What can I do with the wall panelling in the basement of my Toronto home?

What can I do with the wall panelling in the basement of my Toronto home?

Are your children scared of going down in the basement?  Do you jokingly call your basement a dungeon?  If you own an older Toronto home, chances are you have dark panelled walls in the basement.  

Dark walls, combined with small basement windows and limited light make for a really dark living space!  How can you make your basement more light and inviting?  Here are a few ideas

Install more lighting.

Add a few more fixtures, whether that means installing pot lights, or just using brighter bulbs in your existing fixtures.

Rip out your old walls and install drywall

Obviously the best solution for your basement walls is to install new drywall, this give your home the most up to date look, however, let’s weigh the pros and cons:

Pros:  You end up with smooth painted walls

Cons:  It’s both the most expensive and the most time-consuming option

Paint your panelling

Did you know that you can paint that dark panelling in your basement?  What’s involved?  First you’ll need to make sure that the surface is clean.  Use a primer that offers good adhesion, one of our favorites for this application is Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer, or XIM UMA both of which are designed to stick to glossy and smooth surfaces such as panelling.

Pros:  Very economical and you can paint it whatever colour you choose

Cons:  You still have the ridges from the old panelling

Wallpaper your panelling

Once your panelling is primed you can have wallpaper installed over the top of it.  In general, thicker wallpaper will work better in this situation that a thinner wallpaper would because the thicker paper hides surface imperfections better.

Pros:  You don’t have to install new drywall to achieve smooth walls

Cons:  The panelling needs to have been installed properly in the first place.  If there are bumps, especially where the panels join, this could show through the finished product.

In conclusion

There is hope for your dark dungeon-like basement!  If you’d like to paint or wallpaper your panelled basement walls why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your basement with lasting beauty!

Is more expensive paint worth it for my Toronto home?

Is more expensive paint worth it for my Toronto home?

What’s the difference between a cheap paint and an expensive paint?  When you go in to any paint store in Toronto the choices are overwhelming.  Multiply that by the number of different paint brands available in the city and choosing paint becomes quite a task!  Prices can range from $25/gallon to over $100/gallon which further confuses the issue, are the high end paints really worth the extra cost?

In general, the more expensive a paint is, the better it will perform.  More expensive paint generally has more additives in it for better coverage, adhesion and durability.  And since paint is generally less than 20% of the cost of a project, it’s better to spend a little extra in this area to ensure that the money you’re spending on labour is getting the best ROI.  But first…

How do we choose which paint to use on your painting project?

expensive paint, top quality paint, Toronto house painterWe like to work with brands that have the best customer service

It’s important to us that we receive the best possible customer service from the paint brands we deal with, so we select brands who assign us a personal sales rep, or have excellent in-store advice.  There are many different options available and expert advice from the manufacturer ensures that we get proper primers and paints for the surfaces we are painting.  Currently, we like to use Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore, not that there aren’t good quality paints other than these in the marketplace, we just like the level of service we get from these 2 manufacturers.

What are the advantages of quality paint?

More expensive paint offers better adhesion

Lower quality paint has difficulty adhering to certain surfaces.  Painting over any old oil paint or any type of glossy surface is prone to failure if a lower quality paint is used.  High quality paints and primers are able to bind on to these surfaces without chipping or peeling.  In conjunction with the paint manufacturer, we specify the best paint system for the surface whether that’s a coat of primer, then paint, or just a light sand and then a high quality paint.


expensive paint, Toronto home painterMore expensive paint gives better coverage

When changing colours, it always makes sense to use a top quality paint.  These paints offer better coverage, or hide, meaning that the colour will look solid in fewer coats.  If a surface can be properly covered in 2 coats instead of 3, the extra cost of the product is more than made up for in the savings of labour.

