Steps To Properly Paint A House
The paint job can make or break the overall appeal of a house. Obviously nobody can paint a house absolutely perfectly, but the smallest error can destroy the look of a whole wall. With that being said, whether your painting your house to increase its value prior to a sale, or simply painting because you would like a new color, it is important to do it properly so that your house gives off the best appeal possible.
Most homeowners think that painting simply involves slapping a few coats of primer on the wall, and then painting over it; which is in essence all that it involve...if you want people to think that you did an "okay" job. However, if you want people to come into your house let their jaws drop to the floor, you are going to have to put a little bit more effort into painting your house properly. These steps do not involve completing impossible feats, or completing tasks that are out of the average home owner's league; they basically involve putting some extra tender loving care into painting your house.
Many people have their own methods to achieve astonishing results when painting a house; however, unless you are a professional painter, or have tons of experience in the industry, these steps should greatly assist you in achieving the results that you want.
Step 1: Cover Everything Up
This step may seem like a given in that many people underestimate the value of doing it correctly. The only thing worse than badly painted walls is a floor and furniture with spots of that paint all over them. It is very important that you cover up absolutely any area that could be affected before you do any kind of work on the walls. For some people that have a large area that they are working on, this could be as much as 5 tarpaulins; however, this step is absolutely necessary no matter how unimportant it may seem. Just like constructing your house requires a foundation, painting a house properly requires the proper preparation. Before continuing to paint your house I would recommend doing a quick spot check to ensure that every square foot of the working area has been covered; it is easy to miss spots, but double checking will ensure that you haven't
Step 2: Patch Up All Of The Imperfections
Is there any point of having a bump or hole in the spot where you USED to have a picture hung before painting your house? Not at all! One of the main points of painting your house is an "out with the old, in with the new mentality". You must get rid of all traces of the old paint in order to withhold this mentality; furthermore, the first step towards doing this is to patch up any imperfections that you may see. These imperfections may include holes where nails were, uneven spots within the drywall, or even larger holes that doorknobs may have created. The key point to remember for this step is to sand to perfection; you can slap on as much putty as you want, but if that spot is not sanded properly, you will still be able to see the errors after you have finished painting your house. The easiest way to tell if you have sanded correctly: lightly graze your hand over the sanded spot; if it doesn't feel bumpy then you've done a great job, but if you feel some bumps you are going to have to keep sanding.
Step 3: Roll On More Than Enough Primer
Many people skimp out on this step because they figure that this type of paint will not be seen, and it will save them a few dollars if they apply it sparingly. Although you cannot see the primer once you have finished painting your house, it greatly determines how well the paint goes on. You should apply at least 2 thick coats of primer before moving on to the next step; more coats may be required depending on the color and shade of the previous color. A good rule of thumb to follow is to continue adding coats until you can no longer see the previous paint color when standing 6 feet away from the wall.
Step 4: Paint Ceilings And Trim
This is also an overlooked step in that some people even skip it, and move straight to step 5 from step 3. The fact of the matter is that a good ceiling and trim painting will actually enhance the visual appeal of your wall paint. This is because ceilings and trims that are whiter make the reds look reder and the blues look bluer in the wall; this is due to the increased contrast between the trim and the wall. With that being said, you should do 2 full coats of white on the ceiling and trim in order to use their contrasting effect to its fullest potential.
Step 5: Tape Everything Off
Some professional painters skip over this step to decrease the amount of time that it takes to paint the house; however, if you want a near perfect job done, absolutely everything should be taped off. You should apply the painter's tape to the ceilings and trim that you just painted after they have dried. By doing this you will allow yourself to paint freely along the edges without worrying about painting over the ceiling and trim; moreover, you will ensure a straight line separating the trim and the wall. This will produce a look of near perfection that people will drop their jaws to.
Step 6: Paint On A Lot Of Color
This step is very basic, but also very important. Depending on the color and shade that you chose, you may have to apply as many as 5 coats to achieve the desired finish. Nobody skips this step due to its necessity; however, people tend to do one less coat than they should have in order to decrease their costs when painting their house. The paint that you are applying to the walls will probably be there for at least 7 years, so the cost of buying that extra can of paint will definitely be justified! Use as many coats as you need to when painting your house to get the finish that the paint chip depicts; don't settle for less in an attempt to slightly decrease your costs, but instead think of the extra cost as an investment in the next 7 years of your life.
Step 7: Look For Any Inconsistencies
This step is similar to looking over your essay after you have finished writing it. You should wait a full day after you have finished painting and look for off colors, missed spots, and crooked lines. This can be done at any time; however, it should ideally be done 1-2 days after you have finished painting because all of your furniture will still be covered up, and your painting equipment will still be out. If you spot any inconsistencies, go ahead and correct them; if everything looks near perfect, then you are finished! Uncover all of your furniture, put all of your painting equipment away, and you now have a newly painted house!
Painting a house is usually only done once every 7 years; with enough time and effort dedicated to painting your house, you will be absolutely satisfied with it until the next time that you decide to paint. Follow the steps listed above the next time that you paint your house and you will have to pick your guests' jaws off of the floor after they have looked at how great your house was painted.