Colour Your World
A fresh coat of paint is sometimes all it takes to make a stellar difference on a small budget. A new colour scheme can easily brighten up a room, making it feel more inviting and possibly appear larger. So if this do-it-yourself project is a challenge you want to tackle, follow these tips and guidelines in order to make your paint job look like it was completed by a professional.
DETERMINE TYPE OF PAINT PREVIOUSLY USED:
Oil or latex? Whichever kind was previously used, it is highly recommended that you stick with the same, otherwise additional steps will need to be made and I would then speak with a specialist if you want to make the change. Both oil and latex paints each have their own advantages and disadvantages but I would definitely choose a paint that is specially designed for a particular room. These paints are more humidity and mould resistant, making them last longer than the “regular” kind. These special room paints generally cost a bit more, but they are well worth the added expense in the long run. So how do you tell the difference between oil and latex you wonder? Easy! Simply get a cloth and soak some nail polish remover into it. Rub that cloth along the wall: if paint comes off, it’s latex; if not, it was oil based.
Now that you’ve determined the type of paint that was previously used, it’s an ideal time to wash all the surfaces you plan on painting. Simply put, paint generally adheres better to a clean surface. So get cleaning!
CHOOSE YOUR SHADE AND FINISH:
Flat? Egg shell? Semi-gloss? High-gloss? SO many options! Most paints usually come in all four options so choosing the right finish is important depending on the room you’re painting. Eggshell is generally recommended for bathroom and living rooms, and the gloss paints are known as being slightly more durable than flat because there are fewer pores within the paint to grow mildew. I am by no means an expert, so it would definitely be worth double checking at your local hardware store. Choosing the best colour is another post all on its own, so keep your eyes peeled for a future post titled “Paint It Black”.
Before leaving the store, make sure you have all the right equipment and brushes you will possibly need. DON’T skimp out in this department either. It’s always best to go with a strong brand that you know will deliver exceptional results. Any unused products can then be returned.. so just remember that it’s better to have it than be mid-way into painting and realize you NEED it!
PAINT BETWEEN THE LINES:
Painters’ tape is another must-have, in order to line the walls and make a good, clean job. After all, you’re painting the walls.. NOT the window sills, ceilings, or door frames! It’s an easy way to produce a no-mess finished product.
PROTECT YOUR FLOORS:
Cover your floors with a thin plastic or paper tarp. That way, any splatters will not be landing on your beautiful hardwood floors! Depending on the room size, you will either want to move the furniture onto the other side of the room OR cover it with an old bed sheet. And don’t forget to cover your hardware, like the doorknobs and hinges. If paint does somehow get there, no need to panic. Always keep a wet cloth with you and it should easily wipe off, assuming it hasn’t dried yet.
Depending on the new colour you’re going to be painting and condition of the wall, you might need to apply a primer or base coat before the colour. Check with a specialist for a more accurate answer!
READY, SET, PAINT!
I think you’re just about ready to paint! My advice to you is not to rush and take your time! If you’re using a roller, paint in a V-like pattern and always use a brush in small areas and corners. Allow ample time for the paint to dry and make sure you allow in some fresh air!
So there you have it.. tips on how to paint like a professional!
Congratulations!! Painting is a lot of work so you should be proud of yourself for doing it!