1. Paint without removing the hardware
Sometimes a DIY project can be enjoyable until you realize you have to take apart the piece before painting it. Hinges and locks can get annoying, but here’s a way to skip a step: cover anything you don’t want to be painted with a good amount of petroleum jelly. Spray-paint your piece and when you’re done, rub off the petroleum jelly with a paper towel and the paint comes right off.
2. Soak up the sun
Consider how much natural light hits your room before painting it. The more natural light a room will get, the quicker the paint will fade. UV-resistant paints (mostly for exteriors) or more durable oil-based paints are suggested.
3. Stop watching paint dry
What if you could speed up the paint process? Setting your house to 70 degrees Fahrenheit could make your paint dry quicker. Even the temperatures outside could affect the process, so make sure you plan to paint when the humidity level is low.
4. It’s just a label
Regardless of what day you bought your paint, what person mixed it, or what store you bought it from, there is always a minor difference in two of the same color paint cans. If you have two gallons of paint, try to combine them in a bigger bucket. That way when you mix them, the subtle differences will blend.
5. Smart storage
Replacing furniture or decorations can sometimes scuff or scratch your walls. For those emergency touchups, make sure to store the leftover paint at 55 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Close the lid really well (with a hammer), and then flip it upside down to ensure that no air gets into the can.
6. Adhere to the 60-30-10 Rule
To maintain a balanced color scheme, follow the equation 60-30-10. 60% of the room is the dominant color (usually the wall color), 30% of the room is a secondary color (accent wall, painted book case, sofa), and the other 10% should be for small accent accessories and art.
If you suddenly have to attend to unplanned company or your arm feels like it’s going to fall off, don’t worry about having to clean a roller. Wrap the roller in plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge. Once you’re ready after a break, the brush would not have crusted over.
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