Power Hour Painting Tips
Painting may be the most patience-pressing task ever. Here are some quick design and technique tips that will make it worth the effort. Use one wall per room as the accent wall and the rest should be the main house color you have chosen for your light or mid-tone or dark theme.
The accent wall in the bedroom is best set behind the headboard of the bed. When repainting your house, first determine if you will be changing any furniture arrangements. When flipping a house try to get in the mind of the homebuyer. Logistically, where would they put the bed. Will that room likely be for a child with a crib or twin-size bed? Is it the master bedroom? In that case you will need to consider which wall would likely host a King- or Queen-sized bed?
Shoot! Study some Feng Shui for crying out loud.
Next, family rec rooms, sitting rooms and living rooms. An accent wall is often favored to be the wall that will hold the tv and/or a fireplace/mantel or main art wall of a formal sitting room.
In the dining room the sky is the limit and in the kitchen the accent wall is often the wall with all the cabinets and backsplash (so meditate before you begin or hire someone very talented). Between the backsplash tile, cabinetry, paint and trim you will want to jab a paintbrush in your own eye by the time it is said and done. Totally worth it though!
Let’s throw in a few closing techniques for painting yourself. Not actually painting yourself; I mean doing the painting yourself, although the former sounds far more entertaining. Maybe we do the next blog about that.
To prevent what is known as “lap marks”, try to paint the entire length of the wall, up and down. Then, be sure to just slightly overlap the edge of the last stroke you made before it starts to dry. Basically, if you get a notification on your phone, your kid is bleeding or the pizza dude is at the door, it is going to have to wait!
The chicken or the egg? Do you paint the trim first or the walls? According to familyhandyman.com, always paint the trim first, then the ceiling then the walls. We have done it both ways ourselves and it is certainly easier and faster to cover the trim with everyone’s arch-enemy “Blue Painter’s Tape” than it is to tape/cover the edges of the walls.
One other great tip from familyhandyman.com10 Interior House Painting Tips & Painting Techniques for the Perfect Paint Job is to give the paint a minimum of 24 hours to dry before attempting to take it off. Also, do not tear it off you Barbarian (I did for years until I heard these great tips). It is common and likely to tear paint off of the wall (even dried paint) when you pull and tear willy-nilly. Instead, use a sharp, small utility knife or box cutter (for the love of God be careful) and cut gently along the edge. Then (very important) tear as you go at a 45-degree angle.
For more great tips on painting and other DIY techniques, visit familyhandyman.com