Interior Painting

From Your Baseboards to Your Ceilings, We Can Handle all of Your Interior Painting & Staining Needs

Deciding to paint the interior of your home on any scale can be a daunting thought for many people. But not to worry, we do this everyday and we’re really good at it! Here’s a little information on what you can expect along the way.

At Shepard Painting Solutions, we take great care to make sure there is as little disruption to your life as possible while transforming your home’s interior. After all, our motto is “Dedication Without Interruption!”

Whether it’s a single room or an entire house repaint, we treat your home with respect, keeping things clean & tidy as we move from room to room.

“From the start at the estimate to the final payment upon completion, Michael was very dependable, professional and a pleasure to have in my home. He was always punctual and at the end of his work day cleaned up so well I hardly knew he had been there working. He suggested colors that worked perfectly together and did an excellent job of sprucing up the very neglected interior of my house. I highly recommend him and would most definitely hire him again. A++++”

– Kimberly Breehl, 5-Star Google Review

What to Expect When You Hire SPS for Interior Paint Work

On day one, we will arrive on time (generally 8:30 am) and begin by choosing an area to set up as “home base.” Typically a corner of a room with low traffic, where we can set up drop cloths for our tools, paint, roller pans, buckets, brushes, etc. This gives us a place to work from with low disruption to the flow of your home.

At the end of each day all tools, paint cans & drop cloths return to this home base and get neatly covered until our return the next day.

On the final day of work, everything we brought in is removed, we clean all areas that we were working in, and ensure that you are 100% happy with the work that has been done.

Below you’ll find some information on areas we might be working on, depending on your specific interior painting job. Things like the processes for those areas, and what you’ll need to do to prepare for the job.

Ceilings

Ceilings are typically the first thing we tackle when repainting any rooms in your home.
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Our standard choice color for ceiling paint is SW7006 “Extra White” in a flat sheen. Extra white is a very neutral, very pleasant white that does not veer toward pink or blue at all, but remains neutral despite time of day or light variance. We use a flat sheen because a ceiling should not necessarily “pop,” but rather exist as a pleasant, clean & soft extension of the room. It is also a good idea to use a flat sheen on ceilings because it can be touched up very easily, without any risk of “flashing” or “shadowing.”

However, if the desired look you want to achieve is different, perhaps you’d like the ceiling to match the wall color, or you’d prefer a different sheen or different color entirely, that can be discussed on a case-by-case basis, as the pricing will vary.

Before painting any ceilings in your home, everything will be covered with clean plastic & drop cloths to ensure that nothing gets even a single drop of paint on it.

What To Do To Prep:

Prior to our starting the job, please:

  • Move all furniture 3 feet away from the walls. This gives us clearance to move our ladders around the circumference of the room easily and “cut in” the edges of your ceiling as we paint.
  • Remove any ceiling hooks you no longer want to use. That way, we can patch and repair the hole prior to painting.
  • Dust or vacuum the corners and edges of the ceiling(s) to remove any cobwebs within reach.

Trim – Door Jams, Molding & Baseboards

“Trim” is a term we use to describe all of the molding in your home. This includes all crown molding, door jams, chair rail & baseboards.
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All of this trim is typically coated with a semi-gloss sheen paint to make the molding “pop” a bit from the wall. Our go-to paint for all trim is Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel by Sherwin Williams. This product comes in multiple sheens (although we always recommend semi-gloss for trim) and can be mixed up in any color.

Why use this product? Why use that sheen?

Urethane based paints get much harder once they cure and are far more durable on surfaces that get touched or bumped up against frequently. Also, due to the properties in the alkyd hybrid formula of the Emerald product we use, the paint “lays down” and levels nicely to give a “glass-like” finish, which is an ideal look for trim work. Using the semi-gloss sheen adds additional protection (the higher the sheen, the easier to clean) and also a look that “pops” against the typical satin sheen of your wall paint.

Transforming Wood Trim & Doors To A Painted Surface:

We get a lot of requests for painting oak trim in homes. If your home was built in the 90’s or earlier there’s a good chance you’ve got some golden colored oak trim in your house, if not all throughout your house! The trend to dispense of all that golden oak is in full swing now and most customers we talk to want to get rid of it. However, to hire a contractor to come in and rip it all out and replace it can be unbelievably expensive. So, as a result many people turn to a painter to transform the existing trim to a nice, modern solid color. Although painting will be cheaper than replacing, the process is still costly because it’s a lot of work. Much like painting kitchen cabinets, there’s a critical process that needs to be followed to ensure proper adhesion and a lasting result. Although all homes are slightly different, the process is generally the same.

First we go through all the the areas to be painted and prep by cleaning and lightly sanding all of your trim. Next, a bonding primer is applied. The primer needs to dry overnight.

