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5 Painting Tips to Become the Michelangelo of Your Manor

Posted on February 3rd, 2011 by

When moving into a new home, getting accustomed to your new living quarters can be just as lengthy as the relocation process. People are often so comfortable and familiar with their previous home that carrying that feeling over to a new house just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen. A new homeowner can easily expedite the process of feeling comfortable in their new abode by simply embellishing a little. Before you go haywire and spend your mortgage in Ikea, try a more simple solution first – painting. Although it sounds simple enough, your living room walls may not be the only thing covered in paint if the necessary precautions aren’t taken. Below are 5 tips to assist the amateur painter in adding a little personality to their new home.

Organize Your Time
First and foremost, evaluate whether or not this “art project” of yours can be finished in a timely manner. Depending on how much time you have between the moment the movers drop the last box in your house to the moment when you have to start your daily routines, you might find it useful to prepare a “painting plan” before you start choosing random colors just to put some color around. Leaving your wall white may be much more suitable then coming home to a multi-colored playhouse everyday. If you know you are easily distracted, going to procrastinate and never finish, seek assistance from a friend or hire painters to do the job for you.

Buy Appropriate Equipment
When buying brushes for painting, don’t buy the cheapest brush you can find because it will show in the results. Look through brushes that vary in bristle lengths. Brushes with bristles that are split at the end and packed tightly into a wood handle tend to hold much more paint. Furthermore, hold the brush as if you were painting to ensure your hand is comfortable holding that size brush. When painting an average sized room you usually need a 4-inch brush with a straight edge, a 1 1/2-inch brush for sashes, and a 2-inch brush for trim. Choosing the most expensive state-of-the art “magic wand” is unnecessary, but as we said before, choosing a cheap brush is not a smart choice either, so choose wisely. Seek assistance in your local hardware store and elaborate with a professional what kind of painting you are trying to accomplish.

Purchase High Quality Paint
Painting your home will be much easier if you purchase high quality paint. In addition to lasting a long time, it will cover the walls more quickly and easily. When it comes to buying your paint, purchasing quality paint will prevent you with having to re-paint again in a near future, as high quality paint definitely stands the test of time.

Mask Your Surfaces
It is very common to see many people making a complete mess while painting their homes. This can be prevented by masking surfaces that you do not want paint to touch. Use masking tape to line roofing, doorways, siding, and trim. Also, if your home has already been arranged with a ton of furniture, use drop cloths to cover the floor, shrubbery, and furniture. Your newly painted walls may turn out great, but spotted furniture is a whole new project!

Clean Up Properly
When you have completed your project, be sure to clean all of your brushes immediately after. Using soap and water to rinse the paint out of your brushes will ensure they do not harden and can be used in the future. Avoid pouring paint thinner or excess paint down the drain or onto the ground, not only will it most likely clog your sink but it will also become a source of ground-water pollution. Take extra precautions when putting away paint, all it takes is one drop or slip to ruin something in your home. Store leftover paint in a paint can for later use or proper disposal at another time.

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