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Home Renovations: Painting Your Interior Walls

March 21, 2016

Spring has sprung! With the nicer weather outside, it’s a great time to do home renovations. One of the easiest renovations that make a big difference is painting your interior walls. A fresh coat of paint and a new color and brighten up your home and give it that new feeling again. Here are some pro-tips for re-doing the paint on interior walls.

Interior House Painting

Paint – When you go to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s, for example, you might feel bombarded with too many paint selections. Here is a simple guide to how to choose:

  1. Select your colors – for your walls and trim – in the color section of the brand of paint you prefer (Behr, Glidden, Valspar, etc.)

  1. Choose the grade of paint you want. The higher quality paints are usually more expensive sometimes do not require primer.
  2. Choose a finish quality (matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, etc.). The store has samples for you to feel the difference in finishes.
  3. Choose which size of paint (gallons v. quarts) you want it.
  4. Tell these four things to the associate in the paint counter. They will make and mix your color.
  5. If you chose a lower grade paint, and are painting over a dark color, you may need to purchase primer. Primer simply allows paint to stick better to your wall, and the color underneath will not seep through.

Materials – Here is a simple list of items you will need:

  1. Tarp: to cover your carpet or hardwood floor from paint drips and splatters.
  2. Sponge: to clean your walls as prep work.
  3. Ladder
  4. Painter’s tape: make sure to get taper’s paint. You don’t want to get tape that takes off paint when you peel it off.
  5. Paint tray: buying a pre-package set comes with brushes, brushes and rollers, which will save you some money.

Process – Here are some general tips:

  1. Prep your walls by taking off any nails, filling in any holes with putty, and cleaning it off with a damp sponge. Paint sticks better to clean walls.
  2. While taping, make sure it’s flat down to prevent bleed through paint on surfaces you didnt intend to paint.
  3. Lay the tarp down, flush against the baseboard. Cover any furniture necessary.
  4. Prime where/if necessary.
  5. Paint in a “W” pattern. Don’t worry if the first coat looks a little spotty, especially when painting over dark colors. Going over it with a second coat will adjust that.

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