Painting your walls is a quick, easy and fun home improvement project that can change up the energy and look of a room. But not all walls are created equal. Some are simple to paint while others are a bit more complicated.
Here are some pointers on how to handle some of the trickiest paint jobs in your home:
How to Paint Brick
Painting over your brick wall can brighten up a room and add a modern touch to your home. Before you paint a brick wall, ask yourself three questions:
Were the bricks laid in the past year?
Is there any damage to the bricks or mortar?
Has it already been painted?
Brick walls go through a leaching process in which alkali and efflorescence leave the surface. It's best to paint after this processes has finished, Realtor.com explained. If there's damage, add fresh mortar or acrylic caulk to fix it up. Finally, any old paint should be removed before the fresh coat is applied.
Scrub the bricks clean before you get started. Then, add a couple layers of masonry sealer, which prevents moisture from building up beneath the paint. Next, paint on several layers of primer. Once it's dry, it's time to add your paint color.
How to Paint Over Chalkboard
Chalkboard walls can be functional or entertaining, but while the rough surface is great for drawing, it's challenging to cover up.
When the wall is smooth and dry, add one or two layers of primer, then finish up with your choice of paint.
How to Paint Over Wallpaper
When your wallpaper goes out of style, the task of removing it might seem daunting. Luckily, if it's still in good shape, you can paint right over it without leaving a trace of that outdated pattern.
Before you begin, look for damaged areas and patch them up. Paste down any straying corners with the right adhesive. Using clear caulk around the perimeter of the paper can also reduce the risk of it peeling post-paint, Benjamin Moore explained.
If your wallpaper is textured, paint on a layer of spackle to smooth it out. Sand down seams so they don't stand out against the rest of the wall. Now you're ready for the primer and paint.
How to Paint Over Paneling
Wood paneling has a distinct '70s vibe to it. If you're aiming to bring a more updated look to your home, it may be time to cover up your faux wood walls.
First, tame the texture of the wall with 220-grit sandpaper, then wash it with a mild cleanser, HGTV suggested. At this point, you have a choice to fill or leave the vertical grooves. Fill them with spackle, then sand it smooth. Or, leave the grooves to keep some character and make your walls appear taller.
Use a stain blocking primer to prepare the wall. When dry, it's time to paint.
Billy Moore Days Thu. 10/18 - Sun. 10/21, times vary Historic Downtown Avondale The celebration features a carnival, festival, and parade, and marks the 72nd anniversary of Avondale's incorporation. more infomap
Arizona Dance Festival 2018 Thu. 10/18 - Sat. 10/20, 7pm Tempe Center for the Arts The festival is expanding with an additional performance date and the addition of Site Specific Performances that gives dancers and audience an alternative performance experience in an outdoor performance space. $13-$40 more infomap
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Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Thu. 10/18 - Sun. 10/21, 10am-9pm Carefree Desert Gardens Halloween spirit invades Carefree, for a fourth year, in the form of whimsical pumpkin carvings from world renowned master carver Ray Villafane.
Maricopa County Home and Garden Show October 2018 Fri. 10/19 - Sun. 10/21, times vary Westworld of Scottsdale The Maricopa County Home & Garden Show, the largest home show in the Southwest, returns to WestWorld of Scottsdale. $8 more infomap
Ride A Clyde! Fri. 10/20, 9am-1pm USA Clydesdale Preservation Foundation, Gilbert Ride A Clyde is an amazing opportunity to be able to get up close and to ride a Clydesdale. Photos of your ride will be emailed to you. $45 more infomap
City of Goodyear's Fall Festival Sat. 10/20, 5pm-9pm Goodyear Ballpark Celebrate Fall with a fun, family event at Goodyear Ballpark. There are activities the whole family can enjoy, including: pumpkin patch, inflatable activities, costume contest, trick-or-treating, corn hole and demonstrations from local dance groups. more infomap
Ask a Master Gardener Clinic
Sat. 10/20, 10am-1pm Sunrise Mountain Library, Peoria Master Gardeners will be present to answer your questions regarding plant selection, fertilization, irrigation guidelines, & best pruning practices. Bring pictures or plant samples to aid in plant diagnosis. more infomap
Phoenix Lantern Fest Sat. 10/20, 9am-6pm Pinal Fairgrounds, Casa Grande Lantern Fest Phoenix is a platform where friends and families enjoy food, live music, a stage show, princesses, face painting, s'mores, balloon artists, and more. more infomap
Westgate Desert Dash Sat. 10/20, 7am St. Joseph's Westgate Medical Center, Glendale The 2018 event marks the turning point into our spectaular Southwestern autumn weather. Enjoy 10K and 5K runs, 1-mile run/walk, runner's brunch, doggie swag, bouncy house, and various entertainment and exhibitors. $35-$45 more infomap
Celebrate Mesa Fall Festival Sat. 10/20, 5pm-9pm Red Mountain Soccer Complex, Mesa Celebrate Mesa is a free family event that brings the community together to enjoy games, carnival rides, entertainment and more. more infomap
Chandler Mayor's Day of Play Sat. 10/20, 8am-12pm Tumbleweed Park, Chandler Children of all ages can revel in free family-fun as they play life-size board games, sporty inflatables, and interactive activities. more infomap
Strut Your Mutt Phoenix Sat. 10/20, 9am Cesar Chavez Park, Phoenix This October we are stepping up for homeless pets with Strut Your Mutt Phoenix, an annual charity dog walk and family-friendly festival. $10-$15 more infomap
Lucia Micarelli Sat. 10/20, 7:30pm Chandler Center for the Arts Lucia Micarelli is recognized across the globe for being a featured soloist with Josh Groban, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Barbara Streisand, Chris Botti, and also for her starring role on the critically-acclaimed HBO series “Treme.” $32-$56
Cave Creek Fall Fine Art, Craft and Home Show Sat. 10/20 & Sun. 10/21, 10am-varies Frontier Town There will be an array of selected vendors offering original, one-of-a-kind works of fine art, pottery, paintings, photography, sculpture, glass, wood items, jewelry, clothing, handmade and hand decorated crafts, and more. more infomap
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Anthem Autumnfest Sat. 10/20 & Sun. 10/21, 10am-varies Community Park This family-friendly event celebrates the season with fall-flavored festivities including arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking and live entertainment. more infomap
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1. Enchanted Pumpkin Garden (Oct. 20-28). World-renowned pumpkin carver Ray Villafane and his team host live pumpkin-carving demonstrations at the town of Carefree’s annual event with colossal pumpkin photo opportunities, an inflatable corn maze, face-painting, arts and crafts, costume and pie-eating contests.
