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The Hub of the House …the kitchen

The truth is, that the kitchen is the gathering place and is the hub of the house. It’s where kids come for a snack when they come home from school. It’s the place where everyone congregates at parties, where the meals are made, secrets shared, late night drinks imbibed.

Kitchen Makeover Tips

When there is so much activity in one place, it’s not unreasonable to think that it gets more wear. Here are some great kitchen makeover tips that can bring your kitchen back to life without having to do a complete kitchen remodel.

The finish on your cabinets, even at the highest level, will start whispering to you that a new coat of paint might be in order.

You won’t have to redo the whole kitchen, but kitchen cabinet painting and refinishing will give you the sense that you have a brand-new kitchen.

Hub of the House - Kitchen Makeover Tips by John Neill Painting

Making Your Kitchen Look New

Giving your cabinets a new look means removing all cabinet doors and drawers and marking their locations. These are then carefully wrapped and transported them to the paint shop. This is a controlled environment containing a spray booth. Painting this way gives your cabinets a finish that looks brand, spanking new. During the period of spray painting, the surrounds will be painted by prior appointment s. This will be done in time for everything to be put back together. Once done, you’ll feel like you have an entirely new kitchen again and a new hub of the house.

Custom Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Another way to breathe new life into your kitchen is by replacing old cabinet doors with new custom doors. The glass pane kitchen cabinet doors pictured below gave the kitchen an entirely different look and feel and really brightened up the space.

Don’t miss our next post about using color in the kitchen.

Fine Paints of Europe offer unmatched quality

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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 garage floor coatings now available, it doesn’t have to be. Not only will this garage floor coating enhance the appearance of your garage, 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 a garage 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.

 

Garage Floor in Wayne, PA Before Epoxy Coating

Garage Floor Prep Work for Epoxy Coating

 

Epoxy Garage Floor Coatings by John Neill Painting Serving PennsylvaniaGarage Epoxoy Floor Coatings ~ Philadelphia & The Main Line

 

 

 

 

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). 😊

 

Porch Remodeling Chestnut Hill PA

Porch Remodeling in Philadelphia & The Main Line

Prep Work for a New Footer for Exterior Stairs during a Front Porch Remodel in Chestnut Hill, PA

Pouring New Footer for Stairs during a Porch Remodel by John Neill Painting

Concret Finish Work by John Neill Painting during Porch Remodel in Pennsylvania

Installing New Stringers for Porch Stairs in Remodeling Job on the Pennsylvania Main Line

Porch Stair Installation by John Neill Painting

Stairs Painting in Philadelphia & The Main Line by John Neill Painting

Completed Porch Remodel in Chestnut Hill, PA

“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 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, one of which is an exterior Carriage House Restoration project.

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.

Carriage House Restoration Project in Chestnut Hill, PA

Carriage House Exterior Paint Job

Carriage House Windows Before Makeover

Chestnut Hill Carriage House Remodel Work in Progress

Carriage House Remodel Work in Progress in Chestnut Hill, PennsylvaniaCarriage House Restoration

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Color Trends & Finding Your Signature Palette

2016 Color Trends: While we report on the Color Trends every year, they are just that – trends. When it comes to updating the colors in your home, incorporating current colors can be fun, but figuring out your signature style and using your favorite colors throughout your home is often a better way to go.

This year we shared the “2016 Color of the Year” from the top three companies in the painting industry. Pantone (the world leader in all things color) stepped out of the box by selecting not one, but two 2016 Colors of the Year – Rose Quartz and Serenity. If you’re not a fan of pastels, the lesson to be taken from this selection is that traditionally “warm” colors can be paired with “cool” colors and coordinate beautifully.

2016 Pantone Color of the Year

 

Sherwin Williams also took a different approach to 2016 color trends this year, opting to create “Color Stories” in place of choosing one particular color. Using the terms passionate, fresh, vintage, and indulgent as their starting point, they have created four color palettes that are sure to speak to both the bold and adventurous as well as more traditional homeowners.

2016 Sherwin Williams Color Mix

 

Benjamin Moore also chose to go in yet a different direction, and while they did select a single 2016 Color of the Year – Simply White – some question whether this was truly a “color” selection at all. Whether or not you believe that white is a color, what they have done is sparked the idea of starting with a blank canvas. Freshening up any space with a base coat of this creamy white is almost like hitting the reset button in your home. With a clean backdrop, it is much easier to re-imagine what other colors you would like to incorporate into your home, and they have provided some beautiful accent colors in their full color report to assist with this as well.

2016 Color Trends Benjamin Moore

 

Ultimately, the best place to start when considering a new color palette for your home is with an open mind. Look around when you’re out and about and take note of the colors that catch your eye. Or if you’ve been saying “I’ve always wanted to paint the [ fill in the blank]…” maybe now is the time to go for it. Believe it or not, of all the things that you could “change” in your home, the color on your walls is one of the easiest, but also most impactful. And when you’re ready, our color experts are always here to help you make your final choice with complete confidence.

