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It’s amazing how a fresh lick of paint has the power to completely transform an underwhelming room. Painting your walls is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to give your space a facelift. Unfortunately, it’s not entirely foolproof, and it can also be time-consuming if you don’t know what you’re doing. But don’t mean you have to throw in the painters’ towel just yet. With just a little pro-level know-how, you can achieve next-level results on your next DIY paint project in no time.

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1. Prep Your Walls

Properly prepping your walls before you begin painting might take a little time, but you’ll get much better longer-lasting results. Paint doesn’t stick very well to dirty, dusty surfaces, so make sure you clean them thoroughly and allow them to dry. Remove loose paint and sand glossy surfaces dull, then wipe clean. And while removing wallpaper is never fun, painting over it can lead to a DIY disaster, especially if the paper starts peeling underneath the paint.

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