Tuesday, May 31, 2016

4 Serious Reasons Why Not to Eat Out

Reason #4. Customer service is not what it once was. I mostly experience this when I order at the drive thru. I’ve experienced rudeness from the employees, loud music playing at the window, and the worst one of all, receiving the wrong items. It’s not inexcusable, but there is little to zero consciousness for it. The body language and tension from the employees nowadays is so negative. What happen to being polite and the customer is always right? No more smiles, just I hate my job faces. I don’t know, but if this keeps up I’m officially not eating out at all and it’s mainly fast food restaurants.

Reason #3. Receiving cold or poorly cooked food. I don’t know about the rest of you but when I receive my food I expect it to look like the advertisement. There’s been too many times where after I received my food I thought to myself, what is this? Why is this so small? Waitress is this counted as one of my chicken fingers or is it a crumb? I expect to get what I pay for. Worst of all are the cold or barely cooked French fries. Half the time you don’t find out their cold until you’re back on the road. If they have a stale taste and look extra greasy they’ve been redropped into the grease to heat up, trust me I know. One time it took a restaurant three tries to get my fries brown. This has got to stop!

Reason #2. The cost of eating out instead of cooking at home. This one is a no brainier but the one we least think about. We can save a lot of money and make better quality food by taking an hour or two and going the grocery store. Yeah I know the temptation and convenience of eating out. I always think to eat out first and often feel too lazy to get off the couch and cook something. Eating out on lunch breaks add up and asking to borrow money because of cravings makes you look bad. Let’s get familiar with the kitchen we spend the least amount of time in.

Reason #1. And the number one reason is high gas prices. Yes high gas prices! If I could make it to work in a reasonable time riding a bike I would. It seems like gas prices go up without me even noticing. Ever time I look up it’s up another five to ten cents. It’s ridiculous and becoming unaffordable for many people including myself. Gas stations are places I spend a lot of time visiting while on the road. When I get home from work I often want to leave but I know I can’t afford to. So before you decide to buy the biggest hamburger on the value menu make sure you have enough money for gas to make it home.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Make Time for Netflix

Nowadays everyone has a Netflix subscription. Me and my friends are constantly trading stories of our latest finds and recommending must-see movies and shows. I have been watching Netflix for about a year now (yes, I was tardy to the Netflix party) and while I have wasted hours of my life, that I can never get back, watching some really boring flicks, I have also come across some really good finds.

The following is my list of top 4 hidden gems I’ve found on Netflix.

Another Day

Another Day stars Shannen Doherty and Julian McMahon. Given that these are two actors from my favorite TV show, I was immediately interested in watching the movie. What also intrigued me was the plot which involved Shannon traveling back in time and the related challenges of her trying to change past events. As usual with these types of stories, her actions indirectly cause the very event she was trying to prevent. This movie makes my top 4 list because, although it wasn’t the best movie I’ve ever seen, it actually had a great ending which is rare in these types of stories.

Teen Witch

Teen Witch was one of my favorite movies when I was a child. To re-discover one of my old favorites, and be able to share something I love so much with my kids, was a great feeling. This one makes my top 4 list because the story is as relevant today as it was when the movie was first made in 1989. The struggle we all have to fit in with the school crowd and the lengths to which we will go to gain popularity are relatable and important lessons to learn; and always will be. If you haven’t yet shown this movie to your high school-aged kids, take the time to do so today.

Legacy

Legacy stars Idris Elba as a Black Ops operative who returns home after a mission gone wrong. The entire movie there are some strange things happening, weird conversations are taking place, and some other odd stuff is going on. This movie makes my top 4 list because there is a shocking ending (that I won’t disclose in case anyone reading plans on watching) and Idris did an outstanding job playing this role; he totally had me hooked.

Archer

Archer is a totally outrageous, hilarious adult cartoon. Archer is the main character and the story centers around him, his work at an international spy agency, and the myriad of issues he deals with –from his wacky mother, many lovers, wild staff, and arrogant self-indulgent attitude. This show makes my top 4 list because of its total entertainment value and the way it keeps me laughing from the time is starts until well after it’s over. It’s inappropriate, full of betrayal, humor, and complete confusion. With a combination like that, what’s not to love?

