Painting Your Home Can Be Fun
So you’ve decided to change the color of your surroundings. You have some free time on your hands, and have decided to take on painting your room. But you’re wondering if you can do it like a pro by yourself… Well, worry not! We’ve got you covered with in-depth tips on how to do it like a pro. Or you can always call up some Painting Contractors
When painting your room you should pay attention to these critical aspects:
- Painting the Ceiling
- Painting Walls
In any professional paint job, preparation is about 80% of the work. A nicely done prep work can make the actual paint job look flawless and pristine.
First of all, you need to clean the room. Remove everything that might get in your way unless it’s attached to the floor. Any pictures, towel bars and anything else that will get in your way as you paint and that you want to avoid damaging. It might seem like a waste of time but, in the end, you’ll thank me for this as it will make the work ahead much easier.Make sure to tape up around the windows and walls.
Now for the actual cleaning. Remove any dust and grease spots that might ruin the finish with water, very little dishwashing detergent and a sponge. Don’t forget to rinse the walls with a clean sponge afterward.
Unless you’re using latex paint you’re going to want to prime the walls with a stain blocking primer.
Do some caulking. Any cracks or gaps in the wall should be filled with caulk beforehand. To do a close-up inspection and to avoid missing any, use a flashlight. While doing this, you might find imperfections and bumps that should be smoothed out and/or sanded down.
Taping time. You’re going to want to tape all moldings and trims because we’ll be leaving them for last. Well, next-to-last, anyway. Remember to buy painter’s tape. This is not the kind of thing you want to save money on. The same goes for brushes and rollers, but I think that goes without saying.
Painting the Ceiling
This is the point where you’ll discover whether you’re up to the task. The ceiling is the toughest part of the paint job! Definitely get an extension pole as part of your supplies as you’ll need it for this part of the job. If you have 20-foot ceilings you might want to call someone over to help you, preferably a pro. Otherwise, it’s DIY all the way. After sanding/caulking, you should prime it if need be. And then, the moment you’ve been doing all of the above for – crack open that paint can and begin painting. Don’t forget to cover your floor with plastic sheeting.
You should start from the edges of your ceiling with an edge roller or a brush (simply brush where you aren’t able to use the roller). Afterward, move on to the corner areas and start painting the rest of the ceiling. The most common technique is the “W” technique – you just draw a W and then roll the paint around. These W’s should be in four to five-foot sections. Once you start, try to finish the whole ceiling. Take care to not paint over areas that have started to dry out.
Painting the walls is very similar to painting the ceiling, but much easier on your neck and back. Just as you did with the ceiling, you should start out by painting the edges/borders of the wall. Once you’ve done that use the same W technique and try to spread the paint evenly. Proceed to the next section with another W shape until you’ve completed one side, then move on to the next wall.
It’s recommended that you apply at least two coats of paint for a more durable and professional paint job. To avoid unwanted drips, try not to drown your roller in the paint way too heavily.