Have you heard the biggest sale of the Venice, Florida Starbuck Store was 50 pounds?! Oh, wait, that was us!
Steve and I heard about the sale going on at Starbucks where every bag of coffee purchased brought a $5 gift card. I know it was on everyone’s mind to buy 50 pounds as it only made sense to us. So, we purchased did.
Did we drink it all yet? Well, of course, we gave away 10 bags to the Venice Salvation Army and as door prizes for some of the local networking groups. Oh, and you can even have your own chance to win a bag every Saturday of our iClass on our Facebook page. After all that, there is stil plenty left for us to enjoy and continue to give away! That was a fun picture!
We are so excited to bring home the National Kilz Paint Your Wagon Award! We owe this award to all of you who voted or even tried to vote for us! We couldn’t have done it without you. In fact, we won by just 30 votes! Phew! That was close! Way to go!
This award especially means a lot to Steve since it really comes down to a brand/marketing award and that is his passion. He likes to say that he is a marketing guy with a painting business! He’s so funny like that!
We’d also like to thank all of the painting companies that participated and made this an extra fun event!
When we were called up to accept the award, Steve said this:
“It was Seth Godin who said, “If the market place is not talking about you, it’s because you are boring and you’re boring on purpose. You’re boring because it’s safe.” That really hit home for me and I said I would take that challenge.”
Now Steve and I do crazy marketing things, such as promote “Paint Your Wagon Award” to all our wonderful customers, friends, and family because it’s fun and it will get people talking about us and keep us top of mind, which is key to marketing.
So, again, we’d like to say a big,
to all our voters! You’re the best!
It was 2 days after Valentine’s Day 2013, and the Burnett 1-800-PAINTING team was at it again! We found ourselves blessed by the thankfulness and cheer of Bill and Summer Manda and family who gladly donned our hot pink shirts for the day as we painted their home in North Port, Florida without charge. Why did we do this? Paint It Forward is the name of the project where our team chooses one family or organization in need of painting who would be blessed if there were no charge for it. It’s not a new idea, just a spin off an old idea from the movie “Pay it Forward.” The Paint it Forward program was first used and is trade marked by our friend Josh Abramson of A.Allbright Painting in California.
“What a great team building experience, ” Steve said. “Our guys love giving and helping people.” Givers gain-the motto of BNI where I, April, am a member, is also another way to put it. Truly, we feel just as blessed or more than the recipients of the Paint It Forward project, all of our team agrees.
I really intended to pick up a paint brush and help with the actual painting, but Bill and Summer have two precious twins (one year old) who were hungry! Though Summer is a pro and feeding two babies at once, who can resist two babies?
Bill and Summer Manda own and operate non-profit Positive Bounds program for kids who cannot afford after school activities. It’s a safe place with great opportunities to play sports and dance!
An of course, we couldn’t have done it without our paint sponsors, Benjamin Moore, for supplying the paint!!
Steve and I went to a customers newly purchased home last year and helped them pick out colors. The most crazy thing happened! We looked at the walls and double tray ceilings and couldn’t tell if they were different colors or the same color! I thought there was no way this orange was the same color as the tray dark orange. I thought the light and dark orange contrast was a nice accent choice for this room. However, upon further inspection, it was all one color throughout the room and ceilings! What made the difference? LIGHTS!
Lights, camera, ACTIVE color!
When you are choosing the color of your home (interior and exterior), be sure to think about the lighting. Are there lots of shadows in that tray ceiling you want painted? Maybe you will want to keep the whole room the same color and bring the accents by using the lighting that is available. If there is consistant lighting in the whole room, you’ll want to pick out a different color for accent walls so the room “pops”.
Color can change dramatically when new and different lighting is present. Keep this in mind when looking at all those color chips or the fan deck. Try putting the color chips in different lighting and see what happens. You’ll be amazed at slight lighting differences producing much different color outcomes!
If you really want to have some fun, change the color of the light bulbs and then look at the room!
What a fun fact! When painting the exterior of your home, you add the weight of a small Bottle-nose Dolphin to your house!
How did we come up with that? Here’s the breakdown of the math behind that statement:
When using Benjamin Moore paint and sealer, the average home in Venice, Florida will take 7 gallons of sealer and 15 gallons of paint. We use Benjamin Moore Paint and sealer due to the high quality of the products: high viscosity, high solid content, and a 9 year warranty!
