Painting Tips: Small Projects

Painting Tips – Small Projects

Painting always sounds worse than it actually is. But if you don’t want a full project on your hands, check out these tips to make it a little easier. Touch Ups

If your walls are in good, clean condition, but frequently washed areas around light switches, on doors, etc., are rubbed bare, here is a quick and easy solution. Hopefully, you have some of the leftover paint from when you painted originally and it is water-based. You’ll need a new sponge and it’s a good idea to wear rubber gloves. Make certain that the area to be touched-up is clean. Soften the new sponge by dipping it in water. Wring it out well then dip it in the leftover matching paint. Start in the center of the base spot using a circular motion spreading the paint and feathering it out until it meets and thins sufficiently to blend with the surrounding areas.

Patching

Mix spackling compound with matching left over paint instead of water. For small inconspicuous jobs this works well and eliminates the need to paint after the patching is done.

Baseboards

This will save you time and grief in a room that is carpeted wall-to-wall. You’ll need an old newspaper and masking tape. Spread the newspaper on the rug about an inch from the wall – around the room. Use workable lengths of masking tape. Tuck it down over the carpet pile, where the edge of the carpet and molding meet. Attach the other edge of the tape to newspaper and continue around the room.

Now, paint the molding. When it’s completely dry remove the tape and newspaper. This tip has an added bonus; you’ll find that the tape has picked up the dust missed by your vacuum where your carpet meets the walls.

Fences

If you are painting a picket fence, use a roller, it covers completely and speeds up the job.

Use a sponge for a wire fence as its gets the paint into all the joints and creases. But be sure to wear rubber gloves.

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