Scott Burt

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues.

Color Samples for Interior Painting

Written by on December 28, 2015 in Project Resources, Second Slider with 1 Comment
Color Samples for Interior Painting

The very first step in considering some color changes in your home is to create color samples. Adding new colors to your interior space is a bit of a commitment, so it is important to allow for some decision making time. Color is a subjective thing, and it is easy to go wrong. If you […]

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IPE Deck Whisperers

Written by on July 17, 2015 in Client Notes with 1 Comment
IPE Deck Whisperers

We lost count recently somewhere close to 20 when counting up the ipe decks that we have either maintained or fully restored in the summer of 2015 so far. What makes this project unique is that it is an unusually large ipe deck – with a robust pergola on it, and a swimming pool IN […]

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Tough Winter for Exterior Wood Doors

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Scheduled Maintenence, Second Slider with 0 Comments
Tough Winter for Exterior Wood Doors

When Mahogany Turns Yellow Check this one out. It is a beautiful, and just two year old, mahogany entry door to a sweet three season porch. It was a tough winter for exterior wood doors here in Vermont. Lots of snow piled up against the door and froze, and then the sun baked the bejeebers […]

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Is Rain Water Beading up on Your Ipe Deck?

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Deck Maintenance, Second Slider with 0 Comments

It should be. When water beads up on your ipe deck (or any deck for that matter), that means the finish is repelling moisture and doing its job. The finish on your deck sacrifices itself to the elements in the process of protecting the wood. If your deck is not beading up rain water, then […]

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Furniture Refinishing at Topcoat: An Adventure in Cherry

Written by on November 16, 2014 in Transformations with 1 Comment

“We make it look, feel and perform just right…” Here’s a recent specialty project that fully challenged our team. A ten foot long Shaker style cherry table badly in need of stripping and refinishing. We picked up the table right straight from the customer’s dining room, brought it to our shop, and spent a week […]

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Topcoat Trim Replacement Makes JLC Cover

Written by on October 5, 2014 in Carpentry, Home Maintenance, Scheduled Maintenence with 1 Comment
Topcoat Trim Replacement Makes JLC Cover

Most of our clients know that we offer carpentry services, particularly in the areas of rot repair, trim replacement, siding repair, etc. But it was certainly an honor to see our carpentry program make the cover of the Journal of Light Construction for their September 2014 issue. The cover photo features Todd in the act […]

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We Don’t Want Our Customers to be “Satisfied”…

Written by on August 23, 2014 in Client Notes with 0 Comments

…we want them to be just ecstatic with both the results and experience of us (Todd and Scott) taking care of their home. Anything less would be just unsatisfying for all involved. Here is some customer feedback from a very recent job: “Scott: Thanks for this. I too would like to thank you. It is […]

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It’s About Time…

Written by on June 11, 2014 in Outdoor Furniture, Transformations with 1 Comment
It’s About Time…

My wife and I have an 8 year old son, and one of the lessons we work hard to reinforce is that the most important gift that people give is the time they spend with you, not the material items. I hear every day from customers about the spaces that they want to fix up. […]

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Ceiling Repairs

Written by on April 19, 2014 in Transformations with 1 Comment
Ceiling Repairs

When the paint job on a ceiling gets to be 20 years old, usually things start to deteriorate. The paint has long outlived its useful lifespan in most cases. Sometimes mildew sets in, sometimes water finds its way to them, and sometimes both. Here was a case of such a ceiling – badly water stained. […]

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Custom Wood Ceiling: Silver Burst

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Ceilings with 0 Comments
Custom Wood Ceiling: Silver Burst

Another Topcoat Shop Success Recently we completed a shop pre-finishing project of 1000 square feet of material for a custom wood ceiling to be installed in the 30 foot cathedral space of a new home’s “great room”. The wood was 1×8 v-groove cedar, and we applied a semi-transparent waterborne stain. Cedar in its natural state […]

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