More from Carin:

I Am Forever Charmed

The IPad Is Not a Babysitter

Why Buying a House in 2008 Was a Big Mistake

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4 Remodeling Projects that Will Increase Your Home's Value

Home owners remodel houses primarily to make it fit their family needs and person tastes. Unless the owner is flipping the house or has a reason to anticipate that it will soon be sold, increasing the market value of the house will be a secondary purpose. However, most people want to believe that remodeling is an investment in the building that will pay off financially at some point.

Some projects will add more value to a home than others.

Very little if any value is added to a home by remodeling if it is too specific to the current owner. Turning a bedroom into a darkroom will not be a plus unless the house is sold to a photographer who develops film at home. Dedicating too much space to a single item can lower the value. For example, installing an indoor swimming pool that takes the entire basement in a small house will make the property hard to sell and cost you money when it does sell. There are plenty of remodeling projects that are almost guaranteed winners at selling time.

Any type of bathroom remodeling is usually a safe bet to increase home value.

People like to buy house where the bathrooms have modern appliances and fixtures. Upgrading the vanity, commode, bathtub, and shower are good ways to add value above their cost. Improvements in the flooring and wall coverings should be considered to round out the effect. Enlarging most bathrooms by even a little is generally worthwhile and can be huge financial dividends at selling time.

The kitchen should be a high priority when making renovations.

Of course, the kitchen can easily be the most expensive room in the house to remodel. Even low cost cabinets are hardly cheap. An upgraded sink and faucet combination may soar above $1,000. Installing an island, stone floors, and granite counter tops will help assure you of not only a better selling price, but a quicker sale. Adding plenty of light and lighting accents can only enhance any improvements in the kitchen.

Outside remodeling projects that increase curb appeal will always give a nice return on investment.

Besides new landscaping, there are other outside improvements that add to curb appeal. These projects may also improve living conditions inside the residence. A good place to start exterior improvements is adding replacement windows and doors. Upgrading the front door can enhance how the home will first be viewed. If your home has aging windows, the new units will stand out immediately. The addition of new siding should not only dress up the exterior of the house, but along with the doors and windows, should lower utility bills. The home should have better soundproofing because of these modifications.

Finishing off additional space in the basement will add value in the form of extra living space.

Basement family space can be viewed as a premium by potential buyers. The same is true for bedrooms and another bathroom. If it is well done with good lighting, it should seem more like a lower level than a basement. People like feeling like they are getting two for the price of one. A finished basement can seem like a second apartment or house if it is properly completed.

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4 Red Flags that Say It's Time to Close Your Lawn Maintenance Business

Typically in my articles I look at ways of helping people save or make more money in their lawn business. This time, however, I’m going to take a look at other side of the lawn care business dream.

Here are four red flags that may reveal you need to seriously change or close down your lawn maintenance business.

1. Your Debt Is Rising

Here’s the first red flag to watch for. It’s called your debt-to-asset ratio. Lawn business owners will often times borrow money to purchase assets like lawn equipment. There’s nothing wrong with that. But if the debt is rising and is slowly increasing while your assets are barely moving, you could be on the verge of becoming over-leveraged.

What percentage should one look for? Typically the sign of trouble is a debt-to-asset ratio of about 50% or more. What you do or don’t do varies from lawn care business to lawn care business. But no matter what box we put this into, a rising debt-to-asset ratio is not a good thing.

As most know, leverage is a powerful weapon that is more like a two-edged sword. We all want to be on the right side of it.

The bottomline – the greater your leverage or debt ratios, the more debt you have to take care off which in turn drains your lawn maintenance business profitability, and the less equity you have in your business.

2. There’s a Hole In Your Financial Pocket

You’re losing money in your lawn maintenance business and the losses are growing. Depending on where you live there may be some areas in the tax code, such as the ability to depreciate assets that may actually be appreciating in value, make it possible for lawn care businesses to reduce their profit or show a loss even though the business is actually doing quite well.

Showing a tax loss is typically not a bad sign but if your lawn maintenance business is losing money outside of this and the tax code is only bringing that loss out in the open, there’s a good chance you’re staring at another red flag.

So if your losses are growing and don’t seem to be disappearing, there will come a point in time where you have to look at your lawn care business and decide whether it’s realistic to assume you’re going to be able to come out of your losses. Can you really get over this “hump”?

3. You’re Out Of Money

You can’t seem to get any more money for your lawn care business. Everybody knows about businesses that were moving along nicely and then a loan application of some sort was turned down. Not good.

