4 Kitchen painting tips:

1.      Use paint especially for the kitchen:  Steam and moisture build-up is common in kitchens, so it’s important to consider paints that can handle it.

2.      Appropriate kitchen colors:  There are no rules when it comes to choosing kitchen paint, but there are colors that are known to create a cheery atmosphere or increase appetites.  These include sunny yellow, peach, terra cotta, or citrus lime green. Classic black and white is another popular color scheme that goes well with appliances and other fixtures.

3.      Dislike your cabinets? If you want to draw attention away from your cabinetry, select a wall color that closely matches the cabinetry color, or at least in the same shade or color family. The less contrast the better when you want to minimize an element's visual impact. The lack of color contrast also helps the space look larger.

4.      Clean up existing paint: Kitchens can have walls that can talk. They can show that it’s a well lived in space.  If your paint looks decent overall, but there are scuffs, use an eraser-type cleaner to remove marks from chairs or tiny fingers.


Angie’s List Tips: Hiring a painter:

1.      Experience: How long has the contractor been in business? This trade can have high turnover. Make sure you hire someone who has been operating for two years or longer. Also, do they keep up on the latest products and techniques?

2.      Employees vs. subs: Does the contractor have employees? If so, are they direct employees, meaning they receive a paycheck from the contractor, or are they considered subcontractors? If they are direct employees, the contractor’s workers’ compensation and general liability insurance policies should cover them. If they are subcontractors, they should have their own insurance policies. Either way, the contractor should give you a copy of proof of insurance both for their business and any subcontractors, if necessary.

3.      Licensing:Does the painting contractor have a state-issued license, general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance? It is absolutely critical that the contractor has all necessary insurance and licenses. A reputable, licensed and insured contractor will have all the proper documents. Remember, it protects them and any workers they may have on site, as well as you and your home.

4.      Prep work:What kind of preparation work does the contractor do? A cheaper job will skimp on the prep work to cut corners. A good painting contractor will take the time to do everything that should be done, what they have stated they will do and what you both agreed would be done. The workmanship will show in the end, good or bad.

5.      Call references: Can your contractor provide them? Call references and ask questions about how the company worked, communicated and addressed the homeowners’ needs.

6.      Get a formal estimate: Make sure the contractor puts the scope of the project, materials they will use and amount of prep work in a written contract, not on the back of business card or a haphazardly drawn-up dollar figure on a piece of paper. A professional painting contractor provides their clients with written contracts and specifications.

7.      Is there a guarantee? Besides the guarantee offered on the products by the paint manufacturers, most reputable painting contractors will offer a warranty on the application/preparation process. Get it in writing.

8.      Cost:Price is always a concern. But the lowest bid should not be your first or only consideration. You want to get someone with skill, experience, proper license and insurance, and who is aware of safety issues and a good worker.  Remember, always get three bids and compare apples to apples.