Most of us think think painting is the easiest job when it comes to any kind of home improvement and fortunately this common conception is true. To use the roller is far more easier than knocking down walls, for instance. Still, there are tips n' tricks pro's won't tell you in order to keep the secret of their flawless work. Luckily I learned some of them when I totally messed up a DIY home renovation project in my new accommodation about a year ago. It all ended happily because of Lilian, a friend of mine, who worked as a painter for some time.
Move Everything Out of the Room
- Take everything out
- Label everything with masking tape
- Purchase high quality drop cloths
Prepare the surfaces
- Wash the walls with mild cleaner
- Fill the gaps with a paintable caulk
- If you're going to use a tape, use a putty knife to bed the tape
- After the paint dries, score the edge of the tape line with a utility knife
Choose a Paint
- It is obligatory to use a good primer
- Use glossier paints
- Don't buy anything cheap
Prepare the Right Equipment
Use a 5-gallon bucket and you'll be able to mix three or more cans of paint avoiding colour discrepancies.
A good paintbrush is also very important for professional results. Pro's usually recommend synthetic, but for fine interior work you better use nylon brushes.
- Buy a cheap roller
- Use a 5-gallon bucket
- Purchase synthetic brush