Painting can easily seem to be a thankless task. It is time-consuming, messy as well as backbreaking, and that is even prior to slap the first coat of paint.
Even so, a coat of paint is still the least-expensive and fastest way to give your home a fresh new look. If you are still determined to paint your home regardless of the fact, it is a quite messy and heavy work; the following suggestions can help you to paint almost painlessly your house.
1. Before Starting Do a Colour Test.
There is absolutely, nothing more frustrating than getting half a room painted only to find that your chosen colour is too dark, too light or simply, a different shade that not match the overall look of the room.
Therefore, it is a good idea to check your colour before starting to save time and money. For the finest results, paint a swatch from the floor to the ceiling; in this way you will see just if the chosen colour or hue fits into the overall look of your room. A two feet wide painted strip is enough to give you an idea how your room will look freshly painted.
NOTE: However, if you plan to utilize primer as first coat, then you should apply first a coat of primer under your examination swatch.
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2. Purchase the Right Type of Paint for Your Job.
It is pretty easy to choose the wrong type of paint for your work. Perhaps you have had sometime experienced an unsuccessful attempt to remove traces of dirt or marker on a wall. The more you were trying to erase it the more became worse.
– Washable paints are a need to for high-soil, high-traffic areas such as halls, mudrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens;
– If you have children, washable eggshell or semi-gloss are your opportunities;
However, if you are not quite sure what kind of paint to use, ask at your paint store or hardware.
3. Use Only the Right Tools.
Just as important as using the right type of paint is utilizing the right type of tool for the task. At first glance, it is tempting and seems economical to buy cheap paint tools, but remember that painting requires quality tools if you want to have a quality paint. Any imperfection can be seen with the naked eye and a poor quality paint will completely compromise the overall look of your room.
NOTE: With tapered-edge brushes, you can have the cleanest finish when painting around trims such as baseboards or door casing.
4. Before Painting Prepare Your Working Space.
Release the perimeter room area as much as possible. Move all your furniture in the middle. Do not be tempted just to push your stuff a few feet away from the walls and cover your furniture pieces with a drop cloth or a plastic sheet. It will be difficult to move through this narrow space, not to mention the shadow created by your stuff on the walls will jeopardize the result of a good painting. It is likely to have a poor quality paint with patchy and uneven painted walls.
Take your time and patiently tape with green tape all junctions between your wall surface and the adjacent surfaces.
5. Offer Yourself Plenty of Time.
Painting is typically the quickest way to provide a room a fresh new look, but not always. When you are painting over darker or two-tone walls you need to apply more than one coat of primer and/or paint, and this will take obviously more time. You need also more time to paint trim or to cut your paint between the wall and ceiling so offer yourself plenty of time to do the job.