All posts by MalloryPaint

Customer Spotlight – Coast to Coast Painting

Lewis Johnson, owner of Coast to CoastCoast to Coast Painting has been serving customers in the greater Seattle area since 2003.  Owner, Lewis Johnson, began his career in custom woodworking and construction.  His interests expanded into finishing work and painting, and he now has over 20 years’ experience in the paint industry.

Coast to Coast Painting’s top priority is the quality of the products and their superior customer service, and this is what keeps clients coming back. This commitment to the highest quality is what sets him apart from other painting contractors. Maintaining great communication with clients and offering a seamless process lets Coast to Coast rely almost strictly on referrals and repeat business from past clients. Lewis says the best part of a painting project is finishing and seeing a thrilled client. Bedroom with white and light blue walls

Coast to Coast Painting knows the importance of establishing honest, solid relationships with people including customers, colleagues and suppliers. They use Benjamin Moore products exclusively.  Lewis’s favorite Benjamin Moore products are the Regal Select lines, Aura and Advance.  He trusts that the high-quality products will perform well over time and help him deliver a great paint experience to his clients. Benjamin Moore products give him the confidence to know his paint jobs will endure the test of time.Entry view of home

Mallory Paint Store helps Coast to Coast Painting deliver a reliable and high quality paint experience to their customers. Lewis enjoys the relationships he has developed with Mallory Paint Store employees and reps over the years, and appreciates the knowledge and service that Coast to Coast Painting relies on to deliver consistent, timely work to its own clients. Lewis understands the value of creating and maintaining these important relationships.

“We love providing an outstanding personal experience and offering the best products.  That is why we choose Benjamin Moore.”

Starting a Large Painting Project?

When using more than one can of paint for a particular job, “boxing” paint ensures color consistency.

Boxing paint is the process of combining all the paint you will be using into one large container. This is especially important when painting a large surface area, such as a home’s exterior, where even a slight color variation from one can of paint to another is markedly visible.

For most interior jobs, an empty 5-gallon container works fine. To use the paint boxing technique, simply pour all cans of the same color paint into the large container, and stir to combine. Whether you are mixing 2 or 20 gallons of paint together, the key is to make sure all the paint is combined to ensure a single, uniform color. Once the paint is combined, you can pour it into a smaller can or paint tray for ease of application.

Be sure to talk about your project with our paint experts at Mallory Paint Store, we can help ensure your paint color is consistent and ready to apply!


Featured Painter: Early Bird Paint Company

dunnettdunnettEarly Bird Paint Company has been painting homes and commercial properties in the greater Puget Sound area for the past 12 years. Owner, Brenda Dunnett has over 30 years of experience and is truly a Jack of all trades when it comes to painting.

Early Bird Paint Company has experience with a wide variety of painting projects including repainting homes or large commercial painting projects, including the new Woodland Park Zoo Tiger exhibit. For the Tiger exhibit, the project requirements included theme painting so they would appear weathered. The most interesting projects for the Early Bird Paint Company include painting artistic designs for special rooms, custom signage and situations where color matching at the customer site is required. Early Bird Paint Company is a Certified Washington State Woman owned business.dunnettdunnett-3

The professional staff at Mallory Paint Store offer personal service and Brenda Dunnett feels confident sending her customers to Mallory Paint Store where they will be treated to excellent customer service and helped with everything they need. Mallory Paint Store is a great source of paint supplies and Benjamin Moore paints.

Early Bird Paint Company phone or text: 360-710-5931


DIY Hiring a Professional Painter

Ready to refresh or update your home?  Using a professional painting contractor can help make your vision a reality.

dresser and chairA professional painting contractor can help achieve the look you want without having the additional investment in equipment and supplies needed to do the job right.  Hiring the right professional can make your home painting project go smoothly with less stress.  But it is important to hire the right painter for your project.

Here are some important guidelines for finding a high quality painting contractor:


Probably the most reliable way to find a high quality painting contractor is to use referrals from friends or neighbors who have recent good experiences with painting contractors in your area. You can also get referrals from your local Mallory Paint Store.

Get Estimates from at Least Three Contractors

When you receive contractor estimates, ask the contractor to include specific information about what will be done for the painting project.  This will help determine the value differences if you receive widely differing estimates.

Interview Potential Contractors

Consider asking the following questions:

  • How long have you been in business?
  • Do you have a current Washington State contractor’s license? (Homeowners can verify the contractor’s license on line.)
  • Is the contractor bonded and insured? (This helps determine whether your contractor and any hired workers are insured for injury and liability.)
  • Are you a member of any national or local painting contractors’ associations?
  • Will you subcontract this project or perform it yourself?
  • Can you provide references?
  • What kind of written guarantees do you provide with your work?
  • What products do you use?

