Painting your house may seem a little intimidating. Behold! Here are some simple steps to help you get your paint on without having to ask for help. Painting can be fun and once you’ve done it once, there’s no stopping you…these steps are easy and will take you from start to finish in no time.
Let’s get Prepping:
The first step would be the obvious one – take everything moveable out of the room and everything that isn’t moveable but can be unhinged, unbolted or covered – i.e. outlets, light fixtures, curtain rods. Also make sure you scrape away any old paint or putty that was used to cover up damaged walls. Cover everything with drop cloths and painter’s tape that you don’t want “decorated.” Also, keep in mind that you will have to have a painting station set up somewhere in the room – this station will have your brushes, paint, rollers and all of your painting tools – make sure it is secure with drop cloths and tape so it doesn’t slide around.
Let’s get Mixing:
Mix your paint per directions on the can – some paints and products are different so they will require different steps. The basic step is just opening your paint and mixing it thoroughly before you begin; I don’t recommend always sticking to this step – read the directions.
Let’s get Painting:
You always want to start from the top to the bottom so if you do drip, it’s not dripping on your already finished wall. Also, if you’re using a paint roller, which I recommend, you will get splatters on everything below. Start with the ceiling, walls and then the base trim. This process is also key when painting the trim after the main wall.
Note: You should line the floor with tape so no accidents occur – either under or over your drop cloth. If you’re a little apprehensive about your painting ability, then let the walls dry and put tape on both sides of the trim to finish with a brush and not a roller, which brings me to two points:
Make sure you’ve set aside a couple of days for this room to be a disaster – the walls have to dry and you may need time to complete the entire process.
When painting the main walls, use can always use a paint roller so you’re only putting a light coat of paint on. When painting the corners, hard-to-reach areas and base, use an actual brush or sponge brush with careful strokes so it looks similar to the main walls.
Let’s get Rollin’:
Rollers are great for the main walls and depending on your crevices and trim areas, you’ll want to use a smaller brush. I always use the 3-inch wide edge and I actually like the sponge-style versus the real bristle brushes but everyone is different. As long as you’re taping the trim and carpet as your brush inches to the edge, you will be fine with long dynamic strokes.
And Yet Again:
Now let’s do this all over again. Yep, you’re normally putting on two and sometimes three coats of paint on a wall. Paint thins out as you spread it and the previous paint will show through if you don’t double up on your paint job.
You have two choices in painting – you can paint the main walls, wait and paint them again before moving on to the trim – or you can paint the main walls and let them dry; remove the tape on the trim and paint the trim and let dry; add the tape and paint the main walls again, letting them dry before you apply tape and adding another coat on the trim.
Note: Always make sure you’re letting the pain dry before you remove or add tape and when doing either, be very careful that you’re not removing fresh paint.
Cleaning up the Mess
Make sure you’re wrapping your brushes with plastic during dry times and after your project. I’ve never heard of this technique before but DIY Network has a great way to preserve brushes.
-Drill a hole in the metal frame, run a wire through the hole and suspend brush in a jar filled with water.
You can throw away the roller inserts or keep them but they are cheap and not really worth the cleanup process. You should always save your drop cloths – let them dry and use them for the next project. The tape, well that’s just gotta go.
And to think, you waited months for Mr. Never Show Up to show up and do a project that took you a day and it was fun to boot. Do it yourself these days – with all of the information, instructions and technology out there, you can pretty much push a button and have the means and knowledge to start and finish your own projects.
Bio: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at First in Education where she writes about education, online degree programs, and what it takes to succeed as a remote student in online schools. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.