Painting the interior of a house can transform it from mundane to inspiring! It can also raise property value and help a home for sale move more quickly. Doing it right requires serious planning, but can be worth the effort for many reasons.
This is the perfect season to get your exterior painted. Keeping the paint on your house not only improves its appearance but helps protect yourself from costly repairs due to rotting wood, mildew, etc. If you do have these problems already, don't worry, we can help restore your house by replacing rotten wood (in most cases with a PVC product that will never have to be replaced again), applying a mildew resistant paint, and offering great design ideas for the best color scheme to make your house stand out. We look forward to painting your home soon!
• Residential and Commercial Projects
• Interior and Exterior Painting Projects
• Brush and Spray Applications
• Staining & Sealing
• Faux Finishes
• Polyurethane & “Clear Coating”
• Wood Repair & Replacement
• Aluminum Siding Painting
• Wallpaper Removal
• Texture Removal
• Specialty Painting
• Kitchen Cabinet Painting
• Paint Color Consultations
• Pressure Washing Decks & Wood Preservation
• Pressure Washing
• Window Washing
• Drywall Patching, Finish, and Installation
• Plaster Repairs
• Fine Carpentry (Installing Crown & Chair rail Molding)
• Specialty Carpentry
• Window Pane Replacement
• Water Damage Repair
• Fire Damage Repair
VTB Services quality starts with solid prep work
The prep work is 75% of a job. And unless handled properly, the final coat of paint will inevitably fail sooner than expected and cost the homeowner more money.
These are just some of the ways our painters prepare many of the different surfaces on the exterior of your home:
• We provide all paint and materials (we supply and use top of the line paints)
• Full area wash prior to painting
• Scrape and feather sand all peeling paint areas.
• Prime all bare wood
• Galvanized metal primer on all bare metal surfaces
• (Tri-sodium Phosphate) on mildew or moss areas
• Wire brush flaking of deteriorating paint
• Caulk small cracks around windows and doors
• Caulk seams in fascia boards
• Remove old glazing around window panes and replace with new glazing compound
• Pressure Washing chalking surfaces or decks
Decorative Painting and Faux Finishes have progressed over the past several years. They have moved past the clichéd faux sponging and faux ragging techniques that gave mere movement to walls and have entered a unique realm of creativity and realism that can rival many of the Old World looks and techniques, as well as create new designs for interior spaces.
A Faux Finish applied to a room's walls adds movement and nuance compared to an individual painted color. The subtle interplay of color balance adds an exciting and unique visual element and patina to a room and can polish the appearance and feel that homeowners and designers try to obtain when designing it.
Below is a small overview of various forms and terms of faux finishing and decorative painting that may help in the selection of a room's look.
Glazes, while still wet, can be forced to react with different chemicals and mediums. The reaction creates organic patterns that are different in thickness and thus dry at different rates, giving the faux painting the ability to achieve visual depth. Depending on the chemical medium used, areas of glaze can embed itself into the bottom layer of paint. Fresco paints are similar, since they are applied unevenly and dry accordingly. This uneven organic quality gives a wonderful Old World look and feel while still keeping the surface flat to the touch, a great benefit for those who want the look of texture without the work when you are ready for a change. One of the ideas behind this is the old technique of applying paint over fresh plaster walls. The wet walls absorbed the paint unevenly, giving it an organic embedded pattern. In its Faux Fresco form, a great Faux Old World look in large and small rooms. Used as a base to set up movement under other layers of glaze, a great creative tool adding drama to any finish.
Becoming more and more popular, metallic elements in any faux painting technique can take on a variety of forms. Many companies now offer metallic paints in a huge array of colors, though they are tricky to apply. Many newer Venetian plaster products are being offered in metallic tints as well. Glazes can have metallic mica powders added into them, giving subtle translucent shimmers to the faux finish. Waxes take to mica powders extremely well. Gilding is a finishing style that not only has been around for some time, but is making resurgence. The ideas of adding metallics are endless, and can be applied to walls, cabinets and moldings in glaze, paint, plaster and wax. Gold tipping medallions and corbels is a beautiful technique that adds that feel of luxury to a room.
