Wall Painting Tips

Painting your interior walls is one of the easiest ways to make a dramatic change to your home without refinancing property. While there are professional painting services out there, many homeowners will take the time to do this job themselves. DIY painting is actually quite fun and can be a great weekend project for both you and your partner. However, in order to ensure that your wall painting job is done successfully there are a few preparations and wall painting tips that you should consider before grabbing your paint brush and going at it

Essential Painting Preparation

Before you hit the hardware shop and pick out your colors and your tools, take the time to think about the project at hand.

One of the most important things is to take your time. The painting process involves a lot more than just sticking paint on a brush. There are a lot of preparations that needs to be done first.

One important thing is to use duck tape when you are cutting in on the edges. You can purchase special blue tape at any painting or hardware store that can easily cling to walls and around edges but will not damage your walls. Use the paint around the edges of windows, doors, baseboards and other areas that are hard to paint around. That way when you are doing the first paint job you do not have to tread so slowly around these delicate parts. Furthermore, once you take the tape off you will have a perfectly straight line.

Another important tip when it comes to painting your wall is to always have a bundle of wet old cloths on hand. You never know when you may spill or splatter which is pretty common for all painter, amateurs or professionals. The key is to get to the spill as quickly as possible and do not allow it to dry.

Painting a Room

Having a bundle of wet rags on hand will ensure that you can quickly wipe up the error. Once you have wet paint on the cloth, toss it into an old laundry basket and grab another one. That way you won't risk smearing the wet paint on another spill later on.

You should also ensure that you have placed proper sheets on the ground to protect your carpeting or flooring and that you have moved as much furniture out of the room as possible. That way if you do have a spill you are not ruining your main living area in the process. You can purchase special paint covers at any hardware shop or you can use old sheets which can also do the trick.

Another preparation when painting any wall is to ensure that everything is off the wall and that you have given it a good scrub before you put paint on. This means getting rid of any food smears, hand prints, cobwebs in the corners and pictures that you have placed on the walls. You may also need to get out the screw driver and take off any electrical outlets and other permanent fixtures on the wall.

Once all this preparation is done, you can actually get down to painting which is actually the easiest and smoothes part of the whole process. When you are painting it is important that you use a similar stroke throughout. It is a good idea to use a roller for larger areas and then stick to a paint brush when cutting in and around corners. All of these preparations and wall painting tips will help ensure the smoothest possible DIY paint job possible.

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