Chalkboard Calendar installation in Toronto!

Chalkboard Calendar installation in Toronto!

Have you ever thought about having a chalkboard calendar in your Toronto home?  How about a magnetic chalkboard calendar?

We did just that for a cooking studio in the west end of Toronto.

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Here are the steps that we did…

Products

  • Tape – We used Frog Tape for the border and ¼” tape for the grid lines
  • Activewall magnetic primer – It’s the primer that gives the wall it’s ability to hold on to magnets.  Be sure to purchase enough as 1 gallon will only cover 100 sq. ft.
  • Activewall chalkboard paint
  • Drop sheets
  • Rollers and roller trays
  • Laser level
  • Measuring tape
  • Patience, lot’s of patience!

Chalkboard Calendar Layout

Our calendar ended up being 133” wide by 100” tall, each square ended up being 19” wide by 15” tall.

In order to get straight lines we used a laser level to line up the border, which we tchalkboard calendar, toronto house painteraped off first.  We made sure that we pressed down on the entire length of the tape, so that the paint wouldn’t bleed underneath.

Then we marked off the location of the grid lines, which we then taped off with the ¼” tape.  We decided to tape the horizontal lines first and then the verticals.

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Priming

The primer has to be coated thick to ensure that magnets will stick to it.  In order to get the recommended coverage we needed to do 3 coats of the primer.

chalkboard calendar, chalkboard paint, toronto house painterThe manufacturer recommends that the primer dries for 12 hours before applying the finish coat.  We decided to take the tape off as soon as we were finished priming, and then re-tape the following day.  Why did we do this? Because the primer goes on so thick, once it dries there will be a lot of surface tension.  So if we pulled the tape after the primer was fully dry, there would be a risk of peeling some of the paint off with the primer.

Finish coat

The day following we checked over our primer and made sure it was nice and smooth for the chalkboard paint.  Any little flecks of debris were sanded off.

We re-taped the layout, this time using the layout of the primer as our guide, rather than a laser level.chalkboard calendar, chalkboard paint, toronto house painter

Then the chalkboard paint was rolled on, one coat being sufficient.  The thicker the finish coat, the less magnetic the surface will be, so it’s important to coat the surface as thin as possible.

The tape was then peeled to reveal our wonderful chalkboard calendar!

Finishing touches

Our client purchased some wood letters for the days of the week, which we painted with gloss red paint.  These were mounted using construction adhesive.

One thing to keep in mind is that 24 hours dry time is needed before the chalkboard can be used and a full week is needed before the chalkboard can be wiped down.  This is very common for paint, most needs a couple of weeks before it can be washed.

In conclusion

If this is something that you’d like done for your home or place of business, why don’t you book a quote online?  We’d love to Transform Your Home (or business) With Lasting Beauty!

Can Existing Wallpaper be Wallpapered over instead of removed?

Can Existing Wallpaper be Wallpapered over instead of removed?

Wallpaper can be difficult to remove sometimes.  Sometimes it does damage to the walls when it’s removed.  In these cases can we wallpaper over the existing wallpaper in your Toronto home?

In most cases the answer is yes, if certain steps are followed so that the new wallpaper adheres properly to the surface.

wallpaper removal, toronto wallpaper installationFirst, Let’s see if the existing paper will come off…

It’s best if the existing wallpaper can be removed.  If not, there are 2 layers of paper that have to be stripped the next time that the walls are either painted or papered.

At CAM Painters we have various tips and tricks to remove wallpaper, so that it can be done in the most efficient manner.  So it’s worth at least exploring removal.

READ MORE:  How do I remove wallpaper in my Toronto home?

Is the existing paper smooth?

If the existing wallpaper has a texture, that texture can show through the new wallpaper.  A heavier wallpaper can hide the texture of the previous wallpaper, so it’s helpful to choose something that’s a little thicker.

If the texture is very pronounced, it’s better not to take any chances and to strip the current wallpaper.

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If the existing wallpaper is starting to lift at the seams or is bubbling, this could cause problems with a subsequent layer of wallpaper.  Therefore, it’s best to remove the existing wallpaper if possible.

Here are the steps we take to install new wallpaper over existing wallpaper

  1. Any lifting or bubbling sections of wallpaper are cut out; We want to make sure that we have a firm base to work from.
  2. The existing wallpaper is coated with a high quality wallpaper primer.
  3. A visual inspection is done to the walls.  Once the primer dries, bubbles can appear and seams can lift which were not apparent before.  We want to make sure that we have a sound base to work from.
  4. If any lifting wallpaper was removed, these areas need to be spot primed.
  5. Any areas of wallpaper that have been removed need a thin layer of drywall patch to make the wall smooth and even.
  6. Once dry, the drywall patch needs to be spot primed.

Once these steps have been done, we’re ready to hang wallpaper, just like a normal wallpaper installation!

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wallpaper removal, toronto wallpaper installationSo, if you have existing wallpaper on your walls and would like something new, there are a couple of different processes that we can use.  These options are discussed with our clients and we can move forward based on what is both most durable and most cost effective.

