Four Steps to a Successful Paint Job

fbWhen it comes time to spruce up your home design, a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. However, there are many steps that homeowners should take to execute a successful paint job.

Prepare the Walls

Clean your walls before you add another layer of paint. Use a sponge to remove any residue, dust, dirt or grease spots that may have accumulated.

After a good scrubbing, it’s crucial that you apply painter’s tape to windows, trim and door frames. It doesn’t matter when you apply your tape. Many people do it days before they plan on painting to get it out of the way. But it’s essential that you remove it as soon as the new paint dries.

If your ceilings run too high, it may be a good idea to hire a professional painter.

Apply Primer With the Correct Brush

Real Simple magazine suggests that homeowners always use primer before applying paint. No matter how many layers of paint your walls have, primer is important for a uniform finish.

Use the Correct Applicator

Should you use a brush or a roller? Each has a different effect on the look of the paint job. Paint with a brush around the areas with painter’s tape where rollers are too big to reach. Use a two-inch angled brush to ensure you get the precision you’re going for and then use a roller for everywhere else.

Execute the Right Painting Strategy

Many experts suggest using the “W” approach while applying your paint. Start in the corner of the wall and paint a “W’ and then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue this strategy across the entire length of the wall.

Once the walls are completely dry, move on to the moldings, doors, windows and trim.

What’s your favorite color to paint a room?

Source: Anderson Floors