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How to Replace Basin Taps in the Bathroom in Five Easy Steps

Fresh bathroom fixtures can instantly upgrade the look and feel of your bathroom. Whether you just want an upgrade of your basin taps or it definitely needs a replacement, we have outlined how to replace basin taps in the bathroom.



Usually, bathroom basins have an installation manual included in its package that you can refer to. But in this handy step-by-step guide, we show you how to quickly change an old basin tap to a new one, in five easy steps.

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1. Turn Your Water OFF


First, you have to make sure that your water supply for both cold and hot taps from the mains supply is turned off. Then, make sure app your taps in the house (both hot and cold) are left open to drain any excess water.

Clear out everything you can from under the sink, including any shelves. This will give you more room to work and use your tools more easily. Once ready, add a bucket or tray below the tap to catch any drips.

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2. Remove Your Old Tap


Get under the basin - you can spread an old towel across the floor or the bottom of your under-sink cabinet to catch any spills. Start unscrewing the nut that locks your basin to the old tap. If your existing tap was fitted using compression fittings, you might need two adjustable wrenches to undo the nuts. Once you have removed this, your old tap can now be pulled out.

 

3. Install Your New Tap


Connect the threaded post to your tap, then feed into the basin hole, so your tap sits on top of your basin, with the thread poking out below. Again, there may be a washer included or needed to make sure the tap sits snugly. Screw the nut tightly onto the threaded post, your tap is now gripped onto your basin.

 

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Balancing water pressure


The water supply should have a reasonably balanced pressure from a common source (e.g. hot and cold supplies both from the same storage or both from a supply pipe). Where the fitting is supplied from unbalanced supplies (e.g. hot and cold supplies from separate sources) Water Regulations or Byelaws in your area may require an ‘approved’ non-return valve or single check valve to be fitted to both the hot and the cold pipes that are connected to the mixer tap.


Where this is the case, simply fit the valves below the flexible tap connectors with the arrow on the valve pointing upwards. Once fitted, this will ensure that cold water is not pushed back through the hot water pipe when both taps are on, stopping the hot water temperature from cooling too quickly.


Once your tap is gripped onto your basin, the hot and cold pipes should feed directly from your wall to your new pipes. Don't forget to check everything to make sure there are no leaky or loose connections.

 

4. Connect Your Plumbing


Screw the flexible connectors into your tap. After that, connect them to the copper domestic pipes, with a compression fitting in between (this will keep the pressure between the two pipes regulated and safe).

 

5. Switch Your Water Supply Back On


Now you can turn the water supply on from the mains. If your new tap is set to ‘closed’ when the air rushes through, it could potentially damage the tap. We recommend all taps be set to ‘open’ for a little while after turning the water supply on. Remember the other taps in your house may still be open, so remember to switch them off once water comes through again.

 

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How to replace two taps with a Mixer Tap?

Traditional houses usually have two taps where one is connected to hot water supply and the other to cold water supply. Modern houses and builders are now featuring mixer taps, where one can draw hot and cold water supply from two different sources, but still can flow and come out in a single tap. This article will give you tips on how to replace two taps with a mixer tap.



Changing into a Kitchen Mixer tap has lots of benefits, which includes style and convenience. If you replace two taps with mixer tap, you’ll also save energy bills because most mixer taps are fitted with flow limiters.

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Here’s a simple guide on how to replace two taps with a mixer tap:



  • Before you start doing anything, make sure the water supply is turned off to avoid flooding your kitchen. Turn the valve off and test it by turning on your taps.

  • Next, you need to see the pipe connectors. Remove everything under your sink to see and access pipe connectors easily.

  • Remove the old tap by using the necessary tools to disconnect it from the main taps. Of course, you can always contact professional plumbers to do this.

  • Clean off any debris left under the old tap.


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  • Now comes the fun part. Fit your new mixer tap, this is usually easier than removing the old one. Most mixer taps come with installation instructions so make sure you check with your supplier, or in your supplier’s website. Usually, you just have to slot the pipes through the kitchen sink holes.

  • Of course, you don’t want your tap to wobble, so make sure you secure the underside of the tap to the sink.

