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5 Tips for Painting Your Furniture

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Summer is the season of garage sales and those old pieces of furniture are plentiful. Whether you get a piece of furniture from somebody else or just want to bring new life to something currently in your home, painting it can seem like a difficult task. Knowing what to do, how to do it, and what to do it with are all questions we hear whenever somebody wants to paint their furniture. Here are some tips to make your old piece look brand new.

Sanding Your Furniture Before Painting

Some people will tell you that you don’t need to sand your furniture before painting, and some primers and paints promise that it won’t be necessary either. However, sanding is always a must before painting wooden furniture. By sanding with 150-grit sandpaper, you lightly rough up the exterior of the furniture, making it easier for the primer to adhere to the surface. This allows you to get a smoother, richer, and more even paint job on your furniture.

Clean the Surface Before Painting Furniture

After sanding, it’s important to wipe away any preexisting residue or shavings that are on the furniture. If the piece that you’re painting has any residue or shavings on it, it will create an uneven and rough paint job. Using a microfiber tack cloth will keep from any lint or paper from adhering to the surface, so opt for that instead of a towel or paper towel.

Using Primer on Your Furniture

Using primer on your furniture will fill in any small cracks and completely cover the natural color of the wood to make painting much easier and more effective. The primer not only covers the natural color of the furniture, it also gives the paint a smooth and even surface to adhere to easily so no unwanted bubbles or divots form on your first coat of paint. It also allows you, in some cases, to only need one top coat of paint as opposed to multiple. After applying the first coat of primer, let it dry for a few hours, then come back to see how the piece looks. If it has a slightly yellowish color, then it will need another coat of primer. If it is a solid white, then you’re ready to paint your piece!

Painting Your Furniture

Now that the prep work, for the most part, is done, it’s time to start painting your furniture. Depending on what color and texture you’re looking for, a semi-gloss latex based paint is the optimal choice for painting furniture. At Ricciardi Brothers, we offer various different brands for your convenience, including the ever-popular Benjamin Moore and Ricciardi Brothers brand. Use a mini foam roller to get a nice, even coat of paint and let it dry for 6 to 8 hours before putting another coat on. Make sure you sand any bubbles or bumps out of your previous coat before adding the next coat for a smooth finish. Remember to paint from the top down, that way if any dripping occurs from the top, you can smooth it out when you paint the bottom.

Protecting Your Furniture

After painting your furniture, it’s always a good idea to put a coat of protective finish on in order to preserve the paint from chipping or fading easily. Make sure you go lightly with your foam roller to release any bubbles in the coat before letting it dry. After applying this final coat, let the piece dry for around 72 hours, otherwise, you risk your furniture being sticky while using it. After that, clean up and enjoy your newly painted furniture.

Ricciardi Brothers Has You Covered

Painting a piece of furniture can be a journey, and we at Ricciardi Brothers are here to help you every step of the way. With 45 convenient locations, throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, chances are that there is a Ricciardi Brothers store just a short drive away from your home. Our paint professionals will help you with anything you need from choosing brushes to finding the perfect color to match your living room. Come into Ricciardi Brothers or contact us today and prime yourself for your next paint job.

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How To Choose the Best Exterior Paint For Your Home

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When it comes time to repaint your home, choosing an exterior paint scheme can seem extremely intimidating. Even though everyone has different tastes when it comes to the look that they want their home to have, the look should reflect you. There are quite a few tips that you should keep in mind when looking to paint the outside of your home, as well as a number of style options that will shape your painting project. Read on to learn more about choosing the best exterior paint and what colors might be best suited for you!

Paint Choice Tips

Draw Inspiration From Permanent Materials

Every home has elements that are difficult or impossible to change. Brick or stone foundations, patios and accents cannot be changed, but actually, make it easier to choose a color. This is possible because you will want something that works well with any, and all, existing color schemes surrounding your home. You can choose colors that complement the ones you already have, or if you really want to mix it up, try experimenting with contrasting opposites. For example, if you have a classic red brick foundation, play around with how a cooler color might look for the exterior of your house.

Test Your Colors

So much thought goes into choosing paint, but not all of the decision-making process should be done directly in a store. You must look at your color options at home as well. Go outside and test different angles at different times of the day. This will help determine which colors look best in the sun and the shade. Try buying samples and paint small areas of your house to see what colors truly look best once it’s out of the can.

Consider the Visual Effect You Want

Take some time to think about the type of look you want your home to have. Do you want it to blend well with the landscapes around it and look similar to the other homes on your street, or do you want it to catch someone’s attention? The right exterior paint scheme emphasizes the best features of your home, so make sure you put some thought into what kind of impression you want it to give off.

Style Options

Bright and Bold

For those who want their home to stand out, bold exterior paints are a clear 2018 trend. People are often nervous about choosing a color that is outside of their comfort zone, but once your house is painted, it will be the most interesting home on the block! Reds and yellows are two bright and popular options, but a color can be bold without being bright. Navy is one such color and is definitely among the newer and more up-and-coming exterior house painting trends.

