Quick Tips on Painting Your Home

November 7, 2017 Posted by kyu7

Paint has been around for many years. Most people decide they want to paint their home to give it a fresh look. It always amazes me how a splash of color can transform an entire room. When you visit your local paint store to choose a color, it is almost overwhelming. There are so many different kinds of paint, colors, textures and ways to paint your home. After spending a few hours in the paint store I learned a few tips about painting.

1. There are a million colors to choose from. When deciding on a color you want to pick a color that will complement the room decor you have in the home already or a color that will complement the decor to be. Most people shy away from the colors because they don’t know how things will end up.

2. If you want to change the color or sheen you must use 2 coats. This will make sure there is proper coverage on the walls. When you change the color you want to make sure that the color before is not bleeding through the new color. Also when you change the sheen and don’t use proper coverage, you can see all the roller streaks.

3. If you are changing the sheen, the best option would be to go with a flat/matte. This will hid any blemish or wall defects the best. Also, if you need to touch up an area on the wall, the flat or matte finish will blend in a few months down the road vs. painting the whole wall to make sure the sheen’s match.

4. Make sure that you prep the walls properly. Fill in the holes with mud/putty. If you are on a time crunch be sure to get the 20 minute mud. Once it dries sand it smooth then texture appropriately. After the texture, you are almost ready to paint. I would recommend using tape to put around all the trim and ceilings (especially if they are popcorn) to make sure you don’t accidentally get the wall color on the trim/ceilings. Make sure the paint has dried COMPLETELY so the paint doesn’t come off with the tape.

5. Be sure that you have made a clear path that will allow you to get in and out of the room without touching or damaging the walls. The ideal situation is to push all the furniture into the center of the room, so you are not doing unnecessary moving. Another good thing about having everything in the center of the room, is the ability to put drop cloths over the furniture and protect it from any paint spatters.

6. Now you are ready to begin. When rolling make sure your technique is the same through out. This will help save paint usage. If you get tired and need a break DO NOT lay the roller on the wall as the paint is trying to dry. This will cause a variation in the amount of paint in that area and cause the wall to now blend well. You don’t want to submerge your roller into paint, where the paint is dripping off. This will cause a huge mess. Also, don’t press the roller into the wall. Just smoothly go over the wall with the roller. This will allow the proper amount of paint through out the room.

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