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Friday, July 30, 2010

A Little Color

This is a new unit at the newly constructed Signature Condominium located in downtown St. Petersburg.

Excellent location on the Bayfront and the center of all downtown activities. St. Pete just keeps getting better and better.

As with most new construction, all walls are presented pure white or an off-white. Definitely could use a little personality.

For this project we worked under the direction of Interior Designer Jennie Roque.

Jennie of Elegant Interiors added the hardwood floors and came up with the Earthy color palette to personalize the space for the new homeowners.

Sometimes it takes just a little color to warm up a space and make it truly inviting and interesting.

For the walls in the Kitchen and Dining areas we used a washable flat paint by Benjamin Moore.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Water Damaged Custom Home

Who said if you are not in a flood zone you are immune from the threat of water entering your home. These are the results of a unusually heavy Central Florida summer rainstorm.

This unfortunate homeowner (not in a flood zone) was the victim of flooding. An adjacent neighbor recently developed their property and altered the natural drainage of the land.

During an unusually heavy downpour, storm water from connecting property found its new path. Water entered the home and wet the entire first floor. Fortunately extraction process began within hours and hardwood floors were saved. This is a testimonial for engineered hardwood flooring. The floors were saved, but all interior trim that meets floor absorbed moisture and quickly began to swell.

All carpeted areas were removed. And because baseboard and case molding was custom milled, we decided to salvage versus replace all interior affected trim. Our efforts were a team approach with the talents of General Contractor Ron Rybolt. Ron and his team of attention to detail carpenters gently disassembled, marked, and numbered all components of the baseboard.

Once numbered, all components were handed over to our team for rehabilitation.

Our processes include treatment for any possible mold, removal of all caulking material, removal of excess paint build-up, fill any voids or indentations created during the removal process, spot priming of all repairs and exposed bare wood, and of course "our favorite" lots of sanding. This was done in a temporary shop outside of the residence. Thus keeping construction dust to a minimum.

As you can see our craftsmen at John Psomas Painting have the temperament to perform these time consuming, labor intensive tasks.

When all prep was completed we turned over all trim to Ron's team for reassembly. Ron's carpenters refastened all base and misc. trim not interfering with existing wallpaper.

Once installed, all holes were filled and sanded flush, All components were meticulously caulked to the existing wallpaper and 2 coats of gloss enamel was applied by brush.

As you can see, there is no evidence of water intrusion to the interior trim.

Time consuming, yes...

Cost effective compared to re-milling of new custom trim, yes...
Happy Homeowner...Oh YES !

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Rehab of Grand Stairway Wainscot - Hyde Park

When this homeowner installed upgraded insulation and a new a/c system for their 100 year old home , it caused the trim work to reaclimate to the lower humidity. The slight shrinkage to the wood caused the paint to crack and peel.

We were asked to refinish all the woodwork in the stairway to it's original pristine condition.

To achieve a beautiful, uniform, long lasting enamel finish requires lots of preparation. Don't let other painters fool you...you don't just apply a coat or two of paint.

As you see here our processes include protecting flooring, removing peeling paint, sanding, filling and quite a bit of patience.

It dosn't just happen.

It is a messy task to do the job properly. Containing the dust generated is also time consuming and must be done regularly after every procedure.

Quality finishes don't just happen. It requires sanding...lots of sanding ! That means messy dust in the air, but rest assured - we contain it all. This picture shows one of our craftsmen sanding filled and primed wainscot of our stairway.

Olde World hand painted enamel finished by skilled craftsmen.

We take great pride our work. And our homeowner could not be happier.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Welcome to the blog of John Psomas Painting

Hi, and welcome to my new Blog. The purpose of this section is to keep you ( those of you who have an interest in matters pertaining to my very exciting world ) informed, educated or just giving you a sence of evesdropping on my wonderful world of painting. Over the weeks I will update you on our recent projects.