Painting your house is a necessary and time-consuming task. For those who have never done it before, you may be intimidated by the process of painting for the first time. However, with these tips and tricks, painting can become an easy chore.
1) Get all the supplies together before starting; this includes paintbrushes, rollers or brushes (depending on what type of paint you are using), drop cloths to protect surfaces like carpeting or wood that will not be painted over, old clothes to wear while painting in case there is any splatter, painter’s tape if needed for trimming around windows and doorsills.
2) Have someone help you move furniture out of the room so that it can be painted. You will need to store the furniture in another room that is not being painted because you want to avoid accidents such as spilling paint, and it can take several hours for each coat of paint to dry.
3) Wash the walls with warm water and dish soap or TSP (trisodium phosphate) or you can buy premixed TSP at your local hardware store; this will remove any dirt and contaminants from the wall and make it easier for primer and paints to stick (if using oil-based paints).
4) Fill holes in the wall with spackling paste or plaster made specifically for filling holes; let them dry according to package instructions and then sand them down before painting.
5) Prime the walls with oil-based primer; this is very important if you are using a cheap paint brand because they often contain oils that can cause peeling and warping of new or painted surfaces.
6) Use brushes to paint hard-to-reach areas like ceilings, baseboards, corners. A roller is the best way to do large expanses of walls at once (such as your entire living room). You can also buy extension poles that will help get high up without having to stand on anything unsteady!
7) Don’t forget about any door jambs or window sills; they are areas that need to be painted too.
8) Have an extra set of hands to hold the tape while you paint around windows and door jambs so they don’t get accidentally painted.
9) Paint your house in sections rather than doing everything at once, this will keep it manageable for you!
If you’re not confident in your painting skills, then hiring a professional is always the best option. Look online for good painting contractors who can do your next house painting job correctly.
To paint your house yourself, you’ll need to invest in the right supplies and have a lot of patience. It may take more than one coat for the final product to look good if it’s an older home with chipping paint or dirt buildup from years of neglect. If this sounds like too much work for you, then hiring a professional is always the best option! When searching online for local contractors who can do your next painting job correctly, be sure that they are licensed and bonded professionals. You don’t want someone messing up your beautiful new space!