8 Game-changing home painting tips

Painting your own walls has three stages: the excitement, the dilemma and finally, the satisfaction of it.
Just the thought of having to paint your own walls gets your blood rushing. Admit it, it�s a thrilling activity. From coloring books when you were a child to brushing strokes to your own walls, it brings you the same anticipation.

Then comes choosing your preferred wall color/s, it�s both exciting and heart-ripping. All the fascinating shades in the paint palette in the hardware store makes it difficult to choose which one would suit best for you. That�s where the first dilemma kicks in. The second one is when you�ve already started painting your walls and suddenly noticing that there�s an uneven part of the wall. What do you do now?

Finally, after all the hard work and time invested in it, you now have a dreamy room thanks to the good mood the color brings in. Now, can�t you feel how satisfying it is to paint your own walls?


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Now, before you rush to the hardware store and buy paint materials for your room repainting job, take note of these paint hacks and tips you need to know to make the process easier and more fun.

Prepare and clean your walls. Don�t just go straight ahead preparing your materials, you should also prepare your canvass. Clean and wipe away the dust on your walls. A dusty wall will make it hard for the paint to hold on for a long time.

Don�t just stop there. Sand the walls to achieve a smooth and flat surface so when you paint over it, there wouldn�t be any tiny bumps that is unsettling to see.

Stock the right paint supplies. More often than not, people tend to buy materials for this project that are more than they�ll need. There is lack in know-how that attributes to this issue. Chances are, you might end up buying the wrong tape/s, too much brushes and tools that aren�t really necessary to get the job done.

Don�t waste time and money buying excessive supplies and materials that aren�t essential to your paint job. You can check out this Real Simple�s article on the only painting tools you�ll be needing to give you an idea of what you need. You can also consult a handyman for further tips and advices.
Use tinted primer. After filling in the holes and cracks your wall has, don�t paint directly over it. The pre-paint preparation isn�t finished yet and you have one important step to do before you stroke your chosen paint color on your wall.

If you coat the wall without primer, it will suck out the moisture of your paint which will cause flashing, making it appear dull flat. Skip the white primer and get your hands on a tinted primer (or a tinted color that�s similar to your choice of wall color). It�s a better choice for covering existing paint. The finish coat will make the color look more full of life.

Boxing. Boxing is a method painters use. It is the process of pouring gallons of paint in a five-gallon bucket or container. The reason behind this is to retain the consistency of the paint color in your walls from the beginning to the last inch of wall space. Consuming a one gallon paint and opening another gallon halfway through the process will make the transition noticeable.

Choose the right paint type. If you find choosing the perfect color that will fit your room is difficult, it doesn�t stop there. You�ll also need to choose which paint type would better suit the room.

There are various types of paint and finish: gloss, semi gloss, eggshell, flat/matte, water-based, etc. The key is to determining which one is good for the room. If you�re painting a living room, eggshell paint would be the best choice for it is low-sheen finish. For your bedroom, opt for a matte finish. Consult an expert to find out what�s best for your walls, moldings and other surfaces.

Paint in a �W� form. For starters, chances are they�ll start painting in straight strokes since that�s instinctively the way to do it. However, that�s not as effective as painting in �W� formation. By doing so, an even distribution of coat and paint is given on all spaces. No space will be left too thick or too thin.

Don�t forget lip balms and vaselines. You may not expect to see these two beauty items on this list but these two are essential to keeping a fine and consistent paint work. Simply apply a generous amount of lip balm of vaseline in the glass pane of the window; and hinges of the doors to prevent paint from getting around them. It�s a genius and handy trick that is simple and easy.

Use canvas drop cloths. Yes, it�s tempting to improvise and just use whatever supplies you have sitting in your home as alternative. That isn�t always acceptable.

Canvas drop cloths are handy and will save you the time cleaning spilled paint on the ground. Thin sheets or plastic covers aren�t the best option most times. Canvas cloths absorb splashes of paint that prevents it from seeping through your floor.

Not only painting your own room will save you a large chunk of money but it is also greatly fulfilling. Seeing the result of your paint job makes adds value and personality to the room and your home. 
Chie Suarez is a passionate writer for PAAL Kit Homes, a company that manufactures and supplies steel-framed kit homes that help Australian families build their dream home. Chie has a deep interest in home design and decoration. 

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