We often think of spring as the ideal time for major home cleaning – and it certainly is. But the return to warmer weather is also the perfect time to freshen up your interiors with a new coat of paint and more contemporary colors.
These 6 tips can help you get started and ensure your paint job is fun and rewarding:
- Protecting your belongings: Painting can be a messy business and even without major spills, little drops of paint can splash on the floor and furniture. Make sure to move all room’s furniture to the middle of the room and cover it with old sheets or plastic. You’ll also want to cover your floors with a drop cloth (plastic can be slippery). And, even if you’re only painting one room, to avoid leaving a trail of paint, lay down a drop cloth out of the room to the kitchen, bathroom or garage – wherever you may need to cleanup or move cans of paint later.
- Cleaning: All right, so spring painting is a little bit about spring cleaning. New paint needs a clean surface to form a strong bond so use a sponge, water and mild dishwashing soap to remove dust, dirt and greasy finger marks. Once you’ve sponged away the grime, remember to rinse away any soap residue with a clean sponge.
- Patching: You’ll want to patch up any holes left from nails, screws and cracks with fast-drying spackle and wait about 24 hours for it to dry. Then sand the area smooth.
- Outlets and hardware: Remove light switch and outlet cover plates and cover the remaining hardware with painter’s tape. To avoid losing them, tape the screws to the back of the plates. Protect door hardware with painter’s tape, too. And if you’re painting the ceiling, you’ll want to slide down the cover plate and wrap your light fixtures with plastic.
- Windows and doors: Cover the edge of your window and door frames, as well as your trim, with painter’s tape. Remember: remove the tape as soon as you’re finished painting so dry paint doesn’t peel off.
- Paint: One gallon of paint should cover about <400 square feet. If you're not sure how much you'll need, this paint calculator will help. If you’re painting the ceiling, start there, then work your way down to the walls and trim.
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Did you know: To prime or not to prime
Think your walls have so many layers of paint, you don’t need to prime? The fact is primer evens out paint coverage and gives your walls a more uniform look. (Source)