Painting The Inside And Outside of Your Home

By: Susan Sportman

Painting the interior of your house:
Painting the interior of a house can appear to be a frightening task, but with planning and preparation, it can be accomplished quite easily and successfully. One of the first decisions that you might need to make is what colour or colours you are planning to use for your project. When deciding the colour scheme there are things to keep in mind such as if you are painting so that you can sell your house, or if you are painting for your own requirements. When you are planning to sell your house or flat, you will probably aspire to stay with a more neutral palette of colours than if you were doing this for ones self.

The next decision you might be required to make about your choice of paint is the type of finish you want. Paint is available 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 that will will require the reflection of light and the washability afforded with these finishes. The trim around doors, windows and baseboards along with the kitchen and bathroom are nomally painted with either a semi-gloss or gloss finish paint because 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 major thing to keep in mind is to purchase the very best quality you can afford. Quality in these items will certainly affect your finish of the project.

When you have finally made a decision on colour, finish and kind of paint (oil or latex based), and purchased your other materials you then come to everybodies least favourite part 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 middle of the room that you are about to be working in.

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

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

If you have a good hardware store nearby, you should definitely use them. Many of these suppliers offer free suggestions 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 of the tips you possibly can before making these purchases. Once you've got 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 decorating shop for assistance 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 precipitation. Should you attempt to paint when the weather is 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 result in longevity issues down the road.

When you are working on a fence or shed project, ensure the grass is trimmed down low enough to access the full 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 are painting, you might be required to use a primer.

It's important to keep focused and not let yourself be discouraged when working on large projects. Small blunders along the way can always be corrected. With an abundance of preparation and a good dose of patience, you'll have that exterior painting project wrapped up in no time.

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I have used these tips myself on many painting projects over the years. I frequently go to a company called Painter London. They have some great ideas on how to save you money and they certainly know what they are talking about.

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