11 Tips For Painting Your House Like A Professional

Painting the walls do not require technical knowledge so that anyone can be encouraged … you, included. And if you want to get the most out of the experience, follow our advice: they will allow you to create spaces, environments, and textures at the height of a professional.

Clear tones and simple project: Safe Bet. There are many decorative effects that can be achieved with paint, although, if it is your first time, it is better to start with a simple project.

Painting the walls in one color will simplify the tasks. They recommend you choose a clear tone: you will give amplitude and you will be able to blur imperfections (those of the wall and those of the application of the painting), thanks to the effect of dispersion of the light.

And although white is the sure bet, both to avoid irregularities and not to have to delimit the separation between the walls and the ceiling, it is not necessary to be so prudent: grays, creams, and toasts bring contemporary aesthetics and minimal complications.

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Choose the painting. In addition to thinking carefully about color -be aware of whether or not it is suitable for space-, calculate the amount of paint, the type, and the optimal tools. Make a list with everything before leaving home.

The plastic paint is interior par excellence. It is formulated in water base, so it is easy to apply and dries quickly with hardly any odors. In addition, it allows cleaning with utensils and splashing water.

The plastic paint is usually presented in a matte finish – it better dissimulates the damage of the walls – although there is also satin and shiny, with more washable surfaces because they are less porous.

As its cost is only 30% of a professional’s paint budget, it should be chosen with good hiding power, preferably monolayer and anti-drip: you will save time and optimize results.

Quantities, the jousts … and a little more. In general terms, a liter of plastic paint covers about 20 square meters, although each manufacturer specifies this information on the packaging.

Once the dimensions of the room have been taken, it is a simple calculation … which is still more simplified, if we use an online calculator of those offered by painting firms.

Houzz advice? Multiply the quantity by two, in case you want to give two layers and leave a margin for repairs.

Tastes, colors. Choose one or two lighter shades of what seems to fit what you want. Try it before on a large piece of wall, to let it dry and see it throughout different times of the day, with natural and artificial light.

The colors made to measure with tintometric machines are very useful: they incorporate a reference with which the exact color can be reproduced if we need to fix any damage in the future. Likewise, they allow to raise or lower the intensity of a tone, in a controlled manner until the desired one is reached.

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Essential tools If the quality of the painting is essential, it is no less than of the tools:

  • The roller is essential, to achieve a uniform finish and speed up the work. There are many types, although a multi-purpose medium fiber is suitable, except in the case of rough walls or marked gotelé. Here, better choose a long hair that fills the gaps.
  • A telescopic bar, to paint the ceilings and the high part of the walls.
  • A brush, for corners and places where the roller does not fit.
  • A small roller, to give the last pass and that there is no difference between the areas covered with roller and brush.
  • Perfect walls Before painting, clean the walls and remove any dirt (cause the paint does not adhere well). Wipe with a cloth or sponge with water and neutral soap, and let the surface dry before applying the paint.

Take the opportunity to repair small defects with filler fillers, such as tapping holes that are no longer used, small chipped areas, loose plaster, cracks …

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Light and ventilation. Paint at the time of day when the room receives more natural light. Even, it reinforces with artificial light, if necessary. Good lighting will make us see better the areas that we have not completely covered and avoided subsequent retouching.

Opening the windows at the end of the task will reduce the odor of the plastic paint – and cause it to dry quickly.

Priming: Yes or no? On walls that have never been painted, as well as on special surfaces that may present adhesion difficulties, apply a coat of primer before painting. The new wall will absorb less amount of paint -with consequent savings in material and works, and we will avoid that the paint does not jump at the slightest blow, in the case of special surfaces such as enameled and synthetic sheets.

In the rest of cases, if the change of color that is looked for is very important, a layer of white primer can be a good idea.

Attention to detail. Group the furniture in the center of the room and protect it with old plastics or sheets, which adapt well to the contour.

In order to avoid slips, it is best to use special cardboard rolls for the floor, easy to place and remove.

In addition to furniture and floors, it is advisable to protect door and window frames, baseboards, and any other element of the wall that can not be removed with paper tape … also called a painter, for something. Do not forget to remove the covers of plugs, push buttons and other wall elements, for a more careful finish.

Let’s do it. Paint the wall from top to bottom, after having painted the ceilings: this will not wet the paint.

To avoid marks from overlapping uneven paint passes, keep a wet edge: each roll pass will overlap the previous one before the paint starts to dry.

Try to make each layer thin: do not overload the paint roller or it will take longer to dry … and bubbles can be made.

Patience, always. The darker the chosen color, the more layers and retouching the wall will need, to make it look uniform. Before applying the next coat, the paint must be dry. Otherwise, the only thing we will do is drag the wet paint already used.

If you are looking for an ultra-smooth finish, pass fine grain sandpaper over the dry layer before giving a new coat of paint; vacuum the debris and wipe off an antistatic cloth to remove any adhering dust.