Painting. For some, it is the perfect way to upgrade your living space without breaking the bank. For others, it is a horror story that only gets done before moving. In either case, we have gathered a few of the best tips and tricks to help you get your rooms from “why did we pick this color” to “this is so much better!”
Your Kansas City painting journey may start with some questions. Why are you painting? If you are moving, neutral colors work best. These colors work well in any room and give your potential buyers a blank slate to work on. If you are looking for a new look, finding color trends can help you bring your ideas to life. What size room are you going to paint? Smaller rooms benefit from lighter colors, it makes them feel more roomy, while darker colors create drama and are great for accent walls in more spacious rooms. Where are you painting? If you are painting in a high traffic area, an acrylic paint in an eggshell or satin finish is easy to clean up and holds up to the damages of everyday. If you are starting from nothing with drywall, primer is required because it fills in the small holes and means less coats later. Updating your trim color? An oil or acrylic paint in semi-gloss gives a smooth finish with less coats.
When beginning any painting project, your walls needs to be prepped to allow for the greatest coverage and hassle-free pick up. Begin this by washing your walls to remove any dirt. Even the slightest hint of particles of debris can cause your paint to clump and make undesirable texture on your walls. Next, set up the rooms you will be painting. Place drop cloths, tape off any areas that won’t be painted, remove all hardware from the walls, and fix any holes. Once finished, you should prime. Primer helps get rid of darker colors, can help create a moisture barrier, and even out any trivial bumps. Now you are ready to paint!
We have collected some of our favorite painting tips and tricks for you!
- A rubber band on your paint can allows you to wipe off unnecessary paint and helps keep the can clean.
- Pick up a small container of paint to check how lighting affects the paint color.
- Placing a grocery bag in your paint tray makes a good liner.
- Painting in a ‘W’ pattern will give you the most even coverage.
- Removing tape about 24 hours after painting cuts down on the chance of peeling paint.
- The drier the weather, the lower the chance of drips and the paint will dry quicker.
- Low VOC paint, (like the ones we carry here at Euston Hardware,) help avoid chemical seeping.
- Better brushes = better application.
- Got wallpaper? Fabric softener works well to remove it (just remember you have to wash the wall afterwards.)
- Mix the cans of paint needed for a room together in a large container, this will help avoid slight fluctuations in color.
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