Painting is one of the simplest and most popular DIY projects. This doesn’t mean that everyone who tries their hand on it gets it right. First timers, and even self-taught veterans, can get a couple of things wrong along the way. By getting the entire process right will improve on the paint job’s aesthetic appeal, so you have to get it right first time. Here is how to paint your home’s interior like a pro without going to a painting school.
Have a Plan
There’s more to painting that just applying paint to a surface. There’s the preparation process, the priming, checking local interior painting prices and top coating and finishing up. Understanding what each process does and doing it right is the key to exemplary paint job. The complete painting cycle includes:
- choosing your paint
- preparing the surface
- priming the surface
- applying the paint
- painting clean up
Choose the Right Paint
Your paint choice is all about the color and paint type. Colors are easy to choose as almost anyone can choose a pleasant color.
Paint types and gloss finishes are a more complex matter. Glossy paints might look great but will accentuate any blemishes on the walls. Oil paints will give you a hard waterproof surface as opposed to traditional latex.
Latex resists mildew and yellowing better. It won’t give those sickening new paint fumes and you can opt for a latex-enamel blend to get that hard finish.
Prepare the Surfaces
Paint doesn’t cover wall blemishes. It is up to you handle them before you begin painting. You have to scrape, sand, patch and fill every dent, crack, protrusion or imperfection before grabbing your paintbrushes. It might not be the most pleasant part of painting but it is the most important.
Proper preparation saves you the pain of trying to use multiple paint cots to hide blemishes and tiny cracks on the walls.
Don’t forget to finish up the surface preparation by applying some protection to surfaces you don’t want paint on. This could be cabinet knobs, light switches, doorframes and most importantly the floor. Cover them with painters tape or drop cloths. It would be wise to remove the knobs, handles and light switches whenever possible.
Priming is especially important when working on new surfaces or painting over a dark color. Anything close to white can be painted over without the primer coat but it is always wise to prime. The primer will:
- block paint stains from bleeding through
- allow one-coat coverage
- improve on paint adhesion hence reducing blisters and paint peeling
Some manufacturers will sell you paints with a primer to cut the chase short. This might work on clean surfaces but it will never be as good as a dedicated primer. A pro trick is to tint the primer with your finish color. Add in a small amount of your top coat paint to give the primer the right tint. This will enhance the aesthetics you get when you finally apply your topcoat.
Doing the Actual Painting
You will have to apply the paint in a top down fashion. While paintbrushes are the traditional way to apply paint, rollers are more efficient and easier to work with. The paintbrush requires supple wrist strokes that might take time to perfect. You will tire more when using the brush as opposed to a roller.
Moreover, you can put the roller on an extension pole and reach out to higher surfaces without using a stepladder.
This, however, doesn’t mean you won’t be in need of brushes. An assortment of different sized paintbrushes will come in handy when reaching into the nooks and crannies the roller can’t go into.
If you are applying more than one coat of paint, remember to give each coat the required time it needs to dry up. If you have to stretch into the next day, cover your brushes and rollers in polythene to prevent caking up.
Don’t forget to clean up the painted surface. Let the last coat set before buffing it up with a piece of cloth to get rid of smudges and spills. This will give your wall that smooth even look that would put a smile on anyone with a sweet tooth for beauty.