When it comes to do-it-yourself painting, some people don’t have a clue on how to get started. While there are many websites out there providing helpful information, it is important to get quality painting answers.
Interior Painting Tips:
1.) Paint top to bottom. Start with the ceiling, then the walls and woodwork.
2.) Paint the ceiling edges with a brush, creating a border about 2″ to 3″ wide.
3.) The easiest way to paint a ceiling is with a roller and extension handle. This allows you to stand on the floor while you paint.
4.) Dip your roller in the paint tray and roll it back and forth on the ridged part of the tray.
5.) Use diagonal or zigzag strokes to get the paint on the surface. Go back over the area with longer, up and down strokes to even out the surface.
6.) When the ceiling is dry, start painting the walls. Use a brush to paint corners, ceiling edges and areas adjacent to woodwork.
7.) Use roller to paint in blocks of roughly 4 x 4 feet. Paint adjacent blocks before each previous block dries to help blend the edges.
8.) Work from the ceiling down to the baseboards. Do one entire wall or area at a time.
9.) Paint molding and woodwork with a brush. Use wide masking tape to mask off adjacent areas (e.g., window panes).
10.) Paint with the grain of the wood. Use short strokes to coat the surface with paint, then use longer, smoother strokes for an even, finished surface.
What is Sheen?
When beginning your paint project, you’ll want to consider the sheen of the paint — or the gloss level. The higher the gloss level, the shinier the appearance and the more scrubbable the finish.
There are different types of sheens for different areas of your home.
– Flat sheens are ideal for low-traffic areas such as formal dining rooms and master bedrooms. They provide a beautiful matte coating that hides minor surface imperfections. Ideal for living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms.
– Eggshell paints provide excellent coverage that is washable and scrubbable. They have a slightly lower sheen than satin but offer the same type of durability. Eggshell paints are ideal for living rooms, bedrooms and family rooms.
– Satin paints go a step above flats in scrubbability, providing a nice balance between washability and subtle gloss. They perform and look great in just about any room.
Semi-gloss paints ensure maximum durability. They are commonly used in children’s rooms and high-moisture areas, such as bathrooms, as well as for trim.
– High-gloss paints are highly reflective and work well for highlighting details, such as trim and decorative molding. They are also the best choice for doors and cabinets — or any area that sees a high volume of abuse.
– Ceiling flats are designed specifically for ceilings. These are usually extra spatter-resistant.