Updating the look of your home can get costly. If you don't have the financial resources available to invest in a remodel, but you want to give your home a new aesthetic appeal, then all you need is a can of paint and some patience. Changing the paint color is a simple (and affordable) way to give your home a new feel.
Here are two tricks that you can use to help make your next painting project a lot easier.
1. Know which primer to purchase.
When it comes to applying a fresh coat of paint, the primer you use can have a significant effect on the overall vibrancy and durability of your newly painted wall.
Painting over a coat of oil-based paint without the right primer could cause your new paint color to peel and bubble. To determine if your walls feature an oil-based paint, soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and apply to a small area. If the paint can be worn away with the rubbing alcohol, it is latex-based and any primer can be used to prep the wall for painting. If the paint stays put, it is oil-based and will require the application of a primer made specifically to cover oil-based products before new paint can be applied.
2. Use vinegar to clean old brushes.
If you have some old nylon paint brushes lying around the house, and you want to save money on your paint project, you can try using some vinegar to remove dried paint from the bristles.
All you have to do is place the brushes in a saucepan with the bristles facing down. Fill the pan with enough vinegar to fully cover the bristles, then bring the vinegar to a boil and let it simmer. Remove the saucepan from heat, allow the vinegar to cool for a minute, then remove the brushes from the pan.
Run the paint brushes under cool water and use your fingers to comb caked-on paint free from the bristles. Using vinegar to breathe new life into old paint brushes can be a great way to reduce the cost of your paint project by eliminating the need to invest in new brushes from your local hardware store.
Changing the paint color in your home can be a simple way to give your home a facelift. Make painting easy by using rubbing alcohol to help you determine which primer to buy and relying on vinegar to help you salvage old paint brushes.
For more information, contact local professionals like Klenosky Paint.