Painting Dos and Don’ts
With the weather turning to spring, it’s time to open up the house and spruce up some of the color inside. Painting certainly doesn’t have to be a chore but anything worth doing is worth doing right and for that we offer these tips of do’s and don’ts of interior painting.
- Take the time to prep the area! Move or thoroughly cover nearby furniture, not only close to the painting area but anywhere along the path you may traverse from paint to canvas or to the doorway to answer for unexpected company.
- Create a space for your paint supplies. Keeping all of your items within the same area will help keep you organized and maximize your time. There’s nothing more frustrating than reaching for a brush that was just there a second ago!
- Sand the floor. Ok, you don’t have to take karate lessons but you will want to sand down any flaws in the surface you’re going to paint. Sanding creates an even surface for you to work and it makes the finished job so much cleaner and appeasing.
- Check and double check. Make sure you have what you need for the job. So that you don’t have to refill on supplies in the middle of your task. Ask questions at the store! They’ll help you gather all you may need.
- Even with the prior piece of advice in mind, you may want to start out small by buying a quart of a color first to test your eye. Some colors can look different once on a wall than in the can and by starting small, you can avoid trapping yourself in a shade you’re not in love with. If you can get your hands on a similar material as your canvas, paint that first and move it around to capture different light sources.
- Pick your color to accentuate your furnishings, not the other way around. It’s easier and a lot cheaper to paint in a color that goes with your couch, chairs, carpet, etc. than it is to paint and then go out and buy furniture to match the new color scheme.
- Explore your choices. There are millions of shades to choose from. Don’t believe us? Try going to a paint store and asking for blue … Take samples home and take your time deciding. There are even some service where you can upload photos of your room and receive a computer-generated image of different color schemes to fit.
- Lighting is everything. From the type of light bulbs you use to the amount of natural light in your house, colors are dependent on light. If you see a shade in the store or in someone else’s home you love, get a sample back to your house first and see if it works in your setting.
READY TO “ROLL”
- Wear protective clothing. Grab those old jeans and a long sleeve top that went out of style like the latest social media challenge and get ready to get colorful. Even professional painters get messy so be prepared and take it as a badge of honor for your hard work.
- Prime the walls. Ugh, we know. Painting before painting is such a pain … but it needs to be done. Especially if you are moving from one extreme of a color to another, priming makes a lot of sense and better results.
- Grrr. You’re going to need another coat. Yes, paint sometimes goes on uneven and some areas of your surface may absorb more than others so additional paint may be needed. This is especially true for tones of red.
- Press the tape. Taping your edges is a no brainer but take the time to press down along the tape to ensure it stays down and to discourage any bleed through.
GENERAL DON’T DOS
- Don’t stray from one canvas to another. Stay faithful to the wall or floor space you’re working on before moving on to another. That includes doing the trimming. It may mean having to switch tools more often but the overall effect will be worth it.
- Keep the paint on the brush. Many do-it-yourselfers dunk the brush into the can and end up wiping most of the paint off on the edge as they try to come out without dripping. Instead, dip and knock once or twice on the side and then take to the surface. It’ll save you time in the long run.
- Don’t underestimate your time. However long you think the job may take, plan for longer. Art cannot but rushed! Don’t get frustrated by cornering yourself into a certain timeframe.
- Speaking of which. Don’t paint yourself into a corner literally. Unless you want to be the next viral sensation, plan your route accordingly with an exit strategy.
- Don’t hurry or rush. Like we said, anything worth doing is worth doing right so take your time in the process and don’t rush to move furniture back in. It takes time to dry also, a good 24 hours should suffice for most projects.
- Don’t close your windows and doors. The exchange of fresh air is key to helping alleviate the smell of paint and it also helps in drying.
- Don’t forget to clean your tools. You may need them again and leaving paint to dry on tools means you’re not going to be able to use them on your next project.
- Don’t mix your compositions. Stay with oil on oil or latex on latex. The prime should match the finish.
- Don’t paint over wallpaper. Just don’t. Trust us, it’s not worth the headaches after.