Painting your home like contractors is a huge undertaking and sometimes it can seem overwhelming when you first get started. If you don’t have a lot of experience this can be especially true. There are a lot of choices to make about types of paint, how to apply the paint to the walls, and the best ways to get a paint job that is going to be long lasting and look great.
Fortunately, you aren’t left to wonder how to handle these things on your own. You can always ask questions like where you buy your paint, or you can keep reading. Commercial painters all over have great tips on how to go about painting your home. Since these tips are things even they use themselves while painting, you know you’re going to end up with some spectacular looking walls.
1. Prep Time Is Not Wasted Time
If you’re excited about your paint project it’s pretty easy to just want to get started. Before you get too far into your plans, make sure you’re slowing down and really paying attention to your walls and the condition they are in. Prep time is highly important for a great overall result on your home’s surfaces.
Look around the area you’re going to be painting. Check for areas that chipped old paint or damaged walls should be sanded down. If you notice any spots that are particularly dirty it’s best to clean those instead of just painting over them. Grease and other types of dirt can prevent the paint from adhering to your wall properly.
Skipping time prepping your walls could end up costing you money in the long run. If you don’t sand down old peeling paint, or make sure the walls are clean you’ll end up having to repaint sooner and more often. If you’re putting in the time painting your home, go ahead and spend a few extra minutes getting everything ready before you start actually painting.
2. Quality Really Matters
You have a lot of choices when it comes to paint and paint supplies. If you’re on a budget it can be tempting to use lower quality materials because of the lower price point. The truth is when it comes to paint, and even the supplies you’re using, quality is a big deal.
Cheaper paints are thinner and often require several coats for a finished product that doesn’t look washed out or streaky. Higher quality paints have better pigments meaning the color will automatically be more vibrant. Some paints even offer a guarantee that you’re only going to need one coat for the paint to look amazing.
One coat of a more expensive paint is going to end up being more budget-friendly than having to buy several more buckets of a cheaper paint, especially if you weren’t planning to buy more paint in the first place. No one wants to get halfway through a project and realize they have to put in more money to make sure their paint job looks good.
The same goes for your supplies. Rollers and brushes that are low quality could end up leaving things behind in your paint. If you don’t want to end up with parts of the roller or brush bristles left behind on your walls, go for the higher quality supplies right from the start. It will save you time, frustration, and money.
3. Use Painter’s Tape
A lot of DIY painters will suggest that masking tape can do the same thing as painter’s tape, and on the surface, it does seem like a good idea. This isn’t what the pros recommend though. Masking tape can leave behind a sticky residue which can be unsightly and hard to remove, especially on freshly painted surfaces.
Masking tape also isn’t meant to handle getting wet like painter’s tape is. If paint gets on your masking tape it can start to buckle and fold which means paint is going to get under the tape itself. Since the entire point of taping off an area is to prevent this from happening, it’s best to use the right tool for the job.
While you’re at it, if you want extra sharp lines from your taped off areas use a putty knife to press your tape down after you’ve put it on the areas you want to be protected. This is a tip the pros use to really make sure the tape is solidly in place before getting started.
4. Pour Your Paint Into A Larger Bucket
This tip is about color consistency. Sometimes even high-quality paints might vary slightly from bucket to bucket. While you might not be able to see the difference in the color if you’re looking into the actual can, it can be glaringly obvious on a wall.
If you have to use a new can of paint in the middle of a project the last thing you want is two different colors that were supposed to be the same. The pros avoid this situation by pouring all cans of paint they plan to use into a larger five-gallon bucket. After you’ve done that, mix it together to make sure it’s well blended, then go ahead and start painting.
The larger bucket can be a little heavier to move around, but the uniform color in your home will be worth it in the end. Don’t risk an unpleasant color surprise while you’re in the middle of painting. Keep this tip in mind and avoid that situation before it even has a chance to happen.
5. Use Real Drop Cloths
Similar to using real painter’s tape, this tip focuses on using the right tool for the job yet again. If you’re tempted to use sheets you already have instead of getting some canvas drop cloths, the pros say that’s not such a great idea.
Sheets aren’t meant to cover surfaces and protect them from dripping paint. If you get paint on a sheet there’s a good chance it’s going to soak through and get on the floor or furniture underneath it. If that happens you’re going to have a whole new kind of mess to clean up, and it will be much more frustrating than just putting down a real drop cloth from the start.
Canvas drop cloths are meant to protect your floors and other surfaces from spilling paint. Don’t substitute them for sheets that were never meant for this purpose at all. Save your floors and furniture from any stray paint and invest in some good drop cloths before you start painting.
If you want to go about painting your home you definitely can do it on your own and still get great results. Just make sure you’re really focusing on the decisions you make and the techniques you use to get the best results. Keep these tips from the pros in mind while you’re going and even before you get started. Your home and walls will thank you for your extra effort.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve found these tips on painting your home useful.
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