When it comes to personalizing a home, painting the walls is one of the easiest ways to do it. However, there’s more to painting a home than just dipping a brush in a bucket of paint, and homeowners who have never painted before may not know where to start or what the best ways to go about painting are. For homeowners who need a little help and some quick advice for their painting projects, here are five tips to remember to help make the job easier—whether you're painting your home for yourself or painting as part of the home-staging process.
1. Use Painter’s Tape
Cutting in can be difficult even for people with plenty of experience painting walls. For a little extra help, try putting down painter’s tape along surfaces that need to be protected such as windowsills, floor molding, and crown molding. Not only does the tape help prevent stray drops of paint from getting places they shouldn’t, but it also helps make crisp lines after it’s removed. Painter’s tape is easy to find in just about any hardware store paint department, so be sure to grab a roll when picking up paint.
2. Protect Floors and Furniture With Tarps
As with any messy medium like paint, accident can happen, and when they do, they can be devastating. A paint tray can be on a ladder at one moment and on the floor the next, and that can be a mess that can’t be cleaned up normally, so it’s important for homeowners to do that they can to protect their home. While it’s best to move furniture out of the room completely during painting, sometimes that just isn’t possible. In those times, homeowners should use cloth tarps to protect the furniture as well as the floors.
3. Use the Best Quality Paint You Can Afford
As with many things in life, paint comes in many different qualities that are based on the retail price with cheaper paints being lower quality than more expensive paints. It’s possible to find a gallon of paint from anywhere as low as $10 to as high as $100, but homeowners shouldn’t feel pressured to buy the most expensive paint they can find. There are many different paints such as Behr and Valspar that are sold for $35-50 per gallon that do just as good a job as the expensive stuff.
4. Paint Vertically
When using a roller brush to paint a wall, it’s important to paint in vertical motions. If the homeowner mixes vertical and horizontal strokes, it can be noticeable when the paint has dried, and horizontal strokes can also lead to drips falling down the wall, and if they aren’t noticed, those drips can dry and make the wall look uneven. Using vertical strokes means any drips will be caught by the brush to ensure an even coat of paint.
5. Clean the Walls Before Painting
While it may be difficult to see at times, walls can have a lot of dust and dirt on them, and this can be a problem when painting. Dusty, dirty walls can prevent paint from sticking properly, which will lead it to peeling or chipping off later on. To prevent this, the homeowner should clean the walls with a lint-free cloth and an appropriate cleaner for the job, which can be purchased at any local hardware store.
Painting a home isn’t difficult once Lunad homeowners know what to do, and by using these five tips, anyone can help themselves be more prepared for the task ahead.