Painting interior walls is the easiest way to freshen up your place. It’s a great idea to “Do It Yourself” to save money and the personal touch can go a long way in making the house your home. But when it comes to painting, skipping or rushing can make a huge difference between a great job and a poor job. Here are some tips to help you paint like a pro!
Preparing the Surface
Scrape the wall to remove existing paint and patch up holes in the wall surface, which is a crucial step. Also, paint does not adhere to surfaces if it’s dirty, so wipe down surfaces well. Then allow the walls to dry completely before applying paint.
Protecting the Floor
Cover the floors cloth or canvas as it absorbs paints. Avoid plastic sheets as they can cause tripping and slipping. Also, cloth and canvas are a lot easier to clean-up too.
There are variety colors of paint and it can be difficult to make a choice. What you see on your wall may not match on the swatch exactly. The way color appears varies based on the lighting in the room, so to be sure of what the color may look like, buy a small sample of paint and see how it appears in the room. This will give you a fair idea of the painted color on your wall. Know the dimensions of the walls so you can get the correct amount of paint: The general norm is a gallon per 400 SQ. FT.
Use a primer for the walls before you apply the first coat of paint. This helps in smooth application of the paint, and you will be happy to see that your work is done with just one coat! Paints blended with primers don’t give the same results as a coat of primer alone.
The Right Order
First, paint the trim; second, the ceiling; and third, the walls. Remember to tape the trim with painter’s tape to ensure the paint application does not spill onto the ceiling or walls.
A Tip on Rolling
While rolling the paint with paint rollers, ensure you don’t create stripes or uneven layers. This generally happens because the new stroke may have run over the paint that has already dried. Ensure every stroke overlaps the previous before the paint dries.