It’s finally time to do some interior painting in your home or office. You find that most people always prefer to DIY their interior painting. But there are some basic rules and advance preparations that should come to play should you choose to go it along. Most DIY amateur paint jobs are quite easy to spot. They leave tell-tale signs everywhere like mottled color, paint spatter, or even missed spots after the work is done. This article provides you with simple steps that you can take to ensure you make your paint job look like that of a pro.
1. Remove furniture
When doing your paint job, at least try to be professional about it. Don’t be the type who stumbles over a coffee table, chairs, and other pieces of furniture because you didn’t remove them or set them aside before starting your work. Not removing your furniture in advance is one of the reasons why furniture always gets spattered and spilled with paint.
2. Protect flooring
Before you start your interior painting, you should also look at how you can keep your hardwood floor and carpet away from paint spatters. Placing a few sheets of newsprint under the roller tray won’t just do the trick. Instead, use professional-style drop clothes to protect your flooring. Plastic sheeting is cheaper than drop cloths. Only that plastic sheeting can easily be punctured and they can also shift as you work. And that can end up messing your flooring altogether. A heavy canvas drop cloth also absorbs any spattered paint that drops to the ground thus preventing your flooring from being stained by the paint.
3. Remove wall hangings
You may think that you will save more time and energy by working around your wall hangings. But you will soon come to find that working around wall hangings like wall clocks, pictures, and other hangings can be time-consuming. Plus, you also stand the chance of damaging your décor. These are just a few reasons why it is advisable that you remove any wall hangings before you start your painting.
4. Clean the walls before you paint them
You should also ensure that you properly clean your walls before you paint them. Clear any dirt or oils that might be stuck on your walls before you start painting them. Dirt or oil can lead to paint inconsistencies. Most of the time, you also find that dark smudges are always visible even through a coat of paint.
5. Remove outlet covers and also switch plates
Cutting around the little outlet covers as you paint may eventually lead visible brush strokes or smudged paint on your outlet cover. Simply remove the outlet covers and also switch the plates in the room that you intend to paint. Try not to paint the sockets or switches.
To avoid smearing paint on the windowsills and baseboards as you work, ensure you tape of all of these areas before you begin. Invest in professional painter’s tape as they are manufactured for this job. Don’t rely much on the household tape.
7. Set up a staging area
Set up a staging area for your work in the middle of the room to make your work go a lot faster and easier. You will save more time and energy doing this before you start your paint job. This will also help you to down on any accidents or spills that may occur as you paint.