Walk-Through the Project Area

Take each potential contractor on a walk-through to view the areas (indoor or outdoor) to be painted while discussing the work you would like to have completed.  Be specific about which surfaces you want to have painted (walls, trims, moldings, ceilings, etc.) and the paint colors and finishes you want used.  Stop by your local Mallory Paint Store for help with color combinations.

Finding a Professional Work Style

Part of hiring a high quality painting contractor includes ensuring professional work habits:

  • Does the painting contractor talk about your project in a professional way?
  • Is the contractor courteous?
  • Is the contractor busy? (Good ones usually are.)
  • Does the contractor return your phone calls and provide estimates in a timely manner?
  • Is the contractor on time for appointments?

Check References

Ask for references and when talking to references, ask about timeliness, quality of outcome and also how the contractor treated their home. If possible, visit references to evaluate the painter’s work in person and to see how well it has held up over time.

Review the Contract

Once you’ve settled on a contractor, ask for a written contract and review it carefully. As a consumer, you have the right to ask detailed questions about any issues you need clarified. In particular, be sure to verify the following:

  • What exactly is being painted (house, trim, walls, molding, etc.)
  • Details on preparation and cleanup
  • Paint colors for each area to be painted
  • How the contractor will protect your plants, patios, furniture, or other items
  • How much time the project will take, from start to finish
  • When and how the contractor will be paid

With these guidelines, you’ll be ready to hire the right painting contractor for your home painting project.

DIY Paint Talk: Preparing a Wall

The first step to preparing a room for painting is to clear furniture away from the areas that will be painted. A drop cloth will help protect floors from any sort of drips or accidents. Plastic or canvas drop cloths both have advantages, but Benjamin Moore recommends canvas due to their ability to absorb paint and not become slippery.

Walls naturally gather dust which can affect adhesion for the paint and primer and should be cleaned before painting begins. Use a light detergent and follow up with a wet cloth to ensure that all detergent is removed before starting work. All marks, such as those left behind by pen, crayon and any water stains should also be removed by a wet cloth if possible. Anything else should be spot primed with Moore’s® QD 30® or Fresh Start®.

Finally, any holes and loose paint should be taken care of. Holes can be spackled with Moorlastic® Lightweight Compound and Moorlastic® Vinyl Spackling paste, by pressing spackle into any holes or cuts in the wall and smoothing them with a putty knife until they match the surface around them. Loose paint should be removed with a putty knife to take off any chips that may peel after painting and then edges should be sanded so that there is no visible difference between the two surfaces when painting over them.

Soothing Tones

Accent walls are a great way to add color to a space and experiment with smaller doses of brighter, bolder hues.

Benjamin Moore Hues

Whether you’d like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.

Accent walls can also help you create color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.

Accent Wall Ideas

Make a Bold Statement

Bold, colorful shades are good accent wall paint colors because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. For example, perhaps you’re using bright colors in your decorative accessories throughout your space, but they seem far too bold for entire walls. Why not choose one of those colors to create an accent wall for a lively splash of vibrancy?

(TIP: Accent walls can also take away the stress of decorating a kid’s room. Let your child choose a color for one wall and then choose a neutral color that you can live with for the other walls. Use decorative accessories and bedding to pick up the accent color to tie the look together.)

Create a Subtle Contrast

If you prefer a more gentle contrast, try using a deeper version of your existing wall color on one strategic wall. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-color space.

Choosing the Right Paint Color

To help you choose the best accent wall hue for your space, use a color from a pillow or your favorite artwork, for example, as your inspiration. What is the most appealing color to you in that piece? Does it work with the main wall color? Would you enjoy living with accessories in that same color? Whatever shade you choose, an accent wall allows you to express your own unique, confident design style. So grab a paint brush and let your imagination go!

Original Article and Pictures from Benjamin Moore

Decorative Paint Techniques

Whether you love deep reds or vibrant shades, our red hallway paint ideas can give your home’s passageways a hint of style and a boost of personality.

Benjamin Moore Hallway

Here, our hallway paint color idea focused on a gorgeous red clay hue that instantly warmed the space. Then, because the color was substantial enough to work as a design element on its own, we added a few simple accessories to create a finished look.

Keep in mind how your hallway color complements colors in adjoining rooms. In our project, note how beautifully the warm red hallway looks against the gold and green of the adjacent room.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Prime the surfaces with Fresh Start® Primer. Allow to dry.
  • Roll on the ceiling color first. Allow to dry.
  • Next, roll on the wall color. Allow to dry.
  • Paint trim and allow to dry.

Supply List

  • Drop cloth
  • Benjamin Moore rollers
  • Roller tray
  • Painter’s tape
  • Benjamin Moore paint brushes
  • Rags for cleanup

Original Article and Images from Benjamin Moore