Interior Painting Tricks
There’s always an innate hesitation when we think about interior painting. It’s such a big job to tackle—you need to move furniture, cover fixtures with blankets or masking tape, protect floors with newspapers, and a thousand other things that take away the fun out of changing colors indoors. Besides, it could end up a disaster.
The things is, interior painting can be effortless and enjoyable if you know what you’re doing. Keep in mind these things to make house painting easy peasy:
#1 Interior paints come in latex or alkyd.
Know your indoor house paints first before you start. Home improvement stores carry the more popular latex and alkyd resin paints. Latex is water-thinned and has the advantage of quick drying and complete coverage when applied over another color. Alkyd is oil-based, often favored for doors, trims and heavily-used hallways. These paints come in different types of finish—how paint reacts to light—satin, glossy, semi-gloss, eggshell, and matte (or flat).
#2 Aim for harmony and balance when choosing colors.
Tell me you’ve decided on a theme for your interior painting…because that will dictate, more or less, what colors you’ll be using. Ask for help in selecting matching color combinations (not clashing ones, unless you’re aiming for shock and awe). Also, keep in mind the furniture or room details that you want to highlight. The right paint can bring out the beauty of these details in your room.
#3 There’s a brush for everything.
There are different ways to coat walls, trims and details when interior painting your house, so there are different kinds of paint applicators available for you. There’s the brush, which is ideal for smaller spaces like trims and accents. Attack the wider areas like walls, doors and ceilings with rollers and sprays. Be careful with that spray though as it can get out of control if you’re not careful. And please put on protective gear—gloves, hat, dust mask, goggles and paint suits—when using paint spray. You can never be too careful, you know.
Your painted areas will look even and pleasing if you mix your paint well and ensure that they’re the same texture and consistency before painting them on.
#4 The ceilings come first when interior painting.
To make things easier for you—and have less mistakes—work on the ceilings first. Use a paint roller with handles. Start painting from the edges, working your way towards the center. Paint the trim next, if there’s any.
After the ceilings, go on to the walls, again painting with a roller. Paint with an overlapping W movement, then horizontally in one direction to create a smooth, even finish. Once this part of your interior painting is done, follow with the doors and windows. For doors with panels, paint the panels first followed by the horizontals and then the verticals.
So there you have it—interior painting 101…or how to enjoy painting the interiors of your house without the angst. Just remember to have your tools handy and ensure you’re working safe before you start.