Spring is a great time to get a jump on home improvements of all kinds, and painting is no exception. Before you start painting your interior, check out our best tips to help the whole process go off without a hitch. Paint tends to be pretty permanent, so the more preparation you can do before you start, the better!
Cover Your Floor
This one is a little easier said than done. There are many things you can use as a drop cloth, such as a tarp, an old sheet, a plastic sheet or even a few cut up trash bags for smaller areas. The harder part is keeping your drop cloth in place while you paint, especially if you’re walking around a lot as you paint.
Take Care of Your Walls
If there are any areas of the wall that are peeling, or cracking, you’ll want to take care of this first. This is best done by lightly sanding and scraping the wall of any loose paint and then rinsing it thoroughly. If you don’t, the new paint you apply on top will just end up pulling down any weak paint. It’s always a good idea to rinse the wall of any dust or dirt so that the new paint & primer have a nice clean wall to stick to.
Use Painters Tape
Yes, it is called that for a reason. Aside from brushes and your actual paint, this might be the most important tool you have at your disposal. Not only is it great for sectioning off parts you don’t want to paint, it also won’t damage any other paint in the process. Painters tape is also great for lining the edge of your ceiling to make sure you can push your roller all the way up without impacting the color of your ceiling. Another important step is to remove your light switch colors and any other fixtures that you want to protect.
Boxing Your Paint
This is especially important if you are mixing any colors on your own, or if you think the mixes you have might be slightly different. Rather than open up each gallon can as you need it, pour it all into one large container and mix it well to make sure the color is completely consistent throughout. If you aren’t sure how many gallons of paint you’ll need, talk to your salesperson.