The sealer we use is Benjamin Moore’s SUPER SPEC® MASONRY INTERIOR/EXTERIOR 100% ACRYLIC MASONRY SEALER N066- weighing in at 8.5 pounds per gallon.
The paint we love is Benjamin Moore’s REGAL SELECT weighing in at 11 pounds per gallon.
Now, we take the average number of gallons of sealer times weight and add the average number of gallons of paint times the weight giving us:
(7×8.5)+(15×11)= 224.5 pounds of pure home owner happiness!
Bottle-nose Dolphins weigh in playfully at 300-500 pounds near the Atlantic Ocean. Therefore, your home will add the weight of a small Bottle-nose Dolphin after Burnett 1-800-PAINTING is finished giving you an outstanding experience of painting your Venice, Florida home!
Posted February 4, 2013
in Exterior Painting
This is a great question! The answer is, “Yes!”The name of the industry standard is our trade association: Painting and Decorating Contractors of America or PDCA for short.
Looking for a painting contractor?
When hiring a painting company, you’ll want to ask if they are associated with a number of groups such as the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce and the PDCA (Painting and Decorating Contractors of America). You can even go to PDCA.org and find a painter within the association! When painting in the Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee Counties and surrounding areas, we recommend Burnett 1-800-PAINTING for outstanding service!
Why use the PDCA as a marker?
In order to be a member of the PDCA, you must comply with industry standards and even higher standards of the association. You want to make sure you hire not only a competent painter, but the one who is accountable to the most organizations will, undoubtedly, hold the best value and experience for your painting needs. This will save you time and money in the long run. You won’t be disappointed by the end of the project nor need to hire someone again to re-do what you originally wanted done. The money savings of having your painting project done right the first time is also a headache saver as hiring contractors can be a big chore!
When looking for the right painting contractor for you, finding one that is well networked in the area and nationally through different organizations will always bring you the best value and best experience. After all, no one wants to disappoint their neighbors or national trade association! Check out each contractor’s network locally and nationally and you will be much happier in the end.
Phew! The holidays flew by! Here’s to making 2013 another fantastic year for all!
Wouldn’t it be great to do something you’ve never done before? Steve and I would like to do just that and we need your help!
We are entering our Chevy High Hat Roadster into the Painter and Decorator Contractors of America “Paint Your Wagon Contest” and we need your votes for 5 out of 5 “brushes”!
Check out the competition and make your votes here!
Steve and I will be at the national convention when they announce the winner live! We’re excited!
Here is our submission to the contest: what do you think? Thank you, in advance, for voting!
It is a buyers market out there still. What can you do to make your home a quick sell? Try a fresh coat of paint with neutral colors with dark accents as an option! Benjamin Moore’s website is full of pictures to get your creative juices flowing when thinking about repainting your home for a faster sell.
Take a look at these color combinations!
Posted November 26, 2012
in Exterior Painting General Tips
Having trouble finding the right color? We all know that having a fan deck around is key when choosing colors, especially when choosing one main color and one accent color. Where can you get a free fan deck?
One way to get your hands on a fan deck is to have Burnett 1-800-PAINTING over for an estimate. We’ll gladly show you our fan deck. If you schedule the job, you can keep the fan deck to help you decide on color and return it when you’re satisfied choosing colors!
Another way to get a free fan deck is to check out Benjamin Moore’s website and have your free one delivered to you!
Go to Benjaminmoore.com and right on the home page, you can pick up your free fan deck! See details on their page.
Oh, the places you’ll go! I’m talking to this can of paint in my hands right now. Actually, there is no tint in the can, yet. I haven’t decided. Have you ever been stuck on what color to paint the exterior of your home? Have no fear! Benjamin Moore is here!
Beautiful, isn’t it? When you click on the picture of colors, you’ll be taken to Benjamin Moore’s site where you can zoom in on any selection of colors to see them closer. You can continue to drill down to your favorite color, see the name and number of that color, even buy a sample of it right from the comfort of your own home! Of course, then all you have to do is head to our home page and book Steve right from our website and he can come give you an estimate to make your painting dreams come true!
Ah, technology! Could it get any better? Well, it probably will, but this is quite nice!