Home improvement jobs are something that is near and dear to me. I love doing things to fix up my house. More importantly, I love the satisfaction I get when I am able to make the improvement by myself. One of the easiest home improvements that you can do yourself is to paint!
Almost anyone can be successful painting a room. You just need the right tools for the job. If you don’t have the right tools, painting a room can be much more difficult. Carefully select your paintbrushes, your brand of paint, and your paint finish. Make sure the brushes and paints that you have chosen are the right ones for the job at hand.
For example, if you are painting with a very inexpensive latex paint, you may discover that you have to put four coats of paint on the wall instead of two. If you are using a cheap brush and roller, you will probably find little chunks of roller, and individual bristles that have fallen out of your brush stuck to your wall as well.
How do I know this? Well, when I first started painting, I didn’t know that better tools made for an easier job. I picked quite a few bristles out of drying paint, as well as little chunks of fuzz that continually shed off the roller. I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly like fuzzy, chunky walls.
Paints have several finishes such as flat, eggshell, satin, semi gloss, or gloss. Each of these types of paint has its own purpose. If you are painting a kitchen or a bathroom, you should probably select a semi gloss or gloss style paint. Each of these styles of paint can withstand a higher moisture content in the air.
When I take a shower, the mirrors tend to fog up in the bathroom. The condensation that you see on the mirror is not only on the mirror – it is also on all of the walls in the bathroom as well. Considering that, a semi gloss or a gloss style paint is a must-have in my bathroom and probably in yours too. Water does not easily penetrate a semi gloss or gloss finish. If you have a flat finish paint in a room that has high humidity, you may find yourself painting again before too long.
Another place that you should consider using a semi gloss or gloss is in a room that is used by children. Children tend to touch the walls much more often than adults do. Semi gloss and gloss painted surfaces are very easy to clean. You can usually remove marks from this type of wall with a simple cloth and your average household cleaner. This can be a real time-saver if you have small children.
Flat paint finishes are often used in living rooms, and formal dining rooms. Flat paint does not have any reflection or shine, hence the name “flat”, and are usually reserved for the more formal areas of your home. Flat paint is not easy to clean and tends to show the slightest mark, touch, or rub. A better, or higher quality brand of paint will clean more easily than a cheaper brand of paint.
Painting is an easy way to really freshen up your home. As I said in the beginning, I love to paint and I get a lot of pleasure from the big change that paint can bring to a room. I also love all of the complements that I seem to get after I make a room over with paint. Try it for yourself – I think painting is the easiest home improvement that anyone can do by themselves!
When it comes to applying paint to your walls there are many things to get your walls looking their best. The following article will discuss how to make your walls look their best the next time you paint. Continue reading for expert tips to get your walls ready for a new coat of paint.
Remove All Nails From Your Walls
Before beginning any painting project, you need to get your walls ready for the paint. The first step in wall preparation is to remove all photographs and shelves from your walls. Then, you will need to remove all the nails from your walls. Removing the nails will ensure that you can quickly and effortlessly roll the primer and paint onto your walls.
Cover Any Holes
Once all the nails are removed, it is time to begin filling the nail holes. This can be accomplished with a bucket of joint compound and a putty knife. To fill the holes simply get a small amount of joint compound on your putty knife and press into the hole. Then, take your putty knife and gently scrape over the area to remove the excess joint compound. Allow to dry completely. Then, gently remove any excess joint compound from the wall using a damp rag.
All traces of oil should be removed from your walls before painting. To ensure that your walls are ready for paint, wash your walls using a degreaser. After you have washed your walls, rinse them well and allow to dry completely before beginning to paint.
Priming your walls with a good primer is the first line of defense for beautiful walls. For best results, apply at least two coats of primer to your walls before painting. Each coat of primer should be allowed to dry for a minimum of 4 hours before applying the next coat. Additionally, lightly sanding your walls after each coat of primer will help ensure your walls are perfectly smooth.
It is now time to begin gathering your painting supplies. You will need several old rags to clean up any spills. Also, get a variety of brushes. These brushes should include a 4 inch wide brush to help trim out along the baseboards and ceilings. You will also need an angled brush to trim out around windows and door frames. Next, you will need a high quality roller along with a paint tray. Many people also prefer to have a pouring spout for the top of their paint can. A spout allows you to pour the paint without accidentally spilling any. Finally, you will need either a painter’s tarp or an old sheet to protect your floors from any drips.
After you have done the aforementioned steps and gathered your painting supplies, you are ready to begin painting your walls. Invite a few friends over and crank up the radio to help your painting day go by quickly. You will be rewarded with freshly painted walls and a beautiful interior.