You may imagine painting your walls to be a quick and easy job, not to mention affordable, if you’re going to do it by yourself. However, if you are too hasty and careless in getting things done, you may be spending more money on the repairs or letting a professional finish the job. That’s why in this post, we have gathered ten tips that you should remember before painting your walls.
1. Ensure Safety
One of the leading causes of injuries at home is falling. If you plan on saving money by painting the walls by yourself, you have to make sure that you will do it safely. Especially if you will be painting the higher parts of the walls, get a ladder that is sturdy and has a shelf where you can place the paint and your tools. If you don’t want to buy one as it may be a bit costly, try to borrow from friends or neighbours. Ask around, and you are sure to find one.
2. Choose the Colours
An exciting part of painting your walls is choosing the colours. But don’t just pick your favourite colour. You have to consider some factors first. For example, you have to know the age as well as the architectural design of the house. You can research about the appropriate colours for certain designs. In general, you also have to think about how you want the space to feel. For that soothing feel, go for shades of green and blue. Shades of yellow uplift while shades of orange and red excite. If you just want a relaxing feel for the room or space, go for neutral colours.
3. Buy a Few Samples
Once you have some colours in mind, the next thing you should do would be to buy some samples. On a white poster board, apply some of the paint and place the board in the rooms at different times during the day so that you’ll know how the light will affect the colour of the paint.
4. Get the Right Sheen
For excellent results of painting your walls, you have to get the right sheen. If you have chosen paints with rich colour, go for the flat and shine-free finish. This finish will also be able to hide any imperfections on your walls. A downside of a flat finish is that it easily gets dirty and can be quite difficult to clean. For a finish that is easier to clean, go for a satin finish. This is usually great for kitchens. For a high-gloss finish, set it aside for your highly stylized spaces.
5. Clean the Walls
Don’t make the usual mistake that most DIYers do. Don’t get too excited and immediately paint the walls. You have to take some time to thoroughly clean the walls first so that the dust and dirt will be removed. If you don’t, the paint won’t adhere to the surface properly. Wash your walls with warm and soapy water first. Let it dry, and then you can start painting to your heart’s content.
6. Apply Primer
You may know that there are paints with primer already and you may think this is going to save you time. However, most often, what will happen is that you are still going to need to apply another coat to make sure that the finish is even.
Another thing you should know as a DIYer is that only a high-gloss or satin paint will cover another old paint that is of the same kind. But unless you sand the walls to improve adhesion, then you can cover it with a different kind of paint. With priming, you are given a new and clean canvas. It is a sure way to have outstanding results. Lastly, go for an oil-based primer if you plan on covering water stain.
7. Buy Enough Paint
It’s going to be frustrating if you run out of paint in the middle of the project. Be sure that you measure your wall’s surface area and they check the estimates that are printed on the paint can. Prepare for two coats and some touch-ups. Do this even if the product guarantees that it can cover the surface evenly with just one coating.
8. You Don’t Have to Use Tape Always
Using tape can be annoying and involves a lot of work. But you don’t have to use tape if you plan to paint the entire room which includes the ceiling and trim. What you can do first is to paint the ceiling and trim. No need to worry about smudges and drips on the walls. Those will be covered eventually. You can then use an edger to have a clean perimeter above the trim as well as below the ceiling. Finish it off by painting the rest of the walls.
9. Use Caulk
When you are using painter’s tape, use caulk to dot the tape seam. Wipe away any excess. This creates a flat caulk seal above the tape and the surface. Let that caulk seal dry. When it is already dry, you can paint over the caulk and the tape seal; it will be preventing paint from going through the tape seam.
10. Take Your Time
Painting your walls is going to take time. Don’t do the job hastily just so you can see the final results. You’ll get there eventually. Give yourself a few days up to a week at a time. And then marvel at your job at the end of that week. If you realize that the job you’ve taken on is more ambitious than what you initially thought, don’t worry, there are plenty of painters in Sydney who can help you out.
Hopefully, these ten tips can help you get started on your painting DIY and that you’ll be able to achieve stunning results. Do you know other steps that we may have missed along the way? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below!
Marlouzel Mabunga is a writer and a DIY enthusiast. She learned carpentry skills from her grandfather who was a builder. In her free time, she writes about her projects and tips on how to make the job easier such as finding the right services for residential painting in Sydney. Marlouzel also likes sketching traditional Asian houses