Tips For Painting Your Home

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Home improvement is a great way to add value to your house. While some home improvement projects are really expensive, others cost much less than you think. One example is paint. It is one of the most cost effective ways to change the appearance of your house. You can hire painting contractors to work on your house, or with our tips you can save money and do it yourself. Professional interior designers normally use a variety of colors to create a specific mood to a room. The colors are picked to enhance other. But before we even get to paint colors, let’s talk about paint preparation.

Furniture

Your first step to painting is to remove everything from the room you are painting. You want to be able to move around freely when you are painting. Also, no home improvement project goes well if you have paint drips all over your furniture, rugs and floors. Designate a space to store all of your items until your painting project is complete.

Prepping

The most important part of painting is your prep work. Begin by cleaning your walls with a mixture of three teaspoons liquid dishwashing detergent and a gallon of water. Wipe down your walls from top to bottom. Focus especially on areas where there are grease spots so the paint adheres evenly to your walls. After this step, rinse your walls with clear, clean water. Let your walls completely dry before continuing on with your project.

Taping

After everything is dry, apply painter’s tape around the trim, windows, door frames, ceiling and anywhere else that you are not painting. This can be done in advance up to about a week early. Use good quality painter’s tape on this part of your home improvement project. You will regret it later if you don’t. Be precise when applying the tape. You may have to take off a piece and reapply a few times. After you finish painting, remove the tape before the wall is completely dry so the new paint doesn’t peel off when you remove it.

Primer

No home improvement painting project can begin before you prime the walls. We prefer Kiltz primer to other brands. To save yourself some time, you can tint your primer with the paint that you choose. This will darken the primer so you won’t have to use as many coats of paint to reach the saturation that you want. Primer helps give your paint a more consistent appearance. It can also help the sheen of the paint you chose be more apparent.

Painting

For the best coverage, start by painting a large W shape pattern with your paint roller. Fill in the spaces of this pattern without letting your roller lose contact with the wall. Paint one section at a time and let the paint dry completely before moving on to the next coat.

Colors

When choosing your paint colors, you need to consider your house as a whole. Each room should transition to the next room without too large of a color change if possible. Popular home improvement contractors use a range throughout the whole house. Another tip is to stick with a neutral color palate. We love bright pops of color in a room, but not necessarily on the walls. If you use neutrals throughout your house, it connects all of the rooms as a unified whole. It also makes it easier to add color furniture or artwork without being overpowering.

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