Category Archives: Home Tips

How to give your home a “fresh look”—the easy way!

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Are you getting tired of the paint color in your house that’s been there for as long as you can remember? Or maybe, while enjoying your once in a blue moon long-weekend, you noticed how mismatched the color of your paint is with your furniture? Perhaps, you are just simply bored with the one you have on your walls right now.

At a glance, to most of us, re-painting jobs can be a tedious and expensive task that we ended up just disregarding any plans of doing it. But really, this should not be the case. Because unlike before, materials involved in this kind of project are more readily available now and the option to just DIY is no longer far-fetched.

Below are helpful tips that would take away any second thoughts you may have in pushing through with your re-painting project:

  1. In general, use of Primer is no longer needed. However, you might want to consider applying one especially if you’re going from dark to a light colored paint. This will turn out to be very cost –efficient for you. Primers also provide better adhesion of the paint to the surface.
  2. Clean your surface thoroughly. Time and again, we remind people about the importance of good preparation. More so, for pre-painted walls. Washing and sanding your surface, you’ll find out, is worth your while. This will also steer you away from any great problems in the future.
  3. Take time in canvassing the things you need such as fillers for holes and cracks, and of course, the top coat that you will need. The outcome and savings will surely satisfy you.
  4. Remember that topcoats usually require 2 coatings. This will ensure good hiding for you. Plus, it brings out the true color of the paint you have chosen.
  5. Don’t be in a hurry. A couple of days more allotted for planning and budgeting will not hurt you. In fact, it will save you! List down everything that you will need and buy them one at a time, as your budget permits. These items, as long as stored properly, do not expire immediately anyway.

Now, you’re all set! It only takes a lot of practice and you’ll soon be a pro in painting  🙂

Why sometimes it is easier said than done

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Why sometimes it is easier said than done

Have you ever been excited about a particular project, but when it is time to begin, you suddenly don’t know when and how to start? I’m sure you have. And I’m quite sure as well that at some point, you even thought of scratching it out at the middle of everything.

More often than not, this is the scenario when you do some re-painting works, particularly in your own home. Just after you have excitedly selected the new colors you want, you will be faced with other things such as cleaning materials, replacement of this and that, labor, additional materials, additional repairs, etc. Then you realize that you got your hands full. That is why it is important to plan ahead.

Planning ahead gives you an idea of how big or easy your project is going to be. You get to compute and budget all the things you will need.You also have the luxury of getting tips and advice from other people that will make things easier for you. If you are lucky, you might even stumble upon some great deals from various stores now that you have the time to do your research. Overall, you get to save a lot of money and time if enough preparation is given to your project. But you know what’s the most important thing you get out of planning ahead? You get exactly what you want and how you want it.

So the next time you thought of a project, take your sweet precious time in planning. You will be surprise how less stressful it is going to be. Remember, it is YOUR HOME 🙂