Residential Painting: 5 Steps Before You Start

Planning to repaint your walls or even your whole house? That can be pretty exciting, and deciding on a new color to use is definitely fun. Repainting your walls can be pretty messy, though, and if you do not have the patience, it would be best to enlist the help of a professional painting contractor.

Below are things to do before going ahead and painting your own house.

1. Remove the furniture.

American Town Painting suggests moving the furniture somewhere safe and somewhere that you know would not be reached by splatter and paint drippings. If you are too lazy to move it, then you can at least cover it with an old piece of cloth.

2. Clean the walls.

Make sure to dust and clean the walls before applying paint to it. The paint would not adhere to a dirty and dusty wall and of course, you do not want any visible bumps after you are done with the job.

3. Scrape away.

Get a paint scraper and use it for cracked or flaking paint. If you see any plaster bumps, go ahead and use sandpaper to smooth it away.

4. Prime before painting.

Get a high-quality primer to hide all of the small imperfections on your walls. You can use water-based ones for new drywall, while oil-based primers can be for walls that have heavy stains on them.

5. Try the paint out.

Try out the paint on your wall rather than just imagining it. Color swatches in stores can look vaguely different when painted in your own home, so your safest bet is to get some samples and try them on your wall.

Take some samples home from the store and tape it to your own wall. This will help you determine whether the color is good with your lighting as well as your furniture. Another way to test the color is by painting it on a piece of wood and placing it against your wall.

Painting or repainting your own home is fun, but then again, calling a professional to do the job would be your best bet.