Making Interior Painting A Little Easier
If you have ever painted a room in your home, you know all too well just how time consuming the project can be. Did you know that you can reduce the time it takes by eliminating the hours you spend taping off the trim, ceiling and flooring in the room and by buying the right supplies? Here, you will learn how to do just that.
Buy the Right Supplies
When you walk into your local home improvement store, it can easily cause you to become overwhelmed. Having long aisles of paint supplies to choose from does not make the supply-buying process an easy one, but in all honesty, you really don't need much.
- High-quality brushes and rollers – These may cost you a pretty penny, but the investment is a sound one. Having a good quality brush is how you will avoid having to tape off the room. You want to find a two-inch angled brush with a very short, or non-existent handle. This will give you better control of the brush and help you create a nice, straight edge. The rollers will help you reduce the number of coats required for a perfect finish.
- High-quality paint – The paint being manufactured today is capable of complete coverage in a single coat. This will greatly reduce the time it takes you to complete the project.
- Self-adhered carpet film – This can be put down and left in place throughout the project. There is no need to tape down plastic to protect your carpeting from paint spatters and drips. You simply press the film onto the carpet and it will remain in place until you remove it at the completion of your project.
Edging without Tape
To edge without tape, use your high-quality angled brush to cut into the edges. Start by pouring a little bit of paint into a plastic cup to make it easy to carry around the room. Dip the brush into the paint and slide the edge of the brush along the rim of the cup leaving just enough paint to complete one stroke. Too much paint will cause you to have to deal with drips, but not enough will cause brush lines in the paint. Perform a few practice strokes on the center of the wall until you get the hang of cutting in with the brush.
Tip: If your hand is not the steadiest, you may want to use an edging tool or make your own. Use the lid off of a Styrofoam egg carton. Lay a ruler across the lid as you cut it off using a sharp utility knife. This will give you a perfect line to use as a straight edge.
These tips can help you decrease the time it takes you to complete your interior painting project. If you cannot find the time, or do not feel confident in your painting skills, contact your local painting contractor (such as those from M.S. Service Inc.) and have it done for you.