Yes, sometimes a reluctant banker may actually be helpful in letting you know that your lawn maintenance business is not as properly planned or viable as you think it is. Sometimes lenders keep borrowers out of trouble or at least, from getting themselves into deeper financial trouble. Like a splash of cold water on your face, a loan rejection can be a fast reality check for anyone who thinks his or her current problems aren’t a big deal.

4. You’re Not Smiling

You’re not smiling. If you aren’t having fun then you better look out. I believe a key to success is that you enjoy what they’re doing. If you get up in the morning and you can’t stand the thought of running your lawn maintenance business, then the truth is it’s time to take a hard look at shutting down.

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4 Reasons Why You're Better Off with the iPad 2 WiFi-Only Instead of a 3G Model

If you’ve decided to buy an iPad 2, you’ll instantly be faced with a dilemma: should you buy the WiFi only model or spring for the more expensive 3G version. While you might be tempted to opt for the iPad 2 3G, following are several reasons why you shouldn’t.

The Added Cost

The first thing you’ll notice when trying to decide on whether you’ll want the 3G or WiFi-only iPad 2 is the price. In order to gain the ability to possibly have 3G on your tablet, you’ll have to shell out an additional $130 [¼th of the original price] to have a 3G capable iPad 2. In addition to the $130 for 3G capabilities, you’ll also pay as little as $360 or more a year for the actual 3G service. If you were to simply add the $130 for 3G and the $360 a year service, you’d have paid twice as much as someone who opted for the Wi-Fi only iPad 2 in just a year’s time.

Data Caps

Sometimes you get what you pay for, and considering the high costs associated with 3G access, buying an iPad 2 3G isn’t one of those situations. One of the biggest problems associated with owning a 3G capable iPad 2 is that data caps enforced by AT&T and Verizon are insane ‘” and the overage charges are even worse. If you need to have access to the web enough to warrant springing for the 3G Apple tablet, odds are that you’ll need to have more monthly bandwidth than AT&T and Verizon will offer.

There Are Too Many Other Alternatives

The 3G iPad 2 models might make sense if they were the only means to connect to the web via their respective models, but the simple fact is that they aren’t; when it comes to connecting to the internet via the iPad 2, there are way too many other [better] alternatives. It makes no since to shell out an additional $130 for 3G access because WiFi hotspots are everywhere, mobile hotspot devices are becoming very popular, and most smartphones offer tethering the internet directly from your phone’s service provider.

Most Outdoor Activities Won’t Require the Web

If you really stop to think about what you’ll want to do with your iPad outdoors, it’s likely that most things won’t require 3G internet access. Activities like reading eBooks, typing papers, playing games, listening to music, watching videos, and using most apps in the Apps store won’t require internet access – and even if you needed internet access, there are great iPad apps that will show you the nearest free WiFi hotspots in your area.

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4 Strategies to Overcome Asperger's Social Challenges

Since I have Asperger’s syndrome, I find communication to be a brilliant, mind-boggling process. Observing “neurotypicals” (term describing people without an autism spectrum disorder) engaging in a witty, prolonged conversation never ceases to amaze me. However, the inability to fully grasp the concept of socializing, a characteristic of Asperger’s syndrome, may lead to isolation and an illusion of incompetence in the workplace, eliciting feelings of inadequacy and even depression. Fortunately, I have comprised a list of four effective strategies to help you or someone you know overcome Asperger’s social hurdles and live a more fulfilling life! Here they are:

  • Strategy #1: Make an effort to increase your energy! Socializing successfully requires multiple attentions, which makes mastering this skill especially hard for an “aspie” (term describing people with Asperger’s) since poor multitasking skills is common with Asperger’s. Being consistently, physically active, for example, will naturally raise your endurance, which means you will have more energy to focus on socializing.

  • Strategy #2: Sign up for a communication class! This is hugely beneficial for an aspie. The class breaks down the art of communication into an understandable process and explains how communication is more than just words being spoken. You will learn the interpersonal skills to help build successful, meaningful relationships, increasing your sense of well-being and overall satisfaction with social interactions.

  • Strategy #3: Discover other aspies’ experiences. There are tons of forums, blogs, websites, and autobiographies that exist, sharing unique life experiences accompanied with Asperger’s syndrome. These resources give a deeper insight on the issues of Asperger’s and can further unify the community.

  • Strategy #4: Use observational learning! Observing others’ social behaviors, such as facial expression and conversation, displays a model for acceptable social interactions. It may be helpful to observe people whose social skills you admire. Find someone who you are comfortable with, mirror and practice these social skills with them by having regular conversations and keeping eye contact. Just remember it is only through practice that you retain and improve your skills.

