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Forest Hills Co-Op Painter
 
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 Painting a Multi-Building Co-op in Queens

Fresh coats of paint set the stage for a classy kind of co-op lifestyle in Queens. This largest of the Big Apple boroughs geographically boasts an uber diverse population hovering around 2.4 million. Home to both JFK and LaGuardia airports, the sky space is one of the busiest in the country. Those with a window seat cannot see inside buildings as they ascend or descend in a jet airplane, but if they could, their eyes and smiles would widen gazing at one of Paintworks & Decorating’s recent jobs.

We tackled everything from stairwells, stair spindles and hand rails to doors and door frames in a multi-building co-op property. The advantage of being a shareholder resident is having a say in everything including maintenance, and it was obvious from the get-go that these co-op dwellers take seriously having professionally painted spaces. The buildings in this complex are connected, and our work in the common spaces and lobbies lends continuity to the property. We at Paintworks were especially honored to arrive on site with our paints, rollers, brushes, buckets, ladders and all the stuff that jobs like this requires. In an orderly fashion, we proceeded, giving particular attention to stair spindles and hand rails, keeping paint where paint belongs and then skim coating walls for a smooth finish. And that’s also what we wish for everyone in those airplanes over Queens, a smooth finish as in a safe landing.

 
Manhattan Restaurant and Bar Painter
 
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NYC Interior and Exterior Commercial Painting: Blue Haven East

If you find yourself in need of comfort food, craft brew, a game of darts and/or fried Twinkies in eastern Manhattan between 11 a.m. and 4 a.m. any day of the week, stroll on over to Blue Haven East. Just a few blocks from the East River at 493 3rd Avenue, this recently opened restaurant offers modern gastropub fare in a very cool setting that includes freshly painted walls by yours truly Paintworks & Decorating. The idea inside was simply something clean, new and smooth for this second Blue Haven eatery. The original Blue Haven is still in downtown Manhattan at 108 W. Houston St.

We also creatively and smoothly applied the dual blue colors on the exterior. These colors include the casual appeal of dusty denim and soft sky blue. The navy blue vertical columns add a touch of formality like the English dish Shepherds Pie and touch of class in the BLTA sammich - A = avocado. That raises the bar on a diner fave. Painting commercial interiors demands professional skills like Paintworks consistently delivers for proper mixing, rolling, brushing, achieving smooth corners and straight lines where ceilings, wood and other materials meet the walls. You come here for the food, drink and socializing. Not particularly noticing the excellent paint job means we did our job perfectly. Kind of like how they do the bacon mac & cheese. Perfectly.

 
West Village Interior Painter
 

Co-op Interior Painting Manhattan

This client called us days before closing on a home in the historic west village area of Manhattan. We love that he chose to go with a light gray for trim and against the off white walls. It’s a nice contrast that is unique. We were able to get co-op approval extremely fast and paint before he moved in.

 
NYC Retail Storefront Painter
 
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Painting Storefront for Conan O’Brien New Season Launch Marketing

Talk about springing into action on short notice with a whisker of temperature variance and a very tight deadline - those were the parameters that Paintworks recently dealt with for an exterior retail store paint job for a nationally syndicated television show. Factor in going from a dark color, black in his case, to a lighter color, orange, and the challenges before us were embraced with confidence and courage. We had 24 hours to begin and end the job and were incredibly thankful that temps hovered ever so slightly above 35 degrees so the exterior paint could bond properly.

We were stoked for the opportunity and worked practically around the clock with Benjamin Moore's Aura Exterior Paint. Among its advantages is the low temperature application possibility, along with exceptional color results with Color Lock® technology, superior adhesion properties, fast dry and re-coat times and self-priming capability. We worked diligently and attentively across three coats to get the desired cover-up of the black and strong presence of the orange. Then we stood back, admired our work and went for donuts.

 
Popcorn Ceiling Plastering NYC
 
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After - Skim Coating to near perfect smoothness

Skim Coating Co-op Lobbies In Queens NY

The popcorn ceiling has gone the way of dot matrix printers, landlines and fax machines for no longer being needed or especially appealing. The bright white attraction can easily be satiated with today's wonderfully-formulated ceiling paints, and the sleek look of a smooth surface over your head modernizes the proverbial loft, condo, house, lobby, work place and office space throughout all the boroughs of New York City. Popcorn ceilings are a little infamous for covering poor workmanship or sloppy installation, akin to heavy Hollandaise sauce on eggs Benedict when the yolks have already begun to drool. Additionally, they were touted for acoustical properties, but we can raise the bar on that by completely sealing your popcorn nuggets in plaster and then smoothing everything with a skim coat to a contemporary, lustrous finish.

