One of the most common and popular renovations you will make to your home is painting a room. Painting the walls or trim in a room is a great way to change how it looks and feels. It can also be done without having to spend a ton of time and money.
However, while it can be done right, it can also be done very wrong. This can lead to a very time-consuming cleanup or fix. As a result, you want to make sure you do it right the first time. In an effort to help, this blog post is going to go over some interior painting tips to make sure you achieve professional results.
Reach Out to a Professional
While you could potentially handle the painting yourself, it is sometimes better to leave it in professionals’ hands. Painting might look simple, but there can be an art to it and if you don’t have a lot of experience, you may not want to take on a whole project on your own. Professionals often have years of experience and can take the work off of your plate. They will also ensure the job gets done right and the colors come out fantastically.
If you are at all concerned about your ability to paint, or simply want to ensure it comes out perfectly, be sure to reach out to a professional individual or company in your area. For example, those in New York City can reach out to nycpainters.com, and there exist several similar companies across the country.
Prime the Walls
If you decide to handle the painting yourself, one of the first things to do is prepare the walls for painting. If you simply try to paint without first inspecting the area, the results might be less than desirable. A big part of this that some people may not take into account is priming the walls. This is especially true if you have recently made repairs or filled holes in the walls.
Using a primer helps create a smooth and uniform surface to paint while also sealing any imperfections. If you don’t use a primer before you paint, any repairs you have made to the wall in the past will often absorb paint differently and leave a noticeable difference in the finish from the rest of the wall.
Start From the Top and Work Down
While you might think painting the wall any way you like it fine, it is normally better to start at the top of the wall and work your way down. This is great for avoiding the dreaded lap marks and making sure that no streaks end up showing in the finished product. Another way to avoid streaks is to make sure to overlap paint before it dries. This can also make it easier to deal with drips that may occur. If you start at the bottom and go up, there is a much higher chance of drips appearing and ruining the uniformity of your walls.
Use Drop Cloths
Keeping the rest of the room clean and paint-free is another important part of the painting process. One of the best ways to do this is to use drop cloths. These are essentially pieces of material that you use to cover your floors and furniture to ensure that they don’t get covered in paint, potentially ruining them.
There are many different kinds of drop cloths that can be used, as well. In general, we would recommend that you use actual cloth or canvas as opposed to the popular plastic options. The paint will stay wet longer when it lands on plastic, which increases the chances it will be tracked throughout your home.
Painting Your Rooms Like a Pro
Whether you decide to let a professional handle it or DIY, your end goal is to have a brilliantly painted room. If you do it yourself, be sure to prime the walls, use drop cloths and start from the top and work down. This will ensure the paint looks great, and you didn’t make a mess of your home in the painting process.