Top Ten Tips by Designers for the Perfect Paint Job

Posted by on Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 10:07am.

If you are looking for some change in your home, try a new coat of paint! However, before you get started, read these ten tips by interior designers and painters to help make your paint job the best!

  1. Use the best quality of paint for your budget! Choose to purchase “top of the line” paint, rather than the cheap and bargained brand.
  2. Pick environmentally friendly paints! Besides going to the better brands, also go with the lowest VOC or no VOC paint. VOCs are solvents that get released into the air as the paint is drying. Not only is it better for the environment, but it will also reduce that new paint smell.
  3. Clean before you start! The best prep before beginning is cleaning; always dust and clean baseboards and trim before painting. Use a Swiffer duster or baby wipes, they are gentle on the already existing paint.
  4. Test out the color! The best thing to do is try out the color before committing to it. Take all the time you need to choose the shade. Try even ordering larger color swatches from paint stores or paint several colors on the wall you are going to repaint. Look at those colors throughout the day, and take notice to how they look in different lighting. A paint color viewed in the store will look dramatically different to how it will look inside your home, on the wall.
  5. Tint the ceiling! One of the biggest problems when painting a room is the ceiling. One painter says he avoided the "hue" choosing problem for the top of the room by tinting the ceiling's traditional white color with a very small amount of the wall color. This creates a subtle transition from wall to ceiling.
  6. Smooth it out! While the best thing you can do is hire a professional, if you do choose to do it on your own, we recommend using a fine, short bristle roller. The less texture the better the paint job on the wall will be.
  7. Using the right tools for the right task! Depending on the space and walls you are working with, determine which size brush you will need to complete the job correctly. For flat walls and ceiling, it is almost common to use 18-inch rollers because the coverage will be even and you will be done in a third of the time. However, if you are not 100% confident with your painting ability, revert back to point 6 and use a fine, short bristle roller.
  8. Roll the full length of the wall! To avoid lap marks, which are those ugly stripes caused by uneven layers of paint build up, maintain a “wet edge” so each stroke of your roller overlaps the previous stroke before the paint can begin to dry.
  9. Mix paint in a large bucket! If you are doing a big paint job that requires several cans of paint of the same color, mix those cans into a large bucket for a consistent color throughout the room. Color paint may vary from one can to the next, therefore if you have to open another can in the middle of a paint job, the color difference may be noticeable. Avoid that by mixing the cans into a larger bucket.
  10. Paint the trim first! The biggest pro tip of them all is painting the trim first, then the ceiling, then the walls. Also remember to let the paint dry, then cut the painters tape loose for a perfect edge! You cannot just pull the paint off because it will risk the dry paint from peeling off as well. After waiting 24-hours for the paint to dry, use a sharp utility knife or box cutter knife to slice through the film. Pull the tape up at a 45-degree angle.

What are some of your interior design tips and tricks? Share thoughts in the comments below or join our conversation on Facebook!

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