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The Many Uses of Spray Paint

The Many Uses of Spray Paint

It’s incredible how a bit of paint can make old or shabby furnishings look amazing again. If you’re eager to do a little recoloring project of your own, but find paint brushes and rollers a bit overwhelming or unwieldy, then say hello to the magic of spray paint. When applied correctly, spray paint can give furniture and other elements of your home décor a clean, fresh look quickly and inexpensively.  Here are some ways you can use spray paint.

For a Style Update

yellow lantern

    For spray-painting newbies, it’s always good idea to start out with a small project. Update the style of your accessories by spraying a few coats of yellow paint on a vintage metal lantern. With its bright new color, this fun decorative piece instantly cheers up your front porch or outdoor table setting. If a shiny brass lantern is more your style though, simply choose a bright gold metallic spray.

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    Spray Paint Tip: There are spray paints designed for use on specific materials, such as wood, metal, plastic, or cloth, so make sure to select the right one. Avoid cheap, generic spray paints and stick to high-quality brands, which are more durable and shoot a more consistent flow of paint.

    For a Smoother Finish

    blue dresser

      Spray paint gives your pieces a smoother look because there aren’t any paint brush marks. This is perfect when painting a piece of furniture so that surfaces are even. Of course, before you paint anything, lightly buff it first with a piece of fine-grit sandpaper to remove the original varnish. This ensures that the primer coat will adhere properly to the surface. Use painter’s tape, paper, or plastic wrap to cover any parts you don’t want to paint.

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      For Hard-to-reach Nooks and Crannies

      pink wicke chair

        For pieces of furniture that have hard-to-reach corners and detailing, spray paint definitely has the edge over the paint brush. It’s especially convenient when you want to turn drab, beige wicker furniture into eye-catching pieces that add a stylish pop of color to any space.

        Spray Paint Tip: Hold the can about 8 to 10 inches away from the subject and spray a light coat using even, side to side strokes. Spraying too much or too closely will cause the paint to drip. Let the paint dry thoroughly before applying succeeding coats.

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        For Wall Art

        stenciled wall

          Once you’ve gotten the hang of spray painting, you can move on to fancier and more creative projects. Experiment with stencils to place meaningful messages on welcome mats, or create fabulous patterns or designs on your floors or walls.

          This project from DIY Show Off shows you how to create a decorative accessory using spray paint. The finished piece has a vintage charm that is just perfect for the season.

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          Spray Paint Tip: A coating of clear spray-on sealant helps preserve the beauty of your project. Not all repainted furniture needs to be sealed, but often-used pieces, such as tables, desks, and chairs, need the extra protection.

          Convenient and versatile, spray paint truly is a little miracle in a can. So, pick up your favorite color of spray paint now and let your artistic juices flow.

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          Last Updated on November 11, 2019

          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

          4. Feed Your Brain

          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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          6. Write it Down

          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

          7. Listen to Music

          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

          8. Visual Concepts

          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

          9. Teach Someone Else

          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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