Minimalist Scandinavian Ideas

Sherwin- Williams HGTV Home can be a great resource for color ideas: “For an open, airy, and minimalistic aesthetic, it’s all about the light. Focus on blonde wood, tall windows, and pale colors like Morning Fog and Familiar Beige. Lots of sunlight makes a room feel larger and more open, connecting a space to the great outdoors. It’s perfect for anywhere you’d want to unwind, whether it’s with a cup of tea, a soft pillow, or a good book.”

Call Mike and say, “Hey, let’s get this light, bright color scheme working at my place. Right now it’s a dark cave and it’s getting me down!” 541.497.3804

The Art of Choosing an Interior Color

Often a good place to begin with color selection is with some furniture or other décor items you already own. The crew at your local Sherwin-Williams store is accustomed with people bringing in art pieces, pillows, fabric samples or a cabinet drawer to get color matched. Call Mike to take it to the next step and see your artistic vision become a reality. 541.497.3804

The wall color in this photo matches some of the blues in the painting. The pillow also has complementary colors.

Pottery Barn Collection

It’s that time of the year when we are gearing up for interior jobs, which means are clients are making decisions about interior colors and matching décor. With that in mind, check out the Potter Barn Collection at Sherwin-Williams.

Prepare to be Amazed

Put down the brush and step away from the building. There is a lot more to painting than brushing, rolling or spraying paint. In fact, all skilled painters understand that most of the job in painting is preparation. Cleaning is essential. Paint cannot adhere when debris in the way.

Peeling paint must be removed or treated. Repair or replace loose or weather damaged siding and trim. Fill holes. Caulk joints.

Don’t overlook masking – this is a task that can make or break the quality of the paint job itself and prevent damaging other surfaces. The right masking materials (tape, paper, plastic sheeting, etc) make a big difference in the results. Clean, straight lines are not automatic. It takes lots of practice to get it right. Understanding the dynamics of the air pressures produced by pressurized paint and how to layer masking, use guards and drop cloths are all big components of a job well done.

Of course you can bring in the pros to do the job right the first time, call Mike at 541-497-3804.

Upward Mobility

There are plenty of reasons not to paint your own house, but wanting to live may top the list. Reaching every painted surface on your home’s exterior and interior takes more than most homeowners realize. Through in an extra story and a hillside lot and you’ve a formula for a truly life-changing disaster.

Professional painters know how to reach all of those hard-to-reach peaks, gables and dormers that make you house look cool. The Paint Doctor knows just how to get the job done in a safe and timely manner.

You might be surprised at just what it takes to get a painter in position to update and protect your home’s exterior, but whatever it takes, the Paint Doctor’s Painting Service will get there. It could take scaffolding, ladders, power lifts, cherry pickers, zip lines or catwalks – but they will get it done safely and thoroughly. Call Mike at 541-497-3804 and save your death defying adrenaline feats for your vacation adventures.

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October 2023 Color of the Month

With roots in timeless tradition, Toile Red’s mineral hue transitions between styles both classic and contemporary. Its moody shade sets the tone for a warm monochrome style that’s comforting and earthy, yet elevated and elegant.

The Paint Doctor in Albany Oregon thought your might like Toile Red

Toile Red anchors a warm monochrome color story for October that’s made to enliven spaces with cozy, inviting energy. Its coordinating trend shades of crimson, sunbaked reds and humble neutrals combine for an effortless harmony that coordinates your look with simple yet stunning style that feels both timeless and current.

Paint Doctors Painting can help you choose your next color change.

The sleek and sophisticated look of monochrome style might seem simple, but there’s more than meets the eye. It’s an approach that relies on a careful balance of color and accent elements to pull off its tidy, tied-together look. Layer the deeper shades of Carnelian and Reddened Earth to define the space and ground Toile Red’s lighter, muted hue while Pediment lends a note of bright contrast as backdrop. Don’t be afraid to make the look your own! Use a bright, contrasting jewel tone like Blue Peacock to make an unexpected statement of whimsical charm.

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September 2023 Color of the Month

The color of the month is Cascades SW7623, which Sherwin-Williams describes as “Dramatic and moody, yet tranquil and grounded, Cascades’ versatility carries a wide range of design styles. Embrace the serene atmosphere inspired by its soothing shade.”

