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      February 28
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Sometimes, when we are busy working or taking care of business, we can loose track of where we are in the month or season. One trick, besides the relentless monthly bill paying cycle, is to separate things in quarterly segments with built in reminders. Although gold gleaming statues are mostly associated with awards and over dressed glamorous stars, along side infamous flashes in the pan; when some see Oscar, they are reminded that it’s time to get their act in gear and organize the spring schedule. READ NOW        
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KILZ PRO-X paints are formulated for professional painters. We have partnered with Pro Painters for decades, Pro’s know when color, scrubs, sprayability and touch-up matter… who else would we ask? Come try what we’ve built together. KILZ PRO-X paints, painter approved and only available at the Home Depot.
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The Origins of Painting Craftsmanship Part II – The Renaissance
The Renaissance was the accumulation of craft refinement over hundreds of years; it was the cherry on top; an era of great discovery including the recognition of sculpting and painting as art forms aside from the work of skilled craftsmen. The period spanning the 15th and 16th centuries exalted the ancient Greek and Roman cultures with the rebirth or renewed appreciation of individualism, education and art saturating the trades. READ NOW        
Spotlight On:
FrogTape® is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed. The result: Very sharp paint lines and less time spent on touch-ups!
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Product Review - Kovrd Paint Tray Storage Bag & Quick Drop
In 2011, Kovrd Painting Products introduced the paint tray storage bag and quick drop first to five supplier locations and then based on positive responses, to the entire Canadian market. The patent pending Kovrd (pronounced "covered") storage device is designed with the new generation of quick drying paint products in mind. Simple and intuitive to use, the reasoning behind the innovation is to eliminate the risk of paint material drying or clumping for short periods - overnight, lunch or coffee breaks. READ NOW        
Industry News & Market Trends
Construction State Law Matrix - Quick Reference Maps Available
The Matrix is the most comprehensive and concise resource on state laws in all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico that impact construction. Covering these and 60+ issues, this indispensable resource addresses everything from licensing, payment, liens, statute of repose, and everything in between. READ NOW        
Construction Materials Prices Increase Between December and January and for the Year
Contractors had to contend with huge leaps in prices for gypsum, wallboard and lumber, as well as significant increases in the cost of insulation and architectural coatings such as paint READ NOW        
Contractor violations continue in Fresno, Clovis
Paint contractors among other home improvement companies cited on suspicion of operating unlicensed READ NOW        
Consumer Watch: Painting do’s and don’ts
If you’re feeling blue about the decorating in your home, a fresh coat of paint could be the answer. READ NOW        
Sherwin-Williams Announces Agreement with U.S. Department of Labor
Settles the previously disclosed investigation of transactions related to the Company’s employee stock ownership plan READ NOW        
Dow Chemical fined $400m for price fixing
Dow Chemical has been ordered to pay $400m after being found guilty of fixing the price of chemicals used to make urethane foams, according to Reuters. READ NOW        
Product Introductions
Aesthetic and functional wall finishes are now available to painting professionals. They can be used in conjunction with, or as an alternative to paint. They are acoustical, tackable, impact-resistant, beautiful---and very profitable. Available in site-fabricated, pre-made, and modular formats. Free training and customer referrals available. Click here for more         
FauxEffect’s LusterStone
LusterStone® is a revolutionary architectural coating that produces beautiful reflective stone-like patterns. This product is unsurpassed in its simplicity, versatility and ease of repair. The nature of the material allows it to be used to create a stunning variety of high/low dimensional finishes that do not require burnishing to obtain designer quality results.
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Introducing Emerald™ Paints
With revolutionary quality and best-in-class performance, Emerald delivers rich color with outstanding hide and durability. And thanks to our new breakthrough colorants, you can tint Emerald to any color - without adding to the VOC content of any coating when tinted. Nothing surpasses the performance of Emerald. Learn more about these breakthrough products at sherwin-williams.com         
From the Blogosphere
A.Allbright’s 8th Annual Paint-It-Forward Charity Recipient Announced
Allbright Painting is extremely proud to announce this year’s 8th Annual Paint-It-Forward Charity recipient, The Magno Family. Nominated by the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, the Magno family profile is made up of a mom, dad, two brothers (11 and 5 years old) and Brittany (17 years old). Brittany was diagnosed with Brain Cancer on March 29, 2007. READ NOW  
Creature Comforts: Fish Finds
We’ve fallen for these fish-inspired finds - hook, line, and sinker! Check out the different ways fish are represented in home decor and tell us which one is your favorite. READ NOW  
The Light Reflectance Value
The proper use of light reflectance value [LRV] in color is essential for good design. The Washington D.C. metro rail is an inspiration for this post. The most inefficient sub way system ever! Lessons learned in poor design coming back home! READ NOW  
The 4 Ways to Grow Your Business
The goal of this On Target program is to enhance the overall business performance of each participant in the areas of business strategy, marketing and finance. Each Session is 90 minutes in length and includes a planned curriculum and interactive discussion between facilitator and participants. READ NOW  
Spring Fever in Northern California!
Spring is coming and most of us typically think about cleaning the interior of our homes and thinning out our junk. This is a great time after winter to look at the exterior of our homes to asses maintenance needs. READ NOW  
Behr Precious Emerald
Emerald is the hot color this year, and I am loving this dresser from Simple Details! The color is Behr Precious Emerald. READ NOW
Fine Paints of Europe Staircase in oil enamel
The Woodmark Hotel in Kirkland, WA, went through a renovation that updated the look of the entryway of their public spaces. The design effort was led by Susan Marinello Interiors. READ NOW
One Point in the HMI Eventually Means 37,000 Jobs
Every month, the NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) provides an overall measure of builder confidence in the strength of the single-family housing market. READ NOW

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