Applying a new coat of paint to your walls and ceilings is one of the most important and easiest home projects to undertake when you’re planning to sell your home. Additionally, if you choose to do the basics yourself, you could save a great deal of money by not hiring a painting contractor.
Here are some tips on giving your rooms a face-lift. First consider what areas to paint and how you want them to look when you’re finished. Keep in mind that neutral colors are the best choice if you are planning to put your home on the market.
Measure the square footage of your room to determine the amount of paint you will need. Paint cans typically note the square feet of coverage per can, but having extra paint is recommended for touch-ups or repairs or if you are covering over a darker or bold color where you’ll likely need multiple coats of paint. The basic tools include brushes, painter’s tape, rollers, a roller tray, extension pole for rollers, drop clothes and a ladder. Also consider using a face mask to avoid breathing in paint fumes.
Prepping for Painting
To ensure your painting surface is in great shape before beginning, be sure to repair any damage, and make sure the walls/ceilings are clean and dry. Be sure to use drop cloths to protect the floors, furniture and other items located in the work space. Apply painter’s tape to areas along walls and ceiling edges where clearly cut straight lines are critical and paint drips or splatters must be avoided.
Priming and Painting
Primer protects surfaces, helps to prevent stains, and gives paint something to adhere to. So don’t overlook this important step before applying paint to a surface. The following guidelines work great for both primer and paint.
If painting a ceiling, you will want to do that step prior to working on the walls. Use a trim brush to outline the edges of the ceiling, creating a three inch wide border. Next, switch to a roller for the remainder of the surface.
Pour the paint into the roller tray, so that it just touches the grated area of the pan. You will want to dampen the roller with water for latex pain or paint thinner for oil paints. Then coat the brush with paint and squeeze out any excess by rolling it against the grate. Using a zig-zag motion, cover an area of three to four feet square, then roll over the same area in straight lines. Once that surface is completely covered, move to another area while the previous one dries. After all painted surfaces have dried, apply a second coat to ensure the paint isn’t too thin. When you are ready to work on walls, follow the same procedures used for the ceiling.
Painting ceilings and walls is a great way to freshen up the look of your home and to prepare your home for potential buyers. It is also one of the improvements that is most assured to return more than the cost of the work to your bottom line. Feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and/or help you determine the value of your home.
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