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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.
Once we decided the aesthetic aspects of our reform, that is, as we paint a room as far as color, techniques, textures are concerned; we should proceed to prepare the room for the job.
We must first do to paint a wall of a room is comfortably removed all the furniture and items, and those larger, more difficult to generate located toward the center of the room covered with plastic or cloth large. Remove or cover lamps, light switches, sockets and other elements that are placed on walls or ceiling. To cover those items that we cannot withdraw, and to define borders painting, frames and more, use masking tape to (also called paper tape), because it attaches easily on almost any surface and is easily removed without leaving adhesive residue.
Once ready to begin painting, we must prepare the walls and steps to take depend on the state in which they are located, as well as the technique that we think apply. If the walls are in good condition, just need cleaning of dust and we can paint directly.
If the previous paint layers have wrinkles removed with a spatula and then matches the surface with fine sandpaper. If the walls have cracks or holes, these are filled with cracks paste with a spatula and placed fine sandpaper to make the surface smooth. Made these corrections withdraw all remaining dust. And that’s when our walls are ready to begin painting.
The quality of the pictures we use shall be determined by the number of hands needed to achieve good coverage and the length of this, paint the better the less number of hands we give and the walls of the room lasted longer in good condition.
Regarding the painting always remember: mix well before starting to paint, choose a cool, dry days to do the job, let it dry between each coat of paint to give, always begin with the ceiling and the tops of the walls, paint first brush with the angles and the edges near windows and door frames, then the remainder can be roller.
Do not forget to take the masking tape before paint dry completely not at risk for this rise.
And of course wait for the room is fully dry to replace the furniture.
Your home could sell for about 20% more! Yes, it’s possible. You don’t have to employ any underhanded techniques to accomplish such. Simply improving how your home looks and creating an illusion that appeals to home buyers can make your home look drastically more than what it is currently valued at.
Among the techniques used to achieve this, a good coat of paint is one of the most effective. A good paint job can turn an otherwise drab, dark looking home into a bright, and airy mansion that would be the envy of the neighborhood. Even the most aged and dreary homes can be given a new lease on life with a paint job.
However, a bad paint job can spell doom for home selling hopefuls. Instead of making magic and turning your home into a dream house, a bad coat of pain can scare away potential buyers. This is the last thing you’d ever want, and in the event of such a nightmare, you will be left no recourse but to do the paint job again – or even worse, to strip the offending coat and prepare the walls for another.
This will most likely cause many of those who plan to paint their homes to dread the task. However, it is possible to get it right the first time. All you need are a few tips, a good brush and roller and the nerve to start painting your your house!
Choosing The Right Color
This is THE most important step in planning a paint job for your home. The right color combination can effect the right mood and ambience to hook that couple that arelooking to purchase your home. The wrong combination, however, might send them packing. How do you choose the right combination?
First of all, you may want to consider surveying preset color themes that are available in most bookstores. These books will typically list color combinations and the mood they evoke.
While perusing these themes, you will want to consider the existing fixtures, railings, and furniture in your home. Make sure the color combination you choose fits the existing furnishings in your home.
Remember that the most attractive homes to purchase are the ones that have a light, spacious, and cozy feel. The way your furnishings contrast and complement the color combination you choose will be critical in the success of your paint job.
You will need to consider the lighting in the room you will paint. As a general rule, you will want to purchase paint that is one or two shades lighter than the shade you want since paint generally seems darker when spread over a large area. It would also be safer if you tested the paint on a small area to see how the color plays out.
To control the illusion you want your room to project, you will need to understand how colors affect people’s perception of space. There are what’s called advancing colors, these are the striking, warm toned colors such as orange, red, and yellow that have the effect of making the closed spaces of the room more pronounced. To improve the perception of space in your room, it would be nice to use cooler-toned, receding colors such as blue, green, and violet.
It is not only the color that affects the perception of size, the saturation and intensity of these colors also play a part in the room’s ambience. If the paint you choose is too dark or saturated, the room will still seem cramped. To achieve a spacious effect, you might want to stick to light, or neutral colors – white, pearl, or beige will do fine for this job.
You should also paint your ceilings a light color to give the impression of a higher ceiling.
The finish of the paint will also have a great deal of effect on the overall ambience of the room. Flat finishes are good for hiding minor imperfections on the walls. Eggshell finishes are great for adding a warm glow to the room, and are easy to clean and maintain. Glossy paint is good for emphasizing details and are the easiest to clean.
Now you know the secret to increasing your home’s value through painting. Good luck and have a great paint session!