  • Connect the tap to the water pipes, and replace rubber washers and o-rings with a new one. Make sure it’s tight and sealed, to prevent any leaks.

  • To check if everything is working fine, turn on the water valve, and then turn on the kitchen mixer tap. While the tap is turned on, check for leaks on all sides.


 

Prepare Your House for Summer with These 6 Improvement Tips

The summer’s coming! That’s the beauty of our planet, there’s always summer coming somewhere. Regardless of how you feel about summer weather and the heat you need to prepare yourself and your home to make the season more enjoyable. Spring is a good time to start thinking about this and to book that holiday if you haven’t already. There are a couple of things though, to take care of, for the time you won’t be away as the summer is usually much longer than the getaway booked.


Keep your home airtight


Assess the damage done by the winter and insect the house to see whether insulation, windows and the roof have been damaged. Replace any broken roof tiles and repaint and service your windows to erase traces which water and wind may have left on them. Unless you have done it recently, check the state of your insulation and redo it if necessary. If there is a layer you can add, do so to keep your home more energy-efficient and thus cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.

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Do the Spring Cleaning


Believe it or not, spring cleaning is going to make your house lighter for the summer coming. It is not only about hygiene and a detail wash, it should mainly be about decluttering. Assess your belongings, especially the content of your wardrobe and dispose of everything you did not use this winter. If you use solid fuels, have your chimney cleaned. Clear out the storage area.

Paint the bright face


Now that your home is all fixed, there is one last thing you need to do, repaint those walls. Painting should go hand in hand with the cleaning. You can use the opportunity of having to clear out space to declutter, as once you take things out, you do not have to put them back in. Do not wash the windows until the painting is done. Do as much as you can so as to avoid double work. Consult the professional to help you use color to open up space. A group of Sydney painters advises using warm, bright colors in communal areas with a lot of daylight as they tend to complement each other.

Your piece of nature and fresh air


Even though your home is now probably close to perfect, you still need to create a little nest for you and your family outdoors. Work on your garden or your balcony to create a pleasant and inviting environment, a place to have coffee in the morning or drinks with friends in the evening. Clear out any debris winter has left you with and enhance the greenery as much as you can. Consider adding a form of sunshade which will protect you from the sun, but won’t keep the hot air trapped underneath. You can purchase garden fans to keep you and the air fresh and cool.

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Don’t forget the little-ones


You’ll never be able to relax until your kids are satisfied. Create a designated play area in your garden. Make sure that at least a part of it is protected from direct sunlight at all times. If you do not already have a pool, create an area where you can install a portable one. Do not forget a sand box as it is a pool full of ideas for new games when you are a t a certain age. If you do not have children, do not abandon the idea of having a play area. You can still use the pool, sunbathe and play ball with your friends.

Use the obvious technology


And finally, to the most obvious ways of preventing the heat. Service, replace or install an AC device. You can use it to your liking, but it is good to have it in case it becomes too hot, especially if you have children. Remember to keep it only a couple of degrees down from what the outside temperature is to avoid health issues. You can use fans, both indoors and outdoors to create a pleasant breeze. Keep doors within your home open to create a draft and allow for the air to flow.

 

Now that your home is tight, clean, cool and with an outdoors spot to relax, you are ready for the summer and nothing can catch you off-guard.

3 Ways you can Soundproof a Window

Noise pollution is rampant in today’s world. Whether they are from the regular traffic, neighborhood noise, trains, aircraft, machinery, or other outside noise, they may be highly unwanted indoors, and as such, becomes a nuisance towards everyday lives.



One of the ways to counteract this is by soundproofing areas where sound passes through – and that includes windows. This way, noise can be reduced as they pass through this area, which brings a more comfortable acoustic experience indoors. They can also be used to keep noise within the premises, and thus not adding to the acoustic chaos outside.

While there might be ways to soundproof a window using various methods such as thick furniture or curtains, sometimes they cannot be applicable for the type of establishment. Here are ways you can soundproof the windows themselves:

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Caro's Painting Tips For A Perfect Finish

Caro and Kingi stole Australian hearts from The Block in season 5. Today, they're ambassadors for Renovator Store, and Caro's dropped by our blog to give our readers tips for painting like a pro!