Classic Neutrals

Neutral colors are an extremely common choice among those who are repainting their homes. Colors like these (such as shades in the beige and grey families) are popular because they are warm and tend to easily complement the fixed elements already present on a home, such as brick and stone. Neutrals are also a favored choice for people who are thinking of selling their house within the next few years. This is a safe option that is sure to please.

Don’t Miss the Ricciardi Brothers Fourth of July Special

Once you find the perfect shade, all of your hard work will be well worth it in the end! Take advantage of the beautiful weather and refresh the exterior of your home with Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior Paint formulated with a durable finish that resists fading, cracking and peeling so your home’s exterior looks freshly painted for years to come. To entice you even more, Ricciardi Brothers is excited to announce our Fourth of July promotion to help you and your wallet with your summer project. From June 21st to July 15th, customers can save up to $35, with $7 off per gallon on up to 5 gallons of all premium Benjamin Moore paint and stain. Contact Ricciardi Brothers today to learn more about the special and other promotions, and stop in at a paint store location near you. We look forward to working with you and getting you started on your exterior painting project!

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4 Exciting Interior Design Trends of 2019

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With 2019 just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking of ways to bring your interior design into the new year. Design trends change quite often, which is why we like to suggest smaller, realistic changes you can make to your interior design to stay trendy while also maintaining an overall classic look. These exciting interior design trends of 2019 will be all the rage this year, so join us in incorporating them into your home design!

1. Incorporate the Color of the Year

The Pantone color of the year was recently announced! The color of 2019 that you will see everywhere, from gorgeous magazine spreads to the racks of your favorite clothing stores, is Living Coral. This bright pink-ish, orange-ish color is fun and will bring a bit of life into any room. Consider incorporating this color into a room via a throw pillow, a small shelf, or as the paint color on an accent wall (if you are feeling especially bold this year). Get creative with how you can add splashes of this beautiful color into your home in 2019.

2. Houseplants and Vertical Gardens

Sticking to the theme of creating a livelier interior design — houseplants and vertical gardens will remain popular decor items throughout 2019. Houseplants are great for filtering the air and creating a fresh living space. Vertical gardens are absolutely gorgeous and will breathe life into your home. They also have great practical use in the kitchen if you plant your favorite herbs for cooking. If you don’t have a green thumb, considering incorporating wall prints of plants or silk plants into your interior to embrace this trend.

3. Bold Backsplashes

Another trend we are loving is a bold kitchen and/or bathroom backsplash. A backsplash has been typically used to blend with the rest of the kitchen, but in 2019, we’ll be seeing a trend of bold tiles and funky colors being utilized for these backsplashes. This is a great way to liven up a room and add some personality to your design. Backsplashes are also a relatively small and inexpensive update to make and tend to add great value to a home. This is a great home project to consider if you are thinking of selling your home soon.

4. Statement Wallpaper Covered Walls

We still love a good statement wall, whether it is painted with a bold color or covered in a fun wallpaper. Floral print wallpaper will be popular this year, especially when it is incorporated on only one wall. Be sure to use a professional wallpaper brand to ensure a high quality, modern, and finished look. Nothing looks worse and more dated than cheap, peeling wallpaper! If wallpaper isn’t your style, accent walls and accent ceilings are also popular this year, so be bold and go for an exciting coat of paint on your interior.

Get Design Expertise at Ricciardi Brothers

Is your home design looking a little dated? The design experts at Ricciardi Brothers are here to help you stay up to date on the exciting interior design trends of 2019, creating a beautiful and inviting look for your home. Whether you need high-quality paint, professional wall coverings, new window treatments, or the supplies to get your project done, our team is ready to help.  Contact us today to get started, or stop by one of our 45 design centers located in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. We look forward to working with you!

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5 Ways to Transform Your Home for the Holidays

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Turn Your House Into a Home for the Holidays

There are so many wonderful things about the holiday season, but one of the best parts is getting some extra time at home with family. This holiday season, we want to help you transform your home for the holidays. Nothing makes your house feel more like a home than that warm, comfy feeling you get when you walk into a beautifully decorated home. Here are our top 5 tips for transforming your home for the season.

1.   Make Your Space Cozier

With the holidays right around the corner, chances are it is getting chilly outside. Make your space cozier this holiday season to create a more inviting and comfy environment. One of the easiest ways to make your space cozier is to incorporate heavier textiles into your home design. Think thick blankets, throws, accent pillows, and rugs. Having these items on the back of chairs, draped over the couch, or even in a basket in your living room will create a cozier and softer vibe throughout the home.

You can also create that coveted cozy feeling through scent. Stock up on your favorite holiday candles or bake cookies before you have guests come over to exude coziness and holiday joy throughout the home.

