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How to Paint and Decorate Your Home

121 Great Home Painting and Decorating Ideas

How to Paint and Decorate Your HomeYou can't wait to get started on your home painting project, but taking a few minutes beforehand can save you time, money, and aggravation down the road. Looking to freshen up your home paint? read this book to get dozens of great home painting and decorating ideas, easy to implement  tips, and inspirations.
The book covers the following areas:

* General Painting Tips
* Outdoor Painting
* Cleanup and Storage
* Wallpaper and Wall Coverings
* Other Wall Coverings
* Wall Repairs and Ceramic Tile
* Hanging Pictures and Mirrors
Here's just a small sample of the tips included:

Cleanup and Storage

Before capping leftover paint for storage, mark the label at the level of the remaining paint so you'll know at a glance-without opening the can-how much is left inside. Label the cans by rooms so there's no question which paint to reorder or use for touch-ups.
For easy cleanup of your paint tray, line the tray with a plastic bag before pouring in your paint. After the job's done, you can discard the bag without having to clean the roller tray.
To avoid having to clean a paint roller pan, press a sheet of aluminum foil into it before use.
When you're finished, simply wrap up the foil and dispose of it.
Why buy new paint thinner when you can reuse the old? Here's how: Pour paint thinner into an empty coffee can. After you've cleaned your brushes, cover the can tightly and let it stand for several days. When paint from the brushes settles to the bottom as sediment, drain off the "clean" thinner into another can and store for reuse.
When you buy a new oil paint brush, soak it for a day in a can of linseed oil before using it. The brush will last longer and be easier to clean.

To clean a paint brush without making a mess of your hands, pour solvent into a strong, clear plastic bag, and insert the brush. Your hands will stay clean as you work the solvent into the bristles through the plastic.
If you store a partially used can of paint upside down, "skin" won't form on the surface of the paint. (Be sure the lid is tight.)
To clean a paint roller after use, roll it as dry as possible, first on the newly painted surface and then on several sheets of newspaper. Then slide the roller from its support and clean it with water or a solvent, depending on the type of paint used.
If you must leave a paint brush for a short time and don't want to clean it, wrap it in foil or a plastic bag to keep it soft and pliable. Put it in the freezer to save it for a longer time.
Leftover paint that is lumpy or contains shreds of paint "skin" can be strained through window screening.
To keep a brush as soft as new, clean it and then dip it in a final rinse containing fabric softener.
An empty coffee can with a plastic lid makes a perfect container for soaking brushes.
Just make two slits in the center of the plastic lid to form an "X," push the brush handle up through the "X," and replace the lid. The lid seals the can so the solvent can't evaporate, and the brush is suspended without the bristles resting on the bottom.
White paint won't yellow if you stir in a drop of black paint.
A paste-type paint remover will remove paint spots from brick.
You can remove paint splatters from your hair by rubbing the spots with baby oil.

Wallpaper and Wall Coverings
If you're planning to paper all walls in a room, choose the least conspicuous area as your starting-finishing point. It's almost inevitable that the pattern won't match perfectly as you return to the start.

If there are stubborn grease spots on walls that you're going to paper, seal them with clear nail polish or shellac so that the grease won't soak through the new wallpaper.
To make wallpaper hanging easier, a right handed person should work from left to right and a left-handed person from right to left.
Tint wallpaper paste slightly with food coloring so that you can see exactly where you've applied it.
Save time when applying wallpaper paste by using a short-napped paint roller.
To eliminate a bubble in wallpaper after the paste has dried, take a razor blade and slit the blister twice across its center, forming an "X." Peel back the slit's four tips, dab paste under them, press down, and smooth with a seam roller or the back of a spoon.
Wallpaper a ceiling with the strips positioned crosswise-they're shorter and more manageable. Accordion-fold each strip, pasted area against pasted area, and unfold it as you go along, supporting the paper with one hand and smoothing it onto the ceiling with the other.
After wallpapering a room where there'll be a lot of moisture-such as a kitchen or bathroom-cover all seams with clear varnish to help guard against peeling.
When papering over wall anchors or places where you plan to reposition shelves or pictures, insert toothpicks in holes left by screws or picture hooks. As you cover these sections, force the toothpick points through the paper to mark reinstallation points for screws or hooks.
Save time when hanging the wallpaper itself by smoothing it with a clean, dry paint roller. If you attach the roller to a long handle, you can reach the ceiling or the tops of walls without climbing a ladder.
Use a squeegee to eliminate bubbles and wrinkles in vinyl wall coverings.
To eliminate a bubble in freshly hung wallpaper-while the paste is still wet-puncture the blister with a sharp needle or pin. Press the blister inward from its edges toward the puncture, squeezing out excess paste. Wipe this excess off with a damp sponge, and then press the area flat with a seam roller or the back of a spoon.

Repairing Wallpaper
It's a good idea to save wallpaper for patching. Let it "weather" and fade at the same rate as the paper on the wall by taping a piece or two on a closet wall. If you do this, it will correspond in color density as well as pattern to the paper already on the wall.
If you lack wallpaper scraps for patching, try touching up the design in worn areas. Carefully use felt-tip pens to restore rubbed or faded colors.
If you don't have a seam roller to use to tame a loose wallpaper seam, rub the seam with the back of a spoon. White glue can substitute for wallpaper paste.
To repair a damaged wallpaper section, tear -don't cut-a patch from a piece that's been "weathered." Because less-defined torn edges blend imperceptibly with paper already on the wall, the patch will be virtually invisible. Note: Don't remove damaged wallpaper before placing a patch on it. Paste the patch directly over the damaged surface.
Removing Wallpaper
When preparing to remove old wallpaper, soak it first with very hot water applied with a paint roller; add a touch of detergent to the water to hasten the process. If the paper is foil, or vinyl- coated, score its surface so water can penetrate.
When removing old wallpaper-with a steamer, save the ceiling for last. As you work on the walls, steam rising from the applicator will loosen the ceiling paper. Much of it will start sagging from its own weight, and peeling it off will be easy.

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