So, you’re thinking about painting at home, are you?
Well, that’s fantastic! Whether you’re thinking about it because you want to sell, or just want to mix it up a little, a fresh color is a great way to make your home feel new again.
If this is an avenue really want to explore, I have one piece of advice for you:
Hire A Professional Painter
Seriously. Professional painters have all the tools, expertise and time that it takes to perfectly execute a gorgeous paint job without slopping color all over your fabulous hardwood or raining paint droplets onto your furniture. So there, I said it. Hire a professional.
However, if you’re like me and occasionally refuse to use good sense because you think you can do JUST as good of a job (if not better!) than the pros, I have some advice for you. But remember, my first bit of advice was to hire a professional.
That being said, there’s a few things you need to do before you get started:
Tape. Tape. Tape.
The only thing standing between you and your precious trim, light fixtures, corners and floors is one thin line of tape. So you better make sure you do a phenomenal job taping. Otherwise, it’s going to look like a four-year old with a sugar fix went to town on your walls. Yes, it’s a HUGE pain, but it’s also a necessary evil. Go to Home Depot, grab some blue painter’s tape and get to work.
Once you’ve taped off and laid down some tarp or heavy painting paper, you’ll want to prime. Actually, you will NOT want to prime but you really should. Technically, I guess you can get away with doing a paint & primer combo, or just skipping the primer altogether and hope that maybe, just maybe, it’ll turn out fine. But why risk it? Especially if the color you are covering is a dark one.
After you’ve taped and hopefully primed, you’re ready to get to the fun stuff. Color. Hopefully, you’ve picked a color that’s going to look fantastic with the new chaise lounge you bought off Overstock or picked up at Pottery Barn, but there’sa great way to double check if it’s going to match.
Most of the big paint companies out there (Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, etc.) have applications on their websites where you can upload a picture of your own room and digitally alter it to see how it would look with a different color of paint. I highly suggest checking this out before you buy your Navy Blue, Regal Eggshell from Benjamin Moorebecause let me tell ya’, it’s not cheap.
Anyway, use one of the complimentary can openers they give you, crank that container open and start painting. Rollers are best for the majority of the space, but angled brushes work wonders for the corners. Two coats is definitely the way to go if you want an even color. Let it set in between applications, and then I’d wait for it to dry overnight before you even think about removing that tape.
The next morning, remove your tape (slowly!) and voila! You’ll have painted a masterpiece of a wall that you can proudly tell all of your friends (who wouldn’t help you because they’re not insane) that you did it all by yourself!
…Or, you’ll have a speckled mess that will sap hours of your precious time to remove with paint thinner. And if that happens, I say:
I definitely told you to hire a professional.