The warmer months are an excellent time to paint your home's interior walls. Use these tips from a painting contractor to do it like a pro:
Select Your Paint
❏ When picking color, keep the floor color in mind as paint will reflect it.
❏ Tighter places work well with lighter colors.
❏ Bright White has a tendency to show dirt & imperfections. Use a "Tinted White" or add a few drops of black or umber.
❏ Spend the extra money on good paint and equipment.
❏ Know your finish:
* Flat – Light Sheen (Gloss) – Walls
* Eggshell – Light Sheen – Walls – Washable
* Satin – Slight Sheen – Walls – Washable
* Semi-Gloss – Slight Sheen – Trim – Washable
* Gloss – High Sheen – Trim - Washable
Prep the Area
❏ Remove any hardware and fixtures from the walls.
❏ Patch holes and sand any rough surfaces.
❏ Caulk corners, trim and ceiling with a wet finger (keep a damp rag on hand) for smooth lines and a professional looking finish.
❏ Clean the walls. Use water, a little mild dishwashing detergent and a cellulose sponge. Don't forget to rinse to clear soap residue! Let dry completely.
❏ Put painter's blue tape over the trim and over window and door facings. Remove tape immediately after painting, so that you don't take the dried paint off with it.
❏ Cover the floor and furniture in the room with a drop cloth or plastic to protect from inevitable paint splatters.
❏ Prime the walls. Yes, even if your wall has been painted before. Before painting with a high sheen, prime with flat paint.
❏ Use a brush in places you can't use a roller, such as around trim and at the corner of walls.
❏ Paint the trim last, if you're going to do it.
❏ Instead of buying new trays every time you paint try lining the same tray with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Simply toss the old foil away when finished and replace.
❏ Oil-based paints can yellow over time.
❏ Bright White has a tendency to show dirt & imperfections –use a "Tinted White" – or add a few drops of black or umber.