Painting the interior walls of your home yourself can be one of the quickest and most inexpensive ways to dramatically change and update your home’s appearance. If you’re up for the challenge, here are a few simple painting tips that I learned over the Summer (I purchased a new home and have re-painted almost every single room!).
– at least one 12 inch paint roller frame
– a couple paint roller covers that fit over the frame
– a paint pan the same length or larger than the roller
– a small angled brush for clean corners
– a 3 inch flat brush for all the places you’ve taped off
TIP #2: Make time to prep the space
Remove any electrical outlet plates, light switch covers, etc. Take care to protect and cover the flooring and furniture – use painter’s tape to tape off the ceiling and baseboards and any moldings. I prefer to use the Frog Tape brand because it seals when it gets wet with paint leaving a crisp line. (Personal tip – Prepping can sometimes be quite time-consuming so I like to get it out of the way the night before).
TIP #3: Choose a paint & primer in one
If you are looking to save time and have some wiggle room in your budget, I highly recommend choosing a Paint & Primer In One (note that this variety is recommended only for walls that are already painted). I used the Valspar Reserve Paint & Primer in One in Belle Grove Victory Blue which was $43 at Lowes. I have also successfully used Behr Premium Plus Ultra – around $32.98 at Home Depot.
TIP #4: Buy a paint extension pole (your shoulders and back will thank you!)
A paint extension pole screws into a basic paint roller and allows you to stand up and roll out an average sized wall without a ladder and without needing to bend down. If you are painting a large room and/or a ceiling, this tool is a must.
TIP #5: Purchase a paint can pourer lid and drip catcher
You can re-use these items and they help to minimize drips and keep the paint can clean. Above is a Shur-Line Paint can lid – $2.97 from Home Depot- and drip catcher base – $0.99 at Home Depot.
Tip #6: Clean and care for your paint brushes, rollers, and pan
By the time all the painting is over, I know it’s temping to just toss all the supplies in the sink or garage and walk away. However, cleaning your supplies immediately after finishing up a project will help to ensure they can be used again in the future. I recommend washing paint brushes with warm water and dish soap. After brushes are dry, I use a Painter’s comb to comb out the bristles of the brush.
Need some inspiration?
Here are a couple before and after photos of my home office. The before color was a beige that was on almost every wall of my home. Note that I also replaced the yucky pet-stained carpet upstairs with new flooring and added new baseboards. It’s a work in progress! 🙂
Our kitchen before was a very dark green. I lightened it up using a Valspar color called Cool Jazz and added some contrast to the bottom with chalkboard paint. The after is so much more inviting and bright!
Have you painted your home’s interior walls? Do have any additional tips to share?