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Interior & Exterior Painting Restoration – The Pennell Project

 

ADIX Painting is a full service restoration and design company in Arizona. We prove ourselves as a professional in our field by working together with our customers. By growing relationships we are able to provide customers with a trusted contact for all their interior and exterior home improvement and remodeling projects. This case study is an example of what makes our company unique.

 

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Anyone who has ever hired a handyman or a contractor knows good help is hard to find. So when you do find it, hold on tight with both hands and don’t let go. That’s what our clients, the Pennells, have told us about our relationship over the years.

 
Background


We met the Pennells when they were making some improvements on a house they had on the market. We have worked with them ever since. When they bought a new house that needed some TLC, ADIX Painting was there.  Because we are so much more than a painting company, they were able to count on us to handle the improvements and upgrades they wanted instead of hiring a different specialist for each project.

 

Completed Tasks

Painting & Restoration

- Change the paint colors in the bed rooms - Knockout outdated built-in shelving throughout - Remove previous stencil painting on walls - Complete minor drywall repairs to redo patch work and areas poorly finished by previous contractors

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Their new home needed various improvements including drywall repair, patch work, demolition of built-in shelving, design, finish work and, of course, painting. 

 

We mapped out a 5-week plan to complete several projects. We often structure jobs in phases since cost is generally a concern for our clients. We also show our clients which parts of the project that they can complete on their own. Mr. Pennel is similar to most of our clients and likes to do as much as he can on his own, not just to keep costs down, but just because he enjoys it. 

 

We worked with Mr. Pennel to repaint all of the bedrooms, upgrade the bathroom, tear out built in shelving placed throughout the house, remove stencil painting on the walls, repair drywall, and correct patch work that was previously done.

A Word from Steve

  • The bathroom was originally a faux painted ceiling. It made the bathroom feel enclosed and small. A newly installed sink with mirror immediately gave the bathroom a more open and spacious feel. Now all that had to be done was to remove the current faux paint on the ceiling to complete the process of freeing up this bathroom area to make it feel less closed-in when you shut the door.
    Steven Adickes, President

Bathroom Before

 

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Bathroom After

 

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Patch Work Required Throughout

The drywall needed work in several areas of the house. There were many areas where patch work was noticeable. A previous contractor installed a new AC ventilation shaft and the area where the previous ventilation was horribly patched up.  This is a common problem we see when working on indoor projects. Many contractors don’t take the necessary steps to make an area ready to be painted.

Another Word from Steve

  • Drywall installers don't always take the steps needed to properly prepare surfaces for painting. Since their job isn't working with paints, many times they say a surface is ready to be painted when it really isn't. This is why before applying any paint to “paint ready” patch areas we shine a light all the way around the patch area to find any flaws or imperfections on the surface. In some cases, we are unable to protect the surface area to get a flawless patch area. In these instances we may float out the area anywhere from 3 to 5 feet out, and sometimes even repaint the entire wall.
    Steven Adickes, President

The surface should be smooth and evened out. Often patched areas have spots that are recessed or raised and these spots are the main reason patches look shabby.  We use a little trick on patches to make sure they are truly ready for paint. We shine a light all the way around the repair to find any flaws or imperfections on the surface.

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Contractor Tip

The stem wall needed to be repainted beacuse of water damage caused by a slab leak in the laundry room.


When painting a stem wall (or any other hard to reach area) use a mini handy pail instead of a full size deuce paint bucket. Pair the mini pail with a small 2” to 2 ½ “ brush.


This is an efficient way to complete projects where access to an area is limited.


Making use of a small brush and bucket help to avoid splashing paint around, and best of all, you’re able to keep the pail and brush right next to the target painting surface. 


You can expect to lose about 3 to 5 seconds each time you dip into the paint when using a large deuce style paint bucket. Those seconds add up quick over the length of a project.

Painting Stem Wall

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Lasting Relationships

Now that the 5-week project had been completed they have asked us to return for two more projects. The Pennells are long time clients. Our relationship with them is invaluable.

 

Our relationship with the Pennells has spanned long enough that they can trust us to work with them side-by-side, provide advice and direction into projects they can complete on their own. Moreover, they are able to trust ADIX Painting to hand over the keys to their home when they leave town so that projects can be completed while they are away.

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