Sometimes merely painting a room can make a major difference on its appearance, greatly enhancing its features. Hiring a professional to paint for you, no matter how small the job, can prove to be costly, and painting yourself may actually be easier than you think while saving you a great deal of cash. Even if you’ve never painted before you can successfully paint a room and make it look like a professional has done it. By following a few helpful tips, you should encounter no problems whatsoever while renovating your home and all you have to do is be sure to carefully apply each tip.
Get the right kind of paint
High traffic areas of a home require a special kind of paint, and according to Bob Villa, home improvement expert, the best kind of paint for this kind of area is either semi-gloss or high gloss, which are a lot easier to clean than flat paint.
Before you start painting, you’ll want to be sure to cover everything with drop cloths, old sheets, newspaper, or whatever else is available in order to protect your furniture and floors from being splashed with paint.
Painting corners in a room can be a real challenge at times, but according to John Kelsey, a home improvement specialist and author in “This Old House” Magazine, using a specially shaped roller or pad can make cutting into corners a lot easier. These specialty pads and rollers can be purchased from just about any home improvement store that sells paint.
It is important that you ensure that the colors of paint that you choose match the colors that you desire, because if the colors don’t match and you discover this after you’ve already painted, it’ll be a great deal more work and cost more money to fix the problem.
It doesn’t matter if the paint you use is water-based or oil-based, you need to make sure that you wear old clothes that you don’t mind ruining whenever painting. Many people may believe that water-based paint will wash right out of clothing, but unfortunately this isn’t the case.
Keep the trash out
While purchasing your painting supplies, you may want to invest in a strainer, which you will pour your paint through in order to remove any debris that may have gotten into the paint. You certainly don’t want the debris ending up on your walls, ruining your project.
When painting, you may need to apply more than one coat, but using a primer before hand definitely makes a difference. A primer not only helps the paint to adhere better, ensuring that you won’t leave any light spots, but it also covers any old stains that paint alone may not hide.
Before leaving the store while purchasing your paint, don’t forget to get plenty of stirring sticks, as you’ll need these in order to prevent the color from separating.
Clean equipment after use
If your painting job will take several days to finish, each day at the end of each session you need to ensure that you properly rinse brushes and rollers, and tightly close the lid on the paint, so the paint won’t harden in the container and on the brushes and rollers.
You need to ensure that you have proper ventilation prior to beginning your painting project, since paint contains chemicals that can cause respiratory difficulties even in those without conditions like asthma. Opening as many windows as possible to let in fresh air is very important.