Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to spruce up your space? Paint is a fun way to make that happen!
Paint comes in lots of different colors that can transform your space in less than 24 hours.
So how do you get started?
Prepare Your Space
Clear out furniture and unplug electronics
Remove all accessories from the walls (ie. outlet covers, light switch plates)
Lay down a drop cloth or canvas to protect your floors
Clean the surface of your wall with a damp cloth or sponge
Cover surfaces you don't want painted with painter's tape (ie., baseboards)
Choose Your Paint
There are lots of options when it comes to choosing your paint.
Paint Type: Oil vs. latex/water-based
Durability: Do you need a paint that can handle lots of dings or scuffs?
Finish: Do you want a more matte finish on your wall or a glossier finish?
Room Type: Will the paint be exposed to water such as in a bathroom, or a lower-traffic room like a bedroom?
Color: Do you want a lighter color to make the room seem larger or a darker, bolder color?
Oil-Based Paint Vs. Water/Latex-Based Paint
Use when you want the finish to last a very long time
Great for areas that have heavy usage (ex. trim/moldings)
Stronger odor when applying
Takes longer to dry
Harder to clean
Clean up with turpentine or paint thinner
Can't paint over latex/water-based paint with oil paint
Most commonly found in stores
Produces fewer odors
Can be cleaned with soap and water
Good to use in heavy moisture environments such as bathrooms and kitchens
Usually can use this paint to cover over other types of paint such as oil-based
Gather Your Supplies!
Paint and primer
Wooden stir sticks
Painter's tape and drop cloths
Paint tray to hold paint
Paint can opener
Spackle and spatula to patch any holes
Time To Prime & Paint!
Time for the fun part! Let's get to painting!!!
Prime your walls: Some paint comes with a primer added. If yours doesn't, buy a separate primer to apply to the wall first.
Mix your paint: Open your paint can and mix the paint well with a paint stick.
Pour the paint: Pour a little paint in a paint tray and apply an even amount to the roller.
Paint rollers and trim brushes: Use the trim brush to paint the edges of the wall first, then use the roller to fill in the rest.
"M & W": To apply paint evenly to the wall, make an "M" or "W" first, then continue rolling.