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.

— Brand­point

wHome selling-tip

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.

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