1. Prep. Prep Everything. I cannot accentuate enough how important prepping a job can be. No DIY painter ever regretted not prepping before a job. In fact, I’d rather over prep, than under prep. Take it from me, it is easier to paint something than it is to un-paint something.
2. Organize It! Go into a project with a plan. Know that you will paint the walls first, then the ceiling, then the trim – in that order. Don’t paint walls, then the trim, then more walls, then the ceiling, then another wall. Organization is a key factor in making sure that the job gets done quickly, efficiently, and qualitatively.
3. The Right Tools Make All the Difference. A brush is not just a brush. There are many types of brushes that serve many types of purposes. Some brushes are thicker, some brushes are thinner, some brushes have fine tips while others have foamy tips. If you are trying to recreate a paint project in Homemaker magazine, research what brushes they used to get the texture that you want. The devil is in the details, which is why it is so important to know what you need before you start.
4. Don’t over touch up. Once all is said and done, it is time to do your touch ups. But don’t over do it. You ever see a photo where someone has been over photoshopped? You can tell, right? Somehow your husband will have unbelievably smooth skin and everyone sees him on your “Thank You” cards and they wonder, “What is wrong with this picture? I know something’s wrong, but I can’t put my finger on it.” Yeah. Don’t do that your room. Figuring out what the right amount of touching up is can be tricky, but there is a balance. If you over touch up, you’ll have to spend time touching up your touch ups and that is counter-productive.
5. Clean Up Your Mess. My last tip is that you don’t skimp on the clean up. This includes removing all your prep work, deep cleaning your brushes and vacuuming or sweeping the floor. Once your done with this step you can get a chance to really see how well you did. After the furniture has been all moved back and you see how your color scheme works with all your Knick Knacks – the fruits of your labor will be revealed.
Knowing how to paint is important and empowering. We all have home projects that we would like to see finished. And let’s be honest-most of these projects require some education or a professional. Hopefully, some of these DIY painter tips have helped you find some courage and empowerment to take on your next project. If not, you know who to call!
Good luck and stay safe!