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Home Painting Tips
Home. There is nothing like home. The place is not just about the enclosure we live in. it’s about the feeling, the attachment, the memories formed there. It’s our dream.
This professional guide will teach you how to add oomph to the already exciting interiors of your home. In this first part of the two-part series, we’ll be talking about painting walls, ceilings, and floors. Windows, doors and other things have been kept aside for the second part of the series. Let’s start our journey with painting walls.
Four walls give your room its characteristic shape and this is the first thing you notice when you enter a room. We can dramatize the walls by adding some paint and texture to one or all four walls of the room.
We would advise you to paint an entire wall in one go, from start to finish. This will not give the edges of the painted surface enough time to dry up. This is necessary to keep in mind or else the dry edges will leave visible edge-marks on the wall. Once you are done, step back and have a cursory look at the painted wall, search for any flaws or any unpainted patches or spots, and fix the flaw.
Always paint in sections. While painting a wall, you have two options, either paint from top to bottom (ceiling to floor) or from side to side (from right to left or left to right). Whichever you chose is a good choice.
One Time Saving Tip
I will give you one time saving tip, used by all the professionals, contractors and companies in the painting business. If you are using an extension handle on your roller, I’ll suggest you to go from side to side. This way you won’t have to constantly add and remove the extension from the roller.
Attach one extension, move from side to side making zigzag patterns with your roller. If you are a left-hander, start from the right-hand corner, and if you are right-hander, start from the left-hand corner.
Congratulations! Now, the wall looks great. It’s time to look towards the ceiling. Painting ceiling is important, if you leave it unpainted, the entire effect of your room will be gone. So, let’s concentrate our effort on painting the ceiling now.
To paint the ceiling comfortably, you got to attach an extension handle to the roller. This will save you from using a stepladder and allow you to paint the ceiling from floor. Using a stepladder is a good idea except, it is a time-sucking device. You need to constantly move from one place to another in the room, and using this will slow down the process, significantly. This will result in providing the painted surface, enough time to dry out. The effect of this will be in the form of left out visible edge-marks and ridges on the ceiling. In case, if you are using a fast-drying paint, the use of extension handle becomes more necessary. Many rollers’ handles do have an option to add screw-in extensions, but if you are tight on the budget, a makeshift arrangement can also be thought of; extension can be made using mop handle or the threaded end of your broom.
Painting Tight Spots
Tight spots are those places where the free movement is thwarted. It can be a corner where a wall and the ceiling meets or a corner formed by two walls and a ceiling or it can be the surface, near windows and the door. At these places, we can’t carry on our zigzag movements.
To paint these spots, we need to use a smaller roller, the 4-inch one (instead of a regular 7- or 9-inch roller). Even the possibility of using a paintbrush can’t be overruled.
One Quality Maintenance Tip
This is how a professional house painter works: He uses the small 4-inch roller and never goes for paintbrush, for two reasons. First, painting the tight spot using the roller will give the tight spots exact same finish as walls or the ceiling has. And the second reason is, paintbrushes leave trailing marks and using the paintbrush slows down the process.
Now, your room has started to shape up the way you always wanted it to be. Now, it got your personal touch. This is, indeed, a proud moment and you shall enjoy it too, but, before opening the Champaign bottle, let’s get one more thing done, if your room’s floor is wooden or else just enjoy.
Painting the floor should not take more than a couple of hours. Painting technique used for painting the floor is same as was the case with the walls or the ceiling. But the preparation of the surface will take more time. The floors is being used for quite some time, so stains and other marks are bound to happen, and as we have painted the walls and ceiling of the room, there would be some paint spills, traces of waxes, paint spatters, etc.
Remove them all, carefully and sandpaper the surface to roughen it. Rough surface retain more colors then a glossy surface does.
While painting the wooden floor, you have two paint options to choose from, one is porch and deck paint but it has limited color choice, or you can go for oil-base enamel paint. This is the choice you have to make. Whichever of the two you choose, don’t forget to apply two to four coats of clear polyurethane after the painting is done. This will protect the painted surface against wear and tear.
You can use either a wide-wall brush or a medium-pile roller to paint the floor, and again I’ll vote in favour using the roller. Roller will make the workflow swift, and help you in finishing the work efficiently and comfortably. Attach an extension handle to the roller and paint your way out of the room. Attaching an extension handle will give you the option to paint the floor standing up.
Apply at least two coats of paint and two to four coats of polyurethane. After painting each coat, give enough time for paint to dry, and then enter the room to apply another coat on top of the previous one. Wear rubber-soled shoe for all the painting purpose. It’ll not create much damage to the surface.
This is where we stop this article and in the next article we’ll be talking about painting, windows, doors, trims, baseboards, etc. Till then keep exploring.
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