So if you’d like to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty why don’t you book a quote?

What goals do you have for your Toronto home in 2018?

What goals do you have for your Toronto home in 2018?

It’s that time of year!  The time that everyone reflects on the past year and sets goals for the next.

How about setting some goals for taking care of your home in 2018?  If you proactively take care of your home it will pay dividends down the road in terms of money savings and comfort.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Don’t put off small maintenance items.

Changing your furnace filter is just one example.  By changing your furnace filter on a regular basis you increase your overall comfort and lessen the chance of expensive furnace repairs in the future.

Keep an eye on the humidity in your home

Homes can get extremely dry in the winter months, so be sure to monitor the humidity in your home.  I know of someone who’s place was so dry that all the glue in her wooden furniture dried out and it started falling apart!goals, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

Dryness can also affect your paint and wallpaper.  Oh yes, if there’s not enough humidity the paste that holds wallpaper to walls can dry out and the seams in the wallpaper can open up.  Also, if there’s not enough humidity in the home wooden trim can shift and open up cracks and gaps in the paint work.

A related tip..

Check the tops of your doors, door frames and window frames.  Oftentimes these are missed or skipped by painters, however, it’s helpful to have them painted even though they’re generally not seen.  If all sides of the wood are not painted as the more humid weather comes moisture can enter through the exposed surface and it can swell.  This is the reason why when you shut a door it can feel tight at one time of year and loose at another.

How about some exterior paint-related tips?

Keep snow off your deck, front steps, window sills, basement window wells.  Basically, if snow is sitting on a painted surface, it’s wise to clear it off.  By removing the snow you not only protect the paint job, you also protect the wood underneath.  Ice and snow build up can really take a toll on wood – even more so than a summer rain shower.  When a rain shower comes, it generally passes in an hour or two.  When snow comes, it stays for weeks on end.  goals, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

This moisture issue is compounded by the wood expanding during the spring thaw too.  As the wood expands the grain opens up, it can crack the paint and allow the melting snow to penetrate into the wood.  The more moisture that gets into wood, the greater chance of wood rot and degradation.

In summary…

Setting a goal for taking care of your home in 2018 can pay for itself in comfort and cost savings.  It can also pay for a new paint job too!!!  So why don’t you book a quote?  CAM Painters would love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

My @#$#&*! painter never showed up!!!! How do I find a reliable painter?

My @#$#&*! painter never showed up!!!! How do I find a reliable painter?

Unfortunately this is a more common experience in Toronto than it should be.  Here’s how you can avoid this occurrence and find a reliable painter…

Here’s the backstory,

You found someone either through a recommendation of a friend, or perhaps on Facebook, or a lawn sign.  

He seemed like a nice fellow when he met with you for the quote.

He gave you a price, you accepted it and booked in a start date.

The start date rolled around and no painter!  No phone call, no text, no email – Nothing!!

Why would this happen in the first place?

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First off, it’s very easy to call yourself a painting contractor.  

Barriers to entry are very low, a vehicle, some brushes, rollers, roller trays and you can call yourself a painter.  However, with such a low startup cost some people treat their “painting business” as a part-time hobby.

Many of these “painting contractors” will do cash only, so that they can avoid taxes and proper insurances, which places a lot of risk on the homeowner that hires them.

To sum it up, they don’t have much invested in the process, so it’s easy for them to quit on their customers and leave them high and dry.

How can you find a reliable painting contractor?

You can minimize the chance of this happening to you by doing your due diligence.  How so?

Ask your painting contractor how many years they’ve been in business?  

As a general rule of thumb, the more years someone has been in business, the more they are invested in the success of their business.  

At CAM Painters, we’ve been in business for 16 years.  We’ve invested thousands of dollars in equipment, so that we can provide a great customer experience.Toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

READ MORE:  Which painting contractor offers the best value for my Toronto home?

Look for reviews and testimonials

People will always say good things about themselves, sometimes they can even get a couple of other people to say good things about them.  

Look for reliable contractors with lots of social proof:

They’ve got lots of Google reviews – not just one review from their mother!  At CAM Painters we currently have over 20 5 star reviews and counting!

They’ve got video testimonials – and not just written testimonials because those can be fabricated.  We’ve got a number of video testimonials both on our YouTube channel and our websitereliable painter, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

A reputable contractor will give a written proposal and back up their work with a written warranty  

You want an agreement in writing, so that there is no gray area of “he said, she said”.  At CAM Painters we have a written proposal that goes over every aspect of the job from start to finish.

A reliable contractor will offer a written warranty on their work.  At CAM Painters we offer a 5 year written warranty on both interior and exterior projects, as well as one hour of free touch ups each year, so that your house always looks it’s best!

To sum it up…

If you do your due diligence when you select a painting contractor you can minimize surprises during the painting process, such as someone not showing up when they say they will, or any other myriad of missed promises.

At CAM Painters we strive to give an excellent painting experience from start to finish, so why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

3 things your Toronto home wants for the holidays!

