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Painting Tips for Women

by Nikki Willhite

Painting can be a messy job. Yet, when you are done, it has a big impact. It can affect you emotionally, and it can make the old and drab look revitalized and fresh.

Here are a few tips you may not have thought of to make the job easier.

1. Never us newspapers to cover and protect the floor. Newspaper ink rubs off on carpet. Buy some inexpensive plastic designed to protect floors and furniture, or use old sheets.

2. If you are painting the ceiling, wear a shower cap to protect your hair.

3. If you are worried about your clothing, wear a trash bag on top of it. Cut a hole in the bottom of the bag for your head, and holes in the side for your arms. Slip it over your head.

3. If there is something you don't want to remove, such as a doorknob, but you don't want to spend a lot of time scraping paint off of it, coat it with Vaseline before you start painting.

4. If you are painting a window with a lot of panes, don't spend hours covering the wood with masking tape. Cut strips of newspaper, wet them, and lay them along your paint lines. You can easily pull them off when you are done painting and they are still wet.

5. If you do get paint on your windows, it scrapes off with a razor blade. Some people don't even bother to protect the glass, and just scrape when they are done.

6. If you have to leave your painting supplies, slip a large plastic trash bag around them, and tie it up. That should keep them moist until you return to the job.

7. If you think you are going to run out of paint before your job is finished, stop at the end of the wall, or at another point where the light changes. Hardware stores are pretty good with color matching, but if they make a mistake it will show if you try to continue on the same surface.

8. Use latex paint whenever possible. If you do have to use oil based paint, use vegetable oil to clean your hands. It is easier on your skin than paint thinner.

9. Store leftover paint in the smallest container possible so the air won't dry it out. Be sure and mark the can. You think you will remember, but it is easy to get confused as time goes by.

10. Always put something under your paint can to catch drips that may run down the side. The lid from a can of Crisco works well.

One final remark- painting is a lot of work, but don't settle for something you don't like. If you don't like what you see when you are done, get another color, and do it again. At least your prep work will be done. 

Sometimes you just can't tell until you are done. Don't live with something that you don't like. It isn't worth it.

If you persist, and take the time to do it over and get it right, not only will you enjoy it, but you will commend yourself for your hard work and your determination to get it right.

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 


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