Professional Home Painting Tool Selction Made Easy

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Professional Home Painting Tools Selection Made Easy. This article is going to cover the basics of selecting home painting tools including brush and roller types used in professional painting. To start with lets cover the equipment, a professional specializing in home painting really needs several brushes and one roller with several roller covers to produce high quality work. While there are several quality brands of paint brushes available for your use, the most commonly used by professionals for its long durability is “Purdy” brand. You will need one brush for latex paints, and one for oil based paints. I do not recommend that an amateur use oil based paints until they are able to do a good clean job with latex, as latex is easier to clean up after.

The brushes should be angle cut in order to make drawing a line with them easier. They will be labeled as to the type of hairs they have and what type of paint that is good for. Once purchased I recommend marking them with a permanent marker on the tip end of their handle as to what type of paint you use them in and then store them in their covers to protect the hairs from getting bent out of place.

A good brush will probably cost you $20.00 USD and should be 2-1/2 to 3 inches wide depending on personal preference. A smaller brush is easier to get into tight spaces with, while a wider one needs to be reloaded with paint less often. You may also need a small 1/2 inch or maybe even an artist brush for some of those small spaces or if you want any type of graphics on your walls.

The standard roller is 9 inches wide and is used in wide open spaces. The type of roller cover you use will depend on the texture of the wall your using it on. A fine 1/8 inch or less nap cover is used on smooth walls while a 1/4 inch works good for knockdown texture and you may need a 1/2 or 3/4 inch nap for really rough surfaces. For oil painting I recommend a cheap cardboard core to the roller cover as you will want to throw it away on a daily basis. For latex painting I would look for a plastic core as it will wash out without falling apart and thus should last several weeks or even a month before you have to throw it away. Smaller 3 inch wide rollers are commonly used for painting some trim and large signs they are not recommended for cutting lines like in corners or against roofing or on signs, this is what a brush is for. Although on a rare occasion under right circumstances a professional can draw a fine line with a roller it is very tricky and not recommended for the amateur. There are special rollers made with an edge guard just for drawing lines that makes it easier for the amateur to do it. That guard requires more frequent cleaning to keep it working good, and once you get used to a brush for lining it will be the easiest way to do it unless you only have a little to do then the extra clean up of an extra piece of equipment might be more hassle than it is worth. Sprayers are only good for fences and large walls with little or no brick and very few windows, as everything around where you are spraying needs to be masked off and covered up and the extra masking and covering is often more work than if you just took the extra time to brush and roll it and with spraying you still have to brush your lines in. While sprayers have come down in price dramatically in the last twenty years they still cost enough that it is not worth while for the home owner who if he does the job right is only going to be painting once every twenty to thirty years. I personally have exterior and interior paint jobs that are twenty years old and with the advancements that have been made in the last twenty years it wouldn’t surprise me if ones I am doing today would last thirty years. The key to getting long durability out of a paint job, is to seal it up tight and do a good job of troubleshooting problems that may cause water to get behind the paint or be held on the paint. Examples of problems would be, plants that are planted too close to a house will touch and hold rain water against the paint for extended periods of time while leaky gutters or roofs allow water behind the paint, any of these will cause the paint to peal. If you have pealing paint you know you have another problem as paint won’t peal otherwise, it would just fade away.

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Chinese Antique Paintings

Chinese Antique Paintings

Decorating for your home. The images in Chinese antique paintings are traditionally both delicate, and bold. The landscapes are often quite hypnotic. These pieces can be a wonderful addition to a home, or a room in a home, that needs a harmonizing, peaceful element to bring it into balance.

Harmonizing with Chinese Antique Paintings

For instance, if your dining room is fairly formal, with heavy wooden furniture and heavy drapery, the lightness and delicacy of Chinese antique paintings can breathe new life into an otherwise stuffy environment. In contrast, if your daughter’s room is a modern mess, with laundry on the floor and celebrity posters covering the walls, something like a Chinese nature painting can add a touch of much-needed elegance. Your daughter will love it for its beauty and “grown up” appeal.

