Interior home painting can be one of the easiest do-it-yourself activity you can do to improve your home. If you think about it, it’s cheaper than having to hire house painters to do a job that you can easily do yourself. Plus, it’s easy and doesn’t require any special trainings to perform.
Having a new coat of paint applied on your home can definitely brighten up the atmosphere. However, no matter how easy the job is, interior painting can still become a disaster if you’re not careful. If you want your work to look like it was done by a professional, here are some useful tips that you can take note of and follow:
- Do a Thorough Checking of Your Wall
Take some time to look at your wall before starting to repaint. Wallpapers, nails, hooks, and switch covers should be removed and any cracks, bumps, or holes need to be filled up, scraped, or patched so that it will create a smooth surface. Even if you’re using a more expensive paint, chances are, it won’t conceal a cracked surface.
Moreover, for walls with old paints, sugar soap can be used to clean up mites and dust and a bleach may be used to remove the mould.
- Prime Your Wall
Priming is a must in every paint job. There’s no arguing this. Primer serves three purposes in every paint job: One, it prevents stains from being visible; Two, it allows a full coverage in one coat; and three, it allows the paint to adhere strongly to prevent peeling.
Paint-and-primer combinations are also available to purchase so homeowners could start painting immediately. However, for walls with paints that’s been on for 8 years or more, it would be a smart choice to do the priming and painting separately.
- Choose Canvass Over Plastic To Protect Surfaces
You can never go wrong with covering the floor, furniture, and hardware before you start painting your wall. If you don’t want to see paint spatters anywhere in your house, getting a canvass is a better choice than choosing plastics. This is because canvass absorbs paint and are rip resistant whereas plastic drop cloths can become slippery with paint and therefore can pose a tripping hazard. Canvass could be recycled and reused in the future, too, so you won’t have to buy another one when you do another interior painting again.
- Spend Money on High Quality Tools
When you decide to do a painting job yourself, invest on high quality materials. Good rollers, tapes, and brushes can give you an excellent result so you won’t have to spend extra time on re-applying the paint.
- Always Paint in Top to Bottom Manner
After doing the edges on your wall using a brush, time to move on to the roller and work your way to your whole wall. Normal people usually tend to leave spatters around but pros work through their mistakes from top to bottom. Once you’ve painted the wall, allow it to dry and avoid going over it again to avoid obvious marks and inconsistent color streaks.
It pays to spend time learning about the simple tricks that pros use whenever they do a painting job. Whether you’re doing one side of the room or your whole house, getting a smooth finish can totally make a difference in your home. Doing the job yourself is hard work but once you finish and admire the result, it will be worth the time and effort.