Fresh paint is a must to make your house look fresh. You don’t need formal training. What helps are patience and these helpful tips on how to paint a wall.
Tip #1: Basic Things to Know Before Painting a Wall
Before painting a wall at home, check out these considerations:
1) Wall Size: Measure the wall size to estimate how much paint you need to buy.
2) Paint Color: The colour of the wall makes a big part of your home, revealing your personality and the house’s maintenance state. Drabby walls tell visitors (and potential buyers!) the home is neglected.
3) Weather: Know the weather condition before proceeding with your painting project. This helps avoid future delays.
Tip #2: Prepare the Materials
Do you know how to paint a wall with incomplete materials? Perhaps. It doesn’t take a genius to slap on paint, after all. But there’s a difference between getting the job done and getting the job done well.
Understand the quality of your painting job will depend on the availability and completeness of your materials.
Here is a checklist of materials:
1) Paint: Purchase an ample amount of paint. Get what’s proportionate to the size of your wall. Choose a washable paint that can keep the wall looking fresh for a longer period of time.
2) Primer: The primer should have the stain blocker to ensure the quality of your work.
3) Angled sash paint brush, handheld paint brush and roller brush: Angled sash and handheld paintbrush are necessary to reach the smaller area of the wall.
4) Roller Tray: You can use metal or durable plastic tray for smaller projects.
5) A five-gallon bucket capacity: For big projects, you need to mix the paint in one large bucket for color consistency.
6) Tray Liner: Use disposable tray liner to save time for cleaning after you’re done.
7) Screen: You need the screen to wipe any excess paint from the roller.
8) Drop Cloth/Plastic Sheet: This should be used to cover the furniture and floor from unnecessary paint drops.
9) Blue Painter’s tape: This is important to protect walls that don’t need paint.
10) Hole Filler: Use this to fill small holes in the wall before painting.
11) Sponge: This is great for washing the walls, along with a small amount of detergent mixed with water.
12) Screwdriver: This is used to loosen lighting fixtures and switch faceplates before painting.
Tip #3: Prepare the work area
Before you begin, prepare the area for ample working space.
Clean the walls to ensure an excellent paint job. Remove smudges, fill the small holes, and hide cracks and other surface imperfections.
Next, remove wall accessories (knobs, light switches faceplates, etc.), and other items which may hinder your work.
Cover your furniture with a drop cloth or plastic sheet to catch the spills. You may also look for a place near you where you can move furniture. Furthermore, cover the adjacent surfaces using the painter’s tape. Purchase different sizes of tape for flexibility.
Tip #4: Applying Primer
Up next: how to paint a wall with a quality finish. Apply a primer to block stains. It’s great for improving adhesion and helping you avoid blisters and peeling. A gallon of primer is enough for most painting projects.
- Apply primer thoroughly as the base coat. It should be smooth and consistent for better absorption of paint.
- Wait 4 hours for the primer to become dry. The area should also well-ventilated to prevent smudges.
Tip #5: Painting the Wall
After the necessary steps, you’re now ready to paint your wall. The following are the helpful tips:
- Mix the paint thoroughly.
- Put the paint in a large bucket before mixing for color consistency.
- Use the handheld paint brush to start at one of the room’s corner. Complete the outer perimeter of the wall slowly with smooth and linear stroke.
- Dip your brush whenever the stroke becomes lighter.
- After painting the outer edge, use the wide roller for the wider part of the wall.
- Apply the “M” or “W” stroke pattern until the wall is fully painted. Use handle extension for roller brush to reach the upper section of the wall.
- Apply a 2nd or 3rd coat, depending on the depth of the colour you prefer.
- After the 2nd and 3rd coat, let the paint dry overnight.
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