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May
17

7 Painting Hacks to Get the Look of a Pro — Without the Pro Price

A DIY painting job doesn't have to equal crooked lines, besmirched floors, and ceramic sinks speckled with robin's egg blue.

Use these easy painting hacks, to make the process faster and less messy — and ensure a fresh, modern look for your home.

#1 Soak Brushes in Fabric Softener to Keep Brushes Soft

Every DIY painter has been privy to the horrors of a day-old brush with stiff bristles that makes round two nearly impossible. Try this painting hack instead:

To keep paint brushes soft:

                            1. Rinse thoroughly (no soap).
                            2. Mix half a cup of fabric softener with a gallon of warm water
                            3. Swish brushes in the mixture for 10 seconds or so.
                            4. Lay them flat or hang them on a peg for overnight storage.

"That way, the bristles won't develop a bend and will retain their usefulness for your next painting adventure," says Artem Filikov, vice president of marketing and product development for home improvement website HomeYou.

Also, there's no need to rinse before using. The softener actually helps distribute paint more smoothly.Sweet!

#2 Use Plastic Wrap to Prevent Mishaps

When painting around a large, awkward item you want to keep clean, like a toilet or a standalone sink, use this painting trick from the pros: surround it with plastic wrap to keep drips from destroying its finish.

For an extra tight wrap, choose a wrap with an adhesive backing — your hardware store will even carry special painter's plastic wrap, if you really want to go all out — which will help it stick to the surface and prevent the odd drop from inching its way in. Once you've finished the job, just unwrap for a paint-free finish.

#3 Use Vanilla and Lemon Extracts to Reduce Paint Odor

Paint's intense odor can get really old really fast. Overpower it with a little bit of vanilla.

Although there are vanilla-scented products specifically designed to use with paint, you can get the same effect with what's in your kitchen cabinet.

For darker paints, add a couple drops of vanilla extract (artificial is fine) per gallon to reduce the nasty smell and keep your room smelling sweet for weeks to come.

Because you don't want the tint of vanilla to ruin the color of your paint, swap it with lemon extract for light-colored paints.

#4 Repurpose Old T-Shirts as Rags to Reduce Waste

Painting's a messy job, but using roll after roll of paper towels is neither efficient nor environmentally-friendly.

And while you could pick up a mega-pack of plain cotton towels to keep paint from splattering, why not use something you can find stuffed at the back of a drawer?

Run petroleum jelly along the seals of your doors and windows to prevent them from sticking.

Geoff Sharp
Professional painter

Geoff Sharp, the owner of Sharper Impressions Painting Co., recommends cutting up old T-shirts to use as rags, saving money and resources (not to mention a trip to Goodwill).

"If paint runs down your roller or brush, it gets really messy, really quick," he says. "Always have a rag in your pocket so you and your brush or roller stay clean."

#5 Keep Q-tips Handy for Mistakes

Oh no! A drop of Naples Sunset just splashed on your white window frame. You've only got a few minutes to clean up the mess before your mistake is sealed for eternity.

That's where Q-tips come in handy. Just stash some in your pocket for these types of emergencies.

Here's another use for that pile of cotton swabs tucked in your jeans pocket: Use them to touch up imperfections on newly-painted walls without dirtying an entire paintbrush.

#6 Put Petroleum Jelly on Small Spots You Don't Want Painted

A little bit of Vaseline can go a long way toward keeping your paint job clean.

Using a Q-tip (another reason to keep them handy), go over all the bits and pieces you don't want painted, like screws or hinges. With the petroleum jelly applied, even an accidental slip won't leave you heartbroken.

#7 Use a Hair Dryer on Painter's Tape for Easy Removal

Painter's tape is supposed to make your paint job easier and stress-free.

But when strips of perfect paint peel off along with the adhesive — or you just can't get the darn tape to come off at all — you might feel like you wasted your effort.

To help stubborn painter's tape get a move on, turn a hair dryer (low heat only) toward your handiwork.

Holding it about three inches from the wall will help soften the adhesive and ensure an even line, making removal a stress-free affair — and ensuring you keep that dreamy, crisp paint line.

-HouseLogic

April
15

Painting Your Way to Selling Your Dallas Home in 2019

Painting to Sell-RE/MAX DFW Associates

You've decided it is time to sell your house and you find yourself overwhelmed with deciding what to upgrade to get a better price. Our real estate agents believe the simplest place to start is with paint.

Giving the inside of your home a fresh coat of paint showcases your home as crisp, clean, and up-to-date, especially if you have lived there a while and your house shows the rough and tumble effects of family living. Painting gives you a chance to patch the odd holes in the living room, paint over your children's unintended "artwork" in the hallway, and finally undo that bad choice of bright red in the guest bathroom.

  • Choose Your Colors
    This is not the time to indulge in your unique style of home décor.  A black accent wall and checkered tile might make you swoon, but not your potential buyers. People looking to buy a new home need to be able to see their own style in the rooms they walk through. This means sticking with basics like neutrals on the walls.

  • When White is Not White
    You might be tempted to just slap on some basic white and be done, but we recommend pausing a moment to see if some subtle color choices might help your final price. White can be bright white, like a picket fence, or warm white, like vanilla ice cream. One white can make a room look sterile, while a different one can add warmth to the space.
     
  • New Neutrals
    Other options beyond the white color wheel still give you the neutral flavor you're seeking. For instance, sage is a soothing neutral that brings in soft accents of the outside world while pairing with plenty of different accents. Blues are also making forays into the neutral palette. One color called Blueprint straddles that space between denim and navy, giving you a softer blue. Some experts say including these kinds of subtle blues in bedrooms or kitchens give your home a boost. Another color to consider has the funky name of greige because it combines the components of both beiges and grays, giving numerous accent options.

  • Outside
    Finally, if painting the outside of your house isn't an option, you could just paint the door a bright, eye-catching color. This is a small investment that gives a big pop of curb appeal. Additionally, unless you're an intermediate-level painter, hiring a professional is a good investment. No matter how fresh the paint job, if done poorly, it will make the house look shabby.

Ready to put your home on the market among other Dallas homes for saleContact us for help.

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