Monday, March 10, 2014
We stained this door with 'Natural.'
Sikkens Door and Window stains come in these six tones.
Nothing looks better than a new front door with a beautiful stained finish.
The problem is this: in as few as one or two years, the finish can begin to deteriorate. Skip forward to five years down the road and that front door will look so bad, you’ll begin doubt everything made of wood. We see it all the time. Generally, the sun is the culprit. Many finishes quickly break down when exposed to UV light. This may come as a surprise, but most door manufactures actually have a required maintenance plan that involves recoating the door at certain intervals with a specific product. Unfortunately, by the time we are hired, no one can remember where the door came from or which product was used.
There is hope, weary homeowners! We frequently chemically strip doors to clean the wood and recoat them properly. There are many products on the market, but we are extremely satisfied with Sikkens Door and Window stain for most applications. It comes in a variety of gorgeous tones and builds a rich, durable finish that withstands the elements. Remember to apply a maintenance coat every two or three years and that door will continue to bring beauty to your home for many years to come.
Monday, February 24, 2014
If you’ve been considering giving your home that air of sophistication you so desire, but don’t want to turn your house upside down with remodeling, installing a chair rail in any area of your home is the answer.
Chair rails are installed horizontally around the perimeter of a room. They actually originated in ancient Greece and Rome, when architects would build them to add proportion and give a room an aesthetically-pleasing balance. They serve the same purpose now. Typically, they are installed 28 to 32 inches off the ground, or 25 percent the height of the room.
They are elegant, attractive and can be installed in less than a day. They also give you the ability to play with different shades and accents of the room’s colors. Give us a call and we can give you an estimate for installing a chair rail in any room!
Monday, January 27, 2014
Question: I am painting several rooms in my home and I want the colors to represent each room in a unique way. What colors work best for certain rooms?
Answer: We've put together a simple guide to put you at ease while deciding on colors for your home. Colors have a huge impact on mood, and you want to be sure that the ones you pick accurately represent the purpose and value of each room.
Red: this color inspires passion! It is a complex and dynamic color in that its varying shades invoke very different emotions. For example, pink is sweet, warm and innocent but dark red is confident and dangerous. In a kitchen, red encouraged appetite. This hue will stimulate excitement. It actually raises the heart rate and encourages adrenaline production more than any other color. Red would be great in a kitchen, dining room or playroom.
Yellow: Sunshine means joy, happiness and energy, what a great color for a playroom, kitchen, bedroom or sunroom! Yellow puts people at ease and invites introverted people to feel comfortable in their surroundings. Too much yellow can look, well, corny, pardon the pun. Use yellow as an accent color or sparingly on walls. Consider striped walls, accent walls and yellow furniture.
Orange: orange takes yellow’s sunshine and red’s danger and turns it into action. Orange inspires creativity, sophistication, intellectual thinking and enthusiasm. This color encourages endurance and would be more than suitable for your office.
Blue: Blue also has some very significant psychological effects. It does the opposite of red – it inspires calmness, tranquility and relaxation; however, it is also very productive. Keep intense shades of blue out of your office, but in a bedroom or sunroom, it complements the environment.
Green: The color of the world around us. Green inspires refreshment, environmentalism, positivity and growth. Light greens symbolize new beginnings and dark greens, wisdom and relaxation. Green would be a fantastic reading room, bathroom or bedroom color because of its implications of health and vitality.
Purple: Traditionally associated with royalty, purple represents maturity and responsibility. It’s rich and dark but also comfortable for a room where you spend a great deal of time. Like the scent of lavender, purple is also calming. Purple bedrooms always have a certain sophisticated beauty about them.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
For the past week, our office has been nearly filled to the ceilings with the plentiful gifts and donations of our Facebook friends who saw a video we posted about Kidz Initiative. This program in Newburgh makes sure that those children who have no after-school program are cared for in an enriching environment.
Here at the office, we've been wrapping a plethora of wonderful toys, clothing items, games, electronics and other fantastic gifts for these kids, and it is truly an inspiring thing to see so much generosity from families in our area. We feel so lucky we can be part of this gift-giving occasion during a time of year when there are children who need to know that there are wonderful people in the world who care deeply about their well-being and happiness. It is as much about quality of life as it is about the moral and heartfelt experience of generosity and expressing kindness.
Thank you again to everyone who helped us give these children a fantastic Christmas!
Friday, December 13, 2013
George Apap and the recipient of the Survey of the Month gift card, Bob Dearstyne!
Yesterday, George Apap Painting and HPM Carpentry had our monthly company meeting; during which we went over our employee-of-the-month, survey of the month, safety concerns and other company-improving topics of discussion. However, this meeting revealed some new and exciting things! George Apap, owner and leader, spoke some inspiring words about the culture of our business.
“Happy employees that are enriched in their jobs, that are producing happy customers and on-time performance,” that’s our vision, George said.
