DIY painting can be a lot easier than you may think. If you are planning on having your home painted, it can be more cost-effective to do it yourself. Creating your own crafts, home decor, and other projects generally require some painting as well. Below are painting tips that can help anyone from the nervous beginner to the advanced professional.
- This is not necessarily a trick, but it is required to complete any painting project to get a smooth, clean-looking surface that lasts. Before you paint any surface, you will need to clean it thoroughly. If you are painting the walls in your home, you will need to do some house cleaning. Move furniture away from the walls, and wipe the walls and trim down. For small craft projects, clean the surface you are planning on painting. If you are painting the outside of a home, you will need to pressure wash and clean the exterior. If this is a large, messy project, you can also invest in highest quality cleaning services where cleaners will come do this for you.
- When painting, brush strokes can ruin the overall smooth look you are going for. Using a high-quality brush can help you avoid brush strokes. While lower quality brushed can be cheaper, you may be sacrificing the quality of your paint job.
- Another way to avoid brush strokes is to work in smaller sections. If you work in large sections, the paint can dry in some areas. As you brush over the dried areas, paint can leave streaks.
- There are some projects that you don’t want a smooth finish on. For these projects, you can create an interesting crackle paint effect. Just paint your base coat of paint, smear some Elmer’s glue on top, then paint over with your top coat.
- Distressing new wood to look like older wood is very popular right now. After you have sanded, primed and painted the piece to be distressed, just take a sanding block or sand paper and lightly sand the edges and other spaces you want to look distressed. Take a darker shaded color, paint over top and wipe it away immediately.
- If you forgot to clean your paint brush and it now has old paint stuck on it, just soak it in Murphy’s Oil Soap or hot vinegar for thirty minutes.
- Instead of using painter’s tape, which is expensive, occasionally allows paint to bleed through, and when ripped off can take some paint off with it, use a paint shield. It requires less work and you won’t run the risk of ripping freshly dried paint off your wall.
- Clean up time after you have painted can be cut in half by lining the rolling tray with aluminum foil or plastic bag. When you are done, just take it out and throw it in the trash. Use standard home cleaners for the cleaning itself.
- If you take a break from painting or are done for the day, don’t throw the paint rollers out. Instead, wrap them in plastic wrap or Press N Seal wrap to keep them from drying out.
- For those hard to reach places, attach a paint pad to a stirring stick. Dip the painting pad and paint away, using the stirring stick as a long handle.
Finish with a good home cleaning to see the full effects and make sure that there is no paint left. Keeping the house clean will also help you keep the new aesthetic setting you provided. One advice, though – if you are fan of the steam cleaning, you might want to keep the steam cleaner away from the new paint.
This post was a guest post by Ella Andrews. Ella Andrews is a content writer and blogger. Her passion are all sorts of home remodeling, organizing and interior design related projects. She is presently focused on writing the best possible and is enjoying every opportunity to share tips and advise her readers!