The job we recently completed in a co-op condo building lobby and hallways involved adding skim coat plastering over the popcorn component. Sometimes when a popcorn ceiling has been painted over many times it is more cost effective and dust/mess reducing to skim coat over the popcorn ceiling. With a steady hand and smooth-sided trowel, the Paintworks & Decorating experts crafted a beautiful, unwrinkled ceiling surface. Not only does this smooth ceiling contribute to property value and interior aesthetics, but also it will be super easy to repair. One major drawback of the ol' popcorn ceiling is that it can never be repaired to look the same as the original. A patch job will always be evident, and water leaks from above as well as unintentional ceiling damage are all possible, even for ceilings on a top floor.  We enjoyed renovating and transforming the ceiling, and the residents now enter and move through a much more contemporary environment.  

Before - Mid Skim coating

Before - Mid Skim coating

 
Union Square Manhattan Apartment Painting
 
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Gramercy Park Home Painter

In effort to sell this property in a timely fashion Halstead Realty and the owners decided to freshen up the place with a paint job so the property would show better. The NYC apartment hadn’t been painted in over 20 years and it showed. One day of intense plastering and painting got the condo back to near mint condition. The client chose Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White which works perfectly with the condo’s large living room windows. We always use Benjamin Moore Aura Bath and Spa in the bathroom to help protect the walls and ceiling from heat and humidity. We’re always grateful and happy to paint in the beautiful Union Square area.

 
Downtown Manhattan Interior Painting
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Battery Park Condo Painter

Before this homeowner listed her home for sell she wanted to freshen up the place for prospective buyers. We started by removing all the wallpaper in this Downtown Manhattan condo. Once that was done we cleaned off the glue residue, primed and painted the whole place. We then refinished the flooring to really make the place sparkle. Refinishing the hardwood floor was the final step to making this apartment ready to fetch a higher price tag. With the big windows and the fresh paint the place feels bigger.

 
Commercial Painter NYC
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Long Island City Commercial Painting for Christie’s

When the legendary auction house Christie’s was looking for a painter last minute we were happy to help. They had an antique housewares auction the following day and wanted to put the pieces in front of a glossy black wall. The picture above shows how the pieces really pop in front of the wall. The walls were actually movable walls to make their photography shoots easier. The finish product looks classy and refined just like the Christie’s brand. It was exciting to be in their Long Island City warehouse full of valuable artifacts from around the world. Always grateful to be a go-to commercial painter in the Long Island City NYC area.

 
Plastering Specialists NYC
 

Plastering and Painting To Revive A Home In Manhattan

When this client called us her apartment was in bad shape. After not painting or repairing the plaster in her home for over 40 years everything started to fail. Paint was falling from everywhere. Adding to the situation was water damage from the apartment above. We spent multiple days scraping and carefully disposing off all the failing paint and plaster. We were surprised to discover wallpaper underneath the paint (seen in the 2nd picture below). The client didn’t know there was wallpaper there! We then spent multiple days priming and plastering the entire apartment to return it to it’s former glory. You can see the dramatic transformation, especially in the bathroom picture below. These pictures were taken at the 70% mark of the project. While we always recommend addressing paint issues as they arise, it is never too late to save your home.

The half way point after 2 coats of plaster

The half way point after 2 coats of plaster

After scraping off the failing paint we discovered wallpaper!

After scraping off the failing paint we discovered wallpaper!

After plastering and priming

After plastering and priming

The scary bathroom before we started

The scary bathroom before we started

 
Upper West Side, Manhattan Interior Painter
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NYC New Home Move-In Painter

When you move into a new place it’s important to take the time to make it feel like your home. If you have the luxury of time, doing home improvement before you move in is the perfect moment to customize your place. Paintworks and Decorating helped these new homeowner’s personalize their new Manhattan home by painting with a splash of color. The new color looks great against the Decorator’s White trim and ceiling. A little contrast goes a long way.

