How To Paint The Interior And Exterior Of Your House.

By: Rick Skuw

Painting the interior of a property can appear to be a daunting task, but with planning and preparation, it could be completed quite easily and effectively. One of your first decisions that you might really should make is what colour or colours you're planning to use for your project. When deciding the colour scheme there is certainly things to bear in mind for example if you are painting in order to sell your home, or if you are painting for your own requirements. 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 yourself.

The very next decision you will need to make about your choice of paint is the type of finish you want. Paint comes in a variety of 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 should be used in rooms which will will need the reflection of sunshine as well as the washability afforded with these finishes. The trim around doors, windows and baseboards as well the kitchen and bathroom tend to be painted with either a semi-gloss or gloss finish paint as these areas require more regular washing.

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

Once you have finally made your choice on colour, finish and type of paint (oil or latex based), and purchased your other materials you then come 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 your supplies and place them into the middle of the room that you are going to be working in.

Always, always, begin your painting with your ceiling, followed by the walls, and finish off by painting the trim last. When painting over the same colour you could possibly get by with one coat, but you might be required to paint two coats in order to obtain the finish and durability you require.

Painting the exterior of your home:
When the weather starts to become warmer outside, you may realize that you simply can't put it off any longer. It is time to start that exterior painting job you've been meaning to do. If you are not a very experienced painter, or you are not confident in your abilities, you might require a few hints and tips to explain the the best way to do it. So heres a few pointers.

If you have a good decorating shop nearby, you should definitely use them. Many of these suppliers offer free ideas and advice. It is important that you get the right tools and supplies, and it will give you a good advantage if ou get all of the tips you possibly can before making these purchases. Once you've got all of the necessary supplies for your specific project, it is now time to begin picking out your colours. Again, feel free to rely on your local decorating shop for help in this area as well.

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

When you are working on a fence or shed project, be sure the grass is trimmed down low enough to access the complete project and clear all debris. Once your area is totally cleaned, it is time to prep the area. Generally, you should begin working your way from the top of your project working down. Depending on the material or colour you’re painting, you may need to use a primer.

It is important to keep focused and not let yourself be discouraged when engaged 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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