2.   Incorporate New Lighting

Lighting is a great and simple way to transform your home, and it is super easy to do during the holidays! Opt for softer colors and more yellow lights to create a warmer feeling inside the home. String lights are also great for creating a beautiful, classic holiday feel on the interior and exterior of a house. Wrap them around a staircase or over the fireplace to accent the natural beauty of the space. You can also invest in lighting that will be useful year-round, such as floor lamps, twinkle lights, and outdoor accent lighting to give your home that special extra touch.

3.   Consider a Fresh Coat of Paint

While you are spending time thinking of how you want to transform your home for the holidays, perhaps you want to consider a fresh coat of paint on the walls. The winter is a great time to do interior painting; whether you want a new splash of color or have been meaning to finish some touch-ups around the house, a fresh coat of paint can liven up your space just in time for the holidays. Ensure you work with an interior paint specialist to get the right color, paint type, and necessary tools to create a flawless finish.

4.   Set the Table

Another simple way to transform your home for the holidays is to have a special table setting prepared. Invest in a pretty tablecloth, table runners, cloth napkins, and holiday dishes. Add candles or some beautiful seasonal plants or flowers to the table as well. Decorating a table is truly an art, so get creative and let your table setting be reflective of your beautiful home during the holidays!

5.   Fill it with Friends and Family

Want to know our single best tip for transforming your home this holiday season? Fill your home with the presence of loved ones. The holidays are all about being close with friends and family and sharing some valuable time together. Your home should be a place to gather and create beautiful memories, and with the tips above, you will feel confident inviting your nearest and dearest over to share time with you.

Wishing You Happy Holidays, from Our Home to Yours

From all of us at Ricciardi Brothers, we hope you have a very happy holiday season. For all of your paint and design needs, do not hesitate to reach out to us or to stop by our design centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware for expert help. We look forward to seeing you around!

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6 Ways to Spruce up the Exterior of Your Home in the Fall

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So long, summer! Fall is officially upon us, and with its arrival you may feel the urge to switch up your home’s exterior decorations to match the new season. All you need is some creativity and love for autumn, and you’ll have the most festive home on the street! Here are six ways you can spruce up your home’s exterior during the fall.

1. Pumpkins Galore

Pumpkins are a fall staple – they appear everywhere from Halloween displays to caffeinated drinks during the season. Therefore, they are the perfect addition to your front porch when the weather starts to get chilly. Decorating your pumpkins is half of the fun – you can carve them, paint them, or even wrap patterned ribbons around them to add your own personal flair! Consider including gourds in the mix – their various colors can add the perfect contrast to your pumpkin’s famous orange shade.

2. Harvest-Themed Decorations

Nothing reminds people of fall like a good scarecrow! Decorating your front yard with scarecrows is a cute and fun way to greet your guests. Accompany them with corn stalks –a definite eye-catching piece for passersby. Prop these fall staples up next to your scarecrow or flank your porch with them. Try out hay bales as well – they add a rustic touch to your home’s exterior and can be a surface for you to place other decorations, such as baskets and more pumpkins.

3. Seasonal Blooms

While the summery days of tending to your garden may be gone until next year, there are still some plants and flowers that blossom in the fall. Mums are fall’s favorite flower as they bloom late, making them a perfect choice to display on your front porch. Sunflowers and pansies are other flowers that thrive during the fall season. Don’t focus just on blooms – hostas and succulent plants are also a great green choice for your porch and garden in the fall.

4. Door Decorations

Let your front door exhibit your love for fall! A classic way to spruce up your doorway in the fall is with a leaf, berry, or twig branch wreath. Consider hanging a basket on your door and filling it with a flower, foliage, and wheat arrangement – it’s a beautiful way to usher your home into the season. Don’t be afraid to get festive too – putting up cobwebs for Halloween, or cute turkey cutouts in November is another creative way to decorate your door!

5. Decorate Your Fence for Fall

Your fall decorating doesn’t have to stop at your front porch! Decorate your fences with even more wreaths, fall plants, and holiday touches. Your fence is a great place to display Halloween decorations such as ghosts and pumpkins to greet trick-or-treaters, as well as letter banners celebrating Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter holidays.

6. New Exterior Paint

Fall is the season of change, so it’s the perfect time to switch up the exterior paint of your home! Pick a warm tone of paint for your fence to match the falling leaves and autumn sunlight. You can also repaint your front door to differentiate your house from the rest of the neighborhood. If you want to repaint your entire house, fall is your last chance before winter’s harsh conditions prevent you from doing so!

Fall Design Services and Paint in NJ, PA, and DE

If you are looking for some help sprucing up your home for the fall, Ricciardi Brothers would be more than happy to help you! Our design services, led by our trained and experienced professional staff, can help you with all of your fall decorating needs. We offer the best selection of house paints to choose from, color consultations, custom window treatments, and more. Contact the location nearest to you today to learn more about our services to let us help you spruce up your house this fall!