With the average cost of painting the interior of a home running approximately $959 to $2,772, handling the job yourself is an excellent way to save a few dollars. Our real estate agents know that a fresh paint job is appealing to potential buyers and ensures your home's spaces look bright, inviting, and clean. Here are a few tips to following from painting pros for expert-level results.
- Make Sure You Start with a Smooth Surface
Before you start painting, see that you have a smooth surface for the job. Use the spackling paste to fill in any holes or imperfections in your drywall. If you have holes larger than six inches or so, you'll need to patch them using a drywall patch before covering the area with spackling paste. Once the paste dries, sand it using fine-grit sandpaper on a sanding pole. Press the sandpaper along the wall vertically, then horizontally, using gentle pressure to create a smooth surface. Wipe the walls with a damp cloth before you start painting to remove any leftover dust and grime from the sanding process.
- Properly Prepare the Room
Don't start sanding or painting until you've prepared the room. Move all the furniture to the center of the room, and cover it with drop cloths. Make sure to tape the dropcloths together at the bottom so that dust and splatters don't get in. Cover your floors with canvas drop cloths. They'll protect your floors much better than old bedsheets or plastic drop cloths. Tape them down around the edges so that they don't come up as you walk on them and turn into a trip hazard. See that you also cover any light or wall fixtures that you're not removing.
- Use Painters Tape or a Quality Angled Paint Brush
You'll likely have some areas that you want to keep a different color, like your baseboards or wooden trim. Protect these areas with painters tape if you have an unsteady hand; check that you firmly press the tape down so that it keeps paint from seeping underneath it. Or, if you have a steady hand, invest in a small, quality, angled paintbrush. This will allow you to paint around these areas with precision.
- Do One Wall at a Time
When painting, you might be tempted to do all the edges in a room and then go back and do the bulk of the walls. Instead, do one wall at a time so that you don't inadvertently wind up with wall edges that are a slightly different hue. Doing one wall at a time makes it easier for you to produce a seamless look that will help your home stand out against other St. Louis homes for sale. The color along your walls and edges will be even and professional looking.
- Wash Your Paint Rollers Before Using Them
A paint roller is an excellent way to reduce the amount of time it takes to paint a room. Before you get started, wash the rollers in your sink with a squirt of liquid soap. As you wash the roller, run your hands up and down the surface to remove any loose fibers. Rinse the roller well to remove all traces of the soap. You can start using them immediately (even if they're still wet).
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