House Painting Tips For A Professional Look

13 December 2017
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Painting a room comes naturally to some, but for others it's a pain and may be quite difficult. That's why hiring a professional painting service makes sense, to get a professional look to your home without breaking your back trying to get the job done yourself. If you're OK with painting and want to do the job yourself, follow the tips below for a professional look.

Use The Right Paint

Cheap paint is not the way to go just because you want to save a few bucks. Using a good interior paint that has a primer all in one is the best type of paint, as you will use less coats of paint to paint the room, which means less work for you. Check your local paint store or a big box hardware store for paint options. These stores usually carry about three or four brands of paint. Don't go with the cheapest paint, although the most expensive may also not be the way to go either. Read the label and also read reviews on the paint.

Use Painter's Tape

Painter's tape will help you paint straight lines on your walls. It also prevents getting paint onto surfaces you don't want to get paint onto such as molding and baseboards. Painter's tape is perfect for those that don't have a steady hand, so use the tape and save you some time on touch-ups later in our paint project. Painter's tape also prevents bleeding through and won't damage other painted surfaces, so it's better to use than masking tape or other types of tape.

Start At The Top 

Start by painting your ceiling first, then the walls, and finally the woodworking around your home (if it's painted). When painting the ceiling, bring the paint down the wall about an inch, then when painting the walls, keep about a 1/4" line around the top of the walls. This helps give the illusion of a straight wall, as some ceilings may have dips in them, so you'll always have a straight line. 

Cut In The Paint

Always cut in the paint with a 1/2" angled paintbrush. Cut in around the corners, edges and around molding, then use the roller to roll the paint onto your walls. Use a standard nap roller so you aren't flinging paint all over the room, about a 3/8" nap is best to use. Use enough paint on the the brush and roller so you aren't leaving marks on the wall,  but not too much that you are leaving drips.

Painting a room can be quite a big job, especially if it is a large room or if you have tall ceilings. If this is too much work for you, hire a professional company instead to do the work for you.