Level Five Painting LLC

House Painting

How to transform your house into a home?

There’s no place like our home, especially during the upcoming cold seasons. Our home is the place where we feel most comfortable, loved, and relaxed. However, many people wonder: how to transform a house into a home?

For those who are thinking about acquiring a house and are looking into tips on how to start improving it to reflect your style and taste. Level Five Painting, LLC. prepared this amazing article with tips to transform any place into a lovely home.

The early the better

Contact your painting contractor as soon as possible. According to Level Five Painting, LLC. owner, Jorge Aurichi, because when contacting the contractor is such an important piece of this process, call your contractor before closing the property deal. The painting contractor will need to do a detailed inspection in the house to provide the buyer with an accurate estimate.

  • With COVID-19, in-person meetings can be challenging to happen. Because of that, Jorge has a solution in order to expedite the process. He recommends the buyer to have a screening call with the contractor. Reliable painting companies should be able to provide virtual “rough” estimates based on the listing details, the conversation with the buyer, photos shared, and how many details are provided. This way, buyers can decide on the contractor.
  • When buyers feel comfortable giving the painting contractor access to the house, the same will be able to visit the site and provide an accurate estimate. Please note that 2k-4k square feet properties require approximately a 30-minute visit for the contractor to be able to provide an estimate. More than 6k square feet of houses require at least an hour – time may vary according to the details of each house.


    Save the date

Two dates are extremely important when transforming any house into a home. When planning any project, the buyers need to inform the contractor of the closing and the moving date. Those dates determine the beginning of the project, except if any other modifications need to happen in the place before the painting project starts. Reliable painting contractors will start projects right after closing day and right before the moving day, as long as the buyers want.

  • Level Five Painting, LLC. offers a complimentary 2-3 hour color consultation with one of our partner interior designers to all buyers who decide to close a painting project with us.

 Logistics

Everything that a buyer wants when closing a deal is the tranquility of calling that property their own dream home. However, many times it looks and feels impossible. Having to transform any place into a home can be not only stressful but managing different contractors and dealing with different deadlines can be a nightmare. Reliable contractors should not only deliver what was agreed upon, but also facilitate the overall process of the moving day.

  • Level Five Painting, LLC. counts with the help of an extensive list of essential contractors that new homeowners need. From housebuilders, electricians, painting experts, going through interior designers, stagers, organizers, to amazing references, and years of experience.

Last but not least, the most crucial part of the process is to assure all your picked contractors can and will connect you with a dependable network of home improvement professionals. Strong connections will not only help you to transform your house into a home but also achieve it faster and with more quality.

Cabinet Painting Project – BEFORE

Cabinet Painting Project – AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pros and Cons of Paint Finishes – Free Guide

You have selected every single paint color you want to use to renovate your home. However, have you started thinking about what finish is the most prudent to match up with each color? A single paint color can look completely different based on the finish you choose. We know it can be an intimidating process to select the right finish, especially when there are so many options available and each of them produces a very unique effect.

That is why we created this guide. This article is for you. From the basics to the peculiar aspects, we describe here the major differences among the most commonly used finishes. From the durability to what project each finish type is perfect for, learn not only what glossiness paint finishes have but also how hard it is to work with each of them, which will impact directly on the cost of your project. Currently, among the best paint brands, we have seven types of finishes.

The most common are: flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, gloss, and high-gloss.

Flat: no-sheen, good to hide minor imperfections, doesn’t offer protection, durable and washable
Only recommended to be used on ceilings. Since ceilings are areas where people don’t usually touch we recommend this type of finish to be used only for ceiling projects. This type of finish doesn’t offer great protection to the surface where it is applied. Since it doesn’t reflect any light and color, it is not recommended to be used in walls since it can easily move or be removed with a stronger touch.


Matte: similar to flat finish, has low-sheen and offers protection
Commonly used in interior projects, similar to “flat finish”, in the past, matte finishes didn’t offer any protection. With the advance of technology, nowadays we can find matte finishes with protection. Mattes are very washable which makes it extremely popular among homeowners. This type of finish produces a “velour effect”, which is good to match with an inspiring decoration placed in social areas of the house, such as family rooms and kitchens.

Eggshell: smooth, low-sheen, offers protection
This finish is easy to be cleaned – it can be scrubbed – however, it is not recommended for retouches. It is recommended for high traffic areas, such as stairways, hallways. This finish was extremely popular at the beginning of the 2000s. The best benefit of this finish is protection.


Satin: silky, multi-purpose, low-sheen, easy to be cleaned
Extremely popular nowadays, in the past this finish was most used in areas with a lot of activity, such as hallways, play & kids’ rooms. However, nowadays satin finishes are most used in trims. Although it is very easy to be cleaned, it doesn’t work well with touch-ups. It matches really well when it is applied in trims of rooms that have walls painted with a matte finish.

Semi-gloss: mid-sheen, durable, scrubbable, high stain and moist resistance
A very durable finish that 90% of the time is used in wood, such as trims, doors, and crown molding. Although it is very hard to be touched-up, it is very easy to be cleaned. It is rarely used in walls and ceilings – unless it is a requirement coming from the interior designer or homeowner.


Gloss: bright sheen, stain-resistant, and washable
The gloss finish stays in between the semi-gloss and the high-gloss finishes. Very easy to clean and almost impossible to accept touch-ups, it is much more stain-resistant than the satin and flat types. Gloss finishes are strictly used for trims, accent built-ins, cabinets, and doors.

High-gloss: “lacquered effect”/”glass-like sheen”, hardest to apply out of all the paint finishes, super durable
Very popular nowadays, different from other glosses, this one can be used not just on wood, but also on walls and ceilings, depending on the brand – we recommend Fine Paints of Europe. Since it shows all imperfections of the surface when applied if you choose to have this finish in your project make sure to be aware that it will be a very labor-intensive one. Almost impossible to accept touch-ups, it is a very challenging finish to work with. This finish requires the painter a lot of precision, attention, and care. On the flip side, it is super easy to clean and a super light-reflective and statement-making.

