Painting Techniques

If you have no budget buying a new home, you can make your current home look sparkling new by painting it.

Painting is the easiest and cheapest way of adding value to your home. It can make your house look clean, new, and fresh no matter how old it is. A good painting job does not always require professional help. It is possible to DIY this task with the help of a few guidelines, tips, and tricks. Here are painting techniques that can walk you through the process:

Step 1:
As with most project, planning is important. Think about what needs to be painted. If painting the house in whole seems intimidating, think again. You can easily do that starting out with careful planning.

Step 2: Choose your color. Do not be afraid about choosing a different color from the current paint color of your house. That does not always mean extra cost. There are a thousand and one colors that you may choose from so it’s practically your choice.

Step 3: Choose your paint. This one is a bit tricky. Professionals suggest that you use latex paints for both indoor and outdoor paint jobs. Latex paints have an oil-base that is water-soluble. They apply very smoothly, wear pretty well, and clean up quite easily. After choosing an oil-based paint variety, it is time to decide on the paint grade and finish. The most commonly used grade for house paints is deluxe or mid-grade. It speaks of durability and quality. For a decorative display area or trim that is of high visibility, you may choose premium grade paint. It is quite expensive but is well worth it. Paint finish, meanwhile, is decided upon how much shine or luster you want. There’s flat, satin, egg-shell, semi-gloss, or high gloss. A bit of caution, though, the higher the gloss, the more difficult the painting job will be. High gloss finishes does not allow for painting errors.

Step 4: To determine how much paint you need, measure or estimate the dimension of the area you would like to paint. Usually, wall coverage is listed at the paint package. If you are confused, you can just tell the salesman about your measurements or estimates.

Step 5: Before starting on your project, you must first prepare your surrounding. Remove items on the wall, move your home furniture to the center or if possible, to another room. You will need as much space to work around. In terms of items that are not removable, be ready with newspapers or dry cloth or heavy sheets to cover them with.

Step 6: Start painting! Do not be impatient. Especially for beginners, painting may take longer than you expect. Make sure that you paint just one room at a time.

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