As soon as the air begins to cool around here, I get a FEVAH. A fevah to tackle more projects around the house…including painting interiors! Paint Walls Like a Pro: DIY Help will hopefully H E L P!
Raise your paintbrush if you are the DIY type who climbs the ladder and rolls on paint yourself! While I may not be the best interior painter around, I must say I do enjoy it. I like the workout and the satisfaction of transforming a space with a little time and money.
As a serial mover, my husband and I have tackled our fair share of home improvement projects, and since I truly cannot be trusted with power tools, the painting usually falls within my domain. Dozens of homes for us over the years added up to hundreds of walls to paint so I have some experience.
We have also hired professionals from time to time, and there are many occasions where it is wise to leave the job to them.
One of the 3,000 frustrating things about our current fixer upper when we bought it? The whole home had been freshly painted with one color…and it was the WRONG color for us. (Think an “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” shade of margarine.) The only upside? I guess it would have been more work to cover a darker color.
How about you? Do you enjoy doing the work of painting yourself or do you think it’s for the birds? Today you’ll find some food for thought if you’re on the fence and helpful tips should you decide to get those walls painted DIY style.
I’ll share a few paint colors that have worked well along the way as well.
The white we used for all of our interiors: BENJAMIN MOORE White.
Yep. The color is White, and don’t let anyone at the paint counter try to talk you out of this plain Jane name. It is the base white that other colors are mixed with so it is a pure, very light and bright white.
Time is Money. Will you have enough time to do it yourself? Hiring a professional may save you time, labor, and headache.
Let’s Avoid the ER…yes? Painting walls is a physical workout…do you have physical limitations, vertigo, shaky hands, or issues impacting your safety and health? Allowing someone else to climb the ladder is money well spent, and your joints will thank you.
Scaffolding Woes. If you have high ceilings or a whole house of rooms which require paint, it’s likely a job to leave to a team of professionals with the proper equipment and expertise. When we built our prior French Country home, we left all of the interior painting to a team of professionals who used high tech sprayers and knocked out the job in no time.
Money Talks. Have a budget to pay for the the work to be done by professionals? Lucky you! Go pro, mama.
My go to whites: In our prior home, we had most of our walls painted Benjamin Moore White Sand, and here at the fixer upper, the bright white that worked best was Benjamin Moore White (yep, that’s right, W H I T E…the folks at the paint counter are destined to make you repeat the underwhelming mono-syllabic name of this color!).
If painting an interior is a new adventure for you, I hope these 6 TIPS TO HELP will keep your stress level low and the WOW factor high.
- Remove furniture, lamps, and objects from the room or move them away from walls. Remove outlet and light switch plates to save time and effort taping off those areas.
- Cover the floor with a dropcloth.
- Prep work is important when you want to execute it like the pros. Repair any wall damage, cracks, and holes with joint compound or spackle. Allow to dry completely, then sand and smooth. Remove any dust by wiping down and vacuuming wall surfaces.
- You will most likely need to mask off with painter’s tape those areas you don’t want painted (trim, light fixtures, etc).
- To cut in, use an angled 2 1/2″ or 3″ quality paintbrush, using light pressure and smooth strokes. Move around the room, along the edges, as fast as you feel comfortable, keeping a wet edge. First cut out the wall – ceiling, then corners, then around outlets, then windows, then vents, and then the wall – floor. When the room is cut in entirely, you’re ready to roll.
- For rolling, start at the top of the wall and work your way down. Load your roller with paint and roll it on the wall in a W pattern. Then, fill in the W area with paint. Work quickly and keep a wet edge moving along the wall. If you notice you missed a spot, let it dry, keep moving, and go back later for touch-ups.
I love learning smart new tips, so if you have any…lay ’em on me!
Feeling extra geeky and game for a few BONUS painting hacks? Check out these brilliant ones…
Tres Tray Smart. (See what I did there?) Line your paint tray with a disposable insert, aluminum foil, or a plastic bag for easier clean-up and less paint down the sink drain.
Glove Love. Consider wearing disposable gloves to avoid messy hands and to store paint brushes that you don’t want to dry out. And don’t forget a mask…your lungs will thank you.
Not Just for Laundry. For easier paint brush cleanup, add fabric softener to the water in which you soak brushes to prevent dryness and hardening of the bristles.
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I once knocked over a gallon of paint and have never been soooooo glad that my drop cloth was one of those high quality more expensive ones! Not a drip of paint bled through to the creamy porcelain tile floor!
Any painting horror stories to share?
Peace to you right where you are.
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