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Do-it-Yourself Painting to Add New Life to Your Home

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by Sabina Mendez
(Brandon, Florida, USA)

Do-it-yourself painting is among the most effective ways to perk up yourhome. A fresh coat of paint on interior walls gives a room a clean look and is comforting to the soul .

It also makes your home attractive to others if you are looking to sell it. There is a long list of the benefits that new paint brings. It is actually quite easy to paint interior walls and with proper preparation and by having the right tools at hand you can add new life to your abode.

Preparation

The tools you will need for this job are paint rollers, paint roller pan, masking tape, step ladder, paint, brushes, and clean rags. Some of the rags should be slightly dampened with clear water and are used to quickly wipe off paint drops on unwanted areas such as windows. Note that these instructions are for water-based interior wall painting.

Any wall surface in your home that you intend to paint must be prepared for optimum adhesion. Of course, the steps that follow do not apply when the wall is brand new and primed. These steps are to prepare a wall that has already been painted. The goal is to prepare the surface so that it is clean and flaw-free. If painting over old glossy paint, you will need to roughen it up by sanding.

To begin the do-it-yourself painting adventure, move all furniture away from the wall and either take it out of the room or congregate it in the center. Remove all light switch and electrical outlet covers, curtains and related hardware, shelves, and anything else that will hinder smoothapplication of paint once the rollers start moving.

Holes in the wall such as those remaining after removing picture hangers need to be patched with spackling putty. Apply spackling with a putty knife and wipe off excess with a wet rag. Once the spackling dries, use sandpaper to make it smooth. The covered hole should have primer applied before painting so that there is no chance of the repair appearing through the new paint.

Always wash the wall prior to do-it-yourself painting with a mixture of warm water and detergent. Use a sponge mop or you can use clean rags but make sure that you always rinse them thoroughly. The idea with washing the walls is to use a rag or mop to clean off any layers of accumulated smoke, dust, soot, and grease. After you have washed the walls, use other clean rags dipped in clear water to rinse off any remaining detergent residue.

Getting Ready to Paint

Getting ready for do-it-yourself painting involves making sure that everything is prepared so that all you have to do is roll. You want to have everything readily accessible when it is time to start applying the paint and you don’t want to worry about paint falling on areas where it should not. Put masking tape on any fixtures around the area you are painting and place plastic drop sheets to protect your carpet and floors.

Get the rollers and brushes wet and remove any excess water. This can be done by rinsing them in water and then rolling them on a piece of scrap paper such as a grocery bag. Then, if using a step ladder, place it in a position where you can achieve maximum coverage. As a final step before using rollers, use a brush to paint the area where the wall meets the ceiling and the baseboards. Also paint corners with a brush. Any area where a roller cannot reach should be painted with a brush first.

Rolling on the Paint

The goal with using a paint roller in do-it-yourself painting is to get as much paint on it as possible without over saturating. You will be able to immediately tell when you have too much paint on the roller because when you put it against the wall the paint will quickly accumulate and your roller will slide instead of roll. Pour some paint in your tray, cover the roller in it, and begin applying to the walls. First make vertical rolls and the then horizontal in the area you are painting. This will ensure even coverage.

Finishing Up

Thoroughly clean your rollers and brushes in water and allow to air dry. Cleaning rollers will take several rinses of clear water and by doing a thorough job you will be able to use them again. Allow paint to dry for about 24 hours before pulling off masking tape. Do-it-yourself painting is a job anyone can handle and you will find that as you go from room to room you will get faster at it and your home will look like new in a short time.

Updated: March 16, 2016 — 1:35 pm

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