Painting. For some, it is the easiest way to renovate your home without going over budget. For others, it is the worst part of upkeep that only gets done ahead of moving. In either case, we have gathered a few of the best tips and tricks to help you get your rooms from “why did we pick this color” to “this is so much better!”
Your Monticello and Monon painting adventure may start with some questions. Why are you painting? If you are moving, neutral colors work best. These colors work well in any area and give your possible buyers a new slate to work on. If you are looking for an updated look, finding color fads can help you bring your ideas to life. What size room are you going to paint? Smaller areas are enhanced by lighter colors, it makes them feel more comfortable, while darker colors create drama and are ideal for accent walls in bigger rooms. Where are you painting? If you are painting in a busy area, an acrylic paint in an eggshell or satin finish is easy to wash and holds up to the wear and tear of everyday life. If you are starting from scratch with drywall, primer is necessary because it fills in the small holes and means less coats later. Updating your trim color? An oil or acrylic paint in semi-gloss gives a consistent finish with less coats.
When starting any painting project, your area will need to be prepped to allow for the best coverage and hassle-free clean up. Begin this by washing your walls to remove any dirt. Even the smallest of particles of dust can cause your paint to be lumpy and make unwanted texture on your walls. Next, organize the room you will be painting. Put down drop cloths, tape off any areas that will not painted, remove all hardware from the walls, and fix any holes. After that, you should probably prime. Primer helps cover up darker colors, can help create a moisture barrier, and smooth any little unevenness. Now you are ready to paint!
We’ve collected some of our popular painting tips to share with you!
- A rubber band around your paint can makes it easy to wipe off unnecessary paint and makes it easier to keep the can clean.
- Pick up a small can of paint to check how light affects the paint color.
- Putting a grocery bag in the bottom of your paint tray makes a great liner.
- A ‘W’ pattern will give you the most even coverage.
- Removing tape about 24 hours after painting cuts down on the chance of peeling paint.
- The less humid the weather, the less likely drips are and the quicker paint dries.
- Low VOC paint, (like the ones we carry here at Dye Home Improvement,) help avoid chemical leaching.
- Better brushes = better application.
- Got wallpaper? Fabric softener works wonders to take it off (please remember you have to wash the wall after it’s removed.)
- Mix your containers of paint needed for a room together in one large container, this will help circumvent slight variations in color.
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