If the state of your home is getting you down, don’t break your wallet trying to fix it! Applying a fresh coat of paint can make an amazing difference in your home that you will not only see but feel! When it comes to house painting, many homeowners are do-it-yourselfers, so here are a few things to consider from the most popular and credible painter and decorator London on how to make sure your paint job looks professional.
Choosing the right paint type is critical to creating the perfect vibe. Make sure to know what each type of paint will really look like:
High gloss paint is the shiniest, most durable, and easily washable. This type of paint is usually used for accents and trims.
Semi-gloss paint is less shiny, but still easily washable and durable. This type of paint is perfect for bathrooms.
Pearl or satin paints are easily washable and have a nice sheen to them. These also look extraordinary in bathrooms.
Eggshell paints are durable, washable, and do not have any type of sheen. This paint should be used in a moisture-free room.
Flat paints are the ones that people use most often. They are not washable or durable and cannot be used in a room with moisture. This paint should be used in bathrooms.
Preparing your walls is a step that many homeowners skip, however it can mean the difference between perfect and imperfect walls. Remove all nails from your walls and fill all holes with spackle. Make sure that it is completely dry before sanding it down. To remove dirt and save yourself an extra coat of paint, make sure to wash your walls. Cover your floors with a drop cloth to save your floors from possible paint spills. Remove light switches and doorknobs to prevent painting those as well. CertaPro Professional tip: punch holes in the can’s rim with a nail and hammer to prevent paint from filling the rim.
When painting, use a roller and an edging brush versus common paintbrushes. Prime your walls with a tinted primer if you already have a bold color. Make sure to always start painting from the top-down, moving from ceilings to walls to doors and finishes. Do not paint walls with vertical strokes, start with an M, and then use horizontal strokes to finish it up.
Once you are done, make sure to open the windows and keep your rooms ventilated for an entire day before returning your furniture. Clean your brushes and rollers as soon as you are done using them. If the paint dries in them, then they will be useless in the future. Before reattaching the lid, clean the rim so that you avoid paint splatters.