Chinese paintings also make wonderful gifts, because they appeal to most people, yet are totally unexpected. Most people really like Chinese paintings, but few people have them. A painting of lotus flowers on silk would be a splendid gift for your mother or grandmother. A painting of a prowling tiger on rice paper makes a fantastic gift for a boy’s birthday.

The best place to get these paintings, as well as angel art and golf art, is online. When you search for pictures online, you literally have thousands upon thousands of paintings at your disposal. When you shop in a traditional store, you’re lucky to find even 100 prints.

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How to Paint a Portrait

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You can paint a portrait. It is quite simple. You do not need any special skills. Although it would be easiest to paint with at least one hand, it is not necessary. There are painters who use a foot or a mouth. What you will need is desire and inspiration. The rest is a three-step process, so let’s get started!

1) Select your medium

As with any type of painting, you will need paint. There are many types of paint to choose from: oil. Acrylic, watercolor, tempera, aerosol spray, and finger are some examples. If you have no paint, that is okay. Colored liquids in various viscosities can be found all over your home or office: toothpaste, transmission fluid, pudding, gravy, fingernail polish. Be creative! You can combine ingredients to get the colors you want.

After you’ve acquired your paint, now you need something to paint on. Canvas is great, but it is rather expensive. Poster board, slate shingles, and plaster board are all very good to paint on. If you are painting wit toothpaste, you might as well paint right on the bathroom mirror. Just remember one thing: if you are going to paint on community property, ask permission.

2) Select your tools

There are many types of brushes available to artists: filberts, fans, rounds, flats. They come in many shapes and sizes. The bristles are either made of synthetic materials or animal hair. Some animals that have generously donated their precious hair to the noble cause of art include mink, camel, horse, and badger. Some artists in Java use the hair of the nearly-extinct wooly rhinoceros for brushes. These artists greatly cherish these exotic brushes and protect them ferociously. You should love your brushes, too. Take care of them and keep them clean. Animal hair brushes are expensive. You may want to try to make your own. If you have a dog, cat, or pet ferret, you can make very good brushes. Just snip one to three inches of fur, glue it to any old stick, and use a cut-up pot pie tin for a ferrule. It is that simple!

You don’t need brushes to paint. You can use rollers, feathers, turkey basters, and most power or hand tools from the garage. You can use your fingers. Some artists paint by poking their fingertips with a lance and paint with their own blood. This is not suggested, because your palette would be extremely limited.

3) Choose your subject

Sometimes the hardest thing for an artist is not how to paint, but what to paint. You should paint someone you like. It can be a friend, relative, or acquaintance. You can have your subject pose in person, or you can paint from a photograph. Maybe you could paint the portrait of a famous person: rock star, actress, athlete, war hero, living or dead, man or woman. It is up to you, so choose wisely.

You can paint your subjects realistically or abstractly. You can flatter them with portraits or you can dignify them. If your subject is posing in person, allow time for breaks.

Now that you know how to paint a portrait, go get started. It’s fun, easy, and relaxing. Painting portraits is good art. All you need is Inspiration!

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How to Paint a Doll’s Face: Faceup Tips for Pullip, Blythe, and Super Dollfie

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For doll enthusiasts, whether their obsession is a Pullip, a Blythe, or a Dollfie, there is no greater joy than customizing their doll. There’s also no greater pain than ruining a beautiful doll with stains or chemicals after the wrong care. For all that can go wrong with a faceup, however, so much can go right. Here are some tips for painting a beautiful customized doll.

Know The Medium

Each type of doll will require different care. The main types of doll that can be painted and customized are plastic dolls similar to Blythe and Pullip, vinyl dolls like Tyler Wentworth and Barbie, and resin dolls like the Volks Super Dollfie. Of all of these, Resin is the easiest to change, and vinyl is the easiest to paint, but stains easily. Aspiring doll faceup artists may want to practice on a few cheap ceramic dolls before tackling Tonner fashion dolls, or resin ball jointed dolls (BJDs).

