Getting started on a new project is always the hardest part. One major reason for that, especially in the case of painting your house, is the knowledge barrier. There’s just so much to know to get the job done right. Read on and conquer the challenge between you and your home’s new look.
Color and Type Selection
Selecting the color and type of paint is number one on the list.
That’s a little harder than it sounds. You will need to find out whether you want oil or latex-based paints. Oil is generally preferred outside for its long lasting quality. Latex is often chosen indoors since it makes for easy clean up of stains. But there is no rule that applies all the time. For example, an interior room that gets lots of sunshine all day long will generally do better with an oil or alkyd-based paint.
Choosing a color is easier – if one person makes the choice. Apart from arguments over preference, there is still the difficult task of picking among lots of different shades. Many of them blend into one another and it can be hard to visualize the final result. Starting with a color palette on the computer is ok, but graduate quickly to a booklet of samples. The colors you seen on your laptop screen will be very different when they get on your wall.
Make sure you give yourself enough time to do the preparation work.
Painting, whether exterior or interior, is 80% preparation. Though you can paint large areas with a roller or sprayer quickly, there are always a hundred surfaces you don’t want painted. That means masking, laying down plastic or tarp, and other time-consuming preparation tasks. Another key thing to remember to do is move all of your modern furniture out of the room, or at least cover it with drop cloths to avoid spilling paint on it.
There’s another type of preparation work that may take a little or a lot of time, depending on your surface. An exterior wall or trim can become cracked, oxidized and suffer other effects. Interiors can require patching of dents or holes, scrapes and similar defects. Going to all the expense and trouble of painting your house makes the extra work to do the prep worthwhile. That is, if you want the final result to look as close to new as possible.
Gather your materials.
Painting looks simple. But professionals earn their money in part because they know what the job takes and they have the tools to do it.
Paint and paint brushes or rollers are only two of the most obvious things you’ll need. But prep work may require sanding blocks and sandpaper, wood putty, spatulas and more. Painting requires either a complete spray kit or pans with stirring sticks~Painting requires either a total spray kit, or roller pans with stir sticks}. Thinner for oil-based paints is a must to remove ‘accidents’ and get paint to the desired consistency. Just be sure if you get a spray kit, that you fully cover up your contemporary furniture, or you will regret it afterwards if you have to clean it.
But, once you have the basics down, and the prep work out of the way, the painting job can go by fast and easily. Not only do you save money by doing it yourself, but you get the satisfaction of seeing it done well, knowing you did it. Just flatten that knowledge hurdle and you’ll be jumping for joy.