Home Painting for Dummies
It’s true that there are dozens of ways to add a value to your house, painting is one of the least expensive. On the other hand, there are quite a few things you’ll need to consider before starting to paint.
Whether it’s a big house, or a small kids’ room, when it comes to any painting project first you’ll need to choose the right paint. As funny as it is, many people don’t realize that there are two basic types of paint: interior and exterior paint. If you know this, you’re halfway to choosing the one that is best suited for your do-it-yourself project.
The next step is choosing the shade of your paint. Now, before you jump and say: “I want yellow for the kitchen!” there are a few things you should know first.
- Paints range from a flat (matte) to glossy. As the name says, flat reflects hardly any light and glossy is quite reflective. And since matte paint absorbs light well it hides most surface imperfections such as sanding marks.
- Eggshell is smoother than flat, has a slicker texture and reflects more light. It’s a very popular choice for rooms where a quick cleanup without too much of a glossy finish is needed.
- Satin is even more washable which makes it a perfect choice for high-traffic areas such as hallways.
- Interior paint colors with a semi-gloss sheen reflect between 35% and 50% of the light. It is washable and stands up well to scrubbing. This makes it a number one choice for high-traffic interior walls, but also for doors and cabinets.
- Gloss paint is durable but you need to keep in mind that it will show all surface imperfections plus it will not cover rough spots. Its durability makes it a perfect choice for areas like playrooms, or even utility rooms.
Once you picked the right paint you need for your project, it’s time to think about applying the paint.
Must have tools for painting:
- Brushes are used for painting trim, windows and even furniture. Two basic types of brushes are natural hair and synthetic ones. The main difference is that natural bristle brushes work best with oil-based paints and synthetic are used for applying latex paints. However what really confuses most people are the angled edge brushes. They are used for creating precise edges while straight edge brushes are used for covering large surfaces, so you can finish the job faster.
- For many home painting jobs you will need a roller. So, how do you know you picked the right one. Very simple: It feels firm in your hand, and is slightly heavier than it looks. You should also know that roller covers can be made out of natural or synthetic fibers of various thicknesses (NAP). General rule of thumb says that a rougher surface the thicker the NAP should be.
Items such as extension poles and brush extenders will help you get into those hard to reach places. Drop cloths and rags are placed in the base of the wall to prevent spills. Using a putty knife and spackle you can easily fill in all imperfections. Finally, sandpaper always comes handy for sanding rough surfaces.