Painting And Decorating Inside Your Home.

By: Rick Skuw

The main motivation people paint their interior walls is usually to freshen up the look of a room. A fresh paint job can give new life in a dull room. To get a smooth finish you must first take time to prepare the walls appropriately. People like to try to cut corners to avoid wasting time and money, but doing this can make your work look bad and cost you a lot of cash..

Follow these simple measures for a smooth application:

The first step is to work with a paint scraper to get rid of all of the old chipped paint. Scrape as much of the old paint off that you can. Sand the chipped areas using a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a sanding block. Try and smooth the edges as much as possible to ensure that it would not be noticeable under your new paint.

Wipe down the areas to be painted. Wash walls and woodwork to remove dust and grease from all of the surfaces. Grease would keep the paint from adhering to the surface properly, and dirt or dust will attach itself to your newly painted wall. Wash with a mild soap and water solution and allow to air dry before prepping.

Tape off the areas you donot want painted like baseboards and mouldings. Cover light fixtures and wall sockets, and put plastic sheets over furniture to shield from drips. You will also want to put plastic or an old sheet down on the carpet in the area you are painting. Paint rollers can sometimes slip and hit where you do not want it to.

Fill in any holes or cracks with filler and smooth out. Also fill in any holes left from where you scraped the old paint if there are any. If there is the least little bit of an impression in the wall it can show through the paint as an irregular spot, so make certain you fill this as well. When you have filled in all the spots, smooth the filled area using a damp sponge and then let it dry. When dry, sand the area using the sanding block to smooth out any edges that are left.

Choose a high quality brand of paint. You do not need to spend a fortune on a gallon of paint, but you must buy a quality product. Call around to some general contractors in the area and ask them what brand of paint they Would suggest that you use. As soon as you have a name you can call or visit some home improvement stores and check and compare prices. This is often an important step because if you choose a cheaper brand of paint it may not cover as well, this means using more than one coat, which also means more paint. Using a primer is an option, but usually is not required. A good brand of paint should cover in one coat. Sometimes you may require a second coat to give it a more polished look.

One final tip:

After your new paint has dried, check for any bubbled or uneven spots. If you discover bubbles, lightly scrape the top, fill and retouch. You can always purchase a small pot of the same colour paint for touch ups. If you are not really a do-it-yourself type, or you do not have the time for such a project you can hire a professional to do the job for you.

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I do have a go at most jobs around the home, but one of the DIY jobs I enjoy the most is home improvement. If you don't know exactly what you are doing then you can end up making the problem a lot worse for yourself. Having said that I quite often find it a lot easier to get a porfessional in, even if it is just to get ideas from them. It usually works out cheaper in the long run.

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