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April 29, 2022

4 Steps to Home Cleaning & Repairs

Spring is an excellent time to deep clean your home, both inside and out. It’s also a great time to take care of any necessary repairs, as well as perform routine maintenance tasks and update any parts of your home that need attention. By staying on top of these tasks, […]
April 21, 2022

Care and Upkeep of Your Cedar Shake Siding: Tips from the Pros

Your cedar shake siding is a beautiful and important part of your home. It adds character and curb appeal, and it can last for many years with the right care. Over time, your siding’s exposure to the elements will naturally wear down the protective barriers which will need care and […]
April 5, 2022

The Benefits of Reconditioning Your T1-11 Siding

An often-used siding type for homes in Olympia and Tacoma is T1-11 siding which has been used for quite some time since the 60s. Due to the cost-effective nature as well as the fast and easy installation of the materials, many homes have been built recently with T1-11 siding.  While […]
March 29, 2022

Painting 101: Essential Paint Terms

A paint glossary is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about the different paint terms and definitions used in the painting industry. Any homeowner planning a painting project will benefit by understanding these terms commonly used by their local painting company. While definitions are helpful, understanding what […]
March 20, 2022

10 Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Tips

As the weather begins to change and the days get longer, spring maintenance becomes a priority. For Olympia and Tacoma homeowners this is especially true. By taking care of some necessary tasks now, you can help ensure that your home functions well and looks great all season long!  There are […]
March 15, 2022

Top Professional Painting FAQs

Over the years, we’ve answered thousands of questions from homeowners regarding their painting projects. After painting so many homes – we’ve been painting houses in Thurston County and Pierce County for over 40 years! – we’re familiar with many of the questions people may have when hiring us to do […]
February 28, 2022

How to Caulk Your Home

As the winter months in Olympia and Tacoma continue, you may have noticed spots in your home that feel drafty. As winds pick up, cracks or openings near windows or doors may require special attention during home maintenance or when you are updating your home. Caulking is an important step […]
February 20, 2022

Interior Surfaces – How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

A popcorn ceiling has only one single redeeming feature and that is that it minimizes noise. Otherwise, popcorn ceilings are a much unloved and unpopular home feature that many people have removed. If you want to update the interior of your home, Flying Colors Painting can help you achieve your […]
February 12, 2022

Timeless Paint Colors That Outlast Trends

Our modern world is filled with many trendy things. This is especially true with regard to home décor, which influences how people approach making updates to their home’s paint colors. Constantly making updates to your home to stay on-trend may be fun for some homeowners but may be too much […]
January 31, 2022

What You Should Know About Painting Your Home’s Interior Yourself

It is not uncommon for homeowners to tackle DIY projects around their homes to make their space updated and more appealing. When it comes to painting projects, some Olympia and Tacoma homeowners may feel that they are skilled enough and have the knowledge and the tools to complete interior painting […]
January 20, 2022

Interior Surfaces: Removing Wallpaper

Next up in our series on interior surfaces, we want to give you the scoop on removing wallpaper. If you missed our first blog about interior surfaces, you can read about the different options for renovating the interior surfaces in your space.  If you’re looking to transition to a new interior […]
January 12, 2022

The Best of South Sound

Supporting local businesses and helping our community thrive is important to us. That is why we have dedicated this blog post exclusively to sharing about how you can participate in South Sound Magazine’s The Best of The South Sound! What is Best of South Sound? As an annual tradition in […]
December 27, 2021

Interior Wall Surfaces – The Three Best Ways to Add Texture to Your Walls

In continuing our interior surfaces blog series, we take a look at the details involved in texturing walls. Before reading further, if you missed our first blog about interior surfaces, you can read about your walls, what they’re made of and how to care for them, along with options for […]
December 18, 2021

Interior Surfaces – Drywall

Continuing our interior surfaces blog series, we take a detailed look at drywall, its characteristics, and the many functions it performs. Before reading further, if you missed our first blog about interior surfaces, you can read more about what your options are as well as learn more about what is […]
December 7, 2021

Winter Maintenance for Your Home

The winter months are a time of year when keeping up with home maintenance tasks is crucial. Some homeowners forgo home repairs during the cold, wet months assuming home projects can be put off until spring arrives. It’s important to remember that the rainy months we see in Olympia and […]
November 28, 2021

How to Use the Colors of the Year to Update Your Home

As the year draws to a close, many homeowners look forward to the new year for new beginnings. When it comes to keeping your home up-to-date, new color trends can be a fun and budget-friendly option to embrace a new year in your home. Whether you are looking to spruce […]
November 18, 2021

Interior Surfaces – What are my Options?

