Exterior Siding Maintenance

Exterior Siding Maintenance 101

Exterior Siding MaintenanceAn important step in prolonging the life of your exterior siding is regular cleaning and maintenance. Depending on your home’s type of siding, maintenance steps may include washing, conditioning, staining or painting. You wouldn’t want to skip a needed step, or spend time on maintenance that isn’t required.

So, let’s review some basic exterior siding maintenance must-knows.

Deck stain

How to Properly Clean and Sand Your Deck

Deck stainIf your deck has seen better days, it might be time for a facelift. Many people feel that refurbishing their deck is a daunting task. However, once you have the right tips to guide you through the process, you’ll find it so easy, you’ll be relaxing on the new deck with a drink in hand sooner rather than later!

First, you’ll need to know what sort of deck you have. This process will work on any wood deck, including redwood, cedar, pine, spruce and pressure treated lumber but it will not work on composite decks. Many people think to get great results, you’ll need expensive tools. That’s not true! In most cases, you can rent most of the tools you’ll need to get the job done.

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Exterior Painting Project

Planning an Exterior Painting Project in 5 Easy Steps

Exterior Painting Project

If your home exterior is looking drab, one easy way to make a big impact is with a fresh coat of paint. You can save on Benjamin Moore primer,  exterior paints and stains & rollers all month long at GNH Lumber! And springtime is a great time of year to tackle your home exterior painting project – the temperatures are warm enough for easy drying, but without the excessive humidity associated with summer months. This means quicker drying times!

If you’re not sure how to begin a large-scale exterior painting project, don’t worry. There are a few planning steps that will go a long way in finishing your painting project on time and without unexpected headaches. It’s simply a matter of thinking ahead, buying enough paint in the same color, and then tackling the job one section at a time.

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Here are some planning tips to help get you started on your home exterior painting project:

Clean Siding

How to Clean and Maintain Your Home’s Siding

Clean SidingKeeping your home’s exterior siding in good shape is not only a great way to improve your home’s appearance, it also helps you avoid repairs and costly services down the road. With a bit of preventative maintenance, you’ll be able to extend the life of your home’s siding for 50+ years!

In this blog, we’ll discuss how to clean and maintain your home’s siding so you won’t have to worry about costs adding up for a few decades.

Color Trends 2017

Grey is the New Black: Color Trends for 2017

Color Trends 2017

We don’t usually like to play color favorites, but in this case, we can’t resist. 2017 is quick approaching, and that means that it’s time to forecast the newest color trends for the year.

If you’re new to color selection, there are a few things professionals take into consideration when deciding on a palette. Color forecasters draw information from the fashion runways, auto manufacturers and the housewares industry. They also consider what’s going on culturally and how this impacts our national mood.

So, without further ado, here are a few paint color trends for 2017:

How to Choose Paint Colors for Your kitchen

What to Know When Choosing Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

How to Choose Paint Colors for Your kitchen For a quick and easy way to update the look of your kitchen, there’s no better solution than a coat of fresh paint on the walls.

Depending on your choice of color, new paint colors can make the small space feel larger, make a dramatic statement or create warmth and coziness.

When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green are at the top of our list for excellent paint color choices. Yellow is homey and cheerful while red is vibrant and intense—both are believed to stimulate the appetite. Yellow, however, will make a tiny kitchen feel larger, while red will make a large space feel more intimate. Blue, white, green and gray are all calming colors that can help you create a bright and inviting space.

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How to Pick House Paint Colors

How to Pick House Paint Colors for Curb Appeal

How to Pick House Paint Colors Whether your home is brand new or in need of an update, the best way to make it stand out on the curb is with a beautiful coat of exterior paint. While this might sound like an opportunity to go crazy expressing yourself with bright and busy colors, there are many things to consider before choosing a color scheme for your house:

  • Do you intend to resell your home in a few years?
  • How will the color scheme work with your gardens and landscaping?
  • Does your house have wood or vinyl siding?
  • Are there pre-existing colored materials, like brick, stone or stucco, to complement with your palette?
  • What is your region or climate? What are your neighborhood trends?

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How to Apply Chalkboard Paint: A Rookie Guide

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Chalkboard paint is gaining popularity due to its eccentric yet practical traits.  Who doesn’t love the idea of writing a quick note on the walls without ruining them?  Kids love it because they can go crazy drawing and doodling indoors, and adults love it because it helps them create and revise lists the easy way, or better manage household chores. It’s fun, original, and overall a cool concept! Which is why homeowners are using this paint everywhere from bedrooms to playrooms, and from offices to kitchens.

Are you a chalkboard paint rookie? Don’t worry! It’s easy to apply. The process for applying chalk paint is similar to that of regular wall paint – with a few key differences. It’s important to apply this specialized paint correctly so that it will function as a durable writing surface for years to come.

So, are you ready to get started on your custom-made chalkboard?

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painted ceiling

Transform Any Room with A Painted Ceiling

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Flip through any home décor magazine and you’ll notice that the ceilings are almost always painted – and, more often than not, in bright, bold colors.

Designers never omit the ceiling when designing the color scheme of a space.  After all, the ceiling is the largest area of uninterrupted surface in a room. Therefore, the color you choose for a ceiling will dramatically impact the room’s overall effect.

Not sure what color to choose? Here are some tips on how to transform your room with a painted ceiling:

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How to Choose Paint Trim

How to Choose a Paint Finish

How to Choose Paint Trim
Picking just the right paint for your interior painting project involves more than just color selection – you also need to determine the right paint finish. Didn’t even think about finish, did you? That’s ok! A lot of people overlook the importance of paint finish, and underestimate the role it plays in the overall appearance of your newly-painted room.

Choosing the right finish for your interior project will depend on the look, durability, and ambiance you want to achieve. Understanding the basic differences between paint finishes will help guide your selection process.

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