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06.04.18

home exterior paint

As house painters in Oklahoma City, we know how important it is to have a home with curb appeal. One of the best ways to add value to your property is by investing in a fresh coat of paint. But, how do you go about choosing the color palettes for your home’s exterior?

 

The rule of thumb that many designers use is to choose color palettes that also reflect the interior of your home. It is important to keep in mind that the front door is a focal point in a similar way that a fireplace would be a focal point in a room. The color of your roof will also influence the color palettes you choose for your exterior walls because a gray, black or brown roof may or may not compliment the colors you have chosen for the walls.

 

Browsing Pinterest or other online platforms for inspiration will only take you so far. Here are some of the popular color palettes for house exteriors at the moment:

 

  • Ivory, white, and aqua
  • Crisp white, aqua, and royal purple
  • Honey yellow, mustard yellow, and brown
  • Cool green and pure white
  • Deep turquoise, white, and slate gray
  • Sunny yellow, cinnamon brown, and white
  • Peach, cream, and green
  • oft gray and canary yellow
  • Cotton white and deep blue
  • Taupe and rustic brown
  • Olive green, oak, and white

 

Painting your home’s exterior requires trained professionals. All of the painters at Ray the Painter are full-time employees; they are careful, neat and dependable. Contact us for exterior house painting in Oklahoma City and surrounds today.

05.07.18

Shutters

In Oklahoma, people take pride in their homes. The outside of your property, including the garden, driveway, and your home’s exterior, is the first impression that guests will have of you and your family. It is also the first thing you will see when you come home after a long day’s work.

While an exterior paint job is a great way to give your home a facelift, many people underestimate the impact that things like shutters, trimmings, and windowsills can have on the overall picture and feeling of a space. Here are a few ideas to create a beautiful picture with your home’s shutters:

 

Match Your Shutters To Your Doors

Is your belt the same colour or material as your shoes or purse? Many detail-oriented people are particularly aware of how certain colours of their outfits or accessories need to be matched. In the same way, you can consider matching the paint colour of your shutters to your front door.

 

If matching your shutters to your front door is not practical or appealing, then you could also consider matching your shutters to your fence, garage doors or other exterior doors of your home.

 

Spray Paint Or White Wash Your Shutters

Spray painting or whitewashing your shutters can give your windows a unique, retro look. You can also extend this look to louvres and other elements of your home for more consistency.

 

Cream And Green

The cream and green colour combination can give your home a natural and vintage look.

 

Adding Dimensions With Shades Of Charcoal

For a more modern look, you can consider combining different shades of grey, charcoal, and blue-black with white for your window trimmings and shutters.

 

Navy And White

The navy and white colour combination can give your home more of a colonial or navy-inspired look.

 

 

Need an exterior home painter in Oklahoma? Then contact Ray the Painter today.

04.02.18

Outdoor entertainment

The weather is slowly but surely starting to heat up and you can feel that spring is in the air, which means that summer is around the corner! As house painters, we’re often involved in home renovation and upgrade projects this time of the year. One thing that many people in Oklahoma City are investing in is outdoor entertainment areas where they can host friends and family for summer barbecues. Here are a few ways in which you can get your entertainment area ready for summer:

 

Create An Outdoor Bar Or Kitchen

If you have to keep walking back and forth to your kitchen to pour drinks and bring plates, then you’re missing out on valuable time that you could be spending outside with your guests. Build an outdoor bar and kitchen to make entertaining easier and better.

 

Create Shade

If your outdoor entertainment area isn’t covered by the trees, make sure you have something that will offer shade from the sun during the warmer summer months. A large, movable umbrella or a pergola can work wonders.

 

Build A Fire Pit

A fire pit creates an ambience in a way that a traditional barbecue doesn’t. This can be the spot where people hang out, tell stories, and spend time together for hours.

 

Paint The Area

Whether you have deck chairs and tables or cabinetry and walls, our house painters can paint your surfaces to make sure that it withstands harsh weather elements and looks great all year round.

 

 

Contact us for more information about our house painting services in Oklahoma City.

03.05.18

House painting involves a number of decisions. Once you’ve determined your budget, calculate how much paint you will need, and (eventually) picked a colour, it’s time to decide on the finish you want. So how do you choose between matte, satin or gloss finishes? Here’s a quick guide:

The first step in the right direction is to ask yourself a few basic questions:

Do you need to be able to wipe your walls?

If your walls are prone to scuff marks, for example, then you will need to wipe it more often.

 

Do you need to be able to wash your walls?

If you have kids and pets, you may also need to wash your walls more often.

Here’s the difference between the sheen, wash-ability, and wipe-ability of the different wall finishes:

 

Matte Finishes

Where flat paint has little to no sheen, matte finishes have a 5 – 10% gloss finish. This extra bit of gloss will make it slightly easier to wipe and wash than a matte finish.

 

Satin Finish

Satin has more sheen than both flat paint and matte finishes. The 25 – 35% gloss finish makes it more wipe-able and washable, and it can also slightly enhance the colour of your paint. A satin finish is usually recommended for trims, but choosing this option for a wall coating will depend on the aesthetics you want from the paint job.

