You have probably
read a couple of our house painting ideas and some DIY stuff in here and guess
what? Today, we are taking things up to a higher level. We believe that homemakers
of today’s generation are the perfect source of important life hacks so we
asked few questions from them. Why? Because they are the ones who do the tasks— first
hand! And when we say homemakers, they could be either the man or the woman of
the house or both!
Painting your house could be a daunting task and yet, most of the time, homemakers tend
to do it themselves out of frugality. And there is nothing wrong with that!
Just make sure you are armed with the right eco-friendly paints and with
these 10 house painting hacks that could make your life easier!
1. Vanilla baby-When using conventional petrochemical paints,
the paint fumes can be toxic
and dangerous especially when you have kids or elderly family members who could
breathe it in.Before natural paints were used, people would
place a few drops of vanilla to their paint and would be having a vanilla scent painting session in no time. Luckily, with
our natural paints, such
as Auro 321 paint,
you will no longer need vanilla.
2. Tin foil alert- remember how you hate
cleaning up your paint tray after the task? Not anymore! Grab some tin foil and wrap it up to your paint tray before you pour the
paint. Now here’s the exciting part— remove the foil, crumple it if you want
and shoot it straight to the trash can after the ordeal. Even better than that, we now offer 100% recycled card paint roller
trays and buckets.
3. Swiffer your wall- if you think that
your ever reliable swiffer is made solely for your floors, think again! You can
use it in cleaning up your wall before painting! It simply saves your time and
energy in reaching high areas of your wall prior to the actual painting.
4. Fabric softeners are brush friendly too- as much as you
love savouring the softness of your clothes, you can also do the same with your
paint brush. Soak your paint brushes into your favorite fabric softener (natural where possible please!) and you will soon be having a soft, smelling good, and almost new
5. Be smart with vinegar- your old paint
brush is not yet to retire once you soak it in vinegar. The acidic feature of
this household staple will tone down its crustiness and your brush will look
good as new again. If you’re using our natural paints, most of them are
water based so you can just soak your brushes in warm water to remove left over
paint. For oil based paints we have a natural thinners to do the job.
6. Warm it up- want your paint to stick
more on your roller and your wall? Dip the roller first in a warm water and
your good to go. [Check your tech sheet to make sure this is OK for your
specific paint first though to be safe]
7. Prep it with petroleum jelly- you surely
don’t want screws and other hardware to be stained with paint so better
dabbed these areas with petroleum jelly first to keep off the paint.
8. Razor blade and sand paper- these
handy-dandy tools will help a lot in removing paint drips. Scrape them up soon
after you are done painting.
9. Packaging tape- Sometimes a mass produced cheap roller can have extra fuzzies so have
your packaging tape ready. Once you roll it on the tape, those extra fuzzies
will go with it and you will have a fine and smooth roller all set for your
10. Angled brush and painter’s tape- remember how you sometimes got carried away and accidentally painted
the adjoining wall? Skip this kind of mishap using an angled brush and painter’s
tape for that perfect line.
And there you go! We
hope we gave you some of those “a-ha moments” with these
house painting hacks. Remember, do it one brush at a time!
We always encourage
you to be as sustainable as possible when decoration your house, and have
plenty of natural and recycled products to help you out. When using our natural
paints please read through the associated tech sheet (found on each product
page) for perfect application.
Written by: Mylene
The opinions and technical details in this or other blog and articles are attributed to the respective author only and do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Organic & Natural Paint Co.