How To Paint Your Home Like A Pro
Giving your home a new splash of color is an inexpensive and simple way to revamp your décor. A few simple color changes can instantly make your home look fresh, stylish and new, with no major purchases or drastic interior design necessary. When done well, a good paint job will automatically uplift your space. Here are a few tips to get you painting your interior like a professional, saving you the trouble of getting someone else to do it for you.
- Mix The Same Color Together
Although the cans may say that the color is the same, paint colors can differ slightly between separate cans. To avoid having an awkward change in color halfway through your wall, mix all of the cans together in one large bucket and work from there. This will give you a more consistent result across your home.
- Don’t Skimp On Primer
Professional painters always use a coat of primer on the wall before beginning the painting process. Many of us decide to skip over this step when painting at home because it involves an extra purchase and more work, but the primer does serve a purpose. Adding a layer of primer before you start painting will create the perfect surface for your color, avoiding the unpleasant blotchy ‘flashing’ that can occur when paint settles into certain areas of the wall. The primer will also help bring out the exact color shade that you had hoped for.
- Scrape Away Old Paint
While some choose to paint directly over an old coat of paint, this can leave you with an uneven, imperfect surface to work with. Take the time to remove the old coat with a paint scraper and then sand the wall to get a smooth finish.
- Give The Walls A Scrub
Paint always goes on better if the surface is clean and smooth- a dirty surface can lead to paint quickly peeling and chipping away. Give your walls a good clean with a strong cleaner or deglosser before you start off your painting project.
- Use The Right Tools
Although a brush may ultimately do the job, it’ll do it pretty slowly. Invest in a few quality painting tools, especially a large roller, and you’ll find that the paint goes on quickly and easily.
- Wait For The Paint To Dry
While even the most novice painters know to cover edges with masking tape to avoid a messy finish, many don’t realise that removing the tape too early could lead to smudging and an unprofessional look. Be patient and wait until the paint is completely dry, then remove the tape and enjoy your perfectly painted walls.
- Lay Down A Drop Cloth
Instead of using newspapers or plastic on the floor to protect your home from paint splatters, use a canvas drop cloth. This will avoid the slippery affect that plastic sheets can have, and will stay in place without needing to be taped down. If you do experience a splash mishap, clean up the paint as quickly as possible with cloth or paper towels.