Get Your House Ready for Spring! It’s Here!

Get Your House Ready for Spring! It’s Here!

The cold weather is leaving us and many are planning spring cleaning projects to clear the cobwebs and freshen up our living spaces. It’s the season to clear the clutter and express ourselves for the new year!

Once we’ve cleaned out the closets and rearranged the furniture, there’s often a desire to make a more global change, perhaps something that gives all your spaces a fresh new look, or just sprucing up the old one you love.

INSIDE YOUR HOME

Painting the interior walls of your home can give you an entirely different flavor. Even if you’re just refreshing the existing color, fresh clean lines that remove any irregularities can make your home look new!

NEW COLOR, OR STICK WITH WHAT YOU LOVE?

If you decide it’s time to paint, then you’ll need to decide if you’re going to keep the same color or change to a new scheme. Keeping the same color is easy. You can take a sample to most paint stores and they can match the color for you. Your next step is to move on to the prep stage.

COLOR PALETTES

Paint stores have made it easy, grouping color palettes onto reference cards and sharing compatible shades that compliment each other. You can let your imagination fly and mix and match to your heart’s content. Professionals are typically on hand to answer your questions and direct you to the tools and materials you’ll need for your specific project.

Don’t forget to stock up on prep materials. While it’s important we choose the right colors, but even more so that we preserve what we have. Paint on our furnishings and floors is certainly not the goal and may spoil any feelings of accomplishment you could potentially enjoy.

PREP

MASKING. You’ll want to mask any areas at risk of receiving unintended color. Use painters tape to protect baseboards, window sills, crowne molding, door frames, outlet covers, and light switch plates. Anything you don’t want to receive paint. You’ll be glad of the clean lines left behind once you remove the tape.

TARPING. Move furnishings away from the walls, leaving enough room to move while you paint. Put floor covering down to protect against splatter and cover furniture pieces. There are plastic sheets available at your local paint store that will serve the purpose. Prepare carefully and your job will be easy.

SUPPLIES. Get your work space arranged for efficient paint access. Set aside an area for your paint cans, stir sticks, paint trays, brushes and rollers. When your tools are loaded with paint is NOT the right time to figure out where to rest your brushes and rollers in between strokes.

PAINT

Start with your edge work, applying paint to all the areas you masked. Once you’ve finished working around your masked areas you’ll have an open field to brush and roll paint. Fill your paint tray with paint and work your roller to cover it with paint.

Be careful not to overload the roller, you don’t want it dripping, just thoroughly cover it. Roll the paint on smoothly and don’t go too fast, or you’ll be covered in paint when you’re through. If you’re brushing, follow the same guideline… not too much paint at once and brush on smoothly.

Overlap your strokes a bit, but not too much. Your goal is to have even color throughout and overlapping too much will make denser areas of color you may not like in your finished product. Just make sure you don’t miss any areas as they’ll stick out too.

CLEAN UP

Most paint will allow cleaning brushes with water, rollers too! If you want to save your tools for future projects, you can clean them up and store them. Actually, the materials are inexpensive and can be replaced if you decide not to take the time.

Paint, if covered securely, will keep and will come in handy for touch ups down the road. Pick up your tarps, remove your masking tape, and scoot your furniture back into place.

ENJOY!

After all is said and done, have a seat and enjoy the new look. While you’re reveling in your successfully completed makeover, you may consider one other area that may need sprucing.

DON’T FORGET TO GET THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOME READY FOR SPRING!

Now that the inside of your home looks fabulous, you might take the time to make your home’s exterior spring ready. It’s worth the moment to stand on the sidewalk in front of your house and take in the view. Make a list of what needs attention, from the leaves in the yard to your front door, there are probably plenty of things that can be done to improve your curb appeal.

THE YARD

Clean Up the ravages from the winter weather. Rake up the leaves, clean out flower beds and under bushes, give your bushes the first trim of the season if they need it, and generally remove anything cluttering your landscape.

THE HOUSE

Hose off the house. Direct a high powered water jet at the house and clear off any debris clinging on since winter.

While you’re working, take note of any areas that may need a touch up before it’s ready for paint. Peeling paint, damaged trim, and any number of things that might need repair may come to light, especially if it’s been a couple of summers since you’ve done anything with it.

Once minor repairs are done, you should scrape any peeled paint away and develop a clear painting space.

Back to your local paint store where they can direct you to the appropriate paints to use for whatever areas you need to address. You’ll need a ladder and paint hooks to hang your paint can on the ladder when necessary, along with the typical brushes and rollers.

If you’re feeling brave and / or have the skills, a paint sprayer can save you a lot of time. Just remember to protect against over spray where appropriate. You won’t be happy if you unintentionally speckle your car or landscaping with paint.

Don’t be afraid to use bold colors on trim aspects, like your front door for instance. A bold color on your front door, coordinated with accessories like matching flower pots or shutters, can make an equally bold statement of your home.

PROFESSIONAL HELP

If all this sounds a bit much, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. A professional painting contractor will achieve the best results in the least amount of time, for both inside and outside projects.

While initially it may seem an expensive way to go, but when you factor in time and materials and measure it against the quality of your results, it’s more than worth it. Having their expertise at your command will boost your confidence and allow you to focus on the aesthetics rather than the mechanics of giving your home a makeover.

REAL LIFE GIANTS You Won’t Believe Actually EXIST!

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How to Avoid Buying Low Quality Tactical Watches

How to Avoid Buying Low Quality Tactical Watches

When most people think of military or tactical equipment, they think of something that is sturdy and able to withstand the tough conditions that soldiers have to endure out on a battlefield or in a foreign field of operation. They expect this kind of equipment to hold up under freezing temperatures, scorching heat, torrential rain and tremendous wear and tear.

That’s why many are surprised that there are tactical watches labeled as military-type equipment that just won’t hold up to strenuous use. They fall apart after a single outing or crack under pressure, and most consumers shopping for this kind of equipment are looking for something a lot stronger.

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There are lots of low quality tactical watches out there that have very little to do with actual military equipment. These are watches the military would never use in its operations or issue to its soldiers. The manufacturers feel they can get away with the tactical or military label just by adding a coat of camo or some other aesthetic touch.

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