Is Crown Molding Right For Your Home?

Crown molding is a stylish and popular way to cap or surround rooms, cabinets, pilasters, and more. For rooms, you generally apply it along where the wall meets the ceiling as a way to add lots of charm, character, value, and sophistication into your home. Before you begin, you need to ask yourself is crown molding right for your home? Let’s take a look at how you can tell.

Is Crown Molding Right For Your Home?

Home Style

Crown molding may not work out for every type of home if you don’t know what you’re doing. Typically, crown molding does best in traditionally styled homes. Ornate crown molding seems to just flow so much nicer in a traditional atmosphere. If you like contemporary style, though, but you still want to add crown molding into the mix, try keeping the room as simple as you can. This means the fewer the furnishings and the patterns the better. It will help the crown molding to stand out more and to look nicer.

Ceiling Height 

In most cases, crown molding looks better with higher ceilings. If your home has very low ceilings, crown molding may make your rooms look more cramped for space. The higher the ceilings the better. If you really want to put crown molding in a room with low ceilings, then you can just select molding that is not very wide to make it work better. If you want to put crown molding in a room with 10 foot or above ceilings, then you should probably just follow the rule of adding 1 inch of width to the molding for every foot.

Contact us today to see what kind of crown molding would work out best for you and your home.

Drywall Repair in Highly Visible Locations

Drywall is not indestructible, and people often find that out the hard way when they bang something into the wall and end up with damage.  If it’s not in a very visible area, you might consider doing the repair yourself, but when the location is someplace very visible, it might be best to call in the professionals.

Drywall Repair in Highly Visible Locations

How does it work?

Drywall repair involves filling the space, if the damage is large, with a piece of drywall that fits within the space and affixing it, using paper or mesh tape to connect the edges, and going over the tape with several thin layers of compound.

Do-it-yourself or call a pro?

Drywall repair is simple in concept, but can be difficult in reality.  There are several tricks to getting the compound to come out even and smooth that only come with experience.

  • Using several layers helps, but if you need to sand it too much, you’ll lose more compound than you want to and get stuck in a never-ending loop of sanding and compounding.
  • You can add texture to blend the area with a mixture of compound and water applied with a roller.
  • For a particularly large hole, you may need to add some structural support in the form of a pine board glued to the inside of the area.

While drywall repair can be done on your own this is only the beginning of the information involved.  Trying to achieve drywall repair yourself in a particularly visible area can lead to a frustrating time trying to get it to look like the damage never happened.  Feel free to contact us to see how easy we can make it for you.

Tips For Choosing The Best Ceiling Fan For Your Needs

A ceiling fan is a nice addition to any home. Not only do they help keep your home cool during the summer, but they can also help improve warm air flow during the winter. But, there are many options in the ceiling fan industry, and it is sometimes difficult to determine exactly which fan will work best in your home. To help with this choice, we have developed some tips for choosing the best ceiling fan for your needs.

Tips For Choosing The Best Ceiling Fan For Your Needs

Room Size

Start by measuring the size of the room you are planning to install your ceiling fan in. The size of your room will help determine exactly what size of ceiling fan you need. In extremely large rooms, you may even want to add two ceiling fans.

Ceiling Height

Another thing you will want to consider is the actual height of your ceiling. Start by selecting a fan that offers the right head clearance. This is especially important if you have a low ceiling, but you will also need to make sure a high ceiling is accommodated for too.

Additional Lighting

Finally, you will also want to decide if you wish to have a ceiling fan with a light kit. In most homes, this is the best option because it allows you to have additional lighting in the room. In the end, it can actually replace your current lighting option completely.

When choosing a ceiling fan, these are some of the things you will want to keep in mind. They can help you make the best decision possible when you are choosing a ceiling fan for your home. To learn more about how you can improve your home and make it more comfortable, contact us today.

Saving Money on Kitchen Remodeling

We all know the kitchen is the heart of the home, we nourish our family in it, not just with food but also with love and support. We entertain guests, assemble science projects, and teach life lessons to our teens in the kitchen.

Saving Money on Kitchen Remodeling

So when that kitchen is looking worn or outdated, it can affect how we feel too. To help save money on your next kitchen remodel you can follow these easy tips.

Don’t Replace Everything

Instead of completely gutting the kitchen choose to replace only the cabinet doors, the countertops, and backsplash, or fixtures and flooring instead. Leaving the original layout also saves money in plumbing costs by not moving sinks and pipes around.

Check out Local Retailers

Instead of shopping at big name stores check out the local building suppliers that contractors use. The savings here could be up to 20% on your remodeling budget. You can also save money by checking out refurbishing places such as ReStore by Habitat for Humanity for used cabinets, windows and doors and fixtures.

Do Some Work Yourself

If you decide to work with a contractor you can still save money by doing some work yourself. Such as doing the demolition, clean-up, and picking up supplies yourself. Doing the backsplash or flooring yourself will help slash that renovation budget too.

Shop for Floor Models

Shopping the floor models of appliances comes with considerable savings and sometimes comes with the same warranties as stock models. Also, shop late in the year to take advantage of stores wanting to make room for next year’s models. You may also make some good savings by asking if the store accepts trade-ins for your old appliances.

A kitchen remodel is an exciting project and adds value to your home but it shouldn’t be a huge drain on your finances if you shop right and have a great contractor.

Let Excellent American Painting help you with your perfect kitchen remodel, feel free to contact us for more information.

Does Your Faux Finish Wall Need Attention?

