THG Tip Tuesday – Painting Tips to Freshen a Room
Prepare the walls.
- Never paint over mold. It needs to be teated prior to painting.
- Homes built before 1978 should be evaluated for lead paint, and treated accordingly.
- Remove any grease or food from wall surface.
- Patch any holes or damage and sand to make walls as smooth as possible.
- Wipe down walls to remove any sanding dust.
- 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.
- Flat paint is less reflective and hides imperfections, but is not easily washable.
- If you have kids, you might want to choose a satin or semi-gloss to make clean-up easier.
- 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.
- Protect floors and furniture with paint drop cloths. Canvas drop cloths are durable and re-usable.
- Tape off woodwork or cut in paint with a good paintbrush.
- Roll paint on with even strokes.
- 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.