Friday, July 25, 2014

Guest Post: Preparing your space for creative projects

Simple as they may seem, both tape and measuring tape can play a major role in determining whether a project is a success or a failure. Using them in projects involves only minuscule costs and small amounts of effort, but can make your projects significantly easier and more successful. It may surprise you to know the difference these simple tools can make!

Few professional painters are caught without tape and measuring tape in their tool bags, and you shouldn't be either. Use these handy tools to prevent your project from turning into a mess!

Make Stripes Sharp: Painted stripes create a striking effect, but getting them right can be tricky. Use a measuring tape to determine stripe width, and then use masking tape to mark off the stripes to be painted. The end result will be straight, clean, and striking painted stripes.

Keep Trim Pristine: Prior to beginning to paint any room, use a low-adhesive masking tape to cover the edges of trim, crown molding, door knobs, light switch plates and any other surfaces that should not have paint on them. When you're done painting, simply pull the tape up from the surfaces.

Though a measuring tape may be an expected part of a decorating arsenal, masking tape can play an equally important role. Use both as you embark on your next decorating project to prevent oversight.

Determine Fit: It's easy to fall in love with a piece of furniture on the showroom floor, but all too often the piece doesn't look right when brought home. Take a measuring tape with you while furniture shopping to determine if you have room for the piece in your home as well as whether the proportions fit with the scale of your other furniture.

Experiment with Placement: Use masking tape to outline the placement of furniture and artwork. If the placement is off, it will be much easier to move tape around than to lift heavy furniture or patch nail holes.

Get Shelf Liner Right: Use your measuring tape to make certain fresh shelf liner is exactly the right size before cutting. You will save yourself from liner that comes up short.

Produce Quick Labels: Keep masking tape and a marker around to quickly label and organize anything. From pantry staples to shoe boxes, masking tape labels help you know exactly what everything contains.

(This post was sponsored by Elizabeth Donerson, a Canadian home decor expert and enthusiast. Thanks so much for continuing to support So About What I Said's wonderful sponsors!)

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