We want to maintain a culture here that enhances our company values: Accountability, Reputation, Relationship Building, Excellence, Advancement and Honesty. We want every customer to see these values in our crewmembers, job leaders, estimators and office staff.
“Ideas come from the crew,” George said, “leadership can only implement and shape those ideas.” With this in mind, we are building volunteer committees centered on idea-sharing and personal improvement. Our crew members have organized Skills Training, Team Building and Safety Brain-storm Committees to better enhance our values as a company and keep our painters and carpenters safe with a positive attitude on the job.
2014 is already bringing great things and we look forward to sharing them all with you!
Monday, December 02, 2013
It’s Cyber Monday, friends, and if you schedule an appointment for an estimate today, you will receive 15% off your next home painting, carpentry or repair project!
Just mention that you saw today’s offer on twitter or our blog when you call us at 845.878.3444 or email at email@example.com and we can get you started on your well-deserved, beautiful and perfectly complete home.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
This beautiful window has a wood interior and a fiberglass exterior.
Winter-proofing has been on our minds during these brisk fall days in the Northeast. We’re moving our projects indoors but we haven’t forgotten about the outdoors. We bet you didn’t know that windows are accountable for 20% of a home’s heat loss. It’s true! How well did your windows hold up during those subzero days in January last year? Here are some tips for keeping the cold out and the warmth in this winter while you ponder that.
1. In colder months, keep drapes and blinds open on sunny days to let warmth into your home. At night, close them to reduce heat loss.
2. To check for a draft, observe a lit incense stick where the window meets the pane.
3. Pay attention to how tightly your window closes. You may be able to reduce your energy costs simply by replacing one window that does not shut properly.
There are so many window options from which to choose, but there is one high-performing material worth noting. Fiberglass windows are gaining popularity due to their durability, easy maintenance, resistance to expansion and contraction, and fewer glass seal failures.
If you’re sighing, thinking that colder temperatures make a window replacement impossible, it’s not too late! Replacing a window in your home that may be responsible for heat loss is simply a matter of a few hours for our team. We would love to help you get ready for winter and can install new windows in any room of your home.
Friday, September 13, 2013
We have recently been working on Alden Place, a co-op in Bronxville. As a 100-year-old building, these entryways had dozens of layers of paint with lead.
To safely remove the lead paint, we:
- Chemically stripped the paint with Peel Away® 1.
- Restored the damaged and rotten wood.
- Primed with an oil primer.
- Finished with 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Regal Select acrylic trim paint.
Lead-removal projects can be challenging because they require establishing lead-containment, which can be difficult to do in busy areas. We also painted the two sides of the building along with the front entries. We had already stained the front doors a few years ago with Sikkens window and door stain.
This was just the first phase of a two-year project. We will be continuing work at Alden place next year.
Below are some photos of the project process:
If you have a lead-removal paint project and are looking for a professional painting company, call George Apap Painting at (845) 878-3444, or contact us online. We serve Westchester, Farfield, Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
One of our recent projects was to repaint a home in Quaker Hill in Pawling. It took two weeks to paint the house and the carriage house. It has not been painted inside or out since George Apap Sr. painted it in 1985.
HPM, our carpentry company, helped with repair of rotten wood as well as replacing the front door. This project required proper EPA lead containment procedures during the preparation. Projects take a little longer when there is lead involved since we have to deal with the lead properly and adhere to the lead removal laws, so the cost of the project was approximately $16,000.
We painted all surfaces with Sherwin Williams A-100® Oil Primer and Sherwin Williams Duration® White Satin Finish.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
At this house in Poughkeepsie, we removed the old cedar shake siding and installed Tyvek house wrap and new Mastic vinyl siding. The crew completed this project in about five days.
Cost for Re-Siding
Approximate cost of this job was around $13,000 for labor and about $6,000 for materials.
Each job is different, so depending on house size, materials used and labor time, pricing for re-siding will vary.
If you are looking for a contractor to re-side your home, contact HPM Carpentry at (845) 878-3004, or schedule your free estimate online. We serve Westchester, Fairfield, Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
George Apap Painting has many years of experience in wood refinishing and restoration. We work on all types of wood refinishing projects that include:
Paint Stripping and Removal
Custom Decorative Finishes
High Quality Painting
We most commonly receive requests for door refinishing and painting. Our painters can transform any door from old, faded or dilapidated to new, bright and fresh.
If any of your doors are faded or weathered, call George Apap Painting at (845) 878-3444 or contact us online to schedule your free estimate. We serve Westchester, Fairfield, Dutchess and Putnam Counties.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
If you've been dreaming of updating your dining room before the family gathers there for the holidays, it's not too late to have it ready for this year's festivities. And doing so doesn't have to break the bank.
