Thursday, March 3, 2011

Faux Finishing Explained

Faux finishing is an interior painting technique used on surfaces to resemble other natural materials. It can be applied to a variety of surface materials such as dry wall, plaster, wall board, metal, wood, glass, and ceramic. Use faux finishing for enhancing the decorative look in your home and increasing its value. Continue reading for benefits that come from applying faux finishes to the interior of your household.

Benefits of Faux Finishing:

-    Great way to enhance and accent home structures such as doorways, ceilings, and columns.

-    Durable and requires little maintenance. Faux finishing is washable, and lasts longer than other decorative wall tactics such as wallpaper. Also unlike wallpaper, faux finishes do not have seams nor will these finishes peel.

-    Applying faux finishes to the walls in your home is an excellent way to hide any imperfections, like cracks, holes, and depressions.

-    Faux finishing has the ability to transform the dull and boring areas in your home and add depth, design, and dimension.

-    Faux finishing is very cost effective and can be customized to any homeowner’s desire.

Call 1-800-SOBRINSKI for faux finishing information for your Allentown remodeling, Bethlehem remodeling, or Easton remodeling project.

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First Step in Remodeling your Basement

Deciding to finally start your basement remodeling adventure will give you the opportunity to create that extra space in your home that doesn’t need to follow the same scheme as the rest of your house. Finishing your basement means a chance to get innovative with new colors, lighting, and design.

However, before you start the design process you must first evaluate your basements climate to determine whether or not you will be limited as far as your material choices. For example, if your basements floor or walls are sensitive to moisture, carpet flooring might not be the best option for you.

How to test your basement for moisture:

-    Type a plastic sheet in different areas of your basement. Make sure the sheet is close to airtight. Leave the sheets of plastic there for at least 24 hours. If you live in a dry area you may want to leave the sheets sit for a longer period of time. When you check the sheets of plastic after a solid amount of time and you find water has collected than you will have to take extra steps before you install your new basement floor to ensure it is waterproof. These steps will involve contacting a professional to install a vapor guard.

Basement flooring types:
Tile – Tile is a fantastic choice for basement flooring. It has water resistant properties that are ideal for any basement sensitive to water moisture. Tiles come in a wide variety of styles, sizes and color. One of the biggest benefits of tile flooring is that it is easily replaceable and repairable.

Hardwood – Hardwood flooring is sophisticated and looks as elegant in your basement as is does in the main floor of your home. Although not a great material for a basement susceptible to water seepage, for dry basements it is a beautiful touch.

Carpet – Carpet is ideal for anyone looking to turn their basement into a relaxed or kid friendly atmosphere. It is homey, comfortable and a great way to keep in the warm and cool air during the different seasons.

Call 1-800-SOBRINSKI for faux finishing information for your Allentown remodeling, Bethlehem remodeling, or Easton remodeling project.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Carpet Flooring

Carpet is one of the most popular types of flooring. It is also one of the most versatile. While you are picking out the color for your new Sobrinski Painting job, it would be the perfect time to also pick out your new carpet. Forget about the hassle. At Sobrinski we bring the samples to you, so you can decide which type of carpet will look the best in your newly Sobrinski painted room. Continue reading to find out the benefits of installing a new Sobrinski carpet.

Benefits of Carpet Flooring

-    Carpet is very diverse in colors and texture. It will go with any type of home or office décor.

-    Compared to other types of flooring, carpet, is by far the most comfortable. It’s cushioned so it’s nice to sit, play and walk on.

-    Carpet is very easy to maintain. It requires frequent vacuuming and once a year should be professionally cleaned.

-    Carpeting also keeps the house or office warmer. It is more thermal resistant by keeping the heat or cool air in conserving more energy.