Homeowners often make the mistake of thinking that they only have two different types of interior wall finishes – paint or wallpaper. In reality, there are several other great options available when remodeling a space inside your home. Interior finishes can include paint, wallpaper, wood trim, slate trim, drywall ceiling […]
November 8, 2021

What to Expect When You Hire a Professional Painting Company

Like many homeowners in Olympia and Tacoma, you may have found yourself thinking about and yearning for a home update. With all the additional time spent at home, it is no wonder people are taking the time to remodel and improve their home interior to create a space that is […]
October 30, 2021

Kitchen Updates – Refinishing Cabinets and Surfaces

If you’re spending more time at home, you may be noticing areas that are in need of some TLC. There are many home updating projects that will make your Tacoma or Olympia property look refreshed and new again. Staining or refinishing the surfaces in your home may be the perfect […]
October 20, 2021

How Paint Color Can Improve Your Mood

Have you ever noticed how a room can make you feel one way or another when you enter? Color can make a room feel more relaxed, cheerful, intimate, or exciting. While part of your impression may come from other aspects of the room’s design, color is a primary contributor to […]
October 9, 2021

Fall Home Painting and Maintenance: How to Keep Your Home Looking Its Best

Having maintenance work done on your home in Olympia or Tacoma this fall before winter sets in is one of the most effective ways to keep your home in its best condition. While fall weather is relatively cooperative when it comes to home maintenance, taking care of any exterior projects […]
September 10, 2021

Painting Terms for Homeowners to Know

Let’s say you have recently decided to have your home painted. You’ve begun to do some research regarding the best options about how to best complete your painting project. The more research you do, the more you see unfamiliar words that you don’t really know. Natural-bristle, caulking, eggshell, masking, nap, […]
August 19, 2021

Should You Paint or Stain Your Deck?

Decks are one of the best places to enjoy the summer sunshine. While summer is the ideal time to stain or paint your deck, it can also be a hectic time for most people. Because of this, hiring a professional painting contractor to complete your deck staining project may be […]
July 20, 2021

Is It Too Late to Paint My Home’s Exterior?

When it comes to painting your home, the interior can be painted any time of the year. The inside of your home is a controlled environment, meaning the conditions can be altered to best meet the requirements that are right for painting. On the other hand, painting the exterior of […]
June 14, 2021

What to Expect When Getting an Exterior Painting Estimate for Your Home

Summer is in full swing here in Thurston and Pierce County, and with it comes seasonal cleaning and maintenance for your home. Having your home’s exterior painted is one of the best ways to keep your home protected from the elements.  In order to get the highest quality exterior painting […]
May 17, 2021

Why is my paint fading?

Have you looked at your home’s exterior and thought, “Why is my paint fading?” Naturally, the elements like sun and wind wear down a paint’s finish, but to what extent and what can be done to prevent your home’s paint from fading? Unfortunately, after time, paint can fade and look […]
April 23, 2021

Signs that Your Exterior Needs a Fresh Coat of Paint

With the wet and rainy months winding down and summer quickly approaching, you may find yourself spending more time outside, around your home or other building. Whether you are working from home or you go into an office away from home, your building or home exterior has withstood the effects […]
March 25, 2021

When is the Best Time to Paint Your Building’s Exterior in Thurston and Pierce County, Washington?

As the weather begins to change around Pierce and Thurston Counties, many homeowners are busy updating their homes and completing their maintenance to-do lists. Commercial building owners and tenants may be making the same lists too. While indoor spring cleaning may be well underway, you may be wondering when to […]
March 16, 2021

Flying Colors Paint House Washing Service

Flying Colors Paint is proud to provide exterior house washing services to our Thurston County and Pierce County clients. We find clients choose to utilize this service to refresh existing paint, prepare for placing their home on the market, or in preparation for new exterior paint. Before each of our […]
March 8, 2021

Is Flying Colors Licensed?