More expensive paint gives exceptional durability

Let’s face it, if you’re planning on staying in your home for a while, you’d rather get 8 years out of a paint job, rather than 4.  In terms of exterior painting, a high quality paint can withstand weather extremes and moisture penetration better than a lower quality paint.  In terms of interior, a high quality paint can resist scuffs, dings from vacuums, cleaning solvents, etc. better than a lower quality paint.  All of this contributes to not having to paint your place as often, which saves you money in the long run.

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These are the benefits of using top quality paint.  It will add on to the price of your painting project, but in the long run, it will give you a better looking, more durable paint job.  I would advise that when you are looking for a painting contractor to paint your Toronto home, consider only those that use high quality paints.  CAM Painters always uses top quality paint for these reasons exaclty.

If you’d like a quote, feel free to book online, we’d love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

3 reasons why your painter should supply paint for your Toronto home

3 reasons why your painter should supply paint for your Toronto home

We are asked from time to time about projects where the homeowner wants to supply paint.  Sometimes they see paint on sale at the local big box store and they figure they can save a few dollars by picking up the paint themselves.  Here are 3 reasons why this approach might not save money in the end.supply paint, interior painting, toronto house painters

We ensure that the proper product is chosen for your project

In terms of paint, cheaper is not always better.  Lower grade paint can have coverage issues which results in having to do an extra coat of paint.  Thus, the savings on the paint is more than wiped out with the extra labour cost of doing another coat of paint on the surface.  We have experience with a wide variety of products and when coverage could be an issue we use the best covering product.

Lower grade paint can also have adhesion issues.  In situations where proper adhesion could be an issue we’ll use primers and paint to address those issues.  Sometimes when a homeowner wants to supply paint this might not have been taken into consideration.

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In summary, there are a lot of different grades of paint and paint designed for specific applications.  To ensure a durable, good looking project that is done with the greatest level of efficiency the paint should be selected by your painting contractor, in collaboration with his or her paint store rep.

We get volume pricing on our paint

When a homeowner goes into a paint store the store manager knows that a few hundred dollars might be the maximum business that could result.  When a painting contractor goes into that same paint store, the manager knows that thousands of dollars of business could result.  Therefore, a paint contractor has greater leverage to negotiate lower pricing on paint.  We at CAM Painters pass this savings onto you.  We have preferred pricing across all Sherwin Williams stores and many Benjamin Moore stores, too.

The homeowner doesn’t have to worry about buying too much or too little paint

If the homeowner is supplying paint he or she must make sure there is enough to complete the project.  If supply paint, door painting, toronto house painterthey buy too much then they have wasted money or need to find someone who could use their leftover paint.  If they buy too little we could run out of paint in the middle of the project, which would result in a last minute run to the paint store to supply paint-which could be quite inconvenient!

We at CAM Painters are experienced in calculating paint needs, so we generally figure on the right amount.  If we run out of paint, we are the ones that get more, the homeowner doesn’t have to make a last minute trip to the paint store.

In conclusion, let us supply paint for your project!

If you’d like to have CAM Painters come and have a look at your painting project and spec the best paint system for your project why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

What you can expect at the estimate for your Toronto home

What you can expect at the estimate for your Toronto home


My name is Craig Armstrong and I’ll be coming over to your place for the estimate.

First off, thank you for booking an estimate with CAM Painters!  We certainly appreciate the opportunity to give you a painting or wallpapering estimate for your home!

Here’s what you can expect:

We’ll arrive on time, time is valuable and you don’t want to waste it waiting around for someone to show up.

We’ll take off our shoes when we’re in your home.

We’ll ask specific questions so that we can customize the level of prep, and scope of work to your needs.

You’ll receive a detailed written quote – so you know exactly what you’re getting if you decide to move forward with our services.

Here’s how you can make our job easier:

Before we arrive make a list of all the areas you would like painted or wallpapered.

Go over this list with your spouse, or anyone else involved in the decision making process.

If there is more than one person involved in the decision making process, see if they can be at the estimate as well.  That way, if they have any questions I can address these directly which saves us all time and eliminates any misunderstanding.

Thanks again for booking an estimate with CAM Painters, I look forward to meeting you!