-    As far as safety is concerned, carpet is the best way to prevent frequent slips and falls. If you have young children or an elderly person living in your home, carpet flooring is the best way to put any worries of accidental falls at ease.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Art Of Painting

As easy as it may sound, painting a room can take a lot of preparation and time to do.  Painting a room properly and making it look the best it can be involves certain steps and procedures.  The first step to painting a room is to take out all furniture and wall decorations.  Then, cover up anything that you don’t want to get paint on.  This would include the floor and outlets around the room.  After that, you want to sand down the surfaces you wish to paint (this includes the ceiling).  When you are completely done sanding, vacuum up the room and wash the walls down with water and a sponge.
The next step is filling in gaps and holes around the room.  Run a thin line of caulk over any gaps where the molding meets the wall.  Then, take a putty knife and patch up any holes in the walls.  You can use patching compound or joint compound depending on what type of walls you have.  You then want to go back and sand until its smooth, then wipe down with warm water and a sponge again.
Now you’re ready to paint!  Go around the room and cut in all the corners with a small paint brush.  This would include areas such as corners or right up against the molding.  That way, once you are ready to lay the paint on thick, you don’t have to worry about getting paint in areas that it’s not supposed to be.  When you are ready to paint the entire wall, dip the roller in the paint and move it back and forth until the paint is evenly dispersed around the entire roller.  Squeeze out any excess and paint away!
As you can see, painting a room is not a hard task.  It just takes a lot of groundwork and time to make sure you are being as precise as you possibly can be.  If you would rather not do it yourself, you can get an interior painter to do it for you.  Nevertheless, refer back to these steps when you are looking to remodel a room in your home!     

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Popular Color Schemes for the New Year


During the winter months we protect ourselves from the harsh, cold weather by staying inside the comfort of our homes. While spending that large amount of time indoors you might start noticing some home improvements that need to be made, starting with a new paint job. Begin the New Year right by revamping your homes current color scheme to something fresh and new. Continue reading to get more insight into the coming years most popular interior color schemes.
Choosing to satisfy your redecoration fix by sticking with neutral colors is safe, simple, and always gives a room a sense of style and sophistication. Paint the walls with a light color such as beige than accent it with hues of gold and brown. The traditional and classic tones will bring elegance to any room.
            Keep the home feeling cozy by choosing to paint with warm colors like chocolate brown, deep orange, red, eggplant, olive etc. Use a light color and a dark color to create contrast in the room and let them accent each other. Since lighter colors make spaces appear bigger, use that color for the walls and larger areas and let the darker colors accent the space.
            To give your home a more modern and fun look, choose to paint with bright colors that pop. Such contemporary colors would include lime green, turquoise, and bright orange. Of course you wouldn’t use these colors together, however individually these colors would go great with neutrals or bold accessories and will give your home or room the new and fresh look you have been working for.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Little Paint Can Go A Long Way

When painting a house, or rooms inside a house, it is important to know how to apply paint the right way.  There is a method to this painting madness and tricks to getting your rooms to look the best they ever have.  It all starts with picking out the right colors for your room.  There are certain colors that go well together and will make your room look bigger, brighter and more appeasing to the eye.
Certain rooms take to certain colors better than other rooms would.  A living room, for instance, usually looks better with lighter colors, as it makes the room feel comfortable and homey, like it should.  Yellows, tans, light browns or whites are good for this type of relaxing room.  A dining room or kitchen, however, can have a darker color on the walls such as shades of red, orange, bright yellows or greens.
Incorporating trim in each room is a good move to make as well.  However, trim can be integrated with not only paint, but wallpaper.  Some people may not want to paint and instead, hang wallpaper.  This idea can be just as good depending on what room you are remodeling, what style of wallpaper you are using and the colors you are trying to match up.  It is solely about preference and what you think looks well together in the given room.
Painting a room is not a hard task to complete.  Take out all furniture and wall decorations then cover up anything that you don’t want to get paint on.  This would include the floor and outlets around the room.  Next, you’ll want to sand the walls and fill in any gaps and holes with caulk or patching compound.  Re-sand after you are done filling in any imperfections, wipe down the walls with water and a sponge then vacuum the room.  You are now ready to paint! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

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