Cabinet Painting 101 – What to Request and Expect

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Dover (MA) with M.L. Campbell Resistant Lacquer

Cabinet painting is one of the most prestigious painting processes. It shows sophistication and care in any residency. Although it’s such a powerful service, capable of transforming an entire kitchen, it must be done properly. Level Five Painting, LLC. believes that no one deserves to waste time and money with miss information. To celebrate the upcoming season and start our series of Autumn Articles, our team prepared a guide that you must read if you are thinking about starting any cabinet painting project. Here you will find everything you can expect from a well-executed cabinet painting service as well as a list of criteria that will define a perfect painting contractor for you and your home.

What to expect from a cabinet painting service executed by reliable professionals:

Communication is the key: the first thing Level Five Painting, LLC. does when we meet clients is talking to them to understand their needs and what results they expect. The contractor-client relationship should be based on communication and trust. From the painting contractor perspective, it’s extremely important to inform the client how the painting process will work based on what the client is looking for.

Requests & Services: not just because you want to transform your cabinets that it means you only have one option to choose from the range of services. Here are some of the most common requests our team has received over the past years:

  • Request I: some clients ask to change the color of its cabinets’ stain – to darker or lighter – but keep the same finish. In this case, our team must start the process by stripping the entire cabinetry to be able to see and touch the bare wood which those cabinets were made of. To prep the cabinets to stain we have to the following procedures; first cleaning, chemical stripping, and light sanding the cabinets; in the detailed parts such as molding, after all, display the exact stain color selected by the client. After that, we apply 2 coats of stain – lacquer clear or polyurethane clear.
  • Request II: another common scenario is when the client wants to change the stain to a solid color. It can be done with any paint color or hard coating finish (lacquer). In both cases, the following procedure consists of first cleaning and light sanding the cabinets; in the detailed parts such as molding, then applying the sanding sealer; applying 2 coats of primer followed by 2 coats of solid lacquer (hard coating with any color), or paint color (latex or oil paint).

Note: it’s also necessary to know if the client wants the painting contractor to change the puller and doorknobs – in this case, it’s required to patch all holes and then re-drill the hardware.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Orleans (MA) with M.L. Campbell Resistant Satin

Process and deadlines: Level Five Painting, LLC.’s process includes our team explaining to clients that:

If the job will be done in existing cabinets, our painting team will paint the cabinets box in the own client’s house. The front door of drawers and cabinet doors will be painted in our warehouse in the spray booth. This way, the client has access to its kitchen right after we finish painting the cabinets boxes.

  • This process takes – depending on the size of the cabinets – 7 days, which is broken down into 3 parts:
    1 part (3-4 days): work at the own client’s house
    2 part (3-4 days): working in the warehouse
    3 part: return to the client’s house to install the cabinets
  • This process takes – depending on the size of the cabinets – 7 days, which is broken down into 3 parts:
    1 part (3-4 days): work at the own client’s house
    2 part (3-4 days): working in the warehouse
    3 part: return to the client’s house to install the cabinets

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in the South End (MA) with High Gloss Lacquer

Product selection: it’s extremely important to hire professionals that can work with the most different types of products. Here are the most used products in cabinet painting projects:

  • Original/Solvent-base lacquer: It’s very important to emphasize that although the original lacquer has a hard finish, offers strong protection against stains, long durability, and smooth results, it is made from a solvent base and it has a strong smell
  • Water-based lacquer: allergic individuals don’t have to worry about suffering during a cabinet painting process. Our team is also able to work with water-based lacquer. It offers a great finish with a weaker smell. It’s important to note that this type of lacquer is not as durable as solvent-based lacquer
  • Paint: paint products range from oil to latex base. Oil-base products are more durable, but lighter colors tend to yellow when the time goes by. Latex-based products are more sensitive to stains and it’s not so durable as the oil-base. It requires a way more detailed and time-consuming surface preparation

Color selection: receiving the most complete information about available colors and its processes is a basic right of any client. Some products, such as lacquer itself and lacquer-based products, require more time to be prepared, some products can be found in stores ready to be used.

Example: if the client wants to paint its cabinets with a lacquer that matches a specific color from Benjamin Moore, it requires us 3-4 days to prepare and achieve that perfect match. Level Five Painting, LLC. believes the client should be aware of any deadlines.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Beacon Hill (MA) Resistant Satin

Why choose Level Five Painting, LLC. as your cabinet painting contractor:

Level Five Painting, LLC. always communicate with clients that cabinets are the most expensive part of their houses, so its painting process must be done with detail and attention. It requires time and expertise. Because of the quality of our work, our respect put in every wood project, Level Five won the first place in the M.L Campbell “We Respect Wood” contest.

Level Five Painting, LLC. assures rigid quality control of the entire painting process to make sure every detail will be taken care of. Level 5 means the highest quality that your painting project deserves. By hiring Level Five Painting, LLC. clients can expect the best result and quality of cabinets.

Our team works to satisfy our clients and our own quality control. “Many times, we started jobs that we were hired to fix mistakes that other painting contractor did to cabinets. If the client had hired our team in the first place it would have cost less them they ended up paying to fix horrendous mistakes by non-professional painters”, said Jorge Aurichi, founder of Level Five Painting, LLC.

Level Five Painting LLC.’s project done in Hingham (MA) Resistant Satin

Level Five Painting, LLC. is located at 950 Watertown Street Suite 6, Newton (MA). You can contact the office by emailing at contact@levelfivepaintingllc.com or calling at (617) 869-9446.