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Why Use Professional House Painters

(Disclaimer)*This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Professional House Painters. Links may be included on this post.

Our previous house is made of stucco, and when we first moved in, we wanted to give the 
exterior a fresh coat of paint.  The original color was a pale yellow, almost white.  To refresh 
the look we decided to go with a darker color, but remaining in the yellow family.
Stucco tends to absorb a lot of paint, which means more work and more paint.
For a big project like that, the best thing to do is to hire a professional house painter.
In the following, I will explain the reasons for professional house painters and why it is a better choice.

Benefits of Professional House Painters

Deciding to repaint your house is an important decision as it can bring about the aesthetic changes you’ve been looking for. We noticed the quality of paint had slowly deteriorated over the years. According to survey results, of those who contracted painters for their home, 27% sought an exterior paint project, 58% sought an interior paint project, and 15% needed both.  And of those needing interior rooms painted, 85% looked for two or more rooms to be redone. This statistic is significant because it shows that although the homeowner can do the painting, most are seeking professional workers.

There are several advantages to hiring a professional painter to get the job done. Many people simply do not have the time to devote to painting. With a hectic work and family schedule, finding time to do the job well simply isn’t in the cards for everyone. Another factor preventing people from taking on the project themselves is the fact that it is a daunting one. Not only do you need to find the right supplies and tools, but you also need to take the proper precautions to avoid compromising furniture and other household items with paint. Chances are if you are not a trained professional, it could take several days or even weeks to get the results that you are looking for.


House painters can offer professionalism and efficiency. Contracting a house painter means you simply do not have to worry about the project being done right or completed, because it will be. The difference is in the process. First, you can meet with an inspector who will perform an inspection of your house in order to generate an accurate proposal for their exterior painting. This inspection is thorough and may include a sketch of your home structure as well as video footage.

This inspection video will capture the areas of your home that need repainting as well as potential problem areas that could need treatment prior to the paint job. You may be wondering why housework is necessary for a painter, but the better shape the exterior structure is in, the longer the paint will last. A team of workers can then review this footage to allow them to prepare for the project and outline specific goals and tactics. Before any paint has touched your home, you could receive a detailed project outline, which is a 7-year warranty, and proper documentation of proof of insurance.

Reviewing Options

In a twenty-minute in-person review, you will receive a proposal packet with all of the aforementioned information as well as a detailed contract. This is an important step in the process to ensure that you understand the reason behind any extra work that may need to be done. No money will be paid until the job has been entirely completed. This preparation and consultation is free-of charge, and you can be given a clear timeline of the project.

Another important part of the process is meeting with a professional paint advisor. This individual can provide guidance and suggestions based on many years of experience. Picking out the wrong color for your home yourself is all too easy, as colors may appear differently on the exterior than they do in samples. Luckily, after you have selected your color pallets, your paint advisor could create digital renderings using actual photos of your home. This will allow you to see the most accurate portrayal of how the paint will look. This process alone has been known to save homeowners an average of 8-12 hours of work.

Paint Prep

The next step is preparing your house for painting. This prep work is integral for the house painters to perform their job well. This work should be taken quite seriously, and involves several steps. The first is pulling all rocks and landscaping away from the walls, which ensures that the landscape is protected from paint. Next, pressure washing can be done to the entire home to remove any dirt, debris, loose paint, and primary chalking. This process ensures that the entire home structure is clean and ideal for painting.

Stucco and drywall repair is another important process that will make sure that any structural damages are adequately fixed. Any remaining old paint will be scraped off and a waterproofing solution can be added to make sure no moisture is absorbed through surrounding soil that could compromise the paint. Any fixtures to your home, such as lights, will be removed so that they are not painted on. All removals will also be documented and accounted for. Any of the following areas could be masked for further protection:

·         Windows
·         Pools and pool decks
·         BBQs
·         Cement driveways and walkways
·         Security doors
·         Stain-grade doors

Painting Time

Last, but certainly not least the painting is executed. This involves priming the raw structuring of your house, which could include wood, stucco, or drywall to make sure the paint sticks to something strong. You can expect professional house painter to use paint of incredible quality that will not fade for years. Following high standards means the paint will be free from defects or variations in coloring. After the painting is meticulously applied, the structures will be repositioned according to footage that was taken before the job.

Quality Results

Your word can be the final one as you assess the job that has been completed. This is your chance to ask any questions about quality or function of your newly painted exterior. It is important that you are pleased with the final result, and thus you should have the final say in the matter. It is not until you are entirely happy that you will be expected to pay the quote that was previously agreed upon.

