Daily Do It Yourself and how to tips...
Matching a color is as easy as putting a hole in the wall...
The assumption here is that you need to repair the wall, or maybe the paint has been stained somehow. Though you could borrow or buy a set of paint chips from your local paint store, I have found a quality paint store will do a better matching job than most people will... if you provide them with a small paint sample. If your walls are drywall, simply cut out a section of the paper only with a utility knife. Cut an oval-shaped, 1"x 2" slot in the wall, piercing only through the surface of the paper... an eighth of an inch deep is plenty. Use the knife to lift a corner of the paper, and then peel it from the wall. Take this sample to the paint store for matching. The cleaner the cut, the easier the patching. You can also cut out a small section of plaster, though it is somewhat messier.
Don't do touchups in high traffic areas or over repairs... paint the wall instead!
If the walls were painted more than a few years ago, the walls will not touch up well at all (the exception being with stock off whites from the same manufacturer... in other words an exact color match). The effective gloss or sheen of paints from different manufacturers (yes... even flat paints vary in "flatness") will make a touchup show even in the color match is perfect! This is especially true in high traffic, fingerprints-on-the-walls type areas! Get a quart of closely matching paint, and just paint that wall, corner to corner, being careful not to get any of the new paint on an adjacent wall. You will be amazed how even slightly different colors will blend well at a corner.
If you must touchup new or old work... don't ever just brush on the paint. Feather it in!!
Even if your paint is a perfect match, if you just brush it on, it will appear to be more glossy than the rest of the wall! Instead do this: If you are doing a small area (less than 3"x3"), apply the paint by daubing it on, starting in the center of the touchup area and working outward until you being to slightly overlap into good paint. As it dries, the irregularities will lessen reflectivity and give a less noticeable touchup. If you are doing a larger area, put some paint on the area with a brush right up to the edges of the touchup area, and, using a dry mini-roller, roll briskly over the area to add texture (also called stippling) to the new paint. The roller will give more uniformity in a larger area than the freehand brush approach. As with the brush technique, feather the new paint into the old to make the touchup blend into the wall.
How to use a level...
You can use a level to make sure that a surface is perfectly horizontal or vertical. The most common sort of level is called a spirit level. It consists of two tubes inside a casing which looks like an oversized ruler.
1Step One Look at the two tubes in the level. The tubes will be filled with a fluid and there will be a bubble floating in the fluid. Each tube will have two lines on them near the center of the tubes. There is a horizontal tube which is parallel to the body of the level and a vertical tube which is perpendicular to the body of the level.
2Step Two Place the level on a horizontal surface so that the horizontal tube is parallel to the surface.
3Step Three Examine the horizontal tube. If the bubble is in the center of the tube between the two lines the surface is flat. If the bubble is more towards one end or the other the surface is slanted. The farther the bubble is on either side the more slanted the surface.
4Step Four Put the level against a vertical surface so that the vertical tube is perpendicular to the surface.
Check out the vertical tube. If the bubble is in the center of the tube between the two lines the surface is flat. If the bubble is more towards one end or the other the surface is slanted. The farther the bubble is on either side the more slanted the surface.
6Step Six Adjust the surface as necessary while holding the level against it. When the bubble centers between the two lines the surface is perfectly horizontal or vertical.
Tips & WarningsA longer a level is more accurate than a shorter level.keyboard
Use these tips and let me know how it went!