Painting projects are easier, yet critical tasks that a DIY-er can complete. Whether you’re changing the look of a half bath, adding a team colored paint to a man cave or adding a new border to a guest room, a fresh coat of paint will give you a new look, and leave you feeling accomplished.
But before you crack open the paint can and bust out the rollers, remember the important details. You’ll want to ensure that you choose complementary colors, buy the proper amount of paint, and more. Here are some more tips to make your project successful:
Get the right tools.
The essentials for your project include a paint brush, roller cover, roller frame, paint tray and extension pole. Step ladders, putty knives and drop cloths are also crucial to your paint project’s success.
Keep in mind that not all tools are created equal. For example, when you use a high-quality paint brush, you＊re more likely to paint straight lines when cutting into comers and walls. You may also notice a much smoother finish, one without unsightly brush strokes, which means a more visually appealing result with less effort. Don’t just choose the cheapest supplies 〝 it pays to not skimp.
Prepare the area to paint.
Depending on which room you＊re painting, planning and preparation can vary. But as a rule of thumb, remove everything from the walls you plan to paint 〝 including pictures, curtains, and switch and wall outlet covers. Use drop cloths to cover floors and blue painters＊ tape to protect crown molding. Remove furniture from the room if possible, otherwise, push it to the center of the room and cover with drop cloths.
Next, prepare the surface you’re going to paint. Take this time to patch and sand any holes, then wipe down the surface you’ll be painting with warm water, which helps remove dirt and dust. Finally, if using a primer, prime the walls.
Step back and appreciate your hard work, then finish the task by cleaning up. Paint brushes and roller covers should be washed with warm water and a mild detergent promptly after use to ensure they can be used again. Let them air dry. Save any leftover paint for touch-ups, writing on the can what room they were used for and the color name. This info can help you in the future should you need to buy more of the same color.
By following these tips, your paint project will be a success, and the paint will be where it belongs – on the walls, not on your floors or furniture.