Here are four ideas for updating your dining room:
1. Change your color. If your dining room walls are still Autumn Harvest Gold, just like they were back in the '70s, it's time for a new coat of interior paint. Painting the walls of your dining room can instantly update the room without having to change a single piece of furniture or decor.
2. Add some wall paneling. Paneling has come a long way since the days of your grandmother's dining room. Modern wall paneling includes brick facades, natural textures and even 3D elements. Do the whole room or just one wall for a dramatic update.
3. Paper the room. If paneling sounds like too much of a change for you, maybe textured wallpaper or even a painted mural on one wall is more your speed. A good wallpaper doesn't haven't to be limited to one wall: If you find one that you love and fits your decor and personality, go for it and paper the whole dining room!
4. Add a chair rail. If you want to update your dining room but don't want to commit to completely changing the walls, perhaps you should considering the addition of chair rail. Chair rails instantly add class and sophistication to a room.
If you're ready to update your dining room and you'd like to do it before family and friends show up for holiday festivities, contact us today and let us know how we can help.
Friday, October 19, 2012
You may not pay much attention to your front door, but you should. It's the one piece of your home that welcomes visitors and sends them on their way. If your front door is stained or vanished, it may have seen better days.
"Nothing looks better than a new front door with a beautiful stained finish," says George J. Apap, president and owner of George Apap Painting. "The problem is in as little as one or two years, the finish can begin to deteriorate. Wait five years and that beautiful door can look so bad that you begin questioning everything made of wood."
We see it all the time.
Did you know that your front door probably came with a maintenance schedule to help keep it looking its best? Most homeowners don't. If your front door gets direct sunlight, it's probably deteriorating even faster.
"Many finishes quickly break down when exposed to UV light," Apap says. "Unfortunately usually by the time I get involved no one can remember where the door came from or what is on it. Actually the doors are usually so deteriorated that it wouldn't matter anyway. There is hope."
Apap recommends the following steps to keeping your front door looking great:
1. Strip and clean. Properly preparing the door before any new treatment is important. Doing so rids the door of any dirt and old stain residue, and readies it for its new look.
2. Stain. "There are many products on the market, but we have had the best luck with Sikkens door and window stain for most applications," Apap continues. "It comes in a variety of wood-tone colors and builds a rich durable finish that holds up to the elements."
3. Repeat regularly. "Remember to keep after it with a maintenance coat every two or three years and that door will look great all the time."
If you need help stripping and staining your front door, contact us at George Apap Painting, Inc. We're happy to make your front door the welcoming image of your home that it should be.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The kitchen. Many consider it the heart of the home. It's a high-traffic room where friends and family gather and meals are shared. When was the last time you gave that special room a facelift?
No matter your budget, you can update your kitchen in a weekend or less, giving it a modern and more inviting look and feel.
For less than $1,000 you could easily retile your backspace. Whether your kitchen is '50s retro in Bridgeport, CT, modern in Greenwich, CT or industrial in Poughkeepsie, NY, tile work has come a long way. Your options are endless for this type of makeover.
Do you have $200 to dedicate to updating your kitchen? Consider installing new faucets. Faucets come in a variety of finishes and functions, no longer the old brass units that all home builders once used. Some even come on at the simple touch of your hand, no twisting or turn required.
Maybe you've got less than $100 to spend, but you'd still like to add a new, updated element to your kitchen. What about cabinet knobs? Replacing the old knobs on your kitchen cabinets can -- within mere minutes -- add a new splash of color and personality to the busiest room in your home.
No matter your budget, style or timeframe, George Apap Painting, Inc., is available to help update your kitchen. We stay on top of the latest trends in design, always training our skilled staff members on the latest in techniques and materials. Contact us today if you'd like more ideas on giving the heart of your home a makeover.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Bathrooms are so often overlooked as an area to express our personalities. Yet look at what you can do! Transform your ordinary bathroom into an oasis... from modest to extraordinary … in Milford, CT to Yonkers, NY. . . the possibilities are endless.
Stripes can add dimension and interest to any room. In bathrooms, try horizontal stripes to elongate the often small space. Elevate the “ordinary” to “spectacular” by finishing the stripes in an iridescent glaze. This will make the stripes shimmer in certain light.
Bathrooms are a great place to think out of the box. Have a color you love but aren't braven enough to showcase in larger rooms? The bathroom is the perfect place to put that bold color choice as it is a confined space.
Yes! Wallpaper lives on in this room. Try bold large prints and avoid borders and dated florals. For powder rooms, try grasscloth or other interesting textured papers to add dimension.
Another dated concept turned chic. For this look, go for rich gloss paneling or white washed and distressed. Try to avoid the stock, off the shelf wainscoting to avoid a dated look.
Have a decorating or design question for your home in Newburgh or White Plains, NY or Waterbury, CT? Call George Apap Painting at: 845-878-3444.
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