Today’s original guest post is provided by Lou Manfredini, Ace Hardware’s home expert.

Spring is finally here and inevitably that means it’s time to start thinking about projects that can spruce up your home inside and out. The great news is that with the right resources and a strategic plan, you can tackle your to-do’s and then move on to the things that matter most, like enjoying your weekend and the warmer weather!

The first step to getting your weekend back is to have a plan. Whether you want to plant flowers, refinish the deck or paint a bedroom, prioritize what it is you want to get done by making a list and determining what you’ll need to complete the project.

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If you keep yourself organized with the right tools and a structured plan, you’ll be able to accomplish your home maintenance projects quickly – and you may even have some fun along the way! Not to mention the immense pride you’ll feel when you’ve taken charge to finish the job.

Let’s look at an example – painting a room. Below is a list of how to paint a room, from start to finish:

1. Choose the colors and get the paint mixed at your local hardware store (Remember that one gallon of paint covers about 300 square feet).

2. Gather all of the tools needed to complete the job. This includes: paint brushes, roller covers, roller frames and roller pans, painters tape, drop cloths, painting buckets, rags, sand paper, spackle and primer. If you’re painting high areas or ceilings make sure you have the appropriate ladder or scaffolding.

3. Remove everything from the room and tape off all of the areas you do not want to paint, such as molding, trim, windows and doors. Don’t forget about furniture, carpet, window coverings and switch plates that you don’t want to accidentally cover with paint. Make arrangements to remove these items from the room and make sure you have enough fabric to cover them.

4. Fix any spots on the walls and trim that need repair by using spackle and a putty knife. Sand down the surfaces slightly, as paint will stick better to rough surfaces than to smooth ones. Remember that a good paint job is 90 percent prep-work.

5. When painting an entire room, you should follow this order: ceiling, walls and then any windows, doors and finally trim.

6. Don’t forget to paint the walls with two coats of paint.

Now wasn’t that easy? With an organized plan and the right tools, you can have the best of both worlds; a well maintained home and an enjoyable weekend.

You can learn more about these tips and projects at your local Ace Hardware store and by visiting

Written by Amanda Hartley