Give Your Brick Home Old-World Charm with Lime Wash

Is your brick home’s exterior dated and ho-hum? Would it benefit from an innovative treatment to give it new life and become one of your neighborhood’s most admired homes?

Here’s a creative painting idea: consider trying Lime Wash, a process from Benjamin Moore paints.

Freeland Painting has used Lime Wash with great success—most recently on the Johnson residence in Suwanee, Georgia.

Check out Freeland Painting founder Doug Ireland explaining the process in this video:

Lime Wash is a custom process. Freeland Painting professionals create it by applying a Benjamin Moore painting product and then expertly performing a wash-off with pressure washing. It’s a unique process that Freeland Painting has mastered.

“We custom-created this look for the homeowners, and tested it until the homeowners said, ‘Yes! That’s it! That’s the look we want!’” Doug explained.

The end result looks so cool―like a German Schmear.

What’s a German Schmear, you ask? Home improvement gurus from Bob Vila to HGTV rave about the German Schmear process to transform any brick element on your home with the look of an elegant, cozy European cottage. It’s a “perfectly imperfect” way to update your brick home in style.

Lime Wash will give your home instant Old World charm—but without the 200-year wait!

The Johnsons were delighted with the results of their home’s new Lime Wash update: “We’re very pleased with this process. Freeland Painting provided very professional service. We would do it again if we had other properties. You have to try this!” said Mrs. Johnson.

Check out the before and after photos of the Johnson residence, below. What a difference!

Freeland Painting Johnson Residence

If you’re looking to have a cool paint job done for your home or business, give Freeland Painting a call today: 678-679-3126. With 20 years of experience painting Altanta-area homes, we’re ready to serve you!

Remember: Think outside the box, but paint inside the lines!

Will Pollen Ruin My Exterior Paint Job?

Spring is in the air! Can you feel it?

If you’re in the Greater Atlanta region, you can probably SEE it.

While you can’t actually “see” Spring in the air, you can see pollen, a sure sign of Spring.

You know pollen: That wispy, yellow-green coating that inspires kids to write “Wash me!” on cars coated with pollen. (You’ve seen that car driving around, right?)

According to Wikipedia, pollen is “a powdery substance consisting of pollen grains which are male microgametophytes of seed plants, which produce male gametes (sperm cells).”

In other words, pollen is essentially plant sperm. And it coats everything in April and May, making a mess of the outside world all so that trees and plants can reproduce.

So, how does pollen season impact your outside paint job? Let’s explore it.

Springtime is Paint-time

Spring is an ideal time to paint your home, commercial property, or multi-family dwelling. By painting early in the year, you’ll maximize the life of your new paint job and beautify your home or office for the coming summer months.

Good news: a little pollen blowing through the air will not ruin the finish or overall outcome of your gorgeous new paint job.

Pollen will not affect the paint Freeland Painting uses to beautify your exterior. That’s one reason we use water-based acrylic exterior paint: it dries super-fast, so it is essentially immune to falling pollen. Pollen has no negative effect on the color, finish, or durability of your fresh paint job.

We’ll say it again for emphasis: Pollen has no negative effect on the color, finish or durability of your fresh paint job. It won’t shorten the lifespan of your home or business exterior coating or finishes.

Blow It Off

When we say “blow it off” we don’t mean your paint job: We mean the pollen! Pollen is such a fine, light dust that it can easily be blown, wiped, or rinsed away before your paint job begins.

That’s why Freeland Painting pressure washes your commercial building, multi-family dwelling or home before we begin every paint job. As professional painters who do the job right, we careful prepare the surface so that it’s clean and free of debris to assure the paint adheres properly.

To ensure that your fresh coat of paint will continue to shine—even during Atlanta’s notorious pollen season—choose a professional, quality painting company with proven experience.

What Professional Painters Know About Painting During Pollen Season

At Freeland Painting, relationships matter more than the brush or the ladder. That’s why we take extreme measures to properly prepare surfaces before we paint so that your fresh coat of paint gives you long-lasting results. We know that when we give you a high-quality paint job that beautifies your dwelling and lasts for years, you’ll be a satisfied customer.

Freeland Painting’s full-service exterior house painting service areas include Alpharetta, Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Suwanee, Duluth, Johns Creek, Oakwood, Peachtree Corners, Cumming, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Metro Atlanta.

Call Freeland Painting today at 678-679-3126 to schedule your interior or exterior paint job for your commercial building, multi-family dwelling, or residential home.

We provide a fresh coat of confidence with every job!

The Art of the Accent Wall

If you’ve been considering the idea of adding an accent wall to a room or rooms in your home but aren’t quite sure where to begin, read on! The accent wall trend has taken hold of everyone from pro designers to everyday home owners, and for good reason. Choosing the right wall and the right color is going to be the difference between an awkward break in color décor and a brilliant improvement to a room’s ambiance.

The Wall
The best wall for your project is going to be the wall that stands out in the room – in other words, it’s the wall that your eyes are drawn to when you first enter. You want to make sure you don’t choose a wall that is going to be obscured by a bunch of furniture; on the other hand, you also don’t want to choose a wall that will be too bare. If a wall will be covered too much, it will lose its dramatic impact. Using a wall that will remain bare could make too much of a statement and make the entire room feel unbalanced.

The Color
Before you go out and buy paint in a color just because it’s your favorite, you’ll need to stop for a minute and really think about the color you want to paint an accent wall. You’ll need to consider the room’s exposure and some basic color theory before making a decision:

  • Warm colors – orange, red, and yellow – will pull toward the eye, making a room appear smaller. A warm color would be ideal for an end wall in a long, narrow bedroom, for example.
  • Cool colors – purple, blue, and green – will make a room appear larger because they “pull” the wall away from the eye. You could even paint a low ceiling a cool color to give the impression that a room’s ceiling is higher than it actually is.
  • Consider the visual temperature of the room. This is the psychological effect of the room’s natural light and the palette of colors you choose to pain an accent wall. Easy guidelines to remember are if a room faces north or east, you might opt for a warm hue. Southern or western-facing rooms might benefit from a cool color for the accent wall.

It’s a good idea, if you aren’t sure which wall to use for your accent wall trend project, to enlist the help of a friend or family member; have them enter the room and ask them which wall stands out to him or her. This is the wall you should use. You could even ask more than one person, if you want a handful of opinions to consider. Of course, while your helper is available, you can always ask him or her for an opinion about what color you should paint an accent wall, too!

Need more ideas or help for your accent wall project? Contact the pros at Freeland Painting for all your residential and commercial painting needs.