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Prep Work for Painting

  • Fill any holes or imperfections with spackle, wait for it to dry, and then lightly sand the patches. If you have a crack, you must first widen it slightly before spackling or the spackle will just sit on top.

  • Scrape away any peeling, cracked paint, and then sand the area smooth.


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  • Clean the walls if they may be dirty (especially in a kitchen or bathroom), and always take a damp cloth to clean the dust off of trim and the tops of doorways.

  • Use paintable caulk to fill any gaps between the walls and trim before painting the trim. Fill any dings and divots in the wood with wood putty, wait for it to dry, then sand smooth.

  • When in doubt, prime. Using a primer can hide dark colors, block stains, and help your new paint job last longer. It’s also a must when painting exposed woodwork, and there are many primers that adhere to glossy surfaces (allowing you to skip sanding first).

  • Stir your paint before you begin, and don’t paint straight from the can. Obviously you would pour the paint into a roller tray if you were about to use a roller, but consider using a small bowl when painting with a brush. It’s easier to hold, and decanting paint will keep the can free of the impurities (dust, wood particles, etc.) that your brush may pick up as you work.

  • If you want to use tape, buy painter’s tape (it’s usually blue or green, and marked as such). Apply it in short, overlapping strips, and press down firmly along the edge to ensure a crisp line.


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Painting Techniques



  • Keep a wet edge, and always paint from dry to wet. This will minimize brush strokes and roller marks.

  • Taping is optional, especially if you have a reasonably steady hand. Using an angle brush, start slightly away from the edge and then curve in to meet it. This will help you avoid leaving a big blob of paint where you begin.

  • Holding the brush the narrow way (not the way you would naturally hold it) makes it easier to get a crisp line when painting trim.

  • Painting a room is best accomplished by first cutting in (painting along the trim, ceiling, and corners) with a brush. After that has dried, you can go in with a roller for the walls.

  • Wet your brush and then blot out most of the water before you begin. This will help to keep paint from creeping up into the ferrule (the metal part where the bristles are attached) and save your brush.

  • Only dip your brush about a half or quarter of an inch into the paint, then wipe off one side on the edge of the paint container. This will help you avoid paint runs (from using too much) and keep your brush in good condition.

  • Paint in long, continuous strokes. Not doing so is one of the most common mistakes.

  • When painting with a roller, aim for covering a three foot wide section at a time. I typically go from the ceiling to a midway point, load more paint, and then go from the midway point down to the floor. Then I move left or right to the next section, always remembering to keep a wet edge and working from dry to wet.


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  • When painting with a brush, don’t dab the paint on or move in a short back and forth motion. You can paint with the brush left and right (or up and down) to get the paint on, but then take one long finishing stroke from the dry side and tapering off into the wet edge.

  • Put on a second coat. Your paint job may look OK after just one, but it will look better after two. If you’re using a dark or vivid color, you may even need three (or more) coats.

  • Let your paint fully dry between coats. The paint can should tell you how long to wait.Want more Caro & Kingi wisdom? Check them out here: http://www.caroandkingi.com/

How To Keep Your Renovations Eco-Friendly

Every once in a while, our homes need some change. This change can include only a few new decorating pieces, but sometimes it can be about some bigger projects. No matter how big a change needs to be, you can make it eco-friendly. This is the biggest trend in today’s home interior and exterior designs and here are a few things that can help you create an even better atmosphere in your home.


Alternative construction materials


In order to create an energy-efficient home, you should rely on using alternative construction materials. These materials include recycled tires, recycled lumber, shipping containers, and even denim. Basically, materials that are increasingly being used today are the ones that can last a lifetime and that can help us reduce waste in our environment. Besides relying on some of the alternative materials while building your home, renovating it or adding an extension, you should avoid using any materials that release any kind of toxins.

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Be Eco-Friendly, don’t demolish


When considering bigger renovating projects, try to think about deconstruction rather than demolishing. Don’t plan on tearing down walls or knocking down rooms. Instead, take a good look and see if you can salvage and reuse some of the things you have. Everything from tiles, bricks, and molding to cabinets and lighting fixtures can be reused in other projects or in the new room you want to build. The same goes for smaller pieces of furniture and accessories. So, if you wish to get rid of a chandelier, bed or closet, consider using them in another room. Don’t waste materials and furniture, reuse them and have a positive impact on our environment.

