Paint: Oil and Water

Oil and water-based paints, what are the differences?  Manufacturers classify paint by its binder.  Water-based paint usually contains latex or vinyl as a binder.  They are commonly called latex paints.  Binders solidify the paint so that it will cover surfaces like a film.  Alkyd or oil-based paint has a synthetic (alkyd) oil binder or natural oil binder such as linseed oil.  [...]

By | May 4th, 2017|House Painting|Comments Off on Paint: Oil and Water

Subtle Contrast

Recently the Larkin Painting Company transformed the look of a spectacular hallway in a Beacon Hill home.  Beautifully textured wall coverings adorned the hallway walls.  We wanted to make sure that the coverings were showcased.  We helped our client choose a neutral color palette that complimented this unique design element perfectly.  Quite often we use [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|House Painting, Painting Projects|Comments Off on Subtle Contrast

Feel the Gloss: Choosing the Correct Paint Sheen Part Two

What are the benefits of choosing a gloss sheen paint for your project?  This is an important question to explore as choosing the wrong finish can make housekeeping more difficult and ruin the look of a space.  Glossy paint sheens or finishes vary from pearl, semi to high gloss.  Let's look at the pearl finish [...]

By | October 30th, 2016|House Painting|Comments Off on Feel the Gloss: Choosing the Correct Paint Sheen Part Two

Sheen: The Importance of Being Accurate

Picking the right paint sheen or finish for your project is critical.  Most people enjoy picking the actual color of the paint; that is the flashy, fun part.  However, there is a technical and equally important aspect to paint.  When choosing your paint, you must also be mindful of its sheen.  There are several "levels" [...]

By | September 30th, 2016|Greater Boston and Metrowest Painting Contractor, House Painting|Comments Off on Sheen: The Importance of Being Accurate

Railing and Balusters

Challenging workspace We recently painted a beautiful, wooden railing and baluster system.  Even though we were using the same product for the railing that floor contractors used for the floor, we ran into a challenge.  The floor and the railing were constructed of two different types of wood.  Railings are made of a [...]

By | July 29th, 2016|Greater Boston and Metrowest Painting Contractor, House Painting|Comments Off on Railing and Balusters

Surpass Expectations

It is our goal to surpass expectations.  Recently, we helped a Sudbury client save a unique and cherished piece of furniture.  She was not aware that we could help her as we were initially charged with repainting some areas and repairing water damaged surfaces.  As we were walking through her home noting the color changes [...]

By | April 4th, 2016|Greater Boston and Metrowest Painting Contractor, House Painting, Painting Projects|Comments Off on Surpass Expectations

Take Time with Home Improvement

The home improvement show, This Old House, is a good example of what it can mean to take time with your home improvement or remodel.  Home upgrades, improvements, and remodels don't happen overnight even though many people wish for a quick fix.  Sometimes projects are delayed for technical reasons such as drying time.  When the [...]

By | March 20th, 2016|Greater Boston and Metrowest Painting Contractor, House Painting, Painting Projects|Comments Off on Take Time with Home Improvement

An Eye for Detail

At Larkin Painting, we have an eye for detail.  Customers ask us to help bring their vision for their home into reality. To do that, we have to see the details.  We use the eye of a camera as one tool for evaluating what services our customers need for their homes.  However, our best seeing [...]

By | February 29th, 2016|Greater Boston and Metrowest Painting Contractor, House Painting|Comments Off on An Eye for Detail