A fresh coat of paint can instantly transform any room. Choosing that perfect color is exciting, and may have you ready to grab your supplies and roll away.
But wait! Picking the right color took time, didn’t it? Preparing and painting your room slowly and perfectly will be well worth the extra time. Follow these five steps as seen on Porch.com’s DIY blog to get an end result that looks just like you hired a pro.
1. Get ALL the right supplies. It can never hurt to have a few extra painting tools on hand as you prepare to start your project. A diverse array of paintbrushes, rollers, tape and rags will prevent you from having to pause your progress to purchase something new. Choose the right roller for your wall based on its texture; a wall with a thicker texture will need a roller with longer fibers, or a larger roller “nap.” Additional items that will come in handy: a screwdriver for quick removal of outlet covers and light switch plates, plastic bags to store brushes in between coats and an extension poll for your roller.
2. Prepare the whole area. The worst thing you can do during a new paint job is rush through the preparation. A small area of floor that’s uncovered or a crooked piece of tape can leave quite a mess behind. Start by removing hanging objects and giving your walls a quick wipe to get rid of any dust. Make sure all flooring and furniture is completely covered and remember – good quality painter’s tape may be a splurge, but it’s always worth it.
3. Get enough air and light. Proper ventilation is vital during a paint job, even with low VOC paints. Open windows are ideal, but if your room is fully enclosed, use a fan (blowing air out of the room you are in to suck out fumes) or wear a mask to prevent the effects of paint fumes. Good lighting will make all the difference when it comes to missed spots, so consider using additional lighting if your room is fairly dark.
4. From out to in. The phrase “cutting in” is well known in the painting world, and it makes all the difference for clean edges. Using a small brush with a small amount of paint, rim each wall with the new color before switching to a roller.
Attempting a more complex job, like painting stripes or a pattern? Watch the video below for tips on keeping your edges clean and crisp.
5. Roll away! The first rule of rolling: don’t worry if coat number one doesn’t cover every inch of your wall. Work in slow, vertical stripes from right to left using an even pressure to prevent drips. Let each coat dry before starting on the next and don’t worry: two to three necessary coats is normal. Once your final coat is dry, remove the tape and step back to admire your handiwork.
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