Painting the interior of your home is a great way to transform the space and fall in love with it all over again. Interior painting is a fun DIY that can involve the whole family, but there are a few tips and tricks that will make the process go a little more smoothly. Before you start putting a new color on your walls, keep these tips in mind.
Prepare the Room
You’ll need to prepare the space that you plan to paint. This is a time-consuming process, but it saves your belongings and other things in the room from getting unwanted patches of paint. Start by removing all outlet and switch covers. Then, tape around the trip and ceiling. Use canvas or plastic sheeting to cover all of your furniture and any exposed areas of the floor. Finally, scrub off any scuffs and remove the cobwebs from the corners. Even the smallest thing will really stand out once it’s trapped under a fresh coat of paint!
Head to the store, but not just for paint. Invest in high-quality paint rollers, brushes, mixing pans, and painters’ tape. Cheap materials will result in a patchy paint job that requires multiple layers, or one that ends up looking streaky no matter how careful you are.
Primer is Key
Don’t skip primer! Laying down a good layer of primer will help the paint you use to apply more evenly and require less coats. Spending money on primer will save you money on paint, and the time you’d spend applying more coats! Primer is especially important if your applying a color that’s vastly different from what’s currently on the walls.
Take Your Time
Finally, we recommend setting aside plenty of time for your DIY painting project. If you try to rush it, the results will show it. Each layer of paint and primer will need plenty of time to dry before the next is applied. Preparing the room before you paint will also take a while, so don’t expect to get it all done in a couple of hours.
Expert painters know that although painting is a lot of fun, it has to be taken seriously if you expect good results! Splurge for high-quality products, do your research, take your time, and enjoy the beautiful results that a new paint job will bring to your home.