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Painting Tricks: color transition

Painting a sharp clean line between wall and trim

The technique is the same whether you want a sharp line on baseboard, crown, wainscot or really any type of trim

    • If the trim/wall junction has not yet had its open seam caulked then do it now (see previous blog on how)
    Allow to dry
    • If you have just caulked then, with your trim paint, go over the caulking and bring the paint onto the wall surface. Allow to dry. Note: if caulking is not painted over then, over time, it will collect dust that cannot be cleaned off
    • Note: if your trim is stain/clear finished then use clear caulk to fill any seams at color transition
    • Run a straight line of tape along the transition line and burnish edge

    • If trim is stain/clear finished then run a light bead of CLEAR caulk or clear varnish over the edge to bleed under any imperfect tape adhesion
    • If trim is paint finish then you can either clear caulk, clear varnish or brush a light coat of trim paint over the edge to bleed under any imperfect tape adhesion. Allow to dry
    • Now paint wall or ceiling color and be sure to overlap the transition tape edge. Pull up slowly at a sharp angle and you have professional result with a super clean, sharp edge! You are a “DYI” painter

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El Patio Building in La Jolla refinished with Dunn Edwards Evershield

The El Patio Building in La Jolla California needed a face lift! The owner watched us working for months on the restoration of St James by the Sea just down the street. Impressed with our level of preparation and attention to detail, he asked Peek Brothers Painting to attend to his building as well. Extensive wood repair was necessary and to protect from further wood rot, we installed drip flashing on all exposed beams and rafter tails. Finished with premium grade Dunn Edwards Evershield, the building has now been restored to its original beauty. Thanks to Dunn Edwards Representative Dan Harris and his team for helping with color and specifications. A special shout out to Jennifer, LeeAndra and Joe at the Kearney Mesa DE store for mixing 100’s of gallons of paint for us!

Proper surface prep on KOGO radio

Cheap paint can cost you far more in the long run
Lack of proper surfaces preparation can make even the best paint fail.
How can you avoid these common pitfalls? John Peek, owner of Peek Brothers Painting explains surfaces preparation tips and techniques on KOGO radio on The Home Pro Show.

Unique Paint Jobs

Once in a while we are asked by our wonderful clients, to refinish some pretty unique items. It is a real honor to be their trusted painter and we love to figure out ways to please them. Sometimes it takes some creative thinking so we can say, “yes of course, we can do that for you!”
Here is the story of this unique paint job:
For years the grandkids would run in the door and jump on “Wolfie” a little wicker animal that the owner had picked up with her late husband while traveling in Mexico. Well the grandkids have grown up and old Wolfie was looking a bit worn as his original varnished finish was gone.

Wolfie The Wonder Dog!

Wolfie The Wonder Dog!

The precious memory of those visits from the grandkids were as fresh as ever and it was time to fix up old Wolfie to match the memories. After some thought we decided to use wood bleach to even out the discoloration on his “coat”; we then applied 3 coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine, an amber tinted marine finish, that will keep Wolfies coat shiny and bright for the next generation!

Choosing a Contractor You Can Trust

People often wonder, ” How do I choose the right contractor?”

The question behind this is really, “How can I find an expert who will be fair, honest….someone who I can trust to give me good value for the dollar and who will be around and willing to back up their work”

This the age-old conundrum for all of us who are purchasing services….A homeowner is committing  to a contract prior to seeing the results…this is a  scary proposition!

“It would be such a joy to get the house painted but who can I trust….how can I find the right company?”

