The Adventures in Painting
15 March 2011
Tips and Tricks to Get Started on Your Home Painting Projects
The weather is warming up and now is the best time to get some of those home maintenance projects done before the summer heat sets in. With the dry air and beautiful temperatures, it is the perfect time of year for painting that living room accent wall you’ve been thinking of or redoing all the walls in your bedroom to match your new spring decor.
Here are some handy tips and ideas to help get you started on your painting adventures.
Always wear something you can get paint on. No matter how well you cover up or try not to get paint on yourself, it never fails that you will. Get everything out of the room that you do not want paint on. Be sure to cover everything that you are not able to remove from the room. You will still have to be careful to avoid any mistakes, but the better you cover up the better your chances are to avoid a mess.
Don’t be afraid of colors. For smaller rooms, lighter colors are better. Darker colors could leave the room feeling smaller and cave-like. Accent walls are a great way to bring a room together or accentuate a specific item in a room like a piece of furniture or a piece of art. Choose a color that can be used year ‘round and will compliment all your seasonal decorations. Neutral colors are good for people who only want to paint once but may move their furniture and change pieces up often. That way no matter what you put in that room or around that wall your design scheme will not be set off.
To get started you will need, lots of drop cloths and rags for clean up, masking tape, brushes, a roller, a roller pan for the paint, an extension pole for the roller, a ladder, and most importantly paint. There are two types of paint, an oil base and a water base paint. Talk to the experts at your local hardware store to determine which will be the best for your project.
Start by laying down the drop cloths around the room, lining up against the walls that will be painted. Some people choose to use plastic sheets or newspaper instead of cloths. Use the masking tape to tape the cloths to the wall, along base boards that you may not want to get paint on and in the corners of the rooms if you do not want the colors continuing onto the adjacent walls. Using the tape will help create straight lines and protect areas that you don not want to get paint on.
Once the room is prepped you are ready to start painting. Be sure to stir the paint well, after opening the cans. Pour a small amount to start with in the roller pans. Some people like to start with a brush, but for larger rooms a roller is best. Roll in straight vertical lines, slighting over lapping as you go. Make sure you leave an even layer of paint as you make your way across the wall. Corners, tight spaces, and around ceiling and floor boards is best done with a brush to avoid mishaps.
For advice on all your home painting projects or to have the experts come do it for you, call Rob Scott at Handyman Connection. Their handy professionals are ready to help in any situation. Call Rob today at (520) 797-0800 to schedule an appointment and be sure to use your Club Card for additional savings.