So you want to paint your house like a pro? Chances are you care a lot about your home. For most of us our house is the biggest investment we ever make. But It’s also where we live life, create memories, host friends and family, and build community. Your home is important. No matter how big or small it is, paint helps define space and makes it special.
In this post, we’ll look at 5 secrets for getting the best DIY paint job, from clean lines and even coverage to saving time and money.
1. Picking The Right Color
Choosing a color you like may sound easy but before you go buying three gallons of paint for your bedroom, get a sample pint. Every finish and color will look different depending on texture, material, lighting and application. Seeing a color swatch on a piece of card stock is not the same as seeing it on a wall. Sure, paint is forgiving and you can always cover it up, but trying a few colors before deciding could end up saving you hundreds of dollars.
We use Dunn Edwards paint on all of our jobs. It’s a quality product and they have great tools for helping you find the perfect color.
2. Don’t Take Shortcuts On Preparation
No one gets excited about cleaning dust off of baseboards, removing outlet covers, making sure tape is run straight or laying out drop cloths – but for the best results preparation matters.
Spending a little extra time in preparation will save you a ton of time when it comes to putting paint on your walls. Properly applying tape will help keep touch-ups to a minimum. Use a drop cloth whenever you work with paint. If you’ve ever had to hire a professional cleaner to try and remove paint from your carpet, grout or wood floors you know why this is important. A good plastic floor covering is all you need and it could end up saving you a bunch of money.
3. Cheap Materials Don’t Always Save You Money
You don’t change the paint on your walls very often. Better materials are easier to work with, give a better finish and last longer.
You may be able to save a few bucks per gallon purchasing generic paint, but when it comes to even coverage that keeps your walls looking fresh and vibrant for a long time, cheap isn’t worth it. Quality paint goes on easier and you don’t have to use as much.
4. Better Tools, Cleaner Lines, Even Paint
Before popping open your first can of paint, be sure you have everything you need. Nothing can be more frustrating than edging along your ceiling or floorboards with a frayed paintbrush that’s falling apart. Buy a good brush for trimming and tight spaces and a good roller for quickly and evenly applying paint. Depending on how tall your ceilings are, be sure you have an extension pole or ladder handy.
5. Don’t Rush It – We Know It’s Time Consuming
Finally, be patient. Consistence, complete coverage and attention to detail is what will set your paint job apart. It’s hard work and getting professional results may take a few coats of paint, but the results are well worth it and will last for years to come.
Painting one or two rooms can fun, but if you’re painting more than a few rooms, you don’t have time or don’t want to purchase a bunch of tools you’ll only use once, how do you find a quality painter?
A quality paint job starts with quality people. You want to save money and you want it done right. Finding someone that cares about the paint in your home as much as you do can be a big task.
Joseph’s Coat Painting would love to come help add value to your home. We use the best paint, the best tools and always send out one of our own crews – we don’t subcontract our jobs – so you get consistent high-quality work every time. We’ll even help you pick colors. And not only do we offer a 10-year warranty on paint, we have a 5-year application guarantee. That means, if you find something that isn’t done right, will come back and fix it for up to 5 years.
From professional quality DIY painting to a full home painting makeover, we hope you find this to be a helpful resource for your next project.