Here is a “must have” checklist that will help you in choosing the right contractor:

  • Licensed by the state of California : check them on www.cslb.ca.gov
  • Have general liability and workers compensation insurances to protect the homeowner.
  • Contractor must use own employees who are trained and uniformed (no day labor from the home center)
  • Employees must have had drug screening and a full background investigation upon hire (you do not want drug users of criminals around your home and family.
  • Is the quote you receive legible (preferably typed), thorough and detailed (never verbal) and indicates methods of prep, specific  finish materials by brand and specific product within that brand (all brands have low grade to premium grade paint).
  • Your quote should include several references in your area. preferably of clients who have used the contractor more than once.
  • Written warranty should be supplied whether inside or outside work is done. This shows that the contractor feels good about their craftsmanship.
  • Check websites but be careful…many contractors pay for fancy websites full of purchased “stock photos” of work they have not done and are incapable of doing! Look for authentic pictures of local projects you recognize and can ask the contractor directly about.
  • Hire a painter who is a member of a professional organizations: BBB (A+ rated only!),  Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (www.pdca.org) define minimum standards for their members, as well as provide continuing education about the latest in products, trends, and techniques.
  • Check with suppliers as to reputation of contractors you may be interested in.
  • Look for a track record in the community: how many years in continuous business (32 years for us); charitable projects. Community involvement means you are dealing with good people

Once you have vetted potential contractors for your project using this list, you can relax and know you are hiring a quality person and company who will take care of you.

 

Darlington House Gets a Facelift

The Darlington House is a beautiful large home owned by the Social Service league of La Jolla whose mission it is to provide meals and housing support for seniors who have lived and worked in the area. Revenue from special events at Darlington House are used to support the League House next door. My mother Ellen was a active member for many years. In 1968 the League purchased the estate sized home from Mrs. Sybil Darlington and turned the mansion on 7448 Olivetas Street into super special location for weddings and receptions venue. As a natter a fact, our sister Elizabeth (Wig) was married here!  

We have had the pleasure of painting both the interior and exterior of this fine historic structure over the past  30 years. Folks call us when they are looking for a house painter from La Jolla that they can trust; whether it is interior painting or exterior painting. Owner, John Peek, grew up in La Jolla attending local schools and has close ties in the community. John presently serves on the board of directors of the La Jolla Historical Society.

La Jolla Athenaeum Makeover

Many of our younger or newer residents do not know that the portion of the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library building on the corner of Wall and Girard was once our community book library. This beautiful structure was designed by William Templeton Johnson and built in 1921 to take the place of La Jolla’s original Reading Room that was built in 1898 on Girard and Wall.  Way back in the late 1960’s and early 70’s, when attended Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High School, I would ride my bike over after school and use the library as a quiet place to study and read. There is nothing like the smell of books in an old building to make one feel studious!

 By 1989 library use had increased to the point that  the new La Jolla Public Library was built over on Draper Avenue with major donors being Francis Riford and Joan and Irwin Jacobs. The Athenaeum

Athenaeum is “adopted” by Peek Brothers

Back in 2010, I was driving “my” old library and noticed that the paint was peeling in several areas. I could not let this continue and so I contacted the director, Erika Torri, and asked if  Peek Brothers could “adopt” the building exterior and re-paint it . With our donated labor and material, we were glad to get it back to its former glory! It was quite a chore though….as we started to wash the stucco, all the paint from years of maintenance came off down to raw stucco in many areas. What started as a touch up ended up as a full restoration of the plaster and stucco surfaces. After extensive patching; we fully primed and then applied two coats of elastomeric coating to smooth out the look. It gives me great pleasure to drive by “my library” and enjoy its beauty and remember all the great books I have read there over the years. I hope you will enjoy it to!

 

St. James by the Sea gets a Makeover!

St. James by the Sea, on Prospect Street in La Jolla, is considered by many as one of the most beautiful churches architecturally, but it is also enjoys one of the most idyllic spots on our beautiful La Jolla coastline. The building sits on property once owned by Ellen Browning Scripps. Ms. Scripps, who lived across the street, deeded the property to the episcopal congregation in the early part of the 20th century. In 2012, during a general clean up of files at St. James, the original deed to the property was found! To insure the documents safety for years to come, it was presented to the La Jolla Historical Society for safekeeping in the Society’s climate controlled archive building across the way.