 

Gloss finishes

The percentage of sheen in a gloss finish is higher than satin finishes and range from 50% sheen to 85%+ sheen. This finish can give your walls a dramatic effect.

The type of finish you choose is irrelevant if you don’t have experienced house painters taking care of the job for you. Contact Ray the Painter for house painting services in Oklahoma City today.

02.05.18

Painting brick walls

As paint contractors in Oklahoma City, we have seen many clients who are unhappy with certain brick elements in their home. Many years ago, the fireplaces, exteriors and other surfaces were covered with brick. While this often looks beautiful, it can be an eyesore if it doesn’t compliment the other aspects of your interior décor or home design.

While some painters will tell you that painting over brick is a simple and quick fix, there are things that you need to be aware of before you whip out your paint brush and start painting. Many bricks have been manufactured with the intent that they will never be painted over. So, if you want to paint over your brick exterior, you will need to carefully plan the paint and painting techniques that you are going to use.

Another aspect to consider is the condition of the bricks that you want to paint over. If the brick is already crumbling, deteriorating or chipping in certain places, then painting over the brick may aggravate the situation. Bricks have pores that help them naturally expel moisture from walls. This also helps the material to keep water out of your home. Therefore, make sure you are investing in a paint that won’t clog the pores within the brick surfaces. Microporous technology has been successfully used to create a breathable paint that can be used on brick surfaces.

 Keep in mind that it isn’t easy to remove paint from bricks. This makes it all the more important that the paint color you choose must be carefully considered.

 

Ray the Painter has a team of house painters in Oklahoma City that will guide you through the process of painting your walls or surfaces. Contact us today to find out more about our painting services.

01.01.18

Refurnished home

Spring is around the corner! And if you are looking for a way to give your home a facelift, why not consider a paint job? 4 certain parts of your home is a foolproof way to not only breathe new life into your home but to also make it look new again. Here are a few painting jobs that you may want to consider:

  • Exterior Painting: The outside of your home is the first thing that people will see when they come to visit you. Even if you have an immaculate and colourful garden, the peeling paint will give a shoddy first impression. Invest in a fresh coat of paint for the outside of your home.
  • Paint Window Frames: One way in which to make your home look more pristine and elegant is by painting the window frames. The windows are the eyes of the house and a fresh lick of paint is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to give your home an exterior makeover.
  • Paint Your Fences: A fence is something that you probably don’t notice every time you drive into your driveway. However, broken fencing or fencing with a cracked paint job will be a real eyesore for people. Paint your fence to boost the appeal of your home.
  • Interior Paint Jobs: Interior house painters will be able to revamp your living room, bedrooms, kitchen or any other interior space within the shortest amount of time. Simply choose a colour you like and let the pros take care of the rest.

 

At Ray the Painter, all of our painters are full-time employees. Instead of hiring a painting company that outsources the paint job to sub-contractors, partner with us to ensure you have meticulous, neat, and dependable painters working on your property.

 

Unless otherwise arranged, we arrive at the job at 8 am and leave at 4:30 pm. Before leaving every day, we make sure our tools are put away and your job site is clean and tidy.  Our painters are trained the “Ray the Painter Way” and our Crew Leaders and Lead Painters average over 7 years painting experience. Contact us for more information about house painting in Oklahoma City today.

12.04.17

Are you planning to sell your home in the new year? A lick of paint may be in order to boost the appeal of your home to potential buyers. Paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to give your home a well-maintained feel. The colour choice needs to work to your benefit on photos and in videos. A neutral colour makes it easier for potential buyers to visualize their furniture and lifestyle in the space. Lighter colours can make an area seem bigger. Before you call in a painting contractor to spruce up your home, read the rest of this blog.

Out with The Old

Experienced house painting services have seen many a décor fashion come and go. Some had “oh no!” written all over them from the get-go; others we embraced enthusiastically at the time. Either way, features that date your home also lower the resale value.

House being painted

Instead of settling for a lower house price, why not remove the offending finishes such as the popcorn ceilings and unfashionable wallpaper. Rather, replace them with a modern alternative.

In with The New

A fascinating study was recently done by a leading national real estate agency analyzing over 32,000 listing photos of homes sold across the US. Here are some fun facts about which colors performed the best:

  • “Kitchens painted light blue to soft grey-blue: home sold for $1,809 more on average.
  • Bathrooms painted light powder blue to periwinkle: home sold for $5,440 more on average.
  • Bedrooms painted light cerulean blue to cadet blue: home sold for $1,856 more on average.
  • Dining rooms painted slate blue to pale grey-blue; navy blue also found in dining rooms with white shiplap: home sold for $1,926 more on average.
  • Living rooms painted light beige, pale taupe, oatmeal: home sold for $1,809 more on average.
  • House exteriors painted greige - a mix of grey and beige: home sold for $1,526 more on average.
  • Front doors painted navy blue to dark grey or charcoal: home sold for $1,514 more on average.”

