Painting your walls the color you like may seem like an easy enough process, but if you take it for granted and fail to prepare for it properly, you run the risk of getting stuck with your living room walls half-painted, as well as a painted sofa and the house cat.
You see, as simple as it is to paint the house interior in terms of using rollers and brushes, the preparation for the paint job tends to be more complex and even time-consuming than the painting itself.
In this article, we’re going to give you ten tips on how to prevent this horrid turn of events and get for your house the walls you always wanted with ease. (Even if this is your first time painting your walls.)
1) Come up With a Plan
‘Winging it’ would not be the best approach to getting a room painted, no matter how small the surface is, or how quickly you can get it done.
The thing is, the paintjob you complete is going to stay on your walls for years to come, so it is important you make sure that what you came up with won’t look ugly or that the paint won’t start pealing over time.
2) Pick Your Tools
Whatever your painting project, if walls are involved you want to have the following tools ready at your disposal:
- Paint rollers,
- Paint roller extension pole,
- Paint brushes,
- Paint trays,
- And a couple of rolls of painter’s tape (for protecting the edges of the parquet and other surfaces)
Of course, if you happen to have a more advanced system of applying the paint such as one of those pneumatic paint-spraying contraptions, you can use those too, but be sure to have them ready to go before you mix in the paint.
3) Choose Your Paint
As far as the hue of the paint you plan on using for your walls, the choice is obviously entirely up to you.
At the same time, what you need to pay attention to would be the supplier of the paint and the quality of it. If you’re from Australia, getting your paint from Leading Edge Painting can be an interesting option, for example. The goal is to not spend too much money, and still get the best paint you can, of course.
4) Prepare the Walls and Your Rooms
To avoid painting your pet, the sofa, the TV set, and your momma in your wall-painting venture, protecting all of these items and living beings alike is of utmost importance.
5) Choose the Painting Technique of Choice
Whether you’re using rollers, brushes, or pneumatic paint guns, having some idea about the painting process itself is highly recommendable.
For example, if you want to paint your walls in different colors, you may want to start with the lighter hues first.
6) Remove Light Switches and Electrical Sockets
… so, as to prevent painting these too in your favorite color. (Unless you want to, of course.)
You can do this easily by using plastic wrap or some painter’s tape.
7) Paint from Top to Bottom
You may want to start working from the top of the wall toward the bottom, to minimize the unevenness that results from dripping.
Also, you’ll get less tired this way in all probability.
As boring as it might be to ‘watch the paint dry’, letting the air do its part of the deal is essential for the quality of the paint job.
Thus, make sure that you give your newly-painted walls enough time to ‘breathe’ before you move the furniture back in.
9) Take Your Time
The thing is, paint is made in such a way that it sticks to the walls it’s applied on and then it stays there for years, so if you pour some paint onto the household objects, or your pets – you can be sure that removing it will be an irritating and painstaking process.
So, take your time with it, and you’ll spare yourself quite a lot of irritation and re-works.
10) Clean Up
Before you take the sofa back into your living room, make sure you’ve cleaned everything up and that you’ve removed the painter’s tape after the paint’s dried up.
All in all, as long as you take your time to prepare everything for the upcoming paint job meticulously, you can rest assured that your wall-painting venture will be a success.