How To Paint The Interior And Exterior Of Your House.

By: Rick Skew

Painting the inside of a property can appear to be a frightening task, but with planning and preparation, it can be completed quite easily and effectively. One of the first decisions that you might need to make is what colour or colours you're going to use for your project. When deciding the colour scheme there is certainly things to to remember for example if you are painting so that you can sell your home, or if you are painting for your own needs. If you are planning to sell your house or flat, you will probably want to stay with a more neutral palette of colours than if you were doing it for ones self.

The very next decision you will be required to make about your choice of paint is the type of finish you would like. Paint is available in many different finishes including flat, eggshell, semi-gloss and gloss, and depending on the room or rooms you are painting, each has its rightful place in painting. Flat paint is best at hiding any imperfections and works great on ceilings. Eggshell or possibly a semi-gloss paint ought to be used in rooms that will will need the reflection of sunshine and the washability afforded with these finishes. The trim around doors, windows and baseboards as well the kitchen and bathroom are usually painted with either a semi-gloss or gloss finish paint because these areas require more regular washing.

Other supplies that you will require include brushes, rollers, paint pans, ladders, tarps or other covers etc. When purchasing paint, paintbrushes and roller covers, the major thing to remember is to buy the very best quality you can afford. Quality in these items will certainly affect the finish of your project.

When you have finally made your choice on colour, finish and type of paint (oil or latex based), and purchased your other materials you then get to everybodies least favourite area of the project, which is, the preparation. Move out as much furniture etc. as you can from the area to be painted. Repair holes, cracks and other defects and mask or tape off areas as needed, such as windows etc. Cover floors and other items with protective sheeting and gather all of your supplies and place them into the centre of the room that you are intending to be working in.

Always, always, start off your painting with the ceiling, then the walls, and finish off by painting the trim last. When painting over a similar colour you could possibly get by with one coat, but you might have to paint two coats in order to obtain the finish and durability you want.

Painting the outside of your house:
When the weather starts to get warmer outside, you may realize that you simply cannot put it off any longer. It is time to begin that exterior painting job that you've been meaning to do. If you aren't a very experienced painter, or you are not confident with your abilities, you may need a few tips and hints to explain the the best way to do it. So heres a few pointers.

If you have a decorating shop nearby, make sure you use them. Many of these suppliers offer free solutions and advice. It is vital that you possess the right tools and supplies, and it will give you a good advantage if ou get all the tips you can prior to making these purchases. Once you have all of the required supplies for your specific project, it's time to begin picking out your colours. Again, feel free to rely on your local hardware store for help in this area as well.

The next step to tackling your project would be to find a time when the weather is warm with the lowest chance of rain. If you attempt to paint when the weather is too hot, the paint will dry too quickly and show lines and result in a poor quality job. Without special formulated paint, painting in crisp cold or muggy warm weather would result in longevity issues down the road.

If you are working on a fence or shed project, be sure the grass is trimmed down low enough to access the whole project and clear all debris. Once your area is totally cleaned, itís time to prep the area. Generally, you will require to begin working your way from the top of your project working down. Depending on the material or colour you are painting, you may be required to use a primer.

It is important to remain focused and not let yourself be discouraged when working on large projects. Small blunders along the way can nearly always be corrected. With a good amount of preparation and a good dose of patience, you will have that exterior painting project wrapped up in no time.

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A fantastic amount of my time is spent in my garden. One of the jobs I enjoy a lot is carrying out home improvementtype of work. I find it helps me to unwind and forget everything, apart from the work I am doing.

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