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Painting Tips from the Pros

brush-1034901_1280There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to give your rooms that extra something you have been looking for. Painting is by far one of the easiest projects for do-it-yourselfers to tackle, so why is it so hard to get started? Perhaps you’re just not sure where to start. Below are our best tips, tricks, and tools to make sure you get the job done, and done right.

Picking a color.

Finding the right color for your space is the most important and perhaps difficult step to complete. Take a cue from the rest of your house, pick colors that are found in some of your favorite accent pieces, like rugs or artwork. You may also want to consider the atmosphere of the space you are painting. A social room may call for bright colors while a bedroom may be more subdued.  Whatever color you pick, always try it out in a small space first. Find a hallway wall (or similar space) and paint a large section to give you an idea of what the color will look like in your home.

Finding the right tools.

A good paint job requires far more than just a paint brush. A good quality angled brush will make all the difference when cutting into corners or going over molding. Many DIYers rely on Paint Edgers to help them get those crisp lines along the edges of walls and ceilings. We would recommend this over taping which is a lot of work and if not done right will lead to bleeding behind it. For the majority of your wall space you will want to use a roller (painting in a zig-zag pattern with overlapped lines). An adjustable painting stick attached to your roller will help you paint those high and out of reach places.

Preparation is key.

To really give your paint job that professional look you need to prep like a professional. Start off by removing as much furniture as possible from the room. This will not only protect it from errant paint splashes, but it will give you the ability to move and paint freely. Any remaining furniture and the floors should be covered with drop cloths. Painters tape can be used to protect the edges of windows and doors. If you have any nail or screw holes in your wall now is the time to fill them with good quality spackling. Be sure to sand it down after it dries and any loose or flaking paint, as well. Finally, though this might seem extreme, cut the power to the room and remove cover plates from light fixtures, outlets, vents, etc. Place painters tape over outlets and switches to keep paint from getting on them. These final steps will give your room that professionally painted appearance.

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