The easiest way to give your interior a smashing makeover is by repainting your walls. Painting does not require a huge budget or even any specialized training. Still, this project can get pretty hands-on for the inexperienced, and that is why we are sharing some pro-tips about how to repaint a wall the ultra-fast way.
1. And then, plan a bit more
Before beginning with the project, look around and get a sense of the space. You can either repeat the paint already on the walls or go for fresh shades. There is also an option of accentuating one wall with a statement color and keeping the rest of the walls a bit more sublime.
2. Tippi-Tippi-Top, what color do you want?
Now that you have a fair idea of the coloring theme, it’s time to buy the shade of your choice. Remember to keep in mind your furniture and make sure it blends in with the chosen colors.
A lot of paint companies have introduced a feature where you can upload a picture of your room and gauge its preliminary look with chosen colors.
3. A rulebook to buying paint.
Once you have finalized the shades you will be going for, you will need to determine how much paint you need to buy. The industry rule of thumb here is to buy 1 gallon for 400 sq feet. Although this may vary based on a variety of factors, for instance, you might need more paint if you are painting a lighter shade over a darker one. You will also need to buy extra paint if your walls are textured or rugged.
4. Dust off the toolkit.
It is now time to take out your painting toolkit. The tools required might differ a bit depending on the coloring theme you have chosen or the type of wall you are repainting. But a few basic things that you will need are as follows-
- Drop cloths
- Paint roller
- Extension pole for the paint roller
- Paint Pot Pro
- Painter’s tape
With your paint selected and tools ready, you might feel like you are ready to paint but, that is hardly the case. It is now time to prepare your room for painting so that your furniture, or the floor, is not stained with paint. It is ideal to empty the room, but in case of limited space, you can also shift the furniture to the center of the room and cover it with a drop cloth. Also, remember to cover the floor with a drop cloth.
The next step will be to prepare your wall. For this, your first job at hand is to scrape off any irregularity, fill any cracks or holes, and wipe all the grime and dust off the surfaces. Also, remove light switch covers and outlets to prevent staining.
And finally, to make sure that you get a clean final result, seal off all the edges with painter’s tape. Remember to tape-off all the removed switch covers’.
6. Primer for the wall.
Priming a wall is usually considered necessary when painting over new drywall. But this step also helps in easing the painting process if you are painting over a darker color because a primer blocks the previous color from seeping through itself. A primer also improves the look of the painted wall by reducing blisters and peel-offs.
7. Top to bottom approach
If your ceilings need a touch up too, then it is always recommended to start painting your ceilings first. This way, any undesired paint spill over the walls can easily be covered when you paint them later on.
8. Get your edge.
As such, there is no mandatory rule for painting the edges first, but it is advisable considering that they are trickier to paint. Once you finish off the edges, it is a battle half won and, all you need to do is roll over the broad central area of the wall. To ensure a clean coat, make a big “W” shape with your roller brushes. This technique ensures even distribution of the paint. Once the first coat dries off, put on another quote following the same procedure.
9. Let the air inside.
For quick results, ensure proper ventilation in the room you are painting. So, keep the windows and doors open and switch on the fans too after you have completed painting your ceiling.
Once your wall dries off, pull out the tape from the edges, and voila, your job is over! So now, sit back and enjoy the fresh hues of your freshly painted room.
Now that you know how to repaint a wall, let’s get started!!
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