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    Fresh paint will sell your home: Contact Red for specials:
    A fresh exterior coat of paint is the best cost-effective way to enhance the value and curb appeal of your home.

    Why and when to use flat paint over satin paint finish:

    :They provide even light reflection, to give the surface a softer, more uniform look.
    :They don't highlight surface imperfections like higher sheen paints, so they usually don't require as much surface preparation (like patching, texturing or sanding) prior to painting
    :They are much less likely to show 'lap marks', so they are generally easier to apply and touch-up than higher sheen paints. (When one painted section dries before the next section is painted, the two sections won't flow together into a uniform film, resulting in a 'lap mark'.)
    :They don't need to be sanded or de-glossed before repainting, unlike higher sheen paints
    :Eggshell is another option!

    Exterior Painting and why?

    When planning a home remodel, do you take into consideration the outside of your home? Often when a person upgrades the design of their home, the forget to include the exterior paint. It can be easy to neglect the upkeep of exterior paint, but the condition of said paint can make a huge difference in curb appeal.
    Many home-buyers judge the exterior of a home harshly, because they consider a poorly maintained home to be a costly hassle, not a wise investment. The inside could be newly remodeled and upgraded, but a house with cracked paint can very easily be overlooked.
    Other reasons for maintaining the upkeep of your exterior paint are:
    – It can protect your home against the elements: The cold weather months can bring harsh storms that can cause severe water damage.
    – Mold and mildew prevention: Paint technology has come so far that exterior paint can provide the strongest, safest mold protection.
    – Protects your interior air quality: Low VOC paints emit fewer “volatile organic compounds” into the air as they dry, protecting the air quality for the entire house and immediate surrounding area.
    Whichever way you decide to go with your remodel, don’t forget the importance of your exterior paint. We will walk you through the entire process, making sure that your house gets the attention that it deserves.

    Making a small room appear larger

    We all have that one room in our homes that we don’t know what to do with, because it is too small or oddly shaped. Instead of ignoring that room, and putting off the inevitable, tackle it now with these simple painting tips.
    Here are simple painting tips for brightening and lengthening your room:
    - Paint two walls a much darker color. People have the misconception that darker colors will close a small space, make it stuffy, but it actually gives the illusion of space.

    About Classic Paint
    Looking for Concord, NC Painting Contractor? Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry. "Basic" or "plain" painting is the foundation of our business. Red is committed to providing our clients with quality work every time. We will guide our clients through the selection of products, colors, and highlight all the necessary points in order to make good decorative and functional decisions. All our painters are skilled, experienced, and professional. We are respectful and we take extra care to protect our client's furnishings and personal belongings. When the painting part of our job is finished, we make sure that everything is thoroughly cleaned up. If you are in Concord, NC and are looking for Painting Contractor, please call 704-507-3592.

    Low Bid..Not always good Deal:
    So yesterday I went to look at a job fairly close to shop (thank goodness). As I arrived I was met by the homeowner who greeted me and swapped greetings and I handed him my card. After that the homeowner said “I’ve got two bids so far, you’re the third. The price you need to beat is $ ???? (didn’t want to fill in exact amount)....
    At that point our meeting fizzled out after discovering he wanted the “low bid”....
    So to clarify, the low bid isn’t always the “worst” or the “best”. For some people their only stipulation for hiring a contractor is the price.
    Big mistake....Here’s why.....
    After 20 + years in business I’ve seen a lot (started to say I’ve seen it all). We have fixed countless projects these “low bid” contractors started and either:
    Didn’t finish work took a deposit and never returned, work only to leave before they finished or did terrible work, called it finished, and either got paid and left, or homeowner only paid part or all after they so called “completed” the job.
    -Don't pay twice to have Painting done Right-call Red save Green.

    Front Doors
    The front door is the first thing that welcomes visitors -- and prospective buyers -- into your home. Make a great first impression by choosing the perfect color for your front door, try riding around your neighborhood looking at doors to see what looks good for your home. Call Red!!

    Accent walls:
    Accent walls continue to be a popular trend. They allow you to break up a traditional painting scheme, play with color, and draw attention to a specific part of the room. Perhaps you’ll put your favorite piece of art or a family portrait on this dominant wall? Some of our clients are also putting a modern twist on tray ceilings by painting the top recess to match the wall color of the room, rather than keeping it the plain white of the rest of the ceiling.

