DIY Interior Painting

It's a great time to start an interior painting project! Here are some great insider tips on supplies and techniques. Before you start any real painting, you'll want to make sure you get everything you need. Calculate how much paint you'll need and get a bit extra. Buy a couple of quality paint brushes, some drop cloths (or you can reuse old sheets) and a paint roller set. Depending on the height of your ceilings, you'll need an extension pole. You may even need a ladder if you have vaulted ceilings

You're going to need a screwdriver to take the plate covers of the outlets and switches. You may want to use painter's tape to protect areas from paint. You can save money on painter's tape by removing the plate covers from everything. If you get paint on anything you shouldn't, take a damp rag and wipe it off before it dries. If you don't wipe it off in time, you can scratch most latex paint off with a fingernail. The important part is to do the right prep work before painting, so you don't waste time fixing as you go.

You want to protect your furniture with tarps if you aren't going to remove it. You could even get some materials at discount stores. Just make sure not to skimp on the painter's tape, or you'll get paint bleeding or other damage to the wall. You will also want to have spackle on hand in case you have any holes that need filling. You will need a spatula to apply it and some sandpaper to make it nice and smooth. If you have any cracks, you'll need some caulk for that.

Be careful when you load up the brush with paint. You should only dip the brush in about 2 inches. Tap the brush softly on the paint can but don't scrape. Tapping is just enough to knock off anything excess paint. Paint the wall by not holding the brush too tight. Keep the brush moving to avoid any dripping.

Take a paintbrush to the trim, the corners, and around the windows, since the roller is no good here. This will give you straight lines on small details that you can't get with a roller. Then fill in the larger area with the roller.

Dunk your roller into the tray and let it sit long enough to soak up the paint. Roll the roller in the tray to spread the paint evenly. Shake off any extra paint. You don't want too much paint on the roller, or you'll get drips. Finish by rolling from ceiling to floor overlapping a bit each time to avoid any streaks. It's a challenge to get the paint job just right, but you'll enjoy it, even more, know you refreshed the space

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