Kalamazoo, MI — So you’re ready to tackle painting that bedroom that’s needed a facelift forever. Here’s better idea. Go to the beach and hire a professional, like Van Tuinen Painting. No? Well, if you insist on doing the work yourself, let’s see if we can make the project a bit less painful.
1. COVER UP
You’ll need some drop cloths or plastic to cover floors and furniture. Not that you’re going to drip at all. Canvas drop cloths absorb paint better than plastic. Buy some masking tape and paper to cover cabinets and woodwork if needed.
2. SELECT THE RIGHT TOOLS
The right brush (natural bristle for oil base, synthetic bristle for water base), the right roller cover (long or short nap depending on the surface you’re painting), spackle for filling holes, caulk for filling seams-all make a world of difference in preparing the surface and applying the paint smoothly.
3. PREPARE THE SURFACE
This is the toughest and most important part of the job. This is what will determine the quality of your project. Patching holes, caulking cracks, sanding the woodwork, priming the bare wood or patches, vacuuming up the dust. If you’re stripping wallpaper, make certain to get all the paper and paste film off the walls. Any remaining residue will show through the paint you put on the walls. Cut corners here and you can expect aggravation when it come time to finish coat the project.
4. PAINT THE CEILING
Usually latex flat will be your paint of choice here. A medium nap roller cover will likely work best. Cut in (that’s painter talk for the brush work) around the corners and roll the ceiling smoothly. Don’t stop for coffee when you’re halfway done or you’ll have lap marks.
4. PAINT THE WALLS
You can use a flat, a matte finish or an eggshell. We prefer the matte finish paints with their minimal sheen but washable finish. An eggshell finish has more luster and is more washable. Whatever paint you buy, don’t go cheap. Your job will be easier and the finished product will look better with a premium grade paint. Cut and roll one wall at a time. Cut it in neatly; roll the wall from top to bottom.
5. PAINT THE TRIM
Windows, doors, cabinets. Now we’re going to find out what you’re made of. Rolling out a wall is one thing. Painting woodwork is another set of skills. Again, top quality enamel paint will help greatly. Also, get the right brush for the job to “lay it off” correctly. (Painter talk for brushing the paint out smoothly). Sand, wipe, vacuum, clean the surface before painting. Remove or tape off any hardware.
6. WRAP UP
Uncover the room, put the switch plate covers back on, check the floor or hardware for splatters. They come up easier if you get splatters the same day. Check for any “holidays” (Painter talk for a missed spot).
Tell your spouse to admire your handiwork. Then tell her next time to call Van Tuinen Painting so the two of you can go to the beach. If nothing else, you can talk like a painter when our guys paint your next room.
Thanks for reading!
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