Ask the Expert: When to DIY + When to Ask for Professional Help

We’re all guilty of scrolling through Pinterest and gawking over those DIY projects and thinking, “We can do that, too!” But sometimes it’s more than just finding an unloved piece of furniture at a yard sale, bringing it home, sanding it down, and putting a fresh new coat of (cough, cough Exeter Paint paints) on that baby. Sometimes, we may need to seek out some professional help – but where’s the line? To begin, it’s important to ask your self these questions before you jump into any project: Do you have the time and patience to tackle these projects on your own? Are there building regulations or codes I need to seek out? Do I need to purchase a lot of tools in order to complete this project and will I ever use them again?

DIY Projects

1. Hanging Things on the Wall 

Whether it’s a painting, mirrors or a gorgeous oriental cloth, we can definitely manage this on our own. However, “on our own” maybe means with an extra set of eyes to tell us if what we’re hanging up is even. If you’re really unsure about doing this there are lots of amazing tools online from step-by-step posts to YouTube tutorials to give yourself the confidence to start on your project.

2. Paint Projects

If you have the time (and patience!) painting your own walls could save you money in the long run, plus allow for some serious bonding time with a loved one or a solo space for you to disconnect. Any doubts you have about paint colors or the exact process, your local paint store employees (Exeter Paint for those of you nearby!) should be able to guide you in the process.

3. Light Fixtures

This is something that your local provider should be able to give you some helpful advice on how to install a new light fixture on your own. It’s not a very invasive project, nor should it take very long at all. Again, it’s best to have a second pair of eyes there to help in the process. Also, don’t forget to turn off the electricity before dealing with those wires!

4. Gardening

Always a fantastic way to spice up your home and make it feel more like you. Whether it’s an outdoor patio or full back yard with a green lawn, by adding just a touch of color with flowers or new textures with various bushes and trees, you’ll notice the difference immediately. By doing a little research to see what plants and flowers will flourish in your type of garden (lots of light to no direct sunshine) you can find the perfect combinations to add to your home.

Hire the Professional

1. Remodeling (Floors, Walls, Ceilings) 

When it comes to big projects that require expensive tools, knocking down walls or taking up floors, seeking out building permits, it’s best to hire a professional. They know exactly how to proceed with such a grand project from start to finish that it’s worth paying those big bucks. Plus, who wants to live in a messy construction zone for months on end when the professionals can have it done in half the time?

2. When Health Hazards are Prominent 

Unfortunately, in a lot of older houses there are health hazards that linger in the paints, old pipes, and in old siding insulation. This is where you don’t want to “play with fire” as taking on these projects could expose yourself and your family to dangerous chemicals. Hire a professional, they know how to complete these projects safely for themselves and everybody else.

3. Roof Renovations

With heights, tools, and long hours of work – it’s important to leave these types of renovations in the hands of a professional. Plus, if you make a mistake in a roof renovation, imagine all the further possible damage it could lead to in the rest of the house.

#PaintTipTuesday [014] The Meaning of Colors

Featuring our last #PaintTipTuesday of the month of March, we’ll leave our readers with a touch of purple — the color of royalty, luxury, wealth, and sophistication. Purple can also relate to romanance and as well as femininity.

Meaning: “Purple in its darkest values (eggplant, for example) is rich, dramatic, and sophisticated. It is associated with luxury as well as creativity, and as an accent or secondary color, it gives a scheme depth. Lighter versions of purple, such as lavender and lilac, bring the same restful quality to bedrooms as blue does, but without the risk of feeling chilly.” –Freshome.com

Where to use it: As there are so many variations of purple (as there is of every color!), each shade can depict a different tone and mood. So choosing where what shade to paint where can be totally dependent on personality. A pop of the color purple can go well in any room. Those looking for a more bold statement should stick with deeper purples while those looking for a light and whimsicle feel can seek out a lighter shade of the color.

We’ve chosen some of our favorites, but click each photo to check out our entire album dedicated to purple on Pinterest.

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#PaintTipTuesday [013] The Meaning of Colors

We continue our “Meaning of Colors” theme with #PaintTipTuesday this week. After looking at greens and dreaming of the lush lawns and the full trees we’ll see in just a few months time (we hope!), we decided to keep with the spirit of Summer and take a look at yellows.

Meaning: “Yellow is almost always associated with happiness, laughter and good times. A person surrounded by yellow feels optimistic because the brain actually releases more serotonin when around this colour. Yellow manages to be both rich and delicate – a quality that allows it to be used in many spaces. Some shades of yellow are associated with the promise of better times.” –LifeStyle.com.au

Where to use it:  It’s best to use a softer or darker tone of yellow in the bedroom as it will lift spirits, while also emitting a restful feeling over the room. It must be used sparingly and in the right places as to not be overwhelming. Avoid the bright mustard yellows in the bedroom.