    Color Facts
    Green- Thinking of green paint for your home? This could indicate that you are an affectionate, loyal, honest person with a love for the natural elements of life. For a subtle green, try Wispy Green by Benjamin Moore Paints or for something a little more vibrant take a look at Scotland Isle by Behr Paint.

    Did you know blue is a weight losing color?

    Celebrating a pair of treasured blues—denim and water—blue is a soothing palette that adds a sense of calmness and serenity to rooms.

    Fun Fact: The color blue is the least common color in the foods we eat.

    When do I need to repaint the exterior of my home?

    No matter what part of the country you live in, the unique climate patterns you experience can cause damage to the exterior of your home. Look for these early warning signs to spot potential problems that can lead to costly repairs for your home’s exterior surfaces.

    1. Chalking: Chalking on painted surfaces (stucco, wood etc) is a fine powder that easily rubs off on your hand. Over time chalking causes colors to fade and degrades the paint’s protection of exterior surfaces.

    2. Cracking: If cracking paint isn't repaired, in time the paint will start to flake and peel off, exposing exterior surfaces to the elements and resulting in serious damage. Another serious cracked pattern in the paint, called alligatoring, results in deep fissures resembling alligator skin.

    3. Mildew & Algae: These biological defects usually appear as tiny black or gray spots over exterior surfaces. This is a direct result of excessive moisture and poor air circulation. Mildew, unchecked, can lead to paint cracking or flaking and can shorten the life span of the paint.

    4. Blistering: This defect is when all or some layers of the paint start to peel off and bubble. Moisture is seeping into the wood at unpainted joints or even coming through from the interior leading to disrepair.

    If you see any of these signs, contact us. The longer you wait to deal with these serious problems, the greater the expense in the long run.

    How long will it take for the paint to dry?

    Acrylic (latex) paint dries much faster than Alkyd (oil). Usually a couple of hours is plenty of time. Oil paint though should dry overnight. Flat paint may dry faster than semi gloss..

    Do you charge for estimates?

    We never charge a fee to provide an estimate for your painting project..

    Q: Will you remove wallpaper?
    We will remove old and outdated wallpaper. Whether or not the paper is removed or primed and painted will be determined on the condition of the wallpaper and drywall. This will be discussed by one of our painting consultants at the time of the estimate. We will listen to you and work together on a solution that will yield the desired results..

    2014 Kitchen and Bath Colors
    While consumers still prefer transitional kitchens by a slight margin, contemporary will be the fastest growing kitchen style this year. In bathrooms, contemporary already surpassed transitional to take the top spot in design for 2013, with even more growth anticipated in 2014.

    Fading fast are Provincial, Tuscan and country/rustic styles and the distressed cabinet finishes that often accompany them, along with their companion bronze, terracotta and red color schemes.

    The survey forecasts that gray will be the fastest growing color scheme for both rooms. In 2013, gray slightly trailed whites/off-whites in kitchens. In baths, gray was the third most popular color scheme, behind beige/bone tones and white/off white.

    How to adjust to color changes
    After you finish your project it may take some time to get used to, so give it some time to get used to. Place your furniture and decorative where you had them before. Hopefully this will give you that home sweet home feeling you had before your redecorated. Hopefully these tips will help you in choosing your interior paint colors so you will be happy in your living environment. Have fun redecorating your home.

    Go Green

    With the “green movement” cruising at top speed these days, many of our customers are understandably concerned about reducing the toxicity of the products they use inside their homes. From carpet, to paint, to the coatings on their wood floors, consumers are becoming more conscious of the wear and tear these products have on their immune systems, and the immune systems of their children. It is nice to know that there are many affordable choices for those looking to clean up the air inside their homes.
    Oil paint has been touted over the years as being the most reliable and durable option for doors, trim and woodwork. While this “old-school” perspective was once very true, it is no longer the case. Oil paints have nearly 3x the volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) as some of the most durable water-based paints on the market. This means that they are nearly 3x as toxic. These water-based products are EQUAL to the oil products in terms of durability, longevity and general performance. They are better for you AND your environment, and they are comparable in price to oil paints. Many manufacturers even offer products for your walls and ceilings that have low to zero VOC’s!
    Ask us how we can help you breathe easier on your next paint job.

