How to Become More of a Meticulous Wall Painter

Giving the interior of your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the best ways to revitalize drab-looking rooms and make scuffed walls look new again.

While there are plenty of home improvement, repair, and decorating projects that are best left to the professionals, interior house painting is usually a task that can be successfully tackled by homeowners.

Advanced skills are not a prerequisite for doing a respectable job, but you do need patience, attention to detail, and the right tools. When you don’t start out with the right supplies, wall painting can end up being a frustrating and stressful task — not to mention messy! Here are a few pointers to help make the project go more smoothly.

  • Wear the appropriate clothing: If paint gets on your everyday shoes, your new jeans, or even a good watchband, it will basically ruin those articles of clothing. No matter how neat or precise you think you can be with a paintbrush or roller, it’s almost impossible to avoid dripping a few drops of paint in the wrong place or even accidentally brushing up against a messy ladder, paint can, or freshly painted surface. By taking the time to change into clothes you don’t care about, you’ll be saving the aggravation of messing up a favorite pair of pants, shirt, or shoes. Wearing a painter’s cap with a brim and disposable vinyl gloves can also minimize the amount of paint that gets on your face, hair, and hands. By making it easier to keep yourself clean, you’ll find painting to be a much neater and more satisfying experience.
  • Choose the right drop cloths: The temptation for many do-it-yourselfers is to save money and cut costs whenever possible. While this certainly makes sense in principle, there are certain cases in which it pays to spend a few extra dollars to get quality supplies. The perfect example is drop cloths — an essential item on your painting supplies list. Floors, furniture and appliances can get permanently damaged (cosmetically) if they’re not properly covered up while the wall and ceiling paint is being applied. The really cheap drop cloths that you’ll often find at hardware stores and other retail outlets are difficult to keep in place and could easily tear, become bunched up, or move a few inches from their intended spot. Those really light-weight, plastic drop cloths don’t stand a chance of staying put when breezes from open windows, fans, or doors exert the slightest bit of air pressure on them. The solution is to either purchase canvas or heavy-duty plastic drop cloths. (In a pinch, old bedsheets can often do the job, too!)
  • Painter’s tape is crucial: One of the most time-consuming, but necessary aspects of room painting is taping the edges of surfaces to be painted (or not to be painted). While not everyone takes the time to do this step correctly, it helps produce a professional-looking job you’ll be proud of.

Painting can be a messy, frustrating, and unsatisfying task if you don’t do the necessary prep work, wear the right kind of attire, and thoroughly cover floors, furniture, and anything else you want to protect from paint spills. Doing your own interior painting can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, but you’ll be much happier with the outcome of your own work if you approach the job with patience, preparation, and the right supplies!

Set Priorities When Putting Your Home on the Market

Preparing to put your home on the market almost invariably involves three things: painting, cleaning, and organizing. Since you might also need to do some repairs and updating, it’s crucial that you prioritize your tasks and make sure you’re not spending more money, time, and energy than necessary.

Consulting with your real estate agent about what projects are the most important will help you make the most of your available resources.

All home sellers have a different timetable in which they need to get their home ready for potential buyers. Few people, however, have the luxury of tackling those projects slowly or sporadically. When you factor in your busy schedule with everything that typically needs to be done before a house goes on the market, time management and self motivation become crucial elements in the process.

Wall painting often tops the list

In spite of your best intentions, walls and doors are going to get scuffed, scratched, and marred. Small, but noticeable holes from nails and thumbtacks also have a way of increasing with every passing year. Regardless of how careful you think you’ve been, it’s virtually impossible to keep your walls looking fresh, clean, and well maintained. Bathrooms pose even more of a challenge because moisture and steam from showers will gradually cause paint to crack, peel, and lose its original smooth quality. Bedroom walls, especially those of children and teenagers, will also be subjected to a lot of wear and tear.

Fortunately the cost of a couple gallons of paint, along with brushes, rollers, and other basic supplies, is an affordable solution for most home sellers. It’s one of the most cost-effective methods of freshening up your house, and it significantly enhances your home’s eye appeal and marketability.

One of the pitfalls of repainting your walls, however, is the possibility of choosing colors that may turn off some potential buyers. Colors which you may describe as vibrant, splashy, or cool, might be viewed by others as garish, tacky, or “over the tip.” That’s why it’s often best to play it safe by choosing colors that are considered neutral, such as grey, beige, tan, eggshell, and ivory.

By veering away from colors that might be considered too bold and strident, you’re increasing the likelihood that your décor will appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. While there may be exceptions to just about every rule — especially as it pertains to decorating — your objective as a house seller is to increase the probability that your home will appeal to as many people as possible!

“Immaculate” is a good goal

Another thing prospective buyers will frequently notice is the level of cleanliness in your home. While it’s difficult (at best) to keep your home absolutely spotless all the time, it does pay to establish a few family rules and expectations to help you maintain a semblance of order until your house is sold!

How to Decide on Paint Color for Your Bedroom

You just moved into a new home or you are looking to make gradual updates to your home¬— a good place to start is the master bedroom. But what kind of feel do you want in your bedroom? The color that you decide to paint your bedrooms wall(s) will completely determine the feel that the room will have. Let’s take a look at what/how certain colors create the mood and feeling in a room.

Blue & Green: Are you looking to create an oasis where you can escape? A place where you feel calm and relaxed? Cool colors are ideal for creating this feel. These are the best colors to choose for a sanctuary where you can rewind after a long day. But make sure you are choosing soft hues in blue and green, as bright and dark hues will add a completely different feel to your room. A dark blue such as navy is a nice color to choose if you are looking for a cozier, modern feel.

White, Gray & Beige: Neutral colors are a good option for wall paint if you have large accent furniture that you want to be the focal point of your room. Bright white is a great way to add a contemporary and luxurious feel to the room. Gray and beige tones can add a contemporary feel or a modern feel to your room depending on which is more your style as well as the style of your furniture.

Red, Pink and Purple: These warmer toned colors will not give you the opposite feeling of an oasis— a feeling of excitement and creativity. Brighter tones are best for children’s’ bedrooms, where, darker, richer hues of these colors can create a feeling of coziness and warmth. If you do choose a warmer hued color, especially a dark color, it’s a good idea to consider painting just an accent wall. This way the room does not feel and look smaller than it actually is.

You can always consider painting an accent wall with any of the colors discussed above. This gives you the pop of color (or neutral tone) that you’re looking for without overpowering your room. Your furniture can then play off of that color and pull it all together.

Be sure to understand the type of feel that you are looking to create in your master bedroom before choosing a color— it will make choosing a color easier. Visit your a local home store to pick out samples and test them on your walls. You won’t truly know if you like a color unless you test them out. You may love a color on the swatch but you may find that you dislike how it looks on your wall or with your furniture. Once you find a color, start painting away. Good luck!