Painting your home's interior walls on your own is a manageable task and is oftentimes a great way to save some money. However, for this to pay off, you must do a perfect job. If you are handy with DIY projects but haven't painted your home's interior walls before, you are likely to make some mistakes that will compromise the effectiveness of your painting. To make sure this doesn't happen, here are some key tips to remember before you start the project.
Always Prep The Surface First
How effective your painting job will be usually depends on how well you prepared the surface. First, you need to scrape off the previous painting if it's damaged. It is also important to fix any imperfections on the surface. This may involve filling dents, holes, and cracks on the walls before you paint. If you don't fix such problems on the walls, your paint will not hide them. The look of freshly painted walls with cracks and holes will not be entirely aesthetic. Once you have fixed all possible issues on the walls, clean them thoroughly to remove any dust.
Use Paint Mixed In A Larger Bucket
One major aspect that makes your painting effective is consistency in the colour. One mistake that will make you end up with inconsistent colour of paint on your walls is opening one can of paint at a time. If a can of paint is used up in the middle of your walls and you have to open another one, chances are there will be a slight difference in how consistent the colour will be. To avoid this, estimate the number of cans you are likely to use and mix them in larger buckets. Even if you don't use all the paint in the bucket, you can always pour it back into a can for future use.
For Drop Cloths, Consider Canvas Over Plastic
You will need drop cloths to protect your furnishings or flooring from the spatters of paint. You can choose between plastic and canvas drop cloths. Investing in canvas drop cloths would be a better idea for a variety of reasons. For instance, you can easily fold canvas drop cloths around doorways or corners to ensure maximum protection against the paint spatters. With plastic drop cloths, this will simply be impossible. In addition, unlike their plastic counterparts, canvas drop cloths will absorb the spatters of paint. This minimises the possibility of someone tripping on them. Plastic drop cloths usually become slippery when paint drips on them.
If you aren't comfortable doing the painting yourself, reach out to a company that specialises in painting.