Painting: 9 + 1 things you should know

Painting at home can be simple or complicated. It all depends on the method. Whatever the nature of your project, Montclair Painting can help you achieve it.

Although there are many ways to add value to a home, painting a house is one of the simplest and least expensive. Careful, well-designed painting can make your home a positive environment and help you achieve more.

If you use well-made paints and reliable methods, your home will retain its new look without requiring excessive maintenance on your part.

Preparing a space before painting a house

When it comes to painting the interior of a house that is inhabited, undoubtedly the first step for an aesthetically pleasing result is the proper preparation of the space. As professionals, we always pay special attention to the thorough coverage of all surfaces such as floors, stairs and properly insulate all furniture and appliances before painting the house. The goal let us not forget is the aesthetic upgrade of the house and not finally with a rough painting and rough preparation to do the opposite.

1. The finish is important

The finish of the paint will have a significant impact on your walls. Glossy, satin, egg shell – with these options come many factors. In areas with high traffic, glossy or satin works well, as they hold better to the touch and can be cleaned more easily. But, they can make the imperfections of the wall much more pronounced. A more matte finish will not be so easy to clean and will not withstand touches so well, but you will not see imperfections that much.

2. Embrace the color

Do not be afraid of bold colors! Choose colors that add depth and texture to a room. Understand the psychology of color and use it to your advantage. A serene color, like the one in the blue family, is ideal for a bedroom.

3. Test the samples first

You do not have to guess how good the color will look on your wall. For a small part of the cost of a paint job, you can buy samples, take them home and try them on. This will help you better judge how a color will look in a wider area. It is better to spend only a little money on samples than to spend a lot more just to find out that in the end the color does not satisfy you.

4. Do your calculations

Of course, you need to know the total area you are going to paint (add all the squares of your walls, including the recesses as well as a little extra), but you will also need to calculate for multiple layers. It’s best to leave some paint for repairs later, so make sure you have more than you need.

5. Be proactive

Preparation will be the vast majority of the time you will spend painting your home interior. You will need to remove areas for sharp lines, move furniture, repair and patch any imperfections, protect floors, and remove things such as switches and knobs. At least three quarters of your time will be spent doing these tasks.

6. The primer is key

Unless you buy one all in one mix with primer and paint, you will need to prepare your walls, especially if you are dramatically changing the color of the wall (colored primer is the key in this case). The primer not only covers paints and stains, it also adds a layer to allow the top coat of paint to adhere better, giving you a much better result.

7. Paint the corners first

Painting corners and edges allows you to work more smoothly when using rollers or larger brushes. If you try to do this after painting larger surfaces it will create uneven lines. It may seem like a lot of work, but you will be much happier with the result.

8. Rollers save time

A roller coaster may require more equipment (handles, poles, rollers) than brushes, but you can do more with less time. Remember to paint on a “W” overlapping area for better coverage and smoother lines.

9. Use an extension rod

While you will need stairs for the corners and detailed painting at heights, an extension pole added to a roll will save you even more time. You will be able to reach farther, especially to the ceilings, without having to move so much.

+1. Combine the paints for uniformity

This technique will help you to avoid any inconsistencies in the color of your color coverage. Just pour multiple paints into a larger, resealable bucket and mix well. Yes, today’s mixing processes are much more uniform than in the past, but this step is a safe measure in case there was a small mistake when mixing the paint.

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