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5 DIY House Painting Tips You Think You Know (But You Really Don't)

Painting the walls of your home sets the tone of your home. And with these tips, you will be set up for house painting DIY in style!

1. Sand Before You Paint

Sanding is more important to perfectly painted walls or woodwork than it is given credit for. Sanding levels out spackle and flattens ridges around nail holes, giving you a nice, even canvas to start your painting.


Sand the walls from the baseboard to the ceiling with fine grit sanding paper on a sanding pole. Repeat this process horizontally.


Sand woodwork with a sanding sponge to get into crevices.


If this is taking more time than you anticipated, don’t worry. You are doing it right.


2. Protect your woodwork


Having paint leak on to your woodwork can add strain and time to your plans, in addition to giving you a very literal pain-in the-neck. How to avoid this? Pay close attention to adhering the tape before you start.

The method:

Secure blue painter’s tape over the wood, then run a putty knife over the top and press down for a good seal. This will stop the paint from bleeding without buckling.


3. Mixing color is not just for the kids


If you think the same color of paint varies in different cans, don’t book an appointment with your ophthalmologist right away. This is not uncommon and can be fixed easily.


To ensure color consistency, mix 2-3 cans of paint in a 5 gallon bucket.


If you don’t know how much you will need, add more rather than less. You can always pour the leftover back into cans.


For large surfaces, use the bucket and a roller screen rather than a roller tray to work quickly. Simply dunk the roller into the paint bucket, then roll it along the screen until it stops dripping.


If colour mixing seems to be challenging and you fear having inconsistency in your walls, go for lighter shades. Inconsistencies are far less prominent and they make rooms look brighter and bigger.


Still stuck for inspiration? Try using innovations like creating an idea wall for the kids’ room or for the office.


4. Pay attention to loading paint


You could land anywhere on the spectrum of ‘clueless and overwhelmed’ to ‘Picasa for the day’ when you start. Wherever you are, some tips on technique will definitely benefit your painting project.


Pay attention to how you load paint into your brush. Load the bottom 1½ inches of brush with paint, and tap each side against the inside of the container to knock off the heavy drips before you paint.


This is more effective than loading the entire brush and wiping off excess paint on the sides of the container since this undoes the action of paint loading to a great extent.


5. Painting technique 101

Painting a wall is nothing like painting on a canvas. The scale is larger, the paint is different and so is the technique. The most common problem you are likely to encounter is creating runs by applying too much paint in corners or along trim.Method:

To avoid running paint, start brushing about ½ inch away from the borders of the designated area. As the brush unloads, move over and slowly drag the brush along the corner. Allow the bristles to gently push the paint against the cut-in area. You will have to do this a couple of times to get complete coverage, but it'll avoid excess paint along woodwork and in corners.


The most important tools to have in your arsenal are patience and preparation. Visit your local hardware store and get some solid advice. Try out your hand with equipment and understand the correct method. Another way you can get prepared is checking out a painting blog. And all the best!

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