Painting is not rocket science, it’s actually an easy DIY project.
With these easy steps, you can paint like a professional house painter and save a lot of money in the long run.
3 Easy Steps to Painting Like a Pro
1. The Prep Work
The painting job starts even before you open the lid on the paint bucket.
You first need to create room for the impending painting task as well as take a walk around the house to have an overview of what should be done.
Remove all the movable items like furniture, wall pictures, bulbs, chandeliers, and floor mats from the room. For those items that can’t be moved, cover them nicely.
It’s advisable to use canvas instead of plastics covers as they are more durable and absorb paint better. Moreover, plastic covers get slippery when wet and can increase the risk of falling accidents.
For great results, the wall needs to be clean first. Ensure you scrap off any protrusions, wipe off any stains, and fill in any holes and dents on its surface before you start painting.
Also, use a painter’s tape to cover areas you wouldn’t want the paint to get on. These can be the neighboring walls, sockets, electrical wiring, doors, window frames, and doorknobs.
2. Apply the Primer
Even though most paints today have their own primer properties, it’s only the good old primer that can give your paint job a perfect finish and prevent the paint from prematurely peeling off.
Use a roller to evenly apply the primer from top to bottom until the whole wall is done. To prevent making a mess with the dripping roller, set a paint grid on top of the primer bucket and use it to remove any excess primer.
Once you are done applying the primer on the wall, leave it for a few minutes and reapply a fresh layer of primer on it. You can mix the primer with tiny amounts of the topcoat paint, which will help protect the primer layer.
3. Apply the Paint
Now, for the hardest part – the actual painting.
Once the primer has properly dried up (check the manufacturer’s instructions to know how long it takes to dry up), proceed to paint the wall.
But first, you’ll need to choose the best interior paint color that will work best with your walls.
You can use a painting app to help you select the best interior paint color to use. Here are three amazing house paint apps that will come in handy in selecting the best interior paint for your house.
- Paint My Place App: The app’s premium version is loaded with amazing features like different paint brush sizes and you can even email your favorite paint color to your friends, house painters, or paint vendor.
- Project Color App: Owned by America’s leading paint store, Home Depot, this app will provide you with over 1,000 different paint colors available at Home Depot.
- Never Paint Again App: This painting app was inspired by the immense popularity of its parent masonry company “Never Paint Again”.
One problem with using painting apps is the representation of colors. Devices with low resolutions or faulty screens may have false representation of the colors. So make sure you use a phone with very high resolution.
After selecting your favorite color and procuring it from the paint stores, you can paint the entire wall using your roller. Make sure that the paint completely covers your walls evenly. Start painting from top to bottom for best results.
In addition, instead of using a stepladder to reach far-flung areas of the wall, you can use an extension pole. Extension poles can extend up to 20 feet to help you comfortably paint your whole walls. More importantly, they are not dangerous to use compared to step ladders.
Once you are done with the painting part, give your walls ample time to dry. If you are using latex paint, expect it to take about an hour to dry and 4 hours to recoat. An oil-based paint, on the other hand, will take 6-8 hours to dry and 24 hours to recoat.
Clean and Store Your Painting Equipment
Once the walls are completely dry, you can bring in all the items and make your home livable again. Also, remember to store the painting equipment and any remaining paint in a cool and dry place. You never know when your next DIY painting project will come up.
Painting your walls is as easy as A-B-C.