5 Painting Dos
Whether you have just moved into a home or you’re getting your old home ready for sale, chances are you’re going to have to paint. While some people love busting out the paint roller and taping off huge sections of their walls, others would rather have bamboo shoots put under their fingernails.
No matter what group you’re in, we can all bare to get a few paintings tips every now and then. Houses with sloppy paint jobs are typically harder to sell and can reduce the price you get if it is sold. Even if you’re going to paint your current dwelling, it’s always nice to have it done well. And when you go to sell, it’s one less thing you have worry about.
Finally, the alternative to painting your home yourself is to have a professional do it. While affordable and high quality painters can be found in every town, you are going to have to pay for it. If you’re looking to save a few bucks but need to up your painting game, just follow these simple tips and you’ll be all set.
DO buy a small amount of the paint you are planning to use instead of buying a large quantity first. This way you can test it in different rooms, under different light conditions and at different times of the day. The same color might look a lot different under artificial light at night or during the morning with minimal natural light. Make sure you’ve got the right paint by testing a patch on your various walls and seeing how it reacts.
DO prep the area properly. Get any decorations, mirrors or other accessories off the wall and put them in a safe place away from the paint. Move the furniture to the center of the room. Lay down a drop cloth to protect the carpet or flooring from drips and splatters. Make sure you wipe down the walls to insure they are clean and ready to be painted. Fill any holes and sand down any repaired spots on the wall. Finally, bust out that handy painters tape and mask off molding, doors, windows or other areas you don’t want painted.
DO remove all of the hardware in the area that you are going to paint. Light switch plates, doorknobs, hardware for your blinds or curtains or whatever is present, all need to be removed and placed in safe, zip locked bag with like parts so you can easily reassemble them later on.
DO set up a paint station; a place where you keep all of your painting supplies. Keep your painting station in an easy to reach location and as near the work areas as possible without causing any threats to your new work. Make sure to have all tools and supplies you could possibly need so you don’t have to go running through your house like a madman trying to find paint thinner because a brush stroke went wild.
DO calculate how much paint you’re going to need. Nobody wants to waste paint, have it sit in your garage or be short. So, bust out the old abacus and start figuring out how much paint you’re going to need and buy accordingly. It’s always nice to have a little extra paint in case you missed a spot or need to touch up down the road.