Long gone are the ideas of cheap looking cut out shapes for stencils. Today, stenciling has taken on an entirely different look. The creative elements are endless. Free form stenciling, all-over patterns, rich elements, multi-layered dimensional patterns are commonly used on their own or in conjunction with various Faux finishes or Venetian plasters. An All-Over Damask pattern, applied over a soft Faux Finish above a chair rail in a Dining Room makes for a classic, rich, sophisticated hand made faux finish that can replicate wallpaper without the problems associated with it. Dimensional grapes and ivy sandwiched between a multi-colored faux finish and broken plaster, a real look of Tuscany.
Making resurgence is the classic beauty of Venetian Plaster. Do not confuse this with sloppy, textured joint compound walls. Ground marble mixed with lime paste, traditional plasters such as Veneziano and Marmorino are regal and elegant, some of the finest finishes available. When applied properly, it gives the illusion of texture with its translucency, while still maintaining a glass smooth finish. New synthetic plasters are being used and marketed with quite a bit of success. Applied correctly, they can offer a tremendous amount of flexibility to a Designer with their newer metallic properties.
Textured finishes come in all shapes and sizes and mediums. Imagination is the limit. From subtle to bold, textures can be the answer in many situations where the condition of the walls are less than perfect.
Combining several different mediums together, ex: Glaze, Sand Stone, Stenciling, all building atop each other to make a completed finish. Many textures are created by building up layers of various plasters to achieve a certain look.
Reproducing marble is an art form that can be applied to columns, panels, mantels, doors, even walls. Something to consider, when planning on using marble on large surfaces, it is economically unrealistic to truly render marble across a large wall or walls. It lends itself as you would see it in buildings, in pieces that are not huge. If a wall is made of marble, it is usually cut into blocks. Marble "looks" can be applied to large walls. They are softer, faux marble feels that do not exactly replicate any particular marble.
Distressing and Aging
Many of the Finishing Techniques above can be applied to Moldings, Trim, Furniture and Cabinets. The idea of Antiquing any object is mainly to age it. The amount of Aging and Distress will determine the type of finish and technique used to achieve the look. Very popular today are aged kitchen cabinets, mainly in an off white color with a dark streaked glaze that builds up in the crevices. If the cabinets in a kitchen are in good solid condition but not the look wanted, this is a relatively economical way to make over the kitchen cabinets without the expense of replacing them.
Interior Painting pushed past its normal single wall color concept. Combined with moldings and wall frames, multiple color concepts can make a dramatic impact without using a faux finishing technique. Splitting a room with a chair rail and adding wall frames gives you a tremendous amount of flexibility to generate excitement to the walls. Using different colors on the top and bottom halves, as well as adding color to the inside of the wall frames, or even painting the inner panels of doors and wall paneling can be the creative element that makes the room stand out.
Faux Finishing in its simplest form is to take a medium, usually a pigmented glaze, and apply it to a painted surface and manipulate that medium and give it movement and color differential. The varying thickness of the glaze, which is translucent, applied over a solid color, is what makes the color balance shift, giving the walls a faux patina. The application types are endless. What is important is the amount of movement you are trying to achieve. It can be busy or soft, bold or subtle. A good choice for large areas since it is a bit more economical to have applied versus multiple layered and textured techniques.
Taking the Basic Glazing concept of a Faux Finish a bit further, you can take a number of colors that work well in the room and apply them in an overlapping manner, showing color shifts throughout the room. These colors can be applied at the same time, giving a tertiary color to the areas where the different pigments meet. Layering is generally the idea of adding a toning layer over an existing glaze or faux finish, to shift it in a certain direction. A good example is to apply a thin layer of white glaze at the end to give the finish an Old World chalky feel.