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5 Painting Shortcuts for DIY Home Improvement Projects

The 5 Best Types of Paint for Kitchen Cabinets - Painted Furniture Ideas | Best paint for kitchen, Home diy, Home decorPainting the walls of a room or cabinet doors is one of the least expensive ways to give your home an updated look. Painting is also easy enough to be a DIY home improvement project that most anyone can successfully accomplish and these painting shortcuts will make the task even easier for novice and pro alike.

Two Day Job
When my painting project can’t be completed in one day, I don’t go through the cleaning process and wash brushes and rollers. I save time and a little bit of paint by wrapping brushes and rollers in plastic grocery bags and placing them in the freezer overnight. This prevents the paint from drying so I can pick up my DIY project right where I left off the following day.

Tape-Free
If you don’t want to invest time and money in taping off window sills, door frames and/or baseboards, a flexible, plastic cutting board for the custom paintings works will help you get a sharp paint line right where you want it while keeping paint off the areas where you don’t want it. Hold the cutting board against the baseboard, etc. with one hand and apply an outline of paint on the wall with a brush in the other hand, then paint between the lines with a roller.

Quick-Fix Mistakes
Keep a wet rag handy to quick-fix mistakes like a drip or a run in the wrong place. Keep an old butter knife handy too so the wet rag can be placed over the dull knife tip and used to clean up any smudges and leave behind a crisp, straight line.

Paint Mixing
To ensure the paint is evenly and thoroughly mixed, invest in an attachment for your power drill that will make quick work of paint mixing.

No-Drip Holes
Use a small bit on your drill or a hammer and nail to make several small holes in the grooved rim at the top of the paint can before pouring the product into the roller pan. The holes in the rim will allow the paint to go back into the can after being poured out instead of running down the side of the can. Taking a few moments to make the no-drip holes will save paint and keep the outside of the can clean.

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Cigarettes No Longer Healthy?

Cigarettes No Longer Healthy?

Starting today, June 22 cigarettes can no longer be labeled as “mild,” “low tar” or “light.” My mother is a smoker, and was the first to tell me of this. In her words, this was done because, “some people are stupid enough to think smoking is healthy.”

How will cigarette manufacturers get around this? Well, they already are. Two prime examples are Salem and Marlboro. Both of these companies have omitted the words “light” or “mild” in favor of changing the design colors of the package. Now, Salem cigarettes are in varying shades of green, and Marlboro has switched to a gold color for their Marlboro Lights.

So, how will these new design efforts affect smokers? Are smokers going to buy into the new color-coded scheme? There is documentation that the light, mild and low tar varieties have the same “disease and death rate,” accoring to RADIOIOWA. Does anyone find it odd that we now measure the disease and death rates of a product that is legally available in every state? Maybe it’s just me.

I have many friends and family members who smoke. I can now recall a few of them saying, “Oh well, I smoke lights so I won’t get cancer.” Did they really believe this? Of course they did, and I did too. At least I did until now. I am impressed; quite a clever scheme on the part of big tobacco.

In my opinion, this will not make a lot of difference at all. The words mild and light simply referred to the strength in flavor. For example, a person can buy a can of full-strength coffee, or a can of mild coffee. The taste will be slightly different, but it is still coffee.

I salute the FDA on this action. Education, no matter how late, is always welcome.

Poison is poison, now you simply have to choose between what pretty wrapper you want.

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