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2019-02-13 / Features

Add Splash of Color to Brighten a Home

Few changes to a room or home can refresh quite like a new coat of paint. You don’t really need to use a big decorating budget or hire a professional to get professional results

Prep the Walls

Lightly sand before starting to smooth uneven spots of clumps created the last time the walls were painted. Sanding also helps new paint stick better.

Don’t Skimp on Tape

It’s worth buying new, quality painter’s tape to obtain the clean lines professionals are known for. For a couple more dollars, it’s worth it to buy higher quality tape.

Shake Things Up

If the paint isn’t completely mixed, you won’t get a uniform color on walls. A mixing stick alone may not do the job. Instead, put the lid on the paint can and hold it tightly in place with your thumbs. Then, shake the paint can up and down for a couple minutes.

Consider Skipping Primer

Many paints have the primer built in these days. If you’re making a dramatic color change from a dark purple to a light blue, or painting new drywall that hasn’t been painted before, use primer; otherwise, save yourself some work by skipping the primer.

Follow a Paint Plan

The ceiling should be the first thing to paint, as it can easily spill or splatter on walls or trim. Next, paint the trim boards because you won’t have to worry about taping off the wall. Painting the wall becomes the last step.

Don’t Dilly Dally

When painting walls, use a brush to paint a border at the corners but don’t wait too long to paint the walls with a roller as this might cause a bit of a contrast in the colors.

Consider Two Coats

Regardless if using onecoat paint or not, you may not evenly cover every square inch of the surface. Therefore, to obtain a more even, rich finish, add a second coat.

Remove Tape ASAP

Once finished painting, gently pull off the painter’s tape at a 90-degree angle as soon as possible. As a general rule, if you leave the tape on a wall too long, there’s a greater chance that the paint will come off with the tape.

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