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Hello, my name is Eliza, and I'm very excited to share my craft and hobby blog with you. I've always had an interest in creating unique crafting projects, and I teach craft classes two nights a week at our local civic center. Every person at any age can benefit from reading my blog. If you've never done any kind of crafting before and you want to learn, you'll find a ton of great crafts for a beginner. If you've been making crafts for a long time and you're looking for some new project ideas, you'll also find something of interest in my blog. I hope you have fun reading about these wonderful craft and hobby ideas, and that you'll also share the enjoyment of crafts with others.

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Five Tips For A Home Painting Project

by Jason Shelton

Painting is a quick way to give the interior or exterior of your home a fresh new look. The following five tips can help you pull off the job successfully.

1. Skip the Color Chips

Color chips are great when you are first beginning to plan your project and you want to determine what colors work together, but when it comes to picking the main color for your wall, small chips don't provide much help. Instead, visit the paint store and purchase some small samples of the colors you are most drawn to. If you need some custom colors mixed on-site, make sure the associate marks the recipe down on the sample pot so it can be recreated later. Once home, paint large swathes of the wall with the sample colors to get a better idea of what they would look like in your home.

2. Don't Forget Primer

When picking up your paint, don't forget the primer. Primer smooths out imperfections, prevents color and oil from bleeding through the new paint, and helps paint better adhere to the wall. You also typically need to apply fewer color coats if you put down primer first. Choose a light primer for light paint colors and a dark primer for darker colors.

3. Purchase the Right Tools

You can do a much more professional-looking job with the right tools. Purchase paint trays, rollers in varying widths, and painter's tape to start. You should also have an angled brush for cutting in around trim and the ceiling. You can even get corner tools that make it much easier to apply an even coat of paint to those hard-to-reach corners in every room.

4. Consider Equipment Rentals

If you will be painting a large area, especially outside, then it makes more sense to use a paint sprayer instead of trying to use brushes and rollers. Sprayers apply an even coating of paint very quickly, cutting down considerably on the time it takes to do the job. If you aren't prepared to invest in the necessary equipment, look into renting a machine from your local paint or hardware store.

5. Shake It Up

Finally, any paint you purchase needs to be fully mixed. If you are opting for a custom color, it will likely be mixed on-site at the time of purchase. You will not need to do more than stir it with a stick. For premixed color or cans of paint you have owned for some time, though, the paint may separate. You can mix it yourself at home with a special attachment made to be used on a power drill, or you can take the cans to a paint store to have them mixed.

Contact a paint store in your area for more help.

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