Painting is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to change the mood of a room, maximize (or minimize) natural light, or simply give your home a clean, fresh appearance. But it takes time and patience.
While many individuals are willing to tackle the job themselves, others prefer to enlist the services of a painting professional. Either way, there is usually a painting project or two on the “honey-do list.” So take advantage of the cooler weather to open the windows and knock out a room before the holidays.
Here are a few “insider” tips to give you professional results:
- Select the right paint. Consider location, wear-and-tear, moisture, light and type of surface. Your local hardware or home improvement store can offer guidance if you don’t know what you need. Satin is easy to clean and offers a moderate sheen level, making it ideal for any room.
- Prepare and organize. Gather your tools, paint and cleaning supplies in one central area. Remove as much furniture as possible from the room, as well as pictures and accessories. Move heavier items to the center. Remove hardware, switch plates and outlet covers. Patch any holes or cracks and sand smooth.
- Don’t skimp. Opt for quality paint, brushes and rollers. Use low-stick blue masking tape which doesn’t remove existing paint or primer. Invest in canvas drop cloths which will work better than the slippery plastic variety.
- Apply the paint. Start at the top and work your way down. Paint in this order: ceiling, trim, cabinets, doors, walls. Always start from a “wet edge” and work side to side away from it to avoid overlap marks.
- Clean up your mess. Clean up as you go. If you are using oil-based paint, make sure you have the right solvent on hand. If you need to take a break, seal your brushes in a plastic bag. Put the bag in the freezer for storage up to a week (thaw before using). Reserve a small jar of paint for handy touch-ups with a small brush or Q-tip.