The first step in painting a doll face is to remove the old face paint. In nearly any medium, this can be done with three items: an abrasive sponge, some acetone (resin only!), or some rubbing alcohol. When using any caustic material such as acetone, it may be a good idea to dilute it with water to avoid damaging the doll’s face. Dip a sponge into the alcohol or acetone and water solution, and use it to gently wipe away any current paint. Clean the doll head thoroughly after removing paint, as leaving chemicals on any material might damage it.

Painting the Doll

The next step in painting a doll is to seal the doll’s face. There are many substances to do this. Among doll hobbyists, Testor’s Dull Cote and the Japanese import Mister Super Clear are the most popular. These sealants not only protect the original material, but provide a texture that will hold paints and powders. Testor’s may not be suitable for Blythe or Pullip dolls, so always test a spare head first. Always seal a doll outdoors, in a well ventilated area. Hold the can at least a few feet away from the doll head, and lightly mist the head a few times until the area is coated with a transparent layer of sealant.

Many doll faceup artists begin with blushing. Blushing a doll adds a lifelike quality. There are several suitable methods of blushing. For those talented with an airbrush, airbrushed blushing is very natural in appearance. For beginners, however, chalk pastels, or oil free makeup will work. Makeup brushes, or natural fiber art brushes are best for blushing. Create the desired color by applying the brush to the chalk, or by shaving the pastels and mixing colors. Lightly dust the powder on the doll’s cheeks and nose.

Painting Doll Eyes and Lips

After the doll is blushed, another layer of sealant will protect the work so far. Generally, any mistakes with the paint can be removed with alcohol if applied quickly enough. The eyes and the lips are the next step. The level of detail here will depend on the artist’s personal preferences.

To paint a doll’s lips, first mix the preferred color of paint using acrylic paints. For a glossy look, mix paint with a thinner for some transparency. For a matte color, apply paint directly to the lips. Painting the eyes is done in the same way. First, apply a dark liner, and then allow it to dry. Eyeshadow can be done in either chalks or paints.

Eyelashes and eyebrows are often the hardest part of a doll’s face to paint. It’s always a good idea to have a piece of glass or plastic to practice the stroke and consistency of the paint before applying it to a doll. A liner brush with a long, fine tip is often the best tool for painting doll lashes and eyebrows. Paint the lower lashes first, with light strokes that taper at the ends.

The eyebrows can be difficult, partly because they should be symmetrical. This can be accomplished easily by designing the shape of one brow, and then using a stencil to paint it. Detail can be added as desired.

At this point, seal the doll’s face again with the sealant, and allow it to dry fully. Some artists use a clear acrylic gloss to add some sheen to the lips or eyelids. Do not seal after using a gloss, as this will dull the shine.

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Botanical Art and British Drawing Master Walter Fitch

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With botany developing into a science the services of a drawing master of botanical art were required for the realistic and accurate portrayal of plants. At the same time, demand grew for pictures of flowers. From the 17th to the 19th century, the finest flower paintings were produced in France, Germany, Austria, Holland and England with Ehert, Bauer and Redoute being among the greatest drawing masters.

Walter Hood Fitch (1817-1892) was one of the most important British botanical artists of the 19th century. Introduced to botany by William Jackson Hooker, editor of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and director of Kew Gardens, Fitch illustrated for Kew and other publications for 40 years producing some 9,000 drawings. Most famously he worked with Joseph Dalton Hooker, the most prominent botanist of the 19th century.

Before photography, the media used to draw plants and in flower paintings were

  • Watercolour, first on vellum and later on hot-pressed paper
  • Oil painting
  • Wood cutting, etching and metal engraving
  • Aquatint, mezzotint, stipple
  • Lithography

How to Draw Plants according to Walter Fitch

Endersby’s Imperial Nature provides many insights on what Fitch and his partner, the famous botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker, thought about the techniques and practices an artist should employ to draw plants or flowers. These were:

