5 Steps To Do Before Painting

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It might seem inconvenient, and you might just be excited to slap on a new, fresh coat of paint but it is important to prepare your room for painting for a few reasons. The steps we provided to prepare your room will help protect furniture and floors and should lead to a more successful project in the end.

5 Steps to Prepare Your Room for Painting:

#1: Your Furniture

Furniture is not cheap and paint stains can be permanent. This is especially true for upholstered furniture like your couch or recliner. You can wipe off a paint spill from wood furniture if you notice it but that will slow down the painting process. The better idea is to move the furniture to a different room before you start to paint.

If you can’t do that then you should move the furniture to the very middle of the room or the farthest spot from the walls. If the project includes painting the ceiling, we recommend first painting the very middle of the ceiling then after that dries, placing the furniture under that spot.

#2. Your Floor

You don’t want a permanent paint stain on your refinished hardwood floor or your beautiful carpet. New hardwood and new carpet are both extremely expensive. Best case, if a paint stain sets on your carpet, you can hire a carpet cleaning service to remove it. But that isn’t cheap either.

To protect your floor, place a canvas or heavy cloth sheet over as much of the floor as possible. Move the sheet around as need be during the project. Avoid plastic sheets or tarps because oftentimes the plastic slips and shifts and there is a chance that will lead to an injury or a spill.

#3. Electrical Outlets

You will want to remove the electrical outlets from the walls before you start to paint. To do this, you first need to turn off the electricity in the room you are painting. Find your home’s circuit breaker box for this. Then unscrew all of the outlet covers or plates from the wall and place electrical tape over the outlets themselves to avoid paint splatter on them.

This is also a good time to remove the blades from your ceiling fan if you are painting your ceiling and removing the electrical base of the fan from the ceiling. You should cover the ceiling fan in plastic too to avoid paint splashing and drying on it.

#4. Your Trim

You should remove the trim around the base of the walls or place painters tape around the top and the bottom of the walls. Sometimes the paint on the trim cannot be washed easily so it is best to avoid paint spilling on it. You should do the same for window trim and remove any curtains and shades too.

#5. Cleanup & Repairs

Don’t paint a dirty wall. You should dust the wall and wipe it down with soap and water or TPS before you paint. You should also repair damage to drywall using spackle or a patch kit from the hardware store. Be sure to sand down any bumps in the wall to. You want a smooth, clean surface to paint on.

Follow each of these 5 steps in order to ensure your furniture and floor are protected and the entire room is ready for painting.

How to Refinish a Hardwood Floor

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The popular trend in home flooring in 2017 is hardwood floors. Homeowners are tearing out carpet and installing hardwood floors or refurnishing the hardwood floors beneath their carpet. Learn how to refinish a hardwood floor in your home.

The cost to replace hardwood flooring is extremely expensive. A brand new hardwood floor can cost $5,000 or more depending on the size of the room and the quality of the wood you purchase. You should refinish your wood floor instead. The project isn’t too hard and you will save a lot of money in the process. Here is how to do it:

You can determine if you need to refinish your hardwood floor with a test. Drop some water onto the surface of the floor. If the water beads or slowly soaks into the floor you probably do not need to refinish it. You can just polish it instead. If the water soaks into the wood immediately you will want to refinish it.

You can’t start the project until the wood is smooth. You will need to sand off wax and other damage to the wood first.

You need to prepare the room. This means you need to remove interior doors and baseboards as well as curtains and pictures on the wall. You need to remove all of the furniture in the room too

To sand hardwood floor creates a lot of dust. You need to place plastic covers over doorways, air vents and windows to protect them.

You should rent an orbital sander from your hardwood store. Keep the sander in motion at all times. The sander will damage the floor if you leave it one spot too long. Start in the center of the room and work outward. Use handheld sanding tools for near the walls of the room.

You need to sand the room several times. During the second time use a medium-grit sandpaper. Use a vacuum to remove all of the debris and dust from the sander.

The third time you sand you need to use a fine grit sandpaper. Repeat the process with the handheld tools and vacuum again.

Now mop the floor and buff any rigid surfaces with a screen sander. Then dampen the floor with mineral spirits. You can then stain the floor if you want a new wood color for the room.

If you are not staining the wood you need to apply a sanding sealer before the polyurethane finish. Then sand the floor again after it dries. You want the floor to be dust free before you add the final finish.

The last step in the project is the polyurethane finish. This seals the floor. This is why you don’t want dust or debris beneath the finish.

Stir the finish and apply it in smooth strokes. You don’t want any bubbles in the finish. You will need to apply a second coat. Let the coat dry for 48 hours or more.

After 48 hours you can install your interior doors and return your furniture and other items to the room and enjoy your beautiful, refinished hardwood floor.

Ways on how you can increase the value of your home

There are different ways that you can increase the value of your home. Many people are considering increasing the value of the home, when they are considering selling the property as some point. There are also people that are just seeing the importance of increasing their home’s value. It is important to make sure that you know how you can increase your home’s value successfully.

Talking to a contractor with remodeling experience

The first thing that you can do is to talk to a contractor that has to remodel experience. They will be able to give you some tips on what you should do first to your home to increase the value.

There are some things that can increase the value a lot more, and you need to make sure that you know what this might be. If you don’t have any remodeling and home improvement experience, you might not do the right improvements to increase the value.

Doing home improvements in and outside of the home

It is important to make sure that you aren’t just going to do some home improvements on the inside of your home. You should also consider doing the improvements on the outside of the home. This is especially important when you are going to consider selling your home after you have done the improvements.

When you are doing improvements on the outside of the home, you will not only increase the value, but also make it more presentable for potential buyers.

A bathroom and kitchen can increase the value a lot

One thing that you can also do to ensure that you are increasing the value of your home is to upgrade the bathroom and kitchen in the home. This is the two parts of a home that is able to increase the value a lot.

This is also the part that people want to have more modern and beautiful. Even, if you don’t sell your home, this is normally a great place to start with doing home improvements.

Adding a swimming pool or another room to the home

If you are living in an area where a swimming pool can be a bonus, this can also be something that you can consider. Adding a swimming pool increases the value and makes the home more presentable if you are planning to sell the home in the future. And, just think how much fun you can have with your family in the pool. Adding another room to the home will automatically improve the value of the home, and this can be considered if you are in need of extra rooms in the home.

There are many things that you can do, to increase the home’s value. You should just make sure about your budget, needs, and the amount that your home can increase to, before you start doing the home improvements. Doing home improvements can be making your home’s value more and makes it better to live in or to sell the home.