Anyone who has ever painted a whole room will tell you that it’s more complex than it looks. There’s a lot that goes into getting good coverage, making it look neat, and ensuring that you’re able to put all of your furniture and appliances back in place without subjecting them to paint splotches. Even buying the paint can sometimes be tricky if you don’t know which type to buy.
Many people who buy a new home choose to paint before they’re fully moved in, as a way of putting their own touch on the home and covering up any lingering marks that remain from previous tenants or owners. It’s a key part of the move-in process, which is why we’ve partnered with our friends at the Dan Gemus Real Estate Team to bring you our best recommendations on how to prep a DIY paint job to ensure it’s as painless as possible.
Our Best Tips for Painting Any Room
One of the most important things to remember about painting is that the preparation is more than half of the work. Plus, taking precautions helps to avoid irreversible damage to valuable flooring and furniture, and helps ensure a smooth and even final coat so you can spend less time on touch-ups.
Here’s how we prepare when we’re painting any interior room.
- Pick the right paint
To get a good look, and ensure that your paint is durable and long-lasting, you need to pick the right paint. It’s not enough to choose any interior paint and call it a day. Visit your local hardware store, and talk with an expert to determine the best type of paint for your project.
Some of the most common are water-based, but oil-based paint looks great when paired with a high-gloss finish. You can also select from a variety of finishes including matte, eggshell, satin, and gloss. Painting a bathroom? Choose a paint or primer that’s water resistant.
- Prep and clean the walls
Before you do anything else, prep and clean the walls that you’ll be painting. Patch any holes with spackle or caulk, then clean the walls well to get rid of lingering dust or grease. If you have several large patches or spackled areas, sand everything down lightly to make sure you’re getting an even texture throughout.
- Wait for good weather
Before you take on any big painting project, make sure the weather is right. Warm, dry weather is the best option for painting, as it helps each coat dry faster. Don’t give in to temptation to paint on wet days, even if you really want to. It’s just frustrating waiting hours for everything to dry.
- Don’t skimp on materials
Whatever you do, don’t skimp on painting materials. This includes everything from drop cloths and brushes to the actual paint itself. Shoddy materials won’t hold up to even one project’s worth of use and will make your paint job look sloppy and amateur.
Invest in good brushes, which will help distribute the paint evenly, as well as good painter’s tape, which is the only thing standing between you and blotchy baseboards. Most professional painters also opt for a canvas drop cloth instead of plastic. Canvas absorbs paint and is much less slippery underfoot, keeping you and your belongings safe.
- Protect everything but your walls
Before you crack into that can of paint, make sure that everything in the room that isn’t a wall is securely covered in plastic wrapping or a drop cloth.
If you’re using good drop cloths, you don’t need to move everything out. Just push all the furniture into the centre of the room and paint around it. Don’t forget to cover the flooring as well.
- Take your time applying painter’s tape
Even though it’s a time-consuming task, make sure that you place tape securely along the baseboards and ceiling so that no paint can seep through. For a truly expert touch, use a putty knife or other blunt blade to press down every edge of the tape so it’s watertight. Don’t start painting before you’ve applied your tape in smooth, straight lines.
- Use primer
If you skip primer, you may find that your paint goes on unevenly, and will appear blotchy even with multiple coats. To help avoid this, use a primer.
Many paints now come with primer included, but if it’s been a while since the surface was painted, or if you’re trying to cover a high-gloss surface that won’t accept paint easily, it will definitely improve the look of your final product to lay down a separate primer first.
- Don’t use separate cans of paint
It may surprise you to learn that the colour of paint can be inconsistent from can to can. If you’re using more than one can of the same colour, empty each can into a larger tub or container, then mix it thoroughly. That way, you won’t have inconsistencies when you move from one can to the next. This is called ‘boxing’ the paint.
- Use a pole to get better coverage
Don’t strain your back by clambering up and down a ladder all day. Buy an extension pole, so you can reach as far as possible without your feet leaving the ground.
- Paint top to bottom
Experts will tell you that the easiest way to paint a wall is to ‘cut’ in at the sides first. That’s when you slowly paint the very furthest edges of each wall, then fill in the middle with larger strokes. Try to paint top to bottom, to ensure that any drips you may leave are covered by your later strokes.
Come Learn from the Paint Experts at Duby’s Home Centre
Have any more questions about painting your home? Want to learn about the best paint for your bathroom renovation? Come speak to the experts at Duby’s Home Centre.
We love to speak to homeowners about the easiest ways to improve their living space without spending a fortune. Contact us on our website, or come into our Amherstburg storefront to learn more.