The walls in your house are white and boaring but you don’t want to here anything about painting? Many homeowners often are afraid of this process but this is wrong. As it is one of the cheapest ways to improve any space without much efforts.
Various shades can dramatically change the atmosphere and the interior of your home. This can be bright splashes of bold colors to bring character to the dwelling or soft tones for more muted interior. But there are several moments you should know before you start painting.
1) Preparation of the room does matters
It is clear that one should better paint the room when nothing hinders. This means that you need to take away as much objects as you can. If you paint a living-room, push large furniture items to the center and cover them with a rubber sheet or a drape.
Despite the fact that washing of the walls may seem unnecessary, it is a very impoirtant step. No matter if you see it or not, but there is dirt, dust and fat from your hands on the walls. Taking this coat away before painting allows paint better sticking to the surface.
Besides, you should putty all holes and fissures as well as glue the adjacent walls, window frames, switches and plugs with the tape. Cover the flooring with newspapers or paper.
2) Test the painting
It is extremely hard to determine how this or that paint will look on the wall. If you have the slightest idea about what shade you wish to obtain, first buy a small amount of paint as a sample. Let it dry and then look how the color looks at day and at night. Thus you’ll get a clear comprehension about appearance of your walls after painting.
If you’re nor sure what color you wish, purchase several samples and do the same. You’ll be surprised how different the shade may look and even more surprised that your favorite color may look terrible in your home.
3) Don’t be afraid of bold color
For some people the bold color may look too overwhelming. However, don’t let your fears to force you choosing white or beige shades. Application of various colors allows creating a special atmosphere in any room. For instance, dark shades add texture and depth to the space. This is especially great for large premises with high ceilings. From the other hand, if the room is small, for example, a guest bathroom without natural lighting, brighter and lighter shades can open the space and make it visually larger.
So, don’t be afraid of colors – experiment and you’ll be surprised!
4) Consider finishing
Not only the color matters – finishing is also very important. Coating with strong luster are very durable and easily cleaned but they have a disadvantage: all imperfections of the walls will be visible. Matt coating conceals all these imperfections. But this type of finish is more subject to damages. So, the best solution will be a semi-glossy finish – it brings a slight luster, it is easily washed, it doesn’t reveal imperfections and is hardly scratched.
5) Remember that color can be changed
To select color, first we recommend to paint a fragment of the wall and look at it in different lighting. You may find out that a shade that looks good on a small fragment will be too aggressive on the entire wall.
Fortunately, paint is a cheap way of finishing the spaces and it can be easily changed any time. If you see that you don’t like the color, just paint it over with another one!
Besides, if the color seems too bold to use on all walls of the room, think about painting only one wall making it an interior accent. It may happen that this accent is exactly what you’re looking for.
6) Consider volume of paint
It is so annoying to find out that you’re out of paint during the painting process. It is also not good if there is too much paint left.
There are several ways to determine the exact volume of paint. First of all, you need to know squareness of the room you renovate. Second, think about how many layers of paint you’re going to apply. If you use primer, one layer will be enough. If you’re not going to use primer, apply two layers of paint.
7) Primer saves paint
Primer is an important step in the preperation process. It seals the wall providing the basis to let paint to better stick to the surface.
After you fill all holes and fissures, the primer becomes even more important – it will hide the spots and blinks that happen when paint is applied directly to the wall.
However the primer may force you omitting preliminary washing of the wall and, as we said before, it is very important independently of whether you prime the walls or not.
8) Paint corners with brush
Don’t forget to paint the corners before applying paint with a roller. Use quality brush and paint approximately two centimeters on each side of the corner, the ceiling and the floor plinthes. These are places that can’t be painted with the roller. After that the roller will flatten all strokes left by the brush and the wall surface will be smooth.
9) Prepare brushes and rollers
Rollers are made of a fleecy material that allows applying paint evenly and in sufficient volume. It is very important to eliminate unnecessary hairs from the roller before you start painting, otherwise they will all be on the wall surface. To do that use ordinary adhesive tape – just press it to the entire surface of the roller. As for the brush, press it to your palm before using to soften its fibers and shake it for a while to eliminate unnecessary dust.
10) Spend money for additional appliances
In addition to the quality brush and roller, you’ll need other appliances. They are roller extender and a durable step–ladder.
The roller extender will allow you reaching the top levels without stretching out your hand and standing on toes. The step-ladder will help you painting upper corners using the brush. All this makes painting of the walls comfortable and easy.
This is only some tips to make your wall painting experience much better than you can imagine. And remember: before painting you should spend some time for preperation – this will be awarded by simplicity of the process and the great result!