Many people are hesitant to tackle a home painting job due to lack of time and fear of making a mess of it. Worry not because with a bit of careful planning you can cast your fears aside and give your walls a new lease of life.
-Clear the room of furniture and décor.
-Sand and patch walls.
-Cover the floors with old sheets or drop cloths.
-Tape around windows, doors and mouldings.
-Remove all switch plates and outlet covers. In order to not lose them, place the screws and plates into separate plastic bags and then label the bags so you know where they came from.
Choose Brushes & Rollers
-For trim painting, use a smaller brush that has an angle cut to the hairs. This will allow you to get into those pesky corners.
-If your wall has lots of pours and an orange peel look to it, you want to you use a large-nap roller. A flat or smooth wall requires a low-nap roller.
To avoid accidents open and store your paint cans on a drop cloth in the corner of a room and refill your paint trays at that location. Remember to quickly cover your paint can between refills in order to keep the air out and your paint fresh.
Always cut the ceiling and corners first with a trim brush, then start on one side of the wall and work across, take long, broad rolls up and down with a roller, overlapping a few inches each time. Be sure to have plenty of paint on the roller after each roll.
Clean, clean and clean
Keep plenty of paper towels and damp rags handy to clear any drips or spills as you paint. So remember that paint comes off of surfaces like tile and glass when dry; just use a razor blade.
Store Wet Paintbrushes
There is no need to wash your brush out each time you take a break; wrap your paintbrush in cling film or a plastic bag and set it aside; put it in the fridge if you will be having a long break.
Once finished don't throw away the leftover paint. A few months later and you notice a couple of scratches on the wall and want to touch up the wall; store paint in plastic containers or small glass jars and label the container with the colour formula label, in case you need to get more of the same colour.