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03.07.16

If you are based in Oklahoma City and considering painting your home’s furniture, you need to take great care not to destroy the original look and feel of the piece you want to redo. 

Doing a furniture refinishing job can be daunting, especially when your goal is to give  it a more modern or sophisticated look. With these tips on giving old furniture new life by painting them, you are sure to get your guests talking! 

  • When hiring a painting contractor, make sure the furniture piece is properly sanded. Sanding the furniture before painting it removes all the excess paint or varnish from the piece.
  • Make sure that all residues are removed. Any dust and other particles can destroy a newly painted furniture piece.
  • Priming your furniture before painting it will ensure an even look to it when paint is applied.
  • When the furniture piece is painted, make sure that at least three coats of paint are applied as only one coat of paint may look dull and not cover the entire surface with an even color.
  • Protect the dry paint with a coat of varnish or other product to ensure long lasting color that will look great all year round.

The best house painting contractors at Ray the Painter 

Ray the Painter is situated in Oklahoma City and has a skilled team of painters that can help you with your household project. We employ experienced people and always use top quality paint.

If you have any old furniture that you want to throw away, bring it to Ray the Painter and we will bring it back to life! Even cabinets and panels that are old and worn is no match for our staff!

Contact us today if you need us to paint furniture or if you need a house painting contractor in Oklahoma City. Alternatively, fill out a bid request and we will get back to you!

02.01.16

When hiring a paint contractor to spruce up your Oklahoma City home, remember that it’s not only price that should be an important factor. House painting is something that needs to be done with precision. A sloppy job is easy to detect, especially if poor quality paint is used. Ensure that your chosen contractor makes use of durable, long lasting paint and also has an experienced team with a neat and professional painting technique.

Interior house painting and exterior house painting requires different types of paints. Paints designed to last inside the home will most certainly not fare well on the exterior of your home. If you are concerned with the environment and want to paint the interior of your home the ‘green’ way, opt for low VOC paints.

Exterior house painting should only be done with top quality paints that are designed to withstand exposure to the elements and add long lasting value. Only consider premium paints on the market. Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore exterior paint brands come highly recommended.

It is vitally important that you discuss each brand of available paint with your contractor before work begins. Understand that some cheaper paints will offer an inferior quality and while you think you are saving money, touch ups and repaints might be necessary more regularly or sooner than in the case of better quality brands.  

Ray the Painter only uses premium quality and low VOC paints 

If you opt to hire Ray the Painter as your paint contractor, rest assured that we only make use of the finer quality paints on the market, for both the interior and exterior of the home. Of course those who have to work according to a strict budget can opt for cheaper paints – our team will however explain the difference in paint qualities and make sure that you are aware of the best options available to you.

If you would like to ensure that your Oklahoma City home is painted to perfection, take the time to get in touch with us at Ray the Painter. You can contact us via email or telephone or send us a bid request to learn more about our interior painting and exterior painting services. Turn to Ray the Painter for all your home painting needs!

01.04.16

Kitchen decorating and refurbishing ideas from your local professional house painting team: Having the home of your dreams doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, with a little time and effort you can complete a few home DIY projects with the help of a skilled painting team and achieve the look you often see in the best house and home magazines. Today we would like to focus on the kitchen.

The kitchen in your Oklahoma City home is more than just a place to prepare and serve food. The kitchen is the heart and soul of every home. It’s where everything happens – where family members seem to congregate. This is why so much time and attention is spent on decorating this particular room. If you feel that it’s time to refurbish, redecorate or simply refresh your kitchen space, we have three simple inspirational ideas which will really open up your kitchen and add functionality and aesthetic appeal:

  • For an instant facelift and to add a lively appeal, add a splash of color. Cabinet refinishing or painting is a great way to add interest to your kitchen without having to replace cabinets. With the right paint job, cabinets can look as good as new, especially if you choose new, modern handles and knobs to match. If you’re looking for color inspiration, pale blue and mustard shades are definitely trending at the moment. We liked these ideas found on Pinterest:

     

  • Add a touch of modern elegance with clever storage shelves. Shelving makes the ideal feature for the kitchen while providing much needed additional storage space. Have sleek shelving installed and get your interior house painters to spruce them up with a kick of fresh paint, in either white or a contrasting shade. You can really have fun with this type of feature. We loved these ideas found on Pinterest:

  • Get creative with mixing and matching. Often people are scared to veer from one theme or style, but it can be quite rewarding to piece together an eclectic kitchen which features old, new, rustic and colorful (and even more). Below are a few eclectic kitchen ideas that we like:

Of course no home or kitchen renovation is complete without the help of professional interior house painters. If you are doing the home renovation yourself, consider hiring a professional house painting service to help with the finishing touches before you get busy with furnishing and setting up. A professional house painter will ensure no stray paint ends up on furnishings, fittings and features, and that the room has that flawlessly finished appeal.

