The easiest way to change the look of a home drastically or to enhance its beauty is by giving it a paint job. It’s also very cost effective because paints don’t cost as much as a complete renovation or furniture replacement. Just about anyone can paint their own home. You don’t need to go to school or get specific training to be able to do it. It’s not hard to do. Just follow the steps below and you’ll be painting up a storm in no time.
Choose Your Paint Colours
It’s awesome that paint swatches are available which show the paint colours that it matches well with even though it might not be in the same colour group. This makes it easy to choose a wall colour and colours for décor pieces that will complement the wall colour.
Gather Paints and Materials
Buy your primers and paints. If the colour you choose comes in a paint tin that hasn’t been moved in a while, have them shake the paint in the tin with their machine to make the colour in the paint tin uniform. If you have a large surface area and need several cans of paint, it’s a good idea to empty all your cans of paint in one big sealable paint container to mix and make the colour uniform so you get an even shade on the walls. If you’re pressed for time, a paint that covers in one coat (though more expensive) is perfect for speedy painting. Get paint stir sticks, a crowbar for opening the cans, paint brushes for cutting (a slightly angled brush is good), paint rollers, paint roller trays, extension poles, plastic bags for storing the rollers and brushes when taking a break, step ladder, drop cloth, painter’s tape, wiping rags, gloves, and eye protection if you want. You’ll also need plaster or other fillers, scrapers, and fine-grit hand-held sponge sanders for the prep.
Ready the Surface Area to be Painted
Preparation is key to a successful paint job. If the surface area is uneven, you should sand the bumpy areas to make it flat and flush with the surrounding area. If there are holes or dents in the wall, they should be filled with plaster or other appropriate filler material, dried, and sanded and swept free of dust before painting. This is the most difficult part of the painting project process but is vital to be done. The drop cloth should be put in place to cover the floor under the ceilings or beside the walls being painted. Areas that border the surface area being painted should be taped with painter’s tape so that the new paint doesn’t overlap with messy lines over the areas not being painted.
Start painting from top to bottom. It’s advisable to do the cutting in first in the corners and tight spaces before using the roller on the larger surface areas. The first coat should be a primer. Work from left to right and top to bottom making sure the rolling pressure is even so that the paint will spread evenly. The primer isn’t there just to provide a blank canvas for the top final coats, it is also there to prevent stains from showing up on the top coat. It’s a good foundation on which the top coats can really stick to the walls and not peel. Let the primer dry for the recommended amount of time required.
Follow the same painting procedures as you did with the primer for the final coats of paint. The second coat would be the actual paint with the colour of your choice. If you’ve chosen the paint that is a one-coat paint only, it might seem to need a second coat at first; however, when you let it dry, you’ll see that it doesn’t need another. For regular quality paints, you’ll probably need two or three coats of the finishing paint. Let it dry completely. Having windows open if it’s sunny outside without rain or moisture is a good idea. That will vent the area and make the paint dry quicker. Having a fan in there to help the drying process is a good idea too.
Once the paint is completely dry, you can gently peel off the painter’s tape that was protecting the borders of the paint job. Clean up any spills or drops of paint that have made their way onto the floor or to other areas that is not supposed to be painted. Decorate with your favourite pieces and enjoy the new look of your home.
Painting is an easy project for many; however, some are unable to do it due to lack of time or the ability. If that’s the case with you, you should hire professional painting services like BJC Painting Services. Contact them via their website at http://www.bjcpaintingservices.com.au/ and have a look at the painting services they offer.