Well, it’s that time again: time to repaint the interior of your home. I know it seems like you just went through this 10 years ago. Well, it was 10 years ago; that’s why it’s time to do it again.
If the above statement describes how you feel when it comes to painting, or any other home improvement job for that matter, then I have good news for you. Painting the interior of your home does not have to be such a drag; if you know what you’re doing that is.
The first and most important thing you need to know before you begin any painting job is to find out exactly what color scheme you want for the room. Changing your mind about the color mid-way not only means more work, it can also be very expensive. So, take all the time you need when picking out a color.
After you’ve settled on a color scheme, go over the walls with a fine tooth comb to see if there are any areas of peeling paint. With age, paint can blister and peel causing imperfections to appear in the new paint job should they go undetected. So, look for any instances of peeling paint and, using sand paper, smooth the area down to a nice even finish.
In addition to peeling paint, the walls should also be inspected for holes and other depressions that the walls have acquired over the years, weather due to age or whether they were on the receiving end of some flying projectile launched by you when your team loss the Super Bowl. Whatever the case, when you find any holes or indentations, they must be fixed before proceeding further. So, use a spatula and putty to mend the holes. Then sandpaper the repair job so that it doesn’t create any imperfections in the re-painted wall.
With that, you’re almost ready to begin—but not quite. There are still a few more preparations to be completed before you can start transforming your dungeon into a palace again.
Using painter’s tape, you’ll need to cover everything that does not need to be painted; at least not with the color you’re about to put on the walls. This includes door knobs, electrical outlets, and the base of light fixtures. In addition, any molding and/or baseboards should also be covered with the painter’s tape before you begin. Believe me; a room with all the light fixtures, door knobs and wall sockets painted the same color as the walls just doesn’t look that great. Just ask my wife.
Also, be sure to remove any paintings from the walls; don’t try to paint around them. Your wife will find out about it the minute she decides she doesn’t like the old painting and the new one she buys to replace it with turns out to be a few inches smaller than the old one.
Now, move all the furniture out of the room. If you can’t remove all the furniture, move it to the center of the room and cover it with a tarp. It is also a good idea to cover the floor with a drop cloth to prevent paint splatters from getting on the carpet. I didn’t think I needed one either, but when my wife found paint splatters on her carpet . . . well that’s another story.
Okay, now you’re ready to begin. But, you can’t just start with the final coat. You must use a primer first. I know, you think you can save money by skipping the primer. But, what you’ll end up doing is using twice as much the expensive paint you chose for a finishing coat as you ordinarily would have. Believe me that old paint on your wall will suck it up like a vacuum cleaner. So please, use a primer.
Now, after you’ve given the primer a day or so to dry, you can start applying that new coat of paint that’ll bring your walls back to life. And, because you’ve got all your light fixtures, outlets, and molding covered with painter’s tape, you can proceed at a brisk pace with no fear of getting paint on anything that you didn’t intend to. Nevertheless, you may still have to use a small touch-up brush for those really tight corners.
When the paint dries, you can remove the painter’s tape and, if you applied it carefully, it’ll leave a perfect edge between the new paint and the molding, light fixture base, or door knobs. In fact, you’ll probably be impressed at how professional the job looks; I know your wife will.