Painting the walls of your home is a simple and cost-effective way to dramatically transform your home’s interior. However, in order to achieve a flawless finish, it takes some proper planning and technique. Not sure where to start? No worries! From the preparation to the execution, we’ve compiled everything you need to know to paint like a pro.
Before you paint, it’s critical to prepare your walls first in order to get a smooth application that will last for years to come. Start by sanding down any rough surfaces using fine-grit sandpaper. Then, thoroughly clean your walls with a damp cloth, even if they appear to already be clean. Oils, dust and other debris aren’t always easy to see with the naked eye but can keep your paint from adhering if not removed. Next, protect any surfaces that you don’t want to get stained or damaged in the process. This includes removing all of the faceplates from outlets and light switches and covering the furniture and floors with a drop cloth. Lastly, use painters tape to line the edges of your trim and any other surfaces that you want to remain paint-free. It’s the best way to ensure clean lines for a polished finish.
What Type of Paint Should I Choose?
Color choice and finish deserve honest thought when it comes to interior paint. To help you make the best selection for the job, ask yourself several questions. What will the room be used for? Do you have children? Do the walls still have blemishes even after you’ve sanded the rough surfaces down? Does the room get a lot of natural light? These considerations will help you determine what qualities you need out of your paint and which options will allow you to bring your vision to life.
Selecting the Right Paint Finish
Paints come in a variety of finishes that yield different results in terms of look, durability and maintenance. If you’re painting an area that receives high-traffic such as a play room or dining room, you might want to consider a high gloss paint because it’s easier to clean and less likely to absorb stains from spills. For kitchens and bathrooms, a semi-gloss paint can provide the same qualities you’re looking for in washability without the extra shine or cost. Flat or matte finishes, however, are better suited for walls with visible imperfections because they add just the right amount of texture to mask unsightly blemishes. Once you consider all of these factors, you can have a better idea of what to buy and what colors are available in that type of paint.
Picking the Perfect Paint Color
Choosing the right paint color for a room has a lot to do with purpose and intention. If you are trying to sell your home, rich, bold colors aren’t the best options. Instead, opt for whites or off-whites that can allow buyers to imagine their preferences and stylistic touches in the space without yours interfering with their vision. If you’re not in the market to sell anytime soon, then let intention be your guide! For example, if you want to make a small room appear larger, go for lighter, cooler colors to open the space up and make it more airy. Looking to make more of a statement? Bright, vibrant colors can instantly perk a dull room up without coming off as being too busy. Just make sure to sprinkle that color into your decor with other complimentary shades to tie the whole room together.
Once you’ve prepared your walls and selected your paint, it’s go time! To ensure a beautifully finished product, make sure to choose quality paint rollers, brushes and painters tape. Begin by painting the trim and woodwork to help you get more clean crisp lines and allow it to fully dry. If you’re giving the ceiling a fresh coat, tackle that next before moving on to the walls. This will save you the time of having to touch up any splatter that may come off of the roller.
For the application, use a roller brush to paint the majority of your walls and ceilings leaving a couple inches from the trim and baseboards. It’s important to take your time and resist the urge to apply a lot of pressure when using a roller. Just let the brush do the work for you, moving it in a “W” pattern until the paint becomes thin. These smooth up and down strokes will allow you to achieve even coverage without leaving paint lines or ridges. Finish off the remaining inches near the trim and baseboards with a paint brush for a more precise application. Allow an adequate amount of time for the paint to dry and start decorating the room with your finishing touches!
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