Did you know that painting your front door a dark color could increase your home’s value by $6,000?
If painting that small of an area can make that big of a difference, consider the value of your home with a fresh interior and exterior paint job. To get the best return on your investment, consider doing the job yourself. Instead of paying for labor, you’ll only have to purchase the paints and supplies.
Keep reading for the top tips to keep in mind when you start painting your house.
1. Clean and Prep the Area
One of the most common painting mistakes is starting to paint without cleaning or prepping the area.
Walls collect dirt and dust over time. You may think that painting over this grime will cover it up, but your paint job can’t hide everything. In fact, dirty walls could cause your paint job to peel quickly or produce paint bubbles.
Start by wiping down all the walls you intend to paint with a sponge and wet water. If you’re painting the exterior of your home, consider renting a power washer to do the job.
Once all the walls are clean, remove any furniture from the painting area. Cover up the flooring with plastic tarps to protect from spills. And, tape off any areas that aren’t getting painted, such as the ceiling, trim, and light switches.
2. Purchase the Best Supplies
A good paint job is only as good as the supplies that are used. Since you are saving money by doing the project yourself, you need to splurge a little on supplies.
Start by purchasing professional-grade paint. Don’t be tempted by the cheap paint brands that boast professional results.
Then, purchase high-quality brushes and rollers. You may also need to invest in a ladder to paint hard-to-reach areas.
3. Always Start With Primer
You spend time choosing a color that best suits the area, so you want to make sure the color appears as advertised. To get the ultimate effect of the color, you’ll want to start with a primer.
Primer coats the wall and helps ensure that your new paint doesn’t soak into the surface. In addition, primer is good at covering up any seams, nicks, or blemishes of the wall.
If the current paint color is lighter and the new color is darker, you could opt for a paint and primer combo to save time. Just be prepared to possibly put on two coats if necessary.
Painting Your House Can Instantly Transform the Space
After reading this article, you’re ready to start painting your house. With the proper preparation and a few hours of work, you can completely transform the space with a fresh coat of paint.
Start by cleaning the walls that you plan on painting and prepping the surrounding area. Then, purchase high-quality painting supplies so that the job looks professional. Before you apply your first coat of paint, you want to make sure to prime the area.
Whether you’re renovating your home office or bedroom, the coat of paint is just the start. Browse the rest of this site for more tips and tricks to help complete your project.