Painting & Home Improvement Blog by Flying Colors Painting Co.


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 […]
April 21, 2020

How Working with a Color Consultant Can Help You Choose the Right Paint Colors

If you’ve ever had a painter paint your home’s interior or exterior, or if you’ve done the job yourself, you know the task of choosing the right paint colors and how difficult it can sometimes be. There are many ways we try on our own to choose the right paint […]
March 10, 2020

The Do’s and Don’ts of Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen renovations are popular right now, but it can be difficult to know where to start your remodeling efforts. An easy way to get the ball rolling is to paint your cabinets. This is a great way to change the look of your kitchen without needing to commit to too […]
February 24, 2020

The Benefits of Caulking Your Home

Caulking is a very important part of maintaining a home. Some homeowners may not understand the benefits of caulking and why it is important in the upkeep of their home but any contractor (be they a painter or a plumber), who does work on your home, uses caulk to help […]
February 24, 2020

High Quality Paint or Surface Prep, Which is More Important for the Best Results?

Painting contractors generally pride themselves on utilizing top-quality paint. In fact, having high-quality paints used for the work done on your home is one of the many perks of hiring a licensed painting contractor. A good contractor knows the best paint brands and about the lines within each brand, and […]
December 11, 2019

Get Your Home Painted Without Disruption

Here are a few strategies to use to keep your life flowing while we take care of improving your home with as little disruption as possible.

November 13, 2019

5 Essential Interior Painting Steps You Won’t Want Your Professional Painter to Skip

Having your home’s interior painted involves planning and preparation by you and your professional painting company. For the best results, here are 5 essential interior painting steps you won’t want your professional painter to skip.

October 7, 2019

Get Your Cabinets Painted this Winter!

Increase Your Home’s Value by Having Your Cabinets Painted - In addition to the personal joy from repainting your cabinets, a project like this can really improve your home’s Return on Investment. In recent years, painted kitchen cabinets have become an increasingly popular trend.

March 8, 2019

Why Are There No Olympia Painters on Angie’s List?

You won’t find the best painters in Tacoma, Lakewood, Lacey or Olympia on Angie’s List (and I don’t just mean Flying Colors).

February 1, 2019

Choosing Your Paint Color – Don’t Suffer from Paralysis by Analysis!

If your house is a 1908 historic house in Olympia, a 1940’s craftsman in Tacoma or a newer home in Dupont or Lacey you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with color!

August 7, 2018

Peeling Paint From The Inside Out.

Sometimes peeling paint is an “inside out” issue. Take a quick read and make sure you are causing your next paint job to be more expensive!

June 4, 2018

Cabinet Painting and Refinishing

The Flying Colors team converted these stained cabinets for an updated look. This process saved the homeowners thousands of dollars. Cabinet refinishing is a terrific way to breathe new life into your kitchen. Your cabinets are one of the most visually prominent aspects in a kitchen, and a new coat […]
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