OK, you are ready for a change to your surroundings! A quality paint job is one of the least expensive yet most dramatic ways to transform your home and make any room look great. You can literally transform the look and the feel of your home with a fresh coat of paint.
If you want a great paint job and you’re not experienced with painting, hire an experienced painter to do the work, someone who you can trust, who knows how to be safe and will respect your home and property. Make sure that they have a proper business license, also ask for (and check) their references.
Order The Paint
This may sound obvious but it does happen to the do-it-yourself homeowner and painting rookies a lot… don’t run out of paint in the middle of your project! The general rule of thumb when buying paint is one gallon will cover about 400 square feet. To get your requirements multiply the length by the height to get the square footage of each wall. For the trim multiply the length (in feet) by .5 to get a good estimate of the square footage of your trim.
It’s a good idea to pick up samples of paint to test on the area before you purchase large quantities. Lighting and location will alter the appearance of paint colors compared to how they appear on the paint swatches you look at in the store. Also be aware of the paint finish or sheen you choose.
And don’t forget, you can always ask for help at the paint store.
The most critical step in a great paint job is often overlooked by the homeowner and sometime just ignored or not undertaken by the painter. That critical, key step is “prep”. You need to prep (prepare/repair) the surface that is about to be painted.
Patching and repairing damaged wall surfaces takes a bit of know how and experience. Patch up holes, wash and rinse greasy spots, scrape and sand cracked or flaky areas. If the prep work is ignored or done poorly the results are glaringly obvious and sometimes down right hideous.
With the prep work completed and the initial sanding done it’s now time to start painting. When applying paint it is recommended to work from the top down. Do the ceiling, then the walls, and finish with the trim. If you’re using more than one gallon, mix them together (it’s called boxing) in a 5-gallon bucket to ensure color consistency.
TIP: Paint jobs are best done on clear days with low humidity as paint takes longer to dry in cool rainy conditions.
Prime your surfaces if you’re looking to change the paint color or sheen considerably. Primer not only covers up colors and stains, but it allows the first coat of paint to stick to the surface better. Begin with “cutting-in” which is painting the inside corners and edges. Pour some paint into a smaller bucket, dip your paint brush about a third of the way into the paint and before taking it out of the bucket lightly tap it against the sides to knock off excess paint (no scraping). Hold the brush like a pencil and apply the paint with smooth strokes making sure to feather out the edges to prevent the paint from running.
Now Really Get Rolling
Once you have finished the cutting-in you can roll the paint on the rest of the area. Place a plastic liner in a paint pan, it makes for an easy clean up. Pour a good amount of paint into the well of the pan. To “load” the paint on the roller it is recommended to dampen the roller first by briefly covering it with a wet rag. Now just dip the roller a little ways into the paint and then roll it a few times on the ribbed deck of the pan to even out the paint on the roller. DO NOT submerge the roller into the paint, it will only make a mess.
Start rolling the paint on the surface near the cut-in corner or edge. Roll in a zig-zag pattern as it helps to get good coverage, especially if you are painting textured walls. Remember to roll slowly so as to avoid paint splatter. It is also very important to not put heavy pressure or squeeze the roller to get more paint out of it – just reload the roller with more paint.
Paint By Sections
Work in 4-foot sections, top then bottom and once you get going you can go back along the edges. In order to get close to the ceiling and baseboards turn the roller sideways. Remove paint build up and runs by lightly rolling down over the painted areas (this is called “laying off”). Paint one wall at a time, one coat of paint at a time and you will almost always want to apply two coats to get a deep, beautiful finish. You can take a break if you need one, simply use a plastic sheet or bag to cover your bucket, wrap up your brush and roller.
After completing the paint job on the walls and they are completely dry you can tackle the trim. Take the appropriate painter’s tape and run it on the wall against the trim edge and press it down with a plastic putty knife. Now you’ll have straight line on your trim and not slop the trim paint on your newly painted walls. Shortly after the trim is dry you will want to remove the painter’s tape. Use a utility knife to lightly cut along between the trim and the wall to prevent the paint peeling when removing the tape. Please note some tapes have specific removal time recommendations, so make sure you check before you pull it off.
Time To Clean Up
If you have been using latex paints, run the brush under warm water and use a wire cleaning brush (barbeque grill cleaning brush works great) to clean the paint from the bristles. Work some dish detergent or hand cleaner into it, rinse again and spin to remove excess water. Can you use a 5-in-1 tool for roller covers and store upright.
And you’re done. Enjoy your new surroundings 🙂
If You Need My Help
I hope you found this article helpful. Remember, you can always contact me if you aren’t up to doing the paint job yourself.
Take care and… “Keep Styling”