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8 Tricks to Less Painless Painting

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A guy by the name of Bill Gates was credited with the following quote: “I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.”  Pretty brilliant stuff when you think about it.   While painting will never be anyone’s favorite household chore, there are plenty of tricks to make the project less painful.  Here are our top picks!

Minimize Dripping: Cut a slit in a sour cream or cottage cheese container top and slide it onto a paintbrush handle.  This will allow you to catch drips that would otherwise end up in areas you don’t want them.

Pie Tin Trick: It’s super rare to not have paint dripping down the side of the can, which in turn, can end up creating a mess on your floor.  Dodge this hassle by placing a disposable pie tin underneath the paint can to act as a paint catching coaster.

Eliminate Odors: Amazon.com has over 200 million items for sale.  Of these items, none include paint scented candles.  Shocker, right?  That’s because paint reeks!  Make your paint project less smelly by mixing in a few drops of vanilla extract right into the paint.  This, however, does not mean that you should skip running fans and opening windows to ventilate your home.

Paint Tray Perfection: If you’ve ever tried to clean a paint tray so that it can be reused, you know what a pain it is.  It’s a race against the clock to get the tray cleaned before the paint dries and if you miss any of the paint and reuse the tray, you can end up unintentionally mixing colors.  Avoid all of this by lining your paint tray with aluminum foil which can be peeled off and discarded at the end of the project.

Petroleum Jelly to the Rescue: Painter’s tape works great for blocking off areas that you don’t want painted.  However, sometimes there are very small areas that painter’s tape simply isn’t practical.  Forego painters tape and apply petroleum jelly to the area.  Because of its consistency, paint won’t stick.

Ditch the Drop Cloth: Drop cloths made of canvas gets a little pricey.  Take the cheap route and opt for a shower curtain liner from your area dollar store.

Spray Painting Studio: It’s no secret that spray paint rarely only covers the object it’s intended for.  Skip the discolored grass, walls and siding by placing the object you need spray painted into a cardboard box.  Any excess paint will hit the inside of the box, which can be discarded after your project is complete.

Laundry Detergent Trick: One of the biggest pains with reopening and closing paint cans is the splatter that almost always ensues.  Bypass this by using a funnel.   Pour your paint into an empty, washed out, laundry detergent container.

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Many homeowners view their walls as a blank canvas that can be used to express themselves.  Studies have been performed about the use of wall colors and their effects on one’s outlook.  Because of this, some colors make sense in certain areas and not in others.  When determining what color a room should be painted, it’s important to consider the size of the space, the purpose of the room and the colors surrounding that room.  Below, we’ll discuss what colors work best in different types of rooms and what message the colors send.

Red-Ever notice how many restaurant chains incorporate the color red into their logo.  (Examples: Red Lobster, McDonald’s Arby’s & Applebee’s.)  The color red in restaurant logos and décor is no accident.  The color red subconsciously stimulates your appetite and offers the illusion that food tastes better.  Beware, because red can also raise your blood pressure and cause irritability.  If you’re set on incorporating red onto your walls, opt for a lighter shade of red which has fewer negative psychological effects than bold red.

Blue-Did you know that more people choose blue as their favorite color?  This is likely because blue’s effects are the exact opposite of red.  Because most shades of blue are perceived to have a calming effect, it can be the ideal shade for a bathroom or bedroom.  Turquoise shades of blue can stimulate creativity and can be the idea shade for a home office.

Yellow-Yellow is perceived as bright and cheery because it is the same color as the sun which stimulates feelings of happiness & energy.  However, the wrong shades of yellow can have negative effects on someone because yellow is the strongest color.  Did you know that babies in yellow nurseries are more likely to cry than those with any other color?  This is because the color can cause feelings of anxiety & frustration.  Limit the amount of yellow in your home and keep it to pale shades.  It works best in entries and hallways because of the minimal time that is spent in these areas.

Green-The color green reminds us of nature which has a calming effect and lowers stress levels.  Neutral greens are great for bedrooms and bathrooms where a tranquil setting is desirable.  Brighter shades can add some personality to a room & in small doses (think a walk-in closet or dressing room) can add excitement.  Green is an ideal color for home or corporate offices, as studies have shown that employees that work in green offices experience fewer stomachaches than those without.

Purple-When purple occurs in nature, it is often in delicate flowers such as lilacs or violets.  Therefore, the color has a more feminine feel.  The color is also associated with creative thinking.  Light purple tones work well in girl’s bedrooms and darker purple can be used in other smaller spaces around the home.  Using the color purple shows your imaginative side because it is one of the less common colors in the home.

Orange-The color orange is a combination between red and yellow.  It promotes warmth and energy.  The color is often considered inviting and can be a good alternative to red & yellow which can be hard on your eyes.  Warm shades of orange can stimulate the appetite and can be a welcome color in a dining room.

Pink-Like purple, pink is considered a feminine color.  Light shades of pink have a calming effect and darker shades create enthusiasm and excitement.  Beware of too much pink which can be overpowering and distracting.

Brown-Brown is a great color for living rooms because it’s a safe & nurturing color.  It allows people to feel at ease and encourages conversation.  Too much brown can make a room feel drab so it’s best to incorporate brighter accent colors to make an attractive space.  Colors that go well with brown are: blue, orange, yellow & pink.

Black-Black can work great on an accent wall in a bedroom or living room.  It can also work well in a library where one or more walls are covered with book shelves.  It also works well in a room where mounted photographs are a focal point.  Make sure that your commitment to black is firm, as painting over it will likely take several coats.

White-White is basic, but is by no means boring!  When used correctly, white paint can create a blank canvas to allow your accessories & furniture to pop.  White also gives room a clean look and makes small spaces appear larger.  White is versatile and can be used in any room in your home.

Gray-Gray exudes a modern & cozy feeling.  It appears to be elegant without being stuffy.  Gray is a versatile color that works well in living rooms and bedrooms and pairs well with bright colors as well as white accents.

 

 

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