There are few things that are quite as satisfying as a homeowner than painting your home. Painting is one of the purest forms of expression, and it can be a great way of adding color and value to your property. Besides that, painting your property can help seal and insulate it.
Interior décor is classically seen as a marriage of form and function, and painting one’s home is, thus, a great way to do just that.
But what’s the best way to go about it? After all, “expression” won’t count for much if the paint job is sloppy or your home becomes a paint splattered mess.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at four amazing tips for completing your next interior painting project in style.
First and foremost, you’re going to want to invest in quality brushes, rollers, and paints. Inexpensive roller covers can leave fuzz and lint behind, which is hardly what you want for a clean, effective paint job. The same is true of brushes, with lower quality options being scratchy and streaky. In addition, just as inexpensive rollers can shed and lose fuzz with repeated use, so too can inferior brushes lose their bristles more quickly than high-quality options.
This can impact the paint job.
Just as important as the quality of the painting implements is that of the paint itself. If you choose a paint that is thin, flaky, or easily-chipped, you’ll be left with patchy walls that you’ll have to repaint regularly. What’s more, less expensive versions of colors such as white can fade or go sour with time.
Instead, you’ll instead want to invest in professional-grade paints such as Valspar and Sherwin-Williams. In addition, you’ll want to apply finish and sealant after painting to help protect your paint and keep it in good condition and quality for years to come.
Few things are more annoying than finishing a paint job only to have to touch it up a few days or weeks later as the paint begins to prematurely dry and flake. The “Duct Tape Test” is an inexpensive and fast, yet effective way to see how well paint holds to a surface. As the name implies, simply stick a patch of duct tape onto a recently-dried painted surface and then “let ‘er rip.” If the paint holds firm and doesn’t peel or flake off with the tape, you’re good to go.
Leaving overlapping marks can make your paint job look slipshod. The glossier your paint, the more likely it is that it will produce overlapping marks. Glossy paint is especially tricky, while flat and matte paint can be used with virtually no fear of overlapping marks. With glossier paint, therefore, you’ll want to keep the edge of your brush or roller wet. This can help mitigate the risk of overlapping marks.
If you’re looking to brighten up your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or another area of your home with light-colored paint, the finish is essential. It can help lock in that color, while the gloss itself reflects light, thereby brightening up your room all the more. By contrast, if you’re going for a darker color scheme, matte painting without gloss can help your walls absorb light and, thus, appear moodier and darker.
With these tips, you can add life and color to your next big paint project.