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Peter Moon and Lisa Moon of Paper Moon Painting company, San Antonio home painting experts
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Is Brown Coming Back?

Are interiors getting warmer?  Are we moving away from whites and grays, so that updating brown interiors is no longer necessary? Is brown actually (gasp!) … coming back?   I’ve seen a few blogs suggesting this, but I think some of them are misinterpreting color trends right now.   One train of thought suggests we’re…

Our Project Feature on Houzz! “Colorful Confetti Wallpaper…”

We’re so honored to have one of our wallpaper installations and cabinet painting projects featured in this Houzz article, that we just had to share it!  And we are tickled pink (orange?) by the playful and cheery design selections by the wonderful Crystal Romero of Bradshaw Designs! Read the full article, with details and before pictures,…

Easy Redecorating Step One: Get Rid of “Brown Phase” Clutter!

You’re finally ready to leave the Dark Ages (the “Brown Phase”) and update to a lighter, fresher color palette anchored by white, cream, or gray.  Hurray!  Time to do some easy redecorating, just to get the ball rolling, and then you can plan on bigger-picture stuff. As we discussed earlier, limiting yourself to a fresh-but-classic…

Decorating with Cream and Gray – Taking the Nervousness Out of It!

After seeing light, fresh interiors everywhere in stores, on HGTV, and in your friends’ houses, you’re ready to freshen up your home, especially if it’s still in what we call the “Brown Phase” of the past few decades.  You’ll be moving out of the Dark Ages – literally!  But you’re unsure how to begin.  Cream or…

Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Before, or After Changing the Counters and Backsplash?

We’re often asked whether we recommend painting kitchen cabinets before or after the new countertops and backsplash are installed.  You might be worried about damaging the freshly-painted cabinets during new counter or tile installation.  But maybe you’re itching for an updated kitchen NOW  –  we’ve all been there!  –  and want to get the painting done, at…

Painting Crown Molding to Match Cabinets – An Example in “Amazing Grey”

Painting crown molding is usually straightforward – just paint it the same color as the rest of the trim or woodwork in the room (the baseboards, door casings, and window sills).  But if we’re painting kitchen cabinets in a new color, homeowners often ask us whether their crown molding should be painted to match.  Since crown…

Black Painted Trim – 5 Guidelines on How to Use It!

Perhaps you’ve noticed lots of black painted trim – doors, windows, woodwork – in interior design magazines.  The problem is, not ALL the trim is black, which makes it hard to figure out the pattern.  Maybe all the baseboards and crown molding are white, but the windows themselves (the metal, wood, or vinyl parts –…

Grasscloth – Yes, You’ll Always See the Seams!

Clients often ask us about grasscloth, whether it wears well, and especially whether it’s possible to get a “seamless” look with it.  We love grasscloth!  Yes, it wears beautifully (this is not your 1970’s straw-looking stuff – today the fibers and weaves are tighter and lay flatter).  You’ll find many lovely versions that have patterns…

The “Brown Phase” is Over – Please Don’t Go Back!

Most of us know by now that the “Brown Phase” of interior design is (thankfully!) over.  It lasted a good long while… through all of the 90’s and into the mid-2000’s.   White and gray are tied for the “new neutral”, and bright colors are back in a big way.  No more bronzes, golds, and…

White Painted Cabinets Transformed this Small Kitchen!

We wanted to show you one of our favorite examples of how white cabinets will transform a space!  This small kitchen, in a lovely hundred-year-old home in a historic neighborhood, was completely transformed when Paper Moon Painting refinished the cabinets in a lovely soft white.  The previous owner had “modernized” the kitchen in order to sell…

Painting Cabinets? Lacquer is It! – Cabinet Painting, Part 2

Okay, so you decided your kitchen needs a facelift, and “painting cabinets” is first on your list.  You thought your Uncle Gene said that he left you some “fracking land”, but it just sounded like that with his  south Texas accent.  He actually said “some freaking land”, because of course he doesn’t curse.  Now you wish…

“Gadzooks, My Cabinets are Orange!!” – Cabinet Painting, Part 1

Seemingly all at once, everyone’s cabinets are outdated. One day, everyone woke up, took a good look at their golden oak cabinets while brewing their morning coffee, and said to themselves, “Argh!!… they’re orange!”  Or  you realize that those “whitewashed” pickled oak cabinets are… pale pink.  Suddenly you find yourself staring at a massive design albatross…

Color Choice is Difficult – Know When to Delegate It!

Over the past few weeks, some of my clients have really struggled to pick a paint color.   These people were decisive professionals in their business lives, yet when sifting through hundreds of colors in dozens of paint charts, they froze.   So many colors are SO similar.  And color choice seems so “permanent”.  After all, you’re paying someone to put…

Wallpaper: To Remove or Not to Remove – Part 2

We’re back for Part 2 of the gripping story that had you all on the edge of your seats at the end of Part 1: “I tried removing this *f#&$@%!!^ paper, I’ve realized that removing wallpaper is no joyride but it still needs to come off, now what??” Okay, so you took a razor knife…

How to Remove Wallpaper – or Should I Even Bother?? How to Know When You Shouldn’t…

So I walk into one of my jobs the other day and what do I see but one of my painters making a massive rookie mistake:  trying to remove wallpaper that didn’t want to be removed.  Ugh!  There goes an extra day of prep and many hundreds of dollars right out the door.  We were preparing…

“I Have to Pick a Sheen Too??”

“Which paint sheen should I use?”  “Does it really matter?”  “Is there such thing as a sheen mistake?”  I hear these questions all the time. What is paint “sheen”, exactly? Loosely defined,  “sheen” is the amount of “shininess” of any surface.  Technically anything you can imagine has a sheen, from a rose petal or a…

In Case You’re Still Wondering… Wallpaper is Back!

Okay folks, in case you haven’t noticed:   the wallpaper trends have changed again.  I know you’ve been meaning to get rid if that old dated wallpaper, thinking that the stuff is completely “out”.  You’ve resigned yourself to having that room textured and painted like the rest of the house, and you still can, of course – we…