5 Professional Home Painting Tips for Amateurs

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If you’re thinking about doing some remodeling inside of your home and you’re on a bit of a budget, how about painting some of the rooms? It’s one of the best ways to make a dramatic effect without spending a ton of money in the process, especially if you intend to do the painting yourself.

If you’ve never painted a room before, it’s understandable that you might be a bit hesitant. However, all you need is a few cans of low VOC paint, the right painting equipment, and a few helpful tips and you can have the interior of your house looking like a professional did it.

So, if you’d like a few professional home painting tips that are for amateurs that can definitely result in you looking like a pro, please keep reading.

Purchase some canvas drop cloths. If you’re planning on painting more than one room in your home, opt for using canvas drop cloths rather than plastic covers. Although plastic ones do tend to be less expensive, they also are prone to rip a lot easier. Plus, once paint gets on them, they can become pretty slippery as well. On the other hand, canvas drop cloths are a lot more durable and rip-resistant. Another perk about them is since they lay flat, you won’t have to worry about slipping on them like you would with plastic covers. And finally, canvas cloths are ones that you can use over and over again.

Be sure to prep your surfaces. While the thought of transforming your room may have you so excited that you want to start painting just as soon as you possibly can, in order to get the absolute best results, it’s a good idea to thoroughly prep your surfaces first. This includes everything from filling in holes and sanding rough surfaces to scraping any areas that may have old paint as well. You can learn more about how to prepare walls for painting by going to DIY Network and putting “how to prep walls for painting” in the search field.

Don’t forget to tint your primer. If you’re planning to paint over primer or you want to apply a light color over a darker hue, you’re definitely going to need to prime your walls first. For one thing, primer prevents stains from coming through. Also, primer helps paint to stick to your walls better and makes it possible for you to have to only use one coat. So, when you add a bit of the paint color that you want to use to your primer, the tinting helps to enhance your top coat while also further hiding your primed surface in the process.

Buy a couple of paint grids. If you spoke with someone who works for a company like Annapolis Paint Designs about how you can go about painting your home like a pro, something that they might recommend is using a couple of paint grids instead of paint trays. One reason is to help to avoid some of the mess that comes with using paint trays. Another is because, by putting a paint grid directly into a paint bucket, you can drip your roller into it directly. Then when you’re done, all you have to do is put the grid deeper into the bucket and snap the lid shut.

Get some plastic food wrap too. If you weren’t able to complete your paint job in one day and you need to store up some leftover paint, rather than cleaning the brushes and rollers, simply cover them with plastic food wrap and place them in the refrigerator. The next day, the paint will still be fresh and you can get back to finishing your paint job. For tips on the kind of equipment that you need in order to paint like a pro, visit your local Home Depot or Lowe’s.

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