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The Writing On The Wall

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Jessica
04.04.12

If you have children in the household, the expression “writing on the wall” takes on a whole new meaning. Even if you don’t, hairline cracks, chair scuffs, marks from moving and dust can turn a sea-foam stairwell or beige bathroom wall into an epic eyesore. Instead of a full paint job, you can make your walls look fresh and fabulous by addressing some of the smaller issues. Here’s how:

Photo: WallStickersDecals | Etsy

Scuff Marks – It doesn’t matter if your marks come from crayons or chairs - they’re unsightly. Marks and scuffs accumulate on walls, making them look dirty and in need of a fresh coat of paint. To remove the scuff marks, grab a pencil. Rub the scuff mark with a clean pencil eraser. Then, blot the scuffed area with a moist clean cloth. Repeat the process until the scuff marks are gone.

Hairline Cracks – Simply spackling over small wall cracks doesn’t work. The spackle dries, the wall moves and you once again have a hairline crack. For a permanent repair, all you need is a can opener, drywall tape and joint compound. For step-by-step instructions, visit This Old House.

Baseboards – The easiest way for a wall to lose its luster is to let the dust build up. So, give a little love to your baseboards. Use a moist clean cloth and quickly rub across your baseboard until the dust is gone. Tip: A fabric softener cloth works well and leaves a clean smell behind.

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