A fresh coat of paint is a great way to give your home a new look on a budget. If you’re a DIY person then it will be a fun project to take on, and your family or friends can join in to help finish it sooner. All you need are the right painting tools , paint and these tips. If you’ve never painted a house before, it’s a good idea to seek advice from experts on the best paints, paint brushes and colour palettes. But a good rule of thumb to remember is to always begin painting from the top and work your way down. The last thing you want is streaks of painting over the section you just completed.
Here are some great tips for painting the exterior and interior of your home properly:
- Do you need to paint? You can’t always tell if your walls are in need of a paint job just by looking at them. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to determine this – simply rub your finger against the wall and if your fingers are covered with paint dust or crumbs then it’s time for a new paint job.
- Getting started. Before you start this DIY project, prep the surface that’s going to be painted. Wash and scrub the walls to remove dirt, dust, mildew and cracked paint. Remember to sand the areas where you have blistered or flaked off paint to make the surface smooth. If the old paint is still in good condition, there’s nothing wrong with painting a new coat over it. If you’re working on a clean wooden surface, don’t forget to use a good primer first.
- From dark to light. If you want to change the colour of your walls from a dark colour to a lighter colour, add black to white universal undercoat and paint a couple of layers over the old paint. This mixture covers the dark colour more effectively.
- Alter dimensions. When it comes to your interior, you can play around with colours to alter the dimensions of your rooms. To do this effectively you just have to remember these simple rules: dark colours make a room look smaller, and light colours make a room look bigger. You can also use both dark and light colours in a room for different effects. For example you can paint the ceiling white and the walls a darker shade to give the illusion of height.
If you do it yourself and can’t finish the job in one day, place your paint brush in a plastic bag and knot it, or use an elastic band to prevent air from entering the bag. This will prevent the paint from drying on the brush causing it to harden, and then you can just continue painting the next day.
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