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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 January 11, 2021

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

11 Hidden Benefits of Using Oil Diffusers

Affordable, relaxing, and healthy, oil diffusers are gaining popularity with people everywhere due to their extensive benefits. Oil diffusers work through the simple process of oil diffusion, which uses heat to turn oil into a vapor that is then spread around a living space. Diffused oil can have several relaxation and health-related benefits, including safe scent-dispersion, mosquito and mold defense, stress relief, and more!

Read on for 11 hidden benefits of using oil diffusers.

1. Safe Scents That Make Sense

Unlike candles or air fresheners, oil diffusers release cleansing molecules into your air that work to purify it, not overload it with unhealthy chemicals. Electronic diffusers also do not pose the fire risk that candles do. Plus, they contain the added feature of interchangeability, which means you change oil types for different scents and health benefits.

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2. Stress Relief

Several lab studies have confirmed that diffusing essential oils like lavender have been shown to reduce stress and help relieve anxiety in medical patients. Preliminary studies have also shown that oil diffusers can help alleviate symptoms of depression.

3. Improved Sleep

Diffused oil has relaxing properties that can help people of all ages fall asleep quicker and sleep more soundly. Electronic diffusers not only have the option to mix and match different oil blends (Try a lavender, Bulgarian rose, and Roman chamomile blend to help with insomnia), they also run at a gentle hum that helps relax an agitated mind. Many also come with an auto shut-off feature to help conserve oils once you have fallen asleep.

4. Appetite Control

Much like gum, oil diffusers can help stimulate the senses in a way that works to curb appetite. New research has shown that diffused peppermint oil can help curb appetite by inducing a satiety response within the body. Diffused peppermint oil has also been shown to increase energy.

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5. Bacteria and Mold Killing

When essential oils are diffused in the air, they break down free radicals that contribute to the growth of harmful bacteria. Eucalyptus, thyme, and tea tree oils are especially good for this purpose. Diffused oil is also highly effective when it comes to combating fungal yeast threats, as the oil help makes the air inhospitable for yeasts such as mold. Pine and red thyme essential oils are best for combating mold.

6. Decongestion and Mucus Control

Ever tried Vick’s Vapo-Rub? Its decongesting powers come from active ingredients made from the eucalyptus tree. In principle, oil diffusers work the same way as Vapo-Rub, except they diffuse their decongesting vapor all around the room, not just on your chest or neck. Oil diffusers have been known to cure pneumonia in lab mice.

7. Mosquito Repellant

Nobody likes mosquitoes — but when the trade-off means using repellants full of DEET, a toxic chemical that can be especially harmful to children, mosquito control can often seem like a lose-lose. However, scientists have shown that oil diffusers can be used as a safe and highly effective mosquito repellant. Studies have shown that a diffused oil mixture containing clove essential oil and lemongrass essential oil repelled one type of Zika-carrying mosquito, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, at a rate of 100%.

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8. Pain Relief

While applying oils directly to areas of your body may be the most effective way to alleviate pain, diffusing essential oils can also be an effective means of pain relief. When we inhale healthy essential oils, they enter our blood stream and can help internally relieve persistent pain from headaches, overworked muscles, and sore joints.

9. The New Anti-Viral

Research into the anti-viral effects of oil diffusion is now just gaining steam. A recent study showed that star anise essential oil was proven in medical experiments to destroy the herpes simplex virus in contained areas at a rate of 99%. Another study showed the popular DoTerra oil blend OnGuard to have highly-effective influenza-combating powers.

10. Improved Cognitive Function

Diffusing essential oils has also been shown to improve cognitive function. Many essential oils have adaptogenic qualities, which can work twofold in soothing us when we’re stressed, and giving our bodies a pick-me-up when we’re feeling down or sluggish. By working to level out an imbalanced mood, diffused oils also help us to focus. There are also several essential oils which have been shown to help balance the body’s hormones. With prolonged use, these oils can work to repair the underlying causes responsible for hindering cognitive function.

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11. Money Saving

With ten clear benefits of oil diffusers already outlined, there is one more that should now be obvious: using an oil diffuser will help you to save money. As an anti-viral, bug repelling, and stress-relief solution rolled into one safe product, an oil diffuser used with the proper oils will save you money on products you might otherwise be buying to help cure those pesky headaches or get your kids to fall asleep on time. If you’re wondering just how affordable oil diffusers can be, check the buyer’s guide to the best oil diffusers — you’ll be sure to find one that fits your budget!

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