How To Paint Your Own Artwork - And Save Money

Written by Catherine Calder

Everyone wants to save money. Don't you? Well, painting your own, color matched art can be a lot easier than you might think!

Usuallyrepparttar picture that you want for your room will have an outrageous price. Or maybe you just can't find anything that matches your new color scheme?

There is a simple way to paint your own pictures and save a fortune. Not only will you save money but you can exactly match your décor as well. Use this easy method and you can make your own unique pictures.

First decide what size of picture you want and buy a suitable stretched canvas. It needs to be suitable for acrylic paints which are water based. Some canvases are only suitable for oil based paints, and will not work for this project.

It will be easiest to choose an abstract theme. Abstract art will look good in most rooms. You can include shapes from any ofrepparttar 100033 patterns inrepparttar 100034 furnishings. Use a basic shape rather than trying to copyrepparttar 100035 shape in detail. For example, just use a simple leaf outline rather than showing every vein inrepparttar 100036 leaf as it is depicted inrepparttar 100037 curtains.

Any water based paints used inrepparttar 100038 room can be included in repparttar 100039 picture for a perfect match. Otherwise take along a color sample of your paint or wallpaper, as well as any fabric samples when you go to buyrepparttar 100040 paints forrepparttar 100041 picture.

I like to use acrylic paints as they come in a large range of colors. It is easy to adaptrepparttar 100042 colors to match those that are already inrepparttar 100043 room. Also acrylics come in a range of metallic colors which can look stunning.

Another option is to use tester pots of interior paint. This can be an economic way of buying colors for your picture - as long asrepparttar 100044 paints are water based.

Have you inspected your Garage Door lately?

Written by Richard Aquino

The garage door is typicallyrepparttar largest moving part in your home and is probably used every day. With normal use, parts can wear out and break, creating potential safety problems. There are a few light maintenance duties and inspections a mechanically inclined person can perform to ensure maximum safety and increaserepparttar 100032 life of their door.

Checkrepparttar 100033 rollers, hinges and safety devices to be sure they are fastened securely and in proper working order.

Checkrepparttar 100034 balance ofrepparttar 100035 door by lifting it a few feet off repparttar 100036 ground and releasing. The door should not travel more than a couple of inches in either direction. Ifrepparttar 100037 door drops torepparttar 100038 ground then your springs either need adjusting or replacing. When operated manually a garage door should go up and down smoothly.

Inrepparttar 100039 event of spring failure extension springs can cause severe damage if they are not contained. Ifrepparttar 100040 door’s springs don’t already have safety cables installed, now would be a good time to get them installed. Remember even repparttar 100041 highest quality springs eventually wear and break.

Replace springs if they show signs of wear such as uneven gaps betweenrepparttar 100042 coils, bent or damaged ends.

Inspectrepparttar 100043 cables for fray. Replace frayed cables immediately. Checkrepparttar 100044 pulleys for nicks or excessive wear that can cause damage torepparttar 100045 cable. Replace worn pulleys if necessary.

Verify thatrepparttar 100046 tracks are level and plumb. Tracks should line up parallel torepparttar 100047 door sections without binding. Ensure thatrepparttar 100048 lag screws securingrepparttar 100049 track brackets to repparttar 100050 jambs are secure. Replace bent, missing or rusted lags immediately.

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