Hire a professional house painting team in Oklahoma City – Hire Ray the Painter 

The team at Ray the Painter is experienced in home painting and cabinet refurbishing. We will ensure that all flooring and carpeting is protected, all fittings are removed and that all cracks and holes in walls and similar are fixed, during the painting process.

If you want a flawlessly finished home and your kitchen redecorating project to go without a hitch, Ray the Painter is the perfect house painting team to partner with. For more information and advice on our services or to receive a quote, contact us via email or phone today.

12.07.15

Exterior house painting is something many people put off for far too long. Fact of the matter remains that this simple task pays off in the long run. Not only will you ensure your home looks and feels expertly maintained, but exterior paint can also increase the value of your home, too.

A freshly painted home looks clean and updated. Whether you’re looking to sell your home within the next year or so, or are just looking to spruce up your property, paying attention to the roof, siding or brick, decks, trim and gutters should be your starting point.

While the interior of a home is also important for potential buyers, everyone has different tastes, so repainting the interior might not be such a high-impact upgrade as an exterior coat of paint. Here are a few things to consider when investing in an exterior paint job:

What paint should you buy?

Needless to say, you want to invest in long-lasting paint that can withstand harsh weather elements as well as dust and grime. Speak to your paint contractor to find out which brands and colors you should consider.

How much disruption can you expect?

If you’re hiring a single person to paint your home, then you can expect the job to take some time. Why not partner with a team of professional painters who will work together to repaint your all the exterior elements of your home. Experienced painters will get the job done, ensuring a minimum amount of disruption to you and your family.

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

11.09.15

Many people looking to hire a home painter for an interior paint job wonder what the best season is to start such a project. While most people associate DIY and painting projects with the warmer, summer months, winter is in fact the best time to kick-start your project? Here are a few reasons why:

Great winter specials from Ray The Painter

Ray The Painter is a painting contractor in Oklahoma City and we’re offering fantastic winter specials. Go ahead and schedule that interior or exterior project and get 20% to January if you schedule your paint job now (or for any of the following few months up until January 2016).

Paint cures well in winter air

Summer is often preferred for paint jobs because it’s easy to leave windows open for proper ventilation. Luckily, there are so many eco-conscious paints available that you don’t need to open every single window in your house when you’re painting your interiors.

Summer air also comes with a few drawbacks, such as humidity. In winter, the air is less humid so the paint will dry more quickly.

Interior painting takes proper care, coordination and preparation to ensure the best possible work. Our prep process includes protecting and removing furniture, carpeting, tiles and hardwood floors, removing and reinstalling switch plates and outlet covers, filling all nail holes and small cracks and performing any and all repairs mentioned on the estimate, among others.

Besides the abovementioned winter specials, you can also save money on your paint job estimate seeing as we give free estimates for all our house painting projects. Contact us for more information today.

10.05.15

Ray The Painter is an interior painting service provider in Oklahoma City. Removing wallpaper isn’t anyone’s idea of a great way to spend a Saturday. There are probably a bunch of other things that you would want to be doing with your day, so the folks at Ray The Painter are here to ease the task by giving you some clear pointers on what you can do to make the process less tiresome (and so that you can get back to your Saturday football game or barbeque as quickly as possible!).

Prepare yourself

Removing wallpaper can be messy and it’s not a quick or fun process. Prepare yourself mentally and make sure your schedule is free for at least half a day so that you aren’t interrupted halfway through the project.

Protect your floor, furniture and trim

Carefully cover your floor, wood trim and furniture with plastic and seal with tape. Make sure you’ve created a watertight barrier since removing wallpaper can be a wet and sticky affair.

Start at the top

If you inspect the wallpaper, you will often find that the top sections near the ceiling are loose. You can start to tear off this section of the wallpaper without using any water. Do this slowly and carefully so that you can remove large portions of wallpaper at a time.

Apply water

Using a mop, large sponge or spray bottle, apply warm water to the wallpaper backing in manageable sections. Let the water seep into the backing so that it can be absorbed by the wallpaper.  Any areas that dry will need to be wet again, before proceeding.

Scrape off the backing

You can now start to scrape off the backing with a broad putty knife.

After the abovementioned steps, you can patch any damaged parts of the wall, repair drywall and sand the wall with a hand sander. Consult with a house painter to find out what type of primer you should use before your paint your walls.

Don’t feel like taking on this massive job? We can help. Instead of getting your hands dirty and missing out on those weekend plans, you can outsource the entire job to us. Contact Ray The Painter today.

09.07.15

So you’re expecting a new addition to your family – congratulations. Many people spend a lot of time planning everything from baby outfits to exactly what the new nursery should look like. Ray the Painter has some helpful tips for parents, grandparents and anyone else who is expecting the arrival of a baby and needs to prepare a great room for the little one.

Consider the finish

Statement walls, matte effects and intricate textures may look great, but they’re not always the best option for baby rooms. Nurseries are prone to spills, stains and accidents, so an eggshell finish is usually the best option for the first few years of a baby’s life. These finishes might be a bit shinier than your taste, but they are very easy to wipe down if something happens.

