So you finally decided to knock that painting project out of the way, you're going to paint that room that has been bare for far too long. Congratulations! Painting can seem like a daunting task but if you enter it with the right mindset and a plan, that room that gave you so much grief before will have a fresh coat of paint and new life!
When preparing to paint, it's important to have some essential items and steps before you begin. While some of these seem obvious, some require a bit more prep work than simply buying the right equipment.
If your wall has any holes or imperfections that prevent a smooth coat, you should get rid of them. This can be done by spackling the hole, waiting for it to dry and then sanding away the excess. Keep in mind that for smaller intrusions such as cracks, it should be widened a bit to fill in before letting it dry.
Scrape away peeling and excess paint. Sand down the rest until smooth. Don't be afraid to tear up your wall, you're just going to paint over it anyway!
Make sure there is no dirt on the walls and if there is, make sure that it is cleared away. Also, make sure to take a damp cloth and clear away dust off the trim and tops of doorways. Kitchens bathrooms and basements are often culprits of being the dirtiest so be sure to make sure they are squeaky clean before starting to paint.
By using paintable caulk to fill in any cracks and gaps between the wall and the trim, you'll ensure that the surface will be smooth and not have any inconsistencies that will make the paint job look sloppy. For wood, fill in any indentations or gaps with wood putty and then sand it smooth once the putty dries.
Don't be afraid to use primer for certain situations. Stains and darker colors can be hidden with primer and allows you to have an easier time painting a new wall. Some primers can even by applied to glossy surfaces which in some cases, can allow you to skip sanding completely.
Never paint straight from the can. Always be sure to stir the paint before pouring it into a roller tray or painting from the can using a brush. In fact, consider pouring the paint into a smaller bowl if you are using a brush. This makes it easier for the brush to access and keeps out dust, dirt and other particles that can get into the paint.
When using painters tape along the edges, don't just use one long strip, use short strips that overlap each other making sure that each piece is firmly pressed down to make sure everything is consistent.
By taking these steps prior to painting, you can ensure that you're starting off on the right foot and making sure that the painting that comes next is on the path to be successful. That new color you've been dying to see is now only a few strokes or rolls away!