Remember, everyone starts as a beginner at painting. Just because you have never painted a house doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. The money you save by painting your own house in Yorkshire is money you can put into other home improvements. It can also be a fun thing for the whole family to do.
Choose the project closest to yours. Get started and you will soon know what color you want to paint your house and you’ll have a vision of what it is going to look like when you’re finished.
Here are some of the basics. Of course the first thing you need to do is wash down the walls of your house. A pressure washer can be rented at almost any rental yard in Yorkshire and is the best way to do that. Now go around with a scraper and remove all loose paint and chipped areas. You don’t have to scrape the entire wall, but any areas where the surface is not flat can cause you problems as you paint your house.
Next, figure out your square footage so you can determine the amount of paint you will need to buy. Buy your paint in 5-gallon pails, rather than gallons to save more money.
Talk to the helper at your local paint store and tell him about your project. They can help you decide on how many brushes and rollers and other items you will need. You can buy natural or synthetic bristles for oil based paints, but only use synthetic bristles with latex paint. The same rule applies to rollers. Good rollers can run you around $7, but buy high-quality paintbrushes. A good brush for cutting in around edges will run you about $30.
Make sure you purchased some painter’s tape. It’s blue tape that comes in different widths and is easy to remove without messing up your paint job. That brings us to preparation. Tape off all areas you don’t wish to get this color of paint on. If there are large areas to cover, make sure you pick up some rolls of plastic. You can tape the edges of the plastic down over whatever you need to cover.
Don’t paint out of the paint cans. First reason is that leaving the paint can open will dry out the paint and make it difficult to apply. Another reason is that your brush or roller picks up dirt and foreign objects, which will end up in your paint and may even change the color as you go along.
Do all of your cutting or trimming in before you paint the walls. Use a 4″ brush and with a smooth stroke guide it around the edges where you taped off. Make sure you have plenty of paint on your brush. The biggest mistake people make is trying to stretch the paint too far. Keep drips cleaned up as you go with a small rag. Remember you will be rolling up to the edge of your cut, so don’t worry about that, just make sure you cover the edges well.
Start on the edges of your walls and work your way toward the middle. Most people don’t do this and problems can result. If you start and new can of paint in the middle of the wall and there is any difference in the color at all, it will show up there more than it would on the edges. So with each new can of paint you open, start at the edges first.
Dip your roller in water (for Latex) or solvent (for oil-based paint), before you start. Whether you use a pan or a 5-gallon bucket with a screen, make sure you roll it out a little to make sure it isn’t dripping. You don’t need to go all the way from the top to the bottom as you paint. Do what you can reach.
Apply the paint in a Y or an N pattern, then apply paint in columns up and down smoothing out all the edges or ridges as you go. Again don’t try to stretch the paint out, make sure you have enough paint on your roller to give it a good coat. If you are applying more than one coat, make sure the first coat is completely dry before applying a new coat of paint.
Corners are a difficult part to learn to paint. If you aren’t careful, this is where you will see paint drips later. Get as close to corners as you can, but don’t scrape the roller against the corner. That will cause drips. If you are unsure, have a paintbrush handy to smooth out drips. That is also a good idea overall. Keep a paintbrush ready for taking care of any drips or ridges you leave behind. Doing this as you go is much easier than trying to fix it after it’s dry or partially dry.
Using tray liners for your paint trays will save you a lot of time at cleanup. Soak your brushes when done for awhile and they will also be easier to clean. For water based paint, soak in water and for oil based paint soak them in solvent.
I hope some of these tips have been helpful to you. Have confidence that you can do this job yourself. You will appreciate and enjoy it much more knowing that you or you and your family completed the job rather than hiring someone else to do it.
We should always learn from mistakes, ether by our own, or the misfortunes of others. These ten questions will limit the chance of ever repeating the same mistake twice. Decorating a home is an enjoyable experience its a time for change, and the opportunity to create new family memories.
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Are you ready for a spring clean refresh on your home? If you've already done a spring clean and you're still not satisfied with your results consider painting your home. I especially recommend this if you've not done a painting refresh on your home for many years. So where do you start?
If you have a paint supply specially shop close to you, they should be your first stop. No worry, not asking to buy paint there. I just wanted to take advantage of the pain specialists within the store. Who knows, you may just buy your paint there too. The whole idea is that you're looking for a paint specialist who is also an interior decorator. Bring pictures of your interior such as your trim, your furniture, curtains and floors. Allow them a little artistic freedom to choose colors that are new and modern. You may be pleasantly surprised.
This is the process that we went through to discover the colors are house should be painted. To be honest, I wasn't too sure about the colors of the interior decorator selected initially. I eventually decided to pick up the can of each color selected and just try. I was pleasantly surprised. Once I put the rest of the ensemble around the colors it looked fantastic. So in my opinion, it's worth a try.
What you selected your colors, the next step is knowing how to properly paint your interior walls. Believe it or not this can be tricky. First off, you do need to select a primer to cover the current paint. If you've wallpaper, consider removing it before painting. You will regret that extra step in the future. I've been asked is it worthwhile to tint the primer and my answer has always been, only if the color you putting on the wall is fairly dark.
Considering there's no wallpaper to be removed your first step is to wash the walls quickly. Next I would consider patching areas that have dents or scratches with a little bit of wall putty. After dries for 24 hours, lightly sand it. Next apply primer to the whole wall. You will need to doublecheck the instructions on your primer and paint for the drying times. You must keep within the minimum and maximum drying time for each coat. If you try to repaint too soon, you left off coat before. If you try to paint beyond the maximum drying time for coat, the wall could bubble as the coat before absorbs water from the new coat. Either way it is a mess. If you cannot paint the walls within the proper drying times, I'd recommend waiting until you can paint them start finish.
If you want a professional looking paint job, here's two quick pointers for you. The first pointer is to very carefully trim your paint. In other words, don't be sloppy we are paint is against the border like your ceiling or your trim of your room. If you do slop onto those other surfaces, make sure you've got the touch of paint to cover that up once it dries. If the other surfaces are painted sometime ago, and you selected latex paint you should be able to just wipe it up with a damp cloth. The next pointer is to wait for your paint to dry on each coat for almost the longest time permissible. Then very lightly sand the wall with a 150 or 200 grit sandpaper. This will remove imperfections between coats and it's what professionals do to get such a good finish.
So it's time to freshen your home for spring or even fall, consider painting your home and make it look its best.
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