Before dipping a brush or roller to paint, taking a number of steps to painting the interior of your home can make the job go a lot easier than it would otherwise. From the most obvious to the least, try to anticipate problems before they arise and you’ll discover that painting your home interior can be much easier than you thought.
Before painting, prepare, prepare, prepare!
Before tackling any painting job, preparation is important. Anticipating potential problems cannot only resolve them ahead of time, but helps ensure that the job proceeds with a minimum of interruptions or issues.
Step #1: When dealing with furniture, don’t assume that you have to remove all pieces of furniture from a given room before applying interior paint. If possible, move furniture into the center of the room. Then cover it with a clear plastic or canvas drop cloth, making sure that edges are tucked under the furniture to avoid trip hazards. Even removing just a few pieces in a given room to give you more space will help conserve energy as well as time.
Step #2: After removing photographs, wall hangings, or other decorations, carefully patch holes or scratches or other damage to walls. Allow spackle to dry completely before sanding with a fine grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth finish. When you don’t take the time to sand smooth the surface, you can rest assured that every one of those patches will show even after you’ve applied a new coat of paint.
Step #3: After patching any holes and blemishes, give the entire wall a wipe-down with a damp sponge. Even a thin layer of dust or a smudge stain that has built up in a certain area over time has the potential to mar your painting efforts. Not only that, but be aware that your new coat of paint might not adhere to the wall very well if it’s dirty. You may need to repeat the process more than once depending on the condition of your walls. Let the walls dry completely before applying a new coat of primer or paint.
Step #4: Plan your painting jobs ahead of time. In homes with children or pets, make sure that the areas just painted can be ventilated as needed and that the room can be closed off in some way to prevent children, pets, or even an inadvertent bump by you from marring the paint job.
Step #5: Whether you’re painting the interior of your home by yourself or have hired the services of a professional painter, go back and repeat steps 1 through 4 once more. Even after those steps have been completed, go through each room and carefully examine the walls for anything you missed. Doing so can not only save you money, but enable you to finish the painting job in less time with a minimum of muss or fuss.
Follow the above steps to painting the interior of your home for the most pleasing and professional results. If you are looking for an Indianapolis painter, give All Pro Painting Company a call.