Painting Tips For 2020

These days, DIY-ing around the home has a certain appeal. It can not only be a good opportunity to bond with the family while beautifying your home, it can also save you some money - if you know how to be efficient while painting. Below, we’ve got some painting tips for when you’re wanting to do some DIY painting.

Preparing for Painting

  • Remove all the furniture in the room if possible. If this is not viable, cover your furniture with plastic sheets that are taped at the bottom. This minimises the risk of preventable accidents such as getting paint splatter on your expensive furniture.
  • Make sure to dust and clean the walls. Use a towel or a vacuum cleaner to make it easier. When painting high-moisture prone rooms, you can also wash the walls with a solution of laundry detergent and water to remove the grease.
  • Remove cracked and flaking paint with a paint scraper. Smooth away imperfections with sandpaper, whether you’re using a sanding block or an electric sander.
  • A pro tip from professionals when you’re preparing for painting is to really take your time when you’re sanding the walls. Sanding helps to remove rough spots, levels out spackle and patches, and flattens the surface for smooth paint application.
  • Got holes and cracks in your walls? Use a joint compound to fill these in for a smoother surface.
  • Get all your materials ready. This consists of a primer, paint-can opener, roller covers, paintbrushes, paint tray, gloves, drop cloth, and extension poles for the rollers.
  1.  Invest in quality brushes. Quality brushes will ensure smooth finishes, as opposed to cheap brushes that will make it look like your paint is smeared on, not painted on. 
  2. Invest in quality paint. Quality paints will apply easily, and usually offer the best coverage, which means your paint goes a long way and lasts a long time.
  3. Grab a high-quality primer. This helps to hide small imperfections on walls. Depending on the state of your walls, you may need to use a water-based primer or an oil-based primer.
  • Use painter’s tape to protect wall trim and switches. Try not to use masking tape, as this can leave behind a sticky film that’s hard to clean off, as well as increase the risk of paint bleeding through.
  • Use canvas drop cloths to ensure that paint splatters and spills won’t seep through to your flooring. 
  • Ensure your space is well-ventilated!

How-To Paint, Step By Step

  • Always start by priming your walls. This is the key to ensure that stains are blocked from showing, your paint adheres properly, and your coat has an impressive sheen to it. Let dry before proceeding. If you’re priming internal walls, that’s referred to as sealing the walls.
  • Still not sure about the colour? Try it out by taking home a colour swatch from the store, and tape it to the wall to see if it works with your room’s lighting. Also test a few colours of paint on a piece of wood to help you reveal the actual colour of the paint when it dries.
  • Starting from the corners of the wall, near the ceiling, cut in the paint with an angle brush. Start only with one wall - it can be tempting to do the edges of all the walls in one session, and paint larger areas in another, but this can lead to shade differences especially when you have to use another can of paint when you run out.
  • Use a small brush to apply paint around the trim, and in the corners.
  • Use your roller brush for larger areas. Start in the corner of a wall, and do a “W” pattern to paint seamlessly. Roll on an 8cm x 8cm W and fill it in without lifting the roller, repeating until the section is finished. Once the wall is dry to the touch, it's ready for a second coat.
  • Give yourself enough time between coats, and don’t rush.
  • Clean up by rinsing brushes, putting away your paints, and removing your canvas canvas drop cloth.

Wanting Professional Help?

Painting can be a long and arduous process, even when you’re fully prepared. Depending on the size of the room, and the state of your walls prior to painting, it can take days if not weeks before you’re finished, especially if you are trying to fit it in with your regular routine. It can also take longer if you’re doing it alone, especially if you have little experience with painting beforehand. This can be stress-inducing especially if you’ve got furniture and appliances moved to a different room so that you can paint!

If you’re not wanting to deal with the headache of DIY, and want to enlist some professional help to get your house looking updated and fresh, professional painters have the right experience to get the job done right and properly, the first time around. It can actually save you time and money in the long run by hiring an expert, as you’d be avoiding the risk of costly mistakes when you do it yourself.

If you’re wanting to update your home for a fresher look, it’s easy to change things up and renovate. One amazingly simple way to elevate the look of your interiors is by getting your walls painted a new and fresh colour. Whether you’re after simple changes like this, or wanting bigger, bolder renovations like furniture replacements, or new shelving units and cabinets, you might want to consider getting personal loans to get you that extra cash you need to level up your home’s aesthetic. With Ferratum, it’s easier than ever to get personal loans that will go a long way in getting you what you want, when you want it. With an easy online application process, and quick decision time, it’s convenient and quick, so you won’t have to wait around. Get started refreshing your home, in both big and small ways, and rest easy knowing you won’t be held back from the interior design of your dreams.