Quick painting tips for summertime
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Sunny summer months are the perfect time for a colorful home refresh. With open windows, warm weather and the tips below, you can check painting off your list in a breeze and head back outdoors to enjoy the weather.
Quality paint makes the job easier
Buy high-quality paint for the best coverage and deepest color saturation. Search for a combination paint-andprimer to save a few steps and ensure complete coverage. Good options have high hiding ability and resist dirt and scuffs. Behr Marquee Interior Paint & Primer is a great example. It’s scrubbable and with a one-coat guarantee, you can spend less time painting and more time on the lake, in the yard or with your friends and family.
Web, apps for color choices
Use websites and app tools to simplify your search. Once you’ve chosen your product, it’s time to pick a color. Color selection can seem intimidating, but it’s a chance to infuse your personality into your home. Many online resources are available for homeowners to explore, coordinate and experiment with different looks. Pinterest, Houzz and Apartment Therapy are great websites for browsing images and finding home décor inspiration.
Use samples to choose colors
Use paint samples, rather than chips. The most realistic way to envision the color in your home is to see it in action. Many paint retailers offer small sample cans for just a few dollars. Use these to paint a few stripes of each color option in the room you’ll be painting, then watch as the color changes in different lighting conditions.
Preperating is key
Spend time preparing for your project. Proper preparation is the key to achieving long-lasting color. Begin by removing all the wall fixtures you can such as pictures, doors and light switches. If you have small cracks or holes in your walls, remove any dust and apply a patching material. Make sure to allow this to dry completely before sanding the finished area. Wash away oil, grease or wax stains by dampening the surface, applying mild detergent with a sponge and then rinse the wall clean. Once dried, you’ll be ready for smooth application and beautiful color.
Thinking about doing a bit of landscaping before putting your home on the market? If you want to impress potential buyers, make sure to keep these things in mind: 1. Plant with a plan. Pick shrubs and flowers that will go together, and don’t just plant them willy nilly. 2. Make sure the plants you select are ideal for your hardiness zone. 3. A little routine maintenance goes a long way. Make sure your yard is neat and tidy, picking up stray branches and keeping edges neat.