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Three Tips For Painting Walls At Home

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Painting your home interior can be a daunting task; a dicey paint job can ruin even the most meticulous arrangement of furniture. It isn’t as simple as buying the color and putting on your worst pair of sweatpants. Edges, paint dripping, and awkward angles can make interior painting a nightmare.  These three tips can help make painting your home just a little easier.

Get The Right Painting Tools

Brushes and rollers are the most obvious painting tools, but they’re the bare necessities. Precision counts, especially since you’ll be the one looking at those walls every day. To that effect, paint edges, and painter’s tape can help steady your hand and fill in the corners. Also, be sure to get some spackle to fill in any holes in the wall. Lastly, dress appropriately for the job; old, comfy clothes and a mask for the paint fumes are your go to for attire.

Protecting your floors from drip and spills is another priority while you paint. Local stores are often willing to shell out cardboard boxes leftover from their deliveries. Get a few folded down boxes to sit under your buckets and paint trays as a safety precaution. In the absence of tape, you could also use strips of cardboard to line any trim board along the wall to protect against running paint.

Remove Obstructions

Light switch covers, vent grates, and other wall attachments can be a pain while you paint. Invest a bit of time in removing them if possible with a screwdriver to speed up the process. It gives you an opportunity to clean areas in the house that may not get a lot of attention.

Frame The Job

It’s tempting to drench the roller and hit those wide open wall spaces, but planning your approach and framing the paint job is vital. Use paint edgers or small brushes to coat corners and tight areas first. This makes the rest of the work easy and helps to keep you within the margins to avoid accidents.

 

Take your time with painting if possible; it can be tedious, but rushing the process can only make you more prone to mistakes. Make a schedule and take breaks if you need them. Best of luck with your painting, and may it lead to a beautiful home.

For a list of steps that can help expedite your painting process, this list by wiki how is great for any DIY paint job.

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