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Happy family painting walls.Anyone would agree that a fresh coat of paint is the easiest, most cost-effective way to give your home a clean, new look for spring—and even you’ve never wielded a paintbrush before, a few simple tips will help you get results you can be proud of.

From eLiving today.com, here are nine tips that will have you painting like a pro:

  • Prep and patch – Long before you pour the paint, be sure walls are clean and dust-free and use patching paste and a putty knife to patch and smooth any existing chips or nail holes. Use masking tape to mark off windows.
  • Pick your paint – Apart from choosing color(s), decide which type of paint to use. Latex-based paints are easy to clean with soap and water, but are not as durable. Oil-based paints require a bit more care, but are more durable for areas that get lots of wear and tear.
  • Pick your brushes – For oil-based paints, choose a brush with natural bristles. For latex-based paint, pick a brush made of synthetic material such as nylon.
  • Have all materials on hand – In addition to those above, you will need: drop cloths, gloves, paint rollers and trays, a ladder, primer, stir sticks, paint thinner, and a ball cap to protect your head. Disposable roller tray liners will save some time and effort.
  • Prime first – Open the windows to let fresh air circulate. Then use primer to prime the walls before you paint – especially in older homes with lots of patched holes.
  • Mix the paint – For large areas, pour all the paint into one bucket and mix it together using a sturdy paint stick. This will ensure the color is consistent even if there are slight variations from can to can.
  • Paint in order – If you are painting the ceiling, paint it first before the walls, doors and trim. Just a few strokes of the roller on walls or ceiling will help you find the rhythm that works for you.
  • Clean brushes and tools – Remember to use water for latex-based paint brushes, paint thinner for oil-based.
  • Get rid of paint fumes – In addition to opening windows while priming and painting, try banishing paint fumes faster by pouring a little vinegar into a few bowls and setting them out throughout the painted room.

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