4 pitfalls of painting your own home

Are you ready to throw yourself into your next painting project? Follow our tips to avoid some of the common pitfalls. From choosing the right paint, crossing the roller, and site preparation, our in-house decorator gives you tips for success.

If you need to paint your home to refresh its decor without breaking the bank, pay attention not to buy unnecessary things. If you try to paint too fast, you may make mistakes and regret it! Therefore Town House pointed to the 10 mistakes to avoid so your site will not turn into a nightmare.

Pitfall 1: Protect the surrounding area

When paint is spilled on the carpet or hardwood floors, or furniture is stained by a splash, it’s very complicated to clean. Considering this, before moving on to painting phase, you should protect your property from damage. Here are our secrets:

  • Clear the room, ideally to work in a completely empty space. If this is not possible, place your furniture in the center of the room and protect your goods with a plastic tarp or old sheets folded in half.
  • Remove anything that is capable of receiving paint splashes, such as carpets or curtains.
  • Remove all tables, shelves, screws, rods and other door handles that could impede the implementation of painting.
  • Pull out electric plugs and switches for power.
  • Protect the floor with a large plastic tarp.
  • Provide old, comfortable clothes to you painters.
  • Provide yourself with a mask of latex and possibly goggles and gloves.

By following these rules, you should avoid most of the large and small troubles. But what can you do in the event of a stain?

  • If the stain is with oil-based paint: remove excess paint on fabrics, curtains, carpets and other textiles with a scraper or knife.
  • If the stain is with acrylic paint: also remove the excess with a knife or scraper and then clean with cold water with a little soap and scrub with a nail brush.
  • If the paint is already dry: dab the stain with a little rubbing alcohol on a cloth.

Pitfall 2: Poor preperation of walls

When we want to repaint the walls, it is tempting to cut corners, to arrive as quickly as possible to the final result. Could cause you some major problems! Because, if we do not take care to prepare the surface for painting, we may obtain imperfect walls, exposing all its flaws.

A small reminder of the steps to follow:

  • If the paint surface is dirty (grease, grime, nicotine, fingerprints …), it will wash it with a mild detergent diluted in water, always ending with a rinse with clean water and dry completely.
  • If cracks are visible on the surface to be painted, it will open with a triangular scraper and reseal carefully to the coating, and finish by sanding, once the dry coating. If the cracks are too important because of “living” (due to variations in materials, then they affect the entire thickness of the plaster or wall), it may be possible to clean a glass cloth, made of very strong fibers and presented in rolls, prior to painting.
  • The cracks will take much longer to reappear. Please note that the first layer of paint applied to a glass cloth must always be an acrylic painting that will not damage the coating. If you opt for this choice, avoid paper to paint reliefs and settle you a smooth surface, always reliable. Newest painting papers, support to nine arises like wallpaper and replaces the sandpaper. Smooth, it offers the possibility to apply a layer of paint on top, single or effect.
  • If the old paint is peeling, it will remove the loose paint with a stiff wire brush and then sand the surface with a medium grit sandpaper and fine grain.

Pitfall 3: Buy too much paint

What’s more annoying than being in painting classes in action or being forced to return to the store the jar of 10 liters remaining on our hands? To avoid this kind of inconvenience, there is only one solution: carefully calculate the number of liters needed prior to getting started.

Before you embark on the project, here are a few golden rules:

  • Even if your paint is indicated monolayer for a beautiful result that meets your expectations, count two coats of paint.
  • Lack of experience, we tend to overload the brush and therefore consume more. Look a little wider and round above the prompts.
  • Better to have a pot too much to miss painting a Sunday afternoon, started the site …

And for those who want a calculation to measure, here’s the method explained:

  • Measure the perimeter of the room by removing the openings (doors, windows).
  • Multiply by the ceiling height, divided by the yield indicated in the pot, then multiply by the number of layers to ask. Example: my room has a perimeter of (5m + 7m) x 2 = 24m x 2.50m ceiling height = 60 m2. If the yield per liter indicated on the pot is 12m2 per liter, is divided by 12 = 60 5 liters x 2 layers = 10 liters. Is rounded to 11.5 liters for comfort.

Does this seem possible to you? Arm yourself with your most disarming smile and show the dimensions of your room to a seller. It will help.

Pitfall 4: Using unsuitable equipment

Rollers that are too thin, brushes that lose their hair; using low-end hardware or those unsuited to the quality of paint, and you might complicate the task. You will spend more time painting, the result will be irregular, and it will be impossible to use them a second time, considering that there will probably sagging and unsightly splashes.

A good brush should be tapered and have long securely fastened to the handle hair, it is better to choose raw wood (instead of plastic or painted wood) for better grip. Better to use synthetic hair when painting with an aqueous emulsion based paint, so-called water-based paint. However, wool and silk are recommended when using solvent paint. Again, do not hesitate to ask the sellers specialty stores, they will direct you to the right products.

Rolls will be reserved for glossy lacquers and paints, models with short or medium-length hair will be perfect for satin and matte, anti-drip models will be essential for ceilings. Finally, a large enough pan together with a grid will drain the excess paint before moving the roller.

For baseboards and all flat surfaces, it is best to use flat brushes. However, use round brushes to paint the moldings or the wall corners. As for the radiators, the corners are not easy to access, they will mandate the use of special brushes, elbow and long sleeve.

On your list of accessories to be a good painter, remember to note: good protective tape should be sufficient, and also, a good stool to not break the bank. Use white spirits and other cleaning products to maintain your equipment.


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