Painting Like a Pro: Interior Painting Tips For New Homeowners

Posted by Unity Home Group® on Thursday, June 29th, 2017 at 7:42am.

How to Paint Your Home's InteriorA lot of homeowners don't have a lot of experience painting interiors. However, it's a great skill to learn whether you just want to spruce things up for fun or improve the home before selling. Using the right tools and following best practices can help you achieve a professional finish. These tips make it easier to paint an interior room with good results.

Paint Samples Before Picking the Color

It’s hard to tell what a paint will look like by looking at a small swatch. Applying the paint to the wall is the only way to judge whether or not a color is right for a room. Paint stores sell samples for this very purpose. To get the best idea of what a color will look like in a room, paint a large square on the wall. View the square at different times of the day to see the color in different qualities of light.

Use Quality Materials

Cheap materials make it harder to achieve a good quality finish that will last many years. For the most even finish, buy quality paint brushes and rollers. Remember that good quality paint will cover the walls in fewer coats and will require less effort to finish the job.

Prep the Surface

Prepping the room for paint may be the most crucial step of the painting process.

  • Dust the walls with a damp rag, then dry the walls or allow them to air dry.

  • Remove all smoke detector and electric outlet covers.

  • Cover all vents with painter’s tape.

  • Use painter’s tape to tape tarp to the floor.

  • Move all furniture out of the room or away from the walls. Cover furniture left in the room with tarps.

  • Fill all holes with spackling. Give the spackling time to dry, then sand the spackling until it is flush with the wall.

  • Remove all window treatments. Window treatments that are fixed to the window (like blinds) must either be protected with a tarp and painter’s tape, or must also be removed.

Following these steps carefully will help ensure that the room is ready when the painting begins.

Check Temperatures and Humidity Before Beginning to Paint

High humidity, cold temperatures or very hot temperatures can affect the way paint dries. Check the temperature and humidity recommendations on the paint can before beginning a project, then run climate control as necessary. How you paint your Anchorage home for sale could potentially differ from the approach for a home in Florida.

Be Prepared to Apply More Than One Coat

Once the first coat has been applied, most rooms will require at least one more coat. Very dark colors may need several coats for an even finish. After finishing each coat, walk away from the project while the paint is drying. Come back to view the room in full daylight before deciding if a project is finished or another coat is needed.

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