Wall painting is an inexpensive way to spruce up your home. Whether you are an expecting mother, a new tenant, or you just looking to change the feel of your house you will need to follow () tips and tricks for a perfect and safe paint job.
1. Cover Your Furniture and Floor:
Before conducting any wall painting, you need to cover all your furniture and floor by placing plastic or news papers and securing it with tape. If possible, take the furniture out of the room altogether.
2. Wash Your Walls:
Dirty walls can result in poor adhesion of the paint to the walls. Wash your walls with some detergent and a simple sponge, this will remove oils and allow for a good paint job. After the wash, wipe the walls with a damp cloth and allow them to dry.
3. Remove Loose Paint:
Loose paint can cause bubbles when applying new wall paint. Use a putty knife to scrap away any loose paint or stuck pain in the stitching between the ceiling or the corners.
4. Spackle Uneven Finishes:
Examine the wall and ceiling surface for any imperfections. Fill in any nail holes or crack. With you putty knife, apply plaster on your walls and ceilings. Make sure to apply even coating of plaster on all imperfections and smooth out with the rest of the surface. Plaster often shrinks after it dries so it might be necessary to apply a second coat. After you have made sure that all your imperfections are covered, it may be necessary to sand those areas. Sanding will provide a smooth surface that evenly blends with the rest of the wall.
5. Prime Your Walls:
If you already have a glossy paint on your walls, you can skip this step. However if you painting over an oil based paint or semi gloss pain you will need to apply primer. You should always apply primer to the walls that you have spackled.
6. Tape Around All Corners:
Apply duck tape all corners of the walls and ceilings. Isolate the area you are going to paint with tape. Make sure to cover light switches, door knobs with tape in order to avoid scrapping it off later.
7. While Painting, Remember Safety Gear:
This point is especially important if you are expecting a child or already have a child. Even though most paints today present a lower risk as those of the past you still should talk to your local hardware specialist. When painting, wear ventilating mask to protect your nose and mouth from inhaling any fumes. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles and clothes that will cover your skin. During the painting process make sure to open all windows and doors. Ventilation is important, otherwise your risk passing out.
8. Take Breaks:
It’s always hard to leave your wall painting half way, especially when you see the progress. However it is necessary for you to take little breaks while working. You need to leave the painting area and have a breath of fresh air and some snacks.
Remember painting takes time. Don’t over exert yourself and let each layer dry and be kept well ventilated. If you feel lost, don’t despair, contact a professional to help you!