The next day we caulk all of the trim and baseboards to the wall to eliminate any gaps or cracks that would be seen when the painting is done. This is a good time to note that if you don’t want your walls painted but only the trim then we have to take an extra step of delicate taping all of the walls above the trim line and then carefully pull the tape before the caulk sets to give you a straight line. It’s a tricky procedure but a necessary one to achieve a professional looking end result. However, doing this raises the cost. So, it’s not a bad idea to consider having us paint your walls in the areas you want your trim painted. The offset in cost might surprise you.

After all of the caulking has dried we then begin top coating all the trim twice. Without that second coat it will not look finished. There are some circumstances where the trim must be coated 3 or even 4 times to achieve a finished look. So, when you break it down you have to remember that along with the prime coat we are actually painting all of your trim a minimum of 3 times. That means for every 100 linear feet of trim there’s actually 300 linear feet of painting! When you add up all of the trim in your house you can quickly begin to see why this painting project is both time consuming and expensive.

What To Do To Prep:

Before we arrive, please:

  • Move all furniture 3 feet away from the walls where the trim is to be painted.
  • Dust or vacuum any trim work that is being painted (if needed). 

Walls

Painting the walls in your home is the fun part of the job, and usually the last thing to do after all other prep, repair work, and ceilings & trim have been taken care of.
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Whether it’s a simple color match or you’re going for a whole new look, a professional wall paint job can transform a room to looking fresh & new again. And with hundreds of colors to choose from, picking a new color for your walls can be very exciting! Of course, sometimes it’s a challenge, but if so, not to worry! Just ask Michael.

With over a decade of color consulting under his belt and the experience of having painted thousands of walls over the years, Michael can help guide you through the sea of color if you feel like you need a little help.

The Products We Use

Our go-to product for interior walls is Super Paint by Sherwin Williams. Super Paint is an excellent, high- quality paint that has a beautiful finish and will last for a long time. Satin sheen is always our recommendation for any walls.

Need a little extra protection? Upgrade to the Duration line by Sherwin Williams. Duration is a fully washable paint (once cured) that contains moisture block technology, which makes it ideal for any areas in your home that receive moisture regularly. (For instance, we almost always recommend Duration in any bathroom where there is a shower or a bathtub.)

And since Duration is washable, if you have kids or pets that may be bumping into walls, leaving fingerprints or paw prints, etc., it’s nice to know that you can wash your walls without fear of damaging the paint job. 

How We Prep

Before we paint your walls, drop cloths will be put down around the entire room to protect your floors from any paint splatter. Your baseboards will be taped off to protect them from “peppering” as well, and any pieces of furniture will be covered. We will remove your switch & outlet covers* (so that they are properly painted around) and put them back when we are finished. 

*If you plan to get new outlet or switch covers, please let us know so we don’t put back the old ones.

What To Do To Prep:

Prior to our starting the job, please:

  • Move all furniture 3 feet away from the walls.
  • Remove all pictures and hanging decorations from the walls. If your pictures or decorations are going back up after the paint job, leave the nail or hook in place and we will paint around it. If you are NOT putting the picture or decoration back up, please pull the nail or hook out of the wall and we will patch the hole(s) prior to painting.
  • Dust any dusty walls with a clean, dry rag or duster.

Repair Work & Nail Holes

If you have any damaged walls or ceilings in your home, we can typically fix them. Major repairs have to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
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What constitutes a “major” repair? What can or can’t we fix?

  • For Drywall: We can generally fix any holes up to the size of a softball. Anything larger than that and you’ll likely need to contact a drywall professional.
  • For Flat Ceilings: Hairline cracks or “settling” cracks are fairly typical and easily repaired by us prior to painting.
  • For Textured or Patterned Ceilings: Although we can make crack repairs and fix holes larger than a quarter in textured ceilings, matching the pattern of your ceiling exactly is almost impossible. It is worth noting that after the repair is made and painted, it is usually unnoticeable. However, if you are looking for a perfect match of your ceiling pattern, then it is possible a drywall professional may need to be contacted. This type of repair is handled on a case-by-case basis.

We have a simple rule for nails, nail holes, hooks, picture hangers, etc.: If you are planning to rehang a picture after the paint job is complete, then leave the nail or hanger in place and we will paint around it. If you do NOT plan to rehang it, then remove the nail or hook and we will patch the hole(s) prior to painting. Any nails or hooks left in the walls or ceilings will NOT be removed during the job unless specifically noted otherwise.

Any other small dents, blemishes, dimples, etc. in your walls that don’t look like they should be there, we will repair prior to painting to ensure your walls look as smooth as humanly possible prior to painting.

Bathrooms

When painting any bathroom that has a shower or a bathtub in it, we always recommend using Duration line paint by Sherwin Williams.
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Duration is an excellent, high-grade paint product that contains moisture block technology. This makes it ideal for any areas that receive moisture on the regular, such as a bathroom.

By using Duration you can ensure a long lasting finish that won’t be penetrated and ruined by the effects of steam. This product conveniently comes in multiple sheens. We always recommend a flat sheen for the ceilings and a satin sheen for the walls.

