When you notice the walls of your home are starting to feel a bit dull or a patch of paint is peeling off, it’s time to think about repainting your interiors. Painting a room is a common hobby amongst DIYers and veteran renovators. The process of painting your own home sounds like a fun thing to do and we would like to help you gear up for your next paint job like a pro.
Step 1: Move the furniture and wall fittings
Before you pick up the paintbrush, start by moving all the furniture to the middle of your room. You may also want to unhook the wall hangings and put them safely in a cardboard box. After you have clustered everything together, simply cover the furniture with a cloth to avoid the paint from dripping onto it.
Step 2: Wear protective clothing
DIYers are often vulnerable to accidents while using paints, rollers, and sandpaper through the application process. Hence, it is suggested to wear goggles for protecting the eyes, surgical gloves, and a PPE suit to prevent your clothes from getting soiled with paint.
Step 3: Decide upon a color
With a rainbow of colors to choose from the shade card, it can be quite a task to pick a hue that matches your home décor. It is advised to narrow down on 4-5 shades and apply a patch of each color on the wall. This will give you an idea of how the paint color will look when the paint job is completed. Check which color looks best in both, natural light &indoor lighting by observing it from a distance. You can also perform virtual testing of the color online, by uploading a picture of your space on any of the paint company’s website and choosing the best match.
Step 4: Pick your paint tools and equipment beforehand
You need to keep a few tools ready to keep everything organized and avoid last-minute running around. Keep the following ready:
Step 5: Proceed with the paint application
While applying paint always start from the top of the room. It is a good idea to start painting the ceiling first so that any paint that accidentally splashes on other walls can be wiped off. Also, remember to paint the light wall first and then proceed to paint the accent wall in a darker shade. While painting the darker shade, tape the borders neatly with masking tape so that the vibrant paint doesn’t overspill onto the adjoining lighter wall. The major portion of the wall can be painted with a roller, however, avoid using rollers on the corners as the painting needs to be more precise in the corners and this can be achieved only with the use of a paintbrush. Let the previous coat of paint dry before proceeding to the next one.
Step 6: Clean-up after you are done
Remove the masking tapes carefully and collect them in a newspaper. Clean paint brushes and rollers thoroughly under running water and soap solution. For stubborn oil-based paints, you might have to use ‘spirit’ besides just using water & soap. Finally unpack the furniture and put them back in its place. Voila, your home looks better than ever before and has a renewed sense of vibrancy reflected through the freshly painted walls.