  • Constant observation: According to drawing master of botanical art, Walter Hood Fitch, while colouring can be easily mastered, the only way for a botanical artist to acquire a correct eye for drawing is by constant observation.
  • Knowledge of plant anatomy: Fitch stressed that to draw plants and flowers and get the perspective right, the artist should have an understanding of plant geometry, a solid knowledge of plant anatomy and structure. Fitch himself was a master of plant dissection.
  • Accuracy and bold outline: Accuracy was certainly important for flower paintings or botanical drawings. Hooker advised a field sketcher to make sure that he makes an accurate free bold outline: “Do not hold the pencil too tight nor press too heavy or hard, but learn to make free strokes”. Fitch was famous for his bold outline and free flowing strokes.
  • Use other people’s sketches and dried specimens: Often Fitch never saw the plants he drew but worked instead from sketches provided to him by field artists or from dried plant specimens. A great drawing master of botanical art, Fitch was able to create flower paintings that looked lifelike from a series of flattened herbarium specimens. This he accomplished due to his deep knowledge of plant anatomy.

Finally as Endersby points out, before learning how to draw plants the Victorian student should have first learnt plant anatomy and classification: “drawing was only a learning process for those who already knew what to look for”. For flower paintings or for botanical drawings one needed a good, undamaged specimen; “the act of drawing was one point in a cycle of observation, mimesis, inscription and memorization”.

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Interior Painter: Finding the Right One For Your House

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The land of do-it-yourself can be a dangerous one, but even more dangerous is the prospect of hiring a professional, affordable interior painter! It’s important to consider a few simple principles when deciding how to hire an interior painter. Remember that it’s all about what you want, and then choose the painter that fits your budget.

The Budget Painter

If cheap is your goal, rest assured there are plenty of options. Prices vary drastically. If you care more about getting the cheapest than the best, then a quick visit to Craigslist.org will give you oodles of options. Sometimes this is the only option, and when it is, doing a little research can yield fantastic results without breaking the bank.

All that said, even worse than underpaying for shoddy work is overpaying for shoddy work. There are numerous painting companies out there who will provide you fancy, detailed estimates that are way out of your price range. When considering the cost of a project, use common sense. Consider the square footage, and then estimate a price that would seem reasonable if you were the one doing the job. Oftentimes, painting companies will take advantage of home-owners lack of do-it-yourself knowledge and exploit it for their own benefit. If someone is too expensive for you, then simply don’t hire them. Many painting companies will say that the work they do is worth the extra money, but keep in mind that this is painting we’re talking about. You’re not asking for the Sistine Chapel to be recreated over your dining table, and you shouldn’t have to pay for it.

Primer, Paints, And Brushes, Oh My!

There are other factors to consider when choosing a painter. For example, does the painter you’re considering provide the primer? If so, is it dark or light to suit your desired color? Does the painter provide their own equipment, including ladders for those high ceilings? Make sure the estimate includes the cost of at least two coats of primer, just to be on the safe side. You don’t want to be stuck between a rock and a hard place if their light-colored primer isn’t dark enough to get by with one coat of actual paint.

Google, Yelp, and Twitter

The Internet has provided a lot of transparency with regards to companies and their reputations. In the old days, an unhappy customer could only issue sometimes empty threats about filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau. Nowadays, a simple Tweet or a review on Yelp.com will provide you with all the firing power necessary. Companies know this, and it’s therefore always a good idea to simply Google, Yelp, or Twitter search their company. You might find nothing at all, be pleasantly surprised, or stumble upon a red flag that could potentially save you hundreds of dollars.

When it’s all said and done, you’ll be happy you took the time to find the interior painter that was right for you.

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Host a Paint Your Own Pottery Party

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Pottery wheel

Pottery painting provides a fun activity for party-goers. Great for fund-raisers, showers, luncheons and kids parties, painting pottery allows guests to be creative and make their own keepsakes for the event. Luckily, anyone can host a pottery painting party in his or her own home with the help of some innovative products.

Preparing for a Pottery Party

Hosting a pottery painting party in your home requires the use of pre-glazed ceramics and pottery. Look at thrift and dollar stores for inexpensive pieces of pottery. Make sure that the pieces are all white or a light neutral tone. This will allow party-goers to easily add their design to the pottery. Purchase a variety of shapes and sizes of pottery so that guests will have a wide array to choose from.

