Written by Anne Reagan
If you’ve ever painted your walls or ceiling before, you know that the success of your painting job relies entirely in the preparation. Painting your home is a great way to add value to your home and a fresh coat of paint can make it look and feel new, even if it isn’t. If you need to paint several rooms, ceilings or difficult-to-reach areas, you may want to look into hiring a professional painter to complete the task for you. However, if you plan on simply painting a wall or two, painting can be an inexpensive DIY project to tackle over the weekend. Before you pick out the paint colors or dip your brush into the bucket, make sure you are following these tips for painting.
Get the right supplies before you startA good paint job starts with the right supplies. Some things you might want to make sure you have on hand include:
Ventilate and light the spaceProper ventilation is key, even when using low VOC paints. If you are unable to open windows while painting, use a fan or consider wearing a mask. Paint fumes can cause nausea, headaches and chest pain; it’s always worth the time and money to invest in your health and safety. Having good lighting will make it much easier to see any missed spots. If your usual lighting isn’t strong enough, consider purchasing a work or shop light. Pro tip: Even if the room you are working in doesn’t have access to fresh air, open up doors and windows in adjacent rooms in your home. In the room you are working in, direct the fan so that the air is blowing out. This way the fan will help suck out any paint fumes and direct it out of the home.
Start with edges and work your way inAlways start with your edges first (called “cutting in”) and paint a two to three inch space. Because rollers are not designed for tight edges, you need to cut in with a brush before adding your roller. Use an angled brush on trim and in corners as it covers better. Pro tip: When cutting in you don’t want a lot of paint on your brush. Pour a small amount of paint into a disposable cup so you can quickly dip your brush without having to hold the large gallon of paint in one hand. Or try a product like the Paint Handy Plus.
Use a roller and paint the restRollers don’t leave brush strokes and offer a clean, even finish. Choose the right roller nap (the length of the roller fibers) for your wall. Heavily textured walls require a thicker nap, smooth finishes require little to no nap. If you cannot reach higher spaces, use an extension pole. Make thick, vertical stripes as you paint while using even pressure. Adding too much pressure could cause drip marks on your wall. Work your way from right to left and do not worry if the first coast does not cover everything. It almost always takes two to three coats to cover the wall entirely. Lastly, always let each coat dry before adding the next. Sometimes you can see where you need to touch up easier and the paint will dry faster if each coat has dried before the next. Pro tip: Cover your paint can or paint tray with plastic wrap to keep the paint from drying in between coats. Brushes can also be covered with plastic wrap or placed in a plastic bag. Watch our quick tip video for other paint ideas.
Need more painting tips? Be sure to read all of our Painting articles on Get Advice.
Release Date: September 17, 2015
For immediate releaseInformation received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity is expanding at a moderate pace. Household spending and business fixed investment have been increasing moderately, and the housing sector has improved further; however, net exports have been soft. The labor market continued to improve, with solid job gains and declining unemployment. On balance, labor market indicators show that underutilization of labor resources has diminished since early this year. Inflation has continued to run below the Committee's longer-run objective, partly reflecting declines in energy prices and in prices of non-energy imports. Market-based measures of inflation compensation moved lower; survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable.
Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. Recent global economic and financial developments may restrain economic activity somewhat and are likely to put further downward pressure on inflation in the near term. Nonetheless, the Committee expects that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, with labor market indicators continuing to move toward levels the Committee judges consistent with its dual mandate. The Committee continues to see the risks to the outlook for economic activity and the labor market as nearly balanced but is monitoring developments abroad. Inflation is anticipated to remain near its recent low level in the near term but the Committee expects inflation to rise gradually toward 2 percent over the medium term as the labor market improves further and the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate. The Committee continues to monitor inflation developments closely.
To support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee today reaffirmed its view that the current 0 to 1/4 percent target range for the federal funds rate remains appropriate. In determining how long to maintain this target range, the Committee will assess progress--both realized and expected--toward its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation. This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. The Committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen some further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective over the medium term.
The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. This policy, by keeping the Committee's holdings of longer-term securities at sizable levels, should help maintain accommodative financial conditions.
When the Committee decides to begin to remove policy accommodation, it will take a balanced approach consistent with its longer-run goals of maximum employment and inflation of 2 percent. The Committee currently anticipates that, even after employment and inflation are near mandate-consistent levels, economic conditions may, for some time, warrant keeping the target federal funds rate below levels the Committee views as normal in the longer run.
Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Janet L. Yellen, Chair; William C. Dudley, Vice Chairman; Lael Brainard; Charles L. Evans; Stanley Fischer; Dennis P. Lockhart; Jerome H. Powell; Daniel K. Tarullo; and John C. Williams. Voting against the action was Jeffrey M. Lacker, who preferred to raise the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points at this meeting.
BEAUTIFUL MODERN & NEW 2 Bdrm 'Loft-Style' Condo For Sale in Etobicoke! - Check out my OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, Sep 13th from 2 and 4PM at 51 Lady Bank Road, Unit 404, Toronto!!
The Hive Lofts, Fabulous 6 Storey, 18 Loft Boutique Loft Designed By Award Winning Teeple Architects And Interiors By Dk Studio. Stunning Upgraded 2 Bdrm 770 Sqft Unit ( As Per Builder Plans), Features 10 Ft Soaring Ceilings, Quartz Counter And Center Island, Pantry, Glass Backsplash, Engineered Wide Plank Wood Flooring, Porcelain Tiles, 4-Pc Ensuite, W/I Closet W/Organizers, Gas Range & S/S Appliances. 145 Sqft Terrace With Gas Bbq Hookup And Water Bib. Wow!