One of the most popular DIY projects that people participate in is painting the interior of your home. It is a very affordable way to improve and beautify your home with a fresh layer of color. Painting is not a very difficult task, although, it can be very frustrating if done incorrectly. All you require is practice, patience and a reasonable amount of tips and your paint job will turn out just fine.
Tip 1: Paint the house the same color or a darker shade
Yes, you want more beautiful colors, you want variety, you want fresh, but the truth is, you would only end up creating more work for yourself if you decide to change the color. Deciding to go even lighter even further makes the entire work more tedious for you. If you make up your mind to go for a one-coat painting, the old color might end up showing through the new layer in some areas. If you want to change the color of your home, then choose a color that is darker than the present one. This makes it easier to lay down a single coat.
Tip 2: Wash off the walls very quickly
Most walls need a wash down prior to painting. This is to remove the dust and grey soot that might have accumulated over a long period of time. Washing down the house is a recommended process, no matter what. Try to make the wash down as quick and painless as possible.
Tip 3: Use TSP for a fast clean
It cannot be overemphasized, that a clean surface is very important for paints to adhere to a previously painted wall or woodwork. TSP is Trisodium Phosphate and it cleans very fast and doesn’t require so much scrubbing. It is useful to remove grease, hairsprays and even fingerprints.
Tip 4: Keep your prep time to a minimum
Wherever possible, please try to keep the preparations to a minimum. Do your best to keep the prep time to a minimum because sometimes you can end up spending more time preparing than on the painting itself. Also, extensive preparation in the form of covering and taping can sometimes kill the enthusiasm that took you a while to build up.
Tip 5: Try scraping just a bare minimum
While scraping isn’t a time waster by itself, it usually leads to more work. The problem with scraping is that, when you scrape off just a little portion of the old paint, it sometimes leads to more and more paint falling off and you have to keep scraping until you scrape past your envisioned target. So, if the edges of the old paint stay down, don’t bother scraping it, the new paint will seal the edges and prevent it from flaking off.
Tip 6: Roll flat surfaces
Use a roller and a pole to cover large expanses of flat siding in as short a time as possible. The paint would go down very thick and the process would not require as much time as using a brush. Furthermore, if you use a brush on large surfaces verse rolling you’ll find yourself with unsightly brush marks.
Tip 7: Cover the paint to keep it fresh
Paints dry out very fast; whether in the container or in the roller tray. It is in your best interest to cover the bucket of paint with the lid if you ever need to take a break. Using aluminium foil to cover the roller tray also serves the same function. If you leave the paint out too long, the film that forms on the surface of the paint might end up on the wall being painted.
Tip 8: Minimize the Washing of Brushes and Covers
The trick is to buy moderately priced roller covers and dispose of them at the end of each painting session. For paint smears and touch-ups, get nylon brushes or foam brushes, all of which are inexpensive and toss them after use. Make sure to use a paint brush comb and water to clean your good brushes. This way, clean up time is reduced to the barest minimum.
The following tips, if practiced, should make painting the inside of your house as fast and as easy as can be without it becoming a nightmare. To get started on this inexpensive home-improvement go pick your colors, buy your supplies, and get to work.