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How to Paint a Room Like a Pro

August 22nd, 2016 by Oliver
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So you want to paint a room in your house. You have all the painting supplies, but you’ve never actually painted a room before. How hard can it be, right? Sure, painting the interior of your house isn’t the hardest do-it-yourself task you could possibly take on, but taking the proper steps up front can be the difference between a fairly painless process, and an absolute nightmare. Take a look at these few easy steps available on the Reno Paint Mart website, and get started on creating the perfect color to match the perfect room:

 

Step 1: Prep the Walls with Painter’s Tape

The first step in getting a professional-level paint-job, is taking care to mask the room. What this means is, you should get your hands on some painter’s tape and cover all the things attached to your walls you don’t want to get painted—such as baseboards. Once you have a good, clean covering over all the things that can’t be removed from your walls, it’s time to get rid of the things that can be, this means doorknobs, light switch coverings, anything that can be safely and easily removed and reattached later that you’d rather not get painted merlot red.

 

Now that you’ve covered and removed all the import stuff on your walls, it’s time to move some furniture around. Clearing the floor space is an important step for protecting your home from getting paint where it doesn’t necessarily want, or appreciate it. Once your furniture is out of the way, put down some canvas or plastic to keep any permanent stains away from your flooring, and if you’d rather move your furniture to the center of the room, just make sure it gets a good covering, too.

 

Step 2: Prime for a Brighter Color

Priming is another crucial step to getting a fantastic paint color in your home. When you put down a layer of primer before beginning starting in on your painting, especially when moving from a darker shade to a lighter one, you provide a layer of protection between the old paint and the new, ensuring a brighter and richer color, with less coats necessary.

 

Step 3: Paint with Great Care and Detail

Once your primer is all set, it’s time to finally get started, sort of. “Cutting in” is the first step you’ll take in the actual painting process. When you cut in, you’ll be taking care of all the details—the corners, around the light sockets, things like that—which you can’t do with a roller. With an artist’s touch, take some time and get this part right, and you’ll surely be happier with the results for it.

 

Once you start throwing some paint around with the rollers, be sure to properly mix your paint with a mixing tool to ensure you’re getting the colors you want. Try painting in a “W,” “V,” or “N” shape when you get started, and get the professional look you want in a shorter amount of time.

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