Also head to a local craft store and purchase “Porcelaine 150” Paint and Pens. These innovative products adhere permanently to ceramics when baked in an oven. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and non-toxic. Also purchase some paint brushes, paper plates and small paper cups .

The pottery must be completely clean before painting to make sure to wash all of the thrift-store pottery. Fully dry the pottery and set it out on a table so that guests will be able to browse and pick the pieces they want to paint.

Before the party, set up tables so that guests will have plenty of space to work. Place paint brushes, paper plates, towels and small cups full of water at each seat. Place the paint products in the center of the table. If necessary, cover the tables with vinyl table cloths to prevent damage.

Painting Your Own Pottery

When guests are painting their pottery, they can use a wet rag to wipe off any imperfections. The paint will not be permanently set until it is baked in the oven. Tell guests to write their initials on the bottom of any pottery piece they paint. This will make it easier to give the pottery back to the guests at the end of the party.

Have guests paint pottery at the beginning of the party. After they have finished, bake the pieces in a 300 degree farenheit oven for 30 minutes. Serve food or play party games while guests wait for their finished pieces.

After the ceramics have been removed from the oven, allow some time for them to cool. Once cool, guests can collect their pottery and take it home.

Create a Unique Party Experience

Party guests will love creating their own custom pottery pieces. This fun activity will create a memorable event for all who attend. Your party will definitely stand apart from the rest with such an enjoyable and unique activity.

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How to Paint a Night Setting

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Painting night scenes is not the norm. There are many artists that paint during the early morning and throughout the day. Why not paint at night? The answer is obvious, but some of the best moments to seize are those at sunset. Take your paint set out tonight and test your skills. You may find that you like doing this.

To learn painting night scenes or something similar to the photo above, you will need black, green, blue, white, brown and yellow paints. Use some gesso to put on the canvas first, and do not give it time to dry. You will need a two inch brush to start with. Other brushes needed are a fan style, 1/4″ flat, thin long bristle around a size 3 or 4, #2, #1, and a #00 or #0 size brushes. I prefer using one of those cheap plastic palettes for acrylic paint mixing. Some artists prefer ceramic palettes.

If you want a watercolor style painting use water to dillute the paint. This will still help you in painting night scenes but merely alter the styleTo keep it strictly acrylic use paint thinner used for acrylic paints. The kind you use in painting your house is too strong and will damage your brushes. You may find having duplicate brushes makes the painting go quicker if you are soaking a brush to be cleaned. Have a drying cloth nearby to dry out your brushes. When everything is nearby it will save you plenty of time from running back and forth in cleaning your brushes.

Start by blending a little blue with white, and just a touch of black to get the color of the evening sky. When I say a touch of black, I mean, just a touch. Too much will have you starting all over again. Take your time to get the right color. If clouds are there or you want clouds, hint at them with a tad more white and darken them at the top to show the sun is setting. Too many clouds may take the focus of what you will be painting later on.

Determine your horizon line. How much sky do you want in this painting? Do not go straight down the middle because it will make it seem childish in thought. Either bring the horizon line down or raise it up. Quickly gray in the horizon line with a #2 or #1 paint brush. From there, clean off your two inch brush, and paint in a dark green mixture starting from the bottom. Work your way up towards the underside of the horizon. As you get closer to the horizon, lighten up the dark green a little bit. If what you are viewing is ilghter then paint it as such.

A sure sign you are getting better at painting is understanding that colors are not so distict the further away they are unless they are a light.

To paint the tree in, start with a dark brown mix. Remember, the sun has not completely set, so some colors are still somewhat visible with the refracting light. Catch glipses of brown on the side of the tree facing the sun. Paint these in with a #0 paint brush to let the viewer know that it does have color. Use your #1 brush to paint in the finer branhes, while using the long bristle brush for the larger limbs. You can use the flat brush for the leaves using a dark green in combination with black to show some leaves don’t have color.

