Painting is one of those solutions for your home improvement. Not only is it one of the least expensive ways to drastically alter your decor, but it’s also one of the quickest. With paint, you can change the look of a single room in just a few hours, or your whole home in a single weekend.
Plan Ahead of Time
Before you go shopping, figure out exactly what you need, including supplies and tools. Take inventory of what you already have, and make a list of everything you don’t. Be sure to include the basics like paint brushes, rollers, extra roller covers, roller pans, drop cloths, spackle, and of course the paint. Use an online paint calculator to determine how much paint you’ll need, and when in doubt, buy extra.
Use the Right Tools
New painters may think that all rollers and brushes are created equal, regardless of their price. People need to understand the value of a quality paint brush should be more willing to shell out a few extra bucks. Quality brushes cost extra because they last longer than their cheaper counterparts, don’t shed brush hairs, and are less likely to leave unsightly brush marks that are hard to cover.
Use Quality Paint and Primer
Like painting tools, not all paint is created equal. Cheap paint is cheap because it takes several coats to get good coverage. Quality paints, on the other hand, will cover your walls much better and you’ll waste less time slapping on additional coats of paint. If you’re trying to cover dark or bright walls, a good color-blocking primer can be a lifesaver. For the best results, use a primer that has been tinted to match your new paint color.
Choose a Similar Color
Instead of trying to cover your wall with a completely different color of paint, opt for a different hue or shade of the current wall color. It will take much less time and effort to cover, since small mistakes and bleeding are much less noticeable.
Prep Up Only the Important Areas
Particularly dirty or greasy walls may require a good degreaser and a little scrubbing, but there’s no need to exert as much effort on relatively clean walls. Instead, quickly go over walls and trim with a damp cloth to remove loose dirt, dust, and cobwebs. Drop cloths should also be used to cover floors and large pieces of furniture, but you can most likely nix the painter’s tape. It takes entirely too much time to cover all of the trim. With a steady hand, an angled trim brush, and a little practice, you’ll get equally good results.
Don’t Clean Brushes During Breaks
Instead of spending a great deal of time washing brushes and rollers between breaks, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap. If you make sure that your brushes and rollers are wrapped airtight, they won’t dry out and they’ll be ready for use when break time’s over.
Have a Painting Party
Tedious tasks, like painting, are much more interesting when you’re tackling them with a fun bunch of people. Not to mention, they go much faster with the extra manpower. All you have to do is provide snacks and drinks, crank up the stereo, and toss a brush or roller in everyone’s hands. After the job’s done and all evidence of the paint fight is washed away, treat everyone to a delicious meal for their hard work.