Interior Home Painting
Painting the inside of your home will give you immediate gratification. Over time, walls and ceilings are exposed to wear and tear. Children playing in the house will mark up walls very quickly as will pets. Try a new coat of paint to liven drab walls. Repainting your walls and ceiling the original color will instantly freshen up the look of the interior of your home.
If you are in need of a change, interior home painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to quickly and dramatically change the interior look of your home. Reasons people want to repaint the interior of their home vary. Everything from expecting a child, converting a bedroom into an office, or updating the look of your home. Consider your walls a blank canvas. You can easily emphasize part of your home by painting a wall or two. Faux finishing painting is also a great technique for livening up a home.
Paint it yourself or Hire a contractor?
This is a decision you should fully think out. One attractive quality of repainting the interior of your home is that colors are easily changeable. If you go the paint-it-yourself route, you can experiment with color for weeks before commiting. Some people paint several swatches of color on different walls before commiting to a color scheme. Painting the interior of your home yourself will definitely give you a feeling of gratification. When the project is complete, you will feel handy and satisfied that the new color scheme is the result of your labor.
On the other hand, hiring a painter or painting company to repaint the interior of your home is also a great way to go. You won't get that do-it-yourself gratification, but you will get a quality job done by a professional with years of experience. An experienced painting professional knows all the tricks of the trade and will avoid making mistake a novice or inexperienced painter would make.
Painting Safety Prep
Before painting your home, you should think about covering up parts of your body that can become irritated when exposed to paint. Cover your eyes with safety glasses or goggles. The last thing you want is paint in your eye. Consider purchasing a face mask or respirator if you will be painting in a room without good ventilation. Also rubber gloves are key for preventing your hands from being exposed to paint.
Prepare before you paint
Before you apply paint to the walls of your home, you will spend several hours prepping. Prepping the paint job involves many things. The most obvious is moving furniture and other household out of the way. For large furniture and other household items that cannot easily be moved, use a drop cloth or old sheets and blankets to completely cover them up.
Get Ready for color
The paint has been chosen but are the walls ready for application? You will need to tape-off or remove light switches, electrical outlets, window blinds or curtains and wall hangings. The floor of your home should be completely covered up by drop cloths. Any molding should be concealed with painter's tape and masking paper. Once you have covered any areas that could be potentially damaged by paint, then prep the wall surface itself. This involves patching any holes with plaster or putty, caulking any cracks and making sure the surface is nice and smooth. Old flaky paint should be chipped off and sanded down to the surface layer.
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