20 Quick Tips to Know Before You Paint

For all of our do-it-yourself readers, this one is for you! Many people enjoy painting their own interiors instead of having someone else do it, so we’re here to make sure you do it the right way! Even though hiring a professional painter is the best idea, we know how costly that can be when your budget is low, so it’s ok to do it on your own! As long as you have the right steps and the right materials, you’ll have a professional paint job in no time.

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1. Choose a paint color. Okay, this might be the most difficult step of them all. How much paint will you need? Look on the back of the can or ask the guy at the paint store. This amount can also vary with the color, type of paint and current wall-color.

2. Purchase your materials which should include, paint, brushes, painters tape, drop clothes, newspaper, etc.

3. Have a snack.

4. Put on some nice music!

5. Cover the furniture and cover the floor. Home depot sells drop cloths.

6. Prepare the walls for paint. The easiest way is to dust the walls with a duster that comes on a long stick.

7. Clean the walls. The paint is going to adhere so much better to a clean wall. Make a solution of 1 cup vinegar to two gallons of warm water in a big bucket. Get some old absorbent towel rags and dunk clean ones into the solution and ring out. Then, put one over your sponge mop and work from top to bottom. When the rag begins to look a bit dirty, take it off and use a fresh one. If the water begins to look dirty, make a fresh batch. You can also use a solution of detergent and water, but if you do, you’ll have to rinse. Let that dry thoroughly.

8. Fix small holes and imperfections with a good spackle. Let it dry and sand.

9. Use a primer. Primer prepares the walls to accept the paint and provides a good surface, as well. However, Benjamin Moore makes a fantastic low VOC paint that has the primer in it already and it covers beautifully.

10. Sand lightly. We know… it’s a pain, but well-worth it!

11. Dust walls again and follow with a damp cloth, just to make sure you’ve removed all of the dust.

12. Use painter’s blue tape to mask off areas not being painted.

13. Choose a dry day. Water-based latex paints will dry so much faster on a day with low humidity.

14. Start with the ceiling (unless it doesn’t need painting)

15. Use “cut-in” techniques. There are zillions of tutorials on youtube, so try googling different techniques. (Hint: For the ceiling and walls, you will want to use a roller.)

16. We suggest waiting several hours after painting the ceiling. Then, if there is no crown molding and/or the ceiling is a different color than the walls, tape the ceiling line. Then, paint the walls!

17. Finally, paint the trim with your two-inch brush.

18. Depending on the type of paint, you may only need one coat or as many as five if it’s a dark color for instance.

19. Clean your brushes and other materials. Don’t let them stay gunked in paint!

20. Take a shower, put on some clean clothes, and take yourself out to dinner. You deserve it!

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When Fashion and Design Intertwine

Fashion trends are translating into interior décor in a fabulous way. It used to be that trend forecasting involved analytical study and discussions of where and how trends originated. Now, the methods in which designers of fashion and interiors collide are in the same world. More often than not, we see fashion trends translating into interior décor!

Couture, architecture, music, and interiors are all related to each other in structure, purpose, and value. For example, a beautiful song needs to be made into a video. What’s needed to make it happen? A building (architecture), people (Couture Fashion), and designed rooms (interiors). It’s the same when designing your home. The next opportunity you get to design a space in your home, turn on your favorite song and write down what you love about it. For example, does the song make you want to dance? Are there words that make you think about something beautiful? Then, pull pages from magazines and highlight what caught your eye. Was it the color of the room, the flow, a piece of furniture, etc? Look at architecture also, and once you have all the components needed, you can turn your space into something that will make you happy for a long time.

Designers of both fashion and interiors go to great lengths to bring you the trends of right now, but the best thing to do when you’re one to keep up with the trends is to have classic timeless pieces for the bones of your room, for example the sofa, chair, tables. Then, you can change trends with your accessories. Locally, one of the best places we know to go is Home Goods. It’s affordable enough for you to purchase spring/ summer, winter/fall looks for your home without breaking the bank and be right on with the trends!

Remember, not to take fashion trends literal and make your space look exactly like something you see on TV or in a magazine. Take time to find your style and spend money on timeless pieces that you love and can live with for a long time, and make sure you have fun bringing in trends with color through pillows and accessories!!

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