Painting your home interior is one of those tasks that anyone can do. And yet, if you haven’t done it before, you’ll quickly discover that there’s more to it than simply pushing around paint on a roller. In fact, there is a reason why professional house painters can charge so much. They’re not only quick, but they have the knowledge and experience needed to do a fantastic job. The good news is that you, too, can paint your interior walls like a pro without having to apprentice under one. Here are a few tips to help you do a stellar job in every room you paint.
- Prep work. If you want to make the painting process quick and easy, you need to put in the time up front to prepare the room you plan to paint. This means moving out furniture if possible, laying down a drop cloth or neoprene to protect your flooring from spills and splatter, and taping around windows, doors, and fixtures that you don’t want to paint. When you take these steps, no matter how tedious they seem, you’ll find that the actual painting goes a lot faster and you’ll spend less time on cleanup after the fact.
- Primer. Before you get gung-ho with your new wall color, you might want to consider the benefits of using a primer. This base coat of paint can help to cover up previous color and prep the surface of your wall to receive a new coat of paint, reducing the number of coats you have to put on. Don’t forget, you can also get primer-and-paint in one to reduce both the number of coats and the cost of your painting project.
- Pick the right products. You might be surprised to discover just how many products are available for interior painting jobs. But once you start to look at brushes, rollers, and paint you could get confused about what is right for your project. Here’s a quick tutorial. Smaller, angled brushes are good for corners while large, flat brushes are better for the main surface of the wall. Some people swear by natural bristle brushes, but they tend to be more finicky and expensive than synthetic. As for rollers, shorter nap is for flatter, smoother surfaces, so non-textured walls would require the shortest nap while rough, plastered surfaces would require longer nap. Just remember: longer nap will soak up more paint. As for picking paint, your best bet in general is to go with a satin finish, which is slightly reflective (making for brighter rooms) and easy to clean. You might want to go with a high gloss for trim, just for contrast. Note the dimensions of walls before you head to the paint store and they workers there should be able to tell you how much paint to buy.
- Fold in. You should always start by painting corners with a brush and then working on the larger area of the wall with a roller. This is the best way to hide overlapping paint lines.
- Touch up. Once you’ve finished your interior painting you need to allow some time for paint to dry so you can see if you need another coat or if just a few touch ups will do the trick. Make sure you label remaining paint with the date and the room you used it in. This way you can easily find it again if you have to do touch ups down the line or if you decide to hire a professional service like Klappenberger & Son, LLC next time to save yourself the trouble of painting your home interior on your own.