Are you thinking of refreshing the rooms of your home? Do you want to get a modern, updated look? Painting the walls is one of the easiest home improvement projects which can instantly refresh the interior of any home without the need of spending too much money or time. Color can change everything.
Most people will be able to do a decent job when it comes to painting a room. But it is only an experienced painter who will be able to add that professional finish to the job. They know the tricks and techniques and have all of the specialized equipment required for them to complete the perfect job with minimal effort.
But there are a few tips which you could follow to help improve your paint work and bring it very close to a professional result. Let’s take a look at some of them:
First of all, painters spend anything between two and four days on painting a regular sized room. This is the amount of time it is going to take you to prepare, prime and paint everything perfectly.
Don’t forget to check for lead paint. If your home was built before 1978, hire a lead expert before doing anything else. Some old homes still have lead paint in them.
To start with, move everything outside the room you are going to paint. You could move any big pieces of furniture to the center of the room and cover them. If you’re working with drywall, remember, the dust will go everywhere. Remove light fixtures, doors, hardware, etc. and label it all using masking tape.
Prepare for the paint job. This is the foundation of a professional job. If you mix your paints correctly, they will give you the desired results. If not, they will crack, chip or peel with ease. Complete any repairs that may be required before beginning your project. Clean any dirty walls. Be careful about the soap scum or greasy deposits since they can interfere with the adhesion of paint.
Choose a nice color. Consider the size of the room. Dark colors will make rooms look smaller. Light colors will help open up spaces. Test paints in small quantities so that you are certain you’ve made the right choice. Stick to neutral colors if you are just painting your home in order to sell it.
Lastly, the sheen or finish of your home will impact your walls quite a bit. Eggshell, satin, gloss, etc. come with separate considerations. If your walls are damaged a lot, consider flat paints. Just remember that they are tougher to clean. Eggshell finishes have a slight shine but react better to cleaning. The rule here is, the more the sheen, the better the paint will be with regard to cleaning and washing.