Whether working on a do-it-yourself project or taking on a bigger task, painting can be a big commitment.
From the type of brush or roller, to the color choices… here are some helpful hints when taking on that next project.
What time is it anyway? This is an important question that is often disregarded when settling on the color of paint for a room, no matter what the size. Before you begin picking up the rollers, I always recommend getting some samples first. Paint a small sample area on one of the main walls in the room. Be sure to let it dry first, keeping in mind that paint darkens as it dries. Then, take a look at your sample throughout the day and night with different lightings. This will give you a better idea of the final outcome before painting an entire wall.
Ready to begin? First step that some might forget… dust off those walls. Even the slightest imperfections mixed into the paint will turn those dust bunnies into patches of dried globs. When you are ready to begin the project, it is better to begin with the right amount of paint, mixed at the same time. This is to help maintain the dye lot. Although it might seem trivial, this will help to avoid those back and forth drives to the paint supplier and will keep your paint color consistent for the whole project.
Helpful advice from HGTV – Estimate 1 gallon for every 350 square feet (slightly smaller than the size of the average family room), but you’ll need almost double that if you’re applying two coats –– for example, if you’re painting over a dark color and don’t use primer. You’ll also likely need an extra coat of paint for textured surfaces, such as brick. Another reason to get more than you think you’ll need: The exact color of paint can vary if it’s mixed at different times, so the shade you buy this Saturday might be slightly different from the same shade you buy a few days later when you realize you’re short. If you’re taking a break from your paint job—even if it’s overnight—stash paint-covered rollers and brushes in a plastic bag tightly sealed with a twist-tie or rubber band. They’ll stay moist until you start working again.
Looking for a nice smooth finish? When trying to avoid those dried streaky finishes, it is better to start with a high-quality roller rather than a brush. For a smooth finish on the trim, here’s where the brush is better suited. Many will be quick to pick up the 99 cents brush at the hardware store, but here is where money is well spent by picking out a better quality brush. Not sure which one is best? Always ask an expert! And of course, if the task at hand is something you are really not too sure about… you can always hire a professional. It certainly makes clean up much easier!
Another helpful trick… Use paint conditioner! Add about 1/2 pint of it to a gallon of paint—it will eliminate brush lines, giving you a much smoother finish. This is helpful more for smaller projects rather than walls of course. It’s an inexpensive way to get that nice smooth texture on your favorite piece of furniture.
Have more questions? No worries… be sure to comment below and I’m more than happy to answer your questions.