How to Paint Like a Pro

How to Paint Like a Pro

Painting might seem like a big job, but if you have the right tools, it really is the easiest and most cost effective way to transform your space. If you are new to DIY - start with paint! 

1. Prep is the key to getting the job done right...the first time. 

Prep is everything. It is the most tedious step, and the most skipped. When you take the time to properly prep and clean your space, the actual painting is a breeze. 

To properly prep your space, clean all surfaces thoroughly. If you are changing from a high gloss sheen to a lower sheen like eggshell, it is best to lightly sand the surface. If you leave the gloss layer, it could impact the adhesion in a bad way and your paint could start to peel after a while. 

2. Use a high quality paint. 

A high quality paint (even though it is usually more expensive) will save you time and money in the long run. A paint that has primer in it or a high pigment % ensures a higher coverage, which means less coats. If you have an active home (toddlers, pets, entertaining, etc.) choose a paint that can easily be wiped down and has some scratch resistance to it. Your paint will be more durable and last longer so you don't have to paint as often. 

3. Use quality products. 

Do not cheap out on products. If you spend the time and money on quality paint, the last thing you want it to buy a cheap roller cover or paint brush that will leave fibers all over your wall. Once the paint is dry, the fibers stay. If you invest in your products, you can wash and reuse them many times. Again, don't choose the cheap route if you can. We've been there, trying to cheap out one way or the other, it's not worth it. It is better to save up until you have all the proper tools and products to paint your room. 

4. Use tin foil or a bag to keep your paint fresh. 

In between coats, make sure your roller and paint brush do not dry out during the painting process. If you walk away to take a break, put a cover over it or wrap it in foil. If you let it dry out and go to do your second coat, this could leave marks in your walls. 

5. Don't leave your tape on for too long. 

The pro's suggest removing tape right before the paint is completely dry. If you wait too long to remove your tape, there is a chance you might pull off some of your freshly painted wall with it.