#PaintTipWednesday [003]

Whether you’re the handyman or handywoman of the house, it’s always nice to get some advice from time to time to help our projects go that much smoother. Whether the objective is to simply get it done or to make it look like a professional job, we’re here to help.

Pros usually follow a certain order when painting a room. They paint the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. That’s because it’s easier (and faster) to tape off the trim than to tape off the walls. And you certainly don’t want to tape them both off!
When painting the trim, you don’t have to be neat. Just concentrate on getting a smooth finish on the wood. Don’t worry if the trim paint gets onto the walls. You’ll cover it later when painting the walls. Once the trim is completely painted and dry (at least 24 hours), tape it off (using an “easy release” painter’s tape), then paint the ceiling, then the walls. –Familyhandyman.com

Make sure to follow these key steps to make your home look professionally painted without the extra cost. You just have to bring the right tools, paint, and patience!

Come buy your next gallon of California Paint or Benjamin Moore Paint at either of our store locations . . . 30% Discounts this Friday only!!

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Why not give yourself a present this year?

What holiday projects are you planning this year?

It’s that time of year where things may become hectic with the holidays rolling around the corner, but with all this time off from work – why not take advantage of the time and finally redo that basement or extra room!

As Better Homes and Gardens writes in their “Holiday Home Projects” article:

  • Basement Finishing

    Whether your region brings ice and snow or clouds and rain during winter, chances are your outdoor living space will spend a good portion of the season out of commission. If your time indoors leaves you feeling a little crowded, look to your basement for room to roam. Finishing a basement offers a great way to extend your living space and also gives a higher return on investment than many other home projects. Whether you’re planning on selling your home come spring or you just need more space to live, consider finishing your basement.

101865201.jpg.rendition.largestSo why not hire an Interior designer and leave the work up to them this holiday season! What better present to give yourself or your family than a new place to be without evening leaving your home!

Visit A Beautiful Room Interiors for more information on their design deals and this seasons holiday specials.

Exciting Black Friday Discounts

For 1 Day Only While Supplies Last, Get 30% Off An Exeter Paint Or Exeter Paint West Gift Certificate!! Great For A Christmas Gift.

Buy A $75.00 Gift Certificate For Only $52.50 on Black Friday Only 11/28/14
While Supplies Last.
click the photo for your printable gift card! 

Painted Pumpkin Obsessed

We’ve been adding to our collection of favorite holiday pins on our “Thanksgiving Style” Pinterest board and we’ve seen a pattern of painted pumpkins . . . We may be obsessed.
Here’s a collection of our top five favorite painted pumpkins we’ve come across and are SO easy to do at home. From chalk paint (+ chalkboard paint) to glittery finishes, we’ll show you how to spice up your 2014 Thanksgiving table!!
Our number one choice is a mix of pumpkins: sizes, colors, and textures. You can get this look by using Rust-Oleum Spray Paints, or searching for your perfect gold via Benjamin Moore or California Paints at our Exeter Paint store locations.

<<via Dawn Mohler>>
While number two on our list requires getting your hands a little messy, it’s totally worth the final look. A great family holiday project to later place around the house. Paint the pumpkin a light base color, and then dip your hands in fun and seasonal colors to make your own Thankful Handprint Pumpkin!
Number three is also another version of the Thankful Pumpkin — giving you the option to write out everything you’re thankful for this year . . . 

<<via themelrosefamily.com>>

<<via eclecticallyvintage.com>>
While this isn’t TECHNICALLY a pumpkin, it’s quite a fun project where you can use those leftover paints to create this fun center piece design. Use Rust-Oleum spray paints of any of our Benjamin Moore or Caliornia Paints.

<<via anightowlblog.com>>
The last pumpkin to make our top five list this year are these gorgeous all gold pumpkin cener pieces. Again, Rust-Oleum is a go-to paint to recreate this stunning look! 

#PaintTipWednesday [002]

At Exeter Paint we like to make things easy. That means helping you choose the right color, the right paint, and all the right materials for your at home project. But we also want you to feel like you can bring our expert opinions home which is why we’ve started #PaintTipWednesday. We hope to make projects seem less daunting and help you get the professional look you want.


Lap marks are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint buildup. They occur when you roll over paint that’s already partly dry. (In warm, dry conditions, latex paint can begin to stiffen in less than a minute!) The key to avoiding lap marks is to maintain a “wet edge,” so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.To maintain a wet edge, start near a corner and run the roller up and down the full height of the wall, moving over slightly with each stroke. Move backward where necessary to even out thick spots or runs. Don’t let the roller become nearly dry; reload it often so that it’s always at least half loaded. Keep the open side of the roller frame facing the area that’s already painted. That puts less pressure on the open side of the roller, so you’re less likely to leave paint ridges. – Familyhandyman.com



Worried About Getting That Perfect Holiday Look?

If you’re stumped on how to decorate for the upcoming holiday season,
you’re not alone!antique-christmas-decoration-in-the-living-room

We can stage your home to be warm, inviting, and awe inspiring during the holidays.

We offer three Holiday Packages to choose from:

1) $99 – Two Design Hours | 1-2 Rooms
2) $299 – Four Design Hours | 2-3 Rooms
3) $399 – Six Design Hours | No More than 4 RoomsA_Beautiful_Room_-_blue

Contact Nina McCarthy for your Holiday Decorating needs.

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A Style Guide to Cabinets

Thinking of making over your kitchen cabinets? Like supporting local businesses? 

Melissa Morin is available for refinishing your cabinets to transform your kitchen without spending big money! Let Melissa take control of your kitchen project, taking away the stress of doing it yourself!

Check out some beautiful BEFORE + AFTER photos below. To learn more about Meilssa Morin and her other artistictalents, visit her website or facebook page.

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Holiday Decorations

We’re jumping ahead of ourselves, but when this time of season rolls around, it’s hard not to think of our holiday plans! And with those holiday plans usually comes decorating!!!!

Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room, LLC collects her inspiration for holiday center pieces on her pinterest page. Below are our favorite three!

For more design ideas by Nina, visit her pinterest page or better yet, give her a call for a free constulation and she’ll give your home a touch of holiday spirit! 

Winter Coat Drive + Promo | $5.00 Off a Gallon Of Paint



Join the Exeter Paint team in collecting coats for kids this fall + winter season! Stop by the store at 75 Portsmouth Ave. Exeter, N.H. to drop off any winter coats, boots, hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, etc.

All donators will receive $5.00 OFF any gallon of paint!
Good until December 12, 2014

Donations can also be made directly at Wonderland Thrift Shop
at 28 Portsmouth Ave. Stratham, N.H.


Melissa’s Murals + More!

Ever wanted a mural painted on your wall to add a little something more? Melissa Morin may be the person you’ve been looking for!

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My name is Melissa Morin and I’ve owned a decorative painting business for over 10 years. I specialize in murals and faux finishing but also offer a full spectrum of painting services. I will paint ceiling to floor with a variety of painting styles and mediums, oversee your projects from inception to completion, consistently on time and within budget.

No project is too small.

Recently I’ve also added refinishing kitchen cabinets to my repertoire of services. The results are amazing and the response from clients has been unanimously positive and exciting. The cabinets are sprayed to leave a finish comparable to that coming out of a showroom! Call me and I can show you how we can transform your kitchen to look like a new room!

You may view samples of my work at http://www.melissamorin.com or “Melissa’s Murals and More” on facebook.

Contact me at 603-321-7455 or melissamorin@metrocast.net

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For more of Melissa’s mural work, visit her website and / or facebook page!
Happy Painting!