REAL ESTATE 2020EDITION
A guide to home & garden projects with advice from local businesses
HOME IMPROVEMENT &MAINTENANCE 2020 Southwest Austin & Dripping Springs
COMPILED BY NICHOLAS CICALE
As families are home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many have looked to doing small home improvement projects. Johnny Montalvo, a manager at Clement’s Paint—a locally owned Benjamin Moore paint and supply dealer with ve locations in Austin including in Oak Hill—spoke with Community Impact Newspaper to lend tips to those looking to freshen up their homes.
TIPS FROMA LOCAL PAINTER
1 What is needed to match a wall's existing paint color While paint suppliers may be able to nd a paint that matches the color on a wall, Montalvo said it can sometimes be dicult to nd paint for a touch up depending on a number of factors. Because dierent brands have dierent names for colors, knowing how old the paint on the wall is, the manufacturer and the paint’s sheen could all help pinpoint the perfect color. With more information, the easier it is to nd the exact paint needed, he said. 2 When to apply primer When painting an interior wall, Montalvo said primer should be applied prior to the rst coat of paint if the wall is brand new sheet rock, if it has any stains such as mold, scu marks or smoke damage, or if the new color is
4 What to invest in caulking Caulking is used to seal the space between two surfaces. Products available can vary in price and specications. Montalvo said to select a caulk that is designed to be applied on the specic surface being treated. In terms of price, while the cheapest caulk could last up to four years when applied correctly, inexperienced caulkers could run into trouble getting it to work perfectly.
dramatically dierent than the current color on the wall. Primer helps covers the previous coat of paint with a neutral white and will allow a new coat to stick more easily, but should not be used as a nal coat. 3 What to look for in a paint kit Montalvo said you can tackle almost any paint project with a basic paint brush, roller and a tray. However, the size of the project or home could determine the quality of tool a painter should purchase. For small or one-time paint jobs, prepackaged starter kits available at local hardware stores will likely get the job done, while large projects or those that may take an extended amount of time to complete could benet from an upgrade in tool quality and other items including tarps, roller rods and brushes of dierent sizes.
Clement’s Paint OakHill 7010 W. Hwy. 71, Austin 512-358-6111 www.clementspaint.com Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., closed Sunday
Montalvo suggested moderately priced or higher- end caulk that is easier to work with and will last longer.
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MAKE A GARDEN
TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR CONTAINER
CONTAINER TYPES CAN INCLUDE: • half wooden barrels, buckets or baskets • old bathtubs, galvanized metal tubs, or other tubs or troughs
The bigger the better—larger containers allow for larger root systems and larger plants as well as holding more water for hot days.
• hanging baskets are a good use of extra space and can be used for plants such as herbs or cherry tomatoes
POPULAR VEGETABLES TO GROW
• zucchini squash • bush beans
• carrots • beets • radishes • tomatoes • peppers
Watch and treat for insects as needed. Support “climbing” vegetables with cages, twine or a trellis. Liquid fertilizer should be “fed” to plants at least twice per month.
Add about an inch of coarse gravel in the bottom of containers to improve drainage. Plants need at least ve hours of sunlight per day and may need to be watered once or twice per day.
• cabbage • lettuce
SOURCE: THE OLD FARMER’S ALMANACCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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SOUTHWEST AUSTIN DRIPPING SPRINGS EDITION • JULY 2020
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