10 Tips for Interior House Painting

indoor paintingWhether you’ve just moved into a new house and are excited to decorate and make it your own home, or you’ve just decided to spruce up the inside of your home with a fresh coat of paint, it can be quite a messy and time-consuming task. Although it is a lot of hard work, but when you sit back and admire your craftiness, you’ll feel quite good about what you’ve accomplished. You can turn interior house painting into less of a daunting task and more into a fun project with the right tools, know-how, and attitude. To help you with this, we’ve given you a top 10 list of tips that will make your painting project a lot easier to manage.


1) Choose Your Colors Wisely

The first and most important factor you should consider is what color or colors you are going to be using. You can go to your local home improvement store and pick out color swatches and decide which colors will complement each other. You can take the samples home and decide what colors look the best in the room or rooms that you’re going to paint. There is nothing worse than spending all of your time and effort on a room with colors that clash and then you have to go through the whole painting process over again.


2) Start High and Paint Top Down

You should always start from the highest point, and then paint downwards from there. If you have any paint that drips, this will prevent it from ruining your freshly painted walls.


3) Take Advantage of Painter’s Tape

It takes a lot of time to put tape down, but it is well worth it in the end. The tape prevents you from painting into areas where you don’t want the paint to go. It also helps you paint a straight line, which is extremely important because every flaw shows up in paint. Also, be sure that the tape you use is specific for paint and will not cause any paint to come off along with the tape.


4) Don’t Buy Cheap Supplies

It’s easy to want to just buy the cheapest brushes and rollers that you can, but you also get what you pay for. Your rationale may be that you’re only going to paint one time, so you can go ahead and buy the cheap stuff. However true that may be, buying cheap supplies in bulk does not leave you with the highest quality. A lot of times, the roller covers can leave fuzz on your walls, and cheap brushes can leave streaks on your walls instead of a smooth finish, no matter how many times you paint over the streaks. The streaks may not be from your lack of artistic ability; they may be from your lack of quality supplies.


5) Plan a Day for Prep Work

They always say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the same rule can be applied for big painting projects. A day or two before the Big Day, take down everything that is hanging on the walls and patch up the holes. Doing this the day before will give the patches a significant amount of time to dry. It may be tempting to want to paint over holes and cracks, but just remember that everything shows up in the paint. Move the furniture to a different room, and cover any light fixtures with plastic bags, but be sure to take out the light bulbs! If you’re moving in or out, then this task is a lot easier for you because the room will be empty and all you need to worry about is putting tarp down on the floor. Doing the prep work a day early will make the painting task less stressful because you’ll be splitting up what needs to be accomplished.


6) Keep a Wet Edge

When painting, it’s important to constantly keep a wet edge, and be sure to always paint away from the edge. If you paint over dry paint, you will get overlap marks, so having a wet edge prevents these marks.


7) Keep All Supplies in Sight

As silly as it may sound, some people leave their supplies scattered across their homes, which makes painting so much harder. Keep all of your supplies together so that you can find everything easily. Create a tool station that will have all of your brushes, rollers, paint, drip rags, and anything that you’ll need.


8) A Little Goes a Long Way

When it comes to painting, most people think it’s best to put gobs of paint on their brushes and rollers thinking that it will be easier to spread around and that they won’t have to do a second coat. This is not the case. You should apply thin coats and apply a lot of them. Yes, it will take a lot more time, but the end result is so much better. The whole point of painting your home is for it to look good, so you should take the time to make it worth it.


9) The Finish

As important as the paint is, the finish is just as important.

  • Flat– A flat finish offers a matte look because it doesn’t reflect light. It is ideal for covering imperfections. Use a flat finish if the room you’re painting will most likely suffer some wear and tear.
  • Satin and Eggshell– They offer a slightly shiny finish, and are very popular for walls.
  • Semi Gloss and Glossy– These are very glossy and are mostly used for trims.


10) Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative

Just because you have to paint a solid color, doesn’t mean that it has to stay a solid color! Feel free to paint in designs or drawings on top of the finished product. There are stencils available in various designs that you can purchase. You can also paint scenes or landscapes over the wall. Just be sure to plan everything from the color to the size to the location so that you don’t have to go through the painting process all over again.


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