Bushes are sometimes best put in with a fan brush. Lightly dab the color you mixed onto the canvas. The #1 or #0 brushes are best for painting in their stalks and limbs. Use these same brushes to add hints of grass here and there, and to dab in slightly gray trees in the background.

Finish up with various size yellow spots here and there. Be careful not to make them too big. The larger dots can have a dab of brown or black at one side to show there is a body to the lightning bug. Do not get too carried away as this will also ruin the wonderful work you started.

The final step in your painting is to sign and date it. You do not have to date it, but if you plan on selling it that will be a plus. Now you have your night time painting. You can paint it however you want. What I have explained is rather simple, and is a start for someone new at painting.

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Personalized Art

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When decorating a home, office, or any architectural space, using personalized art may offer more individual and special meaning than other forms of decorative art. Many artists enjoy working with people, sharing ideas, interests, and tastes to create a unique piece of personalized art specifically for you. These could be a custom tapestry, decorative wall murals, or some other designer wall covering.

Personalized Art Murals

Mural painting is usually conceptualized in relation to the original site, which makes it an environmental artifact of that space. For many, murals express ideas and statements that can be religious, political, social, cultural, or historical. Throughout history, murals have appeared in churches, tombs, temples, libraries, museums, public buildings, and some consider cave paintings the first murals.

For decorative purposes, art murals can establish a mood or setting with a three-dimensional illusion painted on each wall. Commercial space often uses personalized art mural paintings to set a distinct theme in a store or restaurant. With the help of a talented mural artist, a business can greatly enhance the visual appeal in that space and become more memorable for customers.

In homes, hand painted murals can create a dramatic foyer entrance by painting an opening to the sky on the ceiling! Kid’s rooms are ideal for a fun, creative mural that depicts a nature scene, zoo, circus, or underwater sea creatures. These bright, colorful images create are a great teaching tool, and provide a stimulating environment for growing children that encourages a vivid imagination.

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Painting Ceilings — Hire a Pro and Save Your Sanity

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I can barely recall the last time I attempted painting ceilings, but I know it was more than 20 years ago, for sure! Any time we’ve needed ceilings painted since, we have hired the ‘experts’, who truly make the job of painting ceilings seem like a whole lot less bother than I remember from the few times I attempted it myself…and the ceilings come out uniform and crisply fresh!

Painting ceilings is definitely on my list of “Things I really DO NOT like to do”.

These professionals come in with their tools and equipment, immediately start taping and hanging their poly sheets on the walls and in doorways or archways between rooms. They lay down their drop cloths to cover the floor and any furniture or other items left in the space, then they set up their rolling staging or step ladders, and begin mixing, stirring and pouring the paint into their spraying equipment. Then they simply begin painting the ceilings!

Depending on the sizes of the ceilings involved, it won’t be too long before the job is done and all cleaned up. We once had all of our ceilings (about 1800 s.f.) painted in less than one day! And, all we had to do was get out of the way, (and, of course, pay the bill). Surely, hiring the professionals cost more than doing it myself, but in my opinion it was well worth it!

So…for me, the best way to paint ceilings is pretty much to “leave it to the professionals”! Otherwise, you may end up ‘marred for life’ (like me!) about painting ceilings yourself!

You see, whenever I tried painting ceilings myself (perhaps as many as 5 or 6 times actually, and with BRUSHES & ROLLERS, not spray equipment), it was always the same thing…I would always end up virtually covered with speckles of paint…my face, arms, legs, and any other part of me not adequately covered for the job at hand.

Ideally, I’m sure it is smarter to wear long sleeves, long pants, gloves, hat or bandana, safety glasses, and of course….at least a ‘dust mask’ (for some respiratory protection), but I was never one to follow instructions anyway, so I’d end up soaking in the bathtub when the job was finally done. Oh well…that’s not such a bad thing, but the whole job made for a trying day, to say the least.

If you DO attempt painting ceilings yourself, I suggest you visit a few other websites for more in-depth advice and instructions. I have posted a few links for your convenience to learn more about painting ceilings!

Good luck, and happy ceiling painting!

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