 
Paint Color Trends For 2019
 
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New Year's Resolution: New Paint, New Home, New Me

            From the color of your car, your linens and your favorite sweater to the color of neon lights, dishes, socks, paint and product packaging, there's a concerted effort to attract your attention with color. Without reading the company name, most folks can accurately identify, just from the color, a UPS or FedEx truck, can of Coca-Cola or Tiffany's box. The latter has its own trademarked robin's egg shade of blue.

             Color is a powerful branding mechanism, as well as a delight to the eye in the natural world, our homes and work spaces. Colors promote emotional characteristics and perceived space. If you look around the Internet long enough, you can find almost every color is trending somewhere. The challenges are (1) to choose colors which enhance your home, personality and lifestyle, and (2) engage the best professional painters to transform a room or entire home into your own special retreat. The second decision is the easy one: Paintworks & Decorating.

            Paint companies and fashion designers often drive color trends. Benjamin Moore has selected as its Color of the Year for 2019 a chic pewter gray named Metropolitan AF-690. Ellen O'Neill, director of strategic design intelligence, describes it as "comforting, composed and effortlessly sophisticated ... exuding beauty and balance. It's a color in the neutral spectrum that references a contemplative state of mind and design." The advantage of a gray tone is the opportunity to add vibrant colors in furniture, accents, art and fabric.

            A warm dark colonial blue dubbed Blueprint S470-5 is Behr's 2019 Color of the Year, and they call it an "honest, approachable color that conjures up the blueprints builders rely on to bring architectural designs to life." Blue in any shade can evoke the peace and serenity found in landscapes and water views.

            PPG Paints claims for 2019 that "classic luxury meets the restorative power of nature in this trending deep green paint color" named Night Watch. “The restorative power of nature is important in society now more than ever,” explains Dee Schlotter, PPG senior color marketing manager. "Night Watch is about bringing the healing power from the outdoors into your home." Memories of a walk in the park, like Central Park or Pelham Bay Park, can occupy a permanent space in your home.

   A creamy terra cotta color from the American Southwest has migrated into the Big Apple and takes center stage as Sherwin-Williams' 2019 Color of the Year: Canyon Clay. It can go in a contemporary, neutral, natural or splashy direction in a high-rise loft, Upper East Side condo or Brooklyn brownstone.

            Others in the color industry like Valspar and Pantone release palettes of colors they see as both trending and complementary. These run the gamut of the off-white creams and ubiquitous and optimistic yellows to natural greens and browns, soothing teal and blues, dramatic purples and energizing reds and oranges.

 Color is a matter of personal preference, and the good news is that you don't need to be limited. Accent walls and contrasting trim are wildly popular, and while sky blue color was once relegated to porch ceilings, colors have found their way inside to add an element of interest and/or expand the space. Painting a wall to within two feet of a light colored ceiling and adding a thin strip of wood trim, for example, can make a small room seem larger. Light colors in general expand a space, while dark colors increase coziness. Another tip is to choose a paint color one or two shades lighter than you fall in love with on the paint chip.  

After surfing the web at Houzz, Pinterest, hgtv.com and other sites, make your color selections and connect with Paintworks for the most professional application using the best practices and tools in the industry. We live up to our slogan: "Painting is our passion - Making people happy is our mission.”

 
Painting NYC Homes To Sell or Rent Fast
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Choosing Paint Colors To Sell or Rent A Property in New York

Staging a home or warming cinnamon on the stove are good measures to selling your home, but painting the large expanses of walls delivers a long-term appeal to prospective buyers as well as renters. Preparing to sell and for tenant turnover are perfect times to paint.

 Neutral is the keyword, and Paintworks & Decorating can guide your selections and professionally transform your interior or exterior spaces. The fresh, crisp, newness of white and warmth of cream in myriad choices permits prospective buyers to visualize art and furnishings, as well as potential accent walls. Halstead, a premier regional real estate and property management company, contracts with Paintworks frequently with a preference for "Decorator's White" for interiors.

Variations of gray are ideal for the sleek, modern, industrial feel. Misty pewter and pale silver lend an elegant emotion to any space. Moving into taupe, the gray tones integrate gentle, earthy browns. Light latte and dusty ranch browns emit an agreeable hue wherein home buyers and renters in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx can comfortably bring their favorite colors and furnishings into the mind's eye. Home buyers and prospective tenants touring neutral color rooms have a visual advantage to let their imagination run wild.  

Read more about our move in/move out painting services for Agents and Owners here.