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While some landlords and property managers may not allow you to paint the walls in your apartment, there are items and furniture where a coat of paint can go a long way toward making your place feel like home.

For any paint project, there are a couple of prep items to keep in mind. First, take the time to wipe off any dust, dirt or debris from the surfaces to be painted. A damp cloth should do the trick. Allow the item to dry completely, then gently sand any uneven surfaces with fine sandpaper to prepare the item for painting. This may help ensure that the paint adheres properly and stays over time. If you want to avoid having to sand an item thoroughly, consider Architectural Digest’s suggestion and use a type of paint that can stick to surfaces without needing to be sanded. Some examples include: chalk or mineral paint. Finally, remember that painting should only take place in a well-ventilated space. Check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s guide to paint safety indoors for more information.

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