Just like any other wall, often times faux finish walls require attention. Does your wall need to be touched up but you lack the skill or confidence to complete the job? Perhaps the wall has a dent and could use a little TLC? No matter the reason we can definitely get the job done.

Does Your Faux Finish Wall Need Attention?

A faux finish is one that either imitates another material, like stone or marble, or one that creates a texture on a wall that isn’t really there.  It can include such techniques as Venetian plaster (which isn’t plaster at all) or leather, metallic, and even more!

Faux finishes provide a unique challenge because not only are you matching multiple paint colors, but matching the technique within the color frameworks as well.  Matching color and technique is no easy task and if taken on by an amateur can result in an area of wall you’d rather hang a large picture on to cover up the mess.

When you contact us, we’ll be sure answer all of your questions and concerns.  Even if your wall was just one color it can be just as hard to match.  Time and environmental factors affect the paint that is on the walls so it may no longer match the color out of the can with the same name.  Our 15 years of painting service and excellent customer reviews prove that we have the expertise to tackle your spackle and paint problems.

Handyman Services Can Improve the Look of Your Home

Homeowners always have a list of projects to do, and some of them are harder than others. For those who aren’t the handiest of people, electrical projects can be a little intimidating. For that reason, sometimes people simply live with their old fixtures, long after they’re out of date. If you’re ready for some changes, Excellent American Painting’s Handyman Services can help you with 4 simple things that will give your home a new look.

Handyman Services Can Improve the Look of Your HomeOutdoor lighting

Do you ever walk by the lighting department in the home improvement store and find yourself drawn to some of the fantastic outdoor lighting fixtures, only to go home and look at the boring ones that have been there for years? They may even be chipped, rusted, or discolored by now. This is an easy change that can make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home.

Update Kitchen & Dining Fixtures

These are the most important rooms in the home, because they are where everyone gathers. Do you ever look up at your fixtures and hope no one notices you’re still lighting your kitchen with a fluorescent light from the 80’s? Or wish that gaudy gold chandelier in the dining room would just disappear? These are easy fixes that will give these rooms a whole new look.

Replace/Add Ceiling Fans

Not everyone loves how ceiling fans look, but they are extremely functional in bedrooms, and usually help keep cooling costs down, as we’re headed into the warm weather.

New Bedroom Lighting

Do you have certain rooms that just don’t have enough light? Maybe there aren’t enough windows to let in natural light and you’re tired of feeling like they’re dark and dreary. We can wire in some new lighting to brighten things up and make it appear fresh and new. Can lights are a perfect way to brighten a dark room.

If all these projects sound great to you, but you don’t have the time or knowledge to get them done, handyman services in the Frisco area can take care of it for you. For more information, contact us.

Discover Energy-Saving Remodeling Ideas

There are easy energy-saving ideas we hear on almost a daily basis such as using new ENERGY STAR rated appliances and light bulbs. However, while these things help, the impact is small. Real energy savings comes from energy-saving remodeling projects that close the house envelope.

Discover Energy-Saving Remodeling Ideas

Creating an air sealed home limits heating and cooling energy loss, which is the largest percentage of your home’s energy use. The U.S. Department of Energy states 43 percent of the average home’s energy consumption is from heating and cooling costs. An energy-efficient home not only saves you money, it will also increase your family’s comfort.

Some energy-saving remodeling projects are:

  • Insulation — If your attic insulation is less that 9 inches, adding another layer can significantly save energy.
  • Window —New ENERGY STAR rated windows will help decrease the escape of heating and cooling energy.
  • Doors — As with windows, a new ENERGY STAR rated entry door will help close the building envelope.
  • Air Seal Floors — Adding air and thermal barriers between a garage and rooms above will save energy and money.
  • Weatherproofing — Make sure to check for drafts. Weather-stripping and caulking around windows and doors will solve this problem.

Investing in your home’s energy efficiency saves money on your utility bills and will add value at resale. Numerous reports from the National Association of Realtors, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, and Remodeling magazine show energy efficiency remodeling improvements add value.

Excellent American Painting LLC offers energy-saving remodeling that saves you money and improves your comfort. If you would like more energy-saving remodeling ideas, or need more information, please contact us.

Make Cabinets New Again With Cabinet Re-Finishing

Installing new cabinets is a costly and time-consuming endeavor that often involves the complete shutdown of your kitchen. Refinishing cabinets, however, provides the same aesthetic upgrade and decor re-invigoration of those newly installed but eliminates the drawbacks.

Excellent American Painting, provides you with a wide range of options for breathing new life into your old cabinets that fit your needs and your budget. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff work with you to ensure that the finished project is exactly what you want.

Make Cabinets New Again With Cabinet Re-Finishing

Some of the cabinet refinishing techniques and options provided include:

  • Resurfacing and Refinishing
  • New Cabinet Doors
  • New Handles and Hinges
  • New Shelving
  • Decorative Trim
  • And More

Refinishing your cabinets also gives you the opportunity to completely change the decor without undertaking a major construction project and in a fraction of the time. Rustic, modern, traditional and many other styles are easily achieved by simply replacing existing hardware, updating the doors and applying the corresponding finish.

For over fifteen years Excellent American Painting, has been providing quality residential and commercial improvements and painting services to the Collin County, Denton County and Dallas-Fort Worth areas.

Excellent American Painting, is bonded and insured and only uses the highest quality products to ensure your projects look great, function as desired and last for many years to come. Contact us today and discover how we help thousands of Texans transform their homes and businesses inside and out. Our offices are open seven days a week, and you can request service information at any time through our website.