Purdy Paint Supplies

When purchasing a handcrafted paint tool by Purdy, you’re guaranteed quality, service and value brought to every single brush – stamped by the maker. The paints at Exeter Paint only reflect the best in the industry and its no different for our products as well. Purdy brings expert knowledge to the industry since 1925 when they started crafting their products in a garage in Portland, Oregon. Each tool is guaranteed made from “only the finest raw materials” which is why professional painters today seek out the Purdy name.

Take a look at some of their various How To videos to keep your brushes in pristine condition to getting a professional finish on a DIY home project.

 

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As much as we love the snow, it’s hard not to dream of a warm summer day, the breeze gently passing at the right moment, as you lounge on your favorite terrace with a cold drink in your hand.

This week, #PaintTipTuesday brings you some favorite photos from our Social Media Marketing Manager’s (Sagan!) Terrace board on her Pinterest Page. If you’re looking for ideas to give your terrace (or patio or back deck) a fresh look – adding a color-pop with paint or fabrics is easy as 1-2-3. Some of our favorites include turquoise, deep yellow, and soft blues along with many, many plants!

If you’re a city dweller it’s nice to surround your outdoor space with plants in order to give you a breath of fresh air in your concrete jungle. If you’re lucky to have your own backyard or garden, well, lucky you. Keep in mind that your outdoor space can be your sanctuary and your favorite ”room” in the house with just a few tweeks here and there.

Happy creating!

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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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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!

 

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Ever wonder how the professionals get the streaky, but artsy look while painting walls? It’s a technique called dragging – and although the name makes it sound quite easy, there’s some special work that needs to be done to acheive a well painted “dragged” wall.

What we’ll need for our project: tut_dragging

1. Walls in good painting condition! 
2. A quick hand! Must paint fast.
3. Paint tray
4. Rags
5. Water
6. Benjamin Moore / California Paint latex glaze
7. Benjamin Moore / California Paint eggshell sheen
8. 2″ and 4″ china bristle brushes + Paint Pad

Now, to the fun stuff . . . 

Once the walls are prepared for painting (primed, dried, and base coat applied – let dry again). You’ll mix the glaze with two parts waters to one part glaze for the perfect ratio.

You’re going to moisten the paint pad with water before dipping it into the paint mixture – make sure you don’t put toooo much onto the pad as it can cause unblanced streaking. Start from top and apply the paint in one long, continuous vertical stroke.paint-fabric-x

As soon as you finish your stroke with the paint pad, take a DRY paint brush and run it through the mixture, using only the smaller brush for hard to reach spots. Make sure you remove the paint from the paint brush after every stroke to keep it dry for the entire project.

Apply the next paint pad stroke and repeat with the dry paint brush until the wall is finished. Overlapping the paint pad strokes will give the wall a continuous and professional look.

For a crisscrossed look, use the same steps to apply the effect horizontally.

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As our #PaintTipWednesday continues we bring you the quote that inspired this weeks tip:

 ”Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?” – unknown

And as many of us know, there isn’t enough time in the days to get everything done — especially waiting for paint to dry to get on with the next layer before putting your home back to functioning order . . .
So, if you’re looking for a way to quickly dry your paint, grab the hair dryer out of the bathroom closet and focus on the wet spots that are really drying too slowly.
It’s important to keep the end of the dryer about two feet away from the wall (or whichever wet surface) to keep the paint from forming bubbles. Moving the dryer slowly over the wet areas until the paint appears to be evenly dried.wet_paint
*Of course, this technique works very well on smaller surfaces. 
For those larger projects, it may be best to close off the room, turn up the heat and either open up the windows or add a moving fan to help the warm air circulate better.

 

Winter time is the best time!

Winter time is the best time for those painting projects you keep saying you’re going to do year after year, but somehow keep getting pushed to the bottom of the ”to-do” list! 

We’ve decided to take our top 3 reasons you should pick up that paint and make one of these wintry weekends the perfect time to stop procrastinating and give your rooms a fresh look!

1) When it’s too cold outside to have the energy to put on all those layers, keep the heat turned on, your painting clothes ready and get to work! Paint will dry between 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit, whether the wall insulation is thick or thin. Use fans or space heaters to help dry the paint quicker if need be . . . but remember a nice cool/warm temperature will help the paint dry AND settle as it should. Unlike in hot hot hot weather when the paint dries too fast and you’re left with an uneven finish. For winter weather, nearly odorless paints can also be used to make the fresh coat of paint not so overwhelming when the project is done. So work up a sweat while recreating your space this winter!
2) If you get your interior painting done during the winter months, that’ll leave you time in the spring (when it’s not raining!) to head to the exterior of the house, paint, and leave your summer free of home projects for you to enjoy more time relaxing, eating ice cream, or lounging at the beach . . .
3) Paint Contractors work all year round and can help make your winter time blues fly away with a fresh look in any of your rooms. Contractors will work quickly and be out of your hair in no time. Plus, it lets you cozy up by the fire with a creamy hot chocolate as they do all the work! Prices will vary, but ask for recommendations at either of our Exeter Paint stores and our helpful staff will you send in the right direction to find the right person for you. 

* Benjamin Moore Paints + California Paints
available at Exeter Paint stores *