    Happy painting!

    The differance between colors
    Choosing a color for the painting of your home is very important. This is so, because different colors bring out different feelings and sensations, and they can even affect your mood. Make sure the colors you choose for every room correspond to its purpose and inhabitants. We have prepared for you a basic presentation of the different qualities of colors.
    Colors are divided into three major groups, conveniently called warm, cold and neutral. Depending on the message you want to send with the colors in your home, you should choose in accordance with the different moods that they bring.
    Warm colors are believed to trigger positive emotions. They also add intimacy to your room. Yellow, orange and red are the colors that people refer to as warm. Usually they are associated with light, fire and the sun. That is what makes them colors of creativity and happiness. Rooms painted with warm colors are considered energizing and stimulating.
    Cold colors are relaxing and they possess the ability to make a room look larger. Green is the color of nature and as such is considered to have a revitalizing effect on people. Blue is a calm color, believed to be comforting and soothing. Purple, on the other hand is a royal color, associated with elegance and sophistication.
    White, black and gray are the neutral colors. As their name suggests, they are indifferent and as such are used to accent other decorations or painting.
    R egardless of the colors you choose, you should keep in mind that cold ones do not fit well where warm ones are already present, and the other way around. If you want to achieve perfect synchronization between the colors in your home.

    How do I prepare my house for the painting?

    It will depend on what type of painting we will be working on. If it is interior painting we will ask you to only move small/fragile/valuable objects out of the way. These could be pictures, small plants, or other easily breakable objects including small furniture. Your pets will need to be locked away for the duration of the painting. Our crew will take care of all big pieces of furniture and they will move everything back the way it was before they started. For exterior projects we will require you to clear the perimeter around the building structure of any obstructions like gardening tools, children's toys, small exterior decor, and vehicles. Again, the pets will need to be locked away. All plants, trees, shrubs and other landscape including patio furniture will be thoroughly covered or temporarily moved out of the way by our men.

    5-Step Process for Interior House Painting:

    1.Set Up
    Items are placed in the center of the room and covered with clean, new plastic sheeting. All floors are protected with drop cloths.
    Based on your requests, holes and cracks in ceilings and walls are filled; stains are sealed, and surfaces are scuff sanded.
    Repaired areas are primed, and premium quality paint is applied to a uniform finish.
    Furniture and accessories are moved back to their desired locations. Floors and carpets are vacuumed and swept. All of our materials are removed.
    After our own inspection, you are invited to inspect our work.

    Exterior Caulking
    Caulking helps with energy efficiency Caulking wall cavities during the interior and exterior house painting process will help reduce energy consumption in the future. It is important to check your home for failing paint and caulking to make sure your heating dollars aren’t being wasted through the cracks of your home. Checking and repairing caulk should be done at least every two years. Caulking trouble areas will save on heating and air conditioning bills. During your inspection, you should look around the painted areas outside your home. Turn on your heater or A/C and you might be able to feel drafts where air is escaping. You should pay particular attention to gaps and holes around door and window frames, wall and roof vents, and skylights. Also check the joints where siding joins at corners, roof, and foundation.

    Don't forget about the laundry room
    Your laundry room doesn’t have to be a dreaded space that is as unappealing as faded whites. Since it is a part of the home which serves a useful purpose, why not give it a meaningful makeover with paint so that you enjoy doing potentially mundane chores? Paint, along with harmonizing decorative touches, could transform the washroom; and you could also focus on making the most of functionality.

