If you don’t have the time or inclination to hire a decorator, but you do want to revamp your home and give it a fresh new look, chances are you are thinking about repainting.
A fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest and most effective ways to redecorate your space, but that is not to say it is easy. There are many mistakes that can be made, which is why I have put together a few tips for repainting your home’s exterior with ease…
- Cover everything
You may think that you’ll be able to decorate your home without getting a spill of paint on anything, but chances are you are wrong. So many people paint their homes each year without first covering their furniture or flooring only to be left with a splattered mess at the end that Covering before you point, either with dust sheet or plastic cover, is how to avoid decorating disasters 101. Even if you’re just painting a small area, make sure you’ve got everything nearby covered!
- Use the perfect primer
If you want to get as smooth a finish as possible with your paint job, you need to use a primer. What’s more, you need to choose the right primer. For example, if you’re painting freshly plastered walls, a water-based primer is ideal as it will give you a perfectly even base to work with, but if you’re painting over an existing layer o paint, an oil-based primer will probably work better for you.
- Avoid overlap
A common problem many people experience when decorating their homes with paint is the tell-tale overlap mark that shows where they’ve rolled over the first layer of paint. Luckily, this is something you can easily avoid by painting the height of whichever wall you’ve started with and then moving over a little so that the last stroke is the only stroke to overlap. This means that the edge you are rolling over is still wet, and you don’t get the tell-tale overlap mark for perfectly painted walls.
- Make sure you have golf balls to hand
Why? Because if you aren’t going to get all of your painting done in one session, it is a good way to stop your paint from drying out, and thus providing you with a poorer finish when you start up again. Simply place the golf balls in the paint can to cover the space of the paint you’ve used before sealing, and when you open it up again it will be just as fresh as the first time.
- Get yourself a paint pen
Paint pens are a great invention that allow you to carry out those touchups with ease. Simply load a small amount of the paint you’re using into the reservoir, where it will be kept safely until you’re done and you’ve determined which areas need a touchup. Paint will stay fresh for about a year.
I hope these tips will help you to have an easier time of it next time you decide to repaint your home.
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