Posts made in February, 2015

The Dos And Don’ts Of Touching Up Interior Wall Paint

There are many reasons as to why you may need to touch up some of your home’s interior wall paint. For example, you may be looking to touch up a small spot where you needed to patch over a hole in the existing drywall. Regardless of your reasoning for needing to touch up interior wall paint, there are some important dos and don’ts you’ll need to keep in mind as you go to ensure the best results.

DO Get an Accurate Paint Match

Even a small touch-up is going to be glaringly obvious if you don’t have an exact paint match. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can ensure an accurate match. For starters, if you have the original paint can, you can bring that into your local paint store and they’ll be able to match it for you. If you don’t have an old paint can, you can also use a putty knife to scrape away a small paint chip, put it in a plastic bag, and take it to your paint store to be matched.

DO Wash Walls Before Painting

Before you attempt your touch-up job, you’ll also want to make sure that the area you’re going to be painting is properly prepared. This means taking the time to wash the area with soapy water in addition to drying with a clean towel before painting. If you skip this step, your new paint’s appearance could be affected by grime or dirt on the walls. Just be sure that the area is completely dry before you apply the new coat of paint.

DON’T Forget to Protect Furniture

Finally, just because you’re only doing a “touch up” on your paint, this doesn’t mean spills and mistakes can’t happen. Be sure that any nearby wall outlets, furniture, and flooring are well protected before you bust out the paint cans, brushes, and rollers. After all, paint can be very difficult to remove from upholstery and carpeting, so it’s better to be safe than sorry, even when doing what seems like a simple touch up job on a small area of the wall.

Touching up paint around your house seems like a small task, but it does require some careful thought and planning. By keeping the above tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to a successful touch-up job in your home in no time. And, more than likely, you won’t even be able to tell that it was a touch up!

Have more questions? Need more help? Contact a company like Koontz Hardware with any concerns you have.

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Want To Be The Next Guitar Hero? 3 Reasons Why You Really Do Need Lessons

If you want to learn how to play guitar, there are plenty of books, videos and online lessons to help you get started. Why should you bother signing up for classes with a music instructor when you have all of these other resources available to teach you?

There are 3 reasons why formal guitar lessons at a studio like Pimentel & Sons Guitars are necessary if you want to become a real player:

1) A guitar instructor helps minimize your pain.

While books and videos can show you techniques and finger positions, they can’t prepare you for the initial soreness you’ll encounter on the tips of your fingers. Until you develop callouses on them, your fingertips are going to be tender from pressing down on the strings. Many new guitar players quit because of this.

A good guitar teacher will show you how to hold your hands and how to finger the fretboard in ways that lessen the newbie pains. Your teacher will help you work past the hurt, and give you exercises and other tips that strengthen your playing hands.

2) You have a reason to practice.

Despite your musical dreams and your best intentions, it’s easy to stop practicing any instrument when there’s no one holding you accountable.

But, when you know you have a lesson this week, you will be far more likely to practice your assigned pieces. You don’t want to look like a jerk in front of your teacher, so you’re motivated to improve your playing.

Being inspired enough to continue practicing is the number one factor in becoming an expert guitar player. You don’t have to practice for 14 hours a day, as some famous guitarists have done, but an hour a day minimum should be enough to master most beginning practice pieces within a week.

3) You have an automatic “band.

Whether you’re learning lead guitar so you can one day play awesome solos, or you’re studying rhythm guitar so you can strum along to songs around a campfire, having another guitarist with whom to practice is like having your own little band.

Your guitar instructor can play a nice blues shuffle while you practice scales, or they can add some nice frills to your simple 3 chord song. Either way, they help you learn to play in time with other musicians and their accompaniment helps you to develop your musical ear.

When you make music with another person, it’s a thrilling experience, and it encourages you to keep working on your guitar skills.

It’s fine to use all of the resources out there, from videos to online lessons, in order to advance with your guitar. But a competent, professional guitar teacher will help you start out the correct way, laying the most secure foundation for a lifetime of guitar heroics.

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