So there they are — four easy and effective strategies to combat Asperger’s social challenges and live a more sociable and satisfying life!

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4 Steps to Avoid Foreclosure in Bowie, Maryland

Within the Bowie market there have been a significant number of foreclosures. The current inventory of home for Prince George’s homes is still well over the 12-18 month range. Some Bowie homes are getting multiple offers on them simultaneously. Many of those Bowie homes are on significant discount and have been on the market extended periods of time. We are seeing signs of improvement with may purchasers looking to take advantage of the $8000 stimulus package. Yet we are not seeing things move quickly with the banks that are still processing short sales in 90 days or more.

The Bowie foreclosure market presents many deals for purchasers. I would hope that more people in their homes could keep them which would help stabilizes some of the home values. Here are a few options you can use to help avoid foreclosure in Bowie.

CONTACT YOUR LENDER OR SERVICER

Many people that are late on their property just do not respond. It is much easier on you as an individual if you talk to your lender. Not all lenders or servicers are accommodating but you truly never know until you ask. It is in your best interest to open and respond to all correspondence from your lender or servicer.

CALL A NONPROFIT COUNCELOR

Because of the current economy in Bowie the state has a hotline that has counselors for free. These counselors are focused on help Bowie residents along with all counties in the state. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) are working with HOPE housing counselors at 1-888-995-HOPE. They HOPE team has many options along with other options.

The Housing Initiative Partnership, Inc. has bilingual capacity and seeks to help people in the Bowie and Prince Georges County area specifically. The company can be contacted at 301-699-3835. There are many organizations available to aid in counseling through this process. This two are just good examples of the many options available to Bowie residents.

TRY TO REFINANCE OR LOAN MODIFICATION

Within the Bowie Maryland area DHCD has several loan products available to residents. The counselors help to
determine eligibility for the programs. Some of the available programs include:

• LifeLine Refinance Program

• Homesaver Refinance Program

• Bridge-to-Hope emergency loan program

Bowie residents have a number of loan refinance options available to them. The fact remains, Bowie residents must call in order to initiate any of these programs. You can reach out to www.mdhope.org to get more details.

Avoid Foreclosure “Rescue” Scams

Having a pending Foreclosure, Bowie residents are susceptible to loan scams. Many people will offer to help with a focus of ripping you off. Be sure to check with the Better Business Bureau and DLLR to see if there are any issues with the account. Your best option is to have a lawyer review all documentation before your move forward.

The key point to know as Bowie resident is you must take action. If you stay in touch with the servicer, reach out to the counselor, get a lawyer, and avoid the scams you will be in a better position to save your home.

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4 Responsibilities of a Home Economist

In the 1940s, they were called homemakers. In the 1980s, they were called stay-at-home moms. Today, they are called home economists – women who make careers out of running their home. But go a step further and today’s moms and wives are taking charge of more than the dishes and ironing. They are becoming the primary money managers for their family unit – finding ways to creatively stick to a budget and stretch the family dollar. Their primary goal? Institute frugality. But what exactly does that mean in today’s economy?

Plan a budget and stick to it.

When money comes in, a home economist must delegate the spending to make sure there is enough for all the necessities to run the house. This includes mortgage or rent, utilities, food and gas for the car. And what good is a budget if you can’t stick to it? A home economist must also be responsible for administering and policing the money to make sure there is always enough.

How is this done? The budgeting tools online and in the store are endless. But I’ve found the most effective way to not only establish but manage a budget is to simply write it out (plus, not purchasing a “tool” is your first step toward frugality). Look at your spending in the past 6 months and divide it into categories. Consider monthly savings for emergency fund, new clothes or shoes, toiletries and pet supplies. Write each category on a piece of paper (or at the top of a dry erase board) with the amount designated for that category. Tape each piece to a wall where they are easily seen by the entire family. Whenever an item is purchased, the amount must be written on the piece of paper under the designated category, subtracted from the amount and the spender should put their initials next to the purchase. Having the budget displayed reminds the family how much money is available each month, which keeps from overspending, and the initials indicate ownership and accountability to the family spending.

Teach your children about money.

Lots of parents give allowance, but how often does the child actually do something to earn it? It is a home economist’s responsibility to teach their children about money and the value of a dollar.

