Home painting hacks that will transform the way you decorate
23rd July 2018
When it comes to home painting you either love it or hate it, and whilst it may be hard for some of the painting enthusiasts here at Earthborn HQ to imagine, the task of painting your home can seem arduous, particularly if things don’t go to plan.
Well not to worry, we have compiled a list of our top eight decorating hacks guaranteed to help your home painting project run smoothly.
De-fuzz your rollers
New paint rollers may have excess ‘fuzz’ that could ultimately impact the finish of your paint work. Prior to using them, roll them across a length of tape or use a lint roller to remove any pesky fluff.
Stretching a rubber band around your paint can is an effective solution to reduce the messy job of wiping excess paint off the side of your paint tin.
Reduce paint fumes
Many people are put off painting because of the nasty smells that paints can emit, a trick here is to add vanilla extract to your paint mix (around a tablespoon per pint), ensuring you mix the paint well afterwards. Of course, this step isn’t necessary with Earthborn products, as they are free from the nasty paint fumes you would typically get with other paints on the market.
When giving your dining chairs a refresh, gently tapping nails into the base of each leg will raise your chair so that you can reach all corners, whilst reducing mess.
In a similar way to painting chairs, it makes the process much simpler when your furniture is raised. Of course, nails won’t do the trick for heavy cupboards. However, we find that bed raisers do an amazing job of supporting your furniture whilst you paint away.
Precision window frame painting
Masking tape works effectively around your windows whilst painting window frames, but we would also recommend having precision cotton buds on hand to quickly wipe away any small mistakes that you may make.
Protect your brushes during breaks
Taking breaks when painting, whether it be a 15-minute tea break or pausing overnight, it is a great idea to wrap your brushes and rollers tightly in plastic bags or clingfilm to ensure they don’t dry out. This also saves the need to wash your brushes at the end of each day.
Scrape your roller before washing
So much paint is wasted if you simply wash your paint rollers. Scrape any excess paint from the roller back into the tin prior to washing, you’ll be surprised at how much paint can be saved for next time!
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