Contracting house painters can help you achieve the exact look and feel you want for your home. They understand the importance of quality, professionalism, and working on a timeline. This team of individuals will allow you to have piece of mind about the important process of repainting your home.

I was glad to have had someone else do the painting and it turned out beautifully.  With the unevenness of our stucco walls, I would have probably made quite a mess.  Happy Painting!

Two are Back! -Christmas Garlands at Etsy

Hello friends, I am stopping by today to let you know that these garlands are available once more
at my Etsy shop.  There are only two rolls (9 yard roll) left from last year and I will no longer make these. 
I am trying to make this a happy Christmas for my little one and appreciate your support.  Please 
spread the word, to others who may be interested and thank you always.  Enjoy your week!  

Cursive Handwriting Workbook Review

*Disclosure: I received this product for review. All views and opinions expressed are my honest 100% opinion.

     I received this Cursive Handwriting Workbook to review and to share my honest opinion 
about it.  This beautiful and simple 8" 1/2 x 11" workbook is intended for the young cursive 
learner in grades 2-3. The book has a table of contents and it also shows ways for a student 
to hold a pencil properly for writing comfortably.  It is pretty easy to follow and provides 
students with handwriting exercises that begin with the letters of the alphabet in cursive.
The workbook also provides cursive sentences for the student to practice, which is certainly
helpful as they learn to connect letters and form sentences. This provides a great opportunity
for learning how to read in cursive.

     Each letter is introduced with arrows guiding the student as to where to begin and end the
curved letter. The students practice by tracing over the letters and then they write it on their own.

     After the students learn to form the letters correctly, they write numbers and the names of
numbers.  As the young learner progresses to smaller sized letters, they then write the days
of the week and the months of the year. Students will find this cursive handwriting workbook
fun as it has 26 coloring pages with cursive handwriting practice, one for each
letter of the alphabet; a great reward after they are done with their cursive sentences.

     They are also given pages to draw with practice cursive letters. Toward the end of the book,
there are extra lines for either extra practice, or for providing the opportunity for them to write
their own sentences or little stories.

     I am currently helping my son learn and perfect his cursive handwriting skills. He has
improved his cursive writing a great deal. I can honestly say that with practice, he has
achieved beautiful cursive handwriting and he can read cursive as well, which I find to
be important.

     This is a great workbook for children to practice without overworking them. I would
recommend this book to any student looking to learn to write cursive.  It is simple, easy
and encouraging for those who wish to learn or improve their cursive handwriting skills.
To get your very own, click the image below to visit amazon.

Product Photography at Home

*This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links. This is not a paid post.
Product Photography at Home 

     When I started my crafting hobby five years ago, I decided to sell the items I made by hand on
Etsy, but  I knew absolutely nothing about photography, branding and everything else that came along with the business.

     I look back at my first photographed items and wonder what in the world was I doing?  They are
dark, with shadows and uninteresting.  It took me a while to learn how to photograph products
on my own, taking a long time to actually get it, but what I have discovered is that I can learn quite a lot from the photography classes offered at Craftsy.  I have taken a class and have learned a great deal already.  One of the many classes offered there is the Product Photography at Home class.  For someone who knew nothing about aperture and shutter speed, I have come a long way.

     There is so much to learn and gain from the classes offered there. I am very happy with the classes and the best part is that I can go at my own pace.  A busy momma can only do so much right?

     I am in love with everything Craftsy offers because they have classes for all kinds of craft such as cooking, baking, sewing, painting, woodwork, watercolors, crocheting and so much more; the list goes on.  They have just added several new classes to their site with many to choose from depending on your interest.

     As to the photography portion, it helps with my Etsy shop, my blog and my personal photos. You will learn that light becomes your best friend when shooting.  I do most of my photography outside when it's nice and bright, avoiding direct light to my pieces.

     If you like, drop by Craftsy and check out the classes that are being offered.  I hope that you find one suitable for you.  Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Autumn! Fall Goodies

Chalk Full of Love
I don't know about you, but I have yet to feel the beginning of Autumn in these parts.  
I have to look for Fall inspired items to think about this season, considering that it is still 
pretty hot here.  

It has been a while, since I have given my fellow handmade artisans some recognition on the blog.
I've selected only a few of my favorites to feature on today's post. All items are Fall themed, so check them out, visit their sites and support them if you can.  Click on the captions to get to their site.

LemonadeMakinMama will have her shop open for only a week starting October 1st, 
Thursday, so check her out too.   I hope that you enjoy viewing the selected few here and you may also visit the artisans that were featured on this post and this post.  Let me know which are your favorites.   Happy Autumn!
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