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Choosing The Right Finish When Painting Your Home

You want to re-paint your home but maybe you don’t know where to start? Or, maybe you do have painted a few times but could use a little help. Either way, here is some advice on picking out the right finish for the room you are painting.

You may hear it be called finishes, sheen level, or shine level. Regardless, they are all the same when it comes down to it. There are certain areas in your home that may require a higher sheen level. Then there are some areas that do not require a higher sheen level, but rather a low one.

Our first question is where your are paint and what you are painting. Those answers will determine what sheen level you will need. As you go up in sheen level, Flat, Eggshell, Satin, Semi-gloss, and Gloss, the wash ability and scrub ability go up, meaning they tend to be stronger. So we will go through each sheen level and tell you where they would be best applied.



CONCEALING Most, if not all flat paint will be applied to your ceilings in your home. Reason being you typically don’t have to worry about scrubbing your ceiling because it’s not exactly something you can reach in most instances.

Where to apply: ceilings, dining room, living room, closets


Eggshell & Satin

EASY MAINTENANCE Your eggshell finish will be applied a majority of the time in your living spaces along with the hallways in your home. So the living rooms, maybe a den and so on. The hallways are pretty self-explanatory, but if you do not have the best of lighting in your hallways, and want it to pop a little bit more, my recommendation would be going to a satin.

Using a satin finish gives you more of a shine than the eggshell, and is more durable. With that being said, you should think about places in your home that may need a little bit more of a durable paint. You can use a satin in a bathroom, kitchen and even a garage. As I’ve said before, you will be able to wash this a lot easier or scrub harder on those things that may end up on your walls. It’s also nice because it doesn’t pop like a semi-gloss or gloss would, and if you were looking for something like this, it would be the perfect fit.

Where to apply: high-traffic areas



DURABILITY When it comes to using a semi-gloss, you want to think of surfaces that might get banged against, or a high traffic area where it is susceptible to being damaged. A strong finish that is typically used on kitchen cabinets, trim around your home and doors and other woodworking that you may want to do. I would always tell my customers for cabinets that this finish is the way to go if you have children. We were all young at some point, and we’re not necessarily easy on objects like that.

Where to apply: trim, woodwork, cabinetry



HIGHLIGHT As for using a gloss finish within the home, it’s not widely used. A majority of the time when thinking of a gloss finish, it is on old furniture that needs some touching up. Which in most instances from what I’ve experienced has been outdoor chairs that sit on the decks and patios of homes. Gloss finishes deliver the highest level of shine and durability.

Where to apply: doors, trim, other architectural elements


Although this is just some of the basics of getting started on your house for painting, I hope it does help you when the time rolls around and you want a new look. Obviously everyone has their own opinion on what finishes they want where, and that is perfectly okay. If you are not sure about doing it on your own, or want more in depth advice, I would stop by somewhere with paint and pick their brains for more details. If you don’t want to paint your home at all by yourself, then I would recommend finding a contractor because they will be able to take you step by step through the process of what will be done and what is best.


The Tiny Home Movement

It seems as if the tiny home trend has taken off, and is here to stay. Until the next new trendy item hits the market… which we all know will be in the near future. For the meantime though, let’s focus on the pros and cons of the infamous tiny homes.

As we can all figure out, they are sufficient with respects to overall cost of living, which is very low. Then you have utility bills that are also in turn lower.

Unless you do have to install plumbing and water, then that may add on to the overall cost of buying the tiny home. Nonetheless, they are still cheaper than the alternative of buying a home that is bigger than 400 square feet.

It’s also maybe well known – maybe not – that you can easily move these tiny homes. A majority of them can be on wheels, so when you’re tired of living where you are, you can just up and leave. For some of us who like to move around, that’s a nice benefit. Call it a modern mobile home if you will…

With pros there are always cons in almost any circumstance, if you like to have your personal space, but also enjoy your significant other, this could be a tough situation. If you get into an argument and need to cool off, your only real option is to go outside. But who fights with their spouse? Hah.

If you’re a person who likes to make the occasional quick run to Target and ends up stocking up on bulk size quantities of laundry soap and toilet paper and hitting up every clearance aisle, you may have to change your ways. Limited space, limited storage, means more trips and smaller trips to the store for food and toiletries.

Those are just some of the more obvious pros and cons that are associated with living in a tiny home. Now let’s look at three pros and the next three cons that may not have been so obvious. Nonetheless, they are things to keep in mind if you are thinking about trying the tiny home lifestyle.

  1. Customizing your tiny home can be fun and the possibilities are endless. The main issue would be storage, but you could figure out how to store the must haves. If designing isn’t your thing, you could talk to one of our designers who would be happy to help you.
  2. Ah yes, storage, as mentioned above seems to be the main issue when it comes to these tiny homes. Cabinets can be a solution to this problem. Yes they would have to be smaller than the norm, but we can help you maximize the space in your tiny home.
  3. The big reason a majority of people decide that the tiny home is right for them, is money. These homes on average cost around $23,000 but it depends on the size and materials. We would be happy to sit down and work through the details of your project needs and develop an estimate to see if the tiny home is for you.
  1. Are you a person who likes to host? These tiny homes are not the ideal space for hosting a get together for friends or family. You certainly wouldn’t be able to create a gathering space as fabulous as those on our gallery page…
  2. From just plain hot and humid, to frigid cold (sometimes the next day), you never really know what to expect. The winter months can be especially harsh because of the cold and keeping your home warm can be a challenge. Weather barriers and extra insulation is a must have if you choose to live in a tiny home in the Midwest.
  3. The tiny home may not be the safest place during severe weather in the summer. We can experience high winds, flooding, and the occasional tornado where we are located. If you live in tornado alley, we would not recommend living in a tiny home.

In My Opinion…

For some of us it is a wonderful idea. It is cost effective, you have the ability to move around at your own convenience and you can design the home any way you want to. There are many more pros to this. I’m a 6’1”, 225 lb football player that needs a lot of space. I can also eat a lot of food, need a bed that is bigger than I am tall, and like to have an area where I can escape for a while with no distractions. A tiny home is just not in my future. Is it in yours?

Holy Shiplap!

Holy Shiplap!  When you think of ship lap, what comes to mind?

If you have seen any of the recent DIY shows lately like Rehab Addict, American Pickers or Fixer Upper, you have probably heard a lot about shiplap.


When is the best time to remodel?

When is the best time to remodel?

Winter, spring, summer or fall? All you have to do is call.

Did you sing that too? I did. “What is the best time of year to remodel my home?” our customers wonder. Our answer? It depends…


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