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May 21, 2018

Painting your walls can instantly spruce up your space. It's one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to freshen up a wall, a room, or an entire home, making it look brand new. However, an easy project can become a nightmare when done incorrectly.

You could get paint on things you don't want to, end up with paint that's chipping off the walls, or have an uneven color throughout your house if you don't follow some precautions. If you're interested in learning what these precautionary painting tips for beginners are, follow along! They will guarantee perfect color payoff with no chips or disasters.

1. Prepare the Surface

Before you pop open the paint can, make sure you're prepping the surface correctly. Scrape, sand, and patch or fill any holes the wall has. Any dent and imperfection must be taken care of in order to get the look of a professional paint job.

No paint on the market is able to hide holes or bumps, so this is a must.

2. Use a Primer

Priming walls and ceilings is a step that always has to be taken before beginning the painting process. This is because primer stops any existing stains from showing through on the final product, it allows you to get an amazing color payoff with a single coat, and it improves paint adhesion.

This way, your color will be even and won't chip after a few days or years.

3. Choose Canvas Over Plastic

Plastic cloths make good paint catchers on the floor or on your furniture. However, it's sometimes worth it to invest in canvas instead.

Canvas is rip resistant and very durable, making it the perfect fabric for this type of project. It absorbs paint, unlike plastic which just becomes slippery when paint gets on it. Canvas lasts a lifetime and is easily stored, making this one of the best painting tips for beginners.

No mess here!

4. Use a Grid Instead of a Tray

When it's time to actually apply the paint, purchase a grid instead of a tray. A tray is messy, as you may imagine. Paint gets smeared everywhere.

A grid can be inserted into a bucket. Dip your roller inside the bucket and roll it against the grid to remove the extra paint. It will drip but inside the bucket instead of all over your floor.

5. Storing Things Overnight

A big painting project lasts more than just one day. You're probably going to be painting for a few days if you want to revamp your entire home. For this, you'll want to know how to store paint and supplies overnight to avoid drying out or disasters.

To do so, remove the excess paint on your rollers and cover them with cling wrap. This will prevent moisture from escaping. You can do the same for paint cans and grids or trays.

For extra freshness, put the wrapped tools inside the refrigerator. This will guarantee to keep them fresh until the next morning. The next morning, just let them adjust to room temperature for 30 minutes before use!

More Painting Tips for Beginners

Painting can be frustrating and messy, but it doesn't need to be. Following these simple steps can make the process fun and clean!

If you're interested in learning more painting tips for every room in your house, don't hesitate to read our blog! We have information on anything you could be looking for.

 

 

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