Experts say that one of the best ways to improve the look of your home is by painting it. But, if you don’t have the money to do it, it can seem like wishful thinking. HVH Remodeling of Houston (website) has provided a few tips for do-it-yourselfers who have a big painting project coming up for their home.
At this time, many get the bright idea to do the job themselves but, most DIY painting jobs tend to end in besmirched floors, crooked lines, and paint specks over everything.
Thankfully, there are simple tips and tricks that even beginners can use to get the job done right, every time. They will make the process not only faster and less messy, you can be sure that your end result will please you.
Painting Tip #1
Use Fabric Softener to Keep your Brush Bristles Soft
One of the hassles of painting is dealing with day-old brushes on the second day of your project. They become so stiff that they are barely usable.
To prevent this from happening, make sure to clean your brushes with water thoroughly after you’re finished when finished for the day. Then, take one gallon of warm water and mix it with about half a fabric softener. Swish your brush in this mixture for about ten seconds and let it dry overnight. The next day, don’t rinse the brush -simply begin painting again – the softener will actually help the paint go on smoother.
Painting Tip #2
Prevent Mishaps with Plastic Wrap
When painting around a large, unmovable item, cover it with plastic wrap to keep any paint from destroying its look.
To ensure a super tight wrap, use a product with backing. This can be found at your local hardware store, along with special painter’s plastic wrap, which is made for this purpose. Once you are finished painting, simply remove the plastic and throw it away.
Painting Tip #3
Reduce that Nasty Paint Smell with Baking Products
Paint has a strong, overpowering odor, there’s no doubt about it. Lessen its ability to annoy with a splash of vanilla extract for dark paints and lemon extract for light colors – all you need is a couple of drops per each gallon of paint. This sweet-smelling tip will not only reduce the smell of the paint, it will keep the painted room smelling good for several weeks to come.