What Homeowners Should Know Before You Start Painting Your Home
Whether it is big or small, your next painting project will require a lot of work. From selecting your paint color to determining your plan of attack, you want to make sure everything is in place and you have the proper steps figured out. Exterior and interior prep can be extremely different, especially in Michigan’s intense and fluctuating climate—thankfully we have you covered for both. In this article, we will discuss room painting tips and what you need to know as a homeowner before painting the interior and exterior of your home!
Interior Painting Tips
The easiest way to paint is to have a room completely empty. While that is not always feasible, it is important to clear out as much space as possible. For example, if you are painting your family room, you’ll want to move out all side tables, ottomans, and anything that can be moved with minimal effort. Couches and other larger pieces of furniture can stay as long as they are away from the walls and not in danger of the dripping paint. It is in your best interest to cover them up with an old sheet or something you don’t mind potentially getting dirty.
Another one of our important room painting tips is to wipe down the walls to prep. Whether you can see it or not, dirt can build up on the walls and provide an improper base for your fresh coat of paint.
Before painting, blemishes on the wall like holes or cracks should be taken care of by spackling. Make sure to use drop cloths when necessary to avoid spilling paint on your interior floor.
One of our favorite room painting tips is to sample paint before coming to a final decision. You can always paint over a short brush stroke so feel free to test as many colors as necessary. Just be sure to let the paint dry and view the color in both the day and night time to find your perfect color.
Don’t be scared to branch out from traditional off-whites and beiges. Some colors can be a total miss, but others bring welcoming auras. Experiment with samples to find your ideal color.
Lastly, pay close attention to the finish you choose. High gloss finishes are durable and easy to maintain, but often display blemishes on your wall. Conversely, a flat finish hides these imperfections but brings a greater chance of damage. To avoid both of these situations, we recommend a ceramic matte and eggshell finish. These are unique to us. To avoid both these instances, use a ceramic matte or eggshell finish for the cleanest look.
Nobody wants to have an overwhelming excess amount of paint left over–or worse, not enough. Keep in mind the square footage of the room as well as how many coats you want to apply when determining your paint supply. Priming your walls may cut back on paint amount, depending on the room.
Exterior Painting Tips
Nothing could be worse than starting to paint then seeing rain clouds coming in an hour later. Plan accordingly and check out your local weather report. You want at least two days of clear skies set aside so you can properly apply paint and let it dry without disruption.
Priming and Painting
Your coat of paint will not properly stick to your wall if there is cracking paint or built up dirt. Make sure to clean your exterior as well as chip off any paint cracks to ensure the smoothest possible coat. It is very important to note that paint doesn’t stick to rotten siding. Walk around your home to check for siding that is already or becoming rotten. Finally, do not forget a good coat of primer before applying your paint to ensure a smooth finish.
Additional Painting Tips
Aside from interior and exterior painting, here are two other room painting tips to remember:
You Can Change Paint
Do not fret if you don’t like the room once it is completed—it happens more often then you’d think. Paint is an inexpensive alternative to conducting a room makeover. The bottom line is that a new coat or color can always be applied to cover up your previous tone. Paint can always be changed!
Priming Saves on Paint
Priming your walls before applying your selected paint can help in more ways than one. It keeps your walls clean as well as providing the perfect surface to apply your paint. Additionally, it cuts down costs as priming a wall usually leads to only one coat being used.