You’ve closed the deal, gotten the keys and are raring to go on turning your first house into a home. But before you crack that first can of paint, read through these painting tips – it’s always better to be prepared upfront than have to fix mistakes later.
Primed and Ready
While you may be really excited to get those new colours on the walls ASAP, do not skip the primer – it preps walls for pigment and hides any discolouration. For panelled or super-stained walls, opt for an oil-based primer, while walls with new drywall should get a coat of water-based primer instead.
All in Hand
Painting walls is a lot of work, so you won’t want to lose momentum once you’ve started. To cut down on hardware-store runs, make sure you have all the supplies you’ll need beforehand, especially the less obvious items such as a paint can opener, stir sticks, and a roller extension pole.
Before you buy any paint, think about the area where you’re putting it and what its needs are. Walls and trim in high-traffic area, such as the mudroom or entryway, are going to have to contend with muddy boots and dog paws, so having a product made to withstand wear and tear, such as BEHR ULTRA SCUFF DEFENSE Interior Paint & Primer, makes sense.
To help protect architectural features you’re not planning on painting, pull out a roll of painter’s tape. Stick it along baseboards, wall trim or sconces to keep drips from going where they’re not welcome. Tip: Fully remove power outlet covers rather than taping them.
If you really want to see how a paint colour will look in a room, it’s best to test it out directly on the wall. Pick up at least three sample pots of different shades of the same colour family – your favourite might surprise you. Tip: Check out the room throughout that day to see how the light changes the colours.
To avoid getting dirt, fluff or cobwebs stuck in the paint, make sure the walls are super clean before starting. Use a vacuum or thick cleaning cloth, paying particular attention to the kitchen and bathroom, where you should wash the walls with a soapy solution to breakdown built-up grime.
Get the Specifics
Investigate what types of paint work best for different surfaces – if there is a product that is formulated specifically for that area, invest in that. BEHR PREMIUM Cabinet & Trim Paint creates a smooth, durable finish and dries very quickly, so you can reinstall those doors and get into your new (and newly revamped) kitchen faster.
Clear the Decks
If doable, get all your interior painting wrapped up before moving in any furniture into your new home. If that timing doesn’t work, remove as many pieces as you can from the room and cover the rest in a protective drop cloth or plastic sheeting.
WWW Dot Com
When it comes to painting a wall with a roller, one of the most useful painting tips out there is to apply the paint in large “W” shapes. Move your way from one side to the other, filling in the gaps as you go – this technique is aces at hiding unseemly seams.
To know how to paint a wall, you need to know where to start – and the place you should always start is the ceiling corner. Use an angle brush to pull the paint down the wall from the top corner, and work your way along the entire ceiling line.