Home interior painting 101

by nightask - June 2, 2019

So you are finally ready to paint. A new coat of paint can revitalize and rejuvenate any room in your home. Paint is also a very cost-efficient method to change the look of a space. The very best part about interior painting is that nearly anybody can do it – all you require is good painting products and a bit of knowledge.

That still doesn’t mean rolling up the sleeves and picking up a paintbrush right away. Hold your horses, preparation is everything. Your supply needs will differ depending upon the space that you are painting and the type of paint that you are utilizing, but here is a standard list to get you started.

Painting tools

First things first, set up a big table, cover it and place out the following tools on it: dust mask, filling knives and filler, paint scrapers, dusting brushes, sandpaper, masking tape, paint brushes – and last but not least, your paint.

After you pick a color, you will likewise need to pick a finish. The finish identifies how shiny the paint will be. Choices consist of flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Flat finish is difficult to wipe clean and should only be used in low traffic areas that will not draw in dirt. Satin, eggshell, and semi-gloss finishes are simple to wipe clean and can be utilized nearly anywhere. The gloss surface is extremely shiny and is finest scheduled for little locations such as trim or molding.

Selecting the right paint brushes and rollers for the job are important. A quality paint roller can paint a whole room in no time. A paint pad or a three-inch flat brush will work great for the surfaces that a paint roller will struggle to reach.

Besides paint and paint applicators, you might also require drop cloths, cleaning rags, paint trays, spackling, sandpaper, a putty knife (if your walls are damaged and require repair work), and a ladder or stepladder.

The ladder will need to be sturdy and stable to support your weight and movements. Always try selecting a ladder with a robust structure and a large base or a flared bottom like on a Little Giant Ladder.

Painting tips

When painting, the most important thing you can do is take your time. Things might get sloppy if you move too fast. Your painting project will go much faster and smoother if you are effectively prepared before painting. Make sure that you have whatever you need by organizing all of your materials prior to you begin painting.

You will get spattered (a lot) therefore wear your not so favorite old clothes and some old trainers too. Roll up the carpets and rugs. Put newspaper down on the floor in the area you are going to paint. Protect your furniture from paint splatters by moving most of your furniture out of the room, if possible.  Push the remaining furnishing into the center of the room and cover it with a dust sheet or plastic film.

You might want to take the heating radiators off the wall, so they don’t get in the way. Close the valves from each side before removing the radiators. Prepare the walls by polishing them with fine sandpaper and dusting them off with a brush or cloth. Use low-tack masking tape to protect baseboards, window and door frames,  skirtings and trim.

Paint the walls prior to painting trim or woodwork. It highly recommended buying an extension handle for your roller to reach the ceiling. Do not apply a second coat of paint up until the first coat has dried. Use a painting technique called “cutting”, paint along the top of the wall in a horizontal direction, keeping the edge of the brush tight to the ceiling using firm and steady strokes to give you a nice straight edge.

A paint shield, or George as it is known in the trade, helps to keep the skirting board safe from any sprays of paint. If the paint has dried into the floor, pour some paint thinner on to the stain before throwing on the cat litter. Get rid of the masking tape before the paint dries.

Wipe excess paint off brushes on to newspaper or old cloth. Use soap and warm water for the brushes, rinse them and pat dry with a paper towel. Keep your paint overnight in an airtight tin or container. Stick a note on it of the colour and the room it was used in so you don’t get confused. Never discharge leftover paint down the drain or throw into a rubbish bin. Instead, protect the nature and donate the unwanted paint to a recycling scheme such as communityrepaint.org.uk.