When you’re moving into a new home or apartment, you always want to throw a personal touch into it. What better way to do that then painting a room in your new home? Since most of us aren’t professional painters, there’s some things you should know before breaking out the buckets.
Cover the Floor
It may seem obvious to cover the floor while painting, but some people get too confident in their skills. If you spill paint in the wrong place, it can be very difficult to remove the stain. No matter how steady your hands are, or how much experience you have with paint, always cover up the floor. You can use either canvas drop cloths or old sheets to cover up the floor. Following this simple step can save a potential disaster for your floor.
Wear Old Clothes
Just as paint can cause permanent damage to floors and furniture, it can do the same to clothes. Sometimes, it can be hard to part ways with your own clothes. If that is the case, consider going to a Goodwill or asking a friend or family member for clothes that don’t fit them. The reality is that getting paint on your clothes will be inevitable. So, don’t wear your favorite outfit when you decide to paint. Overalls, or an old pair of jeans make for the perfect painting attire. Consider wearing your oldest pair of shoes as well.
Clean the Walls
Paint won’t stick as well if the walls are bumpy or dirty in any way. If the old paint is cracked, use a paint scraper to remove it. You can also use sandpaper to further smooth away any bumps. Also, be sure to use a paint primer to prepare the walls to be painted. For paint primers, you can use either a water based or oil based solution. The paint primer will take away any inconsistencies on the surface and help provide a smooth finish.
Mix Multiple Cans
Even if you’re using the same brand, a particular color can vary from can to can. In order to account for these discrepancies, pour multiple cans of paint into a large bucket. By mixing the paint in a bucket, you will have a consistent color around the room. Using a bucket will also make it easier for you to use a roller.
Alternate Brush Size
For large chunks of a wall, you can use a roller for efficiency. While using a roller, you have the option of using a rolling pan. However, a roller screen dipped into a large bucket may be a better option. If you’re painting into small corners you can go to a more traditional brush. Using a roller for an entire room could lead to a number of mistakes. On the other hand, using a small brush for an entire room is inefficient. Before you start painting, make sure you have multiple brush sizes.
Use Painter’s Tape
When you’re painting the edge of a wall or ceiling, you may not want the paint to touch a certain area. For example, the bottom ledge on a wall may be a different color. The last thing you want is the wrong color in the wrong place. Painter’s tape will allow you some wiggle room to make a few mistakes without them being permanent.
Especially if you’re doing it for the first time, painting at home can seem a bit overwhelming. However, following just a few simple steps can make it easier and less messy. If you adhere to these basic steps, painting can become a fun activity that can liven up your new home or apartment!