House painting can be fun and rewarding, especially when it’s all done and you step back and see outstanding results. Many people who say they hate painting and don’t want anything to do with it may ultimately admit that they once tried to paint a room and it turned out terrible.
The joy of living in a well-decorated home, that feeling of pride when company comments on how nice your home looks, and, of course, the boost a great interior gives your market value—these are great reasons to learn how to do a super job with brush and roller.
Fortunately, terrible paint jobs don’t have to happen, and they won’t if you learn and apply the easy steps to follow. Admittedly, there’s some grunt work involved, but the end result is more than worth the effort.
Actually, a great paint job is one of the easiest and best things you can do to increase the value of your home. If you’re thinking of selling your house in the near future, you’ll want to get started on the painting about ninety days prior to planting a For Sale sign, so it doesn’t turn into a rush job.
However, if you’ve just bought a home and are looking at dismal or uninspiring contractor- white walls, this section will show you how to change your environment for the better.
First, plan on about two days per room. No, you can’t knock out painting the house over the weekend; not even the Labor Day weekend. Even though slumlords and painters with power sprayers can coat a new house in a day, that’s not for you. So allocate the time to do it right, which means a room at a time.
Basically, painting a room consists of three parts:
1. Prepping the Room. This encompasses getting the drywall in perfect condition, because a paint job can be no better than the prep work. Remove or mask all the fixtures, doorknobs, and whatever you can’t remove from the room.
2. Priming the Walls. A great-looking top coat starts with a great primer coat.
3. Applying the Top Coat. This is the main event. Using good technique, tools, and paint will guarantee you a lot of compliments at your next party.