Color is key to your room’s personality and combining new colors and decorative techniques will make your home and rooms come alive. I am sure we have all painted a room whether it be in preparation of a newborn coming home, or getting a home ready for sale. Here are several tips to keep in mind when taking on this fun project:
- ‘Preparation’ is the key to any great paint job. For starters, sand away any flaws and create a smooth surface to work with
- Be sure to fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound prior to slathering your color of choice
- Use tinted primer: Tinted primer does a better job of covering the existing paint color than plain primer, so your finish coat will be more vibrant and may require fewer coats
- Eliminate brush and lap marks with paint extender. The secret to a finish that is free of lap and brush marks is mixing a paint extender - also called a paint conditioner, such as Floetrol into the paint
- Finish one wall before starting another: Pros get a seamless look by cutting in one wall - painting along the edges - then immediately rolling it before starting the next. This allows the brushed and the rolled paint to blend together better
- Box the paint for consistent color: The ‘same’ color of paint can vary between cans. To ensure color consistency from start to finish, mix the cans of paint in a five gallon bucket, a process called ‘boxing’
You are now ‘armed and dangerous’ to give your place a fresh, new look. If you do not feel comfortable and prefer to delegate the task, feel free to reach out to me and I will give you some strong recommendations of Painters in the City.