Nothing can change the look of a room more economically than a new coat of paint. Haven’t painted a wall before? Well, here are a few tips we’ve picked up from the experts to get you going:
- Clean the wall to be painted! This is one of the most important steps. Paint won’t adhere properly to dirty walls. Choose a cleaner. This could be a mild dishwashing detergent, or a proper de-greaser from a paint or hardware store. Rubber gloves and eye protection may be in order depending on your choice.
- Patch any holes. Talk to your local home improvement or paint store to get the right patching compound. Once you fill in the holes or cracks, you need to wait until it’s completely dry. Then sand it smooth!
- Make sure you’ve got all the right tools. Paint, brushes for trim, rollers, rolling pans, blue tape, can opener (for the paint can, not for lunch!). Go for quality over quantity!
- Cover up anything that can possibly get splashed with paint! Most experts recommend using heavy canvas drop sheets, rather than plastic. They’ll absorb small drops of paint, and prevent you from tracking paint through the house on the bottom of your shoes. Use the blue tape along the edges, and around anything you’re not painting.
- Apply a primer. A primer will cover up any patching you’ve done, and will prevent paint from soaking into it, leaving a big blotchy spot!
- Pour your mixed paint into a bucket. If using more than one gallon of paint, combine them in the bucket. The result will be a more uniform colour!
- Use your brush to paint around the perimeter of the wall, called “cutting in”. Be sure to tap your brush against the inside of the bucket to avoid drips!
- Pour paint from the bucket into a paint tray. Roll your roller in the paint so it’s completely loaded.
- Start in a top corner, and roll out a big “W” in about a 3’ x 3’ area. Then roll over it until it’s filled in, up to and including the “cut in” area. Continue until the wall is all painted!
- Keep a wet edge as you paint. Painting over a dry edge will leave overlap marks.
One last thing to keep in mind; get the most comprehensive insurance available for your house and contents. If you accidentally drop your paint bucket, and destroy your sofa or carpet, make sure your policy doesn’t exclude spilled paint!