You can make any room look wonderful with a fresh coat of paint. But if you’re not experienced in painting, you could probably use some help with that. Check or tips on painting and you might enjoy the work as much as the finished product.
Before you start painting any room, organize a tool station in the middle of the area you are going to be working in. Gather together everything that you’ll need – paint, brushes, rollers, hammers, screwdrivers, plastic bags, plastic wrap, rags and drop cloths.
You don’t need to try and get everything done in one day. The day before you start painting a room, you can gather the furniture in the center of the room, patch any cracks and holes, put blue painter’s tape around doors and windows and cover the light fixtures with plastic bags. If you can, it would be even better to move all the furniture and accessories out. Cover everything with a good drop cloth and tape the cloth around the furniture.
It may seem easier to paint around door knobs and cabinet hinges, but if you’re not very experienced in painting we would recommend removing them, because you’re bound to get drips around. Remember to place the pieces together in separate bags and clearly mark the contents and location you took them from.
For the painting job, you should remove all the jewelry and put on some old, comfortable clothes. Choose shoes that are easy to take off for when you need to leave the room. If you’ll be painting the ceiling as well, put on an old baseball hat over your hair and some plastic over your eyeglasses.
You want to select the best products for your painting job. Consider the options and choose the right brush for your painting job. Paint brushes with natural bristles are made for oil-based paints, while synthetic bristles are designed for water-based or latex paints, but can be used for anything. If you want a really smooth wall, use foam paint rollers for painting. Foam brushes are great for small painting jobs and touch-ups. Smooth pad painters offer easy paint application and clean ups, but if you apply too much paint on the pad, it will drip and you’ll have to take it apart, clean it, dry it and start over.
Another thing to consider when painting a room is the type of paint you want. Newer latex paints are formulated to be environmentally friendly, the drying time is short and clean ups are easy with water. When painting with latex paints, choose rollers, pads or synthetic bristle brushes and keep the can of paint covered as much as possible. Most professional painters prefer painting with oil-based paints, especially for furniture and trim. Newer oil-based paints do not harm the environment and are not toxic. They need more time to dry, which allows for better coverage. For painting with oil-based paints, use pads, rollers or natural bristle brushes.
A heavy canvas cloth is the best material for drop cloth. It is not slippery and covers well. Before you start painting, fold the cloth to fit any size room and tape down the corners to prevent paint from oozing over the edge. Make sure to vacuum hardwood floors before you put the drop cloth down to prevent scratching.
Keep in mind that most painting jobs work better, when you use a primer or base coat. You need to have the primer or base paint tinted to match the surface paint color. This way you may avoid a second coat of finished paint. If you’ll be painting the ceiling, you can try paint that is specially formulated for ceilings. Some brands offer paint that goes from light blue to white, when dry. This will help you see where you’ve already painted.
Painter’s blue tape is another thing you will need before you start painting. It has a waxy coating that keeps the paint from seeping through and is available in several widths, providing the perfect straight edge for painting.
You don’t need to clean your brush or roller every time you take a break from painting. You can just wrap them in plastic wrap and seal them in a plastic bag. If you are going to take a longer break (for a few days), you can put the plastic bag in the freezer and thaw it out about an hour before you start painting again.
Also make sure you have a supply of rags and razor blades before you start painting. You will need to wipe off excess paint, catch drips, clean up spills or wipe off your hands. The razor blades are great for scraping excess paint or drips from windows, tile or glass. They won’t smear the drips and the surface will remain perfectly clean.
When you’re done painting, soak your brushes or rollers in a solution of water and laundry fabric softener for about 10 minutes. Rinse them well with clear water, wipe off the excess moisture and air dry them before putting them away.
When you’re done painting, you should also store small amounts of paint for touching up scratches or dents.