Painting your home, whether it's a small room such as a bathroom or office or a larger space such as a great room, living room, or kitchen, can be a bit of a pain for some. Setting up, prepping walls (sanding away imperfections), removing (or covering) furniture, and taping off areas you don't want painted may be a bit much for some. If you aren't thrilled about painting your home, it may be best to move aside and hire a professional to do the work instead. If you're ready to take on the job, see below for some mistakes to avoid when painting your home.
Choosing Paint Without Sampling
Don't choose your paint based on the color you see inside the store. The lighting in the store is much different than your lighting at home. Your furniture and other items around the room can also change the way the paint looks. A gray color inside the store may look more blue, green or even purple at home. Always take those color chips home with you to see what it looks like on your walls during the day and in the evening. You can also get small samples of the paint to try out on your walls to get a better look at the paint. Also, don't assume that all white paints will be white. White paints are tinted, and can look brown, yellow, pink, blue, and green. Be sure to test your white paints as well.
Selecting The Wrong Paint Sheen
Paint sheens aren't all the same. Sheens go from flat to high-gloss, but not all should be on your walls. Semi-gloss or satin is best for walls, as it's easy to keep clean, but isn't too shiny that it will hide imperfections on your walls. Semi-gloss and high-gloss are good for trim work to help make these areas pop off of your walls and are easy to clean. For ceilings, use satin or even flat paint.
Purchasing Cheap Materials
You can paint a room on a budget, but don't try to go way under budget by selecting paint that is too cheap or paintbrushes that fall apart when painting. Go with good paint that has primer in one. It will take fewer coats to paint your walls, and it gives better coverage and is a thicker paint, so you don't have to worry too much about paint drips. Also invest in good rollers that won't pill or fall apart as well as paintbrushes that you don't have to worry about the bristles falling out in your paint or getting stuck in the paint on your wall. Do the job right with the proper materials. It will make the job that much easier on you.
Forgetting To Prep
Go through the steps to prep your walls by sanding down imperfections, removing screws and nails used to hang your decor, and move furniture out of your way. Cover the floor with a drop cloth, tape off trim work and other walls that you don't want to get paint on, and be sure to invest in a good painter's tape so you have clean lines. Do the prep work and get the job done properly.
If you're going to take on the job of painting your home yourself, be sure not to make any of the mistakes above. Call a company like Thompson Painting for help if you aren't up to the task. It's better to have the job done right the first time, rather than having to do it twice.