A fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest ways to breathe new life into a room. If you can’t afford to give the room a complete makeover and you are trying to save money, you may decide to paint it yourself. People tend to assume that painting is simple and there’s no need to call in a professional to do it for you. However, painting is not quite as simple as people think, and it can easily go wrong. That doesn’t mean that you can’t do it yourself, but it does mean that you need to take your time and learn how to paint properly before you get started. These simple tips should help you get a professional finish.
Clear Out Furniture
The first thing you should do before you start painting is clear out all of your furniture. You can also cover it, but it’s a lot easier if you have an empty room to work with, so consider using a safe and secure self storage unit to store your furniture for a few days while you paint. It’s a lot cheaper to pay for storage than it is to replace your furniture if it gets damaged or covered in paint. It’s a lot easier to get into the corners of the room and any other tricky areas if you remove the furniture as well.
Prepare The Walls Properly
Failing to prepare the walls is the most common mistake that people make. If you want a professional finish, you need to prepare and clean the wall properly to create a good surface for the paint. Start by sanding down any small lumps and bumps that will show through when you paint, and then clean the walls down with a sugar soap solution. If the walls are not in great condition, you should use a primer before you start applying paint. This will hide imperfections and create a good surface for the paint to bond to. If you don’t take enough time to prepare the walls properly, you will have issues with paint peeling in the future and the finish will not look very good.
Don’t Buy Cheap Paint
When you are making home improvements of any kind, it’s so important that you find ways to save money. However, there are certain things that you should cut corners with, and paint is one of them. If you buy cheap paint, you will be able to tell the difference and the finish will not be as good. The paint is also more likely to crack and peel, so you will need to paint again in a few years and you won’t really be saving money.
Buy A Paint Pen
Paint always suffers from a bit of general wear and tear over the years. Eventually, you will need to paint the room again, but if you invest in a paint pen, you can touch up small areas that have been marked or scratched. A paint pen will keep the paint fresh for years, so you can add a bit of leftover paint once you are finished and keep it there just in case you need to make any touch ups.
Next time you do some painting, make sure to follow these tips and tricks and you will get a professional finish.
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