3 things your Toronto home wants for the holidays!

During the holidays you give gifts to relatives that you don’t really like – so how about giving a gift to your Toronto home?holidays, gift, Toronto wallpaper installation, interior painting

Your Toronto home protects you from the harsh elements, keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  So why don’t you show it some love this holiday season?  If your Toronto home could talk, I guarantee these things would be on it’s holiday wish list

A wallpapered powder room…

Much like you gals have a fancy scarf, or guys have a cool neck tie, your home wants a shot of colour and drama.  In this case, a little pop of colour can go a long way, so try a bold patterned wallpaper in your powder room!  Because it’s a small area you can make a very dramatic choice vs. Wallpapering the entire main floor, for example.  

Or a few wallpapered accent wallsholidays, gift, toronto house painters, wallpaper installation

For the very same reasons listed above, accent walls are a great way to add a shot of colour and drama to an otherwise lifeless room.  If you have reservations, start with the guest bedroom, or if you want to go all in, go for the master bedroom.

A painter for a day

Over time your house experiences some wear and tear.  When that happens, it doesn’t necessarily need a full paint job from top to bottom, but just a freshening up.  Why don’t you book a Painter for a Day?  This program gives you a fully stocked professional painter for up to 8 hours to take care of those areas that need holiday, gift, toronto house painter, wallpaper installationa little freshening up.  

In fact, you could book a Painter for a Day before the relatives come over for the holidays, so that your home can look it’s best.

Conversely, I know some of you have rambunctious nieces and nephews!  So maybe you want to book a Painter for a Day after the holidays, to fix the wear and tear that the little hooligans have inflicted on your home!

Read more about our Painter for a Day Program

A consult with an Interior Designer or Professional Organizer

If you’re not happy with your home, maybe you don’t need a new home, maybe all you need is to reorganize the way your home works for you.  holidays, gift, toronto house painter, wallpaper installation

If you have a consultation from an interior designer, maybe they can suggest some simple steps for you to enhance the look and/or the functionality of your home.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the stuff that’s lurking in your home, perhaps a professional organizer can help make your home less cluttered and more functional.

Hiring a professional is always wise, because the savings in time and aggravation more than pays for the service itself, and you reap the benefits for a long time after the consultation.

A final word on your home’s holiday wish list

Although this gift guide is not exhaustive, we have offered some suggestions to get you thinking about your home.  I’d suggest that your home wants a splash of colour, to be well maintained and be organized, so that it works for you.

Why don’t you buy your home a gift and book a quote with CAM Painters, we’d love to Transform Your Home with Lasting Beauty!

Can my staircase be stained & painted in my Toronto home?

Can my staircase be stained & painted in my Toronto home?

This is a familiar scenario:  You have the flooring redone in your Toronto home and then realize that the staircase doesn’t match the new flooring.  We can help!

Many people are painting the wood on their staircases in a two-tone colour scheme and it looks fantastic!  Or they paint everything but the stair tread – on that area they have it stained and varnished to match the flooring.

I’ll go through the process shortly.  But first, let’s define the anatomy of a staircase:staircase, toronto house painters, interior painting

  • Railing:  This consists of the handrail – what your hand rests on, spindles and posts
  • Stair tread:  the part that your foot walks on
  • Stair riser:  the part that your toe inadvertently kicks when running up the stairs
  • Stair stringers:  the piece on either side of the stairs that holds the whole assembly up

What are our options?

If we want to paint the stairs, here is a typical colour scheme:

dark colour: Handrail, posts, stair tread

light colour:  spindles, stringers, risers

If you want to do both stain/varnish and paint, the stair tread would be stained and varnished and the rest of the colours could be similar to the above scheme.

How do you ensure that the staircase is durable?Toronto house painters, staircase, CAM Painters

As you can imagine, stairs take a beating and it’s essential to have the most durable paint on them.

First thing, proper preparation is key:

If the stairs are currently varnished and we want to paint them it’s essential that we scuff sand the surface, this gives the primer something to grip on to.

After sanding we vacuum the surface to ensure all the dust is off the surface

We prime the surface with low odour alkyd primer – latex primers don’t stick good enough for foot traffic and constant abuse.

If We’re Staining and Varnishingstaircase, Toronto house painters

When staining and varnishing the stair tread we need to remove the existing coating all the way down to the bare wood.

Finish Coats:

If We’re Painting the Treads

We apply two coats of finish – low odor alkyd paint on the stair tread, which is suitable for walked on surfaces, on the other areas we use a latex enamel suitable for trim.

If We’re Staining and Varnishing the Treads and Painting the Rest

Generally we need to apply two coats of stain to get the wood to the right colour.  After we apply the stain we put two coats of varnish on the tread, with a light sand in between coats.

On the other areas we put two coats of latex enamel suitable for trim.

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In conclusion

We’d love to update your staircase, so why don’t you book a quote?  CAM Painters will Transform your Home With Lasting Beauty!