Take 5: Pointers for Painters
I just love how a coat of paint can completely transform a room, accessory, or piece of furniture. A fresh color brings new life and highlights design elements within a room; an old layer of paint can look dated and drab. Is it time to freshen up at your house? It can be an easy DIY weekend project! To get you started, here are 5 paint tips from the experts.
1. Avoid Drips and Puddles - Small holes punched along the channel of the rim of a can of paint can prevent pooling paint that overflows down the side of the can. For touch-ups, a Starbucks cup with a domed lid holds just the right amount and allows you to scrape excess paint off your brush with ease.
2. Pick the Perfect Color - Use paint swatches to test out different color palettes. When you are down to the finalists, most paint stores sell inexpensive sample sizes that allow you to see the color on your wall before making a final decision.
3. Re-Use Brushes - Expert painters know they can keep using the same brushes and rollers for an entire project by storing them wrapped in plastic and in the refrigerator or freezer overnight.
4. How Sheeny? Paint sheen is a personal taste, but there are a few rules of thumb. Low shine (satin and eggshell) is best for walls in high-traffic areas; matte is suited for areas that tend to need frequent washing; semi-gloss is frequently used for kitchens and bathrooms.
5. Designer Touches - Designers don’t stop at just painting the walls and some accent furniture items. A painted ceiling can bring warmth or drama to a room and patterns (dots, stripes, and diamonds) add style without the hassle of wall paper.
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