Tips and Tricks to Interior Painting

Jen Jones
Interior painting can be a tricky job when it is your first time painting inside your house. Before you begin painting your dining room walls, it is important to know the different types of paint finishes available and which is the best paint for the different rooms in your house. Remember to prepare the room before painting so paint does not splatter onto your carpet or furniture. Although faux finishes may be complicated for a novice, the end results are memorable and breathtaking.

Types of Paint Finishes

There are two main types of paint, oil-based and water-based, but water-based (latex) paints are recommended as the best paint for interior painting. Unlike oil-based paints which can take over a day to dry, latex paints dry quickly and are easy to clean up. If you are going with latex paint, there are four different types of finishes you can have for your paint: flat, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. These wall finishes determine how much shine you want.

Flat paint has a glare-free finish that provides a smooth appearance to surfaces, making it ideal for large walls and ceilings. Flat finish paint works best in formal rooms and adult bedrooms. Satin paints have a slight gloss, while still being as easy to clean as a flat finish. This type of paint is best for high-traffic areas, such as halls and family rooms.

Semi-gloss paint is durable, easy to clean, and has a shiny finish. This paint works best in high-humidity rooms, including the kitchen and bathroom. Gloss paints are shiny and easy to clean; however, they do show more imperfections than other paint finishes. Gloss paints are best to use sparsely, especially for floorboards and trims.

Interior Painting Tips

Keep in mind that different rooms of the house require different types of paint. The same bucket of paint you use for the kitchen may not be the best choice for the master bedroom. It is important to match the type of paint with the room and the room’s conditions.

Prepare the room you are painting” cannot be emphasized enough. Remove lightweight furniture from the room, move heavy furniture to the center of the room, and cover the clustered furniture with a drop cloth. Remove switch plate and outlet covers, and cover light switches with masking tape. Cover the floor with plastic sheeting and a canvas drop cloth. The last thing you want is to spill paint on your carpet, light switch, or furniture.

If the room you are painting has wallpaper, you can choose either remove the wallpaper or leave it as is. Although it may be more work to remove the wallpaper, this is one step you should follow before interior painting. Once the wallpaper and adhesive are removed, wash the wall with an abrasive cleaner and let it dry for one day. The same goes with paint removal of a previously painted wall. If the old paint is chipped or peeling, it must be scraped off before painting.

You should invest in purchasing a good spackling and putty knife in order to fill any holes, cracks, or uneven spots in the wall. Always sand and smooth the newly patched area before painting. This will provide a smooth painting surface for you to paint on.

Faux Finishes

Faux finishes are simple techniques that provide a dramatic touch to your walls. Before applying a faux finish, keep in mind that preparation can be tedious, but is necessary. There are a variety of different types of faux finishes, with the most popular faux finishes being leather, suede, marble, clouds, parchment, and brick.

These finishes typically take at least three days to complete; the first for the base coats and the latter for the faux finish. They range from the simplistic sponge painting to the complexity of painting in details. Before beginning a faux finish home improvement project, practice on a test surface to perfect the technique and get a preview of the chosen colors.

Interior painting takes a lot of preparation and hard work, but with the right paint and tools, the end result will be a room that you can be proud of. Always test out the paint you choose on a small piece of drywall to guarantee that it has the right color and finish you are seeking. With proper preparation and time spent painting, your paintjob will go smoothly and offer a world of difference to the interior of your home.

By: Eula
Date: 9/26/2012 3:54:22 PM
Painting your own home can be quite frustrating at times when you lack experience ir even patience. Sometimesmit is best to leave the painting to a professional house painter

By: Eula
Date: 9/26/2012 3:54:00 PM
Painting your own home can be quite frustrating at times when you lack experience ir even patience. Sometimesmit is best to leave the painting to a professional house painter

By: Sophie Mortimer
Date: 7/3/2012 12:54:00 PM
These are great tips, and just in time, too. I've always hired painting contractors, but we're undertaking a big remodel job this summer and tearing out about half of our house. It's going to be pricey, and my husband suggested we repaint on our own instead of hiring someone. I'm pretty scared, to be honest. Still, these tips (and many more, I'm sure) will go a long way to easing my fears. Do you have any more?

By: Cotton Bags
Date: 5/31/2012 3:34:01 AM
"Nice post! I liked the way you get to the point - which is always useful. Most blogs are a bit too verbose for me, this one fits nicely. Cheers! "

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