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Upgrade the ventilation system


Adding a good ventilating solution to your home is always a good investment since it keeps your home fresh and clean. However, don’t rely on adding expensive ventilation systems that will drain energy and increase your electricity bills. Rather, go for something more eco-friendly – wind-powered ventilation. This eco-friendly ventilation system, the so-called whirlybird, can be added to any room in your home. It will bring you many benefits. For starters, it is entirely powered by the wind and it can save plenty of energy. Secondly, it reduces the heat buildup in the room and it can facilitate fresh air circulation, thus helping you get rid of mold and dampness in your home. So, if you don’t already have a ventilation system, consider a Whirlybird, or upgrade your old systems and create a healthy environment.

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Energy efficiency


If you consider replacing your appliances, you should think about energy efficiency. Your new dishwasher, oven, refrigerator or any other bigger appliance should have an Energy Star label. All these appliances use plenty of electricity in order to function properly and they waste energy. However, if you switch to energy-efficient ones, you will manage to reduce energy consumption in your home and save money in future.

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Insulate


The better insulated your home is, the better it will be protected from various weather conditions. Additionally, the amount of wasted energy will reduce, and you and your family can simply sit inside and enjoy your home no matter the weather. For an even better upgrade in your home, you should consider insulating your floors. The best way to do so is to introduce cork. It is a durable material which looks stylish and earthy while keeping your floor warm, which means there will be no cold feet in the morning anymore.

bathroom renovationsChoosing to renovate your home with eco-friendly updates is beneficial both for you and the environment. You are giving back to the community and making our planet a better place for living, while you are saving yourself some serious money in the long run.

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Clever ways to maximise small space

Needing to maximise a small space is a situation we will all run into at some point. Maximising a small space is all about being smart, resourceful and inventive. This is when you'll really need to manipulate furniture, objects, lighting and colours in order to make your area appear larger than it is. By following these simple tips, you'll be amazed at the ways it will transform your small space to appear much bigger than it really is!


Keep windows high 


By keeping windows high, you will be maximising wall to window ratio. This will give the illusion of larger wall space and thus maximise small space. Windows are really important in small spaces, as they let light in and brighten up any living space.

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Hang art above eye level


On that same note, hang pieces of art just above eye-level. Hanging pieces up high will give the illusion of lengthy ceiling space.

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Go open-space 


Not such a secret, but still extremely applicable. Open-space living will maximise a small space and open up your whole area. It will also add flow to your living spaces, creating a relationship between rooms.

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Mirrors for room


Adding a large mirror will give the illusion of adding visual space. Get inventive! Floor length mirrors will lengthen your walls and heighten your ceilings, whereas layering mirrors will add depth to your space.

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Go white 


Having a white base will make the space feel lighter, and will give a base for furniture and accessories to really shine.

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Add colour and plants 


Adding colour and plants to your space will add further depth. Plants add life, just be careful not to go overboard and leave the area looking cluttered.

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Get smart with storage


When you have a small space, the last thing you should be doing is cluttering what little space you do have with bulky storage options. Get smart with your storage, and choose integrated units that are sleek and barely visible to the naked eye.

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Divide, don't wall


Say goodbye to walls that make rooms smaller, and opt for wall dividers. There's plenty of inventive options out there, that will still divide spaces yet still connect rooms visually

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Even-toned rooms


Smooth, soothing even-toned rooms will give maximise small space, and give the illusion the room is bigger than it actually is.

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Use big furniture 


We know, it sounds odd! Using big furniture can actually make a room look larger. It's all about striking the fine balance of not being scared of filling up a small room, yet not going too overboard and leaving it cluttered.

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Simple Home Decorating Tricks

Have you ever wondered why some people's homes seem to radiate with sunshine even on a cloudy day? It is usually the obvious that is missed and easy to fix. Check out some of these ideas that leave you wondering why you hadn't thought of it before.




