Tips For Painting Interior Painting
There are just a few projects that you can do to your home that offer so much improvement at such an affordable price as painting. This article describes how to paint a room and offers step by step instructions.
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There are just a few projects that you can do to your house that will offer so much improvement at such a small price as painting. You can change the entire look of a room in a short amount of time. Painting is a great, low cost way to update any room with just a little effort.
Once you have decided on your color choice, go your local paint or hardware store with that particular color and have enough paint mixed to cover your entire room. Latex paint should be your first choice for painting your walls. The most common paint sheen for walls is flat, eggshell and satin. Flat finishes will hide flaws in your wall much better than eggshell or satin finishes, but will not resist dirt as well and is harder to clean. Eggshell or satin would be a better choice for high traffic areas. If you will need to paint the trim in your room you will also need to purchase your trim paint. The most common color for painting trim is white, but you can paint it any color that you choose, just be sure that it complements your wall color. Trim paint is usually semigloss or gloss, both of which form a hard shell when dry and holds up very well to wear and tear.
There are some tools and materials that you must have in order to complete this project. You will need a paint brush, tarps or drop cloths, household cleaner, wall spackling, latex interior paint, screwdriver, putty knife, paint roller and a paint tray.
1. To begin, move all furniture away from the walls and place the items in the center of the room. Next, cover all of your flooring and furniture with drop cloths. You can also use disposable plastic covers to place over your furniture instead of drop cloths if you choose. Remove all electrical switch plates and outlet covers. Replace the screws after removing the switch plates so they will not get lost. Remove all pictures and any other items hanging from the walls.
2. Using a cleaning solution, clean the walls thoroughly. Rinse off with water and allow to completely dry. If you have any stains such as smoke or water stains you will need to prime these areas using an oil based primer. If you do not prime these areas first, the stains will penetrate through your new paint.
3. Using the wall spackling and a putty knife, repair all nail holes in the drywall. Once the wall spackling dries, lightly sand the area using fine grit sand paper.
4. Start painting by trimming around all windows, doors, baseboards and the edge where the ceiling and walls meet. If you are not going to paint the trim, you may consider taping the edges of the trim using painters tape before you paint.
5. Using your paint roller and paint tray, begin painting the wall from the top corner and working your way down the wall with the paint. Apply the paint in small sections, usually an area approximately 4' x 4' can be covered with each roller refill. Begin each new section beside the previous and then blend the paint edges together while still wet.
6. Work quickly and don't stop until you have completed one wall or have reached a break such as a door or the corner of the room so that you can maintain a wet edge.
7. Allow the first coat of paint to fully dry and then determine if you will need an additional coat of paint.
Allow the paint to fully dry at least a full day before hanging your pictures back on the walls.
Take your time and good luck. The benefits that you receive from interior painting is definitely worth the time and effort that you invest.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author has over thirty years experience in the home improvement industry and is the owner of Smoky Mountain Painting in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.