Sign Restoration and Painting in West Chester, Pa.

When you think of John Neill Painting, you probably think about painting the interior or exterior of your home, but did you know that we can paint just about anything? From mailboxes to outdoor furniture, and even a totem pole, our team of artists and craftsmen have the skills and expertise to handle specialty projects as well. Most recently, it was sign restoration and painting at Cannon Hill, a twenty-two acre farm in Chester County.

Our carpenter discovered the original sign in the garage while completing repairs on the exterior of the house. He mentioned to the West Chester, Pa. homeowner that our team could replicate the sign that had fallen from it’s post long ago (the original was beyond repair). Using the original as a template, a new sign was fabricated and passed along to one of our craftsman for painting and hand lettering. Once complete, the sign was returned to its original location at the entrance to the property, much to the delight of the homeowner.

Restoration of the Cannon Hill Sign Before Pic

Sign Restoration and Painting Services by John Neill Painting serving the greater Philadelphia area and The Main Line

Antique Sign Restoration by John Neill Painting & Decorating

 

 

 

John Neill Painting & Decorating Voted “Reader’s Choice” as the Best Main Line PA Painting Company for 14 consecutive years

Voted Best Main Line PA Painting Company for 14 years in a row by Reader’s Choice Best of Main Line ~ John Neill Painting & Decorating!

Best Main Line PA Painting Company 14 Years in a Row!

 

John Neill Painting & Decorating Wins MAC Picture It Painted Professionally (PIPP) Award

 

MAC PDCA PIPP Picture It Painted Professionally Award

(Hershey, Pa. October 22, 2015) – The Mid-Atlantic Council of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America selected John Neill Painting & Decorating to receive the Residential Interior PIPP Award for their entry titled “New Residential Construction in Merion, Pa.” Projects qualify by integrating the exceptional use of color, innovation, specialty finishing techniques, safety compliance, technical skills, creativity, project difficulty, and superior execution.

View the full gallery of images on our House Tours Page.

“When Drueding Builders was commissioned to build the largest private residence in Lower Merion Township in recent years, their goal was to assemble a team made up of the top contractors in the area to ensure the successful completion of the project. After asking several others in the industry who the best painting company was for large high end residential work, the name John Neill Painting & Decorating came up again and again. After reviewing references and confirming the completion of similar projects over eighteen thousand square feet every year over the past decade, John Neill Painting & Decorating was awarded the contract.

Once the interior was ready for paint, our crew worked efficiently and meticulously, following the instructions provided by the builder, interior decorator and homeowners. There were numerous change orders throughout the duration of the project, but the work flowed seamlessly thanks to our highly experienced team of career craftsmen, who met all of the deadlines for the projects completion.

Benjamin Moore paints were used throughout the house on the ceiling, walls and trim. All of the trim was primed, sanded between coats and cleaned with tack rags, before two finish coats of Satin Impervo Oil were applied by brush. All areas that received stain were first treated with a surface conditioner before applying the stain, followed by two coats of wiping varnish, which were applied by hand to create a clean finish with no visible brush strokes. Venetian plaster was applied in the main hallway on the first floor, along with a textured glazed stucco finish on the walls in the sunroom. A custom hand cut three-dimensional stencil was created for the walls in one of the girl’s room before being painted by hand.

Working with homeowners can be difficult, but adding the builder, architect and interior decorator to the list makes for the ultimate challenge. Needless to say, all involved were not only thrilled with the finished product, but also the level of care and professionalism shown by our crew while working in the home.”

John Neill Painting & Decorating Receives 2015 Best of Narberth Award

2015 Narberth Award for Painting

The 2015 Narberth Award for Painting goes to John Neill Painting & Decorating!

NARBERTH April 3, 2015 — John Neill Painting & Decorating has been selected for the   2015 Best of Narberth Award in the Residential Painting category by the Narberth Award Program.

Each year, the Narberth Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Narberth area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Narberth Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Narberth Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Narberth Award Program

The Narberth Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Narberth area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Narberth Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Narberth Award Program

John Neill Painting & Decorating was also the recipient of this award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.

John Neill Painting Receives 2015 Pennsylvania Excellence Award

2015 Pennsylvania Excellence Award in Engineering & ConstructionJanuary 16th 2015 –  John Neill Painting has been selected for the 2015 Pennsylvania  Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the US Commerce & Trade  Research Institute (USCTRI).

Each year the USCTRI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Pennsylvania is renowned for.

John Neill Painting has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USCTRI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of Pennsylvania.

About USCTRI
The USCTRI is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

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