Ray the Painter 

If you need a professional home painter in Oklahoma City and surrounds, Ray the Painter has stood the test of time! Founded in 1991, the business has grown over time. The mission, “We stay until the job is done and done right! Satisfaction Guaranteed!” remains the same. We even offer a two-year warranty, which is rare in this industry.

For the best interior house painters, call us on 405-605-3563 or request a bid online.

11.06.17

The paint color you choose for the exterior of your Oklahoma City home has one of the most profound impacts on the curb appeal of your house. Not only does curb appeal give your home that exceptional quality which elicits compliments from others, but it also gives you the first warm and fuzzy feeling when you arrive home.     

Exterior Paint Offers An Impressive ROI 

Considering how reasonably priced exterior house painting is compared to other renovations, selecting an exterior paint color for your home is an important return on investment decision. You may be tempted to flash your personal favorite color for all to enjoy, but for a look, you will love for years to come, you may want to consider these elements before painting outside of the house.

Your Neighbors 

Unless you live on a huge piece of land, the color you choose for the exterior of your home impacts your neighbors. While driving through your area, note which colors work well in your environment and climate.

Your Setting 

Would you like the exterior painting of your home to blend in with a natural landscape? Or stand out in an urban statement?

Your Landscaping 

House painting services are only a good return on investment if you do not have to completely change or update landscaping elements such as stonework and masonry, pathways and driveways. Let your exterior painting contractor draw on his experience to suggest ways to harmoniously blend these elements with your new color scheme.

Ray the Painter 

 

If you are in need of an expert painting contractorcontact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today. Our team of professional painters truly care about the quality of work performed, and can help you to upgrade your home with exterior painting.

10.30.17

The arrival of a new baby is one of the most exciting events. A buzz builds up with all the anticipation, along with nervousness of the unknown. One way to reduce any anxiety you may be experiencing is to keep busy. What better way to keep busy than to paint your nursery using these tips from Oklahoma City finest house painters?

Do You Need a Painting Contractor? 

Hiring interior house painters gives you peace of mind that your paint job will be done properly and on time. Using a team of professionals who truly care about the quality of work performed allows you more time to attend to the inevitably long list of things to get done before the baby arrives.

Elements of A Perfect Nursery 

Air quality is one of the most important considerations of your baby’s nursery design. Indoor air pollution may not have crossed your mind, but it leads to adverse health effects which are more threatening to young children and babies. Not only does your choice of interior wall paint have an impact on the quality, but also your furniture and flooring material.

Before you start, determine whether your house has had mold. If so, ensure that the paint you select contains antimicrobial agents that help keep away mold and mildew. Choose a water-based paint for the nursery, and check that it contains zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

After painting of your nursery is complete, allow the room to thoroughly air out until the VOCs are gone.

Color has the hugest impact both psychologically and physiologically. To enhance the mood of the nursery space, err on the side of calm, relaxing, neutral colors. While it may be tempting to go all blue or all pink, the trend is to decorate for the benefit of the caregiver – especially as they will be spending exhausting hours in baby’s room. Bright and high-contrast colors can be overstimulating.

Remember the ceiling! It will look shabby next to newly painted walls, and it is the job you want to do first.

Ray The Painter 

 

Whether you are looking to paint your Oklahoma nursery, or you are in need of exterior house painting, rest assured that Ray the Painter offers professional service from a team of experts. Please contact us today, or fill out this bid request online.

09.04.17

Cabinet Refurnishing

Giving your home a facelift may seem like an expensive, time-intensive task. While many home renovation projects are a lot of effort for a little reward, kitchen cabinet refinishing is one of the best ways to update your home without spending a fortune. After all, your kitchen should be one of the happiest and inviting rooms in the house! It's where you create mouth-watering meals, enjoy a glass of wine after a long day and where you bake yummy cookies with the kids. It is a room in which to create memories that will last a lifetime. Luckily, cabinet refinishing services from Ray the Painter can help to make those memories even sweeter!

What is Cabinet Refinishing?

Cabinet refinishing refers to the process of sprucing up your already-existing cabinets, as opposed to replacing them and starting from scratch. Obviously, cabinet refinishing is the best possible option for those home owners on a budget who also wish to enjoy a few much-needed updates and renovations.

What is Usually Included in Cabinet Refinishing Services?

Generally, the kitchen cabinet specialist painting contractor will begin by stripping the kitchen cabinets and sanding them down to ensure a smoother surface. They will fill in any cracks that may have appeared over time. To ensure that the new paint adheres properly to the surface, they will take time to prep it with the help of a high-quality primer. Once the primer dries, it will be time to paint or respray, completing the process with a slick of sealant for a perfect finish.

Where to Find the Best House Painting and Cabinet Refinishing Services in Oklahoma City

When you’re in need of a professional cabinet refinishing or house painting service, you need not look any further than the team at Ray the Painter. As leading residential and commercial painting professionals in Oklahoma City, you can rest assured that we will always provide you with the best. Contact us today for more information or a free estimate!