Painting tips & tricks of
Doing clean touch ups
During light painting jobs, put a "Zip Lock" type sandwich
bag in a plastic margarine tub and fold the bag edges over
the rim. Pour the paint into the bag of your "paint tray"
and once the job is over, remove the bag and seal it, or
throw it away.
Giving old wood a fresh look
Exterior wood siding can be painted, or stripped and
painted. Strip paint using a torch by burning the old paint
and scraping it lightly being careful not to damage the
wood. Clean the surface with trisodium phosphate (TSP),
which you can find in the paint department of your local
home renovation centre. Repair siding where needed and
caulk. If you are repainting in the same colour, apply the
finishing coat after the wood is dry. If you are changing
colours, apply a primer coat followed by the new colour,
using exterior paint (an oil based primer will be necessary
if going from oil to latex). Avoid painting in full sun, at
sunset, in the early morning, in the rain or in the wind. To
keep bugs from sticking to the fresh paint, simply add two
tablespoons of citronella to the paint.
Painting Tips & Ideas
Antiquing gives instant charm to tired old furniture, so scour
those tag sales, attics or basements for a find! You can antique
any piece of furniture, but I've found that pieces with
carvings, turned legs or raised moldings look the best...
Antiqued gold home accessories are beautiful, but they can be
pricey. Well I can show you how to take a yard sale find and
make it into a masterpiece...
Look around your home, there are all sorts of everyday items
that you can use to give you a cool paint technique and great
texture for just about any room...
Caring for Paintbrushes
You'll end up with a great paint job every time if you take care
of your brushes...
A chalkboard is great for jotting down notes and a great place
for kids to draw, but they can be expensive. An easy and
inexpensive way to make your own is with chalkboard paint! It
looks like any other spray paint, but it dries to a chalkboard
Choosing Paint Colors
Painting a room can be a big project if you don't know where to
begin. I have some advice...
If you thought color washing was a difficult paint technique to
achieve, think again...