Designers and DIY know that there is no easier way to transform a space than with a new coat of paint. But, if you strive to rearrange your furniture and cover it with plastic in order to make that change, you might want to get it right. So, without further ado, we present: Your complete guide to painting your home. While the task is simple, following a few important tricks will make all the difference in providing a professional looking surface. Real estate property
- Paint tray
- Paint shaker
- Paint roller
- Painter’s tape
Yes, color is important when choosing paint, but so is the finish. The right finish for your space will depend on light, color and use (for example, rooms with heavy traffic do better with a semi-gloss). If you are not sure which finish will be best, try some sample options, as you would with colors. Or consult our practical guide.
2 Prepare your wall
Preparation is essential in painting. Before touching a brush, make sure the wall is ready for painting – dirty or uneven surfaces will distort the color and finish of the final product. If your wall has an abnormal texture or raw wood, sand, clean and apply a primer. If your wall is plastered or is already painted a light color, clean it with a damp cloth (make sure to remove dust from any frame and baseboard) and wait until it dries before painting.
3 Define your edges
To ensure a clean line, stick masking tape to the section where you want to apply paint, defining the lines at the edges of the baseboard, frames and window and door frames. In addition, remove the plates from all switches or sockets (you can do this with a simple screwdriver!) To obtain a polished final result.
4 Prepare your ink
After your walls are prepared and glued, place a cloth under the work surface and put the paint on top. Open your paint can and stir the paint with a stirrer before you spill a small amount on the tray (less is more here, as you can always spill additional paint – but the excess paint will dry out if left in the tray too long).
5 Paint roller
Dip a roller brush into the paint and drag it across the tray to remove the excess (should not drip when lifted). Then, start painting your walls with the roller, working on the wall and applying an amount of event paint by pressing the roller as you roll. Tip: keep a damp cloth handy; so if you have a drip, you can clean it immediately without permanent damage.
6 Touch up edges
For hard-to-reach corners or narrow edges, abandon the roller in favor of a small brush.
7 Let it dry
When the wall is completely covered, let it dry (by doing this, you can store brushes and rollers in use in the refrigerator wrapped in a wet paper towel) and then …
8 Apply the second coat
Apply a second coat to ensure uniform coverage, following the same steps as before. Let it dry and then …
9 Add finishing touches
Remove the painter’s tape and reapply the plugs and plates.
10 Rearrange your furniture
Put your furniture back where it was – or, if the new color inspired you to make a major upgrade, that’s fine!