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Starting the year on a DIY footing

276 183 Nisha Muire
The new year has started and all of your renovation resolutions can be achieved! Regardless of how costly contractors have become in Toronto, you can make the updates you desire to your home by putting in a little effort and elbow-grease. Naturally some renovations will require an expert to help you out – especially when it comes to plumbing and electricity, but a lot of the other work can be done by yourself. Let’s start with two of the basics.
 
Painting
Painting your Toronto home is not a difficult proposition. Although it can be an arduous task – it can go quickly if you prep the proper way and you are ready for it. The first thing to do is ready the room you which to paint. Sand the walls lightly so that the new coat of paint will better stick to the surface. Wash the walls with a damp cloth to get rid of the dust. Allow the walls to dry thoroughly. Apply painters tape along the edges that you want to protect. Throw down drop cloths and cover any furniture that you aren’t able to remove from the space. Next, start painting! Use long, vertical strokes and apply pressure evenly throughout so that you achieve uniform coverage. A good tip to keep in mind is to have several different sized paint brushes on hand from very wide to ultra thin so that you have the best control in all situations.
 
Sanding floors
If you have tired wood floors, give them a boost by sanding them and revarnishing them. The key to successfully refurbishing your wood floors is to prep them properly. You’ll need to rent a floor sander – in fact, it would be best to rent three – a drum sander, an edger and a corner sander. If the floor is in good, even condition, then you can go with the grain, otherwise you’ll have to start off going against the grain and finish off with one pass of with the grain. You will also have to start off with the roughest papers and conclude with the finest sanding paper. Remember to work in a well ventilated room and to wear protective clothing as it is a very messy and loud job. Also be sure to apply an even pressure and to hold the sanders steady in order to get a professional finish. Once the floors are sanded, sweep, dust and vacuum the floor to get rid of all dust. Wipe down with a damp cloth and then apply your chosen finish.

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