DIY Interior Painting 10 Things to keep you on track

Every once in a while you find yourself dreaming of a new color scheme for your home, this list of 10 things will help guide you in the right direction to ensure that your new interior painting job is done right.

  1. Sheen is important!

Choosing the right sheen for the right areas is very important, higher traffic areas do great with gloss or satin as they can hold up better, lower traffic areas do better with a flat paint as they will not be subject to lots of touching.

  1. Embracing Colors

It is important to match the paint to the room's decor, don't be afraid of embracing bold colors as these will help lighten up the room and make it feel more at home.

  1. Sample Paint First

That's right, we said it! Most paint stores offer color wheels for you to be able to match the colors of your furniture or decor, but these don't always work out the best when it comes to actually looking at it on your wall, purchase a sample pint of paint from your local hardware store and test the color on your wall first.

  1. Measure it out

Knowing the total area in square footage that you are going to paint will help you determine how much paint you actually need so that you're not overspending. Interior painting can get costly, keep in mind however that you will also need to account for multiple coats and some paint left over for repairs.

  1. Prepare your work ahead of time
    When it comes to actually doing the paint job, you don't want to spend the time removing curtains, moving furniture or door knobs, take the time to do this prior to going to the hardware store, it will make your life much easier when it comes time to paint that living room a new color.

  2. Prime it up

Applying primer to your walls first will go a long way, especially if you have darker walls that you're painting over. Primer will prepare the wall for a new coat and prevent bleed through of the old paint color, it also provides a layer of paint that your new paint can adhere better to.

  1. Cut in is alright

When starting your interior painting project, start at the edges and corners first. This will allow for a smoother paint job when using rollers or large brushes, it will also help prevent lines.

  1. Rollers save lots of time

Rollers make it easy to get more done in a short period of time, you can extend them to do parts of an area which you may not be able to reach, keep in mind painting in a "W" form will help reduce roller lines and provide for a smooth look.

  1. Using an extension pole

This is great for doing ceilings, and other hard to reach areas. Attach a roller to the end of an extension pole to make those very hard to reach areas a breeze.

  1. Box it in

This happens when you combine gallons of paint for uniformity, this is done to help avoid inconsistencies in the color of your paint coverage. Combine the paints into a larger sealable bucket and stir it thoroughly.