What is Cottagecore?

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The first 2021 interior design trend we are going to explore is Cottagecore.

While this is not a new idea, the pandemic made the concept very popular. I’m sure you remember the phase of lock down where everyone was making bread? Sourdough starters abounded and it seemed like every person on the planet made at least one loaf of banana bread. This was when the Cottagecore trend started to really take hold. Add to that Taylor Swift coming out with her “folklore” album and all of the plaid, walking through the forest aesthetics she used in her Netflix special and BAM, Cottagecore was a hit.

There are many people that argue that Cottagecore is more of a lifestyle than an interior design aesthetic, but I for one believe it can be both. (As much as I would love to run through a field of wheat in a floaty, floral dress, that really isn’t in the cards for this Miami girl.) But parts of the lifestyle can be adapted to everyone and every home; you can have a very minimalist home while still cultivating potted plants or a kitchen herb garden.

https://www.pinterest.com/ogeepaintco/2021-design-trends/ For a Cottagecore color palate, look to nature. Greens, browns, earth tones and sunny yellows are all great ways to bring a little of the outside into your home. Natural wood tones mixed with off-whites are also an easy way to tap into the trend. Vintage (or vintage inspired) tea sets, hand-thrown pottery, floral and botanical wallpapers, anything handmade are small and easy ways to add a little Cottagecore to any home too. And the more natural light, the better. (All your new plants with thank you!)

Finding accent pieces such as the hand made wood shelves or chairs, pottery, wall art and all the little touches are AMAZING ways to support small and local businesses. So many people have discovered new passions for crafting and people who were already experts have honed their art during the pandemic- so there are lots of awesome local artists you can support. I’m sure there is someone with a style for you. (And tell me who they are when you find them!)

So explore the Cottagecore trend in your own home. It does not have to be your whole house, but finding small ways to bring homey, earthy touches to your living space can go a long way to making you feel more cozy and comfortable. So make some bread, wear the romantic dress or throw on a plaid shirt, create something new and tap into your natural instincts, this is the year to explore something new!

Exploring 2021 Design Trends

2021 is here and it is time to make your personal space your perfect place.

With something for everyone, this year’s interior design trends are filled with color, comfort and best of all- customization, there is really something for everyone!

Quarantine has really helped people appreciate the space where they have to live and work more than ever before and because of this, we are encouraging people to go wild and figure out what really makes their house a Home.

This is the year to explore color, texture and personal styles. (Especially since great-aunt Maude isn’t going to be dropping by for an unexpected visit!)

Here, I will be discovering and defining a new Design Trend each week, including Cottagecore, Grand Millennial, Minimalist and how to use all the rich colors and fabrics in your everyday spaces. I will also discuss how to allow your children to customize their own rooms quickly and easily!

But let’s start with a brief look at the 3 main styles that are cropping up this year; Cottagecore, Grand Millennial and Minimalist. 

All of these styles are influenced by the  quarantine; which has caused everyone to stay home more than ever before. 

Cottagecore is our throwback style; think of flowy, floral peasant dresses, indoor plants, soft lighting and wood tones.  Taylor Swift spurred this style on with her new album “Evermore” and plaid covered studio sessions, while the bread making craze at the beginning of quarantine is what really started the aesthetic. This style is grounded in nature, bringing the outdoors inside and connecting to the world around you.

Next up we have Grand Millennial- which is all about Granny Chic and creating a cluttered, yet homey feel to your space. To achieve this look, jewel tones, lush fabrics, busy wallpaper and lots of knickknacks. While this aesthetic can seem overwhelming, it creates a space built for creativity or curling up with a good book.

The last design trend we are going to explore is Minimalism. This organized aesthetic was also made popular by quarantine and the idea that less is more. The clean, uncluttered look is a great way to bring calm and order to a world that feels a little out of our control. For this style, think warm whites or grays, natural wood tones mixed with concrete and a “Less is more” mentality.

I am looking forward to delving deeper into these trends and more in the coming year.

Always dream in color!

Graco Date Code & Serial Numbers

How do I read Date Code and Serial Number information for Graco Equipment?

