Interior Color Design



Do It Yourself Interior Painting


Are you ready to change the look and feel for your lovely home? If yes, then it is absolutely a great idea to transform your home from mundane to inspiring. Though there are many companies offering services for interior painting, but you can do it yourself as well. However, you need to be careful about interior painting else this project can quickly turn into a nightmare. The following article discusses the various aspects of do-it-yourself interior painting activity.

Develop a vision

The aim of the interior painting is to give a different look to your house. It is thus important to be creative and thoughtful. Look at the interior and think about the color you want to select. Well, light colors work almost everywhere, but dark colors require the room with abundant natural light. You can also take digital photographs of the room and select the color using a photo editing software. Besides, if you are painting your home for sale, stay with natural colors; however, if you're transforming the home for yourself, be creative to get the best result.

Take accurate measurements

First of all, you need to estimate the area for painting. Measure the height and width of each wall. By simply multiplying the height by the width, you can measure the area of a given wall. Keep a comprehensive list of the living room, and the west wall, etc. Finally, determine the coverage area for each color and calculate the number of gallons you'll need for each. One gallon paint will cover about 400 square feet area. This way, you can easily calculate how many gallons you need to paint your interior wall.

Plan the budget

The cost will vary depending on the price and quality of paint you're going to use for the project. Buy a mid to upper-grade paint. Besides, you can get suggestions from experts because low-cost paints will not truly cover with one coat and you might need to apply two coats and that would cost you double. So, it is important to select colors that could work well. Also add expenses for brushes, rollers, pans, tape and other materials. Do it yourself interior painting will surely save a lot of your hard earned money compared to hiring professionals for the same.

Manage the workplace

If you're not hiring a professional painting crew, you will need to engage your family members for many jobs to be done. For instance, you need people to move furniture, then wall preparation, floor covering, materials gathering and cleaning. Try to engage family members to work for the project so that you could finish interior painting on time and without any hassle.

Prepare the surface

First of all, you will need to prepare the surface before you start painting. It is very crucial because a successful paint job depends on how efficiently you've prepared the surface. You must scratch, sand, pitch, and fill holes, crack and surface blemishes. This initial work is very time consuming, but it is also the most important part of the painting.

Tint the primer

Priming walls and ceilings are essential when you're painting a new wall or painting over a dark color. Primer blocks stains from bleeding through. It compensates one-coat coverage for the paint. In addition, primer improves paint adhesion, which significantly minimizes blisters and peeling. Professional painters prefer to tint the primer by adding a small quantity of topcoat paint into the primer. This step greatly improves the capacity of the topcoat to entirely hide the primed surface.
Use canvas and not plastic

Foothills Painting Boulder provides plastic drop cloths that could be an economical way to protect the floor from paint spatters, but it would be better to use canvas. As compared to plastic, the canvas is extremely durable and rip-resistant. Plastic drop cloths become greasy when sprayed with paint. On the other hand, canvas completely absorbs paint drips. Besides, canvas cloths can be effortlessly creased around corners and doorways.

Use an extensive pole rather than the stepladder

Instead of using a stepladder, it is always better to use a telescoping extension pole for your paint roller. You can find extension poles in various lengths. Select an extension pole that could extend from 18 to 36 inches to paint rooms with 8 to 10-foot tall ceilings. You simply need to attach paint roller's handle with the pole to use. Buy a pole that has a flexible, non slippery grip and a stiff metal core.

Use a paint grid

You might have seen people using a paint tray, but it is a futile and messy option. The quicker approach is to use a paint grid. It is a rectangular, stiff metal or plastic screen the attaches to the rim of the bucket. Fill the bucket about fifty percent with paint and then suspend the grid inside the bucket. Immerse the roller sleeve into the paint and spin it against the grid to eliminate surplus paint. Once the work is done for a day, drop the grid into the bucket and snap on the lid.

Wrap brushes and paint roller using food plastic

If your painting work is done for a day, don't clean your paint-roller sleeves and paintbrushes. Instead, remove extra paint, and then tightly enfold them in a plastic wrap to avoid air contact. Keep the wrapped roller sleeves and paintbrushes in the refrigerator to avoid drying of paint. This sounds crazy, but it really works. The next day, simply remove the gear from cold storage 30 minutes prior to painting.


Use a paintbrush to scratch paint from the pan back into the main paint can. Tightly press the can to avoid any air leakage. After that, run the brush under warm water and use a nylon brush to remove the paint from the bristles and rinse again. Reshape the brush and hang to dry. You can also clean roller under the running water. After that, allow the roll to dry in an upright position and finally, store in a cupboard for the next future interior painting project.



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