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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.


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Add A Painted, Textured Design To Walls In Your Office

If you are updating your office and would like to add fresh paint to the walls that will give it a unique appearance, add a textured design by completing the steps below. Once you have finished the project, appreciate the improved surroundings while working or meeting with clients.


  • drop cloths
  • bucket of soapy water
  • cloths
  • paint chipper
  • hand sander
  • sandpaper
  • tack cloth
  • painter's tape
  • mixing stick
  • interior primer
  • interior paint (two or more colors)
  • paint tray
  • paint roller
  • roller handle and frame
  • stencils
  • sponges

Clean And Level The Surface Of Each Wall

Lay a drop cloth on the floor, next to each wall. Use soapy water and a cloth to remove stains from each wall. Remove the cleaning solution with a cloth that was dampened only with water. Wait for the walls to dry. Use a paint chipper to remove loose pieces of paint from any of the walls. If one or more walls have an uneven surface, attach a piece of low grit sandpaper to a hand sander. Move the tool back and forth over the uneven surfaces until they feel smooth. Wipe sanding dust from the walls with a tack cloth.

Apply Primer And Paint

Cover each wall's trim with pieces of painter's tape. Use a stick to mix a container of primer and pour some of it into a paint tray. Use an evenly coated roller to apply the primer in straight lines. Once the walls are covered, wait for the primer to dry. Apply a coat of paint by using the same steps. Afterwards, add a second coat of paint if you would like the color of the walls to be darker.

Select a color or colors of paint that you would like to create a textured design on the walls with. Use pieces of tape to secure stencils to the walls that depict the design. Dip sponges into the colors of paint that you chose and press each of them against the cutout section of each stencil. The paint-coated sponge will provide the designs with a textured surface.

Wait for the painted design to dry before moving the stencils to another part of one of the walls. Remove the stencils and painter's tape that is covering trim once all of the paint has dried. Your office will have an original appearance that can be admired by you and your clients on a daily basis.

If you need help, contact a painting service like APC Services of New England for assistance.