Interior painting may seem like the easiest task to perform. You acquire paint and tools, paint the walls up and down, and then wait to dry. That’s it, isn’t it? Not quite. Surprisingly, it isn’t as easy as initially thought. It’s a lot more than that.
Yes, it may be simpler to hire a professional painting crew, but when your budget is tight, and you really want to do it yourself or with your family, then you can learn a few tricks to paint like the pros – or close to them anyway.
What to do? Well, before you buy that box of pizza, get the know-how first. Here are five tips for painting a room like the pros:
1. Clearing the Room is the Very First Step
A lot of homeowners commonly put their furniture in the centre of the room and then cover the pieces up with some blanket or rugs. This may be convenient, but it will impede your work.
Ultimately, the best course of action to take is to clear the room entirely. This includes taking the sofa, the chairs, the bookshelves, the rugs, and all that jazz and place it outside of the room.
By performing this task, you can take comfort in the fact that nothing will be damaged. Plus, you will have plenty of room to move around and to do a good job without being obstructed by a desk.
2. Grab Your Supplies & Clean the Walls
Let’s be honest: our walls can get pretty dirty over the years. Everything from our children writing on the walls to our black leather chairs leaning against the wall and making imprints, they can dirty.
The solution? Clean them before you paint.
Whether it is dust or grease spots, you need a cellulose sponge, water, and a small amount of dishwashing detergent. All you need to do is rinse the walls with clean water to remove the soap.
At the end of the task, your walls will be as good as new and ready to be painted on.
3. Unsure How Much to Buy?
When a household is doing a do-it-yourself (DIY) paint job, they either buy too much paint or too little.
This leads to the next question: how much should you purchase anyway?
Here are a few things to know:
- Four litres (or about one gallon) will cover more than 400 square feet.
- You should multiply the length times height to confirm the square footage for each wall.
- Add up the total square footage to know how much paint you need.
If this is all too much for you, then you can always take advantage of various online paint calculators.
4. Knowing How to Paint the Trim
There is something you need to know: painting the trim is the hardest part of your interior painting needs. You need some finesse, some patience, some extra time.
Here is how you paint the trim:
- Once the walls are dry, apply painter’s tape along the wall-trim edge.
- Press down the tape with a plastic putty knife.
- Use a brush to paint the trim.
- Don’t wait to let it dry – slowly remove the tape after painting.
And there you have it. A perfectly painted trim.
5. Use a Brush When You Can’t Roll
Yes, it may be easier and simpler to use the roller for your entire interior painting endeavours. Unfortunately, there are certain parts where you can’t roll. This means you need to use a brush.
There are several places around the room that requires a brush:
- Trim (see above).
- Corners of the walls.
- Two inches from windows, doors, and moldings.
Interior painting can be an exciting adventure for homeowners, especially new homebuyers. This will be your humble abode for the next 25 years, a place where you will create new memories, have a family, and add to your retirement. Of course, you will want to do the best job possible. When you don’t want to hire a professional painting crew, then you can do it yourself, just be sure you follow these tips.