Archive for February, 2011
You can paint yourself into a corner without planning your home DIY project. Do not brush off the details when it comes to painting. Here’s what you should know before you go.
Pick Your Paint
The paint in your home may contain 2-3 times the pollution outside your door. Going “green” is a color decision and a lifestyle choice. Acrylic paint is hardy, with little scent, and cleans easily. Natural clay paints are popular in homes with an allergy sufferer.
Natural milk paints are a powder that requires mixing with water. They are one hundred percent natural and extremely durable. Oil-based paints have their own set of properties and techniques. Just make sure you use a paint rated for your surface and use.
Slow down to save time. Perhaps buy just a sample pot of your paint, and dab some paint on the wall and let it dry. Test all your colors and wait one day to see what it looks like dry. It may not be exactly what you expected and it is much better to adjust now than repaint an entire room.
Supply and Demand
Make sure you have the extra rollers, sponges, tape, trays, brushes, edges, gloves, and masks on hand. There’s nothing worse on any home DIY job than realizing you have to make a trip back to the building supply store after the paint is mixed and sitting out.
Protect and Serve
Fumes are not fun. Ventilate the room, use room fans, and take frequent breaks. Wear a fresh mask for every session and definitely use goggles when you tackle the ceiling. No one ever starts a toast with “here’s paint in your eye”. Paint fumes can affect your head and your lungs.
Every time paint winds up where it should not you will spend extra time cleaning. You may even damage wood trim. Do not scrimp on your edging tools or tape. Always use painters tape to avoid paint seeping through, to avoid accidents, and create a good looking finish.
Cover the entire floor. A few feet of drop clothes will not protect your floor from a dropped can of paint that splatters across the room. A roller tray that drops from a ladder will find unprotected floor space every time. Tile is bad enough to clean up after a spill and the problem is even worse with hardwood or carpet coverings.