You can transform any room in your home by just painting it a new color and painting the baseboards to help make them pop. If you can't paint at all or just don't have the time to do the work, you can hire a professional painter to get the job done. If you're a do-it-youselfer and want to try to paint your home, do so with the tips below to get a finished job that looks like it was professionally done.
Here's What You Need:
- 2 1/2 inch angled paintbrush
- Painter's tape
- 3/8" nap roller (good quality)
- Drop cloths
- Paintable caulk
Start by choosing the right type of paint for your walls. You should invest in good quality paint that has a primer and paint all in one. Cheaper paint may not cover as well, which means more coats of paint and buying more cans of paint. Depending on the room you are painting, satin paint is a good choice, as it's easy to clean and hides flaws. Semi-gloss is a good choice for rooms that have a lot of traffic, such as hallways or foyers, as well as areas that are prone to staining, such as kitchens or bathrooms. Semi-gloss paint can highlight flaws though, so you need to be careful with this type of paint. Semi-gloss and glossy paints are good for trim and doors as well, again because of their ease to clean and the glossiness can help make these areas pop. Once you have your paint chosen, you can begin painting your room.
- Use the drop cloths to help protect any furniture that you weren't able to clear out of the room and to protect your flooring from paint splatters.
- Then tape around trim, ceiling, and any walls that you don't want to get paint on. Painter's tape is the best type of tape to use, as it prevents paint from bleeding through. Use a putty knife to help smooth the tape so there aren't any gaps where paint can get into.
- Using the 2 1/2 inch angled brush to cut the paint in around the edges of the room and around trim. Take your time doing this so you don't get paint on any other surface.
- Next, use the roller and an extension pole (to help get up high) and begin painting your walls. Be sure to get enough paint on your roller and continue to add paint as you go along. Move the roller up and down and at angles to get extra coverage. Be sure not to press too firmly or the roller will not work properly and you'll have streaks. Work in smaller sections such as 4' x 4' sections of the wall. Once you have the first section covered, move to the next section. Continue doing this until you have the entire wall painted. Allow the first coat to dry, then add a second coat if necessary.
- Paint the second coat as you did the first coating.
- Once finished with the second coating (and if no more coats are necessary), carefully remove the tape.
- When painting the trim and baseboards, apply a bead of caulk on the seams where the trim meets, as well as where the trim meets the wall. Smooth the trim with your finger and allow it to dry. Then paint your trim with the trim paint you chose. The caulk helps give your baseboards and trim a nice finished look without any gaps.
Painting the interior of your home can help update a room and give it a nice clean feel. Hire a professional painter if you aren't too keen on doing the job yourself, or give it a try using the tips above. For more information, contact local professionals like Thompson Painting.