider, however, there is yet another very important decision to make. With several paint finishes to choose from, it is important to be somewhat educated about the pro's and con's of each type of finish in order to determine the right finish for your Home. The four main types of finishes include: Flat, Eggshell, Matte, and Semi-Gloss Finish.

Each paint manufacturer has its own guidelines for how much sheen goes into each Paint Finish. If you buy a satin finish from one manufacturer, it will look different than the satin finish of a different manufacturer. For this reason, it is always a good idea to choose a single brand for your Painting Project in order to avoid subtle differences. Consult with a Painting Contractor for help with choosing and applying the best Paint Finish for your Interior Painting Project.

High-gloss finish paints are rarely used for Interior Painting purposes because they leave a very shiny finish. Semi-gloss paints have a mildly glossy appearance and are often the paint of choice for Kitchens and Bathrooms. Rooms that are prone to moisture and mildew should be painted with a semi-gloss finish. You can even have mildew resistant properties mixed into your paint. You can also use semi-gloss for trims, moldings, and doors.

A satin finish has a sheen which is flatter than semi-gloss. Paints with an eggshell or satin finish is formulated to hold up to cleaning and light scrubbing. It makes a great paint choice for kids’ rooms, because you can easily wipe off the fingerprints, smudges, and dirt they might get on the wall.  The only drawback with the use of Eggshell and Satin is the difficulty in touching up certain areas.

Davinci's Museum Painters can help you choose the right finish for your Home!

Satin finishes are also used for trim, moldings, and doors because it gives a nice decorative effect to them. Surfaces painted with an eggshell finish can also be wiped off, although not as easily as the higher-gloss and satin finish paints can. An eggshell finish has the smooth look of flat paint, but flat finishes collect dirt. A flat finish is the dullest finish of all the paint choices and does not reflect light. This makes flat paint ideal for ceiling surfaces usually.

It can be a bit mind boggling navigating through all the paint choices that are on the market, but ask an Davinci's Home Painter for help! Our interior Painters are experienced with the application of the various types of Paint Finishes. We also know how to accent your furniture and other accessories with Paint Colors. Our Painters will help you bring the color palette you are envisioning to life. Contact Davinci's Painting for all of your painting needs. Call us at (571) 314-7288 today!

Museum Quality Interior Preparation

When painting indoors, our initial activity will always consist of implementing protective procedures. Our biggest responsibility is to protect your home and everything within it. As a Customer, you are inviting us into your home to help you, and we recognize that we need to pay careful attention for the work activities that we do. We treat your home as if it were our own and take extra care when moving your furniture and belongings.

As a painting company in Northern Virginia, we are often praised on our professionalism and extensive prep work that we undertake to ensure the highest level of protection. Some Customers ask us why we go to such great lengths using so much tape and plastic. My answer is simple. It ensures 99%protection of surfaces, and helps us complete the application much faster. By completely taping and putting plastic over cabinets, counters, bathrooms, and floors, we do not need to cut-in these areas.

Following the plastic seal protection, we layout clean, interior painting-only drop cloths throughout the floor space of where we will be working.If we are working over hardwood floors and stairs, we take even more precautions by laying out durable rosin sheathing that protects the hardwood from impacts and scratches. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and we think that this is a very important component of protection and containment for any kind of paint or drywall application.

Our skilled mechanics will also move the furniture to the center of the room and cover it with protective plastic. Additionally, we will remove items from the walls, including electrical plates and bathroom fixtures, and store them for safekeeping.Curtains and blinds are temporarily removed from the walls and protected. We will then inspect the area one final time to see if anything else needs to be removed or if anything requires additional protection.

When we are done, everything gets put back to its proper place, we sweep and vacuum all your floors, and wipe down your counters where wherever we have been working. Our jobs always end-up cleaner than when we first started the work, and there is never any trace that we were even there. Except for the fact that now you have beautiful new colors on the walls throughout.