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Must Have Decorating Tools



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Must-Have Decorating Tools

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Essential painting tools for effective home decor

Title: The Art of Embellishing Your Abode: Essential Painting Tools for Unleashing Your Inner Picasso!

Mustering the courage to make the big move and repaint your home? Bravo, my dear Reno-maniac! Whether you’re retouching that sunflower-yellow kitchen to a cool, calm powder-blue, or finally relinquishing that dated patterned-wallpaper in the living room (yikes!), prepare to arm yourself for the noble mission of home decor.

Hold on to your brushes folks, it’s time for the grand countdown of essential painting tools!

1. Brushes and Rollers: The Paint Slinging Avengers!

Your trusted sidekicks on this décor-improving journey! Brushes, big and small, plunge into all the nooks, crannies, and edges, while rollers gallantly cover the larger areas. Remember, Beste’s fine bristle paintbrush and Stanley’s roller frame are a bit like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – the best when teamed up!

2. Paint: The Pigmented Potion of Possibilities!

This is your magic carpet ride to Aladdin’s cave of colors. From the sultry, silken Scarlet Red promising a rosy future, to Sky Blue delivering a cool breeze to your soul, the choices are both thrilling and overwhelming. Opt for high-quality, low-VOC brands like Benjamin Moore or Farrow & Ball paints. And remember, a little humor and a tad bit of Ben&Jerry’s anxiety relief can help you through the ocean of color swatches!

3. Ladder: Your Trusty Mount to Reach the Stars!

Well, not exactly the stars, but definitely the corners of your ceiling. Honestly, who knew climbing a ladder could be almost as enjoyable as scaling Mount Everest (minus the frostbite!). Invest in a sturdy, reliable ladder that’ll faithfully lift you from the humdrum earth to the zenith of artistry.

4. Paint Tray: The Bowl of Fortune!

See that little plastic receptacle? That’s your holy grail! It’s from this humble trough that your roller retrieves the magical hues that transform your mundane wall into a canvas of dreams.


“Geoffrey’s account of the “passing” of Arthur–an incident which offered to so imaginative a writer unrivalled opportunities of romantic decoration–is singularly devoid of ornament”

~ W. Lewis Jones, King Arthur in history and legend

So, look your paint tray deep in the sockets of its plastic eyes and say, great responsibility rests within you!

5. Painter’s Tape: The Real MVP!

Let’s pay homage to the unsung hero of our painting saga – the painter’s tape! This little maestro ensures that white ceiling stays white when you’re experimenting with ‘Risky Razzmatazz’ on the adjacent walls. Can you hear that? It’s the melodious, satisfying ‘rip’ of painter’s tape, unraveling a symphony of neat lines and pristine edges!

6. Drop Cloths: Our Defensive Line!

Imagine not having to move that monolithic vintage dresser? Enter, drop cloths! These protective wizards shield your beloved furniture from stray paint splashes acting like the Secret Service for your grandma’s antique lamp.

7. Paint Stir Sticks: Not ‘Just’ Stirrers!

Caution: These might evoke some real ‘stirring’ emotions for coffee lovers. However, in the realm of painting, these are white knights, ensuring your paint is a beautifully blended unicorn of colors, not a lumpy, grumpy mess!

Remember, painting is not just a chore to make your home livelier; it’s an opportunity. An opportunity to self-express, to swirl laughter, hopes, and dreams onto your walls. So wrap yourself up in your oldest, ‘paint battle-tested’ clothes and echo Michelangelo’s words: I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Only, in your case, you’ll be freeing rainbows from paint cans and upgrading your home to an art gallery! Happy painting!

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Selection and care of high quality brushes

Title: The Brushdown: A Hairy Tale of Selection and Caring for High-Quality Brushes

The humble brush. Whatever purpose it serves – whether it’s caressing your face with a touch of blush, adding strokes to a masterpiece like the Picasso you are, or taming the wild beast that is your hair, it’s a tool that often goes unnoticed in our everyday lives. But boy, does it deserve its moment in the spotlight. So grab a cup of tea (or a paint pot if that’s your weapon of choice) and get comfy because we’re about to embark on the captivating journey of selecting and taking care of high-quality brushes.

First of all, let’s get this out of the way: brushes are like humans. Well not exactly, unless you’ve seen a talking brush, in which case we’d like to congratulate you for your vivid imagination. However, just like us humble humans, brushes come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Now, this doesn’t suggest an American idol-style talent hunt, but it certainly implies a discerning selection process when shopping for high-quality brushes.

The best practice when picking a brush is to remember the acronym, B.R.U.S.H. – Buy, Research, Utility, Shape, and Handle!

1. ‘Buy’ based on what you’ll be using it for. Be it for makeup, painting, or hairstyling, remember – the field of operation matters. The brushes used by master makeup artists and veteran painters aren’t interchangeable, for brush-strokes on canvas don’t always emulate well on human skin!

2. ‘Research’ to ensure longevity. You wouldn’t throw out a perfectly good brush just because it leaves bristles behind, right? Quality brushes are marked by durability – they’re likely to outlive that questionable cheese in the back of your refrigerator.

3. Understand the ‘Utility.’ Hobnob with the professionals or become a YouTube scholar, understanding what each brush is specially designed for is key. A foundation brush failing to blend your eyeshadow isn’t the brush’s lack of trying, it’s just not their cup of tea.

