Tips For Painting The Interior Of Your Home

Are you planning to repaint some rooms in your house? Before you begin painting the interior of your house, read this guide for some useful painting tips.

Getting Started

Before you even open a can of paint, there are several tips you should follow to prepare for painting the interior of the house. First, make sure you protect your flooring. Cover your floors with drop cloths, old sheets, or even shower curtains so that the painter does not accidentally spatter them with paint. Next, tape off window glass, trims, and even cabinets to be sure they are protected. 

You may also want to protect yourself with a pair of painter's overalls. Protecting a home is just as important as painting that home. This might involve covering the baseboards and windowsills or helping homeowners remove heavier pieces of furniture from the space.

Painting Ceilings

If you will be painting ceilings, protect any furniture you have not moved from the room with drop cloths. Although they are still used more often on exterior walls, power sprayers are being used more frequently on interior walls. If you are using a power sprayer to apply the paint, cover the entire glass and trim of each window with plastic to protect the windows from accidental overspray.

Preparing Walls For Paint

Next, prepare your walls for painting. First, fill any holes or gouges in the drywall with caulk or plaster. Allow the patches to dry thoroughly and sand if necessary. With the wall preparation complete, you can begin painting.

When you are painting over a wall where the previous color was very dark, you should apply a coat of primer. However, if you are going to paint your walls a red or dark pink color, you should use a pink tinted primer instead. These tips for painting the interior of the house will enable you to apply only one or two coats of paint while still having good coverage.

Finally, you are ready to begin painting. Remember to let the walls thoroughly dry between coats, and, if you paint at night, check your paint job again in the daylight to be sure you've done a thorough job. Once you are finished painting your house, you may find that you want to keep right on painting. If so, consider adding to your decoration scheme with faux painting. There's lots of information on this site about faux painting techniques.