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Spruce Up Your Interior with a Fresh Spring Color


(ARA) Are you and your house suffering from a case of the end of winter blahs? Dark colors and heavy textures are comforting during the winter, but when the promise of spring is in the air, brighter colors and a lighter touch in fabrics are in order.

An easy and relatively inexpensive way to update a room is with a fresh coat of paint in one of spring's exciting new colors. Shades of blue are on the horizon, as are citrusy hues of green, yellow and orange. A trip to your local hardware or big box store will spark your imagination with a wealth of color choices.

If you're painting over old paint, you'll want to do the usual preparation taping off window sills and other trim; removing light switch plates; and protecting furniture and floors from possible paint drips or spills with a durable drop cloth.

Dealing with wallpapered surfaces means it will take you a bit more work before you can paint. But removing old wallpaper isn't nearly the drudgery it once was. If you have memories of soaking the wallpaper with chemicals and then laboriously peeling it off bit by bit, you'll be happy to know that advances in technology have made removing wallpaper much faster and easier.

Wagner Spray Tech sells the only consumer wallpaper steamer in the United States. The steamer works like a charm the first time in all types of situations, including on vinyl wallpaper, painted wallpaper and multiple layers of wallpaper; with chemical strippers, you may need multiple applications to completely remove the wallpaper. Chemical strippers can also be messy; with the steamer, the only "mess" is the pile of old wallpaper.

Steaming your wallpaper is cost effective, too. To strip wallpaper from one average-size room with a chemical stripper, you'd spend around $30 for the stripper, roller, tray, sponge, and other necessary supplies and the cost would repeat itself for each room. Renting a wallpaper steamer costs around $40 to $50 for a weekend project (and rental units are heavy and bulky to move around). The Wagner 705 steamer is lightweight, very portable and can be used again and again throughout the whole house. At a cost of around $49, it is a smart investment for current and future projects.

Once your walls are prepped and ready to paint, consider using a power roller for fast and easy painting. It's simple to use, and can actually make painting fun. Just plug in the machine, insert the hose into the paint, and press the handle button to begin pumping paint to the attached roller cover; release the button to stop the flow of paint.

The Wagner Power Roller 980 maintains a continuous paint flow, providing you with an even stream of paint for smooth, even coverage that gives you professional results at a fraction of the cost. The power roller comes with a 14-inch extension attachment for reaching tall walls and ceilings and a splatter shield attachment to prevent paint speckles.

For a more dramatic look, faux finishing fills the bill. WallMagic from Wagner simplifies the steps and cuts the time involved while giving you beautiful faux finish effects you see in magazines and high-end homes.

The patented process simultaneously blends two or three colors on your wall with an arching criss-cross motion. A dual roller with split tray easily produces instant dimension, eliminating the mystery of traditional hand tools. The WallMagic starter kit has easy-to-everything you need, including detailed instructions and an idea-fill CD ROM. Choose from seven dual roller cover looks to create a finish that is uniquely yours. Create a color combination that matches your room and your imagination. The dual roller will blend the colors for you, effortlessly.

With today's convenient and ingenious products, it's easier than ever to transform your home. Why not start today?

For more information about the products mentioned here, visit www.wagnerspraytech.com or call (800) 727-4023.

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