Painting a room is one small way to make a big change, especially when considering selling a fixer upper home. Whether it’s adding an accent wall or picking a brand new color for the whole thing, every homeowner should experiment with how their rooms look. However, painting can be a big job. While there are professional companies that can be hired to do the job, homeowners don’t have to spend all the extra money. If the homeowner is up to the task, they can do the painting themselves. Here are some useful tips to keep in mind when painting that beginner painters may not know about that help make the job easier.
1. Clear the Room
Paint stains—there’s no way around it. In order to protect furniture, it either needs to covered with tarps to catch stray paint drips or moved out of the room entirely. Doing either of these will help ensure that the furniture doesn’t accidentally get ruined. Similarly, homeowners should also remember to protect their floors. A tarp is the easiest way to do this, but when it comes to covering floors, homeowners need to pick the right tarp. A glossy, plastic tarp can be difficult to walk on and can potentially lead to slipping and falling, so homeowners should try to purchase a tarp made of fabric or a similar material if possible.
2. Use Painter’s Tape
For a first time painter or even a pro, getting straight, crisp lines can be difficult. Fortunately, painter’s tape can help anyone get professional edges even if it’s their first time. Painter’s tape is like masking tape, but it’s specially made to prevent seepage underneath. Painter’s can painted over it, let the paint dry, and then pull off, revealing perfect lines. Painter’s tape can be bought at just about every hardware store in the paint section. It comes in different widths and can usually be identified by its blue or green color.
3. Clean the Walls
Unless a wall has visible dirt or spiderwebs on it, homeowners don’t often think about cleaning or washing them. However, it’s extremely important to have clean walls before beginning to paint a room. While a little dust may not seem like a big problem, it can actually cause unnecessary troubles for the Pinehurst homeowner. This is because any surface grime that accumulates on a wall can prevent the paint from sticking correctly, and it can affect the look and texture of the finished product. Before painting, use a damp towel to wipe down walls and a vacuum to get into the hard-to-reach corners.
4. Use Vertical Strokes to Paint
Once it’s time to finally paint the wall, it seems like there’s very little that can go wrong. Dip the roller in paint, place roller on wall, roll on paint, rinse and repeat. However, there’s a bit more technique to painting. For the best results, try to only use vertical strokes with the roller instead of horizontal strokes. The problem with horizontal strokes is that they have a tendency to leave paint drips that will show up after the wall has dried, while vertical strokes go over the space where the drips would be and get rid of them, leaving a smoother finish.
Painting has a lot of ins and outs that homeowners may not think about when going to do it themselves. Keeping these useful tips in mind can help any first time painter get good results on all of their painting projects, big or small.