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Room Painting Tips and Tricks 2019

Painting is an easy and affordable way to transform a room. The mood of your room is directly related to the paint job, and it’s also a wonderful way to express your creative side! When repainting a room you should always go from top to bottom: Ceiling first, then walls, then windows, doors and finish up with baseboards.
Room Painting Tips and Tricks

Note:  latex or oil-based stain-blocking primer should be applied to any water stains or other serious discoloration to keep the stain from bleeding through.

You don’t need to be a trained painter to get professional results, either. Follow these simple guidelines and get your room looking great!

  • It is best to use brushes that are more balanced, that can hold a lot of paint while still applying it evenly. Make sure the bristles don’t fan too much and are tightly packed together. Seek out brushes and rollers with synthetic bristles, especially if you’re going to be using a latex or oil based paint. They maintain proper stiffness and keep their shape regardless of how much water you expose them to.
  • A good paint job depends greatly on good paint adhesion, and the cleaner the surface is, the better the paint will adhere. So always wash and dry walls before picking up a paint brush or roller.
    Using a putty knife, seal up all cracks, holes and other imperfections with spackle or caulking. Make sure to smooth down any bumps made by your sealant with sandpaper.
  • Beginning at the ceiling, paint a strip 2 inches thick with a brush. Continue using a brush to paint strips of the same thickness around windows, doors, in corners, around cabinets and baseboards. Keep in mind that there are tools available at your paint retail outlets that help make this “edging” job easier. You could also try sliding off the roller cover slightly so that the roller’s edge can get closer to the ceiling, door or window.
  • For you walls, switch to a roller and go in a vertical direction, using a sort of zigzag pattern. Going upwards on the first stroke, form an M to better distribute the paint. Fill the M pattern in without reloading your roller until you have completed covering the area. Continue this way until the entire wall is finished. Make sure to look out for missed spots will the paint is still wet, so you can touch them up easily and help minimize the shine difference between the touch up and the original paint job.
  • Before starting on the next wall check to make sure that you have enough paint left in the can to complete the entire wall. Opening a new can in the middle of one wall can result in a color difference that is not noticeable from wall to wall but would be noticeable side by side.
  • When painting your doors, remember to first cover hinges and other metal pieces with some masking tape. Always start at the top. If  your door is paneled, first paint the panels, then the  horizontal sections next and finish up with the vertical sections.
  • There are two  ways to go about keeping paint off of your window panes:  either holding up a paint shield while you work (which can be tedious) or covering the glass with masking tape.
    -When using tape, make sure to press it firmly to the glass so that excess paint keeps from creeping beneath it. (a razor blade can easily remove any stray paint specks you may encounter on your window pane.) Make sure to remove the tape before the paint is firmly dried.
  • Before you begin to paint your window, repair all damage first and make sure to properly prepare the surface. Simply scrape off the old paint, and sand and prime any spots where bare wood shows. Keep in mind that you’ll want to be able to close your windows at night, so painting your windows is a job best done in the morning.
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