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Looking to change up your home but can’t think of anything new? Try painting your floors white! Yes, that’s right. You read correctly. WHITE.

Painting your floors white might seem like a risky move, but in actuality there are many great benefits to this trend. Growing in popularity, this staple in Scandinavian design is a sure-fire way to turn your dull drab floors into your home’s next conversation piece. Whether you’re going for a modern look, a contemporary feel, or a chic farmhouse style, white floors are guaranteed to deliver! If you’re on the fence about taking the plunge, consider the following 5 reasons on why we think you should try it out.

1. It brightens up the space

Having white floors brightens a room by reflecting light rays. It also creates a more open, airy feel which will make the most of your current square footage and make the space look larger.

2. Cheaper than re-staining your floors

Painting your floors is a cost-effective way to give your floors a face-lift without paying to re-stain them (or replacing them with carpet or tile). A fresh coat of paint will cover the imperfections and breathe new life into your weathered old panels.  

3. Showcases your home

White floors highlight key centerpieces in your home and can draw more attention to an accent wall. It anchors the room by providing a neutral floor space that compliments everything above it.  If you’re feeling extra daring, paint the walls white too! What better way to showcase your home than by turning it into a functional art gallery?

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4. Calming Energy

Feeling stressed? The color white is known to relax the nerves and ease the mind. If you’ve been feeling like you could use more peace in your life, then a fresh coat of white paint could do the trick.  To enhance the experience try painting the walls white as well – and keep them as white and fresh as possible (not letting them get dull or dingy) to keep those effects strong!

5. Minimalist Chic

Pairing white floors with white walls will give your interior great character that it won’t require much decorating. Pairing minimalist furniture with statement art pieces will give the room great character with half the amount of work. When decorating with white, less is definitely more.

Pro Tip:  Have concrete? No sweat! Try a porch paint like Sherwin-Williams’ Porch & Floor Enamel which works well on both concrete and wood floors.  Its formula makes it easier to maintain and keep clean.

Aziza Farah provides digital marketing support for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. She loves interior design, small gatherings with friends and eating breakfast for dinner. You can connect with her via Linkedin.

 

 

Make the most of your home with paint

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Are you thinking of selling your home? With many North American housing markets heating up in the summer months, there is one simple way to ensure you capitalize off of this trend.

Paint!

“A house’s paint job greatly impacts how potential buyers feel about a place,” says James Alisch, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING’s Managing Director. “Too often individuals minimize the impact of this first impression, and risk the chance of an instant, emotional rejection of their home.”

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Compared to other outside improvements, like roofing, painting is a less expensive way to improve your facade. Buyers may not consider the need to redo a roof when they are looking at a home, but they will think about needing to paint; it’s a huge deterrent.

James recommends:

  • Updating the exterior first if you have to choose. Next, update your kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Choosing a fresh, clean, and neutral color palette.
  • Focusing on quality work. If the job is done to perfection, buyers will overlook color dissatisfaction.

The return on investment on a quality paint job is huge, and can greatly speed up your selling process.

Have any questions? Leave them below, or get in touch with one of our WOW experts. We’d love to help!

Vanessa Woznow is the National Public Relations Manager with WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister company You Move Me. Her love of color is evident in both her paint and fashion choices . Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn.

How to paint safely in high heat

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With summer upon us, many of us need to take extra care while working outside. If you’re tackling a painting job this summer, you will need to take into account the effect the heat will have on you, as well as your paint.

To ensure you get your paint job done safely this summer, we have compiled our top tips for keeping cool while painting in the heat.

Slow down

Don’t expect top speeds in hot weather. Plan for tasks to take longer than usual, and for everyone on your team to take frequent breaks in the shade. Over time, your body will start to acclimatize to the heat, but start off slowly and work your way up.

Make a plan

Keep in mind it’s usually coolest in the morning, so try to schedule the most strenuous tasks for earlier in the day. When possible, paint in the shade, and make a point to follow the shade as it moves around your house over the course the day. If you need to access the roof at any point, do this first, as this is the hottest spot on the house.

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Start the day well hydrated

Drink plenty of water BEFORE you feel thirsty. Avoid beverages with extra  caffeine or sugar, such as energy drinks and coffee, as they increase water loss and contribute to dehydration. Freezing a few water bottles the night before will ensure you have cool water handy throughout the day. Bring these along your regular unfrozen water bottle at the start of the job.

Be patient

Double your drying time between coats in hot and humid weather.

Dress properly

Wear loose-fitting, light coloured clothing, and a brimmed hat  in a breathable fabric. Apply sunscreen to any exposed skin 20 minutes before you head out.

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Protect your eyes

Sunglasses aren’t just for looking cool. Make sure your glasses provide UVA and UVB protection.

Pay attention to your number ones.

The first signs of dehydration are thirst and dark-coloured urine.

Watch for symptoms

Know the signs of heat-related illnesses and stop work right away if you feel overheated. To help cool yourself down, place cold compresses behind your neck and run your forearms under cold water.

Andrea Hanft is a Public Relations Manager for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING and sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. Originally from Toronto, Andrea is very happy to be a Vancouver newbie, spending her weekends hiking and exploring the city. You can connect with her via LinkedIn.

MOM = WOW: Jennifer won a free home makeover!

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At WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, we know that MOM=WOW.

In honor of this Mother’s Day, we found a deserving mom who fit the MOM=WOW bill. Her name is Jennifer, and she has two small children with a third on the way! Here’s why she was nominated to win a home makeover from WOW 1 DAY PAINTING:

Jennifer is new to Ottawa, and says it’s been tough finding time to make new friends.

“When I moved here, I kept to myself. [But recently I] reached out to a lady at my daughter’s school and one good thing after another started happening. I got the right people around me,” she says.

Those same people couldn’t help but notice Jennifer’s warmth. When they heard about the MOM=WOW giveaway, they nominated her for a home makeover from WOW 1 DAY PAINTING.

Leesha and Leesa Cunningham, from our Ottawa franchise, spent the weekend with Jennifer and spruced up her home.

Leesa says, “Jennifer was so, so happy and appreciative. She was a wonderful choice for us and we truly felt that we have made a difference in her life.”

Stay tuned for the results of more MOM=WOW giveaways from our Calgary and Toronto franchises.

Sarah Gray is PR Manager for WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, along with sister companies 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me. She’s known for her can-do attitude, whether it comes to communications or home improvement projects. Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn.

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