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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.

10.09.17

House painters

Painting your home is no small task, both physically and financially! Which is why you want to make sure that your investment is going to last by choosing a house painting company you can trust to get the job done and get it done right. But how do you do that? Well, to start, ensure that your house painting company doesn’t subcontract. After all, how can they guarantee the quality of the workmanship if they’re not the ones painting your house?

Hands-on experience

Founded in 1991, in Oklahoma City, Ray the Painter is owned and run by Amy Wewers, who has years of home painting experience to her name. Amy worked her way up from Painter to Lead Painter, Crew Leader, Estimator, and President, to eventually become the owner of Ray the Painter.

Committed to our customers

We take customer satisfaction seriously. In fact, our mission statement is: “We stay until the job is done and done right.” It’s because of this commitment to outstanding customer service and professional craftsmanship, that we stand behind our work. We confidently offer a two-year warranty on both labor and material.

Workmanship guaranteed

You see, our painters are exactly that – our painters. Trained the “Ray the Painter Way”, they are not only highly experienced house painters, they’re also careful, neat and dependable.

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 that your job site is clean and tidy. 

A reputation for quality

It’s easy to see how we’ve built a reputation based on trust, quality work, and dependability. Our customers trust us with their homes and possessions - and we don’t take this lightly. Our commitment to neatness, promptness and outstanding work extends to each customer, no matter how big or small.

Professional house painters

When you hire Ray the Painter, you get a team of professional house painters who truly care about the quality of work performed both inside and outside your home or business.

So, whether you’re only looking for a paint contractor specializing in exterior house painting or whether you’d like a fully comprehensive house painting service, we do it all. Contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today to find out more.

10.02.17

House paintersThe 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!

08.07.17

We all have images in our minds of long summer days spent lazing on the deck! But what do you do when your deck doesn’t quite match up to the one in your dreams?

Exposed to the elements day in and day out, your deck faces countless hours of sun, water, wind, and possibly even ice and snow. This very quickly leads to it deteriorating and fading, and in particularly bad cases, even rotting!

So how do you make your wooden deck last? Look at these top tips:

1.   Keep it Clean:

The simplest thing you can do to make your wooden deck last is to keep it clean. Sweep up dirt and leaves before they scratch the finish or leave stains. Gently hose off your deck with plain water to get rid of accumulated grime.

2.   Be careful:

If you’re going to clean your deck be sure to carefully lift furniture and planters, instead of dragging them out of the way. Scuff marks, scratches, and gouges may let moisture into the wood. This can cause the finish to start lifting and peeling prematurely. On that note, if you’ve got a grill on your deck, always use a grease catcher underneath to prevent grease dripping directly onto the wood and stripping away the sealant’s properties.

3.   Choosing the right stain:

With Oklahoma’s extreme temperatures, making sure you’ve got the right kind of stain to protect your wood is important if you want your deck to last. It’s crucial to use a high-quality stain for maximum protection to ensure your deck can withstand the elements for years to come.

4.   Repair it:

Don’t ignore problems. As soon as you identify one, fix it as quickly as possible to prevent larger problems further down the line. Replacing one rotted board, for instance, will prevent the rot from spreading throughout your deck.

5.   Maintain it:

Deck maintenance is no different to home maintenance – do it regularly and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. Of course, the type of wood that was originally used when your deck was constructed, as well as your local climate, will influence how often you need to wash, re-stain or completely refinish your deck. A good idea is to have your deck professionally checked, cleaned and sealed every two to three years for long-lasting protection.

6. Professional paint contractor

At Ray the Painter, we offer both fence and deck staining, as well as light carpentry services. As experienced house painters, we’ve come to realize that light carpentry repairs are sometimes necessary before the paintwork itself can begin. In fact, we’ll even replace any rotten wood we encounter while working on your home.

 

So, whether you’re looking for a painting contractor that specializes in deck maintenance and exterior house painting or whether you’d like a full painting service, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today to find out more.

