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5 Hacks for Your Next Room Repainting Project

5 Hacks for Your Next Room Repainting Project

Room repainting can be tricky and time-consuming. And if you choose to go the DIY route, you want to make sure you’re doing it right. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know much about painting, which leads to shoddy jobs and bitter, last-ditch phone calls to professional painters.

The thing is that anyone can paint, but you have to know what you’re doing. There’s much more to it than pouring paint into a tray, wetting your roller, and painting away. With that in mind, here are a few hacks you can use to produce a beautiful finished project.

1. Put Color Samples on Different Walls

The hardest thing about painting a room is choosing the right color. Those little paint chips you get in the store are so small that it’s often difficult to get a good idea of what it will look like. Even painting a 12-inch by 12-inch sample on the wall doesn’t always tell you what you need to know. So, you may want to take things a step further.

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“We always put at least a few paint color samples up on all four walls before making the final choice,” designer Krista Nye Nicholas says. “Lighting is everything with paint selection, and hues will vary greatly throughout the day. You won’t regret taking the time to do this!”

2. Take Time to Prepare for Room Repainting

The prep work makes all the difference. While a professional painter can come in and paint a room without doing any taping, you don’t have that sort of accuracy. You should be spending as much time preparing a room as painting it.

Good preparation includes taping joints between walls and ceilings/floors, covering up crown molding, putting plastic wrap or a drop cloth over the floor, and opening up windows to let paint fumes escape.

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3. Remove All Dust

If you’ve ever painted a dusty wall, it’s a mistake you won’t make twice. The dust gets caught in the paint and you wind up with an unwanted texture upon drying.

That’s why experts suggest removing dust from walls with a Swiffer duster prior to starting. Depending on the size of the room, this should only take an extra five or ten minutes. It’s definitely time well spent.

4. Put Vanilla in the Paint Bucket

Not a fan of that strong paint smell? Add some Vanilla extract!

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Mask some of the smell by adding a few drops of vanilla extract to each paint bucket. According to Reference.com, a ratio of one tablespoon of extract to one gallon of latex paint works best.

5. Use Tinfoil in Paint Tray

A good quality paint tray (not the plastic kind that bends in half when you lift them off the ground) isn’t the cheapest item in the world. Purchasing one or two is fine, but you don’t want to have to buy a dozen of them to complete a big painting job. Unfortunately, this is what ends up happening when people let the paint dry in them overnight.

The key to keeping paint trays in operable condition – even after the paint has sat overnight – is to cover them with tinfoil or plastic wrap. Then, when you’re done with a painting session, simply remove the covering and your paint tray is still useable.

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Save Your Money and Do it Yourself

Room repainting can be quite expensive if you hire a professional, but it can also end up looking pretty rough if you decide to do it on your own without following the correct steps. Save your money by doing it yourself – but make sure you follow these hacks to get the best results.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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