It’s tempting to head to the paint store and pick whatever color you think will look great in your home. Just a few buckets of paint, brushes, tarps, and tape, and you’re good to go, right? Here’s the reality: painting the interior of your home is a task that requires a great deal of time and some skill. It’s one of the most underrated home projects you could ever undertake. We then seek input from experienced and professional painters on the process of painting a house, from preparation to cleaning, and when it’s time to call in the experts.
What professional painters recommend
Before you start painting a room, you should be patient with the process of preparing and cleaning the surface before applying the paint. What could take a professional a few hours could take a homeowner all day. It tends to take homeowners twice as long to paint as it does professionals. This is because the owners are inexperienced and, therefore, do not know the correct techniques.
While you may want to take on this feat in the hopes of saving money (rather than paying for a pro), keep in mind the concept that time is money. When you hire a professional, you are paying for their time and their experience in the trade. In the paint industry, you get what you pay for.
If you are still determined to paint your house walls, keep the following tips in mind:
- Prep time
If you are looking for advice on the “prep” process, you will find that the word can mean different things to various professional painters. However, some aspects remain consistent across the industry. From moving and covering your furniture to caulking the cracks in your ceiling, this is the process of preparing the interior of your home for a new coat of paint.
- How much paint will you need
We suggest you measure the square footage of the room you plan to paint. 4 liters of paint generally covers 40 square meters of area. When it comes to choosing a suitable color for your room, you should test the colors on one part of the wall before painting the entire room.
Don’t rely on prints or make decisions based on color swatches in the store. Many factors affect your bottom line. Make sure to take interior lighting into account. Testing the paint is mandatory. Swatches never reflect the actual color of the finished paint job.
- Paint order
Start at the highest point in the room, your ceiling, and then work your way up to the walls. The directions on paint cans generally recommend waiting four to six hours between coats of paint. We recommend speeding up the process by “force drying,” which means that a fan should be used on painted walls to dry them faster. Depending on the amount of “forced air” on the wall, you may paint a second coat after a couple of hours.…