St. James by the Sea

St. James by the Sea

A Family Gathering Place

This church is special to my heart as the Peek family has experienced many family events here. My father Tom Peek began attending here in 1940 when his family moved to La Jolla after his graduation from High school in St. Louis. My cousin Nancy Feehan Wilson, who serves on the vestry, was married there and we have christened many a new addition to the family and gathered to say farewell  over the years for those we have loved.

You may notice a beautiful bench out in the front by the fountain and grass area. That bench was commissioned by my father, Tom, to commemorate all our love for his wife and our mom, Ellen. My younger brother Bob Peek, who is an accomplished artist designed the bench and had it cast in Salt Lake City.  The back of the bench has 9 slats that represent Tom and Ellen along with us seven children; the seat has 17 slats which represent their 17 grandchildren. The design is quite comfortable to sit in and remember those whose ashes are in the grass triangle memorial garden.

We have been pleased, over the years, to have the opportunity to paint both the exterior and interior of the sanctuary and maintain the varnish work on the gorgeous heavy oak doors. On a building of this age, you can imagine the amount of prep that goes into it! Stucco repairs, rotted wood that needed replacement or repair with epoxy fillers not to mention the many coats of varnish!. But it is a labor of love when you are painting to maintain a building that has provided such a loving home for family and friends over the years.

St. James Hall Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

Did you know that this beautiful structure was once the local USO? Back in the 1940’s the military realized they needed a place for the young men serving up at Camp Callan and the local community to meet socially. I wonder how many young couples got their start here at 776 Eads?

The building was purchased by St. James by the Sea and was used for many years for church activities such as youth group, receptions and the famous “White Elephant” sale that La Jollans still look forward to each year!

  • A visit to the jobsite by Stacy Peek and newly born Brendan Spring 1986
I have particularly fond memories of this structure. I helped my mom, Ellen, back when she chaired the White Elephant sale….she would often ask: “Honey, would you mind going over to so and so’s house and picking up a sofa for me sweetheart”. I built up a lot of muscle due to that annual sale! We also used to have a huge youth group meeting in the main room every Wednesday night with lots of spaghetti and then discussions…it was the best!  We even celebrated my parents (Tom and Ellen Peek) 50th wedding anniversary with 200 people here.

We painted it in 1986, back when it still had the original siding and windows from when built. Sometime in the 1990’s the structure was extensively updated inside and out. We got the fun project of re-painting the remodeled structure in 2007,  both inside and out, to give it a fresh new look it has today.

Recently around 2010, the facility was leased by the church to an event coordinator who named it “The Cuvier Club” to service weddings and other receptions.

 

Scripps Carriage House

 

Beautiful Windows

Beautiful Windows

This was a super fun project! The building is old, historic and the paint was in terrible shape…just what I love to tackle! When a structure has this kind of beauty underneath, I love to nurture it back to its former glory…even though it was just a carriage house…what we today call a garage 🙂

This old Carriage House was once owned by Ellen Browning Scripps and her sister

Virginia. Ellen was known for her philanthropy and was known as Virginia was a bit of a curmudgeon, who disliked it when she saw anyone wearing purple as she felt only she could wear purple in the town of La Jolla!

The colors were chosen carefully from a palette of colors that were available and used quite commonly in the era the building was erected. Look at the detail in the windows…the diamond shapes are very distinctive and were quite a job to get re-puttied cleanly and then painted in all those sharp corners

Prep-Carriage-House

Prep-Carriage-House

The interior was prepared as well…but not to park cars or carriages! It is now a state of the art archival storage facility with a climate controlled storage for priceless historical documents and photographs. If you look closely at the window

photo, you will note the fire suppression system.

This project was a donation by us to The La Jolla Historical Society. Our work and materials were given as a gift back to the community of La Jolla.

Carriage-House-After

Carriage-House-After