Opt for non-toxic paint

This might seem like a no-brainer, but some paints are still full of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) which can be harmful to humans and pets. To make sure your baby is 100% safe, ask your paint contractor to buy a low-VOC or no-VOC type of paint.

Choose a calming color that you like

You’re undoubtedly going to be spending a lot of time in the nursery, so choose a color you not only like but one you find soothing. Babies can’t distinguish between colors during the first few months of their lives, so if you find blue or yellow to be a relaxing, calming color for a baby room, then go for it.

Need a team of interior painters to come and turn your room into the best baby room imaginable? Then contact Ray the Painter. Our painting contractors service Oklahoma City and the surrounds.

08.03.15

Need to hire a painting service but not exactly sure about what you colors or patterns you want to use? There are so many different types of statement walls, painting effects, color combinations and patterns that are popular in homes today. In order to make sure your painting project is something you really like, look at the following themes and ideas to narrow down your interior décor choices:

Nature

Nature is a great place from which to draw inspiration. If you enjoy the forests, trees and tranquil lakes, search through dark green, blue and grey color palettes. You could even imitate the autumn leaf colors by choosing browns, oranges and reds in order to mimic the look and feel of the changing leaves in September.

Favorite items

Do you have a favorite rocking chair which was passed down from your great aunt or grandparent? Or a special chest of drawers that you found at an estate sale? Take a look at some of your favorite items around the house and choose paint colors that will accentuate these items.

Travel

Did you go traveling through the beautiful cities of Prague? Or attend the iconic Mardi Gras Festival? What about a relaxing island vacation that you enjoyed with your spouse? Browse through your photos to come up with colors which remind you of some of your favorite vacation hotspots and travels.

If you need a reputable painting service in Oklahoma, partner with Ray the Painter today.

07.13.15

Need to hire a painting contractor in Oklahoma? When it comes to paint jobs, you need the job done properly the first time around. To make sure you get a top quality painting service that will last for many years, be sure to ask the following questions:

1.    How many years’ experience do you have?

Painting might not seem a tough job, but it actually takes quite a few years before you can call yourself a professional house painter. When you’re hiring a painter, ask how long they’ve been in the industry and ask to see a few client testimonials before you sign the dotted line.

2.    Do you specialize in residential or commercial jobs?

If you’re hiring a painter for a commercial property, you will need to make sure they have the manpower to get the job done. If you’re hiring a painter for a statement wall in your residential home, you will need to ascertain whether the painter has done this type of paint job before. Ask about their specific types of clients in the past to make sure they will be able to do what is expected.

3.    Do you offer a guarantee on materials or labor?

Many reputable painters will be able to give you a warranty on the labor, as well as the materials they use.

4.    Do you have an online gallery or portfolio of completed projects?

Different painters have different styles. To make sure you’re a good fit, ask to see a portfolio of work that has been done.

Looking for an experienced painter in Oklahoma? Contact Ray the Painter today.

07.18.14

Before you throw away that dresser you used to love or that old table from your grandmother, you might want to consider having it repainted. Furniture refinishing can give life back to old furniture that you may have otherwise tossed to the curb. Why waste money on new furniture when what you have is perfectly fine? All you need is a fresh coat of paint to make it look like new again.

Change the Color

If you have recently changed the color scheme in your home, you could repaint your furniture to reflect that. Let's say you have a black coffee table and end table set that no longer goes with the earth tones in the room. You can have those pieces painted a more neutral tone so you can continue using them in the future. You can choose whatever color you want, even if it is a little unconventional and funky! The key is to make sure you are happy with the results.

Fix the Cracks

If there are cracks and other damaged areas on your furniture, you can take advantage of furniture repainting services to get those issues fixed. By adding wood putty in the cracks or sanding worn and rough areas, the surface becomes smooth again and ready for painting.  This is one of the most important steps in the furniture repainting process because it ensures that the furniture will last well into the future. The sooner you can repair your furniture, the longer it will last and the less damage it will sustain over time.

Raise the Value

If you plan on selling your furniture now or in the future, having it repainted could potentially raise the value. Repainting and adding a few extra touches like hardware can create a whole new piece of furniture.  The raised value of course depends on how old the furniture is, the condition, functionality and whether or not it is currently painted. If repainting the furniture will restore and preserve its value, by all means go for it.

Change the Style

A simple change in paint could change the style of your furniture as well. For example, you could make a boring, studious bookshelf look like a modern work of art just by painting the inner cubbies different colors. You could make a child's dresser look like something worthy of a college student by choosing a more sophisticated paint scheme for the exterior. Finish all this off with some new hardware, and you won't even recognize the piece when it's done.

If you love the shape of your existing furniture, try to make the most of it. Use furniture refinishing services to protect your investment and let your furniture last a lifetime.