Allowance is a valuable tool in teaching responsibility personally and as a member of the family. As soon as the child is able to perform tasks, give them allowance. Give a small reward for tasks such as: cleaning up toys, making their bed, brushing their teeth, taking a shower, taking out the trash, bringing their dishes to the sink, putting their clothes away, etc. Make a chore chart and give the child choices to how many tasks they want to perform and how much money they could earn.

When the money is earned, decide what you want to teach them about handling money. For each “lesson” you want to teach, label a jar (ie: saving, tithing, giving, spending) and keep them in plain sight either on their dresser or in the kitchen. Make sure your child knows the money in each one of these jars is strictly for the designated category.

Some parents go a step further by acting as the family “bank.” Children open up “accounts” with their parents and are able to withdraw and deposit their allowance whenever they want. This teaches them how to manage it in a more independent way.

Never miss an opportunity to teach about spending wisely. For instance, if you are at the store and there are two bottles of shampoo on the shelf, ask your child which one they would buy based on price and quantity. Let them cut coupons with you. Have them make partial decisions on the budget such as how to wisely spend the money tagged for family entertainment.

The more you include them into the family money-making decisions, the more they will see your own money management skills at work.

Manage the meals.

Budget management also includes taking care of the family meals. After all, groceries are a variable expense and with a little creativity and planning, can be manipulated to its maximum cost-effective potential.

Consider a family of 4 going out for dinner at conservatively $8 a head – that’s $32 a pop. Now let’s say that family goes out twice a month for a year. That’s $768! I’m sure you could have thought of some pretty nice things to do (or buy) with an amount like that.

A home economist tries creative recipes and food manipulation to get the most out of the very least.

Some ideas include:

Pre-planning all your meals a week in advance. Usually my husband and I make one big lunch and one big dinner meal on Sunday to eat for the entire week. Sure your palette can get bored, but the extra time and money saved from extra ingredients for extra meals is worth it.

Simplify. You don’t have to feed your family a full-course meal (appetizer, salad, meat, 2 sides and dessert) for each meal. Instead make your meals compact. Consider a meat and one side or a casserole or soup and salad. Their waistlines (and your pocketbook) will thank you for it.

Ditch meat once a week. Beef, chicken, even fish, can get pricey so consider making one vegetarian meal a week. Maybe black bean tacos or vegetable chili.

Buy generic. When grocery shopping, do a little product comparison with the store brands. Most of the time the ingredients are the same. It is just in different packaging.

When cooking consider substituting with less expensive food items. For instance, exchange bread crumbs with cracker crumbs. Instead of buttermilk or sour cream, use plain yogurt. Substitute corn syrup with white or brown sugar. And don’t forget the cost-effectiveness of spices, like using garlic powder instead of a garlic clove.

Run your home like a well-oiled machine.

You know the saying, failure to plan is planning to fail. That’s why a home economist must organize the activities, schedules, meals, responsibilities and chores under her watch. Such organization keeps the family from disorder, overload, frustration and panic. But it also allows your family members to contribute and feel the home is a place of calm where they can relax and recharge.

How can you do it?

For activities and schedules: Have a central calendar. Make it easily accessible and big enough to have large spaces to write multiple events per date. Color code the activities by family member. Sit down with your family and review the calendar on Saturday night to affectively plan for the week ahead. Ask if treats need to be made, special clothes need to be washed or ironed, papers need to be signed, etc. This gives each member a chance to be heard and their needs met without rushing last minute to resentfully provide any necessary items.

For meals: Many home economists make a meal plan on Saturday night or Sunday morning for the next week. Decide which meals you will be making, what ingredients you will need and how much you anticipate as leftovers. Some families have a list of items commonly purchased at the grocery store. Once a week, every family member will circle the item(s) they feel are needed or would like in the kitchen. This works good for picky eaters and teenagers.

For responsibilities and chores: Have a clearly visible chart and reward system in place. Family members not only will know who is responsible for what, but can hold each other accountable and give congratulations when the chore is completed. This sets up the family as a team, and the children equal players in creating success. Many families create different reward systems – from stickers to privileges and allowance, do what works best for you. For instance, have Popsicle sticks with chores written on them in an envelope on the chore chart. Each family member can choose which chores they want to do by picking the corresponding stick. After performing the chore, they put the stick in their named envelope on the chore chart. At the end of the day (or week), they receive a dollar for each stick.

