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Painting The Interior And Outside Of Your Home

Author : Susan Sportman


Painting the interior of your house:
Painting the inside of a property can appear to be a daunting task, but with planning and preparation, it could be completed quite easily and effectively. One of the first decisions that you will need to make is what colour or colours you're going to use for your project. When deciding the colour scheme there are things to keep in mind for instance when you are painting in order to sell your house, or if you are painting for your own needs. When you are going to sell your home or flat, you will probably aspire to stay with a more neutral palette of colours than if you are doing it for ones self.

The very next decision you might be required to make about your choice of paint will be the type of finish you would like. Paint is available in numerous finishes including flat, eggshell, semi-gloss and gloss, and depending on the room or rooms you are painting, each has its rightful place in painting. Flat paint is best at hiding any imperfections and works great on ceilings. Eggshell or possibly a semi-gloss paint should be used in rooms that may need the reflection of sunshine and the washability afforded with these finishes. The trim around doors, windows and baseboards along with the kitchen and bathroom are usually painted with either a semi-gloss or gloss finish paint because these areas require more frequent washing.

Other supplies that you will need include brushes, rollers, paint pans, ladders, tarps or other covers etc. When purchasing paint, paintbrushes and roller covers, the main thing to remember is to buy the best quality you can possibly afford. Quality in these items will certainly affect your finish of the project.

Once you have finally made your decision on colour, finish and kind of paint (oil or latex based), and purchased your other materials you then get to everyone's least favourite part of the project, which is, the preparation. Move out as much furniture etc. as you can from the area to be painted. Repair holes, cracks and other defects and mask or tape off areas as needed, such as windows etc. Cover floors and other items with protective sheeting and gather all your supplies and place them into the centre of the room that you are about to be working in.

Always, always, start your painting with the ceiling, followed by the walls, and finish off by painting the trim last. When painting over a similar colour you may get by with one coat, but you may need to paint two coats in order to obtain the finish and durability you require.

Painting the outside of your house:
When the weather starts to get warmer outside, you may realize that you can't put it off any longer. It's time to start that exterior painting job you've been intending to do. If you aren't a very experienced painter, or you are not confident in your abilities, you might need a few tips and hints to show you the best way to do it. So heres a few pointers.

If you have a decorating shop nearby, make sure you use them. Many of these stores offer free solutions and advice. It is important that you get the right tools and supplies, and it should give you a good advantage if ou get all of the tips you can prior to making these purchases. Once you've got all of the necessary supplies for your specific project, it is now time to start picking out your colours. Again, feel free to rely on your local decorating shop for help in this area as well.

The next step to tackling your project would be to find a time when the weather is warm with the lowest chance of precipitation. If you attempt to paint when the weather is simply too hot, the paint will dry too quickly and show lines and create a poor quality job. Without special formulated paint, painting in crisp cold or muggy warm weather would lead to longevity issues down the road.

When you are working on a fence or shed project, ensure the grass is trimmed down low enough to access the whole project and clear all debris. Once your area is completely cleaned, it is time to prep the area. Generally, you should begin working your way from the top of your project working down. Depending on the material or colour you're painting, you might need to use a primer.

It's important to stay focused and not let yourself get discouraged when engaged on large projects. Small blunders along the way can always be corrected. With a good amount of preparation and a great dose of patience, you'll have that exterior painting project wrapped up in no time.


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I have used these tips myself on many painting projects over the years. I frequently go to a company called Painter London. They have some great ideas on how to save you money and they certainly know what they are talking about.

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