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Painting with an Edge!

Man, with all of the agony I go through (melodramatic much?) with trying to figure out my paint colors and keep the drops off the floor, the last thing I want to do is tape. Painter’s tape is pretty sweet, I can’t deny it. Anytime I need to paint around a doorknob or window grilles, painter’s tape has my back. But when you’re just done with the world, and the trim is too overwhelming to tackle with a little blue roll of adhesive strips, it is time to call in the big guns. The Edger (Queue the bad ass entrance music). This handheld piece of engineering literally cut my paint time in half.

But of course, for the bad news.

Those black things at the top? Those are the ever important barriers.

The thing about an edger is that you are completely relying on this one tool to stand between your other surfaces and your paint; if one thing goes awry you end up streaking across the wall you fought so hard to protect. As long as you make sure the barrier guards are paint-free, then nothing will end up on the other surface, just make sure you FIND THE GUARDS before you drop the sponge into the paint. This is for sure worth the $6.00 I dropped, and that says a lot coming from the girl who insists on re-using screws… I’m not kidding…


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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