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Home Improvement  /  December 16, 2020

3 Helpful Tips for Painting a Home’s Interiors

If you want to give your home a fresh, new look, one of the best ways is to do so is with an updated paint job. If you’ve never painted your home before you might think you can just buy a bucket of paint and some rollers, and you’re good to go. Well, this might be a problem. Whether you’re an experienced home painter, or a novice, here are a few things to consider when painting your home.

1. Before Painting a Home, Cover the Furniture

If you’ve never used a roller or brush before indoors, you might think to yourself, “How hard can it be?” The answer is, harder than you think. That’s because even the most careful DIY pro will experience at least some paint splatter, and that could cause serious damage to furniture. You’re better off putting all the furniture in the center of the room, and covering with plastic sheeting and then taping it to the floor. Now your valuables are protected from drips, splatter, as well as dust.

2. Patch and Sand

Look over all your interior walls for cracks and holes. When you find them, fill them with putty, and then give them time to dry. Once they’re ready, the real work begins. Using sandpaper (and changing out when necessary), sand down all spackle compounds, drywall joint patches, and all ridges that might appear around nail holes. This will ensure that you have a smooth surface for the paint so that it adheres better.

3. Eliminate Lap Marks

A clear sign that a wall’s been painted by an amateur is the presence of what’s known as lap marks. As the paint on a wall dries, the roller strokes may become noticeable, and this frankly looks awful. One way to prevent this is to use a paint extender (also known as a paint conditioner). This miracle ingredient has the effect of slowing down the drying time of paint (giving you more time to make fixes) and leveling out the paint’s application so that brush strokes become invisible.

When you’re ready to start painting a home and would like a little help, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Handyman Connection of Marietta, GA. We’d love to provide you with whatever assistance you need, so give us a call today!

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