4. Examine the ‘Shape.’ Just like picking out the perfect outfit, it’s all in the silhouette. Broad, round, angular, or tapered – each shape has a destiny to fulfill, whether it’s applying a perfect winged liner or keeping those wild curls in check.

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“Evidence from the _Cairo_ shows that the sailors ate in messes of about 15 men, and each mess had a special chest to hold its gear: tin plates, cups, spoons, glass condiment bottles, scrub brushes, a washtub, and an earthenware jug of molasses”

~ Unknown, Unknown

‘Handle’ with care! Ensure comfort whilst you’re making your masterpiece, whatever it might be. Remember, comfort enhances your grip which in turn provides better control.

Now that we know how to choose our ideal brush partner, we have half of the equation solved. But what about brush care? Maintaining your brushes is akin to maintaining relationships. It takes commitment, time, and anything but ghosting them. Treat them well, and they will undoubtedly stand by you through thick and thin (foundations, oils, and textures).

Clean your brushes regularly to prevent bacteria buildup. No one wants those bad boys to mix with your blush. A simple mantra to follow here is – be gentle. Avoid turning your brush cleaning ritual into a WWE SmackDown episode! Use a mild soap, lukewarm water, and voila – your brushes will be purer than a saint on Sunday.

Drying correctly is just as important as cleaning. A sad, squashed brush not only looks pathetic but its performance will be just as much so. Lay them flat or upside down, ensuring the water drips down away from the brush handle. Imagine spending a fortune on that fancy brush, only to find it’s become a Shake-speare speared by its own handle!

Regular trim: No, we’re not talking about your bangs here. Examine your brushes periodically for any stray, obnoxious hairs that might interfere with the end result.

Store properly: A clutter-free brush life is a happy brush life. Consider a stylish brush holder, because there’s nothing more distressing than a high-quality, high-performing brush lost in the wilderness of your makeup drawer.

In the end, despite all the care and commitment, if your brush seems more worn out than you feel on a Monday morning, do not hesitate to let it retire.

One brush doesn’t fit all, and no fairy godmother will appear with the perfect brush for you. It requires observation, understanding, and above all, love. So set forth, fellow art enthusiasts, and may the brushes be ever in your favor!


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Understanding decorative texturing tools and techniques

Title: The Whimsical World of Wall Texturing – A Roller-Coaster Ride through Decorative Tools and Techniques

If you think texturing is all about slapping some plaster on a wall and calling it a day, my dear reader, we have a delightful journey ahead of us! The world of decorative texturing is a magical realm brimming with ways to transform your space into a personalized masterpiece using a handful of tools and a dollop of creativity.

Are you tired of living inside an endless loop of flat monotone walls? Well, perk up! It’s time to dive headfirst into the wonderful mess of texturing tools and techniques – an adventure saved only for the wizards of DIY decadence, those undaunted by the possibilities of a crumpled paper bag or the tectonic potential of a touch of plaster.

Cue the drumroll as we unveil the first stars of the show, the mighty trowel and hawk. No self-respecting plasterer would even think of stepping into the battlefield (read as ‘room to be textured’) without their loyal trowel and hawk. They might sound like characters from a low-budget superhero film, but believe me, these tools wield incredible power when it comes to applying and smoothing plaster.

But when subtlety isn’t your style, combs leap onto the stage and the surroundings turn into a riveting whirl of textures, from chic waves to rustic straight lines. With combs swishing and swooping like graceful ballerinas, the walls become epic rhythmic symphonies – all you need is a bit of imagination, and an appreciation for truly groovy walls.

Now, say ‘Hello’ to our next guest of honor, the paint roller. Simple enough, you may think. But dear reader, if the paint roller was a person, it would probably be a seasoned secret agent hiding many hidden talents. By manipulating the roller, you can make your walls bubble, swirl, stipple, and more.


“There was no movable furniture save one or two wooden kists or chests, a dilapidated spinning wheel and a couple of small stools”

~ Ian B. Stoughton Holborn, the Moat

It’s like a roller-coaster (pun, woefully intended) of textures.

And then there are tools so ordinary, so humble, you would have never thought they could be actors on the stage of decorative texturing – from sponges, brushes, and newspapers to leaves and probably the dust bunny you found under the couch. Your textured masterpieces are merely limited by your own imagination.

In texturing techniques, the plot thickens even more (literally). The popular ‘knockdown’ method converts your walls into a mountainous panorama. ‘Stippling’ gives a finish so beautifully imperfect you’ll wonder why it took you so long to embrace the wonderful world of blotches! And then, there’s ‘dragging’, a unique way to lend an elementary, raw-stone feel to your walls.

So, with brushes twirling and trowels swooping across the stage, the world of decorative texturing comes alive! It’s a fair amount of improvisation, a pinch of meticulous planning, and a hearty dose of mess-making that transports you to this fantastical realm of redefining your walls.

Just remember: Wall texturing is one area where imperfection has perfection wrapped around its little finger. So whether you’re faintly stippling your hallway or dramatically dragging plaster in your bedroom, it’s all about letting the good times, or should we say, the ‘good textures’ roll.

Embrace the mess, savor the unpredictability, and pay homage to the unexpected – welcome to the whimsical world of decorative texturing, where every wall has a story and every texture a thumbprint of your creative spirit.


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