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Beginner's Guide to House Painting (DIY Like a Pro)

Paint your wall professionally with these handy tips

Newsweek AMPLIFY - Guide to House Painting

Just because it looks easy, doesn't mean that it is. So, you may be thinking of painting your room all by yourself. The trouble is, if you don't do the paint job right, your walls will look like a mess, and you may end up doing it again, or you may give up and resort to hiring a professional painter.

If you're eyeing to paint your house on your own, there are a few tips that you can follow so you can do it like a pro.

Here is your step-by-step guide to painting for beginners.

Choose the Right Color

The first thing to consider if you want to paint the walls professionally is your choice of color. You won't have too many issues if you're just using one color for the entire room or house. But if you're planning to do accent walls, for example, then you need to have a plan.

Interior designers use the color palette to match colors so that they are pleasing to the eyes. An untrained eye will be confused, but there are tools you can use to help you choose paint color combinations. Ace Hardware, for instance, has a handy tool that shows colors that are monochromatic, in affinity, or even the trendiest colors of the year. You can choose from Benjamin Moore paint colors, Magnolia Home, and Clark + Kensington color trends.

Newsweek AMPLIFY - Guide to House Painting

Your choice of color will depend on the mood you want to create for the room. Warm colors such as tones of red, yellow, and orange can energize the room, while cool colors such as blue, green, and purple can provide a calming effect. Neutrals like gray, beige, and tan are the go-to hues if you want to choose something that will go well with any type of color.

Newsweek AMPLIFY - Guide to House Painting

Choose the Best Paint for Your Room

Once you've decided on the color and color scheme, pick the best paint for your room. Paints are categorized according to the type of finish you want to pull off: matte, flat, satin, gloss, semi-gloss, and eggshell. If you're painting your room, then choose from the available interior paints.

After deciding on the color and finish type, calculate how much paint you will need. It will be good to ask assistance from a friendly hardware representative to make sure you have the right amount and type of paint for your DIY painting project.

Prep the Room for Painting

The actual painting of a room doesn't take long, but what takes longer is the preparation. You don't want the paint to splatter all over your furniture or your floor. Also important is preparing the tools you will need for the project. These tools include the paintbrush, roller, paint tray, roller pole, sandpaper, putty knife, and stepladder to reach higher areas of the room.

If you are repainting and you need to repair cracks or remove old wallpaper, you will need tools and materials to prepare your walls for painting. Use a wallpaper stripping tool to remove the wallpaper. You will also need to get a hold of caulk or sealant to fix any gaps.

Before the actual painting begins, make sure to clean the surface and remove any dust.

Now, you're almost ready. But the most important part is to meticulously cover the areas that will not be painted. Protect the furniture, windows, doors, and electrical outlets. Cover the floor with a large cloth and use painter's tape around the edges of the area to be painted.

Apply Primer

This stage is not paramount if you're repainting a wall. However, apply a primer if it's a new paint job as this will bring extra protection to the surface. The primer acts as a sealant on the surface and ensures better adhesion of the paint

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Paint the Walls and Get Rid of the Painter's Tape

After priming the target surface, paint it with the first coat. Start from the top of the room, paint the edges first before using the roller to cover the rest of the wall. Use the brush to paint on the areas that need precision. Let the first coat dry before applying the next coat.

When the painting is done, remove the painter's tape and wipe away any splatter.

Voila! Your work is done.

Painting can be a fun bonding activity for the family because this is one of the easy renovation tasks that anyone can do. With the right preparation and strategy, you're sure to succeed in professionally painting your home.

Ready to start painting like a pro? Ace Hardware is ready to provide you with all the supplies and any help you'll need to get your paint project done right.

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