6 Easy Painting Techniques to Change the Look of Your Rooms
Painting is the most popular home improvement project, and fortunately for all homeowners and renters alike, it is also one of the easiest DIY projects, saving hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars.
Nonetheless, painting an interior room is not as easy as splashing any color on the wall. That is why we have come up with six easy painting techniques and tips that can change the look and feel of any room. As long as you have the patience and will to finish the job right, your updated room will look as good as ever.
1. Decide Paint Type First
There has been a change of the guard over the years as far as paint type. Oil used to be the dominant player in the industry, but over the years, latex paints have been gaining recognition. Latex paint is more user-friendly. It dries quickly, and cleanup is a breeze. However, certain pros still prefer oil-based due to its smoother finish and durability. They also fully cure faster, meaning it hits your desired color on the wall faster than latex paint.
Finally, more and more homeowners are going with latex due to the EPA limits on oil-based paints. As you can imagine, whenever the EPA gets involved, homeowners generally stay away.
2. Plan for the Future
It’s always important to think about the future of your home, as it can have a vital effect on your chosen paint colors. If you plan on staying in your home for years to come, don’t be afraid to use colors you find attractive. In the past, bold and super-saturated colors were popular, but now, softer and serene hues are taking over. In fact, pastels—formerly considered a feminine choice—are climbing the ranks as one of the trendiest options this year.
On the other hand, if you plan on selling your house in the near future, you have to keep the potential buyer in mind. Many real estate professionals recommend painting your living room in neutrals, ensuring the walls match potential furniture. Given that fact, it’s easy to understand why CBS predicts that neutral colors will beat bright colors and continue to play a big part in home design.
3. Do Not Judge the Color on the Can
In order to really tell what color you really want for your remodeled living room or bedroom, you must take the paint home and put it on the wall. Paint on the can, a piece of paper or anywhere else will look different on your wall. Furthermore, you will want to see what the color looks like as the sun hits it or as your new pendant lights illuminate the room.
It does require an extra step and perhaps some extra cash, but if you want to really see the final product before getting to work, test the paint on the desired wall.
4. One Gallon = 350 Square Feet
Now that you have decided the paint type and color, you need to know how much paint to try. In general, one gallon of paint covers between 300 and 350 square feet of space. Most hardware or paint stores will let you return unused paint with a receipt, so always buy more than you need.
If you’re looking for a price range, according to our interior house painting cost estimator, homeowners on average pay $1,655 to paint the inside of the home. Of course, this price will vary greatly depending on the size of the project. A larger cost to any interior project is the labor.
5. Use Primer
Primer can improve the color of your paint and prevent stains or bleeding. It will of course add an extra cost, but the final look will be well worth the investment. Pros like to mix the final coat of paint with the primer. Not only will this enhance the final look, but it will also help hide the former color on the wall.
Note: You should almost always add two coats of paint. Let your first coat fully dry before adding a second coat. Remember, patience can make the difference between an average paint job and fantastic one.
6. Use the “W” Motion
It’s finally time to get to work. With a good chunk of paint on your roller, apply a “W” motion on the wall. This will create a wide base for the wall. Then, take your roller and even out the lines with horizontal strides across the wall. Use the your rollers to get as close as possible to the corners. For higher spots, try an extension pole as opposed to standing on a ladder. Painting with an extension pole will greatly reduce your painting time and provide a lesser strain on your body. Remember, do not rush this project. Time and patience are the only two attributes needed for a great paint job.