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DIY Painting Tricks for Homeowners

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by Steph Cavelli
(Boston, Mass, USA)

As the economy yet again takes a turn for the worse, homeowners choseto work on home improvement projects themselves, rather than hiring a professional contractor.

While refreshing paint colors in a home can be one of the most inexpensive home improvement projects, hiring a paint contractor adds greatly to the cost. Although painting is fairly easy, most homeowners are not professional painters, so following are a few tips to make the painting process a little easier.

Choosing the right paint colors

The hardest part of the painting process can be deciding on the paint colors, since your options are limitless However, choosing your paint colors should be an enjoyable experience. If you have a color scheme in mind, bring the paintings or throw pillows you have chosen into the paint store. If you are trying to complement permanent features of the home, bring a few of your favorite samples home from the store.

Look at how the colors change in different lighting from morning until evening. Once you think you have decided on a color, buy a small sample of this color to paint on the wall or a large piece of tag board. Now take another look at how this color changes again in the different lighting.

Buying your paint

Once you have decided on a color, it is time to buy your paint. You will need to decide on a finish – sometimes called the ‘sheen’ —of the paint. Some of your options include, from the least amount of shine to the most: flat, matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss The less shine you have on your walls, the less durable the paint may be.

Dark colors usually look richer in flat paints, although flat paints are usually not desired or recommended in high traffic areas such as the kitchen or bathroom since they are not as durable or washable as the shinier finishes. Latex paints work well for interior walls, but you will need to use enamel for furniture and woodwork. These specialty paints provide a harder and more durable finish.

Updated: September 12, 2013 — 8:21 am

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