Renovation takes efforts and money, but the satisfaction of seeing the finished product is worth all the trouble. The next step in the renovation process is painting and although it may seem like a tedious task, it’s not. If anything, it’s quite a fun process. So let’s start right away!

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Things you need:

  • Rags
  • Roller
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Putty Knife
  • Paint Brush
  • Sand Paper
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Step Ladder
  • Extension pole
  • Canvas drop cloths
  • Spackling compound
  • General purpose cleaner
  • Paints (Any kind you prefer)
  • Primer (Any kind you prefer)

Step 1: Preparation

You’ll have to first prepare the room. Remove the furniture and shelves for easy access to the walls. Light fixtures must also be taken down. You’ll need a bare room to start and do a good job. It’s not required every time, but beginners better follow this step or you might end up in a mess.

You’ll need to place a drop cloth to protect the flooring. Mostly, people go for plastic ones but for a durable and long-lasting solution, you should opt for canvas drop cloths. They don’t rip as easily and unlike plastic drop cloths, they actually absorb any paint drips.

Next you’ll have to prepare the surface you intend to paint. This part might not be as fun as the actual painting part, but it’s necessary if you want a perfect paint job. Clean the walls with some water or general- purpose cleaner. Check the walls for any cracks or holes. If there are any, patch them with spackling compound. Use a putty knife. Allow the surface to dry and then use a sand paper to smooth it.

Use painter’s tape to mask edges of the doors, windows or moldings. Wipe the surface with a wet sponge to remove dust and it’s ready for the next step.

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 Step 2: Prime the walls

You may have heard that it’s okay if you don’t use primer for walls that has been painted before. Please don’t pay heed to any such comments. Primer is important for walls every time you paint on them. This step will ensure that your walls have maximum sheen. It’ll also prevent stains from bleeding through and will reduce the chance of peeling. There are numerous primers available that cater to all kinds of surfaces. Just choose the one that best suits your needs and get started.

Some people tint the primer with a little bit of top coat paint. It’s a really smart trick and will enhance the finish result. Although there are some paints in the market which advertise as paints which contain primer, but for a perfect sheen and professional finish, opt for a separate primer.

Step 3: Painting Order

Before starting, open a window to allow ventilation. Be sure to get the order right. If you don’t, be ready to deal with drips and splatters. First, start off with the ceiling. Using a paint roller would make the job easier. Use a sturdy step stool to reach the ceiling or invest in an extension pole.

This helpful add-on comes in different sizes so just choose the one that offers you most convenience. You can easily twist in the extension pole at the end of a paint roller. When buying extension poles, go for the poles that have metal cores. They are easier to handle as compared to the plastic ones.

After completing the ceiling, move onto the walls. Next, paint the woodworks and floor.

Step 4: How to Paint

When using a paint roller, most people just buy a paint tray. It just create a mess and makes things harder for you. For a faster and effective alternative, invest in a paint grip. It’s super easy. When you pour paint into a bucket, just fill it halfway and hang the grid inside it. It’s a screen, made of metal or plastic. When you dip the roller in paint, slightly roll it against the grid.

Paint the walls by using an ‘N’ pattern and spread the paint around. For the finishing touch, just lightly roll in one direction.

Use a brush to paint the edges and corners of the room. Many people would leave it till after they’ve completed painting the whole room. But that will just result in uneven lines. It will be a bit tedious but hey, at least you’ll get perfectly painted walls. And lastly, do remember to work on one wall at a time. Once the paint is dry, apply another coat to give it a smoother look.

See? The process wasn’t so hard. You can easily paint a small room in a single day. So just to get you started, here are a few tips that’ll ensure you get a flawless paint job.

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Tips for a Flawless Paint Job

  1. Wait for the paint to dry a little before you rip off the painter’s mask.
  2. Keep some rags nearby. Use them to clean up any drips and splatters.
  3. Sand the trims after each coat dries for a smoother and professional finish.
  4. Mix paint in a bucket. This will save you the trouble of opening paint cans after one finishes and will also keep a consistent color throughout the walls.
  5. Select colors that add to the texture and depth of the room. Use lively colors for living rooms and dens. Bedrooms and bathrooms will benefit from softer shades.
  6. Measure and record the room’s measurements. This will help you estimate how much paint will be required. If you’re not sure about it, get help from qualified professionals.
  7. Before investing in paints, buy samples and check whether they suit the walls or not. This way you save yourself all the trouble of painting and then realizing the paint doesn’t work for the room.
  8. If you’re working on an overnight job and don’t want the brushes to dry up, simply wrap them in plastic food wrap and store them in the fridge. Just remember to take them out half an hour before you resume painting.

So take out your paint rollers, clear the room and start on this new challenge. And don’t forget to enjoy the work. Have fun!

References

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/paint-walls-beginners-29857.html

https://www.sherwin-williams.com/homeowners/ask-sherwin-williams/painting/interior-painting-how-tos

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/painting/10-things-you-must-know-about-interior-painting-pictures