An extra coat of paint can make an immense difference in your home. It can brighten up dull rooms, expand them visually and even increase its value.
Before painting can commence, some preparation is required – most professional painters would agree that preparation accounts for up to 80% of their job!
1. Clean the Surface
An entirely new coat of paint can make a dramatic transformation in a room and help hide damage or dirt accumulation over time.
Hallways need to be painted more frequently as they often accumulate scuff marks from people’s shoes, while mildewcide should be used after painting to prevent its return.
Before painting, ensure the surface is thoroughly cleansed to ensure the new paint adheres properly. This will allow your new coat of color to take hold.
2. Prime the Surface
An updated coat of paint can transform the appearance of any room in your home. Priming old wallpaper or stained surfaces before painting is key.
Before painting with latex-based paints, oil-based primer should always be used first to help ensure adhesion between coats. Sanding also ensures better adhesion between layers of primer and subsequent paint layers.
3. Sand the Surface
A fresh coat of paint can transform the atmosphere in your home and rejuvenate its walls, brightening both mood and style.
Painting your home may seem like an unnecessary waste of time, but painting it regularly is one of the best ways to safeguard and maintain its value. Hallways, bathrooms and bedrooms require repainting most often due to regular usage and wear-and-tear.
4. Choose the Right Paint
Selecting paint colors is one of the key components of any painting project, as they can have a lasting effect on how a room appears and feels.
Selecting the perfect color can be daunting. To prevent painter’s remorse and save yourself gallons of paint and hours of effort, it is wise to sample colors before committing a full gallon and your time.
5. Prepare the Area
An update can significantly add value and create a lasting first impression with visitors, covering scuff marks, fingerprints and signs of wear and tear in an instant.
Prior to painting, ensure your walls, ceiling and trim are all clean. Protect furniture using drop cloths while placing protective sheets over floors as necessary.
6. Remove All Furniture
An affordable way to enhance the appearance of any room, painting can make an incredible impactful statement about its owner and add new life to secondhand furniture or gifts that have seen better days, giving it new purpose in its second or third life.
Whenever repainting furniture, be sure to lightly sand it and use a tack cloth to remove any remaining grit. For waxed surfaces, mineral spirits will work best as a solvent.
7. Prepare the Floors
Paint can add curb appeal to your home, but preparation work makes all the difference in results.
Remove furniture and cover it with a drop sheet or blanket before cleaning the floors, which should include clearing away dirt and dust while also cleaning any stains or filling in cracks that exist on them.
8. Make Sure the Room is Well-Ventilated
Most paints require specific temperatures for curing, so keeping the room well-ventilated is key in order to prevent mold and mildew growth, which could otherwise damage newly painted walls. It will also help ensure they dry evenly!
Remove small objects such as wall hangings and curtains, while moving larger furniture to the center of the room. You could also cover certain pieces to protect it from paint splatters.
9. Cover the Furniture
A fresh coat of paint can completely change a room. From adding flair to your living area to giving your bedroom some much-needed personality, fresh paint is the solution to bring any room alive!
If you want a rustic vibe, use natural crackle or chippy paint finishes instead. Just be sure to apply protective sealer between each coat of paint!
10. Paint the Room
Painting can be a messy business. Be sure to prepare the space by clearing away furniture, as well as covering floors and carpeting with plastic dust sheets or drop cloths and plastic dust sheets for protection. Unscrew switch and outlet face plates as part of this preparation process.
Spend some time prepping to avoid painter’s regret later! These helpful tips will make the task go much faster – now let’s get painting!