Paint Spruce-ups Here are a few techniques

If your paint job is looking a little dull, you can perk it up with very little time and effort. Here are a few techniques that you can use to add color and texture to your walls.

1. Start with a clean solid base coat. White is a great color to work on, but don’t be afraid to experiment.

2. Choose a second color that will accent your room and pour it into a roller pan.

3. Use a feather duster. Dip the tips of the feathers in the paint. Then dab the top of the pan to get rid of excess paint and then lightly tap the duster against the wall. (You may want to experiment on a piece of paper first.)

4. Try a rag. Crumple it up and dip it into the paint. Dab away any excess paint and then use your hand to roll the rag across the wall. The crumples add an interesting texture!

5. Another paint tool – sponges. With very little paint on the sponge, pat it gently against the wall so you can see all of the sponge imprints. For a child’s room, cut sponges into fun shapes like stars. If you buy flat sponges at a craft store, they’re much easier to cut through!

Painting tips & tricks

Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they will wipe off easily.

To keep white paint from yellowing, add 2 drops of black paint to each Gallon of white.

When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the drips.

An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.

When painting, protect your hands and face with moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.

To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers the holes so the paint won’t dry out.

Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.

To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of the can.

When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so that you have the exact colour with you and can match accessories in store.

When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more easily.

When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics), try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.

When painting old woodwork fill in the holes or cracks with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.