7 Tips to Make Your Interior Painting Project POP
Nearly every homeowner I know has painted at least one room in their home or done an entire interior paint job.
You can watch any home improvement program on HGTV and the DIY Network to see how simple it is. They don’t show you what to do if the final result isn’t as beautiful as they showed you on TV.
Your cut lines between walls and trim are now crooked, blurry, and uneven. The color and sheen of your finish are inconsistent from one surface to another. There are also speckles and streaks of Kilim Beige found on the family dog.
What do You Do Now?
It’s not a major problem, and can be repaired without the need to call in a demolition crew. This week, I want to share some tips to make your interior painting Denver project look better.
1.) Buy Painter’s Tools and Good Paint
You might be tempted to spend a lot of money on cheap paint and painter’s tools. It’s common to believe that there is no difference between the cheap stuff and the better stuff. So why is it important? It is important because there is a significant difference.
Paint that is good covers more areas, lasts longer, and is less porous, will cover better.
High-quality paint brushes, roller covers, and frames will pick up and put down more paint with every dip in the bucket. They will also save you time and give you a cleaner finish with fewer brush marks and roller marks.
2.) Before you have your paint tinted, choose the right color
Paint is a great option because you can easily change the color if it doesn’t suit your taste. If you’re like me, there are few things more frustrating than buyer’s regret.
Instead of picking random colors from the wall at the paint shop, why not look into one of the many color assistance options?
The Color Snap app for smartphones allows you match any color you like anywhere and anytime.
Google Chrome’s Snap It program allows you to transform any of your photos into a color scheme for your home.
The Color Snap Visualizer lets you virtually paint any room or exterior of your house without having to purchase paint.
The Voice of Color Game allows you to match your personality with the colors that most suit it.
Color To Go is a sample paint that you can use to add color to your walls without spending a lot.
3.) Protect your floors, furniture, and surrounding surfaces
Painting can quickly become more expensive when you need to replace carpeting and furniture due to a spillage. You won’t have any problems with paint stains if you know how to protect your home using drop cloths or painter’s tape.
4.) Use Spackling & Painters’ Caulk
Nail-holes, cracks and gaps in the paint finish will make a new job look worse than a bad one. Preparing walls for painting takes time, but it is worth it.
Be sure to know when to use house painters Denver caulking and when to use packing.
5.) Prep Your Brush & Roller Cover
Dip your paintbrush in paint about 1/3 of the length from the tip. The bristles that have been dipped in paint should be pressed into the wall at a 90-degree angle. Use firm pressure and a circular motion to work the paint into them.
This will ensure that bristles on the inside of the brush are as saturated as the ones on the outside. It also eliminates dry areas and drag marks from cutting along your edges.
The same goes for your roller cover. Make sure you load it with paint. Wrap the dry cover in blue painter’s tape before you start to paint. This will keep lint out of your wall’s finish.
Make sure you choose the right cover for the paint type that you are using. Many roller covers are made from a knitted fabric attached to a cardboard or plastic core. This fabric can be directional, much like the carpeting in your home.
This could mean that your wall cover may have a different texture if you roll it down than when you roll up. This problem can be solved by tipping-off after you have finished a section. Once you have painted a section of wall, you can go over it again with very light pressure. Continue rolling in the same direction as ceiling-to-floor until your entire section is covered.
When rolling out a wall, don’t apply too much pressure. The roller frame can flex, which can cause your roller cover not to roll but to slide. The likelihood of your roller cover flexing is minimized if you roll towards the elbow of the frame.
6.) Don’t make your touch-ups stand out
Applying two coats and paying attention to not missing any spots, will help keep touch-ups to an absolute minimum. There will still be areas that need to be touched up after the fact. It is important to know how to touch up those areas. You can make your project look amazing by learning how to do touch-ups like a professional.
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