Look for inspiration

Always look for better ways to streamline processes in your home. In a book called “The Duggars: 20 and Counting,” mom Michelle Duggar has created a way to manage the laundry of her 19 family members. Instead of carrying clean clothes from the laundry room to the bedrooms to be put away, she had racks installed around the walls of a clothing room next to the laundry room. Everyone’s clothing is hung and sorted by item, color and size and children are expected to go to the room before bed each night to pick their clothes for the next day.

Need a place to start? Visit LifeOrganizer.com, a one-stop site dedicated to de-cluttering home, office and every other part of your life. From finances to holidays to green living, you can find tips and tricks to streamline and become a true home economist.

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4 Simple Ways to Improve Your Manifestation Powers

There are several simple ways to help you manifest what you desire quicker.

We will explore four of those ways in this article. It is now accepted throughout the world after the release of the movie The Secret that we attract what we think about most. It is also accepted that we attract what we unconsciously think about as well. That is why we always want to program our subconscious mind to attract the abundance we desire by default as it is doing for us anyway. Why not have our subconscious mind work for us instead of against us.

Most people get really confused as to how to effectively do this. Anything we intention is an order for the subconscious mind. If we intent something, the subconscious mind will try and bring forth the answer for us to achieve that goal.

All of our intentions are literal orders to our subconscious mind. With this basis, we can now follow so simple steps to install the programs and outcomes that we desire to manifest.

Let’s go over these steps.

# 1. Before you begin to visual, do affirmations, or feel the feeling of haven already achieve the goals you desire it is important to establish within yourself that anytime you visualize, do affirmations or try and feel the feelings of success now – that all of this is an intention for the subconscious mind to uninstall the programs in your mind that are not in alignment with what you desire. Once you establish this, you will always be working on removing the beliefs that are not working in your favor on an unconscious level.

# 2. Practice visualization in a progressive way. What does that mean? It means giving yourself time to improve your visualization gradually. You may want to start just by visualizing a picture of your goals already achieved. Then you may want to turn it into a movie. By making you visualization progressive you give yourself a break by building on your visualization skills and keep yourself motivate.

# 3. Focus only on the feelings and not visualization for some time. It is important to focus on creating the feelings of already having what you want. It is may be more important than visualizing. Do this by asking yourself “how does it feel to have this now”. Repeat various versions of this question to yourself until you begin to create within yourself deeper and deeper feelings of pleasure with association to what you desire.

# 4. Get physical. Standing up and raising your hands in the air in victory will help you create the feelings that you desire. Smiling at your achievement will also produce positive emotions. Finally, laughing in joy because you achieved your goal is one of the most powerful tools for personal transformation. After you practice smiling at what you desire, go into laughing, smiling makes for an easy transition into laughing. What better way to increase the power of your intention then by associating fun and laughter to it?

Take 10-15 minutes a day to practicing these techniques and you will see powerful personal transformation taking place. This will help you attract what you desire almost by default.

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4 Simple Steps to Painting Woodwork

Anyone can paint a piece of woodwork. Very few, however, know how to accomplish this task with a professional quality outcome. This quick guide will detail the steps required to paint any piece of woodwork the right way.

The golden rule of painting is that quality counts. In other words, you get what you pay for. Make sure that the paint you use is of a high quality and that the wood is undercoated with a good sealer before you begin.

Here’s the run down, step by step.

Step 1:

Both old and new wood needs to be sanded before you begin to paint it. If it’s been painted before this will clean the older paint away and smooth any rough edges or blemishes. If the wood has yet to be painted the sand will prep the wood to accept an undercoat or primer. You can accomplish this task with a sanding block or hand sander to make quick work of it.

Step 2:

Once the item is sanded, the dust and debris will need to be cleared away using a shop rag. Make sure the project area is completely clean and then seal or undercoat the project. You will seal the project if the wood is new and undercoat it if you are using rescued material.

Step 3:

Tape off the areas which you desire to go unpainted and lay down your first level of paint. Different projects work best with differing methods, but a roller is an easy go to fix all when looking for an even coat. Some people will prefer spray painting the project to achieve the perfect coat. Remember, if this is the method you choose, make sure you keep the can or spray gun steady and at a level distance from your project for the entire job.

Step 4:

After the first coat of paint goes down and has dried you are going to want to lightly sand the entire project a second time. Don’t strip the paint from the project just clear out any bubbles, ridges, or streaks formed from the first layer. Once you’ve cleaned off the debris repeat step 3 to finish the job.

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