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How to Paint Exterior Brick

Paint Exterior BrickBrick homes, albeit nice for design, are also notoriously known for being a pain when it comes to painting them.  Some people would rather just leave well enough alone, but let’s be honest, brick is like any other surface material, after a few years it sort of requires an update.  If you have a brick home and you are wanting to paint it, you might be hearing all sorts of horror stories about how difficult this will be, and while that’s technically true, if you have the right tools, know-how and knowledge (which you hopefully find in this article!) you can easily and efficiently paint your brick house without all the unneeded headaches that CAN come with this project.  Below you will find exact steps you need to take to paint brick, what you will need to paint, as well as some tips and tricks along the way. Read More

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How to Paint Interior Brick

Interior BrickBrick is one of those things that can look really amazing in a home.  Unless of course that brick is dirty, discolored or needs a new coat of paint!  If you have a brick wall of any kind in your home and it’s starting to look really worn, dirty or old and you want to update it to match the rest of the house or just let it shine on in its own beautiful way, you will make good by painting the brick.  Funny, but not a lot of people realize you CAN paint brick, it just takes a little finesse and some patience to do so.  Below you will find some generalized steps on how to paint brick, as well as tools and products you will need. Read More

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How to Paint Wood Windows

Wood WindowsPainting windows can be an easy project, if you know what you’re doing.  Since this is pretty easy, you probably won’t need a house painter in Winnipeg, but hey people hire service men and women for all sorts of reasons, not just because they don’t know how to do something.  If you lack time, for instance, hire someone to do this for you.  Below, we will be going over two different styles of windows and how to paint them, as well as a special section on how to open a painted shut window, also very easy to do; you just need to have the right tools to do it. Read More

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How to Make a Small Room Look Larger

Small Room Painting

Avoiding bold color changes makes the room appear larger

At some point, we’ve all dreamed of the kinds of homes featured on HGTV or (MTV Cribs); you know, the kind with three pools and cavernous, open floor plans filled with antique furniture and Monet paintings. Unfortunately, most of us won’t get to realize this particular dream. Many homes, especially older ones, have at least one room with a less-than-ideal square footage. Luckily, you can find interior painting specialists for your Winnipeg home who can create the illusion of a larger space in an itty-bitty one using a few clever tricks. Read on to find out how you can make that bedroom, den, or office look a lot bigger! Read More

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Interior Design Trends in 2013

Interior Design Trends of 2013

Interior Design Trends of 2013

Each year we see changes in interior design trends. Over the last few years the focus has remained on modern design with its sharp lines and geometric influences. This year some of the most interesting trends are not abandoning that look, but instead they are adding unique elements which develop it further. The use of lines and geometric shapes along with the use of neutral colors for interior painting are still a mainstay in today’s modern design. But designers and homeowners are coming up with some very unique designs which express their personalities while keeping with the trends in modern design.

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Can You Tell The Difference?

Mercedes Benz

New Mercedes Car

 

Old Mercedes Benz

Old Mercedes

One of the periodic challenges we have is establishing value.

We fill out the estimate form with the details of the work to be provided and the prospective client’s eye goes straight to the price. Then a comment along the lines of “Bairn’s with Brushes painting company can do the work for a lot less.” I’ll bet they can.

You can immediately tell the difference between the two Mercedes and know why one would cost more than the other. Check out our information at http://stephensedge.com/consumer_info.php.

You are spending a lot of money to get your home painted. IMHO you need to spend a little time to establish what you are getting for the outlay.

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Go Jets Go!

large_img_0171Jets colours for a Jets fan. This was interesting in as much we spotted some remaining chalking of the surface despite pressure washing three times, so we put an additive into the first coat that will ensure adhesion to the surface.

A Happy Client

“Good morning Stephen,

I have received numerous compliments on my house already, and my fellow Jets fanatics are very impressed with the colors!

I just wanted to say “thank you” to you and your crew once again for doing a GREAT job, and for the little extras you did for me. It is greatly appreciated!

Sincerely,

Kevin Grant”

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“Elasto what?”

Elasto Paint

Moisture Trapped Behind Elastomeric Paint

One of the most common questions I get asked is “What about that Elasto paint isn’t it supposed to be the best paint for stucco.”

When elastomeric coatings were introduced you saw ads headed “Lifetime Warranty”  “Guaranteed for life” “Never Paint again” and other hyperbole.  It was marketed as a magic cure-all for all stucco and other masonry surfaces – it was also used to jack the price beyond reason.  I have seen quotes where they are charging double what it could conceivably be worth based on the perceived magic properties.  Needless to say when it sounds to good to be true it often is. Read More