*A Special Note About Toilets

: If your toilet requires painting behind, not to worry, we have special tools and miniature rollers to get the job done. However, something people don’t often think about is: for us to accomplish this we have to get down on our hands and knees and get pretty close and personal with your commode. If your toilet isn’t clean and/or the floor & walls around your toilet aren’t clean, then this job can get rather unpleasant for us. So, please…clean your toilet areas prior to us painting your bathroom(s). We thank you! 🙂

What To Do To Prep:

Prior to our starting the job, please:

  • Remove all pictures and hanging decorations on the walls.
  • Remove any cluttered or free standing items on counters & sink tops.
  • Remove any rugs.
  • Clean up any dust or hair that may have collected in corners, etc.
  • Clean around toilet.

Kitchen Cabinets

Painting cabinets is a continually rising trend and a great way to give your kitchen a brand new look, without the cost of a full remodel. Refinishing cabinets may not seem like it, but it’s a tough job. It takes a lot of time, labor, patience, product knowledge, and skill to do the job right.
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A paint sprayer in my kitchen?! Are you crazy?! Won’t that make a mess?!

No mess. No worries. Because we know what we’re doing.Here’s a quick glimpse at our process:

Before we even begin the job, while still in the estimate stage, we will discuss the option of spraying on site. Typically, what this means is letting us take over your garage (or one half of it) for a few days while completing the job.

We set up a temporary spray booth using clean, heavy plastic and pole frames. Once assembled, this set up is completely encased, so your garage is 100% protected from any overspray. Being able to set up this way keeps the work flow running smoother, allows the job to go quicker, and keeps your kitchen down time to an absolute minimum.

If you aren’t able to make a garage space available or don’t have an area where we can set up a spray booth, then the spraying has to be done off-site, which means transporting your door and drawer faces to our own spray facility. Spraying off-site is completely doable, but it makes the cost greater.

We begin by disassembling and labeling all of your cabinet doors and drawer faces. All hardware is removed, labeled, and set aside. The doors and drawer faces are then set up in the spray area, sanded, and prepped for their first coat of bonding primer.

Next, we meticulously mask off the shells of your cabinets. The “shells” are the parts of your cabinet system that are attached to the walls in your kitchen. After masking, we sand, clean, and prep for bonding primer

The coating process then goes as follows:

  • 1 to 2 coats of Bonding Primer. This primer acts as the “glue” that sticks to your existing cabinet surface and provides a new surface that the top coat will adhere to. Bonding Primer requires 8 hours of dry time.
  • 1st top coat of Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel. This is the finish product that will be mixed to the color of your choosing. This coat requires 3 to 6 hours of dry time, depending on humidity and temp.
  • 2nd (and usually final) coat of Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel. This coat requires 6 – 8 hours of dry time before handling, depending on humidity and temp.
  • A 3rd coat is required in rare cases with certain colors.

Next, we pull all masking, clean and reassemble your cabinets, and reattach your hardware. We also attach new felt bumpers to all your doors and drawers. This allows them to close without any sticking.

This whole process, including dry time, usually takes about 4 days for a standard-sized kitchen cabinet system. Once completed, it is imperative that you treat your cabinets with the utmost care during the curing process.

For Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel, the cure time is around 6 days. So, basically we always tell our customers “be careful with your cabinets for one week.” After that, the coating will be cured (meaning it will have achieved full hardness), durable, and looking good for a long time.

Products: 

For Standard Oak Cabinets: Extreme Bonding Primer is applied, then Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel for the finish coats.
For Previously Painted Cabinets: Light sanding, then Emerald Urethane Trim Enamel for the finish coats (no primer required for previously painted cabinets).
For Cabinets Made With A Melamine Surface: Melamine cannot be painted unfortunately.


What To Do To Prep:

  • Please remove any clutter from the kitchen area and clear off your countertops prior to our arrival.
  • Empty out all drawers.
  • Items inside of cabinets can stay, but note that the openings will be masked off and unavailable for at least a couple of days. So, anything that you might need, please remove.
  • Make sure the floor is clean along the base of the cabinets.

“It was so great working with Michael on our indoor home painting project. He did an excellent job with patching our dings and nicks in the walls. He finished the job in less time than expected. He was respectful of our space, neat and hard working. We highly recommend Shepard Painting Solutions. We will definitely be calling Michael on future projects.”

– Sherri Scott-Schweninger, 5-Star Google Review

Shepard Painting Solutions - Interior Painting
Shepard Painting Solutions - Interior Painting
Shepard Painting Solutions - Interior Painting

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Could the interior of your home or business use a little refresh or a full makeover? Ready to update your oak kitchen cabinets and oak trim? Whatever interior surface you need painted, you can count on us to do the job right. Just let us know what your vision is and we’ll make it a reality.

Call 330-904-5121 or request your free estimate online and discover why our clients choose us again and again. Don’t forget to check out our reviews over on Google, Yelp, and Facebook!

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“Shepard Painting painted our doors, trim and baseboards. He did a wonderful job! Clean work! Nice to work with! We would highly recommend him!!”

– Stephanie Freeman, 5-Star Google Review