A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 1:  The Estimate

A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 1: The Estimate

When you are looking to find a Toronto house painter you want a painting company that provides a great painting experience.  Here’s how we provide a great experience when we come out for an estimate.

First, we offer online booking

Instead of back and forth emails trying to book an appointment you can go to the online booking form on our website and see our schedule and book a time that’s convenient for you.  How many emails back and forth has that saved you?  If you have a couple of questions and would prefer to reach us by phone or email, feel free to do that as well!  Just visit our contact us page for all our contact info.

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Your time is valuable, and you shouldn’t waste it waiting around for someone to give you an estimate.  When you book an appointment for 1:00 we show up at 1:00, not at 12:55 or 1:05.  In the unlikely event that something unforeseen happens we always call and let you know.

We take detailed notes

We want to make sure that we don’t miss any of the details, because a good paint job and a great painting experience is all in the little details.  In order to capture all the details we take notes and, with your permission, pictures.  These notes and pictures can be referenced later by our painters so that they know exactly what you’ve been promised.

We write up a comprehensive proposal

We present you with a fully detailed written proposal so that you can see exactly what you are getting for your hard-earned dollars.  We describe all the steps of the project in the proposal from:door painting, estimate

  • job set-up
  • preparation of the surfaces
  • priming – which surfaces get primed and with what primer
  • painting – what paint goes where and how many coats
  • job clean-up
  • payment terms

We take the time to review the proposal with you

It’s very important that you know what’s involved with your painting project, so we review the proposal with you.  This allows you to ask any questions and get clarification, so that you’re comfortable with the entire process.  It’s our goal that you are comfortable with the way we are going to handle your painting project before you agree to move forward.

Read More:

Part 2:  A Great Painting Experience:  The Pre-Job Walk

Part 3:  A Great Painting Experience:  During the Project

Part 4:  A Great Painting Experience:  At the End of the Project

Why don’t you book an estimate now?

We’d be happy to provide you with an estimate for your painting project, why don’t you book one now?  CAM Painters will Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!

Toronto Home Painting Tips: Interior Painting For Large Homes

Toronto Home Painting Tips: Interior Painting For Large Homes

Not all Toronto home painting contractors are created equal, some are better equipped to handle larger projects than others.  Interior painting on Toronto homes that are larger than 4000 square feet can be difficult. Here are some questions you should ask your painting contractor before undergoing the project.

Interior Painting Question 1: How many experienced interior painters do you have working for you?

Larger projects can drag on if not enough painters are working on it.  If your interior painting contractor is a solo-prenuer or has only one employee it could take a month or two to paint your home.

At CAM Painters we currently have 4 experienced interior painters.  For smaller projects, we run 2 crews of 2 painters and for larger projects, we combine the crews and run 1 crew of 4 painters.  This gives us the flexibility to take on both large and small projects and get them done in a timely fashion.

READ: 3 Things Your Toronto Home Painter Wants You to Know

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Interior Painting Question 2: Do you have experience working on larger projects?

Many painting contractors, especially when starting out, are more used to smaller jobs.

Many inexperienced painters will jump at the chance to quote on a larger project, however, they soon find themselves over their heads.

With larger projects, more organization is needed to keep the project on track. CAM Painters uses project management software, which allows us to:

  1. Keep all the little details straight, and the bigger the project the more little details there are
  2. Keep production goals in front of us so that your project is finished in a timely manner.

READ: Interior Painting: How Much Will It Cost For My Toronto Home? 

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Interior Painting Question 3: Can you show me some of the larger projects you’ve worked on?Interior Painting Toronto Home Trim - Toronto Home Painting - House Painters, CAM Painters

Ask if you can see pictures of a larger project that your painting contractor has worked on.  Ask for references for some larger homes that they have painted, contact those people and ask how their experience was.

An interior painting contractor that doesn’t have experience with larger projects won’t be able to produce those, and that will weed them out of the bidding process.

If you’d like a quote for your larger Toronto home, please schedule a quote.  CAM Painters would be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!