What You Should Know Before Painting Your House
Don’t know the difference between acrylic undercoat and oil-based? No need to stress. We’ve gone ahead and put together a handy guide of the essential things you need to know before you start on your home renovation plans. Read through them carefully and you’ll avoid disaster.
1. Room Preparation Is Crucial
If you’re taking the time and money to repaint a room (or even a whole house) it’s because you want to give it a bit of a facelift, but your facelift may end up a disaster if your freshly repainted room is populated with paint-spotted furniture. Make sure you get everything out of the way before you start!
2. Cover Up The Cracks
Most walls in older houses will have a crack or two, maybe even a small hole or divet. Get out the spatula and some putty or caulk to fill these gaps before you start painting so the finished job looks spotless.
3. Know What You’re Working With
Different types of surfaces—brick, stone, stucco–need different types of paint. If you’re unsure of what your particular walls need, head on down to your local paint or hardware store and ask the experts.
4. Get The Right Paint
Once you know what it is you’re working with, choose the right paint for the job. The last thing you want is to come home with bucket loads of the wrong kind of paint, so do your research or speak to someone in the know.
5. Know Your Weather Conditions
Believe it or not, it’s critical to check the weather forecast before you start on your paint job. Why? Different weather conditions will affect how well the paint sticks to the surface of your walls as it dries.
6. Test The Paint
You’ve got your paint and you know it’s the right one for your surface. But don’t just go full tilt and get out the roller. Start by testing a small patch of your wall to see how it looks and how it dries. If something looks amiss, at least you haven’t covered the entire wall.
7. Know The Finish
When repainting, most people focus on colour and colour only, but this is a mistake. Colour is just one piece of the aesthetic. Make sure you understand the type of finish as well, like whether it’s gloss, flat, or eggshell.
8. Get The Right Amount
The last thing you want to do when you’re halfway through a paint job is head back to the hardware store to buy more paint. There’s paint calculators available online to help you buy the right amount or speak to your hardware store’s paint expert.
9. Don’t Forget To Prime
Priming is a step a lot of novice painters like to skip, but it’s crucial. Primer feels like gruntwork, but it actually impacts the final result in a significant way, providing a base for the paint to stick to and actually saving you on paint.
10. Invest In Your Paint Job
There’s a lot of cheaper options on the market when it comes to paint and to brushes, but the last thing you want is paint that peels or brushes that leave bristles in your paint job. Spend a little extra and invest in the right tools for the job.