Date Code:
Graco uses two date code formats to indicate when product was manufactured.

1. M YY S
M     A letter indicating the month a product was built. A- January, B-February, etc.

YY  The last two digits of the year

S      A letter indicating the series code of the product

2. M YY S PPPPPP ######

M    A letter indicating the month a product was built. A- January, B-February, etc.

YY  The last two digits of the year it was made

S    A letter indicating the series code of the product

PPPPPP     Part number of unit

######     Unique serial number

Serial Number:
###### A series of numbers indicating the sequence of manufacture.
(101 is the first product in a series, 102 is the second, etc.)

Some Thoughts on Epoxy Floors

On Simiron’s help and support page is a a problem solving guide, concrete moisture testing guide, and a care and maintenance guide. Be sure to learn this information so you can see trouble before you get in a situation that can cause a failure.

Don’t just look at prices if you’re just learning about floors. The same principles apply for floors as other surfaces, only more so. The surface has to be very clean, profiled and fully dry. Cracks and damage need to be repaired or they will show and then fail. You can’t skimp on prep because I guarantee it will come back to haunt you. These coatings are relatively expensive so prep is paramount to get them to last out their duty cycle.

Ground moisture is a big problem that will blister the best coatings over the best prep. Do not just look at a floor and say it’s ok – test every time. Similarly, contamination in the concrete never goes away and will rise to the surface. I have a customer who had milling machines bolted to the ground. Cutting oil had penetrated and saturated where the mounting bolts were embedded in the floor. After grinding, these areas looked clean but later yellowed due to the oil returning to the surface. Predictably, the coating he used on the floor went bad over these spots. The only thing I could suggest would be to cut out those areas and re-pour with concrete. He was disappointed with that answer but there’s no way I know to get sufficient oil contamination out.

Another contamination story is a garage where a homeowner detailed his cars. The silicone and whatever else one puts on tires to make them black and pretty had of course landed on the floor and was completely invisible. My customer washed the floor and applied epoxy. It crawled away from the contamination and left a pretty good outline of the car. I could see the 4 wheels and back bumper area as if a stencil was put down. Interestingly, where the floor was hand grindered to smooth out humps in the original concrete, those areas were beautiful. Grinding the floor removed the layer of contamination and the 2nd application went without problem. So even if the surface looks clean and good, it may not be.

Watch at all the epoxy videos you can to see how other people are putting product down. They probably won’t show you their failures. Some products are easier to use, some must be applied very quickly. Your crew has to go like clockwork or the coating will set up before you can spread it out. Know that for the most part, PPE is essential and your tools are sacrificial, there is no washing out gloves, brushes and rollers, rags, etc; it all goes in the trash at the end of the job. Sometimes during the job.

The recommendation now is to diamond grind floors versus acid etching. Grinding leaves no residue and is a dry process so there is no having to neutralize solutions or downtime waiting for the floor to dry.

Don’t try to mix systems. Use one manufacturer on a job, there are incompatibilities between different manufacturers in these special technical coatings. Also unlike wall paints, floors have to be put down at a specific rate of application, not just rolled out until you are out of product. If something is supposed to be spread at 200 sq ft, make marks on the floor so you know that kit fits precisely into that area, not more, not less. Temperature, humidity, changing environmental conditions, application speed, floor texture, and a host of other subtle differences can affect these products and their appearance. Many of these products have specific environment windows such as humidity and temperature that, if applied outside these parameters, can lead to failure. Ben Moore had a solvent based epoxy that couldn’t tolerate humidity above 85% and it created problem after problem because it would blush so, instead of having a beautiful glossy floor, it would be dull, hazy and soft.

Remember that for the most part, epoxy’s job is to be abrasion and chemical resistant, aesthetics come at the back end of the manufacturer’s list of criteria. All epoxies yellow and will lose glossiness in sunlight. There are many products that do not yellow and will stay glossy in sunlight. Most “clear finishes” are simply not pigmented; they usually appear hazy or amber in appearance. When my customers ask for clear they mean like pure water- epoxy is rarely this clear and not for very long at any rate.