Wipe Out the 'Lived In' Syndrome


A home does not have to be a mess to be comfortable. Shoes in the middle of the floor, newspapers strewn on the couch, and a coffee table piled with remnants of last night's dinner, games, or reading material can make the most attractive home confusing. This appearance also makes every member of the family feel more tired than they actually are. Compare this scene to visiting a big box store early in the morning. This is normally when shelves are restocked and aisles are filled with cardboard boxes and carts. Even though you know exactly what you want to buy, the sight puts your mind in a fog and you can't remember where anything is. Get rid of the clutter.


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Mirrors with a Second Meaning


When someone mentions that mirrors are a great way for expanding space, most people see themselves checking their clothes and hair at every turn. Believe it or not, this is not how it works. Mirrors do not attract faces but do attract light and extra room. If you have a corner that always seems dark, try adding a series of mirrors to reflect the light from windows located on other walls. They can be long, thin and without a frame or a collage of smaller framed styles. Make sure to keep your windows uncovered in order to bring in the ultimate effect that the reflection can give.


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Furniture Needs


Furniture is a necessity for sitting, resting and relaxing. Compromising comfort for looks often leads to sore muscles and choosing to avoid the room or making a seat on the floor. No matter how awesome a furniture grouping may appear, always give it the rest test before purchasing. There are several furniture manufacturers that combine form and function for a dazzling effect. Using modern furniture in a home not only projects straight lines and organization, but can also open space that is limited and be inviting to visitors.



Do Not be Afraid of Yellow


Yellow signifies joy and happiness. It does not have to be the shade of the sun or a blast of neon in order to be a part of your decor. Muted yellow goes great with all colors of the rainbow and can add quite a bit of spice to a dreary room. This does not mean than you need to go crazy and outfit your space with yellow. Think subtle, such as a clear glass jar of sunflowers, an abstract painting that depicts strong bright colors, or a couple of butterscotch pillar candles on a side table.


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Task Lighting that Outlines Taste


You may know that ambient lighting is important for keeping an even flow of light in a room, but task lighting can provide a dramatic flare to items of pleasure or create a focal point with clarity. For instance, if your grand kids are a source of joy, keep them alive in a room by using framed action shots and further lined with track lighting to feel the zest of their young lives. Fireplaces are also a great feature for highlighting with upward or downward task lights that draw eyes to this focal point.



Fragrances with Impact


One of the reasons why you remember visiting a happy home is not always due to what you see. Scents play an important part in how people remember our homes. If a home has a sanitized smell, it can make you uneasy, like visiting a hospital. Orange is a favorite scent if you want to keep the air fresh-smelling and not overbearing. Natural is also a good choice, like Eucalyptus or almond.


Make your home a pleasant place for retreating to and find yourself feeling fresher, more relaxed and happier with your new surroundings.

Easy Ways to Make Your Yard More Private

With homes being built closer and closer together it is easy to feel like you have no privacy. Fortunately, there are many convenient and attractive ideas for you to create privacy in your backyard. No matter the size of your budget, you can get creative with the following yard tips and build your very own private natural sanctuary.



A Garden Wall


If you feel crafty and wish to design a unique backyard, try building a garden wall. It will create the privacy you need, and give you more room to grow a garden filled with herbs, by using vertical space, and hide an unattractive wall or an unpleasant view.

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Faux Ivy

Another natural boundary can be placed along an iron fence or trellis. A faux ivy fence is great if you are hosting backyard events. You can use them for privacy, to hide unwanted views and improve the design of your property. Faux ivy privacy trellis have a realistic green fade-resistant polyester ivy leaf and looks just like the real thing.

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Hedges and shrubs are always a more suitable solution for creating privacy than a fence. However, if you wish to extend the height of a fence, try placing them along the inside border for additional privacy. As they give a more natural look to the garden, they also filter the wind and noise. Moreover, hedges can keep out intruders, while thick hedges can keep children and pets in.

