Tips For Successful Home Painting

It is not unusual for people to want a home or office to look attractive. Paint offers you many options for adding a touch of color to the atmosphere. You can give an old room a new look; however, you may wish to avoid taking on the project with no preparation. What steps should you keep in mind for the painting process? What should you avoid or remember in the long run? The tips below may help you in some way.

1. Choose the Right Color Carefully

If you want to choose the right color for the paint, do not rush the process. Do you want the room to look disoriented or even ugly? Think about the overall theme of the room. What is the message that you wish to convey? Do you want people to pay attention to the walls or the furniture? Do not choose a color that conveys negative feelings. You do not want people to feel sick while you serve dinner in the kitchen. It is vital to know the exact shade of the color before you add it to the walls.

2. Cover Any Furniture and the Floor

Unless you want your furniture to change in color, it is an excellent idea to cover furniture when you paint in a room. Ensure that the floor is also adequately covered. When you take this extra step, you avoid messy and expensive cleaning efforts. It may take a lot of time to cover everything; if this is the case, you may wish to enlist the help of loved ones. Once the items in the room are safe from spilled paint, you may begin the work. Do not be afraid of making mistakes; at the same time, do not produce sloppy results.

3. Allow the Paint Time to Dry

When you believe that there is nothing left to do in the room, allow the paint to dry. Do not allow a person to walk up to a wall and rub it with his or her fingers. If he or she takes on this action, paint may come off; you may have to start the chore again. By the same token, do not move furniture against the wall. If you removed the covering from the furniture, paint may still leave a mark on the chairs and couches. Check on the paint on a frequent basis; use common sense to determine if the paint is dry. If you want to make a change to your home or office, painting the walls is an affordable option. You do not have to visit stores for figurines, clocks, or lamps; you may also avoid the task of talking to an expensive interior designer. However, you need to use caution when you go through the painting process. It may appear to be easy, but certain steps will keep you from making a mistake. If you believe that you cannot paint a room alone, ask a member of the family for help. It … Read More

The Hardest Thing About Home Improvement is Working With Your Spouse

“If you can make it through a home renovation project that you and your partner are working on together and still want to keep living in the same house afterward, that’s when you know that you are capable of facing come what may.”

This is an ongoing joke I make, especially when speaking to younger couples that are convinced they will reach their diamond wedding anniversary just because they managed to agree on their first shared couch. Although I laugh when I say it, I know what I am talking about.

That doesn’t mean just because you’ve made it through one, that any following ones get easier. Hubby and I have been working on finishing our basement over the last few months. Since we’ve done full renovation jobs before and know the back breaking, nerve wrecking labor that goes into them, we did hire contractors to do the walls and ceiling for us. We figured that we could save some cost on doing the flooring ourselves, especially since Hubby somehow knew exactly what needed to be done. Not that he’s done it before but then there is the God given male gene called ‘I don’t need instructions’.

But it’s not so much the actual task of laying flooring that is the greatest challenge, but more the dynamic of two very different but very confident personalities working together. Luckily, one of them is a female and therefore OK to step back and let the more experienced person take the lead (or at least realizes that not having any experience herself probably doesn’t make her the best leader in that situation). As one knows, luck only last that long. For that female, let’s take myself as an example, still has a perfectly intelligent mind, and on top of it sees anything as a process which if handled efficiently has a planning stage before the execution stage. So, before you start anything, you’ve gone through the process in your mind, have purchased anything you didn’t own yet, have looked for and assembled everything else you needed for the job before your hands are dirty and self leveling cement is flying around the walls.

Unfortunately, the leader, let’s assume Hubby, with another God given gene called ‘I know what I’m doing so why would I waste time thinking through the steps if I can just do them instead’-gene, does just that.

Minute 10:

“Oh, now I need the trowel. Hon, can you run upstairs into the garage, I think it’s in the work bench.”

Minute 12.5:

“Shoot, quick, get me some water and paper towels to clean the splash”

Minute 25:

“You know what? I think I might need a vapor barrier. Love, can you drive to Home Depot and get some?”

Minute 45 (just after I arrive back with the purchase):

“We’ve got a problem, we’ve just run out of cement. I’m sorry but could you get me two more bags from the Depot?”

I will refrain from repeating anything that … Read More