When the colors in your Minneapolis home are old, worn-out, or in need of change, it’s time to repaint those walls. If you have painted interior walls before, you may already know about the preparation that goes into having great looking walls. If you’re one of those who are painting for the first time, here are some tips before you get started.
Find the right color and paint
Any home improvement store will have paint swatches. Find a few you like and put them up on the wall to see what the colors will look like in the light that fills the room. Some stores can provide small paint samples to paint on your wall. Painting these samples on small areas on your wall will allow you to see how that color works in the lighting of your home. You may decide on other colors depending on the light. Choosing a higher quality paint will not wear off like cheaper paints will after a couple years. Great, higher quality paints last longer and dry a better color. You will also have to choose between water-based and oil-based paints. While they are both easy to work with, oil-based paints are easy to mix and take longer to dry. Most of the time, water-based paints are used when painting the interior of a home.
Cover your furniture and floors
Even if it’s tarp or extra long pieces of cloth, any cover will work as long as paint can’t get through. Along with covering furniture, moving it away from the walls will give you more room to paint. If you can, putting furniture in the other room is the best idea while painting.
Clean up the walls
Cleaning up your walls includes taking everything off of the walls, fixing any holes, and smooth out chipping paint. When fixing holes in your walls, consult a professional to find the right solution depending on the kind of hole. Using sandpaper to smooth out your walls should work well, as long as you dust off any shavings afterwards before you start painting.
Remove outlet covers and tape corners
Removing the outlet covers will give your walls a cleaner look around the outlets. Store them somewhere safe to avoid losing the screws. There are many kinds of painting tape available, but most will get the job done if placed well. Make sure to line each border and cover the outlets with tape to avoid any accidents.
Use primer first
Primer makes it easier to paint and provides a smoother finish especially when using oil-based paints. It also can help cover stains while evening out the paint later.
Getting the right kind of paint in the style you want can be hard. Professional interior painters have the skills and equipment to perfect any interior paint job you have. Check out our interior painting page for more information on how we help you paint perfectly.