Tips on how to paint a room

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A fresh coat of paint can give new life to a room, and painting is easy enough that anyone can do it.

With the right supplies, a little work, and the patience to let the paint dry, you can have a completely updated room in almost no time!

Tips

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  • If you get particulate matter in your paint (hair, a piece of the wall, a clump of dust), fish it out right away! Don't count on it to disappear; it will leave an ugly bump.
  • If using a new roller, wrap the roller with painters tape to remove excess knap and any other debris that will contaminate your paint and end up on your painted surface. You will be surprised at how much excess knap and other debris will be stuck to tape when you peel tape off of roller.
  • Take your time! Painting will never be fun (unless you inhale too many fumes) but a little extra time in preparation and application will make a world of difference. Remember, you will be looking at these walls for a long time and while your visitors won't notice that little drip behind the door, or the messy brush strokes behind the curtain, YOU WILL! Take pride in your work!
  • Color advice:
    • Dark colors can make a room feel smaller, and light colors can make it feel larger.
    • Ceilings are almost always painted white to make them appear higher.
    • If you need inspiration, pick your room color from a favorite object, i.e. painting, jewelry, serving dish, or flower.
    • Don't be afraid to go bold!
  • A great way to save time (and your back) when cleaning the walls, is to use a mop. Use the sponge type of mop (get a fresh one for your walls) and use a cleaner that won't leave a film
  • With latex paint, clean your brushes with a 2 in 1 shampoo(any brand). The shampoo and conditioner mix gets your brushes good and clean.
  • If your paintbrush is leaving foam bits or paint of a different color on your wall, get a new one.
  • One thing that many do not know about is problem with cracks between walls and ceiling. Walls can move and gaps between walls should be filed with acrylic - silicone - paintable caulk. Many people do mistake and fill gaps between walls and ceiling with cement or gypsum, those materials can not expand and they usually crack after few Years. This is very important and very simple to do.
  • You may want to get a whole or half shade lighter since sometimes paint dries a little darker than the real color.
  • If you have any questions specific to your situation, hardware store clerks are usually good at giving free advice.
  • Keep pets and children away.

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