Our home goes through a lot. With people moving up and down and pictures being hung and removed, it doesn’t take too long before your house doesn’t look the same as when you first stepped in. Most times, we see the same walls every day that we don’t realize that it is time for a change. And when we go and visit a new home, we tend to compare and see the difference and wonder what went wrong with our home.
Doing a paint job is not an easy feat. It requires patience, skill, and experience. Not all of us know have long years of experience painting houses. We have brought you some expert tips to get that professional paint job to make your house look bright again.
Summertime is the best time
They say make hay while the sun shines. We say, bring out the paint buckets before the rain pours. If you paint your house during the summer season, it not only means that you will be working quicker as the paint on the walls will be drying up much easier, but it also means that your paint job won’t suffer the water problems that comes with rainy weather. These can include dripping if you have seeping walls and also unfinished wet paint for a longer duration.
Check every area of every wall
Not all walls will look the same. This is especially true if you or someone else has been living in the house for a long time. There might be stains, cracks, peeling from older paint, and other marks. All these issues need to be looked at, assessed, and taken care of before moving on to slapping the walls with paint. The best way to do this is to find some grainy sandpaper and sand away at those walls. Try to get every spot. This will be hard to do as the motion will be difficult for your hands, but think of it as a good workout as this is the most important tip to ensure that you have a smooth paint job. Next, you need to rinse down the walls so that the excess muck and dust are thoroughly removed. Sometimes you may need to go over hard to wash places with some detergent sot that those areas will be easy to clean. If there isn’t much grease you can always use a wet piece of cloth and wipe the entire surface. This step will not only help you start afresh but will also ensure that the new paint that you spent tons of money on will stick to the walls and not pile onto the dirty surface.
Invest in equipment that is conditioned well
Painting required not only high-grade paint. It also needs good quality tools to do the process. These include, but are not limited to, flat brushes, roller brushes, and also lots of painters tape to help you fine-tune your painting job. Ensure that you get or top quality items so that you are able to apply paint with less effort. If you invest in a brush that gives way with the slightest bit of dampness or painters tape that barely sticks to the wall, you will be elongating the time you spend painting and will be flustered before the project is done.
Cover up your household items
Paint can get messy and if you are working at this for the first time, there are bound to be big spills everywhere. So use a cloth or a huge plastic wrap to protect anything from damage. The floor is also part of this list. You do not want to spend time wiping and scrubbing down your floor and also paint your house at the same time, Why add on more work than you need to? If you are also painting your doors, protect the attachments it has by taping them down or covering it with tiny baggies that can be easily set up and also removed after the project.
Safeguard any fixtures
The installations on the top of the room in the ceiling and switch covers on the wall sides are also those that will be ruined if exposed. Avoid mishaps by either pulling out the top covering of the switch or sealing it shut with some plastic wrap. Light hangings on the ceiling can be protected by simply bagging them up or removing them from the top and installing them later.
Prime them walls
Sometimes your paint may come included with a primer and this is a nice way to save some time. However, this is only useful if the surface you are painting on is super smooth and utterly clean. When you are doing a paint job after decades it is best to go the route where you do both processes individually and apply the primer separately so that you get the best out of it.
Combine your paint and make a big batch
When working on large projects such as repainting your whole house, it is best to do it with the same batch of paint. Before you begin to assess how much paint you actually need. Get the help of the salesperson and get a little bit more so that you don’t run out. Next, get the biggest container you have and mix all the separate buckets of paint into one, The reason why people are advised to do this is that sometimes the pigments in each paint buckets tend to be slightly different even though you are getting the same color. Mixing all the paint together will not only give you a consistent result but will also save you from redoing your work because you got a patchy result.
Paint in one direction
When you have prepared your walls the next thing to do is use the tools you have and apply a clean coat of paint. Try going in one direction and the top-down approach is the best for this. Give it a second coat if needed but try to make it as seamless as possible.
Look for interiors designers who can help you in decide right paints for your home.