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Painting Tricks & Hacks: Color Your Home With Ease


Hey, we get it-- starting a large (or even small!) painting project can be scary. Tackling a room can take hours, and we don't all have the means to hire professional painters.

However, we have good news! The process does not have to be so overwhelming, and there ARE ways to make it easier. Check out these helpful ideas to use for your next project!

  1. Plan on continuing your paint project later? Tightly wrap your rollers and brushes in plastic bags and put them in the freezer to save clean up time. You can quickly open and thaw them the next day and resume your masterpiece!
  2. Cover Vaseline over small surfaces you don't wait painted (think hinges, knobs, screws, etc.)
  3. It's the small things: keep a just slightly damp rag in your back pocket so when paint gets on an unwanted surface, you can wipe it off right away and keep on painting.

  4. Line your paint trays with plastic bags-- after painting, just toss the plastic bag and voila! You have a brand new paint tray.

5. Tap nails into each leg of chairs and tables to be painted so you can paint all the way to the bottom without waiting for them to dry.
 6. Before you start painting, lint roll over your paint roller and Swiffer your walls to avoid getting fuzz on them.

Spotlight On Local Dealers: Able Paint

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In the second feature in our new series, Spotlight On Local Paint Dealers, we visit Scot Sweeney of Able Paint. Able Paint is located in the breathtaking and oft-visited city of Burlington, Vermont. Operated for over 20 years, it is a family owned and operated business that focuses on personalized customer service. This means that when you visit Able Paint to purchase California Paints, you will be met with outstanding care and expert knowledge.

Spotlight On Local Paint Dealers: RK Miles in Manchester, VT


As part of California Paints' commitment to excellence, our products are sold by independent dealers. This guarantees that when you purchase our products, you will be helped by high quality paint experts who can tell you how to create beautiful, unique spaces.

On Trend: Frosty Colors Inspired by the Winter Olympics

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Over 2,500 athletes from 88 nations around the world are eagerly waiting for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in snowy Sochi, Russia. 

On Trend: Bold Red Paint Colors Inspired by Chinese New Year

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If you are one of the tenacious few who have kept your new year’s resolutions, I commend you. For the rest of us, we have a second chance at a new beginning. On Friday, January 31st, comes the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Inside the California Paints Plant

Kelly Rogers

This guest post was published June 21, 2013

at interiors for families by Kelly Rogers.

If you’ve never had an opportunity to visit a factory of any kind, I can’t recommend it enough. It is fascinating to witness the almost elegant orchestration of the manufacturing process from start to finish, and the sheer amount of machinery and people involved in bringing even the simplest products to market for us all to purchase. And, of course, the dual subjects of paint and color are of particular interest to me.

Picking Authentic Paint Colors for Your Historic American Home

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Historic paint colors were anything but boring, and despite the iconic presidential residence being one of the first things to mind when thinking of American paint colors, white was rarely actually used as a feature house color in America. As it was traditionally hard to produce and maintain vibrant white paints, this point is only reinforced when you refer to that the White House was exposed sandstone for many years before it ever received a coat of whitewash (to protect the stone from winter more than cosmetics). It would be another 20 years before it had actually received a coat of (oil-based) white paint. 

American Living Room Design Trends: A Compiled History [Infographic]


We stumbled across an infographic by Wholesale Furniture Brokers, depicting the evolution of Living Room design trends in North America dating back to the early 1800's. 

How to Hire a Painting Contractor [Infographic]


Now that it is April, most of us are now past winter weather and hopefully enjoying a mood boost from some Spring sunshine. However this sunshine may be a double-edged sword as you suddenly are noticing how faded that color in the living room is, or how your exterior paint job simply isn't weathering elegantly. Now is the time of year to start planning out your painting projects, and we are here to help!

Below you will find an infographic we crafted out of Tips for Choosing a Painting Contractor, but also recomend you check out our Pinterest account, which has various boards to inspire and inform, as well as the downloads and posts available to you in this blog.  

History of Color: How WW1 Created Color Forecasts

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Ever wonder how the modern practice of color forecasting came to be? We turned up this feature from Technicolour, a BBC4 special dedicated to studying our understanding and use of color ranging from biology to fashion. 

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