Grand Opening Success!

We are so happy to have such wonderful clients. What a wonderful weekend at our Grand Opening for Exeter Paint South. Here are some wonderful photos for our first weekend with our doors open. Although the festivities have stopped (for now!), you should still swing by for fantastic paint deals and products. We hope to see you soon ~

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#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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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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Pinterest Inspiration

Despite living and loving New England with all our hearts, sometimes we just have to say enough is enough! Instead of all this white, we’re looking forward to all the beautiful sounds, smells, and colors of the Spring!

Meant for rebirth and renewable, the Spring is the perfect season to refresh your cozy home. So, open the windows, let the breeze flow through, and pack away all those warm, Winter sweaters . . .

Okay, that might be wishful thinking for now, but we can start with some indoor paint projects by injecting a little Spring onto our walls, furniture, and fabrics!

What are your favorite Spring color combinations?

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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.

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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Fun fall DIY Projects

We love sharing ideas we come up with on our own and those by which we’re truly inspired!

These two projects would be lovely for a weekend project to give you home a touch of Autumn warmth.

Photos + ideas fond on Midwestliving.com

Have an old wheelbarrow hanging around either in the back of your garage or somewhere in your backyard? Why not make it a decorative display pot for your fall flowers. 

We like to use chalkpaint for almost any project . . . but really, any paint will do! Choose a color like this deep green that we can match at the Exeter Paint store – or whatever color you prefer!

Paint your old wheelbarrow, add soil, flowers + leafy plants and VOILA! A beautiful, fall display.

Take wooden frames, any color paint you’d like, and voilia! You’ve got your base to make a creative way to display the beautiful pieces of fall. For example, this deep red frame to display freshly fallen fall leafs. 

“For an easy mantel display, combine brightly colored fall leaves with an empty picture frame.

Hang leaves on S-hooks (used for jewelry making and found at crafts stores) or pin to a ribbon. Put nails in both sides of a colorful frame and suspend the ribbon loosely across the center, tying it to the nails. Add to the display by spreading a branch full of brightly colored berries across the length of the mantel and setting small gourds on top of egg cups.”

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Paint Your Room Online!

Ever want to see what your living room would look like lime green or mauve?

Benjamin Moore offers the opportunity to “Paint Your Room Online” to help you get a feel for how all our colors would change your space, without taking a shot in the dark kind of guess!

You can choose sample room designs from a sample bathroom to a sample front door (don’t forget to check out yesterday post about splashing your front door with some color!) — OR and even cooler . . . upload your own photos, create up to 5 surfaces on your photo that you’d like to explore on, define the areas in each surface with our easy to use painting tools and then select paint colors for your surfaces by searching or browsing the Benjamin Moorecolor section!

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Paint Your Own Room

& then come into Exeter Paint or Exeter Paint West to select your new
Benajamin Moore wall color!

Get Creative with Chalkboard Paint

While browsing this wonderful thing called the internet, charging up our creative juices, we’ve come across this brillant website full of ideas for Chalkboard Paint! And what a better way to spend a weekend than creating beautiful things!?!


1) Chalkboard Painted Wine Bottles (via Bell’alimento) : I’m sure we’ve all got some extra wine bottles laying around the house, and if you’re not that much into wine or you don’t drink at all – just ask around and soon you’ll have your own small collection. Use Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint in order to create your own center pieces for a wedding, event, or simply your own personal home decorations. Add your own inspirational words or leave unmarked. Both provide for a unique and elegant decoration.

2) Chalkboard Painted Mugs (via Wit and Whistle) : Customize these mugs with chalkboard paint to give your drinks they’re ow personality!

3) Chalkboard Painted Fridge (via HGTV + The Fancy) : Revamp that old fridge and give it some new life with a few layers of Chalkboard Paint. Make it a fun place for your kids to leave messages (or for you!) Good for list making, inspirations, or fun + creative drawings.

4) Chalkboard Stairs (via My Home Rocks) : Wait? Stairs you can draw on!? Yes, please. For a little more inspiration as you hike those stairs every day, add your own wise words or drawings.

For more amazing ideas, check out: Chalk It Up: 40 Creative Ways to Use Chalkboard Paint  + don’t forget to stop into Exeter Paint for your own Benjamin Moore Chalk Paint!

Don’t let another weekend slip away without making your own Chalkboard Paint project!