Have you been in the mood to do a bit of home renovating but you’re on a bit of a tight budget? If so, have you ever thought about painting the rooms inside of your house? It’s one of the cheapest ways to dramatically change the appearance of your place. Plus, if you’re willing to do a bit of online research and take your time with the process, it’s also something that you can do without the need for a professional painter.
If this sounds appealing to you and you’d like to learn some of the tips and tricks of professional interior painting so that you can do the job yourself, we’ve got five great tips for you to check out below:
Use a low-VOC paint brand (that comes in a box). When it comes to the kind of paint that you should buy, many professional painters would recommend that you look for a low-VOC brand. That’s because they have less toxins and fumes in them. Also, opt for paint that comes in a box rather than a can. Paint that’s in a can sometimes has variations in colors (per can) that you don’t recognize until it is up on your walls.
Clean walls with a degreaser. Although there are a lot of people who would tell you that you should start off the painting process by sanding and priming your walls (and we’ll get to both of those things in just a moment), actually our tip is that you clean the walls with a degreasing product first. The reason why is because paint does not stick well to greasy or even dirty surfaces. Your local home improvement store can provide you with a list of great degreasers that are on the market.
Sand and then use a tinted primer. When it’s time for you to sand and prime your walls, first make sure that you get fine grit sanding paper, that you put it on a sanding pole and that you then roll it up from the baseboard to the ceiling. And when it comes to priming your walls, a lot of experts will tell you that you’re better off using a tinted primer like grey or a color close to the color you plan to paint the walls. That will help to diminish any signs of the existing colors that are already on them.
Put some canvas drop cloths down. Say that you happened to consult with an associate at a store like Rocky Top Painting when it came to getting a few professional home painting tips. One of the things that they might tell you is to not use sheets to cover your flooring. The reason why is because oftentimes paint can seep through them and still stain your tile, hardwood or carpets. Instead, purchase some canvas drop cloths. They are far more reliable. You can get some of them at your local Home Depot.
Paint one wall at a time. Although there are a lot of people who tend to do the corners and trim of each room and then come back to paint the walls, many professional painters suggest that you not take that approach. If you want a truly seamless look, paint each wall, from top to bottom, at a time. For tips on how to do that, visit YouTube and put “DIY paint wall tips” in the search field.