Painting & Decorating

Color Trends – A Sneak Peek at 2017

As we gear up for the final quarter of 2016, Pantone has already begun to gather information for their 2017 Color Trends. Here are a few predictions on what they expect to see in the coming year.

With consumers looking to spend their money on “experiences” and not just “stuff”, the design world now finds itself at a crossroads. Homeowners are still looking to add fresh new colors and furnishings to their homes, but they are seeking a comfortable and “known” look and feel in the process. So how will this translate into the home design trends for 2017?

You can expect to see lots of black and white in home decor, as well as bold colors in interesting patterns. Mother nature is also a driving force in home color trends, with green still at the forefront, and a resurgence of floral as well as jungle prints will make their way into the marketplace.

2017 sneak peek - geoWith the current focus on sleep, thanks to Arianna Huffington’s latest book, The Sleep Revolution, many homeowners are turning their bedrooms back into true sanctuaries for rest, complete with calming color palettes. Deep colors are becoming a more popular choice, with Navy as the standout color so far.

2017 sneak peek - metalsWe can also expect to see the incorporation of more mixed metallics in the coming year thanks to the growing popularity of rose gold, although pastels will carry through into 2017 as well with the current prediction of pink as the front runner.

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Be sure to check back in the fall for the official Pantone 2017 Color of the Year announcement.

Garage Floor Coating in Wayne, Pa.

While the garage is often the most overlooked room in most homes, with new top of the line epoxy floor coatings now available, it doesn’t have to be. Not only will this coating enhance the appearance of your garage floor, but it is also specially formulated for easy cleaning and maximum durability, much more so than a traditional concrete floor.

This process usually takes about a week from start to finish, and as you can see in the before and after photos of the floor we recently coated in Wayne, Pa., it will be worth parking in the driveway while the coating fully cures. Next time you pull into your garage and step out of your car, take a look down at your floor. Then give us a call for your free estimate and to update your garage floor before the winter weather arrives.






Exterior Carriage House Restoration in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

If time has gotten away from you and you now require a little more than just a standard repaint, you can rest assured that our craftsmen can handle the job. We are currently in the process of completing three such projects in Chestnut Hill.

The project featured here is the restoration of a carriage house. After a thorough pressure cleaning, our carpenters repaired and replaced rotted fascia board, trim boards, window frames and siding in preparation for the painting. Next, our team of craftsmen tackled the exterior of the carriage house, with extensive prep work being completed before oil priming and applying two finish coats of paint. The front entrance was also given a brand new look with the use of the Fine Paints of Europe in a high gloss finish.

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Remodeling & Home Maintenance

Front Porch Stair Replacement in Chestnut Hill, Pa.

After over forty years in business, many people are still unaware of the additional services offered by John Neill Painting & Decorating. A prime example of this is a front porch stair replacement we recently completed. This project included the removal of the existing stairs (which were beyond repair), pouring a new concrete footer at the base of the new stairs, installing new stringers, treads, and risers plus a new railing, and finally, painting the new stairs and front porch.

If you have a project at your home that involves multiple trades (ie – carpentry, masonry, painting, etc), give us a call and let our team of craftsmen handle it all from start to finish (and with much less work on your end in dealing with multiple companies). 😊

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“Your carpenter did a wonderful job rebuilding the front porch. He was very detail oriented and took great pride in his work.”

– Carol Strasbaugh, Chestnut Hill, Pa.

Exterior Stucco Color Change in Haverford, Pa.

After 41 years in business, there are still times when we’re completely amazed at how much something as simple as a color change can transform a house. In this case, it was a stucco home in Haverford, Pa. The first step in this process was to remove the shutters for repair and painting in our shop. Next the house was pressure cleaned to remove all dirt and debris to create a clean surface for the new stucco color. Thirty gallons of StoCoat® Lotusan® exterior masonry coating* were applied to the exterior of home, and once complete the shutters were reinstalled. With updates to the exterior landscaping as well, this home has undergone a complete makeover in just under a month and is ready to welcome family and friends all summer.

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* John Neill Painting only uses the finest products available for each substrate that is to be painted. For stucco we use StoCoat® Lotusan® Lotus-Effect® technology.

Dirt particles are unable to hold on the leaves of the lotus plant and simply flow off with the rain droplets that fall on the plant. The Lotusan® exterior coating possesses a high water-repellent surface similar to that of a lotus leaf. Its microstructure has been modeled on the lotus plant to minimize the contact area for water and dirt. The surface additionally offers enhanced hydrophobic properties.

 The problem with conventional exterior paints is that the soiling of the façade becomes increasingly visible over time. On weather exposed sides in particular, microorganisms find an ideal environment for colonization in the form of adequate moisture and nutrients from the dirt deposits. With the Lotus-Effect® technology on façades, water and dirt flow off immediately. The façade remains dry and attractive.

StoCoat® Lotusan® featuring a pronounced self-cleaning effect:

  • Very high level of water and dirt repellence after drying of the coating.
  • Highly resistant to soiling, pronounced self-cleaning effect.
  • Resists the growth of mold, mildew, and algae.
  • Excellent weather and chalk resistance, UV-stable.
  • Ideal for new construction and recoat projects over stucco and fiber cement board substrates.
  • High water vapor permeability.
  • Available in virtually any color.

Interior Finish Carpentry – Taking Care of the Small Details

While the first thing you may notice when walking into a room is the wall color or a piece of artwork, if you’ve lived in the house for some time, you’re more likely to notice the little things that aren’t “quite right.” In this case it was a few vents on the floor that stuck out like a sore thumb, detracting from an otherwise beautiful room. And after growing tired of looking at them any longer, this Haverford homeowner gave us a call to come up with a solution.

After measuring and purchasing solid wood replacement vents our team of carpenters and painters cut them down to size and applied stain to match the existing finish of the hardwood floors before installation. Now they blend much more seamlessly with the space. Sometimes it’s the small details that make the biggest difference.interior carpentry