Painting a room is definitely a feat that you can do by yourself or with a partner. Many homeowners prefer to paint the rooms in their houses on their own to save on renovation expenses while having a fantastic experience. If you are one of those who want to try their hand at house painting (or hire a Calgary painting company), then do not fret. The fundamentals are simple and with determination, you can accomplish the job with flying colors!
1. Planning – This phase is very important to keep things organized and efficient. You will want to choose the right paint colors to use as well as make a list of all the tools you need for the project. Research helps a great deal, so don’t skip this part.
2. Preparation – You will actually spend half the time doing prep work in a house painting project. You need to prepare the area and make sure that everything is in good condition before painting any surface.
· Remove all furniture and furnishings first from the room or gather them in the center of the room to get them out of the way. Be sure to cover them with drop cloths as well as the entire floor to protect from any paint spatters and drips.
· Repair damaged surfaces, caulk, patch, scrape, sand, and clean them to ensure a smooth and durable finish.
· Remove all outlet covers, switches, lighting fixtures and any other hindrances.
· Lastly, tape the trim, windows, doors and moldings with quality painter’s tape to protect them while painting the walls.
3. Priming – Applying paint primer is a crucial step, particularly when painting over a much darker color than what you are using. To achieve good coverage and better sheen and finish, always use a primer before applying a coat of paint. You will also find that primer is much cheaper than paint and that you will only need to apply one coat of paint after applying primer. For unpainted surfaces, the primer will infiltrate the surface that would suck up plenty of paint.
4. Cutting in – Before using the paint rollers to paint the walls and ceiling, cut in the edges with a 2-inch brush to ensure that all hard-to-reach areas are covered well. From the edges, right around the taped trim, brush paint 2-3 inches.
5. Painting – Using a paint roller, which is 7-9 inches wide, paint the walls using a W pattern. To do this, paint a large W and fill it without lifting the roller for a smooth finish. Do this starting at one corner of the wall until you have covered the entire wall.
6. Painting the trim, moldings, baseboards, and window and door frames – After the paint has dried on the walls and removed the painter’s tape, tape the walls around the trim, and paint the moldings, baseboards, windows and door frames.
Once finished, all you have to do is clean up, sit back and admire your hard work. It may take a couple of days or a week to complete the job, but it’s all worth it when you do it right.