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How to Paint Your Room Like a Pro

Painting Your Home Can Be Fun

So you’ve decided to change the color of your surroundings. You have some free time on your hands, and have decided to take on painting your room. But you’re wondering if you can do it like a pro by yourself… Well, worry not! We’ve got you covered with in-depth tips on how to do it like a pro. Or you can always call up some Painting Contractors

When painting your room you should pay attention to these critical aspects:

  • Preparation
  • Painting the Ceiling
  • Painting Walls
  • Trim

Preparation

In any professional paint job, preparation is about 80% of the work. A nicely done prep work can make the actual paint job look flawless and pristine.

First of all, you need to clean the room. Remove everything that might get in your way unless it’s attached to the floor. Any pictures, towel bars and anything else that will get in your way as you paint and that you want to avoid damaging. It might seem like a waste of time but, in the end, you’ll thank me for this as it will make the work ahead much easier.Make sure to tape up around the windows and walls.


Now for the actual cleaning. Remove any dust and grease spots that might ruin the finish with water, very little dishwashing detergent and a sponge. Don’t forget to rinse the walls with a clean sponge afterward.

Unless you’re using latex paint you’re going to want to prime the walls with a stain blocking primer.


Do some caulking. Any cracks or gaps in the wall should be filled with caulk beforehand. To do a close-up inspection and to avoid missing any, use a flashlight. While doing this, you might find imperfections and bumps that should be smoothed out and/or sanded down.
Taping time. You’re going to want to tape all moldings and trims because we’ll be leaving them for last. Well, next-to-last, anyway. Remember to buy painter’s tape. This is not the kind of thing you want to save money on. The same goes for brushes and rollers, but I think that goes without saying.

Painting the Ceiling

This is the point where you’ll discover whether you’re up to the task. The ceiling is the toughest part of the paint job! Definitely get an extension pole as part of your supplies as you’ll need it for this part of the job. If you have 20-foot ceilings you might want to call someone over to help you, preferably a pro. Otherwise, it’s DIY all the way. After sanding/caulking, you should prime it if need be. And then, the moment you’ve been doing all of the above for – crack open that paint can and begin painting. Don’t forget to cover your floor with plastic sheeting.


You should start from the edges of your ceiling with an edge roller or a brush (simply brush where you aren’t able to use the roller). Afterward, move on to the corner areas and start painting the rest of the ceiling. The most common technique is the “W” technique – you just draw a W and then roll the paint around. These W’s should be in four to five-foot sections. Once you start, try to finish the whole ceiling. Take care to not paint over areas that have started to dry out.

Painting Walls

Painting the walls is very similar to painting the ceiling, but much easier on your neck and back. Just as you did with the ceiling, you should start out by painting the edges/borders of the wall. Once you’ve done that use the same W technique and try to spread the paint evenly. Proceed to the next section with another W shape until you’ve completed one side, then move on to the next wall.


It’s recommended that you apply at least two coats of paint for a more durable and professional paint job. To avoid unwanted drips, try not to drown your roller in the paint way too heavily.

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How to pick out window replacements

What kind of measuring and marking do I need for window replacement?

So you think it may be time for replacement windows, but you’re not sure what kind you need, how much they will cost or even what brand or company you should choose. There are many factors that determine the cost of replacement windows. When you decide it’s time to get the answers you need on window construction and installation, it’s best to call an expert for more information. If you are in the Middle Tennessee area you could try Zen Windows Nashville for Window Replacement Middle Tennessee. If you are not in that area you could just do a local search for replacement windows.

A reputable window company should never charge for an estimate. If you have a small job many times they will quote over the phone or if you have the details they may be able to provide an estimate on the spot but in many cases you will need to have a free in home window replacement estimate.

You may be surprised to know that all windows aren’t created equally. There are differences in material, glass, frame types and hardware between the most common window brands. If you do find a reputable glass company near you then there should be no issue with the quality.

How do I find out the cost for replacing my windows?

Calculating the cost of replacement windows can be tricky, as there are many factors that contribute to the final expense. Do your best to have as many details as possible if you want to get multiple quotes quick. You can also just schedule a time for a free in home estimate and they can offer you more detailed answers.

While the expense of replacement windows can be substantial, it is an investment that will increase the value and comfort of your home. Below are some factors that may impact the cost of your replacement windows.

Wood Windows Benefits and Negatives

While wood windows are sometimes perceived as higher quality, they are generally more expensive. The regular maintenance required on wood windows is substantial, not to mention they are prone to rot. The quality of vinyl replacement windows is substantially better than years past and can be a cost-effective and a reliable alternative to expensive wood or composite windows.

Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows

Another consideration when purchasing replacement windows is the grade of energy efficiency. Experts estimate that 70 percent of energy loss in your home occurs through doors and windows, and 90 percent of window heat loss occurs through the glass. If your new windows aren’t energy efficient, all the money you’re spending to heat and cool your home could literally be going out the window.