Using Color To Change The Size Of Your BedroomWritten by Lee Dobbins
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When painting your bedroom, make sure you buy enough paint to do job! Consider how many coats you will need. A dark color may need several coats. IF you are trying to paint a light color over a dark, you may need to use some primer and also a couple of coats. 1 gallon of paint can do about 400 square feet so keep this in mind. To measure your room, go around edge of all walls with a measuring tape and record total width. Measure height from floor to ceiling and multiply by total width to get square footage. Measure all doors and window opening and subtract this from total square footage (or not, itís always a good idea to have a little extra paint then not enough!).
Donít forget to protect your wood moldings with painters tape, remove all covers from electrical outlets and plugs and cover floor and furniture with drop cloths!
Lee Dobbins is owner and editor of Bedroom Designs And Decorations where you can learn more about bedroom colors and decorating schemes.
Use A Wallpaper Border For A Budget BacksplashWritten by Lee Dobbins
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Measure out your wall paper so it is a couple of inches longer that actual size of backsplash and cut. Apply paper to wall per manufactuers instructions. If your paper has a pattern, make sure you match pattern on cut edges in corners or where you couldnít use continuous roll. Butt bottom of border up against your counter. If there are any windows or moldings in area you are papering, you will want to overlap any paper that is against them. Make sure you smooth paper out with a wet sponge or wallpaper brush to remove any bubbles and wrinkles. After putting border up, take a wet sponge and smooth it out to edge Ė always move sponge from paper to wall so that edge doesnít buckle up. Make sure edges have enough paste on them so that they donít peel back after it is dry.
Cut off excess paper around any moldings, window and in electrical outlets and switches.
Lee Dobbins is owner and editor of A Kitchen Decorating Idea where you can learn more about wallpapering and decorating your kitchen on a budget.