How to Repaint Your Home Like a Pro

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Buying pre-loved homes or wanting just a change of wall scenery can give a prompt of repainting, and if you think it’s easy think again. It’s not as simple as putting a paint soaked brush to a wall. Consider the following before putting your arms to work.

Protection is first step.

Empty the room of any asset or possession you don’t want to get paint on. If it’s not possible, just get them as far away from the wall and cover with a tarp or newspapers, remember to tape down edges of the cover.

Cover your windows and doors. Most people use tape or masking tape for this, especially on fixtures, knobs and crown moldings. Protect your floor by using drop cloths or newspaper.

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Last but not the least, cover yourself. Wear clothes that you won’t mind being paint spattered and cover you hair.

Prime the wall.

The question lies in the color you want and the state of the wall you’re painting. If you’re going to paint the exact same shade of color, then there’s no need for you to prime the wall. This only applies if the wall is in good shape. If the wall has damage, prime for a smoother paint job.

To prime, scrape off the old paint. Patch any holes or irregularities using patching compound. Sand and smooth any compound left over. Remove the resulting dust using cloth. Using a thick roller brush, apply primer as evenly and as thickly as you can.

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Choose your color.

Color can make or break a room therefore it’s necessary to know if it will match the mood you’re trying to create in the room. If you’re having difficulty, you can choose a small portion of the house to paint first. Get inspiration from what’s in the room and choose a color from an artwork, a rug, or a throw pillow.

There is also the question of choosing the paint type. Oil based paints are for longer lasting color and paints smoother and hide wall blemishes better. However this takes longer to dry, has tendency to bubble and has stronger odor.

Latex is water based and paints thinner which makes it dry faster. It’s porous and doesn’t crack or peel. However it is sensitive to temperature changes and shrinks more than oil based.

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Painting proper

Whether you use a brush or roller doesn’t matter in reality. Just use what is more practical, a roller for wide parts and brushes for parts that can’t be painted over by a roller.

The important part of painting is letting paint dry between layers. Wait for the whole wall to completely dry before moving on to the next activity, be it painting another layer, pounding nails for photos or moving furniture. Just because paint is dry to the touch doesn’t mean it is. For oil-based paints, wait at least 24 before applying second layer. For latex paints, an hour is enough but best if you wait for three.

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