Home Painting Guide for New Homeowners

Posted by Greg Smith on Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 8:26am.

How To Paint a Room For BeginnersWhen owning a home there are many ways to personalize and make it more comfortable, and one common way to do this is by painting its walls to better suit the people living there, as well as add to any home staging efforts when the time comes to sell. While homeowners can hire a professional service to come paint the walls, they can also do the job themselves. For homeowners who may not know how to start with painting their home, here are the essential steps for painting a home.

Move Furniture Away From Walls

For beginners and pros alike, paint can be messy and accidents can happen. No one wants to get paint on their furniture, so the first thing a homeowner should do before anything else is to move the furniture. The best way to protect it is to remove it from the room completely, but this isn’t always possible. In these sorts of cases, homeowners can settle for pulling it away from the walls and protecting it with a tarp in case of accidental spills

Clean Walls of Dirt and Dust

Many beginning painters don’t know about this step and think they can start painting immediately. However, cleaning the walls is a very important step because dirty, dusty walls can prevent the paint from sticking properly and can create an uneven texture. To clean walls, the homeowner can take an old rag and wipe the walls down, giving extra attention to the corners and upper parts of the walls where spiders and insects like to stay. A vacuum cleaner can also be helpful, especially when using an attachment that lets the user get into the hard-to-reach areas.

Use Painter’s Tape and Cut In

For a beginning painter, painter’s tape is one of the most helpful tools around. It can be placed on the floor and crown molding or around the window and door frames to help the painter have clean lines that don’t accidentally get on anything they shouldn’t. 

Next is cutting in, the most difficult step. Before the painter can pull out the actual brushes, they need to cut in, which is effectively outlining the area that they are going to paint by hand. In order to cut in, the painter should use a paintbrush that is 3-4” and paint the edges of the wall. Using painter’s tape can make this step much easier because it gives the painter some extra protection when painting delicate areas. 

Paint the Walls

Now that the hard part is done, it is time to paint the wall. To do this, it is easiest to use a roller brush as it provides the most even coverage of all the brush options. When painting, try to make sure to always go up and down instead of side to side. Horizontal strokes can lead to the paint dripping downward and drying, leaving noticeable marks on the walls. Vertical strokes will help prevent these drips because the brush will have the opportunity to go over them as it’s moved. 

Add Extra Coats

Sometimes, one coat of paint just won’t be enough to cover the old color completely. This can happen if the old color is particularly vibrant or if the painter uses a lower quality paint. It’s easiest to see if a wall has been painted completely by using a light to illuminate it. If any of the old paint is showing through the new color, add one coat of paint at a time until it is no longer visible.

The Value of Color When Painting a Home

There is science to choosing a color palette. Certain colors bring about particular feelings and have characteristics of their own. For instance they can invoke cheerful, warm, dismal, cold, soft, soothing, loud, or tranquil feelings.

When choosing a color scheme for a particular room in a home, homeowners need to consider what atmosphere the room should evoke. If insanity is the goal, paint the room bright red with black ceilings and install yellow carpet. If calm and classic is your goal, try light blues and greens with white ceilings and neutral carpet. What a difference!

Once the room's tone has been established, looking on a color wheel for complimentary colors is a great way to proceed. The rule of thumb is not to exceed more then three colors throughout the entire house. With that in mind, consider what walls can be seen from other rooms and make sure they do not clash.

Always be sure to paint a test strip before going all out. Some colors look different on a sample card compared to when they are on a wall. A great way to give a room a punch of color but not to close it in is to paint only one or two accent walls instead of the whole room. Whichever colors are chosen, remember, it's just paint, and even the blackest black can be covered up with a quality primer and two or three coats of good old fashion eggshell!

Get Started Painting Your Home Today

Painting may seem like a big job, and it is, but by following these instructions any Golden homeowner can give their home a more personalized look without spending a lot of money on a professional.

Greg Smith

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