Tips for painting like a pro

Painting the walls of our home is a very effective way to transform the decoration, erase the inevitable marks of the passage of time and achieve the feeling of a brand new home. And, although it is not a task that requires a great investment or experience, it is advisable to take into account a series of things before taking the brush and starting to paint.

Plan the project well

Unless we simply have to paint a very small wall or room, we must plan well when it is going to be painted. Better to have enough time not to be overwhelmed and to be able to do the job with precision. Painting is not a matter of just one morning.

Another aspect of planning is the choice of colors that we are going to apply to the walls. If we are not sure, it may be worth doing tests (with small paint samples) with some brush strokes on the walls. Better if the result is checked at different times of the day depending on how the light hits. Also, keep in mind that the paint looks darker when it dries.

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Choose paint

Depending on the surface to be painted (interior, exterior, smooth, rough …) or the desired finish, you should choose one type of paint or another. Better to ask the store’s specialists for advice and not skimp on the quality of the paint to ensure a good result.

It is also important to know how to choose the tools that we are going to need, such as the roller or brushes. As with paint, it is better not to go for the cheapest option to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Protect spaces

Before taking the first brush, there is a task that is almost more important than painting: to protect floors, door frames, windows, furniture, etc. well from paint stains. It is a laborious task but then we will be grateful for having done it by avoiding damaging other surfaces and having to scratch and clean paint stains, which can be very heavy.

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Prepare the walls

The walls must be smooth, without imperfections and clean of dust before painting so putty must be put to repair all imperfections. Paint alone will not repair them.

Start at the top

If you plan to paint the ceiling, it is better to start there and then continue to the highest part of the wall and paint from top to bottom (without pauses) so that no drops of paint fall on the part that had already been painted.

In addition, avoid soaking the roller or brush too much with paint because the result will not be good and can cause, for example, bubbles to form on the walls. We must achieve thin layers of paint and with the necessary paint.

Avoid humid days

It is better not to paint on wet days because it will slow down the drying of the paint. In addition, painting on days with a lot of light can help us see the results better and detect imperfections.

Let dry

For the finish to be perfect, we must let the surface dry completely to be able to appreciate the final result and decide if a new coat of paint is necessary or not. During drying, you have to open the windows so that the paint dries well and quickly. You have to follow the instructions on the container about how many hours to leave before applying a new layer.