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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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