Ready for a change?
A paint job is one of the least expensive ways to transform your home and make any room look good.
The 1st step and the key step is practice.
You need to do this.
Watch our how to prep for paint video on our painting website and don’t run out of paint in the middle of your project.
The general rule when buying paint is a gallon will cover about 4 ft².
Use the old length times height equation to get the square footage of each wall for the trim.
Use length in feet and point 5 for the width.
If your not sure about how much paint you’ll need head to an online calculator for help.
So here’s the general plan, work from the top down through the ceiling then the walls and finish with the trim.
If you using more than 1 gallon mix them in a 5 gallon bucket to ensure color consistency.
Edge painting the feeling is a similar process to how you paint the walls.
Brush the edges then use a roller remember to avoid splatter.
Don’t roll too fast.
Once it’s dry you can mask off the edges with painter’s tape and start on the walls to paint the edges or cut in.
Dip the brush about a 3rd of the way into the paint and tap it against the sides.
No scraping holding the brush like a pencil paint with smooth strokes feathering out the edges to prevent runs getting a little bit on the trim.
It matters since your painting that later but try not to be super messy now.
For the roller if you using a bucket you’ll need a roll to use a liner for easy cleanup to help the paint load.
First dampen the roller cover with a wet rag did just a little ways into the paint and roll a few times even out.
Resist the urge to submerge the roller.
It will make a mess starting near the edge roll.
Don’t present squeeze the roller to get more paint out of it just reload work in 4′ sections top than bottom.
Once you get going you can go back along the edges.
A few tips turn the roller sideways to get really close to the ceiling and baseboards and to remove buildup and runs.
Lightly roll down over the painted areas.
This is called laying off paint one wall at a time for each coat 2 coats for the room.
If you need to take a break cover your bucket and wrap up your brush and roller put them in the fridge.
If you’ll use them the next day after the walls are completely dry wrap some painters tape for the trim work running against the wall trim edge and press it down with a plastic putty knife.
Now you’ll have straight lines on your trim.
Once you painted the trim you want to remove the tape.
A knife can help cut along spots where it is stuck.
Remove it shortly after it’s dry.
This will prevent peeling.
Some tapes have special instructions so read.
Cleanup for latex paints…
Run the brush underwater and use a cleaning brush to clean the paint from the bristles.
Work some hand cleaner into it.
Rinse again and reshaped the brush.
Use a 5 in 1 tool for roller covers and store upright.
How about that for some awesome impact?
Remember take your time and enjoy great results.
For more help with your paint project check out online how to sites and videos.