Though it can be time consuming, a good paint job will automatically change the look and feel of any room. Not only does it add color and character but it’s also an expression of your personal style. Still, many would rather keep a bland color on the wall because they fear selecting the wrong color. But don’t let your fear interfere! Painting itself is the easiest part of the project; what’s overwhelming is the preparation. 90 percent of a good paint job consists of preparing walls before adding paint to brush and brush to wall. The journey may frighten you, but trust me; it will be worth it in the end.
Before The Paint Store
Popular paint brands, such as Behr and Benjamin Moore, have websites that allow you to paint a room or the exterior of your home virtually. This way you see how paint colors will look before you take a trip to the paint store. You can select different color combinations and play a little. Browsing online will help you make a more educated decision, so you don’t feel as overwhelmed when you step in front of that intimidating paint sample wall at the home store.
Selection of Color
The paint sample wall at the store has what may seem like an overwhelming number of colors. Take the color green, there are about 200 shades! But there is no need to worry. The process isn’t supposed to be quick, so take your time. Look at the shades you pre-selected while browsing the Internet. Narrow it down to three colors. Now that you have selected your three shades it is time to bring the samples home. Don’t bring only one card sample per color. Instead, take six or eight of the same color sample.
Test Your Paint Colors
Store lighting can distort color, which is why you need to take the samples home and view them there. Take your six or eight samples and cut the white edges off each card. Then tape the color samples together to form a square. Now you have a bigger sample to really work with. Next, tape the card sample to the wall of the room you intend to paint. Leave it up for an entire day. Relocate your samples around the room. This is a great way to determine how the light that naturally comes into the room plays with your new color tone and hue.
Also, make sure to walk by your samples while the light fixtures are turned on so you can see shadows and shades. What does the color look like then? How does it change? If you still like the color after all of this, tape your color sample behind the largest piece of furniture in that room. Follow the same procedure of observation as before during different times of the day. If you are still uncertain then start the process all over again. Yes, it is frustrating, but it would be more frustrating if you had to do the entire room over. So take a deep breath. It’s only paint. However, if you love it, then guess what? It’s time to take a final trip to the store and buy your paint! But please remember to measure your space before you leave.
Measure Your Space
Measure each wall, including height. Do not forget to include the measurements of every door and window. This will help the paint clerk determine how much paint you will need to complete the job. The last thing you need is to make another trip to the paint store while you are gung-ho about painting.
Prepare Before You Paint
Beautiful walls require that you take the time aside to scrape, patch, sand and prime the walls. To prepare the space, try to remove as much furniture and accessories from the room as possible. Whatever furniture you are unable to remove, pile in the middle of the room away from the walls. Remember to tape around moldings, doors and windows with removable painter’s tape. Try staying away from masking tape because it sometimes gets a bit sticky and becomes hard to remove. Use drop cloths to cover the floor and the remaining furniture. Plastic drop cloths are reasonably inexpensive. Treat your walls with respect and remove all nails, screws, and loose or peeling paint. Bear in mind to cover the tiny holes they leave behind with spackle. Allow the spackle to dry and then sand to a smooth surface.
Also, it is important to remove the covers of outlets and switch plates, and to cover the center with masking tape. Finally, please remember to wash down your walls; your walls collect grease, grime and grit. If not removed before hand, it will show in your new paint job.
Quick Tips to Remember for Painting
- Attention to details makes for a better paint job.
- Take photos of the walls before painting so you remember where to re-hang your paintings.
- To play with the “Find Your Color” and “Start Your Project” sections on the Behr paint website, click here.
- To use the Benjamin Moore feature and upload a photo of the room you’d like to paint, click here.
So, give your home a fresh, new look while saving a few hundred dollars by doing it yourself. There is nothing more refreshing then sitting back and looking at what a great job you have done. Lastly, it is okay to get a bit of paint on yourself. Remember it’s just paint!