DIY: Tips for Interior Painting

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It’s also the most inexpensive remodel you can tackle. At a fraction of the cost of a remodel, you can still drastically change the look of your home. Plus, it takes a fraction of the time compared to a major renovation and it is something most homeowners can do themselves. Summer is a great time to paint the interior of your house.  It’s nice to be able to keep the windows open to increase ventilation and drying time.


Clean the Walls

The results of your paint job largely rely on how well you clean and prepare your walls beforehand. Remove dust, dirt, and grease spots by using a mild soap and water mixture and a rag. Dish soap works well as it cuts grease. Once you have cleaned the walls inspect it for nail or pin holes. Small holes in drywall can be filled with drywall mud or putty. Holes in wood walls or paneling and be filled with wood filler. Sand the area down once it dries and use a damp rag to wipe away the extra dust.

Choosing Your Paint

Determine whether you need to use a primer or not. An expert from one of our certified paint stores in Edmonton can help you. They can also show you the different paints on the market, including an all-in-one primer and paint mixture. Don’t cheap out on paint. You will end up needing more coats to make it look nice and using high quality paint makes a huge difference in both application and the end result.

Cutting In

If you are not an expert painter be sure to tape up the edge where your walls meet the ceiling and along any trim you don’t plan on removing before painting. Remove the painters tape before the paint dries so large strips of dried paint doesn’t come off of your freshly painted wall.

Start in the corner of the room and use a 2 to 2.5 inch angled brush to “cut in”. Paint a three inch strip of coating along the perimeter of where the wall and ceiling meet, in corners, along windows, doors and moldings. Cut in one section of the room and then start painting. This way the cut in portions will meld into the rolled on paint and dry at the same time, reducing paint lines.

Painting the Walls

Once you have “cut in” a section you can begin painting the wall. Use a roller to fill in the section. Start in the corner of a wall and roll in a “W” pattern about in a three-by-three foot area. Then fill in the “W” without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until it’s completed.

Go to the next wall. Cut in along the ceiling, corners, windows, doors and moldings and repeat the process until you’re finished.

Painting the Trim

You may have chosen to remove your trim prior to painting your walls. If so, place your trim on a table or work bench and paint your trim. Install it once it and the paint on the wall is dry.

If you decided to leave it on, after the wall paint is dry place painter’s tape where the trim meets the wall.  Paint the moldings, baseboard, door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush. Paint the tops of doors and windows first and work your way down so you can remove any paint drips as you go.

More Benefits to Painting Your Interior Walls

Painting your interior and/or exterior walls, trim or outdoor buildings like sheds or garages will increase the overall value of your home. If you are trying to sell your home, a simple coat of paint can help it move more quickly on the market and sell closer to your asking price. It is a very high-value home makeover.

You might also increase the enjoyment of your living space by changing your interior colour. Choosing light colours will help make smaller spaces seem bigger. Bright colours can make a family room more welcoming and vibrant while pastels can make your bedroom more cozy and calming. You can bring a new positive energy into your home and change your outlook on your families living environment.

Finding a Painting Company has a directory of paint and supply companies for those wanting to tackle this DIY painting project themselves.  These retailers carry high quality products and accessories and can offer expert advice.  If you would rather hire a company to paint for you, search the best painters in Edmonton section and find a painting contractor you can trust.


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