It’s getting to be the time of year when folks head indoors to get away from the colder temperatures. And as the walls seem to get closer and closer over the winter months, little ideas about how to spruce things up start popping up. DIY projects start to seem like a really good idea; painting your walls a new color can really add new life and excitement to a home! It’s an easy thing to do, but don’t go it alone.
Preparing the Room for Painting
Before painting, you need to make sure the rest of the room is properly prepared. Protect furniture and flooring from accidental paint spots; either remove the furniture, or gather it into the center of the room and cover it with a tarp. Cover any molding as best as possible as well. It’s always a good idea to protect your eyes while painting in case it splatters on you, so goggles or glasses are a great idea.
If you are painting the kitchen or the bathroom, it may be a good idea to wash the walls with a light mixture of laundry detergent and water, to make sure there is no residue or grease getting trapped under the fresh coat of paint. Any other walls can be dusted or vacuumed before starting.
Make sure you have access to plenty of fresh air; whether it’s open windows and doors, or even fans that rotate fresh air into the room, simply relying on normal air flow isn’t good enough when working for hours with paint. Paint fumes are not fun to breathe in, so be very intentional about ventilation.
The Painting Process
Before applying any new colors, you need to make sure that the walls don’t have any cracks or other imperfections, as these will show through. Simply remove any flaking or cracked paint with a scraper, and use some sandpaper if there are any plaster bumps visible. Using a high-quality primer can help hide small blemishes, so it’s worth the investment.
Take the time to test out whatever color you are considering. You can compare and choose from multiple colors without making any major mistakes by painting a small square of each option on the wall you are painting.
Always start painting from the corners in; this will help your strokes remain even and will get the hard angles and tough to reach corners over and done with.
And since colors can be tricky to match, always make sure you buy more than you need—you never know when you might need an extra layer or a touch up.
A Professional Perspective
While small rooms and projects can help keep you occupied during the colder months, sometimes getting an expert opinion is worth the effort. With professional home improvement experts on hand, the builders and painters at Oxland Builders can help you determine what your room and house needs, no matter how big or small the project. Contact us today with your home improvement needs. We can help your home reach its full potential!