DIY Painting Tips To Freshen Up Your Home

Perhaps one of the quickest, easiest ways to transform the look of the room is to repaint the walls. Whether your paint is chipping, peeling, or you’re just wanting a fresher look, doing it yourself can save you quite a lot of money! But it’s important to remember that painting isn’t just picking a shade of paint and slathering it all over your walls. No, painting needs to be done carefully, otherwise you risk shade changes, uneven coats, and preventable mistakes that could actually make the room look dull and lifeless. Below, some DIY painting tips to freshen up your home!


Colours Have Power

Before deciding on a paint colour, it’s always a great idea to grab some sample cans and paint some swatches. Move them about the room at different times of day - this is important, as this can change the look of your paint drastically and help you decide on the right shade. Eggshell and satin finishes are great options for walls as they are washable and have a slight luster, but you can choose from flat matte to high gloss depending on your needs.

Make sure to have enough paint! Remember to take into account the area of the ceiling, as well as the molding and trim, as well. Walls usually have to have two coats.


Prep Your Base

Remove loose or peeling paint with a sharp putty knife or a paint scraper for a more even surface. If there are marks and scratches in the walls, you can add a bit of plaster compound to fill them in and create a smoother surface. Make sure to feather this out along the edges to ensure that it blends with the existing surface.

Paint will go on better on a smooth, sanded down surface. Once you’ve filled in existing holes or dings, sand the surface with a 120 to 180 grit sandpaper or a sanding block. This will help produce an even surface, however you need to make sure that you wash the remaining sanding residue off the walls. Grab a damp tile sponge or a rag, and this will remove the sanding dust quickly.


Prep Your Room

When it comes to painting, you want it on the walls, and not on your furniture. Make sure to move the furniture out of the room, or if that isn’t possible, to move it to the middle of the room and cover with a plastic tarp. The floor needs to be covered too, with either a canvas or paper drop cloth - but you can also use flattened cardboard boxes to catch any paint drips or splatters! Remove switch plates and outlet covers, use tape to fasten cloth covers to keep them from moving around as you paint.


Primer is Key

No matter if you’re going from a dark colour to a light colour, vice versa, or even if you’re painting over joint compound, you have to make sure to prime your walls. Choose a primer that’s tinted to the paint colour you’ll be using, and it will make DIY painting a smoother process!


Right Tools, Quick Work

You have to invest in the proper tools to make sure that your application is not only seamless, but also easy for you. Grab different types of brushes such as ones with angled tips for edgework, or a 2 inch flat brush for trims and corners. Rollers are great for flat, non-textured walls, and grabbing good quality roller-pans and brush-bucket liners will save you a lot of headache when it comes to clean up. Invest in some painter’s tape, too, to help you keep your lines solid and sharp. Ladders are important to get those high, hard to reach places, just as extension poles do, too. And don’t forget to have a stash of wet rags and paper towels so you can clean up spills and splatters quickly!


Some Pro Tips

If you’re working in a large space, you have to make sure that your paint is mixed well. There’s nothing worse than painting a large area, opening up another paint can, and it being just slightly off colour from the rest of the room. You can avoid this issue by mixing together paints in a bigger bucket, which helps to guarantee colour consistency.

Don’t soak your brush or roller with paint, too! Remove the excess by tapping your brushes against the sides of the container, and roll your rollers against the textured side of the pan to even out the paint. This helps ensure a more even coat, and less wasted paint!

And if you’re painting your home’s exterior, make sure to plan ahead! Try to paint when there’s little chance of rain and low humidity, as the paint will need time to dry. And don’t skimp on paint, either! Your exterior will be subject to different weather conditions, so invest in a high quality paint that will last you over the years, and give you better coverage, too.


Ceilings First!

Get the painting of the ceiling out of way first. Tape down the edges, and light fixtures. Grab a 2-inch brush and paint the edges first, and feather over strokes to ensure a smoother coat. Next, you can fill in the middle with a roller, which you can attach to an extension pole if you don’t have a ladder. Try to roll in parallel lines, and don’t work directly over your head. Remove tape before the paint is dry to prevent cracks and peeling.


Walls Next! 

When starting with the walls, it’s the same concept: tape up the baseboards, molding, windows, and trims. Use an angled tip brush along the trim, feathering out your strokes for a more even coat. Try your best to paint in straight lines, and only refill when necessary. 

Rollers should be used starting at the top of the wall, painting a large “W” about 4 square feet/ Then you can start to roll in overlapping vertical lines to fill in the space. Keep your ears open: if the roller starts to make a smacking sound, you have to refill with paint. This is how you paint the rest of the room.

Make sure to wait for paint to dry, and then you can start to put on a second coat. 


Trim is last!

Grab a 2 inch flat brush, or a smaller one, to paint the trim, especially if the space is narrow. Make use of tape to minimise the risk of getting paint on the walls you’ve just done, and remove as soon as you’re finished. Clean up and move all your furniture back into the room, and marvel at the refreshed space!

Wanting to freshen up your home and renovate? If you’re after a little extra cash, consider getting online cash loans to help you get that extra bit you need to get the right tools and paint. With online cash loans Australia, you can rest easy knowing you’ll get a quick decision, which means no downtime for you!