Wintertime is one of the best times to start an interior painting project.
As a result, we find ourselves working on these kinds of projects throughout the winter season. Wallpaper removal, popcorn removal, sheetrock repair, and just plain old interior painting are all on the list.
If you need help with your project, Click Here or call 423-648-4408. But, if you’re going to tackle an interior painting project on your own, here are a few helpful interior painting tips to consider:
Interior Painting Tips
Organize and Protect Your Work Space – To begin, make certain to protect your floors, furniture, and other household items. Use drop-cloths, blue painter’s tape, and plastic to ensure that if an accident does occur, it won’t leave you with a mess of a permanent nature.
Work From the Top Down – Start with ceilings, ceiling trim, and then move down to walls, and then doors and baseboards. Even the most careful painter can’t suspend the laws of gravity, and roller spatters and paint drips will inevitably occur. Working from the top down means that when you’re finished, you’re actually finished.
Use Color Samples – We’ve all been in a situation where the color on the one-inch-square swatch doesn’t look nearly as good when painted in an entire room. To prevent this, it’s a good idea to get a paint sample from the store and apply a 4′x4′ square so you can get a better idea if the color is really a fit for you. Most samples cost about $5.00-$6.00 and are well worth the peace of mind they give, and labor they save if you decide the color you’ve selected isn’t a good fit.
Prep the Surfaces – Properly preparing surfaces to receive paint is an important part of the process. Sand pre-existing runs, spackle or mud holes and indentations, and prime bare, uncoated surfaces where appropriate.
Apply the Paint – Make sure to put enough paint on your brush or roller to achieve good coverage. ”Dry brushing” your surfaces can create additional work for you, and leave you with a streaky finish. If you are using egg-shell or semi-gloss finishes, cut-in and roll your walls in the same time frame. Failure to do so will result in “hatbanding”, creating a noticeable contrast between the areas that are brushed and those that are rolled.
I hope you’ve found these suggestions to be helpful. If we can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.
Best Regards, Brandon Lewis
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