It may be one of the cheapest ways to change the look of your home, but it really is not the easiest. As any profession painter knows there is a right way and wrong way to paint, and doing it the wrong way can make a real mess. The information in this article will help you finish a paint job to be proud of.
Make sure you have a clean wall to start with. Dirt and grease from cooking needs to be thoroughly removed before you start painting. Smoke, nicotine and any other areas marred by crayons or markers also need to be cleaned. If there are nail holes left by hanging wall decorations, you need to fill them with spackle and sand the area smooth after it is dry.
The first coat you put on the wall should be a good primer. This undercoat evens out the wall color and provides a consistent base for your paint. It is important to buy the best quality paint you can afford so a second coat will not be needed.
If you are planning to paint the ceiling you should paint it first. If the ceiling will be the same shade as the walls, you will not need to worry about keeping the paint off the walls. If the ceiling is a different color, cut in the edges first and then roll the rest of it.
When you pick a paint color, assume you will be living with it for at least a few years. You do want to make sure your color choice is going to be the right one for the room. Have the paint store mix a sample for you and try it on a section of your wall which has good light. You should also look at it at night with artificial lights on it to determine if that effect is also acceptable.
Professional painters almost never use masking tape and are proficient in cutting in instead. Most of the time paint will seep under the edge of tape unless you are using a very dry brush. Practice cutting in using a small brush with a good taper until you can produce a straight edge with no drips.
The paint finish you choose will depend on the room you are using it in. A kitchen or bathroom wall sometimes needs to be washed so a semi-gloss paint works best in those rooms. Nearly any other room in the house requires an egg-shell finish. There is no gloss to this finish and it appears almost matte. This type of paint can be cleaned with a gentle washing, but enthusiastic scrubbing will remove the paint.
Even though you may not want to paint an entire room in a dark or vibrant shade, an accent wall can be very attractive. Using the colors of your furnishings as a guide, you can create a comfortable room with great style.
Even though painting your own rooms requires a good deal of planning and work, your feeling accomplishment in a job well done makes the project worth it. Using the information provided in this article will help you successfully create the look you want.