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6 Things You Need To Know Before Painting Your Room

Here are a few considerations that you need to make to ensure a successful paint job


If you are planning to paint your room by yourself, this list of important reminders will surely come in handy. Take note of these things to ensure a successful paint project. 

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Keep these tips in mind:

Allot time for preparation.

Keep in mind that a paint project doesn't mean applying paint and waiting for it to dry. Start by cleaning your walls and surfaces first. Make sure that you remove all residues and dirt such as cobwebs, dust, and other particles using a damp microfiber cloth. Remove existing layers of paint to ensure a smooth finish. Painting on dirty walls might give you unsatisfactory results since the new coat of paint might not stick properly and will just peel off easily. Click here for a quick guide

Determine the type of surface that you're going to paint on

Are you working with wood or concrete? Purchase the right type of paint by determining the surfaces that you are planning to work on. According to interior designer Wilmer Lopez, enamel paint works best on wooden surfaces while latex paint is best for concrete walls and cement. Click here to learn more about the different types of paint

Measure the area that you're planning to work on

Will you be painting a condo home or a two-storey house? Are you renovating just one part of the kitchen or an entire bedroom? Having enough paint to cover the area will help you finish your paint job easily. Measure the size of the room or area and consult with a professional. Hardware stores can also give an estimate of how many cans of paint you'll need for a specific room. 

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Check color samples and swatches first

It’s recommended to paint a small portion of your wall first just to see how the paint adheres to the surface. Let it sit overnight and observe how it looks like during the day or night.

RL Tip: Try rubbing the paint with your fingernail and see if it sticks completely. If it peels easily, consider sanding or applying primer first for a better finish.

Mix your paint

Have your paint mixed by a professional before you start painting your room. Some hardware stores offer products that are mixed by a special machine. Always seek professional advice to avoid patchy spaces. 

Prepare your tools

To achieve an excellent output, you must have the right set of tools. Consider having painter's tape to cover up light switches and electrical outlets. Depending on the area that you are working on, specific brushes are needed to make the job much easier. Click here to learn more about brush sizes.

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

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