Acting on the theory that a new coat of paint makes anything look better, Better Homes & Gardens has launched a new app for iOS devices that makes your painting skills look like that of a professional.
“How To Paint Anything” ($.99) is a nifty tool that tells you, step-by-step, how to apply paint to any surface you can imagine — door hardware, exterior doors, room divider screens, ceramic tile, and of course, walls and floors.
If you’ve never painted before, the app has information and videos on must-have painting tools, brushes, finishes and the all-important prep.
But even if you’re an old pro at painting, the app supplies handy shopping lists, directions, and bonus tips.
Some of my favorite bonus tips are as follows:
- Wait 30 days before painting newly installed brick.
- Painting laminate is a good temporary fix, but wear and water will compromise the finish over time.
- Because the labor involved in painting a house exterior is so extensive, don’t be tempted to use inexpensive paint.
What’s your favorite painting tip?