Must Read Wall Painting Preparation Advice

Written on:April 22, 2015
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Wall paintingAmong other things spring is a great time for fresh wall painting in your home. Many people simply hire professionals to do the job, but in the past few years people are increasingly doing wall painting themselves in order to save money, as well as showcase their own creativity.

Even though wall painting seems like a simple thing, for first timers there are a few rules you should keep in mind so you can avoid damage or unexpected outcome on your walls and ceiling.

Preparation for wall painting is the most important and demanding part of the job. Even though it doesn’t involve anything overly complex, you do want to do it properly and make sure you cover everything (even literally).

Emptying the room

Wall painting (2)

Empty room makes wall painting easier and makes sure you don’t mess any of your furniture.

First off you should empty the room in which you plan to paint the walls of preferably all furniture and stuff. Emptying the room will make sure the furniture like closets or desks don’t get accidentally painted.

Second, the whole painting process will definitely be easier since you have more room to work with. And lastly, an empty room will ensure there’s plenty of air flowing through thus speeding up the paint drying process.

Covering and protecting

Things such as electric sockets, light switches and window frames should be covered and protected with a duct tape, or something else such as nylon. You can cover your floors with old newspapers, which is very cheap and easy to come by.

Removing old paint

If necessary you should always remove old paint before you start painting with new. It ensures it will easily stick and dry, as old paint can often have small cracks which can later on damage the new paint as well. In case there’s any mold you should also use the necessary tools to remove it. Do not skip removing the mold as simply painting it over will only make the whole thing worse next time!

There’s plenty of advice for this part which we’ll leave for another more detailed article, but if you don’t want to handle it yourself you can always hire a professional to do it for you.

Choosing colors

Flower themed living room

Really elegant flower-themed living room design

Choosing the colors of your walls depends entirely on you. Everyone has their own preferences, so you should decide yourself what you prefer. Some interior decorating blogs recommend using green for bedrooms (supposedly you’ll wake up more rested) and orange for kitchens (“inviting” guests”), and blue for study rooms or offices (relaxing).

You should also consider the colors of your furniture and match the wall color accordingly. Orange color works well for living rooms as well, although typically you’ll want to match it with your furniture colors as mentioned already.

For kids bedrooms purple, pink, red, blue or green are common colors, and you can also use various wall stencils, stickers or pictures to make it really unique.

Actual wall painting process

When it comes to painting the most functional order is to do corners first, followed by walls and ceiling. Vertical surfaces are generally painted last. Wall paint usually dries within a day or two at most, after which you can safely put all the furniture back in, and finally sit back and enjoy your freshly painted walls.

Green living room design

This beautiful living room is an excellent example of creative design.

Hopefully this wall painting advice helps you in case you want to save some money and do it yourself. As mentioned at the start of this article DIY wall painting is becoming increasingly popular lately so there’s really no reason why you should pay hundreds of dollars to someone if you can do it yourself.

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