    Color Facts
    The following are some colors and emotional responses that have been identified with them, which can be helpful when trying to create a certain mood or dynamic in a room you are planning to paint:

    Improved focus: Yellow (but don’t use yellow as the main color, or the result can be restlessness)
    Increased appetite: Yellow
    Energizing and Stimulating: Red and Orange
    Soothing to the nerves: Blues, Greens, and Purples
    Uplifting: Red, Orange, and Yellow
    Calmness and serenity: Cobalt Blue
    Improved communication: Turquoise and Pastel Blue
    Promote improved sleep: Green, Blue, Gray, and Purple (all cool colors)
    Improved academic performance: Green, which is associated with growth and calm

    Color and Gender Preference

    While not everyone falls into line with the findings, various studies have come to consistent conclusions as relates to which colors the sexes prefer. This information can be helpful when trying to reach a compromise as far as paint colors for interior walls. Since what men like is not necessarily the same as women, an awareness of gender preferences can help frame rational arguments and promote greater understanding.
    Female favorites are: Blue, purple, and green
    Male favorites are: Blue, green, and black
    Least favorite colors for females are: Orange, brown, and gray
    Least favorite colors for males are: Brown, orange, and purple
    There are obvious points of agreement between the genders, and the strongest point of disagreement involves purple, which is a favorite among females and a least favorite color among males.

    Does Paint expire?

    Yes, paint does expire eventually. However, the specific life of paint depends on how well you store it, among other factors. When you are ready to store your paint, make sure you thoroughly clean the can's rim so that the lid can form a proper seal. Too much paint around the rim can build up and crack - letting air into the can. If you are using latex paint, you can pour a tiny amount of water around the edge to make sure it seals properly. You can also use plastic wrap over the top of the can before securing the lid. You can then store the can upside down after making sure that it is securely shut. This will almost guarantee a tight seal.
    When you take out paint to complete a job, simply use common sense to determine whether it is still good. If it still has that paint smell, it is probably still acceptable. However, if it smells stale or off, it is likely expired. You can also try painting a small test amount on a surface to see how it dries before covering the whole wall. If it looks good when it dries, the paint is likely still acceptable.

    Front Doors:
    The front door is the first thing that welcomes visitors -- and prospective buyers -- into your home. Make a great first impression by choosing the perfect color for your front door, try riding around your neighborhood looking at doors to see what looks good for your home.

    How to keep your paint from drying out

    Ok here’s what you do. Make sure that the lid and the rim of the paint can don’t have any crude on them. Then knock the lid on real tight. If you use a hammer be sure not the bend any of the metal. A rubber mallet is better suited for this. Now just turn the paint can over and the paint will seal it self in the can. It is as simple as that. If your kids are anything like mine then don’t store it in the house. You’ll walk around the corner to find your little sweetheart is the next Picasso. I keep mine in the garage. The down side to that is the extreme hot and cold will shorten the life of the paint.

    Color Facts:
    Here are a few more ways color is thought to have had an impact on psychology…

    A factory in the United States changed the color of the bathrooms to an unpleasant green and saw production increase by 8%
    Customers of a coffee house constantly complained about the cool temperature in the room. At that time, the walls were painted a light blue. After changing the color to orange, there were no more complaints.

    The color yellow can cause nausea, so it is avoided in airplanes.

    Black boxes seemed heavier to workmen than green boxes filled with the same material.

    Red can make you hungry, while the opposite color, green, suppresses it.

    The color red can also increase your muscle reaction, make you want to gamble more, and raise your blood pressure. Blue has the opposite effect.

    Blue street lighting resulted in lower crime rates in Glascow in 2000.

    Blue conveys trust and reliability.

    Green is believed to increase concentration.

    Peeling Paint
    What causes blistering and peeling on exterior wood?
    Generally the cause is moisture getting between the paint and the wood surface. However, it can also be caused by inadequate surface preparation, using a low quality paint, or painting in direct sunlight.

    Q: I saw beautiful paint colors on my last vacation and have color chips I brought back. Can you match the color?
    A: Yes.Classic Paint can match any color in any brand of paint.

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    Room Ideas
    Master Bedroom Decorating Ideas
    Your bedroom should be a serene oasis where the worries of the day melt away.
    Living Room Decorating Ideas
    Often the first room that guests see, your living room can give a warm welcome with its style and decor.
    Bathroom Decorating Ideas
    The design of your bathroom dictates its overall mood and energy.

    Front Door Makeover: Reinvent Your Entryway

    Your front door is an introduction to your personality, a threshold to what lies beyond. Likewise, it is the ideal tool to express yourself and grab the attention of guests and visitors. Is it time to reinvent your front door to reflect those who live beyond the doormat?
    Make a statement by painting your door a vivid color that complements the exterior of your home. Red is a classic color that works great on most homes. Pinks and yellows work well for those who live in beach towns. Teal is becoming increasingly more popular for homeowners who want to liven up their entryways.

