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Mercantile Building Project in Searcy, AR

The Think Idea Studio is a 108 year old mercantile building in Searcy, AR. CertaPro Painters® of Central Arkansas were asked to complete a large scale renovation of the building, uplifting its appearance while maintaining its historic roots. With wooden floors and open rafters along with exposed brick walls, the structure required an array of techniques to properly finish the project. Certapro’s professionals are equipped to handle assignments of this magnitude and variety to meet their high standards.
 

CHALLENGES:

With the building being over a century old, challenges were definitely going to present themselves. The exposed brick and open rafters collected years of dust and dirt that needed to be cleaned before renovation. There were also collaborative efforts with the historical society to make sure colors and repair met the area’s requirements.

Projects of this size also require proper coordination within the crew. Appropriate measures are taken to ensure the quality of their work in a timely manner.

CONDITIONS:

  • Dust Accumulation – Years of dust had collected inside the 108 year old building
  • Exposed Brick – The exposed walls needed protection to preserve the original architecture
  • Age – The age of the building resulted in dirty and worn areas of concern

PROJECT INVOLVEMENT:

  • Prep – The floor, walls, open rafters, and building exterior, were cleaned to remove years of dust and dirt accumulation
  • Paint – The exterior was repainted, with the interior receiving clear coats to protect its historic look

PROJECT TIMELINE – Approximately 2 months

BEFORE PHOTOS

Before starting the project, CertaPro’s professionals surveyed the area and took pictures of what required attention.

Exterior Repaint

Exterior Repaint

The exterior of the building needed a new coat of paint to complete a full renovation.

Exposed Brick

Exposed Brick

The brick walls needed a clear coat to protect them from frequent exposure and traffic.

Dusty Rafters

Dusty Rafters

The building had collected years of dust in its open rafters that required the use of leaf blowers to help clear.

THE FINAL RESULT

CertaPro Painters® of Central Arkansas analyzed the completed project to make sure all areas were properly addressed.

Refinished Exterior

Refinished Exterior

The exterior of the building was refinished, giving it a new look while meeting the Historical Society's requirements.

Exposed Brick Protection

Exposed Brick Protection

A clear coat was used on the exposed brick to protect and preserve the historic nature of the interior.

Cleaned Rafters

Cleaned Rafters

The rafters were cleaned and a clear coat was applied to protect the wooden beams.