Best Tips For DIY House Painting
Owning a home is the dream of every Australian citizen. However, owning a house is one thing, painting it meticulously is another tricky task. Perhaps that is why most homeowners prefer to hire professional house painters especially if the house to be painted is based on a fully-fledged architectural design. Though this is a step in the right direction, there are various tips for Do-It-Yourself house painting that give a house the up-to-the-minute look that draws people to it like moths to flames. Here is a brief insight on the best of these tips.
Prepare the house adequately for the painting task.
Preparing the house for painting is perhaps the most important DIY house-painting task. It depends on the décor of the house, its plan and nature of its surfaces. Preparation involves performing a variety of tasks. Here are a few of them
- If there are holes on the surface, fill them with Spackle.
- Remove any peelings or cracked paint spots and sand-smooth the surface.
- Clean the walls to be painted, whether on the exterior or on the interior.
- Fill any gaps within the walls with the most appropriate material.
- Prime where necessary. Tinting the primer is the icing on the cake, as it leads to a professional look. The primer blocks stains, covers the topcoat and improves adhesion.
Get all the painting tools you need.
Typically, a house painter requires spackle, fine grit sandpaper, a damp lint-free rag, printable caulk, wood putty and putty knife. You also need an opener for the paint can, a bowl, roller, roller cover, tray and extension as well as paint grid, paint tape and a drop cloth. When it comes to drop cloths, canvas drop cloths are better than the plastic ones, since they are durable, rip resistant, good paint drip absorber and can easily be folded around doors and corners. It is advisable to acquire the multi-purpose tools to avoid unnecessary expenses.
Choose the right paint brand
You need to be careful when shopping for paint since purchasing scam paint will lead to a “square peg in a round hole” situation. Oil-based or latex-based paint can be chosen depending on the décor of the house. Choosing a low-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paint adds color to the already good package. Additionally, you should chose the paint according to whether you prefer slightly muted colors to pure or primary colors and vice-versa. It is also important to choose the right paint depending on where it will be applied. For exterior painting for instance, conspicuous colors will do. Internally, each room of a house should be painted differently, for instance:
- The living room is characterized by vivid colors that match with the color of the furniture and flooring in the room.
- Monochrome color pellets are suitable for the bedroom, though the color may vary depending on the owner of the bedroom.
- Precisely, pink or purple colors dominate teenage girl’s bedrooms but for teenage boy’s bedrooms, a more free-spirited approach can be adopted, since the bedroom is just a place to unwind and forget the craziness of this world.
- Tangerine and other similar colors are good for the kitchen.
Proper records of the paint used in each room should be kept for future reference.
Follow all the proper painting steps religiously.
It is important for the painting tasks to occur in apple pie order. Pour the paint in a small bowl if you are using a brush or a roller tray if you are going to use a roller. Where necessary, apply the painter’s tape in short overlapping strips, ensuring that you from crisp lines. Roll with a telescoping extension pole instead of a ladder. Moreover, make sure that you print from dry to wet, and do not stretch the paint. You also need to paint in long and continuous strokes, and consider putting a second coat to accentuate the beauty of the painting task.
Emphasize on cleanliness.
We have already noted that cleaning the surface to be painted helps in making sure that the paint completely sticks to the surface. Indeed, cleanliness is second to godliness. You also need to use a new roller for each paint task, and remove the tape when the paint dries. Use a damp cloth to wipe out wet paint drips around the working area. Furthermore, if you are using one brush, you may need to stop and wash it with a little soap occasionally.
In a nutshell, do-it-yourself is the way to give your house an irresistible first impression without breaking the bank, remembering that there is never another chance to give a good first impression. Though professional painters do a great job, there is a very thin line between the quality of their work and that of a do-it-yourself painting task, as long as the afore-mentioned five best tips for DIY house painting are adhered to.