It’s difficult to paint your home without making a mess. The process can be daunting and stressful, but you can make this process easier on yourself by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Do a little bit of pre-planning
Before buying any paint or equipment, figure out how much you need. Measure the surfaces that you will be painting and look up how many square feet they are. Then take into account windows, doors, doorframes and trim – everything that will need to painted. If your home is an average sized house, have a guess at how many gallons you will need.
Step 2: Find the perfect painting equipment for your needs
The right tools can make or break your project. You obviously want to make sure that all surfaces are covered with drop cloths and plastic or cardboard; only use these materials if they are appropriate for the surface. For example, you wouldn’t want to use plastic on areas that are going to have a lot of paint splatters. You also need to make sure your equipment is up to the task. Painting requires a variety of brushes and rollers for different surfaces as well as specific types of paint. There are so many different options out there it can be hard to know where to start.
Step 3: Protect your floor and other surfaces from paint splatters as well as heavy objects
Heavy objects such as furniture, appliances and bookshelves will leave indentations in the surface if they are left out. If you have a truly awful mess of an area that needs painting, move these objects into another room. If you don’t have the extra space, cover the area with cardboard or heavy-duty plastic to protect it.
Step 4: Use light strokes to minimize paint splatters
Laying down too much paint at once will create a mess of paint splatters that can be difficult to clean up. To prevent this problem, apply paint in light, even strokes. The more you overlap these brushstrokes the more paint will accumulate on the surface.
Step 5: Don’t forget to prime!
You may think that your walls are perfectly fine without it but your eyes may deceive you. If you’re worried you can always test out a small section. Sometimes, a single coat of primer can change the entire look of a room.
6) Always use appropriate safety gear when painting indoors or outdoor
It’s easy to get carried away when you’re painting and forget about the safety risks involved. But if you don’t wear appropriate safety gear, such as a mask or gloves you could be putting your health at risk. You should also make sure that children and pets are kept far from the paint area. They could easily ingest or come into contact with the harmful chemicals and that’s not something anyone wants to happen.
Painting your home is a daunting task that can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can follow to make this process easier on yourself. Just remember these 6 tips: 1) Do pre-planning before buying paint or equipment; 2) Use the right tools for the surface type (e.g., latex for interior walls); 3) Protect surfaces with drop cloths and plastic or cardboard if necessary; 4) Paint in light even strokes to minimize splatters; 5) Prime! A single coat of primer could change the look of an entire room; 6) Always use appropriate safety gear when painting indoors or outdoors.