In our previous article “Paint Your House Exterior Like A Professional” we discuss all the steps required to painting the outside of your house and getting the optimal final result. In this article we will discuss how to do the same in the interior of your home so you have a complete professional look throughout your space.
#1 Start With The Right Tools
As with the exterior of your home, to get the full professional look inside you will need to start with all the correct tools. Our recommendations are as follows:
- Screwdriver for removing outlet covers and light switch plates
- Paint tray
- Paint roller
- Angled paintbrush
- A wide paintbrush
- Extension pole for your paint roller
- A stepladder
- Canvas or plastic to put down and protect the floor
- Painter’s tape
- Rags to cleanup messes
- A high-quality, low VOC paint.
- Primer, or get a paint premixed with primer.
#2 Lighting and Ventilation
You don’t want to finish the job only to realize you missed a spot, or pass out half way through because the fumes have made you light-headed. As with the exterior it’s best to pick a day that is neither humid or rainy. This way the paint dries evenly and you are able to open the windows fully for ventilation. Even with low VOC (emission) paint, ventilation is still important for optimal lung health and beyond that a paint mask is always a good idea. It’s always a good idea to keep one’s optimal health in mind. If the room you are painting has no direct ventilation inside, open the windows and doors to the adjoining and adjacent rooms and consider placing a fan blowing outwards in the doorway the help remove fumes from the room.
#3 Preparation is Key
Don’t rush through the preparation of the room. It’s a good idea to do the preparation a few days before you paint in the event that you need to get any additional supplies or are delayed and only have limited time to paint. It’s a good idea to have everything like plaster filling and cleaning out of the way so you can start your day fresh and ready for a full day of painting.
- Ensure that all the woodwork such as window frames, door frames and skirting is completely taped off with masking tape
- Remove all the light-switch and plug-point plates and tape off the area where they would go
- Place your drip sheets to protect the floors, fabric sheets are preferable to plastic as plastic can be slippery and cause accidents
- Move all your furniture and paintings away from the walls or to another room
- Wipe down all the walls to ensure an even finish to your paint free of dirt
- Sand down areas where paint has been flaking
- Fill holes and cracks with putty or plaster and leave to dry
#4 Prime with Tinted Primer
Priming your surface is mandatory whenever you paint over a dark colour or your ceiling. Primer helps the paint adhere to the surface, prevents blistering and chipping and disguises the previous colour.
What many professional painters will do is add a hint of the new colour you will be adding to your walls to the primer. This greatly increases the ability of the top coat to cover the underlying colour giving you a more professional finish.
#5 Work in from the Outside
Unlike painting the exterior of the house, for internal walls it’s easier to paint all the edges with a wide brush and then use the roller to fill the space in-between. Paint a space that is about 10 cm wide and use a fairly dry brush, you don’t want the brush to be too wet and risk paint dripping on the skirting or carpets, from there you can use the roller and fill all the spaces in-between.
This method is perfect because it also prevents one from painting too far with the roller and accidentally painting the ceiling or uncovered skirting. The roller leaves a clean, even finish and can be blended into the border to make sure the paint brush lines don’t remain after drying.
#6 Use a Bucket
Most professional painters don’t even bother with roller pans. Instead they mix several cans of paint into a large bucket so the paint is a consistent colour without any mixing discrepancies and because it’s much harder to knock over a heavy bucket full of paint. The roller pan is used after dipping into the paint bucket to get even coverage on the roller before applying to the walls.
Another trick is to put the roller pan inside of a plastic bag, this way you don’t have to clean the pan every day or struggle to remove dried paint, you can simply remove the packet, rinse it and tie it back on again.
#7 Wrap up for the Day
When you are done for the day, don’t worry about cleaning all your paint brushes. Simply scrape the excess paint off and wrap your paintbrushes in cling film at the end of every day to retain the moisture and stop the paint from drying on the brushes and then clean them when you finish painting. This saves you being exposed to fumes from chemicals such as turpentine every day and is a more time and cost effective way to carry out your painting project.
#8 Prepare for Touchups
Keep some paint and a mini roller aside in a small tin or plastic container before storing your leftover paint and tools. Give your walls a few days to dry and then go over them carefully and look for any possible areas needing to be touched up. Remove the masking tape from all the framework like windows and doors and look for areas where you may have taped over painted areas that need to be covered.
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