Repainting rooms in your home is typically recommended every five to 15 years depending on a few variables. These can include the quality of the current paint, how much traffic the room gets, whether or not there’s smoke from fireplaces or inhabitants, and even personal preference. It’s amazing how a simple paint job can transform the look and feel of a room. It’s so paramount that it’s even worth delaying a home renovation or remodel until there’s more flexibility in the budget.
Achieving a quality finish to your painting project isn’t always easy due to the number of obstacles you can run into. Everything from windows and doors to furniture an d fixtures can hinder your ability to perform the job to the level of your satisfaction. Fortunately for those who are looking for some help in their painting project, we’ve created a short list of some of our favorite painting tips and tricks for any room in your house.
- Preparation – Preparation is crucial in every facet of life and painting is no different. Always sample colors on your wall before you buy so you can preview how the paint will look in your room. Once you’ve decided on a color, figure out the total area you’re painting and how many coats (don’t forget the primer!) you’ll be using so you don’t overspend. Fill any holes, sand the walls, and then clean them to remove any dirt or dust. Use a cheap cotton drop cloth sheet to cover the floor from any drips instead of plastic, as plastic doesn’t dry as quickly, may lead to footprints, and doesn’t stay in place quite as well as the cloth. Using a plastic bag or aluminum foil is a great way to avoid paying for paint tray liners, and is just as simple to cleanup.
- Trim & Tape – Depending on what all is getting painted, be sure to tape off sections that you don’t want to accidently overlap paint with such as corners, edges, or molding and trim. Shortly after the paint dries be sure to remove the tape (at an angle for a clean line) to avoid any chipping.
- Painting –When you’re ready to paint, mix several cans into a large bucket so you get the most consistent color throughout your entire room. Start with roughly a two inch edge around the outside of the painting area, then roll the paint from top to bottom coming as close to the edge as possible so you get that nice uniform look.
- Clean up – Scrape the brush or roller before you rinse it to wipe off any excess paint still trapped inside. If you’re going to use the brush or roller again later or in the next few days, don’t waste paint and go through that entire brush cleanup only to possibly run into a water logged brush that makes your paint run. Wrap the brush tightly in a plastic bag to prevent air from tainting it, which dries the paint out and makes it hard. If the brushes are “gunked-up” after use, you can try soaking them in hot vinegar for a half-hour then rinsing them with hot, soapy water.
We hope this list helps better prepare you in getting started on that home improvement project. If you’d like more painting tips, or decide it’s time to just go with a remodel or renovation to spice up that room in your house, don’t hesitate to contact the experts here at Norman L. Graham!