For instance, we have a customer who is doing a storefront and put down an epoxy clear over a white and red strawberry swirl looking color coat. To me, he made a bad mistake in selection. First he mixed product manufacturers and the epoxy overcoat he put on will yellow, especially near the sunny windows of the shop. He shoulda coulda have used Simron’s polysiloxane, high wear urethane, or polyaspartic instead which will remain clear. It’s just a matter of time to when he comes back bitching. If it was over a a lot of other floors, no one would see it or care, but over white it is going to become visible, if not right now, then soon.

People will call any 2 component product “epoxy” even though there are epoxies of many different formulations, as well as urethanes, polysiloxnes, poly ureas, etc. These all have different chemistry and are optimal for specific uses and can be disastrous in others. While many of these may go down similar to a standard paint, others are stinky and some of the chemistry creates poisonous toxic vapors that must be accounted for with specialty respiratory equipment. Allowing time for solvents to out-gas, which can take weeks sometimes, is something that you and your customers must be aware of, especially in residential or office environments where people want to get back in as soon as possible. Or in enclosed food areas where certain products may absorb the solvent odors.

Some people think because you just put down a floor that they don’t have to maintain it. We had a construction company put down a black metallic epoxy floor. The job looked beautiful. But the windows leaked leaving a residue and they could see dirt. They put a number of metal footed folding chairs on it in their conference room and it scratched. This is not a problem of manufacture or application but of over-excited expectations. They were grumping that they could have used tile for the price they paid. They could have done a lot of things but what they didn’t do was think that a black floor would have to be maintained by washing or protect it from scratching.
Do research. Test samples before selling a job. Perfect your prep. Plan ahead.

Benjamin Moore How-To Videos

Did you know Benjamin Moore has 11 DIY ‘How-To’ videos on our YouTube page? Below is a description and link to each…

How to fix cracks and holes before painting
– How to prepare your walls
– How to cut in paint in a room
– How to paint a ceiling
– How to paint interior walls
– How to paint trim
– How to paint doors
– How to paint doors – Aura Grand Entrance
– How to paint cabinets
– How to stain a deck
– How to paint a dry erase wall

New Titan Promotion Offer to commence in June

As the summer approaches, our current Titan rewards offer will cease, while a new offer is just around the corner.

Beginning in June, Titan’s new rewards offer will be included, but not limited to spray tips for electric airless sprayers, HVLP sprayers (with maintenance kits), and a fluid section for gas-powered airless sprayers. Go to Titantool.com for more information.


Thank you for your support in the face of chaos. We have been offering our service with curbside pick-up to help our customers through these difficult circumstances. As much of a pain it has been for you to wait for your order to be fulfilled, we were working hard to make sure your order is just right.
For those who want to continue to call in for a pick-up, we are very happy to continue providing this service. If you feel comfortable shopping in the store, our doors are open. We do ask that at this time you maintain caution using the recommended safety protocols such as wearing masks, gloves and washing regularly. We are doing our part to sanitize regularly for everyone’s benefit.
Under our masks are the staff who care for you every day. As the things around us change, we will remain the same. From our family to yours, stay safe and stay well

The Fog Machine

After 30 years of seeing jobs before and after, I saw something I’ve never seen before. An atrium full of vapor, the kind of cloud you might expect from a shower room or sauna, except hanging above a stairway in a sky lit atrium.  The house didn’t feel cold but the humidity was so high outside that all the glass window and door panels were sweating outside.

I was originally asked in the store by the contractor for advice about a mildew problem.  So we recommended a mold resistant paint. Turns out his mold problem was exacerbated by a tremendous moisture problem.

Atrium Cloud

The moisture in the air was condensing on the walls and causing them to sweat.  Surfactants leeched out of the fresh paint resulting in wet streaky rundowns on the wall and over the trim to the lower wall surfaces.  The moisture also caused other problems including blistering.

The contractor had installed a 300 cfm fan mid wall but it was off for 12 hours a day allowing the moisture to accumulate.


A New Start

O-GeePaint.com started on the back in the early days of the internet in 1995. We have been with the same host since then and they were stable and solid but we need to start fresh with a new host. So here we go, keep checking back, I’m working as fast as I can.