7 Tips for painting the interior of your house like the professionals
You may want to jump head first into your interior painting project, but be patient! Thorough preparation makes any paint project more enjoyable and hassle free. Before you start painting, be sure to gather furniture in the center of the room, put blue painter’s tape around doors and windows, cover the floor with newspapers or a drop cloth, and seal your light fixtures with plastic bags.
2. Damaged Walls
Don’t try to simply paint over holes and cracks, even small ones. Larger holes can be covered with fiberglass tape, while smaller holes and tape can be filled with putty.
3. Picking the Right Brush
Success starts with picking the right brush. If your paint is water-based, be sure to use a brush with synthetic bristles. Brushes with natural bristles will soak up the water and go limp. If you’re using oil-based paint, either natural or synthetic bristles are fine.
4. Choosing Your Roller
The roller you choose should compliment the texture of your walls. Use a flat and smooth roller if your walls are smooth, while heavily textured walls may require a ticker, fluffier roller. Either way, be sure to get a roller with a plastic (NOT cardboard) center—it will last longer.
5. Water-based or Oil-based Paint?
Most professional painters prefer oil-based paints. Their slow drying time allows for better coverage, and works well in dry climates. But if you want a paint that dries quickly and is easy to clean up, water-based paint may be right for you.
6. Razor Blades
A straight razor blade is the perfect tool to achieve a flawless finish. Simply scrape off excess paint from windows, tile, or glass to ensure a smooth, clean surface.
7. Storing Extra Paint
You can save storage space by keeping your leftover paint in small containers, instead of huge paint cans. Simply pour the extra paint into a glass jar and seal it tightly. Be sure to write down the important information—the color name and number, where you bought it, and where and when you used it.
DYI projects can be fun, but if you’re looking for a professional touch, don’t hesitate to contact us at Contemporary Painting to roll out your project in no time.