Bring the timeless and simple beauty of the outdoors in with September’s palette and style. Cascades’ dark, majestic green-blue is the perfect shade for naturalist living style. A nature-loving design deserves a gorgeous green hue like this one that envelops interiors with a lush and dramatic feel. As the grounding color of this collection, Cascades has a refined, balanced tone that can stand out on its own or set the stage for the other colors in the collection to shine. 

Rooted in modern organic style, this look is all about creating cozy, harmonious spaces inspired by nature. Cascades is the perfect shade for grounding the space and evoking outdoor vibes. Pair with a soothing gray-green like Evergreen Fog to soften the look and create a nurturing, fresh atmosphere. To really capture the essence of the style, lean into its organic side with soft textures, natural materials and earthy accent tones to make your space feel lived-in, warm and welcoming.

Don’t Just Stair

Stair with color and flair. Not sure what to do with your wood stairs. You’re not alone, it’s complicated, it’s time to call in the pros at Paint Doctor’s Painting.

Check out this recent project, which included some challenging stair work. Mike can fill you in on the details, but foot traffic adds another aspect to the finish selecting process. In addition to the usual water penetration and UV protection considerations, penetration is a key component for trafficked surfaces.

Details on this project included the posts and rails and working around some cool cable infill. Note the metal stays between posts. Getting the right adhesion for this mixed media stair case is among the important components to the selecting the right coatings.

Don’t just stair, stair with the Paint Doctor. Give Mike a call. 541-497-3804.

Brushing Up on Brushing On, Part 2

One of the biggest challenges for amateurs is keeping the brush properly loaded. In an effort to be careful, they will not dip the brush deep enough and then wipe too much paint off of the brush. This promotes trying to spread too little paint too far resulting in poor coverage and poor flow.

The pros on our team keep the brush loaded which makes the job go faster, produces better coverage and eliminates over brushing. Over brushing causes paint to ball up and interferes with the flow, leaving brush marks and changing the texture of the surface. Experience matters, especially when it comes to handling a paint brush.

Call Mike to get it done right the first time! 541-497-3804

Brushing Up on Brushing On, Part 1

Not everyone can get quality results with a paint brush. To begin with, you have to choose the right brush for the type of paint and for the area you are painting.

According to Sherwin-Williams, “paint brushes come in a variety of sizes, end types and bristles. A high-quality brush can mean a better-looking job with less effort. Why? Because a good-quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly, which can save you time and help you get the results you want.”

Types of Brushes

  • Natural-bristle brushes made with animal hairs are used for applying oil base paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane and other oil base finishes. The natural “flagging” (splitting or fuzzy tips) of these brushes creates split ends in the bristles that hold more paint and help assure a smooth paint release and finish.
  • Blended nylon/polyester brushes are easy to clean and work well with all types of latex paints. The combination of nylon’s durability and polyester’s shape retention is the mark of a high-quality brush – one that also produces a high-quality paint finish. What’s more, these durable brushes are built to handle numerous projects. So, with proper care, nylon / polyester brushes should last for years.
  • Polyester brushes are best for latex paints. These brushes hold their shape and stiffness in any paint and apply paint smoothly and evenly.

Brush Sizes

Sherwin-Williams paintbrushes are available in widths from 1 to 4 inches. The size you select is up to you, but a good rule of thumb is:

  • 1″ to 2″ – window and other small trim
  • 3″ – glossy paints for doors and cabinets
  • 4″ – large, flat areas

Brush End Types

  • Chisel Trim Brush – slanted bristles produce a good, straight line for trimming in corners and edges.
  • Square Trim Brush – the ends of the bristles are cut square and used primarily for applying paint over flat areas.
  • Angled Brush – bristles are cut to make it easier to apply paint to window trim.

Brush Styles

  • Thin Angle Sash – slanted bristles and a thin profile produce a good, straight line for trimming in corners and edges.
  • Angle Sash – features slanted bristles and holds more paint than its thin counterpart. Excellent for cutting in at the ceiling or painting trim.
  • Flat Sash – bristles are straight across and used primarily for applying paint over flat areas.
  • Trim – a flat brush excellent for painting large flat surfaces, especially exterior siding.
  • Wall – a thick flat brush that holds a larger amount of paint. Excellent for painting larger surface areas.