If you are looking to transform the interior of your home in an easy and inexpensive way, then all you need to do is add a coat of paint. However, one thing that most homeowners don't realize is that this task can be a bit complicated if they lack the experience. Prior to starting an interior painting project, do a little research so that you are fully prepared to begin. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Dust the Area
To make sure that you have a clean slate for your painting project, you need to thoroughly dust and clean the area that you will be painting. You can use old paint brushes or microfiber cloths to dust all surfaces—walls and baseboards—prior to applying your initial coat of primer/paint.
Choose High Sheen Paint for High-Traffic Areas
Interior paint is available in several different finishes from matte to glossy. Matte is good for the ceiling, but glossy paints are ideal for areas that are touched often, such as bedrooms and hallways. Glossy paint is also good for high-moisture rooms like the kitchen and bathroom since it keep condensation from soaking into the walls.
Keep Your Tools Handy
Once you begin painting, the last thing that you want to realize is that you don't have all the tools that you need. So, prior to getting started, make a thorough list of everything that you need to buy and do, including paint, rollers, tape, drop cloths, etc. and removing outlets and taping of the trim. Making a list like this will ensure that you don't miss anything and that you won't have to stop in the middle of your painting to run to the hardware or paint store to pick up something that you forgot.
Allow Plenty of Drying Time
Once you have finished painting, it is important that you don't immediately bring all of your stuff back into the room. Yes, you are antsy to see everything put back together, but it is imperative that you allow the paint to dry before you do this; otherwise, you may ruin your new paint job that you put so much work into. A good rule of thumb—no matter how hard it might be to follow—is to allow roughly 24 hours after your final coat, which ensures that you know that the paint is dry before you start putting your belongings back into the space.
If you find that the interior painting project is just too much for you to handle on your own, don't hesitate to contact a residential painting company to come out and tackle the task for you. It will save you the stress and give you peace of mind knowing that it will be done the right way the first time.