07.03.17

Painting your home is no small task, both physically and financially! Which is why you want to make sure that your investment is going to last by choosing a house painting company you can trust to get the job done and get it done right. But how do you do that? Well, to start, ensure that your house painting company doesn’t subcontract. After all, how can they guarantee the quality of the workmanship if they’re not the ones painting your house?

Hands-on experience

Founded in 1991, in Oklahoma City, Ray the Painter is owned and run by Amy Wewers, who has years of home painting experience to her name. Amy worked her way up from Painter to Lead Painter, Crew Leader, Estimator, and President, to eventually become the owner of Ray the Painter.

Committed to our customers

We take customer satisfaction seriously. In fact, our mission statement is: “We stay until the job is done and done right.” It’s because of this commitment to outstanding customer service and professional craftsmanship, that we stand behind our work. We confidently offer a two-year warranty on both labor and material.

Workmanship guaranteed

You see, our painters are exactly that – our painters. Trained the “Ray the Painter Way”, they are not only highly experienced house painters, they’re also careful, neat and dependable.

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 that your job site is clean and tidy. 

A reputation for quality

It’s easy to see how we’ve built a reputation based on trust, quality work, and dependability. Our customers trust us with their homes and possessions - and we don’t take this lightly. Our commitment to neatness, promptness and outstanding work extends to each customer, no matter how big or small.

Professional house painters

When you hire Ray the Painter, you get a team of professional house painters who truly care about the quality of work performed both inside and outside your home or business.

So, whether you’re only looking for a paint contractor specializing in exterior house painting or whether you’d like a fully comprehensive house painting service, we do it all. Contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today to find out more.

 

07.03.17

Painting your home is no small task, both physically and financially! Which is why you want to make sure that your investment is going to last by choosing a house painting company you can trust to get the job done and get it done right. But how do you do that? Well, to start, ensure that your house painting company doesn’t subcontract. After all, how can they guarantee the quality of the workmanship if they’re not the ones painting your house?

Hands-on experience

Founded in 1991, in Oklahoma City, Ray the Painter is owned and run by Amy Wewers, who has years of home painting experience to her name. Amy worked her way up from Painter to Lead Painter, Crew Leader, Estimator, and President, to eventually become the owner of Ray the Painter.

Committed to our customers

We take customer satisfaction seriously. In fact, our mission statement is: “We stay until the job is done and done right.” It’s because of this commitment to outstanding customer service and professional craftsmanship, that we stand behind our work. We confidently offer a two-year warranty on both labor and material.

Workmanship guaranteed

You see, our painters are exactly that – our painters. Trained the “Ray the Painter Way”, they are not only highly experienced house painters, they’re also careful, neat and dependable.

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 that your job site is clean and tidy. 

A reputation for quality

It’s easy to see how we’ve built a reputation based on trust, quality work, and dependability. Our customers trust us with their homes and possessions - and we don’t take this lightly. Our commitment to neatness, promptness and outstanding work extends to each customer, no matter how big or small.

Professional house painters

When you hire Ray the Painter, you get a team of professional house painters who truly care about the quality of work performed both inside and outside your home or business.

 

So, whether you’re only looking for a paint contractor specializing in exterior house painting or whether you’d like a fully comprehensive house painting service, we do it all. Contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today to find out more.

06.05.17

As in the rest of the USA, the 70’s and 80’s left many homes in Oklahoma with all sorts of interior decorating classics: so-called ‘popcorn’ ceilings and walls and all sorts of ‘retro’ wallpapers. These are some of the first features (along with old carpets and fittings) that Oklahoma homeowners usually want to remove to modernize their homes. It is an essential element of home updates that a professional home painter like Ray the Painter can take care of.

