Painting 101

Earlier this week I posted a link with the hottest paint trends for 2014 and had people vote on their favourites. I needed some inspiration! I'm sure I am not alone here either. This is one of the most common times of the year when people decide to make improvements to their home. One of the most refreshing, easy on the bank improvements is painting. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the wall is a quick and inexpensive way to improve the look of a room.

Before you get started, read these helpful tips to ensure your paint job looks like a that of a professional.

  • Select the proper tools:
    • Prep tools: spackle, putty knife, fine grit sandpaper, damp rag and painters tape
    • Painting tools: paint, stir stick, paint brush, container/bowl, roller, roller cover, roller tray and drop cloth
  • Choose the right colour:
    • Select a few of your favourite paint chips
    • Look at them in artificial and natural light
    • Test the chosen colour on a few three-by-three foot areas in the room
    • When the paint is dry, look at it in the morning, afternoon and evening to determine whether the colour works for you.
  • Do you prep work:
    • Fill any holes or imperfections and lightly sand the patches
    • Scrape away peeling or cracked paint
    • Wash the wall
    • Apply painters tape
  • Be sure to prime:
    • Using a primer can hide dark colors, block stains, and help your new paint job last longer
    • Pick a primer that's less like paint and more like glue - It sticks to whatever you're prepping and turns it into a smooth, uniform surface that's ready for paint.
  • Use painting techniques:
    • Wet your brush and then blot out most of the water before you begin. This will help to keep paint from creeping up into the ferrule (the metal part where the bristles are attached) and save your brush.
    • Only dip your brush about a half or quarter of an inch into the paint, then wipe off one side on the edge of the paint container.
    • Use the right amount of paint. You don’t want to glop the paint on, but scrimping will leave you with a blotchy paint job.
    • Keep a wet edge, painting from dry to wet. This will minimize brush strokes or roller marks.
    • Paint in long, continuous strokes.
  • Apply a second coat:
    • Your paint job may look alright after just one, but it will look better after two.
    • If you’re using a dark or vivid color, you may even need three (or more) coats.
    • Let your paint fully dry between coats. The paint can should tell you how long to wait.

Now sit back and enjoy your new space!

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