Transform a simple painted floor into trendy eye catching bamboo!



Finished bamboo simulated wood grained floor

How we did it.

We had an attic space with a simple flake board 5/8″ flooring. This was good for storage purposes, however we were looking to convert this 2nd floor area into a guest room. Our budget did not allow us to put in new wood flooring and we did not want a carpeted room.

  1. We liked the natural wood look of the flake board, so we sanded off the milling ink marks and then sealed the wood with 2 coats clear shellac. If your floor is already painted, topcoat with 2 coats premium eggshell acrylic interior paint[light neutral beige].
  2. This next step you will need water base wood stain[minwax]. 1 quart will do about 200sf of floor. You will also need a 3″ polyester paintbrush and a rubber graining comb[pick one up at local paint and decorating store]. We used brown mahagony stain.
  3. Starting at far corner of floor begin applying at thin coat of stain keeping brush strokes parallel to wall to mimic wood grain . Do about a 2.5 ‘ x 8″ section at a time. Then take your rubber comb and rake the wet stain in one direction to simulate the grain of the wood. Continue along joining each newly brushed section and grain till you are out the door.
  4. Let your masterpiece dry overnight. Finally apply 2 coats of waterbase clear satin floor polyureathane and you are done.

Gary Cymny owner of My Seattle Painter

6 things that will keep your newly painted house looking great.


“I always share these tips with my clients before the painting of the outside of their home. With a little foresight and planning they can increase the lasting beauty and durability of their new paint job.”Gary Cymny owner of My Seattle Painter

  1. Choose light colors for southern house exposure. They reflect the sun’s light better and tend to last longer than darker paint colors.
  2. Inspect house every spring and touch up immediately any trouble spots where paint has bubbled or peeled.
  3. Trim shrubs and bushes, ornamental trees regularly: provide 12-18″ open space between garden landscaping and house. Position sprinkler heads to keep water off house.
  4. Provide for water drainage: avoid water puddling and rain splash back at foundation: install gravel and french drain if needed.
  5. Keep gutters clean and position down spouts to direct water away from house.
  6. Pressure house every two years and rinse all painted surfaces with a mildew sanitizing agent.

House Color Schemes of Ballard WA

Beige color schemes that are an eye pleasing match to the Seattle northwest neighborhood.


4 local beige exterior color schemes

Houses left to right colors:

house 1 – body[siding color-latte-sw6108]; trim-divine white-sw6105; accent[flower box and front door-copper mountain-sw6356

house 2- body[siding color-restrained gold-sw6129]; trim-marshmallow-sw7001; accent[trellis and front door-bake clay-sw6340

house 3- body[siding color]-burlap-sw6137; trim-downy-sw7006; accent[front door]-thunderous-sw6201

house 4-body[shake color]-dapper tan-sw6144; body color 2[wood panels, foundation-softer tan-sw6141]; trim-downy-sw7006; accent[front door]-emotional-sw6621

For help with selection of colors scheme for the outside of a Seattle house contact a local painting professional like My Seattle Painter.


Three Fremont Painted Houses

Choosing a monochromatic color scheme for your painted house3-fremont-colors

You can combine shades, tones, and tints of your favorite color and create a relatively risk free color scheme for your house that stands out and has pleasant neighborhood eye appeal.

Shades of Green [left side house]

Tints of Green [middle house]

Shade of Blue [right house]

For help with selection of colors scheme for the outside of a Seattle house contact a local painting professional like My Seattle Painter.


Weather protect my house with part-part 2


Moisture damaged siding caused by paint failure

Exterior painted houses are particularly prone to moisture damage in Seattle Wa and the Pacific Northwest. During the winter months high moisture content in the air condenses when the air cools at night. This leaves a watery film on painted surfaces that attracts paint damaging mildew and can also begin to soften the paint finish. The moisture bound paint will expand and contract as it becomes wet and then is dried by the sun’s heat of  day. The repeat of this action can eventually cause paint to bubble and peal. If the moisture problem is not corrected the wood siding and trim of the house can rot and need to be repaired or replaced. Fortunately it is possible to weather proof the exterior finish of your house with the new exterior paints available to the home owner.

The Fix

Properly prepare areas of house to be painted by cleaning and sanitizing. Provide a smooth primed or finish surface ready for final paint finish application. Use a 100% acrylic-latex exterior premium paint. Eggshell-satin or a semigloss finish will give the protection from surface moisture. The paint should formulated to easy shed moisture while curing to maximum hardness after application. The right paint correctly applied will mean a longer lasting paint job and excellent protection of wood siding trim.

A local painting professional like My Seattle Painter can best determine what is causing paint to peal on your house. An experienced professional painting contractor will recommend the  proper care when repainting to reasonably assure a long life to the new house paint coating.

Why does my new painted door peel?

paint-peel-door1          frontdoor3

High temperatures can cause a painted door to blister and peel. If your front door has a glass storm door, in direct sunlight it can trap enough heat to melt the door paint and cause unsightly paint failure. To prevent further damage of paint finish remove all loose and blistered paint my sanding to provide a smooth surface for repainting. Next apply 1 ct of exterior alkyd base primer-sealer, follow by 2 coats alkyd semi-gloss exterior enamel.[Avoid using latex or water base acrylic paints as these are more prone to heat damage.]

Another fix for this problem is simply using white or a lighter paint color choice for the front door. Lighter paint colors reflect sunlight caused heat better and allow for the paint to remain stable and last longer between paint jobs.




Weather Protect Your Painted House

Long Seattle summer days & hot sun baking exterior painted siding and trim cause paint blistering and cracking. Wet Seattle winters with moisture laden air cause paints to soften and peel and provide the perfect environment for mildew and molds to stain live on paint surfaces. The right choice of exterior house paints along with proper surface preparation and paint application will assure the lasting protection and beauty your home. In the next entries I will disuss how to best weather protect your house with paint.

Source: Weather Protect Your Painted House