Practical Painting Tips Make for Half the Hassle

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Moving to a new house means making it your own and our favorite way to do that is with paint. We are in the process of painting a room in our new (well, it's actually quite old but new to us) home and thought we might pass along a few practical tips. We can't guarantee you'll be painting like a pro, but you might suffer less mess and enjoy more success.

First things first. . . pick a couple of paint colors, test them on your walls in the "real" light, and then buy the best one. Make sure to document your paint color and to save a small amount of paint in a jar for touch-ups. Painting is not difficult, but it helps to know what you are doing. Read over some "how to paint" basics if you are a first time painter, and then consider these added hints:

1. Use a hammer and nail to make small holes around the rim of the paint can. This helps the paint drain from the edges instead of pooling and leading to sticky paint lids.

2. When you are ready to close the paint can, cover the it with a plastic bag and then hammer on the lid. This will also help prevent the paint from drying and sealing the lid closed.

3. Use a paint edger rather than a paintbrush to neatly cut in around the trimwork. This almost eliminates the need for taping the trim and the pads for the edger are disposable.

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4. Place a large rubber band around the paint can to make a "bridge" over the opening. Touch the paint brush on the rubber band to stop drips and keep the edge of the can free of dribbles.

5. Roll out craft paper around the perimeter of the room and tape it down. It protects your floor from splatters and is easier than those crawly drop cloths.

6. When you are done painting for the day, wrap your tools in plastic and cover the paint tray with plastic wrap. Everything should stay wet so you can pick up where you left off the next day.

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What have you learned from your painting experiences? What is your best advice on painting?

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