DIY: Painting Tips

by Washington Federal Team on September 28, 2011

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for waking up a room. But if done poorly, you’ll find your walls more shabby than chic. A good paint job doesn’t require an expert, but it does require careful planning and execution.

Our 10  painting tips:

1.    Prep your walls. This is the first and most important step. Prepping your walls includes scraping off any flaking, old paint, washing down the surfaces and removing any fixtures. This will give you a clean canvas ready to paint.

2.    Tape is your friend. Invest in a large roll of blue painter’s tape. This tape sticks securely but peels off easily. Tape off ceilings, window and door frames, floorboards, etc. Using this tape will ensure that you get perfect, clean edges.

3.    Protect your floor: Where there is painting, there are paint drips. And you don’t want those drips landing on your beautiful hardwoods, carpeting or area rugs. Make sure you use a drop cloth.

4.    Primer is key: Don’t think that you can forgo primer if you are painting your walls a darker color. Priming your walls brings out the true color of the new paint.

5.    Shaken AND stirred: Before you begin painting, it’s important to prepare the paint. This means shaking the can before and stirring it well after opening. This will ensure that the paint has the same consistency.

6.    Cutting the edges: Cutting in around the ceiling, door and window frames and floorboards is important. Do this with an angled brush before you start rolling paint onto the walls so you get sufficient coverage around the edges.

7.    Roll your heart out: When using a paint roller, it’s best to go in a “W” or “M” pattern, then go back to fill in that area with cross strokes. This strategy eliminates the risk of streaky walls and dripping paint, leaving an even and smooth surface.

8.    Trim it up: Once the room is painted, you’re about halfway there. A room won’t look completely perfect until the trim, baseboards, doors and windows also have a fresh coat of paint. Try these tips for painting tricky areas.

9.    Embrace your Type-A personality: Don’t be afraid to be a perfectionist. When it comes to painting, you want everything to be perfect. Using smaller brushes allows you to get close to fixtures and to create perfect edges.

10. Patience is a virtue: Painting a room doesn’t happen quickly. It sometimes takes several coats and plenty of waiting for the paint to dry.

Painting is a work-intensive task,  but if done properly will be well worth it.  Whether you’re painting for a change of scenery or to prep your house for sale, getting it done right is key. We’d love to chat with you about this and other housing projects you’ve got going on.

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