Before attempting any major or minor paint project, there are many important factors to consider. The following tips will give you a good sense of the work involved in any decorating and painting activity.
Move everything out of the way. This goes for furniture, televisions, computers, art, and lamps – basically anything you don’t want to ruin if you accidentally get paint on it. You don’t have to completely move heavy furniture out of the room, but push it as far away from the walls as possible. Cover everything to protect it. Don’t use a bed sheet. Instead, use drop cloths. Plastic works best because paint products will not be able to penetrate it should a splatter occur.
You should also dress your floors with drop cloths. Even the smallest dollop of paint can wreck good flooring. You may not notice a few drops of paint if they get on your floor until it’s too late and you’re faced with the difficult task of trying to remove stains that have settled. If your floors are covered, they will be protected.
Clean the area before you paint it. Oily, dirty surfaces don’t offer ideal conditions for painting leading it to chip or peel off. Care for grimy areas with deglossers or cleaners prior to painting. These products are made to remove hand marks, spots and other blemishes that can build up on your walls. If you are painting a room where dirt and grime can build up like your bathroom or kitchen, a good clean wall will help the new paint you’re applying adhere to the surface better. Use a lint-free cloth or pad that isn’t too abrasive for cleaning, otherwise it could leave further marks on your wall and you’ll just have to clean it again.
The texture of the area you’re painting is very important. You may have to sand, prime or repair drywall before you begin painting. If you don’t patch holes and cracks prior to painting, your walls won’t appear uniform. Painting does not repair wall surfaces.
Wear protection like rubber gloves and a mask. Goggles are not necessary, but if you wear glasses or have eye problems you may want to keep a pair handy just in case. If possible, use environmentally friendly paint to keep harmful chemicals off your walls and out of your respiratory system. Look for paint products that have zero or low VOCs.
The best tip we can offer is this: Hire a pro! Painting is a serious job that takes experience and keen eye for detail. The Paintbox team is made up of painting and design professionals who can handle everything from one-room makeovers to deck staining and full exterior paint jobs. We offer a full line of eco-friendly products and will repair, sand and prime your walls before we begin. The best part of hiring a pro? We clean up afterwards leaving you with no mess and a beautiful, freshly painted space!