Although painting at home is a feasible challenge, doing it well has its tricks, these that we give you here. Hey, and if things get complicated, you can always call a professional.
White And Radiant
If you are new to painting, light colors are the best choice: they hide the imperfections of the application and, in addition, they give you a lot of light and a feeling of space.
Test, Test, Test…
As much as you like a color for your home, you should see how it looks in situ because depending on the light it receives throughout the day, its intensity can vary. If you like a tone, also try the previous and later ones in the same range. Keep in mind that the colors, once painted, tend to rise.
Do Not Dare With Everything
If you want to do any type of decorative painting, stripes, or color combinations, it is best to notify a professional. Although it is more expensive, you can save yourself the trouble.
The Details Get Ahead Of You
If you have moldings at home you will have to dedicate time and love to them when painting them. Better in white so that the brushstrokes are not seen so much. Take your time.
Protect Before Painting
Masking tape helps you protect sockets, baseboards, and door and window frames. You will have to remove it before the paint dries because otherwise, it can take away part of the newly painted. Remember!
The Orientation Does Not Deceive
At least, to know the amount of light that one room or another of the house receives. Keep in mind that with a north orientation you will have to paint in light tones because it does not usually receive much light. If you have an east or south orientation, you are in luck, you can be more daring with the colors.
The Painter’s Kit
Make it quality. Invest in good brushes and rollers and they won’t leave any hair or goop on your walls. You need brushes for the corners or the edge of the doors and brushes for the gaps. Choose medium fiber rollers and aluminum handles.
Look At The Weather Forecast
Don’t paint on a rainy day or a very hot day. Better a dry day with a medium temperature, so that the paint dries better. Remember to leave the windows open while you paint so that too much odor does not concentrate.
Dark Colors Yes, But With Light
Painting in intense tones is not prohibited, but it is only recommended to do it in rooms with a lot of natural light since otherwise, it can look like a cave. If you paint the ceiling in a lighter shade, you visually lift it.
Who Paints The Doors?
You can do it yourself, although painting is not the same as lacquering. If you want a quality lacquered finish, your thing is to remove the doors and have it done in a workshop with professional tools.
Start At The Roof
Always start painting from the top down to avoid dripping. If you have very high or complicated ceilings, such as coffered or beamed ceilings, it may be better to have it done by a painter. With your telescopic rod, they may not fit you.
We have already told you, painting the house is not complicated but it requires good planning, time and, why not say it, a bit of depth because it is tiring (for a while). And, then, why venture to do it? Basically, you can save up to 70% of what a professional would cost you.
To make it more bearable you can invite family and friends (trusted) to lend you a hand. You tell them that you’re inviting them to a brunch and that, by the way, they’ll work out without having to go to the gym. It is estimated that 100 calories are burned in 20 minutes of painting. So, let’s get to work?
Common mistakes to avoid
- Do not use primer or prep coat before painting. Because it helps the paint to set better and saves you from having to apply several layers later.
- Take out the painter’s tape late. If you wait for the paint to dry completely when you tear off the tape, you can take some of the paint with you. do it before
- Paint on humid or very hot days. The best are dry days, neither too cold nor too hot: the paint will dry faster and better. Therefore, if the day you have decided to paint is raining, you better postpone it.
- Using too much paint. Do not put the entire brush inside the paint can. If you submerge the brush more than 2/3 in the can you will be wasting it and you may have a few sticks on the wall.
- Paint without light. Good lighting helps you see any imperfections that may exist. Ideally, you should paint in natural light. That’s why, if when it’s getting dark you haven’t finished, it’s best to leave it for tomorrow.
- All in one day. One day is enough time to paint a room, but not the whole house. Unless you’re a good crew. Take your time! We don’t want you to be left with a fudge.
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