A simple coat of paint can really transform a room in a home. Not only is it a cost effective way to stay on your renovation budget but it can also make a room feel new again. Take for example the walls in our basement. Before we painted them they were an awful mint green colour. By cleaning them up and adding a fresh coat of paint they feel more inviting especially for a basement.
While you don’t have to be a professional painter to learn how to paint like one, there is more to a good paint job than just applying the desired colour to the wall. The following paint tips can help you create great paint results with your next project.
- Start off by filling in any holes that are in the walls and sanding away any minor bumps on the walls.
- Remove all switch plates and electrical covers from the room. If something cannot be removed than its best to tape it off.
- Always remember to clean the walls before applying your first coat of paint. Remove any dust, dirt or grease spots. By doing this first you will ensure your walls have a smooth finish.
- After the walls are clean, apply painter’s tape around all the trim that meets the walls. You don’t want your baseboards to get painted by accident. We personally use Painter’s Mate Green Painter’s Tape for our paint projects around the home. We love the quality of the tape and how easily it applies to the areas.
- Once the area is taped off start by trimming the outer edges and corners of the room. We recommend using a trim paint brush. Trim approximately 2 to 3 inches from all the windows, doors and mouldings. This will give your roller some breathing room when it comes time to paint the walls.
- Once the first coat of trim is applied to the desired walls you can paint the walls with your new colour. We recommend using a roller for the walls. For paint efficiency, start in one corner of the wall and roll the paint in three-by-three foot W patterns. Take your time to ensure you don’t leave behind paint drippings. If the roller is making a peeling sound when you’re painting than its too dry and you need to add more paint to the roller.
- Once the first coat is dry you can complete the second coat of trim. Once the trim is complete you can finish painting the walls with the second coat.
- We recommend having as much light (either through a window or a flood light) available when painting interior rooms so you can catch any paint drippings quickly before they dry.