THG Tip Tuesday

    THG Tip Tuesday – Painting Tips to Freshen a Room


    Prepare the walls.

    1. Never paint over mold.  It needs to be teated prior to painting.
    2. Homes built before 1978 should be evaluated for lead paint, and treated accordingly.
    3. Remove any grease or food from wall surface.
    4. Patch any holes or damage and sand to make walls as smooth as possible.
    5. Wipe down walls to remove any sanding dust.
    6. Prime walls to create uniform coverage under the final paint coat.  Tinting the primer with a little of the paint color is beneficial to coverage.

    Picking the paint.

    1. Flat paint is less reflective and hides imperfections, but is not easily washable.
    2. If you have kids, you might want to choose a satin or semi-gloss to make clean-up easier.
    3. If you are planning to put your home on the market, create a blank palette for potential buyers by painting in off-white or neutral colors.


    1.  Protect floors and furniture with paint drop cloths.  Canvas drop cloths are durable and re-usable.
    2. Tape off woodwork or cut in paint with a good paintbrush.
    3. Roll paint on with even strokes.
    4. Apply a second coat to cover any translucent areas.

    Painting is a great DIY project that can freshen a room, create a point of interest, or make your house market-ready.



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