House Painting Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

Painting sounds fun! It brings freshness to the whole house. Some of us like the smell and some just love the feel of renovation. Relishing all the brilliant shades kept on the floor gives away the same feeling as the tempting watercolour cakes and brings back the childhood memories.

Yes, adults too love to be surrounded by colours. It was a different thing to splash your favourite colours on the drawing pages, but we are talking about the real house here and it definitely isn’t a child’s play.

Whether you are planning to do it by yourself or taking help from the outside, mistakes are bound to happen. Especially, for the beginners, some handy tips wouldn’t hurt. Keeping some basic things in mind, you’d be able to save your time and energy and enjoy the painting all the more. So, what are you waiting for! Let’s begin with some of the most common “oops” moments we all face that could wreck the house painting experience.


White painted antique living room

The Prep Work Was Poor


While we understand that you’re excited to give a nice makeover to your house, don’t let it blur your mind. Most of the first-timers don’t devote enough time to arrange things beforehand. This causes a lot of wastage, in terms of both money as well as energy. Taking out time for doing some preparation is essential.
For instance, make sure that the walls have been dusted properly. Dirty walls don’t soak the paint well. Plus, preparing the paint before and deciding to clean the walls later, disturbs the consistency of the colour. Cover everything that remains in the room with sheets, tapes, and masks, before painting. It is better to check in advance if any repair work is needed and get it over with.

Low-Quality Tools


Are you okay with using outdated and substandard computer, phone, or kitchen tools? Obviously not, because it would hamper your work efficiency. That’s right. Same goes for the paint tools too. Many of us underestimate this factor and compromise with the quality of these tools. And it shows badly in the final result.

No matter how superior the paint quality is, if the tools are cheap, you won’t be doing justice to those innocent walls. It is the responsibility of the brushes and the rollers to bring out the best in the paint. So, be ready to spend a decent amount on these pieces of equipment.

Not Trying Out the Shade


The basic way to select a shade is by looking at the colour chips in the booklet. Honestly, by doing this, you are only halfway through. The other irreplaceable step is to try a patch on the wall and then see how it comes out. Colour chips may help you come down to a few likely choices. But you should never rely on a booklet to make the final decision.

The shade on the paper would not necessarily look the same on the wall. The walls have a different texture than paper. Apart from that, you also need to see how the colour looks during the day and at night. And doing so is only possible with a patch on the wall.

The Disastrous Reverse Matching Method


Almost every one of us is guilty of this blunder! What makes it even worse is that it is hard to undo the process. We are talking about picking the wall shade before deciding the colour of curtains and other fabrics.

While it doesn’t occur to us at first, this is really a terrible mistake. In short, never choose the wall colour first. Always plan on what kind of fabric shades you want to see in that room. After you’re done with that, let the fabric shade guide you to the right wall colour. Otherwise, it just gets tiresome to search for the matching fabric later.

Leaving the Floor and Roof Vulnerable


It seems perfectly fine to start with the walls right away, only until you have smudged the roof or the floor piping with your paintbrush or the roller. No, you wouldn’t want to do that. Whether it is a few little sprinkles or a blunt stroke, wiping that paint off becomes nearly an impossible goal to achieve.

Keeping the floor and roof untouched is not only important, but it is also easy too. For the floor and the roof, protect the borders and corners with the help of tape. Another way to stay in the safe zone is to paint a thick horizontal strip along the line and then proceed with the vertical strokes without a worry.

Mishandling the Paint


Those fabulous-looking colours are not something to play with. Paints are chemicals that can change their consistency depending on how well or poorly they are being treated. For instance, it sounds like a minor thing but leaving the lids open for long and letting the paint sit ideal causes it to dry up. There are also increased chances of someone tripping and spilling those expensive paints all over the floor.

Moreover, if the paint is kept in extreme temperatures, that also leaves an impact on its thickness. So, besides keeping the lids closed, take care that the paints are not left behind in any such disturbing temperature conditions. Always remember to keep the paints out of children’s and pets’ reach, to avoid them from getting hurt or touching the fresh paints on the wall.

Skipping the Primer


One really needs to understand the chemistry between the wall-surface and paints. Imagine trying to bake a cake without greasing the pan first. What would happen? The cake would stick at the bottom and crumble and not come out as well as you expected it to!

Well, it may not be the perfect example, but you do get the drift, right!

Applying a coat of primer on the walls before painting infuses the paint with more life. A primer makes the surface smooth and prepares the wall for better absorption. It enhances the quality of paint and also adds a glossy shine to the coat.

Hurrying Up the Second Coat


Do you really apply the second coat of your favourite nail polish without giving the first layer enough time to dry up properly? No, you don’t. Because it would make the nails smudgy and not allow the nails to grasp the coats perfectly.

The same rule applies to our walls also.

Once you’ve taken care of the first coat, take a break for at least 24 hours. Give it a day and let it dry completely. Doing the second coat while the previous one is still wet is not a good idea. A well-dried first round of paint acts as a brilliant foundation to the walls. It helps the second and final coat with a smooth finish and a velvety touch.

Overdoing It


No matter how tempting it looks, don’t indulge in giving the walls repeated brush strokes. Initially, things might look okay, but as soon as the surface starts to dry, the particular area would a little distinct and in an ugly way. So, as far as possible, try to paint the walls with uniform strokes for an even tone.

While we are at it, how one uses the paintbrush has a lot to do with the final outcome.

You see, the need for multiple strokes arises only when there is dripping. To avoid this, the best way to use a brush is to dip only one-third of it. If you immerse the brush completely, it clogs the bristles and takes up an excessive amount of paint.
Working in Dim Light

Painting the walls is an art. An art that requires an optimum light for the best results. It makes complete sense to pay attention to the arrangement of lights in the place you wish to paint. The task of painting is meticulous.

It carries such details which can be visible only in the proper illumination. Hence, if you don’t want those patches to show up after you’re done, make sure to work in bright lights.

Treating the Ceiling Same as the Walls


Again, treating the ceiling and walls as the same is completely unacceptable. The textures of both are different. And that is why their needs are different. You can’t paint the roof with the same consistency as that on the walls. In general, the ceiling surface is dry. Use a paint that is specifically designed to skim-coat the ceilings.

For the shades, there is no such necessary rule as to painting the ceiling white. Contrary to this popular belief, the professionals advise covering the roof with a little cream or tinted shade. This makes the room look more alive and gives it a distinct appearance.

With these basic tips in mind, you can turn your house into a flawless dream. Taking these precautions would save you from the teeny weeny headaches. The whole experience would be much more pleasant and memorable. So, the next time you plan to paint the house, take the painting game to a whole new level and have fun with the family!

These are some handy hints from the master painters at Paintmates, if you wanted us to handle the hard work, contact us directly or visit our website.

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders

Karen Saunders is the content marketing manager at PaintMates. With extensive experience in the home and garden space. Karen researches and writes about home improvement.

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