You’re probably thinking that painting the walls in your home is not a difficult task and, in a way, that’s right. But in order to paint the walls like a pro and to get satisfying results, you need to know a few things and to follow a few rules. We’ve gathered the important elements in this list.
First of all, once you decide to paint a room or the entire house, you’ll want to know how much this whole thing will cost. The cost of the project depends on a series of factors such as the size of the space you wish to paint, the type of paint you want to use and the supplies you’ll need which may include brushes, tape, a paint tray, paint rollers and a ladder.
Then, you just follow these steps. Decide on a color for the walls (and ceiling if necessary). Depending on the color you decide to use you can assess how much paint you’ll need and what supplies you’ll need to get.
After that, it’s time to buy the supplies. For example, when buying a brush, look for one that has the bristles arranged in multiple lengths to form a slim tip. Use natural bristles for oil-based finishes and a mix of nylon and polyester for latex paints. Paint roller are of various types as well. Small foam rollers, for example, are good for door panels and large rollers are good for high ceilings or for covering a large area faster. When buying sandpaper, look for the black type which is coated with silicone carbide and lasts longer than the brown kind.
Once you have everything you need, remove all the furniture in the room and cover the floors so they don’t get damaged by dripping paint.
Then it’s time to clean the walls. You have to get rid of all the dust that accumulated on the walls before you start painting.
Remove the outlet covers and the switch plates. Be careful and ask for help if you’re not sure how to do this.
After that, it’s time to have some fun with the tape. Cover the areas you don’t want painted or use tape to delimitate the stripes if you want to get a pattern on the wall. When you’re painting, go very light close to the tape so the paint doesn’t wick under the tape’s edge.
The primer is optional. However, this is a mandatory step if you’re painting new drywall or over a dark color. The primer blocks the stains from bleeding through and it also improves paint adhesion which reduces peeling and blisters.
The next step is applying the first coat of paint. You might want to consider painting the trim first and then move onto the walls instead of the other way around. This way you’ll get a move even look. Also, when applying the paint, don’t just think of the coverage but also about a uniform thickness throughout.
When you’re done painting for the day and plan to continue tomorrow, make sure you store everything properly overnight. There’s no need to clean the brushes and rollers. Just get rid of the excess paint and tightly wrap them in plastic food wrap and put them in the refrigerator.
Once the first coat of paint is dry, apply the second coat. Then touch up the walls and ceiling if necessary.