The phrase “knowledge is power” holds true in everything we do and any situation we are faced with. If you don’t take the time out to gain some knowledge on the subject, how will you ‘know’ what you’re doing or if you’re doing it right? With that said, let’s talk about what you really came here for – the ultimate, informative guide on house painting!
It’s a very vast subject to cover because there’s so much to know and learn about before you can go about a house painting project! From choosing the right colours and saving a couple of bucks on your purchase; to exterior wall painting tips and how to use spray paint efficiently; we weren’t kidding when we said there is a lot to cover! For this reason, we’ve decided to divide this guide into two parts!
So, without wasting time, here is a compilation of house painting topics that get straight to the point! All your questions will be answered with some bonus tips on how to get those desired results! Read on!
Tips to Choose the Right Colour(s)
The chosen colour(s) of your interior walls cannot be based solely on what you like the most. There are a number of factors that need to be considered to ensure that the overall appearance of your interiors is well balanced and matched. Here’s how to make the right choice:
- The type of flooring and its colour should not clash with the colour of your walls. For example, light-coloured hardwood floors and lavender walls aren’t the best match; a warm, lemon yellow paint, on the other hand, would look gorgeous!
- Pick out wall designs that you would like to highlight and choose your colour scheme accordingly. For example, pillars or indented walls should be painted in contrasting shades to complement the rest of your interior walls.
- Click high-definition pictures of other elements in your home (make sure that the pictures are true to their original colour). These elements include your flooring, countertops, cabinets, wall tiles, etc. Using pictures as a reference will help you match wall paints to existing colours in your house at the time of purchasing.
- The interior design of your house and style of furniture must match; therefore, the colour of the walls should also blend in without clashing or overshadowing the rest of the room. For this, the simple principle of picking ‘opposites’ should be applied. For example, dark furniture calls for light-coloured wall tones.
Why You Shouldn’t Paint Over Wallpaper
A lot of homeowners believe that painting over wallpaper is a good idea because there is no need to prep the wall. While it may be quick and easy to apply a coat of paint to wallpaper, here’s why that is, in fact, a bad idea:
- The paste used to install wallpaper is water based; this means that any form of moisture (in this case, it’s the paint) will weaken the glue and cause the wallpaper to come loose. When this happens, your paint finish will encounter visible bubbles and peeling.
- It may take months before the wallpaper paste gives way but it is inevitable. In the meantime you also need to worry about the wallpaper seam that will show visible lines in the paint finish. As much as you try to hide it, you will only end up using more paint and creating a thick-layered mess!
- Depending on the colour/pattern of the wallpaper, you will need to apply a minimum of two coats in order for the original colour of your paint to show.
How to Use Spray Paints
When it comes to painting household items such as furniture or clay pots, spray paint is widely preferred. It offers an even finish that is quick and easy to use if you ‘know’ the dos and don’ts! Here’s a brief step-by-step guide to using spray paints efficiently:
- Purchase the right type of spray paint for the material you intend to paint; a hardware store clerk can help you with this.
- Clean and dry the surface thoroughly; in case of rust, sand the item to remove as much rust as possible and use a (material appropriate) primer before painting.
- Use short sprays when painting to avoid getting too much colour on one area.
- Overlap at least 1-2 inches of a painted area as you move on to the next section.
- Apply a light coat first and allow it to dry completely before applying a second.
“Should I Paint My Brick Wall?”
Whether it’s an interior or exterior wall, the decision to paint brick or not is a tricky one. While some prefer the natural, unfinished look, others would rather have coloured brick that matches other indoor or outdoor elements. To help you make your decision, take a look at these pros and cons of painting brick:
- Colour can make brick walls look unique and stand out more
- Painted brick complements some house designs better than unfinished brick
- The brick is better protected when painted
- Deters the build-up of mould and efflorescence
- Prepping brick is a very long process
- Proper cleaning to remove efflorescence and dust between the pores is imperative in achieving a desired finish
- Washed brick (which is necessary) takes days to dry before it can be painted
- Painted brick cannot be restored to its natural look
- Typically requires more paint than other surfaces
Painting ‘Shortcuts’ to Avoid
Painting isn’t meant to be rushed, yet so many homeowners look for the quickest route to power through a paint project. While the professionals have their own ways of speeding up different aspects of a paint job, here are some so-called shortcuts you should avoid:
- Painting Before Cleaning – Not only will your paint brush/roller get dirty and underperform, but any dust and debris on the surface will leave you with a patchy finish.
- Painting a Slightly Damp Wall – Nothing causes wall paint to bubble and peel quite like moisture. Therefore, after you have cleaned the surface, be sure to give your wall adequate time to dry completely before you apply a primer or paint.
- Painting Over Old, Chipped Paint – You MAY be able to mask old, chipped paint with a fresh coat over it; however, other areas of the original paint will eventually start to chip or peel which, in turn, will affect the new paint too.
- Not Using Primer – There are rare cases wherein primer isn’t necessary for a particular surface; however, 9/10 times, walls require priming before they can be painted to achieve a professional looking finish.
- Fast Strokes – A good paint finish demands patience. Using very fast strokes or rolls can often lead to mistakes such as over-painting a particular area.
We hope this information has been helpful! Stay tuned for Part 2 of ‘All the House Painting Advice You Need in One Guide!’ – We will be talking about spending less on paint purchases; the difference between latex and oil paints; how to save on paint during a project; and more!