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Do It Yourself Painting Made Easy

By Lavender June 5, 2008

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We all have heard it before. Painting a room will brighten it up, make it more cheerful and livelier, and freshen it up. That all may be true. But it’s so much easier to say than to do.

So, let’s start of with tips on how actually to go about painting a room—assuming you do it yourself, that is. Calling Magic Painting Service will give you a professional job without any of the hassle, but if money is an issue, doing it yourself is the next best thing.

Step 1: Reality Check
Realize that your friends are snickering because the walls are pink, not because of that funny poster on your wall.

Step 2: Mastering the Paint Swatches
These multicolored swatches will help you pick out colors. Take them home, and place them around the room. See what color goes best with what you own. Notice how the light reflects off them. Once you narrow down your choices, get a friend or loved one to help pick the final one. You already have proven your previous wall color was wrong, so getting help is very important here.

Step 3: Preparation
This is the oh-my-God stage, where you realize how much work is ahead of you. The most important part is planning for time. If you think you can prep a room and paint it in less than six hours, stop now, and call Magic, because it’s just going to end in disaster. Plan for at least 24 hours. You need to remove everything from the walls (including light switches, etc.). Wipe them down—yes, clean your walls. Move the furniture to the center of the room, or better yet, out of the room if possible. Cover the floors. You’re painting the walls, not everything you can splatter with a wave of the wrist.

Step 4: Prepping for Painting
Yes, that’s right—even more prepping. Before you open that first can of paint, make sure everything, and I do mean everything, you will need is in one organized area. This ensures you’re not running around your home painting the furniture with your hands and clothing, as you bump into it frantically looking for a wet cloth to fix your mistakes. Also, if you are mixing colors to get an exact blend, be sure to do it all at once. No guarantee that just because you say you want Color A means you will get Color A the second time around.

Step 5: Painting
Now, it’s time to paint. If you are going from dark to light, you must prime first. This will help ensure your color shows up the way you want, and not some nasty green-brown shade, after it dries. Also, know that you will have to use more than one coat of paint to achieve an even look, so plan on it as well (i.e., buy enough paint). Lastly, paint from top to bottom, guaranteeing that as you drip paint everywhere (which you will), you can cover up your mistakes as you get to the bottom.

If all this sounds like too much, or you truly just hate painting, because you remember what it was like last time, call Magic Painting Service. It’ll cost more than doing it yourself, but, hey, it’s professional and hassle-free. Can’t really beat that


Magic Painting Service

4740 33rd Ave. N., Golden Valley
(612) 384-1148
www.magicpainting.com

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