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Decks cleaned and sealed/stained
Color selection consultants
Prep work is 75% of any paint job and we do it
Our customers receive the highest quality craftsmanship available
One of our Friedman's Consultants
will meet with you, at no charge, to find out what your needs and
wishes are. Once decisions have been made and a schedule is laid out,
you'll want to think about preparing your home for the work. If your
place is currently furnished, protecting your furniture and other
belongings must be done before we begin, to avoid damaging anything.
We suggest packing up all your books, picture frames, and other items
that may get in the way or otherwise be exposed.
Friedman's Construction can also assist you in the preparations. We
will use construction paper or masonite to cover your floors, and
will also apply blue tape, which has a special adhesive that won't
pull off or chip the paint when removed, to protect areas that will
be painted later.
Depending on the age of your apartment, your walls may need more or
less work to create a smooth, clean look. Many apartments from before
the 1940s have solid plaster walls, which have been painted over and
over again. If this is your situation, your walls will most likely
need plastering. If your building was built after the 40s, chances
are your walls are sheetrock, an easier medium to work with.
If you want your walls to look new and flawless, skim coating is what
you'll need. An expensive and time consuming process, skim coating
involves applying a coat of plaster over the entire wall surface,
allowing it to dry over night, then sanding that surface and applying
another coat of plaster. Many times, three or four coats of plaster
are needed for a perfect look.
Another option you have is to just scrape, sand, and plaster only
where paint has peeled or the wall has cracked. This won't give you
as nice or as perfect of a look as skim coating, but it takes less
time and costs less. Your budget and how important a flawless look is
for you will determine which plastering method to use.
Trim includes the crown and base moldings on your walls, the wood or
metal that frames your windows and doors, any built-in furniture or
radiator covers, and the windowsills. The older your apartment is,
the more likely these areas will need work. They may currently be
damaged or have chipped paint.
For a really new look, you might need to replace the trim in most or
all areas. If your trim isn't that old or damaged, you may be able to
get away with just repairing problem areas here and there, and then
sanding, priming, and repainting the rest. If you're lucky enough to
have the old fashioned wooden moldings or window frames, often
detailed and beautifully constructed, and you want to keep them, you
could have them stripped and then refinished. But you should know
that this is intensive and expensive work.
Applying a base coat or primer to your walls is highly recommend, and
sometimes unavoidable. Primer acts like a glue, and it helps hold the
paint to the walls. If you did any wall repairs, or if you want to
paint a lighter colored paint over a darker color, then you must
apply primer. But even if you're walls didn't need repairs, or your
painting the same color that was there before, we still suggest
priming the surfaces for longer-lasting results
We always suggest applying at least two coats of paint to every
surface, and, for some situations, a third coat as well. If your
budget is tight, though, you could apply just one coat of a thicker
Benjamin Moor and Sherwin Williams are the paint brands we recommend.
Benjamin Moore paint is widely available, offers more finishes than
Sherwin Williams, and you can find it in Manhattan stores. Paint
swatches are easy to find, too, in case you want to start thinking
about colors for your home or business. If your budget is tight, we
recommend Sherwin Williams, which is also a well recognized national
brand, but harder to find. Sherwin Williams costs up to 40% less than
Besides the basic paint color, you'll also need to choose a finish.
Flat finish is typically used for ceilings, while semi-gloss finish
is used most in bathrooms, kitchens, trim, or any area that needs to
be extra durable and easy to clean. If you have kids, you may be
wondering if using semi-gloss on all the walls is a good idea, but we
don't recommend it. The downfall of semi-gloss is that it tends to
show every imperfection on the walls. For your other rooms, eggshell
flat finish paint is popular. If you want to splurge, satin or pearl
finishes are beautiful, but more costly.
A hot choice in cities like Manhattan, giving your walls a faux
finish will really give your home a unique and beautiful look. Faux
finishing require first for a base layer of paint to be applied.
Then, on top of that, the artist uses a different color of paint,
called the glaze coat, and applies it in any number of patterns or
textures. Sponging, combing, ragging, or simple brush strokes are
some of the more common methods, but there's really no limit on how
to apply the glaze coat. Venetian Plaster is a popular faux finish
choice in Manhattan, and will leave your walls with a polished,
You may decide to use a faux finish over an entire wall, or limit
yourself to a select area, like the kitchen backsplash. Whatever
your plans, NYC painters are skilled and ready to create a faux
finish in your home or business.
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