Yes! For over 40 years, Flying Colors has served Washington’s Thurston and Pierce Counties as a licensed painting contractor, specializing in professional re-painting and re-staining for residential and commercial properties. Our priority has always been to both provide high-quality painting and keep our customers and employees safe. For more information […]
February 26, 2021

4 Ways You Can Increase Curb Appeal in 2021

It’s no secret that people are buying houses at record speed over the last few months. The buying spree certainly benefits owners and makes even dated homes easier to sell. While homeowners can get away with postponing repairs in a seller’s market, it may not be in their long-term interest […]
February 26, 2021

Our Invoicing and Payment Process

Interior design and picking paint colors usually top the list as the most fun parts of a painting project. The magic is in seeing the finished product, not planning your payments. But getting payment information right is important both for you and for Flying Colors Painting. So, we would like […]
January 31, 2021

How to Prepare Your Home for Indoor Painting

Starting an interior paint project can come with a lot of uncertainty. With 40 years of interior and exterior painting under our belts (or in our 5-gallon buckets 😉), we’ve come up with a solid routine of what we do and what we ask you to do. The most important […]
January 31, 2021

What is a Stain-to-Paint Conversion?

As the world spends more time at home, many people are looking for creative and cost-effective ways to update and enrich their spaces. Making our homes both functional and beautiful can be important to our well-being in times of stress and uncertainty. As evidenced by eager DIYers and designers across […]
December 24, 2020

Top 2021 Interior Painting and Design Trends

2020 was the year that unexpectedly forced us to spend much more time at home. Many businesses began offering remote working for the first time, while students gathered around kitchen tables to navigate virtual learning. With our usual places of business, education, and recreation closed, we now expect more from […]
December 18, 2020

Choose the Right Paint Colors: Using Color Sampling and Paint Matching

Choosing the right paint colors for your home isn’t always easy. Most of us have experienced the wrong pink, green, or blue, thoughtfully selected, but oh so wrong after the room’s painting completion. We’ve been painting walls for clients for over 40 years in Pierce County and Thurston County, and […]
December 1, 2020

Tips for Painting Your Interior Walls Like a Pro

With our homes becoming the ever-evolving entertainment center for all aspects of our lives, many have begun to make updates to their spaces. From man-caves, to she-sheds, people are maximizing their home spaces in some clever ways. While updating the paint in a room may be one of the tried […]
October 28, 2020

Why is Winter a Good Time for Interior Painting Projects in WA State?

As the Fall rains move in and we begin to admit that Winter is near, homeowners across Washington State are getting ready to hunker (or already have hunkered) down. At the same time, many homeowners may be planning interior renovations to spruce up and brighten their homes before the long […]
September 22, 2020

Paint Color Ideas for Your Thurston or Pierce County Business

Choosing paint colors for your business or office building carries with it a responsibility towards the building’s inhabitants. Making a choice that impacts others and how they see and feel during the workday is important. Not to mention the impact on your incoming clients and the impression your building will […]
August 28, 2020

Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

As summer comes to a close, many homeowners are looking forward to getting their homes ready for the changing fall weather and the winter to come. Having and following a fall home maintenance checklist can help keep your home and property in tip-top shape. Not to mention, having your home […]
July 30, 2020

Color Combinations for Your Thurston or Pierce County Home Interiors

Finding color combinations for your home’s interior that rejuvenate and update your home is one of the most exciting parts of interior painting and decorating. Knowing where to start, though, can seem like a huge challenge. Thankfully, the design experts at Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore have put together beautiful color […]
July 13, 2020

When to Consider Repainting

Was your home built between the 1980’s and 2010’s? If so, you are probably due for exterior painting. Below are some of the benefits of getting your first exterior repaint if you have not done so already. We at Flying Colors have been painting exteriors in Thurston County and Pierce […]
July 10, 2020

Factors in Pricing a Paint Job

There are many factors that go into estimating the price to paint a home. The homeowner’s costs can vary greatly, and even houses with the same or similar square footage can vary in price by thousands of dollars. There are specific, concrete reasons for these price variations. Let’s take a […]
June 23, 2020

Top 5 Benefits of Interior Painting

Right now, most of us are finished with our interior spring cleaning. ​With the warmer weather, many people turn their attention to the exterior of their home, thinking about cleaning, repairing, or repainting the home’s exterior. Exterior painting not only adds beauty to your home, but it also adds protection […]
May 23, 2020

Exterior Painting Equals Protection

As the weather warms and sunny days are ahead, painting contractors are busy working on customers’ exterior painting projects. Spring and summer are ideal times to have your business or home’s exterior painted. It’s also smart for your professional painting contractor to take a look at some potentially unsuspecting issues […]