8 Easy Tips for a Great Interior Paint Job
A fresh coat of paint is one of the fastest and easiest ways to
add new life to any room. But if you choose the wrong tools or rush
through your interior painting
job, the resulting frustration can take all the joy out of the job.
Before you put on that painter's cap, consider these steps to a
great interior paint job.
- Choose Your Paint. Latex paints are
very popular. They are water-based, emit fewer fumes, dry quickly,
and are easier to clean up. Oil-based or alkyd paints are more
durable and better for high-traffic areas, but they require
chemicals such as paint-thinner or turpentine to clean up
- Decide on a Finish. Semi-gloss or
high-gloss paints are good for high traffic areas in the home, but
flat paints are better at concealing imperfections. Eggshell or
"satin" paints are more durable than flat paints and offer a warmer
- Buy Enough! When purchasing paint,
get enough to paint the entire area. Mixing paint is not an exact
science, and small variations from one batch to another can make a
big difference in the overall look of your paint job. Get it all in
the same batch to avoid that problem.
- Get Your Tools. Most interior
painting jobs will require a roller, a tray, and a few good brushes
of different sizes to paint the trim areas. Get high-quality
brushes to avoid bristles flaking off into the paint!
- Prepare Your Walls. Remove
everything from the walls and put drop cloths on the floor. Wash
the walls with a mild soap and hot water, let them dry, and then
fill in nail holes and other imperfections with a bit of filler.
Sand the areas smooth before you proceed.
- Protect the Details. Wrap hinges,
doorknobs, and light switches with painters tape or foil before you
begin. Use wet newspaper to protect window glass. Always have
cleanup supplies handy in case of spills.
- Time to Paint! Working with small
sections, paint one-inch borders around the windows and doors. Do
the same where the wall meets the ceiling and floor. While the
borders are still wet, paint the wall with the roller. Take your
time and do a thorough job.
- Clean it Up. Gently peel off
painter's tape or foil. Wrap drop cloths so that the paint spills
stay on the inside. Clean up any trim that might have been spotted
with paint, and wash your hands thoroughly.
Your patient, careful interior painting job can make your room
look as good as new!
About the author: Shannon Dauphin is a
freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was
built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her
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