Repaint Your Home in 8 Simple Steps
Breathe life into your space with a fresh coat of color
Painting is the simplest way of adding color to a room. You don’t have to hire a painter, as you can do the job by yourself (or with a set of friends—throw a paint party!). First, make sure you have everything you need: a steel brush, paint brushes of different sizes, a paint tray, a roller, a putty knife, old newspapers, masking tape, thinner, and a ladder or stool. Once you have these, don't forget to wear protective covering—an apron to keep paint off your clothes and a mask to avoid inhalation of paint fumes. Now, you're ready to get started:
- Prepare everything you need—paint might dry up if you leave it to go for a paintbrush midway.
- Use soap and water to clean the surface to be painted.
- Turn off electricity, and cover lighting fixtures and power outlets with masking tape to spare them from accidental drops of paint.
- Check the instructions on the label of the paint can to see how many coatings you need to apply on the surface.
- Apply a white primer on the surface to be painted, followed by two to four coatings of the desired color. Using a roller, paint W or V-shaped strokes on the surface and fill in the gaps with parallel strokes without lifting the roller.
- Use a paintbrush to paint the areas near the ceiling and the floor. Use a 4-inch brush for large areas, and a 3-inch one for smaller areas. If there are corners to be painted, use a 2-inch or 1 1/2-inch brush for them.
- Apply masonry putty on uneven spots. Leave to dry for two hours before applying a second and third coat of paint.
- Leave the paint to dry.
- Mixing paint is tricky—leave this to the pros. Go to a paint-mixing center where a computer can blend paint to accurately match your swatch.
- Divide a large wall into smaller sections to make your painting job easier. Masking tape can also be used to create interesting patterns on the wall.
- Wipe off excess paint from your roller or paintbrush to avoid a blotchy paint job.
- Get rid of accidental paint stains on wooden pieces with boiled linseed oil: wait for spots to soften, then wipe away with a soft cloth dampened with the oil. Never use paint thinners as these may damage the finish.
Material from Real Living's Handy Hints and Instant Makeovers: 35 Easy Home Projects (2010). To view other Real Living Home Ideas Books, visit https://www.summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living/specials.
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