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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!

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.

07.10.17

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.

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.