Popcorn ceiling removal

Popcorn ceilings were created with the addition of a gravelly texture to an ordinary drywall ceiling. This was a popular treatment in its day. Thus, popcorn ceiling removal should today be a core service offered by a professional home painter. Although you can do it yourself, it’s one of those things best done by interior house painters with experience as it’s easy to damage the drywall in the process. It’s not easy to scrape a ceiling. If not done properly, the process of repainting could become a nightmare. Once the popcorn feature has been removed, your painting contractor can simply repaint or apply a new texture before unmasking and clean up – making the whole process of revamping your ceilings relatively smooth and quick.

 

Wallpaper removal

Similarly, wallpaper removal can be a messy job that may result in damage to drywalls if not done carefully. House painters with experience in wallpaper removal can do it quickly and cleanly, removing all residues and adhesives without leaving a scrape on your wall. It’s not always easy to remove wallpaper cleanly, particularly if it has been there for decades. It may require special equipment and solvents. So, once again, it’s a job best left to professional house painting services.

 

Contact Ray the Painter for information on how we can help you upgrade your home, or fill out a bid request.

05.01.17

If you’re a DIY home improver planning on painting the outside of your house, then it’s worth spending a bit of time up-front prepping the surfaces. When it comes to exterior house painting, if you’ve got the foundations right, not only will your paint stretch further and look better, but it will last longer too – up to eight years on average!

 

Step 1: Prepare

 

Inspect your house from top to bottom, taking note of everything that needs to be repaired such as doors, windows, wood trims and fascia boards. Then get your wood filler, glue and whatever else you need and get to work fixing and repairing.

 

Step 2: Scrub, sand, and wash

 

New paint won’t stick to dirty surfaces. So, be sure to scrub, , sand or wash away dirty areas to be  painted and smooth out rough patches before you paint. A wire brush on an electric drill will make quick work of rust and paint. Let the surfaces dry thoroughly before you start painting. 

 

Step 3: Prime

 

In the past, you would more than likely have applied primer before applying your color. Depending on your surface material, this is still a good rule to follow. The latest paintshowever, have combined primer and paint, which means you don’t have to apply so many coats. If you’re not sure what type of paint you’ve bought, give your local exterior painting contractor a call for advice.

 

Step 4: Paint

 

Once you’ve done your prep, all that’s left to do it start painting! Depending on the area to be painted, you may use a brush, roller or sprayer. Start at the top and work your way down toward the bottom to reduce unsightly streaks and drips.

 

There’s no doubt that a well-prepared surface leads to a well-painted finish, so if you’re in any doubt at all, why not chat to a professional exterior painter, like Ray the Painter, about your concerns. Whether you’re only looking for a painting contractor specializing in exterior painting or you’d like a fully comprehensive painting service, we can do it all. We have many positive reviews from satisfied customers. Look at our testimonials to find out more.

 

 

So, if you’re in need of house painting services or if you’re looking for an independent painting contractor to help lighten the load, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today.

04.03.17

When it comes to both interior and exterior house painting, there are three main reasons why paint may start to peel relatively soon after it has been applied. We, as expert house painters in Oklahoma City, explain below.

Poor quality paint 

The quality of the paint you use really does make a difference. In this regard, spending a little bit extra on good quality paint will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.


Inadequate surface preparation

Before paint is applied, the surface should be properly cleaned and any unevenness removed. It should also be allowed plenty of time to dry. Without proper surface preparation, the paint will not adhere to the surface as well as it should.

Moisture

There is a reason why expert house painters will avoid painting your home during the rainy season. It is because moisture can have a huge negative effect on the longevity of a paint job. Not only does it make it nearly impossible for the paint to dry properly, but it also weakens the paint’s adhesive properties, leading to unsightly peeling a couple of weeks or months after application.

Do you want to ensure that you avoid having to deal with peeling paint? Then get in touch with the professional exterior and interior house painters at Ray the Painter. Take a look at our testimonials to find out more as to why we are the painting contractor company you know you can count on!

 

If you’re in need of expert painting services, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today.