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Do It Yourself – Paint Your Walls

May 29th, 2013 By

Have your interiors become dull of late, wearing a drab look? Has the season of spring given your house a miss? If yes, then its time you infuse colors to your home decor. When it comes to elevating one’s mood and adding cheerfulness, colors often work wonders! Extend this element of fun indoors.

Giving your walls a coat of fresh paint is one of the best ways to lift up the ambiance of a home. Apart from furnishing with new and refreshing appearance to your abode, it also contributes a certain element of emotion, which is likely to inspire you. However, as exciting as it may sound, painting is not an easy errand. An adequate course of planning with action is required to achieve a fantastic paint job. This piece of article intends to supply you with six vital tips on wall painting that will enable you to do it yourself!

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Preparing the Wall’s Surface

The primary step for you to begin while undertaking this project is preparation of the surface. An inferior surface will be unable to maintain the paint; this will lead to paint ridges. In order to remove grease, dust and stains from walls, it is advisable to use a sponge along with a solution of water and dish washing liquid.

Walls Surface

 

Protecting Trims

A painter’s tape is essential to protect all the edges or areas, where one would not want any paint to be. There are many areas such as doorknobs, doors and window frames, which need to be covered and this can be taken care with use of tape. As shown in the image here, apply the tape on the outer edge of the area where your wall meets with the edges.

Protecting Trims

 

Primer – A Preliminary Coat

Upon preparing and cleaning up all the walls, the next step is to apply a coat of primer. Make a point to go through the manufacturer’s instructions on its use before you begin. In view to use of the primer, dip your roller into a tray containing the primer and before you could fully remove it, make a forward-backward movement across the tray couple of times so that any excess primer drips away. Thereafter, apply the primer on the wall but in sections in order to have one area coated completely with it. Spread the primer all across the surface of the wall and evenly. Do take sufficient amount of primer to use as per the need.

Preliminary Coat

 

To Paint a Trim

After the primer has dried off completely, apply paint. Remember; take on the trim first by painting their edges. For this task, always go for the two-inch brush. Make sure on dipping the brush in the paint, you coat the bristles half. Then, carefully paint over the edges of each tape, which have the trims covered by discreet use of the brush. Until you end up covering a narrow space through the taped area, you may paint along the edges of the taped trim.

Paint a Trim

 

A Consistent ‘W’ Shape

On completion of painting the edges of the trim and all the areas wherein a wall meets the ceiling, take a good quality roller, dip it into the paint tray and roll it over your walls forming a ‘W’ shape. Continue to move the roller in the same direction without lifting it. This results in a long patch, which you may fill, and thereby complete an entire section of the wall. For the other half of the wall, you may continue with the same technique.

Consistent W Shape

 

Wrap up with Painter’s Tape

Post application of two coats of paint to the walls, let them dry off completely. While the paint is still wet, remove the painter’s tape. Doing so will save from any removal of dry paint by accident along with the paint at a later stage. This completes our wall painting project.

Painters Tape

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