Tips and Tricks for DIY Residential Painting Projects

Many homeowners are undergoing the process of renovating and painting their homes, but they are not exactly sure what the process entails. DIY projects are certainly manageable and don’t necessarily require professional assistance, but it will benefit you to know how to go about it the right way. We want to inform you about the many different techniques and methods that will help simplify the process. When it comes to home painting projects, you always want to ensure that you are bringing about the best possible results. 

Here are several tips and tricks that will benefit every DIY painter:

  • Don’t paint your home when it’s humid outside. Home painting projects take time to complete, so you want to complete them as quickly as you can. What we recommend is that you wait for dry weather to arrive before you decide to paint your home. Why? All of the moisture will cause the paint to dry very slowly. If you have to paint your home on a humid day, then don’t rush the process or else it will show when everything is finished.
  • Perform a thorough inspection of your home. In other words, you will need to repair areas in your walls that are peeling or flaking. If you fail to do this, then you are making things a lot more difficult than they need to be. The finish won’t come out the way you want it and you will need to start over from scratch. Also, wipe down the walls with a damp rag so that the paint will properly adhere.
  • Invest in high-quality brushes, rollers, and painter’s tape. You are already splurging on the equipment, so you might as well purchase the items that will produce the best results. Quality paintbrushes and rollers are going to provide you with the best coverage. This allows you to avoid having to re-apply any paint, which can be extremely time-consuming. 
  • Protect the items in your home that you don’t want to receive any paint. This includes your furniture, decorative fixtures, and various other possessions. Drop cloths are something you should have if you plan on painting your entire home. They absorb any paint that drops onto your floor which will make things easier on you during the cleanup phase of the project.
  • You should always use a primer. A pant-and-primer product will work fine if you clean off the surfaces of your walls and properly prepare them. However, if it’s been over eight years since the last time you painted your walls, then you should consider buying primer and paint separately. This will ensure that the paint properly adheres to your wall and it will optimize your finish. 
  • Let your roller do the work. In other words, don’t try to do too much and overcomplicate the process. Most premium paints will do all the work for you as long as you have a good roller. Make sure that you have an extension pole so that you can reach every area of your walls without having to exert a lot of energy. 

Begin painting at the top of your wall and work your way down. Once you seal off the trimming and can begin painting, you will want to apply your paint to the ceiling first. Working your way down the wall will minimize sloppiness. Once the paint begins to dry, leave it alone until you can apply another coating.