Use These Painting Tips To Save Money

Few people like painting their house, but with a few thrifty painting tips you will be painting with enthusiasm.

Painting Tip #1 is the best kept professional painter's secret - Painters Caulk.

When you are purchasing your painting supplies, get a caulk gun and a tube of painters caulk. This product can be found at most hardware stores or anywhere you buy paint.

To use it - tape off the corner or ceiling you are not painting. The straighter you align your tape, the straighter your paint line will be. Next run a very thin bead of the painters caulk along the edge of the tape on the wall you are painting. Next smooth the caulk - you can simply use your finger to smooth this - it washes off with soap and water.

Now paint the wall. You will be able to paint one wall dark shades right next to a white wall or ceiling and your dividing line will be straight. As soon as you have the wall painted, peel the tape off - very carefully. You cannot let the painters caulk dry completely or the method does not work.

Painting Tip #2 Buying marked down paint.

This one is a little more tricky, but can have great results. For a thrifty painting project, go to any store that mixes paint and look at their cans that have been mixed incorrectly. Customers often order a color of paint that gets mixed up wrong and the store has no choice but to sell it at a much reduced price. If you watch these sales long enough, you will come up with enough paint in the right color to complete your next painting project.

However if you have your heart set on a certain color, just shop for the best deal at the store. Buy one gallon to start. The store can always mix more, but once you have them mix it, it's yours unless they mix it wrong.

Painting Tip #3 Reusing paint pans, rollers and brushes without the hassle of washing them out every night.

If your project is going to take more than one day, pour as much of the paint as you can back into the paint container, place your roller and brush in the paint pan that had the paint in it, place the whole thing in a plastic bag, seal the bag up and put it in the freezer.

The next day get the whole thing out of the freezer about a half hour before you want to start painting. By the time you start everything will be thawed and ready to start. Wash out all your supplies only when the painting project is completed.

This saves a bundle on water not to mention your time.

Painting Tip #4 Paint one wall a contrasting color.

Notice the paint on the far walls? A different shade of paint on even one wall can make a dramatic difference in a room but uses less paint than painting the whole room.

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