How to paint your rooms professionally to save costs
You’re ready to redecorate your home, but haven’t dabbled in DIY painting before. The process isn’t as challenging as you may think. Follow these helpful tips below for a professional-grade paint job, minus the labour costs:
Before picking up a paintbrush, make sure you have the right amount of paint for the job. As a rule of thumb, you’ll need about four litres of paint for every 110 square meters, so measure the width and height of each wall (subtracting window and door spaces) to determine how much you’ll need.
• To ensure your paint job has a smooth finish, check for any holes or cracks and fill them with spackle. After filling imperfections with a putty knife and letting the spackle dry, lightly sand the area with a sanding block.
• Once that’s complete, inspect the cleanliness of your walls. If you can’t recall the last time they were cleaned, you’ll need to scrub them with soapy water, rinse and allow ample drying time—at least eight hours. Paint won’t adhere well to dirty walls, so this step is necessary to achieve great-looking results.
• To protect your possessions from paint splatters and drips, lay drop cloths on the floor. Since cloths can easily shift, make sure they’re secure with doublesided tape. Painter’s Mate Green has a Double-Sided Drop Cloth Tape that holds plastic drop cloths in place so that you can avoid slippery falls and stay focused on painting. The cloths can be used on various flooring including carpet, tile and ceramic.
• After masking off your room with a painter’s tape to avert paint bleed, you’re ready to get to work. For a long-lasting paint job, prime your walls. After your primer is completely dry, pop open that paint can and get started.