“It is a wonderful color for the kitchen, dining room, and living room because it is very uplifting and sociable. If used in the bedroom, make sure it is an earthy or pale yellow.” – Feng-shui-and-beyond.com

Some of our favorite looks with yellow aren’t only in the bedroom. We see more bold tones of yellow throughout the house in order to give that extra pop of color (and happiness!) — have fun with it and remember yellow doesn’t always mean “mustard” tones. Be creative and play with varying tones in one room.

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Visit our Color Trend: Yellow Pinterest for more yellow inspiration! 

A Vision Nobody Else Can See!

Do you feel like you don’t have enough space in your home anymore? Do you feel like you have to move? Pay a bigger mortage?

It really won’t have to come down to that. We promise.

Let Nina from A Beautiful Room work her magic and help you see what she can see. It’s a simple raising of a ceiling or taking down a wall and adding smart and stylish storage to help give you the space you need . . . and deserve. Nina believe that one her strong sides as a designer is being able to see things that home owners can’t quite envision without her help:  “I can look at something and create a whole new look by just tweaking it a bit.”

Her latest project shows us just that — take an old, stuffed closet; a useless wall; and a tiny mudroom. Can you even believe the results?

“With three young daughters it was important to give the family the space they needed,” shared Nina. “I took down the wall where the closet was to open up the space, lifted the ceiling — there was an unused crawlspace upstairs — and added the mudroom shelving and cubbies for the girls.”

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New tile was installed on the floors by G&N Flooring
Color: Mesa Verde Tan by Benjamin Moore via Exeter Paint Stores
Lighting Chandelier & Four Recessed Lights in Ceiling by West Elm
Contractor, Carpentry, and Painting by Olde School Renovations, LLC — Alan Gay, highly recommened.

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How can you tell when one color is too much? 

If you want to get creative and add a lot of color to your room, making it the main focus – it works wonders to choose another color as a bold contrast. You can choose either way to focus the room using white walls and a splash of color, or painting your walls a bold, bright color and adding a more subtle color to break up the room.

Color choice can vary depending on room size, windows, and light fixtures. If you’re searching to make the space feel cozy or more spacious also makes a difference in what paint or fabric color may be best to add that pop.

If you’re unsure about what way to add color to your home is the best, call Nina McCarthy from A Beautiful Room Interiors for your personal design constultation: +1-603-770-1535

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We’re changing it up! #PaintTipTuesday [009]

Soooo we’re changing it up from Wednesday to Tuesday simply because it sounds a lot more catchy! #PaintTipTuesday ~ tell us it doesn’t, we dare you!

And on that note, we’re going to talk your ear off about Stencils. How to stencil. Why stenciling is awesome. Where you should stencil. Why wouldn’t you stencil?

Through the power of Google and the world wide web, we have stumbled across a few “not-to-miss” Stencil projects and how-to videos. Let’s review.

1) Professional decorative artists Janna Makaeva and Greg Swisher show how to use an interlocking wall stencil, teach a simple stenciling technique and give expert stenciling tips and design ideas. Reusable stencils are a good investment if you want to tackle a large project like a wall in your home.

2) HGTV posted a beautiful article about how to create a focal wall with the stencil of your choice! Bring a Original_Janell-Beals-Stencil-Wall-Beauty_s3x4.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.616.822little flair to those solid colored walls, and spice up whatever room in the house you feel needs a kick! For the deets, just click on the photo to the right >>

3) But where can we buy stencils, you ask? Why not check out some of the beautiful stencils on Etsy! And if you’re feeling artsy, just use some of these beauts for ideas and then go ahead and make them yourself.

4) For more fun guides and how-to design projects ~ check out DesignerTrapped.com for her post on stencil floors. I’m sure you’ll keep clicking back for more!

5) And if you have pesky, textured walls – don’t miss out on the article from Stencils & Stories about what to do regarding all things stencil!

 

Will you stick to your New Years Resolutions this year?

Every New Year we resolve to take better care of our bodies, our mental health, and our homes amongst other things. While we may need to make our number one resolution ~ Keep 2015’s NYE Resolution’s ~ we’ve also added to our list the following:

1) Keep 2015’s NYE Resolution’s
2) Organize each room + KEEP it organized always
3) Cross off those design projects we keep saying we’ll do
4) Travel more + let those travels inspire how we view our lives (and maybe our homes!) 
5) Donate things we don’t need / use any longer ~ it could make somebody else’s life better rather than sitting on your shelf in a closet. 
6) Find more inspiring stories to feature on ItsMoreThanJustPaint.com blog 😉 

If you feel like you’re in need of some serious home organization ~ give Tami a call and visit her website: LetsGetOrganized.Net to see services offered. If you’re in need of an interior design consultation and a professional eye, visit Nina at ABeautifulRoom to find a package that works for you and your home! Or if you simply have paint, wood flooring, screen or wallcovering related questions – come visit us in person at any of our Exeter Paint Store locations! Now in Exeter and Epping ~ new store opening in Seabrook early 2015!

If you know of anybody that you feel should be featured on the blog, please feel free leave us a note in the comment section and/or email itsmorethanjustpaint@gmail.com

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