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Painting is hard work folks! I realize now why my parents have had the same wall colors for years and years! Recently I shared with you all my excitement about my upcoming move. In case you missed it you can click here to read about my move into a 90 year old house.
Most of the rentals I have lived in previously the walls were all painted that blah beige color…you know the one! Most property owners will not allow their tenants to paint any other color but blah beige. So for years I have lived in neutral land, surrounded by beige’s and cream’s and white’s and an occasional gray. One of the things that I love about this house is that the walls are already painted something besides a neutral color and the landlord will allow us to paint as we wish.
However, painting is a lot of work and is time consuming. For now the walls will stay as they are. I hope to repaint the dining room and bathroom at some point. So, what am I painting if I’m not painting the walls? I am painting the interior doors, door frames, trim, and built in bookcases. And just let me tell you this house has a LOT of trim work and a lot of doorways. As is the case in many older homes the layout of the house is rather strange. In one bedroom there are four different doors!
This 90 year old house still has a lot of the original doors and baseboards. My project right now is to give it all a fresh look with a coat of bright white paint. I didn’t realize how dingy and yellowed the doors and trim was until I started painting! Later on, after I get settled in the house I plan on going back and painting all of the door knobs, plates, and hinges black so that it will look similar to the original knobs
By no means am I a professional at painting. Nope not me! But I do have some painting tips that will help you to paint like a pro!
Tips to Help You Paint Like A Pro
1. Paint in an empty room.
Take as much of the furniture and other items out of a room as possible. Larger pieces can be moved to the center of the room and covered. Paint can often splatter as you are painting and the last thing you want is paint splatters on your brand new sofa.
2. Remove hardware.
If you are painting the whole room you will want to remove the electrical outlet plates, light switches, etc. You could always cover them with tape but it’s much easier and you get a cleaner look if you remove them while painting.
3. Invest in Drop Cloths.
The good kind, not a cheap fabric one! You want a sturdy drop cloth which will prevent paint from soaking through onto your floors. Amazon has a lot of drop cloths to choose from like this Professional Grade Dropcloth.
4. Prep the Surface.
You will want to start with a clean slate right? This means sanding, scraping, and patching. You will want to fill in every hole, crack, dent, or uneven surface. This also means sweeping away all those cobwebs in your corners of the floor and ceiling.
5. Paint with Primer.
Tint your primer. Anytime that your a painting over another color it’s a good idea to use primer. Why paint the surface twice, once with primer and again with paint when you can tint your primer. By tinting your primer you will often be able to finish after just one coat.
6. Use High Quality Painter’s Tape.
You may be tempted to purchase the cheap stuff but it will pay off in the long run if you purchase a higher quality painter’s tape. Painter’s tape helps you have an even line and prevents the paint from running onto another surface.
7. Paint In Order.
According to Sherwin Williams a professional paint job is all about the order of painting.
8. Use The Right Brush or Roller.
Not all paintbrushes are created equal! Whether you are painting ceilings, walls, trim, or windows you will want to use the correct brush or roller and a good quality one too!
9. Keep Extra Paint.
If you have extra paint after the job is finished, store the paint to use for touch-ups in the future. It’s also a good idea to write on the can which room the paint is for. If you have painted your living room and dining room two different colors which may appear similar at first glance it helps to have the can labeled so you know you are using the correct paint.
10. Use the Correct Type of Paint.
There are multiple types of paint and they are not all used for the same areas. Take the time to find out the difference between eggshell, flat, satin and semi-gloss. If you are unsure always ask the person mixing your paint. They are usually knowledgeable about the best paint to use for each room of your house.