 

Walls of Plants


Tall and bushy plants make an excellent choice for creating utmost privacy. However, trees do not grow that fast, but once they are full grown you will have the most beautiful lot in the neighborhood. Consider planting Oleander, Evergreen trees, Skyrocket, Gold Cone, and Italian Cypress.Easy Ways to Make Your Yard More Private by shadesailsydney.net.au

Privacy Screens

Private screens are less permanent than a fence and you can move them around the yard. They make a great addition to a small area, preventing you from fencing in the entire backyard. You can buy them in many materials, or you can be creative and make your own.

Privacy Curtains

Privacy curtains are a great decorative detail and are an interesting option for creating a little garden heaven. They are easy to set up and you can move them when you do not want to use them. Outdoor curtains come in different colours and patterns, and you can choose any stylish and elegant piece to decorate your backyard. Similar to curtains, shade sails provide additional privacy, and make a great protection from the sun. Shade sail prices vary from a couple of hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars depending on the size and quality.Easy Ways to Make Your Yard More Private by shadesailsydney.net.au

Patios

Arbors, gazebos or pergolas, will make a great finishing touch to your patio. If you pair them with different plant or flower fences, or with wooden walls you will make an exquisite decorative item.

Creativity and a little investment is all you need to make your own private haven. These investments might be a little higher than you expect but it will be worth it, considering the time you will spend in your gorgeous oasis. Fortunately, you cannot go wrong no matter what you choose for the privacy solution. Therefore, be imaginative, add some lighting, maybe a few sculptures, or fountains. Create a good landscaping plan and you will have the desired privacy to relax and enjoy your new yard.

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Home Renovation Tips: 5 Secrets For Painting Like A Pro

Interior painting is one of the easiest and most preferred DIY projects. It is a quick and affordable way to freshen up your home, without needing any particular training. Of course, the professionals have the benefit of experience, but this doesn’t mean you can’t achieve professional results.



In theory, there is not much that can go wrong. However in reality, you are just one brush away from a disaster. Some of you might found the hard way that this seemingly breezy project can turn into a nightmare of spilled paint and endless cleaning.

Home Renovation Tips. 5 Secrets For Painting Like A Pro
Prep the Surface


Preparing the surface on which you are going to work is crucial for successful interior painting. You need to scrape, smooth, patch and repair each hole, dent, crack or other imperfection on the wall. This is not the most fun part of the process, but it’s necessary. It doesn’t matter what type, consistency or colour is the paint. It will not hide the flaws or replace this step.

Prime the Walls


In general, using primer on the surface is mandatory when dealing with bare drywell or when painting over a darker colour. But you can apply it on any project. There are several benefits to priming the surface. First, it stops the stains from penetrating through the walls and it allows applying only one paint coat. Most importantly, the primer makes the walls less prone to blistering and expands the life of the topcoat. The professionals also use the ingredient to enhance the coverage of the paint. The primer is tinted with a small amount of the topcoat painting. Be sure that both the topcoat and the primer have the same base (latex or oil).

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Canvas over Plastic


Save yourself the drama of cleaning the paint on your floor or furniture. Hire a professional and reliable cleaning help or replace the cheap plastic drop cloths with canvas ones. These are stronger and more durable. Canvases can also absorb the paint quickly and are easy to store. Unlike their plastic counterparts, they are not slippery and can be reused countless times.

Get the Right Equipment


Forget about the heavy and uncomfortable ladder. Why making it hard on yourself when there are far more convenient ways. Instead, invest in a telescoping extension pole for the paint roller. They come in different sizes, which makes them appropriate for almost any paint task. Pick extension poles that have rigid metal core and nonslip, soft rubber grip. The plastic handles are hard to control.
Ideally, you need as much paint on your brush as you can use without spattering. The last thing you want to do is clean up paint spills. Avoid the mess by getting a paint grid, instead of a tray. This is a simple rectangular metal or plastic screen that is attached to the bucket’s rim. The grid helps remove the excess paint.

Painting Techniques


The secret to streak – free interior painting is to preserve a wet edge. The paint should blend with the already treated areas without shadow lines. Start from the top and roll your way to the bottom. Prevent the roller tracks by applying more pressure on the unsupported side of the roller. You can avert the brush marks by adding some paint extender into the paint.

Want to update your home’s decor? Grab the brush and the paint cans and get a going!
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