If you want to make your home look better while sticking to a budget, we have some tips for painting inside your home that will help you get the job done right the first time while not breaking the bank. By following our advice below, you’re going to know what to do and even more important what NOT to do to make sure you have a pleasant painting experience. There is work involved, but if you go about it the right way, you can come away with a great look.
What NOT to Do
Here are some of the things you want to avoid if at all possible.
Forget the Tape – Taking the time to tape areas you don’t want paint takes time and you have to buy the right sort of tape, but this step is essential if you want a professional and quality finish. As mentioned, you want to get the right type of tape. These days you have a lot of choices on painter’s tape. Just make sure you don’t skimp by getting the cheapest tape available.
Rush the Job – Going along with time, you want to make sure you do not rush the job. Painting properly takes a bit of time, so you want to make sure you plan enough time to get everything done correctly. Depending on the size of the rooms you’ll be painting, you’ll want to come up with a strategy so that you can get it done in a reasonable amount of time. Even the largest project shouldn’t take more than a weekend. If it does, you’re not doing something right!
Skip Primer – This is another step that some people like to skip to save time, money or both. In the long run, you’re not going to be happy with the results if you skip this step. So, make sure you buy the right primer for the job and apply it before you start painting. Buying the proper type of primer is also important. This step is crucial when you get to the actual painting later on.
Underestimate Paint Needs – Guessing a gallon or two won’t cut it when you’re buying paint for your project. The good news is that most stores will have someone on hand who can calculate how much paint you’ll need IF you have the sizes of your walls. So, before you head to the store, make sure you measure your walls and know an approximation of the square footage you’ll be painting.
Paint in Humid Conditions – Another no-no that may mean less than spectacular results is painting in humid conditions. This will make the entire experience horrible from start to finish. If at all possible, make sure you pick good weather conditions to paint. In some areas of the world this may not be possible, so make sure you have fans and other things in place to help take humidity out of the air – a dehumidifier may be need in some cases.
What TO Do
On the other hand, here are some tips you make sure you follow.
Choose Brush or Roll – Both of these tools were designed for different purposes, and you should know which is which or you’re going to end up using the wrong tool for the job and not get the finish you want.
Clean the Walls First – Even if your walls look clean, you still want to make sure you take the time to clean them properly before you begin any painting. This doesn’t take a lot of time and ensures the paint has a nice surface to adhere to.
Prep the Surface – Beyond cleaning, you want to make sure you prep the surface you are painting so you don’t run into any problems when you finally do begin painting. This shouldn’t take too long to do.
Move the Furniture – This is a lot of work, but it’s worth the effort if you want to keep your furniture nice and clean. You can cover them, but you’ll like the extra room to move around.
As you can see, we recommend a lot of things you should and should not be doing. If you follow the tips above, you will have a lot better painting experience. Fixing up the inside of your home is a great idea and a new coat of paint is a great way to make it look even better.
Written by Olivia Keeble. She is an interior designer by profession. She loves redecorating and creating new designs for potential clients.