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Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets, and PM hung out with them and watched them work to gather these 13 tips.

13 Painting Secrets the Pros Won't Tell You

Each painter has slightly different methods and preferences, but the pros all know the trade secrets, and PM hung out with them and watched them work to gather these 13 tips.

You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.

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You've picked your color, but how many gallons will you need for your room? Calculate the wall area of the room; you'll need one gallon for 450 square feet. To determine the wall area, multiply the height of each wall by its width (don't subtract for doors and windows unless they take up more than half the wall); total the figures for the walls. Add 10 percent for future touch-ups. For two coats, double the number.

'Paint Brush Care: How To Rescue a Petrified Brush...!' (via The Family Handyman)

Paint Brush Care: How To Rescue a Petrified Brush

'Paint Brush Care: How To Rescue a Petrified Brush...!' (via The Family Handyman)

She has an interesting concept on painting clean lines with a tutorial and video (although not real clear).  I enjoyed seeing how the changes she made painting stripes in the entry updated it

She has an interesting concept on painting clean lines with a tutorial and video (although not real clear). I enjoyed seeing how the changes she made painting stripes in the entry updated it

Beaded Bottle Embellishments -- these would be so easy to #DIY, and add a feminine touch to bottles on the vanity. #bath #decor

Beaded Bottle Embellishments -- these would be so easy to #DIY, and add a feminine touch to bottles on the vanity. #bath #decor

To Fix a Squeaky Floor:  When the floor framing in your house is accessible and there’s a slight gap between the top of the floor joists and the subfloor, try using polyurethane construction adhesive (about $4 per tube) to silence the squeak. Inject the constructive adhesive into the gap and work it deep with a plastic spoon so it flows toward the nail shanks that are causing the squeaks.

How to Repair a Squeaky Floor

To Fix a Squeaky Floor: When the floor framing in your house is accessible and there’s a slight gap between the top of the floor joists and the subfloor, try using polyurethane construction adhesive (about $4 per tube) to silence the squeak. Inject the constructive adhesive into the gap and work it deep with a plastic spoon so it flows toward the nail shanks that are causing the squeaks.

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