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How to Repaint an Already Painted Wall

How to Repaint an Already Painted Wall

Your significant other just decided that the dining room’s dark red walls are so out and is leaning towards a soft yellow color instead. You start to panic. How are you supposed to cover up that crazy red? Should you hire a painter? I have good news: repainting doesn’t have to be a pain. All you have to do is follow these simple steps for a professional looking space.

1. Clean up your act.

The first step in repainting is to wipe down the walls. You don’t want any dirt or stains showing through your new color or creating uneven walls. These imperfections can also act as a barrier and can affect how well the paint adheres, which can lead to future flaking. In some cases, clean up might just mean dusting and wiping down with water and gentle soap. However, if you are tackling a bathroom or kitchen, it’s wise to clean more thoroughly since these areas are more likely to have spills and stains. Be wary of which soaps/solutions you use: you don’t want to damage the wall.

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2. Don’t flake out.

Check the wall for any cracked areas or flaked paint. Simply scrape them away or give them a light sanding to make sure the surface is smooth and ready for paint. You don’t want the flakey texture to show through your new paint job. Additionally, use plaster to fill in any nail holes or other imperfections. In the case of particularly old paint jobs, it might be necessary to give the entire wall a light sanding.

3. To prime or not to prime?

While you can get away without using a primer, especially if you are using a color only a few shades off, priming is always a good idea. Not only will it ensure that your new color is vibrant and seamless but it will also cover up any other discolorations. Using a primer is absolutely necessary if you are planning on making a dramatic color change. I recommend using an oil-based primer for particularly discolored or flawed walls. One coat of primer should do it, but if you are attempting to cover a dark color, two might be necessary.

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Note: Nowadays, they are selling paint with “built in” primer. These will not be enough for extreme color changes. A separate primer is still needed. They should work nicely, however, if you are staying in the same color family.

4. Tape up and cut in.

Use painters tape to keep your lines clean and prevent any paint bleeding where you don’t want it. Then, start by cutting in on the corners/along the trim with an angled brush. You don’t want to miss any spots that your roller can’t get into!

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5. Keep on rollin’.

Start by making sure your roller is well-covered with paint (not too much, you don’t want drips!) and painting in a “W” shape onto the wall. If you paint straight up and down, you risk missing areas or creating seams.

6. I got you covered.

After the first coat of paint is dry, check out the coverage in natural light and note the areas that need a little extra attention. Be as precise as possible on your second coat to avoid touch ups and to have your final coat look as smooth as possible. Most of the time, especially if you use a primer, only two coats will be necessary.

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7. Make yourself a drink and admire your handiwork.

With a little patience and the proper prep work, you can successfully and skillfully repaint any room you want. Plus, you can save some extra money by not hiring painters. So, grab your roller and get to work!

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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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