Does your house need a makeover? There’s nothing better than renovating your wall painting to transform your environments completely. A just painted room, even if the furniture is the same, will look like a new one. Try it if you don’t believe it. Besides, painting your house is not necessarily a difficult task and you can do it yourself. Here, it comes some tips for painting your house that may help you a lot.
Among all the DIY projects we can do at home, painting the walls is probably one of the easiest ones. Yes, it is quite back-breaking, but you don’t need too many skills for achieving perfect results and you can save a lot of money by doing it yourself.
The kis is making clear some aspects that improve and make the task easier. Furthermore, you don’t need to paint your house in a weekend. You can plan to do it during several weekends, and schedule different rooms for every week. The result will be much better. And, of course, you can ask for your friends, boyfriend or family to help you.
Choosing the paint for your house
The first thing to do, after deciding that you want to paint your house, is choosing the paint. Regardless of the colours you like, there are also many types and qualities of paint among you’ll have to choose. So, it’s better that you look for professional advice. When you go to buy the paint, you’ll need to pay attention to two essential features: coverage and how easy to clean it is.
On the one side, coverage means how much the paint covers the wall with one layer. If the paint covers a lot, you’ll have to apply less layers of paint and you’ll have less work to do. On the other side, when we talk about how easy to clean the paint is, we refer to the possibility or not of cleaning the walls. It is to say, if you choose a paint that is easy to clean or simply that can be cleaned, it’ll be very helpful in your daily life, specially if you have kids at home.
In terms of colours, you can choose any colour you like. However, remind that light tones visually enlarge small spaces while darker colours use to look better in wider spaces.
Prepare the walls before painting
Source: Lakeland Paints
To begin with, you should empty the room as much as possible or stack all the furniture and objects in the middle (if it’s a big room) and cover them with a big piece of plastic. You should also cover the floor, the frames of doors and windows, the skirting board, the switches, the sockets, etc.
This is probably the most tedious part of the job, since you’ll be excited about starting painting with the roller. But if you cover everything well and take care of every detail, you’ll have less to clean when you’re done.
When the room is all covered and protected, you should sand the flaws and fill any crack or hole with filler. Then, apply the layer of primer, which is a first layer that will help you save paint and achieve better results. Wait until it’s dry and then, you can start painting.
How to calculate how much paint you’ll need
For calculating how much paint you’ll need, you should start measuring the floor and the squared meters of the wall. With a litre of paint you’ll be able to paint approximately 10 squared meters, but it can always vary. There are some walls that absorb more paint than others, specially if you’re applied a primer layer or not.
Anyway, you can use the manufacturer information as a guide, because all paints aren’t the same. Moreover, doors and windows deduct some squared meters from the room.
Take the roller and get on with it!
After all those steps, you’re ready for starting painting! Wet the roller with paint and start painting the ceiling. You should paint on the light direction, so that you don’t leave any shadow. When you’re done with the ceiling, you can start with the walls and remember to paint always in the same direction. If you have smooth walls, move the roller from top to bottom slowly and repeatedly.
Avoid impregnating the roller with too much paint and always wait for the first layer to dry before you start the second one. When you’re done, you won’t believe the task would be so quick.
After these tips for painting your house, are you ready for painting your house yourself?
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