Steer through this article to learn how to paint a wall and give your house a totally new look with the help of vibrant new colours.
Are you bored of the same old look of your house? Do you want to add a new mood to the environment of your house? If the answer is an emphatic yes, then one way to do so is to change the colour of your walls. You can choose the colour that defines your temper, a colour which will bring in new energy to your house. A new coat of paint will completely transform you abode, giving it a new look and positive energy which will inspire your thoughts. Nevertheless, it might not be as easy as it sounds because there has to be a lot of planning and preparation behind a successful paint job. From emptying the room, cleaning the surface of the wall, choosing the colour to purchasing the right kind of rollers and brushes, all these preparations might confuse you a little. This article will provide you some clarity with the help of few essential wall painting tips that will make your planning and execution easier.
Painting A Wall
Preparing The Surface Of The Wall
The first step that you should take when planning to paint a wall is to prepare the surface of the wall. A poor surface will not hold the paint and might even cause paint ridges. Make use of a sponge and a water solution mixed with dishwashing liquid to clean your walls—removing the dust, dirt and grease from the walls.
Tape The Trim
Make use of a painter’s tape to protect the edges and the areas where you don’t want the paint to get on. Areas like the trips, doorknobs; window and door frames can all be covered by tape so that the paint does not play spoilsport. Run the tape along the outer edges of these areas where the wall meets the edges.
Pour Primer Into A Tray
Now when you have prepared and cleaned your walls and taped the areas you want to protect, it is time to apply the primer on the wall. Pour just enough primer into the tray in order to fill the well towards the bottom of the tray. Nevertheless, make sure the primer does not cover the angled portion of the tray.
Roll The Primer
Dip the roller into the primer tray and before removing it completely, move it back and forth across the tray’s ridges a few times to let the excess primer drip down. Now run the primer up and down on one section of the wall till the entire area is completely coated with it. Apply primer all over the wall evenly, by dipping the roller into the primer tray whenever necessary. However, make sure you go through the manufacturers drying instructions before you start.
Paint The Trim
Once the primer dries out, it is time for you to apply the first coat of paint on the wall. Nevertheless, before going in for the entire wall, paint the edges of the trim. Take a two-inch angled brush and dip it into the paint, coating the bristles only about half distance. Use the brush to carefully paint the edges of the tape covering the trim. Continue painting along the edge of the taped trim until you have covered a narrow space across the taped area.
Once you have painted the edges of the trim and the areas where the wall meets the ceiling, take a roller and dip it into the paint tray. Roll it over the wall in a ‘W’ shape and again back in the same shape without lifting the roller. This will give you a long patch which you can then fill in, thereby completing one section of the wall. Use the same technique for the other half of the wall as well.
Remove The Painter’s Tape
Once you have applied two successive coats on the wall, let it dry as per the manufacturer’s instruction on the paint box. You can remove the painter’s tape while the paint is still wet in order to avoid accidental removal of dry paint along with the tape later on.
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