The right paint color can instantly transform a space from dull and lifeless to refined and vibrant. If you want to give your interior rooms a pick-me-up without spending too much money, a few cans of paint will make a tremendous difference. Follow these tips to make your DIY paint job look like a pro’s handiwork.
Our Top 7 Interior Painting Tips
Clear Your Canvas
Before you dip your paintbrush into a can of Bona Fide Beige or Topiary Tint, remove any blemishes or unwanted texture from your walls. Paint scrapers and sanding blocks help smooth out rough surfaces, while joint compound fills small holes left by picture hooks. To prevent contaminants from spoiling your work, wash the walls and let them dry thoroughly.
Strip Your Space
While it’s possible to paint around furniture, accessories, and other items, it’s not advisable. For the best results, clear out the entire room so you don’t trip over your favorite footstool or accidentally splatter paint across a treasured work of art. If you’re painting multiple rooms, take them one at a time.
Fortify the Floors
Plastic sheeting offers a cheap covering for your floors while you slap paint on the walls and ceiling, but it’s slippery, unwieldy, and likely to cause accidents. If you want a hassle-free painting experience, try one of the top interior painting tips instead: use canvas drop cloths. They cost more, but you can throw them in the washing machine at the end of a long day of painting.
Pick a Primer
Don’t start with paint — always lay a solid foundation of primer. It prevents stains from resurfacing and ruining your hard work; plus, it creates an even base for your paint color and disguises blemishes you couldn’t remove. Choose a high-quality primer and apply it liberally to your walls.
Toss the Tape
Blue painter’s tape can resolve many painting problems, but you don’t need it for every edge or corner. Learn how to cut in, which involves using the edge of your brush to create a crisp, even line. You’ll save money and time that you would otherwise have devoted to taping.
Rock the Roller
A paint roller and cover proves far easier (and faster) to manage than a brush. Load it fully with paint, then apply the paint in soft, even strokes. Don’t push too hard; otherwise, you might create ridges or seams on either side of the roller cover. Use a paint screen to even out the coating each time you load the roller.
Reuse and Recycle
After you finish painting the room, you’ll probably have leftover supplies. Don’t just toss the paint or leave it to harden in your garage. Instead, apply it to another home project, such as a piece of furniture or DIY art. Not only does this save supplies, but it also helps you tie together elements in your home through color.
Painting your interior rooms might seem like an intimidating proposition, but you’ll get better with time. After you finish the first room, move on to the next and apply the skills you’ve learned.
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