2. Give Kids a Smile(Oct. 20). Kids can get free dental care — including cleanings, sealants, fillings, or extractions — at Midwestern University-Arizona’s annual event. Families will get information on proper oral health maintenance and disease prevention, and Spanish-speaking faculty, staff, and students will be available. Registration is required.
3. International Archaeology Day (Oct. 20). Celebrate the thrill of discovery at Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix with site tours, hands-on archaeology activities and demonstrations that will have you channeling your inner Indiana Jones. Families can also enjoy lunch from the Yellowman Frybread Foodtruck and a lecture with Dr. Glen Rice about food sharing.
4. Pumpkin Paint-and-Take at Vertuccio Farms (Oct. 20-28). This weekend event includes a pumpkin and paint time with an art teacher; stencils, glitter and paint are provided. Also, see a kid-friendly magic show every weekend at Vertuccio Farms during its Fall Festival. Plus, a seven-acre corn maze, mini golf, pumpkin patch, inflatables, petting zoo, mini zip line, barrel train ride and giant jump pad.
5. Arizona State Fair (Oct. 6-28). For more than 100 years, Arizonans have gathered at this annual event to fill up on fried foods, seek thrill rides and master carnival games. Visit azstatefair.com for details on grandstand events, special exhibits, petting zoos and concerts, including The Wallflowers, 38 Special, Big & Rich and Sesame Street Live!
6. Brick-or-Treat (Oct. 20-31). Enjoy Halloween-themed builds, scavenger hunts, costume contests, prizes and more at Legoland Discovery Center’s Brick-or-Treat event inside Arizona Mills Mall on weekends and on Halloween.
7. Cosmic Playground (Oct. 6-Jan. 13). Learn more about space, our solar system and the universe at the Arizona Science Center’s new “Cosmic Playground” exhibit. Space lovers can climb, slide and explore the galaxy in an interactive play space constructed almost entirely of tape. Lie in a tunnel of stars, climb into a wormhole or slide down a black hole.
8. Electric Desert. Desert Botanical Garden invites families to see the desert in a new way at this light-and-sound experience by Klip Collective. Cacti and desert trees and plants become a living canvas in this nighttime experience of projected lights and original music.
9. Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Oct. 12-28). Valley Youth Theatre stages the story of Lily Polkadot, who just moved to a “Squares Only” small town. From daily bullying to the segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest for acceptance seems hopeless until she meets Sky. Inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots is a colorful history lesson meant to remind kids (and parents) that our differences make us awesome, not outcasts.
10. I Recycle Phoenix Festival (Oct. 20). Join Keep Phoenix Beautiful, the City of Phoenix and Desert Ridge Marketplace for the semi-annual event behind the AMC Theaters.
11. Care Card week (Oct. 19-28). It’s shopping week for the Board of Visitors Care Card program. Anyone who buys a $60 Care Card will save 20 percent on purchases at more than 500 participating local and national retailers and restaurants — including family favorites such as Kidstop Toys, Pottery Barn, The Container Store, Sauce Pizza and Shake Shack.
12. Childsplay Theatre Academy Open House (Oct. 20). Learn about Childsplay’s collaborative, fun and skill-focused training programs for ages 4-17. Tour classroom space, meet teaching artists and discover the skill-building activities that take place in music and theater classes. Plus popcorn, games and giveaways.
13. Celebrate Mesa (Oct. 20). This family event brings the community together to enjoy games, carnival rides, live entertainment and more at Red Mountain Soccer Complex.
14. Goodyear Ballpark Fall Festival (Oct. 20). The spring-training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds is hosting its fall festival with costume contests, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch, inflatables, live entertainment and more.
NEXT WEEK:Markus Zusak at Changing Hands Bookstore (Oct. 22). The Australian author of the international young-adult bestseller “The Book Thief” visits Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe with his new release: “Bridge of Clay.” Five Dunbar brothers bring each other up by their own rules, only to discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.