Painting looks easy, simple and fun. Hence, it is so tempting to do it ourselves when we have a painting project in the house. Just like any task, it can also lead to failure and waste of time if we are too confident not to know the details. The basics of interior or home painting will save you a great deal of time and extend the lifespan of your paint brushes. They will ensure that your painting project goes smoothly and your finished work would look great.
Planning is one of the keys to succeed in any task or endeavor. Planning a painting project can assure great results.
Choose the color of your paint
The internet has loads of information you can explore. Some online paint stores even allow you to upload your photo, or pick one from the choices they present. There are color-matching apps that check out the colors from your surroundings and match them with hundreds of paint colors from the store. Furthermore, you can either choose a color inspiring photo or paint your walls virtually. For instance, drag and drop a particular color of your choice. The virtual painting of your scene is a creative way of looking at the results before even starting the job.
Your interior walls will look great for a long time if you prepare with the right primer and techniques. Use your mobile devices when preparing to buy painting tools, such as brushes, rollers and other supplies. With your smartphone, you can browse through available tools to make your painting project succeed and even leveled up.
Mix the paints together in a big bucket for a consistent color on your wall or room. If you open a new can and roll it over in the middle of the wall, the difference would be noticeable. For the paint to have a strong bond, clean dirty surfaces.
When painting, avoid lap marks by rolling the wall’s full height while keeping a wet edge. Lap marks are ugly stripes caused by the paint buildup’s uneven layers and when you apply an already partly dry paint. Maintain a “wet edge” so that your roller strokes overlap previous ones. Reload the roller to make it half loaded at least so that it will not become dry.
Professionals follow a certain order when doing a painting job. They start with the trim, then proceed with the ceiling and the walls. It is faster and easier to tape off trims than walls.
Sand the trip between coats so your finish is ultra smooth. A single coat of paint will usually not hide the sheen on the trim. Sand the trip prior to application of each paint coat for a smooth finish. Otherwise, you may get a grainy texture.
Clean up and do maintenance
Cleaning up after the main painting job is recommended to protect your painting tools, walls and other stuff you have invested in. Your job of taking care of your interior does not end after painting it. With the right maintenance tips, your interior walls can always look fresh.