    Stripes aren't just for Cat in the Hat
    To add some real zest, take a tip from your childhood favorite, Cat in the Hat! You remember his tall white and red striped hat, right? Maybe its time to think about adding a stripe to your walls! Now, don’t let Dr. Seuss’ character get you worried, it doesn’t have to be as dramatic as red and white stripes, you could go with something as subtle as two different paint finishes in the same color painted on as stripes. For example, in the dining room use your favorite taupe to paint the whole walls in an eggshell finish, then go back an add semigloss stripes in the same color. You will create a subtle, classy effect while still adding some ‘play’ to your paint.
    You can keep it simple with just one, wide stripe going around the whole room in a color that is just slightly darker than the wall color, like we did in this bedroom.

    Did you know blue is a weight losing color?
    Celebrating a pair of treasured blues—denim and water—blue is a soothing palette that adds a sense of calmness and serenity to rooms.

    Fun Fact: The color blue is the least common color in the foods we eat.

    The number one kitchen color:
    Green is such a perfect neutral - it is surrounding us in nature everywhere and so it feels very comfortable when used in a home.
    The muddier shades of green (brown or grey based) are also easier to blend with granite/marble imitation or real stone countertops, tile and the wood of cabinets, because those are natural elements and the choice of a more natural green works well.
    When people have just taken possession of a new kitchen, either by moving or redecorating, one of the first things they want to do is "warm things up", and why not - the kitchen is the heartbeat of the house, the hub of activity, and a calming, natural green feels relaxing and centering like being in an old forest or looking at an expanse of natural fields.

    Springtime is a great time to paint:
    When checking your exterior paint, be sure to look for loose or flaking paint, additionally you should check for any mildew that may be on your house. Another very important area that is often overlooked is your home’s caulking. Check all of the caulking on your home and make certain that it is in good condition and has not begun to split or separate. Keep in mind that your exterior paint not only offers a beautiful finish to your home but also provides a layer of protection to guard your home against the elements.
    If you decide that your paint is in good shape but just want to change or update the look of your house then this is a great time of the year to do it. A color change is a great way to not only protect your home’s exterior but also to modernize it and give it a completely different look and feel.Free Estimates.

    Painting Pop Corn (textured) Ceilings:
    If you do not own an airless sprayer or have not had any experience using one then you can roll the ceilings using a paint roller. Just keep in mind that it is a very messy job so you will need to make certain that all flooring and furniture are completely covered using drop cloths and clean plastic before you begin. Once all flooring and furnishings are covered, clean the ceiling by removing any dust or cobwebs using a fiber duster. Once you have cut in the ceiling paint to the wall using your paint brush next, using your paint roller, slowly apply the paint to the ceiling working only in one direction. Once you have made a pass with your roller, do not attempt to roll back over the same area because this may cause the popcorn texture to pull away and peel from the surface. If the ceiling will need an additional coat of paint, allow the first coat to completely dry before applying any additional coats. Painting a ceiling which has popcorn texture is a messy and time-consuming job that will require some patience and hard work but the clean, freshly painted ceiling is worth the effort. If this is a job that you would rather leave to a professional painter, Call Red.

    Here's how to check to if it's time to waterproof your deck:
    Sprinkle a few drops of water onto the surface - if the water beads up, the wood still has water-resistant properties. If the water soaks in within about 20 seconds, then the wood is clearly asking for protection!...Call Red:

    Light vs. Dark colors for painting a bathroom:

    Generally people choose lighter colors for a bathroom because they feel it makes the space appear larger.
    The truth is, the more monochromatic a room is, the larger it appears. And the more variation in color from wall to floor, trim and tile color, the smaller the room will seem.
    Using one continuous color throughout a room is what makes it appear larger.
    Picking a lighter color works well when you are trying to create the illusion of a larger space only when trim and fixtures are also light colored.
    So when choosing how light or dark to paint your walls, keep in mind that it's the contrast - not so much the actual color - that changes the feel of the space.
    For a larger, open feel, match wall color to trim, tile and floor color. For the feel of a cozy, smaller space, choose a color much lighter or darker than your existing tile, woodwork and fixtures.

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