Painting your own home can be frustrating, but can also be one of the most dynamic changes to your living space. A fresh color can completely change how a room feels and be like living in a brand new home. The professionals know a lot of little tricks that go a long way to help alleviate some of the stress of house painting.
As an experienced painting contractor of 15 years, I am here to give you some of these tips and help you on your way to a beautiful home that you will be proud to show off to your friends, family, and neighbors.
1. Fill Even the Tiniest Holes
Something painting contractors know is making sure all holes are filled is crucial to getting a nice smooth clean finish on your interior paint job and even the smallest hole will ruin this look. Taking the time to properly prepare your walls for paint is often overlooked by the novice painter and will make a huge difference in the final product. Remember to inspect the walls, trim, ceiling, and any other surface you plan to paint. When you find blemishes, circle them with a pencil and come back to fix them once you have fully inspected everything.
2. Use Buckets Instead of Paint Trays
Most people use painting trays when they are rolling paint onto walls and ceilings. While these tools are fine, a better option is to use a large bucket with a paint screen. A bucket gives you the ability to mix more paint and be more mobile throughout the entire room and paint job. Being able to mix more paint means the color and finish the of the paint will be consistent through the entire room.
3. Make Sure to Paint in Order; Trim, Ceiling, Walls
Painting in the right order goes a long way to cutting out hassle and extra work. With this method, you will be able to cut down on taping areas off while painting the ceiling and walls since you don’t need to worry about getting paint on the walls during trim and ceiling. Once you do move to the final phase on the walls, you can tape the trim and ceiling off and roll the walls knowing the hardest work is done.
4. Keep a Wet Edge While Rolling Paint
Keeping a wet edge is really the cornerstone of a well painted room. Many people assume that its simple to use a roller and it certainly can be, but this is where many make mistakes. Ensure that your roller is loaded with paint correctly, the paint should coverage the wall easily without having to press the roller to apply paint. Also, make sure you have plenty of paint in your bucket because you need to paint a wall in one pass so that you don’t have dry spots and uneven paint. While moving your roller across the wall, you should move slightly on each pass so that the paint is always drying as the same rate as the next stroke, which will prevent lap marks
If you use these tips, you will be able to produce a great paint job that is sure to leave you satisfied and loving your home. Don’t be afraid to gets your hands dirty and tackle projects like these in your house, will a little help from the pros you can absolutely beautify your living space. But, for bigger projects where you want the precision and quality of a professional, make sure to hire license painting or general contractors and get the peace of mind knowing the job is done right and to the highest standard.