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Picking Up the Pieces After a Flood

Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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How To Choose The Right Paint And Get Cleaner Lines

by Scott Gordon

Painting can be a simple and fun DIY home improvement project. A simple paint job can restore any room and make it feel new and fresh. However, for your paint job to look great, you need to be prepared. Perhaps the two most important things to consider are the type of paint that you use and how you are going to paint along the edges. This article explains both so you can paint like a pro.

Using Latex Based Paint

Most people paint their interior walls with latex based paint. These are the easiest to work with and the safest because they are not toxic and easier to clean up. You really only need an oil base paint if you are painting your outside or a bathroom where there is a lot of moisture. You also need to consider the sheen of the paint that you use. Glossy paint lasts longer, is more fade resistant and is easier to keep clean. However, it looks more industrial. Most homeowners prefer a more subtle look so they use matte paint. The low sheen provides a warmer look and seems to look more natural on interiors.

Painting the Edges

No matter what type of news, you need to make sure you paint the edges well. Most of the painting will involve using a roller to cover the majority of the wall. However, you need to use a paintbrush to do the detail work around the edges. This process is called cutting in. Professionals will often do the cutting in by hand. However, you should not try to freehand it if you don't have any experience with painting.

Instead, you should use painter's tape. Not all painters tape is the same, so make sure you use the right type for your walls. For instance, there are tapes that are specially designed for textured drywall and others that are designed for wood surfaces. When applying the tape, it is very important that you push it down as hard as possible. If your wall has a slight texture, there is a good chance that the paint will seep underneath the tape. This is why you still need to be careful when painting along the line. Don't just slop the paint all over.

In the end, paining your edges is a vital part of the job. If the edges are uneven, crooked, or splotchy, your entire paint job will look sloppy. But, if you use the right paint and practice cutting in, the end result can look just as good as if a professional did it. Contact a business, such as bathroom remodeling in Oakland, for more information. 

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