There’s more to interior painting than meets the eye. If you want a bright color scheme and clean lines, you’ll have to do some prep work. While a painting company can take care of the job, it’ll cost you some hard earned cash. Fortunately, we’ve compiled seven of the most common painting mistakes and tips on how to avoid them.
Mistake 1 – Spilled paint
Paint is easy to spill. Prevent this accident by replacing the lid when you finish pouring the paint. You should also cover the area with drop clothes before you start painting. If you have pets or small children, make arrangements for their care.
Mistake 2 – Uneven lines
Painter’s tape is the easiest way to achieve clean lines. Cover baseboards, fixtures, and outlet covers before you starting painting to prevent misplaced drips. When you finish painting, remove the tape right away or risk pulling off dried paint.
Mistake 3 – Tainted the paint
Paint looks best when applied to a clean, dry surface. Wash the walls before your next paint job, and you’ll prevent dust, hair, and dirt from ruining your application. After washing, wait at least 24 hours before painting. Water can also mess up your application.
Mistake 4 – Skipped the primer
Skipping primer is a rookie mistake. Primer makes easier for paint to adhere to the surface. It also makes it harder for older coats of paint to peek through. Apply the first coat of primer after cleaning the walls and letting them dry. Apply the next coat of paint at least 24 hours after applying the primer.
Mistake 5 – Wrong color
Colors change with lighting. Before buying ten cans of periwinkle blue, paint a small swatch in the project area. When the paint dries, you’ll have an accurate idea of how it will appear when you finish the project. If the color isn’t right, you can always make adjustments.
Mistake 6 – Not enough paint
No two batches of paint are the same. Make sure you buy enough at the beginning of your project. If you run out, the next batch may look different. You should also buy an extra can of paint for touch ups later on.
Mistake 7 – Painting the ceiling last
If you’re planning to paint the ceiling, do it first. If you paint the ceiling after the walls, drips can ruin your new paint job. Also, make sure to buy ceiling paints. It’s less shiny than wall paint and only requires one coat.
How do you feel? If your answer is “overwhelmed,” consider hiring a local painters to do the job. They cost money, but professionals are significantly faster than DIY. Either way, you should always request a free painting estimate to help you make a decision.