There’s a lot more that goes into painting a wall then selecting the right color. After you’ve chosen the ideal color for your home, it’s time to get to work. One of the areas that should not be overlooked is the prep work. It is important to prepare your walls before you begin the task of painting them. Make sure that the wall is properly cleaned and primed for painting. It is important that you have all of the necessary tools to make your painting job an easier one. Properly lay out all of your tools to make sure you are able to easily access them throughout the task. Now you’re ready to go.
The right tools
To make sure you are properly prepared, it is important you have all of your tools properly arranged so that you can reach them throughout the task. What you need for your painting project include cellulose sponge, dish washing liquid, painters tape, primer, paint, paint tray, paint roller, two inch angled paint brush and ladder. Make sure that the items are easily accessible but are not so close that they crowd your work area.
Make sure the walls are clean
If you have a wall with old pain or wallpaper, it is important to remove the wallpaper or paint. If you make the decision to paint over the existing wallpaper or paint, make sure the wall has a smooth even finish. After you’ve made the decision of whether to strip the walls or paint over the existing wall treatment, it is important to make sure the walls are free from any dust, dirt or debris. To ensure the walls are completely clean, use a solution of water mixed with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid and clean the walls with the cellulose sponge.
Trim the wall
Trim the walls along the edges with painter’s tape to protect the areas you don’t want the paint to touch. This could include protecting the trim, molding, door knobs, window and door frames and light fixtures. The edge of the tape should lie exactly where the wall meets the trim. This part of the painting process is the most tedious and time-consuming, so be prepared.
Applying the primer
To ensure a better quality paint job, it is recommended to use a primer. A primer ensures your paint adheres better to the surface and increases its durability. It provides an additional protection for the surface that is being painted. There are some paints that have primer included, so this step of the paint process may not be necessary in those cases. If you purchase a paint product that does not contain primer, it is recommended to use a primer. This step is essential to ensure a high quality paint job. Pour the paint primer into the painting tray and apply it to the walls using the paint roller. Before you apply the primer to the wall, make sure the roller is completely saturated with primer and remove any excess paint to avoid drips. Apply the primer to the entire wall and follow the manufacturer’s drying instructions to ensure the primer is completely dry before applying the paint coat.
Start with the trim
After the primer coat has completely, it is time to paint the trim. Using the 2-inch angled brush, dip it into the paint. Coat the bristles about a third of the way up the brush. Begin applying the paint by brushing it along the outer edge of the painters tape. Apply the paint 2 to 3 inches into the wall space. After you’ve painted the entire trim area, use the paint roller to apply the paint to the rest of the wall in the shape of a W. Make sure to remove any excess paint to avoid drips and keep the roller pressed against the wall. Add more paint as needed until the walls are completely covered.
Remove the painters tape
Before the paint is completely dry, remove the painter’s tape. This is an important and essential step in painting the walls and it is important to remove the tape before the paint dries. You do not want to remove the painters tape after the paint has dried because it can cause the paint on the walls to crack.
Apply any trims or moldings
After you’ve completed painting the walls, you can add any trims or crown moldings to complete the look of the room. Crown molding adds a finished feel and an elegant touch to a room. Depending on how the room will be used, you may desire to complete the look by framing it in crown molding or trimming the base of the walls. It is not mandatory to paint the walls before adding any trims or moldings. It would, however, make the project much easier if you paint the walls first and add any trims or moldings later. You may also consider painting the moldings before applying them to the wall. This can also make the painting project a little bit easier.
Apply finishing paints
After you’ve applied the molding or trims, follow up with any finishing touches for paint. During the installation, there may be small scratches or nicks in the wall. You can easily correct that by applying finishing touch ups to those areas.
Before you begin any paint project, it is important to plan ahead and be prepared. It can be a tedious job, however, if you are prepared and have a plan in place you can make it a smoother process.