Colors to Avoid When Painting Your Kitchen

In one of our previous posts “Colors That Promote Sleep”, we talk about the colors to paint your bedroom to help promote sleep. Different colors promote different feelings like excitement, warmth, cooling, and more. So, you will want to consider the feelings each color will promote in any given room.

The kitchen is a gathering place for many families. The color of the room will play a big role in how people feel while they are in there. Picking your color is best done by thinking about the kitchen you hope to have.

Red: This color makes people feel excited, intimate, and comfortable. While it helps increase the level of conversation people have, it is also known to increase the amount of food people eat, which is why it’s such a popular color in restaurants. Red also causes blood pressure to rise. If you really love red in your kitchen, use it as a small accent color in décor, not on your walls.

Orange and Yellow: Both colors have several things in common with red, like stirring up conversation and appetite. The big difference these colors have is that they are warmer than red and make the room feel hot. This is especially true in the summer months. If your kitchen sees the most sun during the evenings, cooking seems even more sweltering.

Another bad option for kitchen walls is matching your cabinet color. Most cabinet painters suggest doing a nice contrast to give the room more interest. Making everything white, for example, just makes the room plain.

The best colors to paint your kitchen are colors that are either cool or neutral. Blues, grays, white, beige, and tan are all great options. If you really love red, orange, or yellow, the best way to incorporate them into a kitchen is to add little touches in the décor here and there.

Hardboard Siding Issues

Hardboard Siding Issues

Hardboard siding, also known as pressboard siding and several other rather unflattering terms, is common in the Omaha area. It can be a real problem. If you have it you are probably already familiar with the issues it has. It is subject to moisture entrapment and decay. It deteriorates rather easily.

If you have this problem you basically have three options.

  1. Replacement of all siding on your home to something better.
  2. Replacement of the damaged siding with new hardboard siding.
  3. Skirting over the damaged areas on the existing siding.

Your budget will most likely determine your decision. Total siding replacement is obviously costly. Replacement of the damaged siding is more economical and skirting is the most economical choice.

If you rule out total siding replacement and go for replacement of the damaged panels only then the first thing to determine is if there is hardboard siding, that matches what you currently have, available. You will need new siding that matches the profile of what you have. There are sources in Omaha that have it but it is a limited selection so you will want to check before having the bad stuff ripped off the house!

You will be replacing bad siding with “new” bad siding but there are things to do to get the most out of the new stuff.

  1. Prime the siding on all sides with a quality oil base primer.
  2. Caulk the siding after installation with a urethane caulk like vulkem.
  3. Consider skirting the new siding.
  4. Use a quality Acrylic top coat when painting.

If you decide to Skirt the damaged siding you will want to determine that the damage is not to severe. An overlay of a 1×6 or a 1×8 normally looks ok. Beyond that it begins to look a little funny. A 1×12 running down the side of your home won’t look right. The damage is associated with where water penetrates. Usually from the bottom up so measure how far up the damage is. If the damage is less then 6 or 7 inches and there is not damage under the siding then you can probably skirt it.

If you plan to skirt the siding there are things to do to get the most out of it.

  1. Cut the top edge of the 1×6 or 1×8 at a bevel so water does not sit on the top lip of the board. Do this by running the boards through a table saw with the blade at a 45 degree angle.
  2. Prime all sides of the boards with an oil base primer before installation.
  3. Caulk the boards after installation with a urethane caulk (Vulkem).
  4.  Use a quality Acrylic top coat when painting.

We face lots of these challenges each summer. We replace the siding when possible but also skirt many each year.

Restaining Woodwork

Restaining Woodwork

Restaining woodwork is something we do every month. The color of your woodwork can be changed! Whether it is cabinets, doors, trim, etc. It is a process to do it right but it is more affordable then replacement. Changing the tone or color to a darker shade stain is a bit easier then going with a lighter color but both can be done.

What is trending in the Omaha market now (2017) is either going with a darker stained finish or painting woodwork. The days of golden oak are over.

Quality workmanship requires lots of prep work. A considerable amount of time is spent getting an area ready for the work to begin. Protecting floors, walls, furniture, etc. Sanding the old finish off and cleaning the wood takes time but is a necessary step. If going with a lighter color then additional steps involving chemical strippers and bleaching agents are added to the mix.

restaining woodwork
Golden oak going dark walnut








We like to provide sample boards so the customer can see where the project is headed. Once approved, sealers and lacquers are spray applied to protect the finish and highlight the woods beauty.

Restaining woodwork takes time and skilled hands but the end results are great!

Painting VS Vinyl Siding

Painting VS Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is something to consider, as opposed to painting, in certain situations. I should say at the start that I do not like vinyl siding. I think it looks cheap and makes what would otherwise be a beautiful house, cheap looking.

Having said that, there are times when it makes sense. Vinyl siding can be an inexpensive home improvement option. Especially if you are selling your home. The cost of vinyl siding is usually more then painting but if you consider that much of the expense of exterior house painting is the prep (labor), if you have a home that is going to require a lot of prep work you may want to consider vinyl siding to save costs.

The scenario that makes the most sense for vinyl siding is an old home requiring lots of repair and prep work and a home you don’t plan to live in for a long time.

Painting VS Vinyl Siding

Advantages of vinyl siding:

Installation is relatively fast.

Rigid foam backing insulation can be an option. Important on older homes.

It’s the least expensive siding option.

It doesn’t rot.

Disadvantages of vinyl siding:

Appearance. It is a plastic product.

It warps, bends, cracks, melts and is easily damaged.

It hides problems occurring under the siding like water damage.

You loose architectural detail of the home.

Can quickly fade.

painting vs vinyl siding
No Vinyl Siding








While we are on the subject of painting vs vinyl siding I might add that the best siding option, if you can afford it, is Hardie Board siding. It is fiber cement siding and is extremely durable.

Vinyl siding is paintable by the way. One of the best coatings for that is a Benjamin Moore product called Revive.