Woodiwiss Painting Guides

Ask Woodiwiss: what should I do before painting the office?

As workers head back to the office from extended work-from-home, the walls inside the office might seem a little…drab. People might be happy to get away from the kids for a while, and clients might appreciate a little one-on-one time, but an office painted seven or eight years ago—with two or three years sitting empty…

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Tips for choosing a front door paint color

“Curb appeal matters, and from a curb the focal point of any home should be the front door,” says Walnut Creek real estate agent Valerie Vicente.” If you need to switch up or refresh one thing on the outside of your house fast, it’s the front door.” Valerie is right. The front door acts as…

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Paint means more when you haven’t had walls

Woodiwiss Painting has been helping Baja Bound provide safe, respectable living quarters for thousands of migrants seeking a better life John Rose appears rock solid, steady, and squinting under the Baja sun, about ninety miles south of San Diego in Ensenada, Mexico. Standing in a migrant camp, John is surrounded by hundreds of families clad…

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Ask Woodiwiss: What’s the difference between staining and painting?

Don’t let the simplicity of this question fool you. There are significant design, environment, and application decisions around whether to paint or stain. And the difference between paint and stain includes a different amount of preparation. There’s a lot to ask: Are you applying paint or stain indoors or outdoors? Is it a deck or…

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How to make dark walls in a small space work

Your mom probably drilled into your head, “You can’t paint small rooms dark colors! They’ll look small!” This bit of advice probably came just before she told you not to eat half an hour before swimming. Like most of mom’s advice, yes, she was right—to a point. Yes, you can have dark walls in small…

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The best paint colors for a nursery are the ones you like

The best paint colors for your nursery are whatever you like. If there’s a rule, it’s probably: Neutral shades with a few colorful accents Something that makes you—the parent—comfortable in the room And low-VOC. Nursery paint colors invoke a ton of debate among new parents, and for a good reason. This is your baby’s room,…

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How to match your wall and floor colors—with examples

If you’re about to paint a room, would you: Paint each wall a different color? Paint one wall a different color than the other three with no regard to how it looks? Paint each wall to precisely match the colors of everything else in the room? You probably wouldn’t do any of those options. Instead,…

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Timeless interior design for the elderly and aging gracefully in place

We have a lot to learn from people older than us. People who have lived longer give us insight into the past and future that sometimes we lack or just choose to ignore.   Seniors can also help us understand our current needs too. Few things matter in our homes and personal space more than…

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5 Kitchen Cabinet Hacks to Elevate Your Kitchen

Homeowners and apartment dwellers with flexible landlords looking for a way to elevate their kitchen should consider painting the cabinets.  Painting cabinets seems to elicit strong opinions from contractors that say you really can’t paint the cabinets, that it’s not worth it, or that you somehow shouldn’t. The truth is you can paint just about…

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drywall crack repairs

Fix and prevent cracks in drywall or plaster with tape, compound, and primer

Wait wait wait! We know it’s tempting to just paint over that little crack in the wall, or just smack some spackle and paint on it. But you need to think about how the walls meet, their texture, and the finish of the existing wall, paint, and joint compound. If you don’t, you’ll have ugly…

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