[Fargo Glass & Paint + Brushed Interiors]
By Tracy Nicholson
Photography by Dan Francis Photography with additional imagery provided by Fargo Glass & Paint and Benjamin Moore
Whether you're at the lake or in town, we can bet nearly everyone has a DIY project underway this summer. With cabinetry refreshes landing at the top of many "To Do" lists, we consulted Fargo Glass & Paint and Brushed Interiors for a few tips on perfecting our painting skills. This month, the experts walked us through the process and revealed a few of summer's hottest cabinetry hues.
Consult the Experts!
Meet Ashley Bakkegard, owner of Brushed Interiors, and Paul Heskin, Store Manager at Fargo Glass & Paint's South Fargo retail store. When customers need to hire a cabinet refinishing professional, Heskin is quick to refer them to one of their most trusted painting professionals, Brushed Interiors. When Bakkegard needs high-quality paint, her first stop is always Fargo Glass & Paint. Together, with in-store expert Diane Feigum (not pictured), the trio can manage nearly any type of paint project, big or small.
Refinishing and painting cabinets is no easy task, so whether you're a DIY guru or simply gathering ideas, consulting experienced pros can streamline the process and get your brush painting in the right direction. "We qualify customers by finding out what type of project they're working on and help them to find the right product for their budget and needs," said Heskin. "Some people are very handy and will come in wanting to take on the project themselves and others will ask us to help them find a painter that can do the project for them; we help with both."
Expert Advice - No Fees!
Fargo Glass & Paint's Osgood retail store works one-on-one with clients to provide free, in-home color consultations and a full selection of window treatment options with their on-site expert, Kim Stromberg. Stromberg, Heskin and Feigum are available both in-store and on the job site for expert advice. "Kim is not just our blinds expert, she also manages in-home consultations for paint colors," said Heskin. "We really take an individual approach on every project to find out exactly what will be best for the client."
Brushed Interiors + Fargo Glass & Paint
Bakkegard's West Fargo business, Brushed Interiors, specializes in cabinet refinishing, interior painting and faux finishes. She is one of the few people that Fargo Glass & Paint trust to work closely with their clients. "Ashley's been in the business for a long time now and she has a very smooth process for getting projects done well; she is full-service and will even help clients with color selections," said Heskin. "We did a class last year at our North Fargo location where she went through the whole step-by-step process, from taking down the cabinets to rehanging them."
"Sometimes, if the client is really struggling to choose colors, I'll have them come down to the store; between Paul and Diane, they can really help clients to narrow down the selections," added Bakkegard.
Benjamin Moore's "Advance" Paint
If repainting your cabinetry is on the horizon, look no further than Benjamin Moore's Advance paint series. "This is a self-leveling paint that is designed for furniture refinishing," said Heskin. "Ashley has done some amazing kitchen renovations with this paint."
"I primarily use Advance paint for my business, which is 80 to 90 percent refinishing cabinets. It's a cabinet and trim paint, so it's made to go on woodwork and it's a mix between a water base and oil base, but has the longevity of an oil-based paint," explained Bakkegard. "I have not had anyone reach out to me with problems of chipping or cracking; I have it in my own kitchen and I have three kids who aren't super careful, so it's definitely durable."
Wall Paint Vs. Cabinetry Paint
"A mistake people often make is to use a soft-drying latex wall paint on their cabinetry; this will cause a major mess that may end up peeling off in sheets," said Heskin. "Most cabinets already have a hard lacquer on them, so the paint will somewhat stick to them, but it will not have great adhesion. If they get bumped up against, it will break that bond and the paint will come off easily."
According to Bakkegard, white is still ruling the trends, but gray tones are a close second. Painted islands in rich or colorful tones are hot and Bakkegard encourages it whenever she can. "I usually suggest having them pull a complimenting color out of the island's countertop; it's always nice to get another color in there. Some people will do white on the main cabinets, gray on the island, or even a black on their island. I've also been seeing navy blue on islands; that's a fun, newer color to work with; especially in lake homes." While many of Bakkegard's client are choosing shades of blue, green or gray, others are reverting back to a slighter warmer tone and opting for variations of off-white.
Summer's Hottest Hues
[Walls & Cabinets: Benjamin Moore]
[Island Inspiration: Benjamin Moore]
Benjamin Moore's "Notable": Dry Erase Paint
One of Benjamin Moore's newest products which is quickly gaining popularity in homes and offices, is the Notable, Dry Erase Paint. Options include a Classic "whiteboard" Notable White or Notable Clear, which transforms any paint color on the wall into a top-notch dry erase board. "There's actually an Ophthalmologist in town that used this to paint her office wall to aid her patients in eye training exercises," said Heskin. "There are so many creative uses for it at home and in the office."
Notable Dry Erase Paint is a two-component epoxy that comes in 50, 100 or 200 square foot kits that include a roller. Combine part A and part B, then you have four hours of pot time versus the typical one hour. Once it sets up, it takes about five days to cure. "This is not like the often-porous dry erase boards that we've seen in the past; this will easily wipe completely clean with no yellowing, cracking or peeling," said Heskin. "It can be applied to almost any surface: painted walls, wood, glass, metal and laminate."
"For best results, use a smooth wall, versus a heavily textured wall," said Bakkegard. "If you sand off the texture, make sure to reseal the wall with a primer. Also, don't forget to seal off the surface below your wall; this will prevent any runs and drips from setting on your floor."
DIY Tips for Repainting your Cabinetry
[ Ashley Bakkegard & Paul Heskin ]
Bakkegard and Heskin know that to get a great result, you must first clean, sand, wipe and prime...before you paint. Here's why you need to follow the process to achieve perfection!
Investing in your Cabinetry
If you're thinking of hiring an expert, don't be afraid to ask for a quote and make sure to get references from past clients. "An average size kitchen in our area typically has around 30 to 35 doors and drawers, and that's how I price my kitchens," said Bakkegard. "Expect that a project of this size will likely take around a week-and-a-half, from start to finish, with a cost of around $2,000."
Supporting the Community, One Brush Stroke at a Time
Last month, Fargo Glass & Paint's South Fargo retail store played host to a charitable BBQ raising awareness and proceeds to benefit Homeward Animal Shelter, one of many local causes their team is happy to support. The two teams joined forces for the day and even brought along some of the adoptable pets they hope will find their forever home.
"A number of our employees, including my family, have become a Forever Home through pet adoption at Homeward Animal Shelter. My wife, Michelle, has volunteered at Homeward Animal Shelter and knows that the adoption application screening process does everything possible to ensure pets are placed in a loving Forever Home. Amber Brodal, our marketing manager, has supported Homeward Animal Shelter for years, volunteering and supporting their Paws Walk, and she was a big advocate to partner with them with our retail paint store in the Shoppes at Osgood. Our team really enjoyed putting the fundraiser on and spending time with the eight puppies brought over by the folks from Homeward Animal Shelter; we successfully raised over $900 at the event through freewill donation."
Adopt a Pet & Support the Mission!
Homeward Animal Shelter is a local and community-funded, non-profit animal shelter dedicated to their mission: “Rescue. Shelter. Protect. Rehome.”. Their team provides a second chance at happiness to lost, abandoned and owner-surrendered animals. They also educate the community in the proper, loving, and kind treatment of animals. Follow Homeward Animal Shelter on Facebook or call 701.239.0077 to find out how you can help!
For more information, contact:
Fargo Glass & Paint Company Retail Store - Osgood
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