You might have just purchased a new house and want to give it a fresh coat of paint. Or perhaps you are thinking of giving your home a makeover for the season or want to prep it up after a trendy look you saw in a magazine. To make sure your house is given the best look it’s important to consider certain things to get the job done in the best way. Mentioned below are some things to keep a note of.
DIY or get help
DIY painting is certainly the cheaper option but getting help is often more viable if you want the best job done. You can either invite a friend experienced in DIY tasks to help you or hire a professional. If you hire painters, you will need to oversee them, so you can’t afford to be clueless. Either way, here are some tips to help you get started.
Protect your furniture
Just before you begin, you will need to make sure your furniture and floors are protected. You can use either plastic sheeting or canvas cloth to do this. Cover everything that you don’t want to get paint on. Canvas is often a better choice as it is more flexible to use and can easily be draped around difficult areas. They are also cheaper than plastic sheeting.
Before you start painting, make sure your surfaces are smooth. You can’t have dents and bumps under your paint, as this is rather unsightly. When you are house painting, you will need to sand, scrape or patch your surfaces and fill in all cracks and bumps.
Mix your primer before you begin. Normally, primer is used for any unpainted wall or to paint over dark colours but you can use it for any paint job. Primer serves several functions, such as preventing stains getting through, protecting your paint from peeling and keeping it adhesive. Certain paints now come with primer already mixed in but you’ll have better results if you mix it in yourself using a good quality primer.
The essentials Once all this is done, you will need a step ladder to reach the higher half of your walls and your ceiling, if you are painting that too. Don’t forget your paint roller. In case your step ladder isn’t high enough and you can’t find another one in a hurry, opt for an extension pole for your paint roller. These come in various lengths and can easily reach a ceiling of around 8-9 feet. Once you’re all set, you can start painting. Whether you have help or not, follow these tips to achieve the best results.