Clear the Area
Painting can be messy and the last thing you want is to accidentally spill some on your favorite couch or throw rug. Before you begin painting any room, be sure to clear off as much furniture and accessories as possible. For items that can not be removed, try pulling them into the center of the room and covering with plastic to keep them safe – and out of your way.
Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
Dust and dirt can ruin any paint job. Dust and vacuum every surface using a dry towel and vacuum cleaner. Be sure to get into all of those nooks and crannies. Walls, moldings and trim may need a good scrubbing to get built up grime off. Remember, the cleaner the surface, the better the paint will adhere.
Smooth Rough Surfaces
The time to fix any cracks, scratches and holes is before you pick up that paintbrush. Even the smallest imperfection left on a wall will show once it is painted with a fresh coat. Sand down any rough spots; patch those imperfections, and be sure to scrape off any peeling or cracked paint already on the walls.
Don’t Forget to Prime
Always adhere a high-quality primer to the wall first. This will help your new color adhere well and will stop older colors from bleeding through. Not sure which primer to use? Here are a few tips:
- New Drywall: use a water-based primer
- Smoke Stained Walls: use an oil-based primer
- Paneling: use an oil-based primer
- Repainting Walls: feel free to use paint that already contains a primer. Once a wall has been painted, the undercoat works as a type of primer, so buying paint with primer in it works well.
Taping Is Important
You may think that you can handle cutting around those moldings, windows and doorframes, but the chances are your painting skills may leave you with small blotches and crooked lines. Make the job easier (and faster) by applying painters’ tape around sconces, lights, switch plates and moldings. It is one step you won’t want to skip.
Call in Some Help
Paint is a wonderful way to spruce up a dull and tired looking living space. While it is a good DIY project for someone who wants to do it on their own, painting properly does require a certain level of knowledge, skill and patience. Not ready to tackle this job alone? Call in the pros at The Painting Company. Our skilled crews of painting professionals know how to make every room in your home look brand new. Call today to make an appointment.