True, there is nothing as refreshing as coming home to an aesthetically pleasing abode with warming colors to welcome you immediately you walk in. However, you would want to know that a quality paint job is no mean feat to achieve even for the most accomplished DIY enthusiasts. It is a task that can only be done with proper planning and impeccable execution. The bottom line is successful home interior painting revolves around a plethora of factors and not just the color of paint; contrary to common perception.
If you’ve given it a serious thought and want to trade in that monotonous look for something more elegant, serene or modern, you will have to roll up those sleeves and get ready to express yourself using a brush – just like Picasso. Don’t get ahead of yourself, though. Below are some essential DIY painting steps every homeowner should have at their fingertips.
The Ultimate Interior Home Painting Guide
So, what if you paint the entire living space only to find the colour unpleasant or overwhelming eventually? Or perhaps, not sure about what colour exactly to go for in a particular space within your home? Well, you could do a lot worse than these essential tips.
What to buy – as a rule of thumb, always start your project with the purchase of a quart instead of large amounts of paint if you aren’t certain.
Follow through by painting a sizeable piece of foam board before applying anything on the wall. By moving the board around the space to have an idea of what exactly to expect, you can then make an informed decision based on absolutes and not just guesswork. Also keep in mind that colour means nothing if the paint quality is by conventional standards.
Surface preparation – any painting expert will tell you that paint doesn’t adhere well to dirty walls and in fact, you can end up making the situation worse than before if not careful. That said, it is of paramount importance to clean the walls using warm, soapy water before rinsing and letting them dry overnight. For the ceiling, get rid of the cobwebs regardless of how tiny using an old brush.
– Paint trays can be quite daunting and time consuming, which is why it would indeed serve your interests to skip them and instead opt for five gallon buckets and a roller screen inside. This should save time on re-fills.
– If you must take a break while painting a space at home, use plastic wraps to cover the rollers and refrigerate to avoid having to clean them up every time the going gets tough – it will, trust me.
– Painting can get quite messy, and this only translates to more time considering the clean-up.
To avoid paint pouring out of the can after re-filling, poke holes in the can’s rim using a hammer and nail. This allows it to moderately drip back inside – physics comes in handy after all, who knew?
All said, painting at home can be fun and interesting – but only if you follow the steps above. Good Luck.