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What You Need to Know before Painting a Room

Repainting a room is a great way to give the space an instant facelift and create a fresh new look. In your excitement to give your space a makeover, you may be tempted to jump straight in and start slapping paint on the walls. But your room makeover is going to fall significantly short of your expectations if you don’t take proper steps to prep your space. Here are a few things that you should know before you start painting a room. If it sounds like too much, consider finding an interior room painting service in Duluth, GA, to do the job for you.

African American Woman Painting Wall Gray

You Can’t Rely on Swatches

Paint swatches can be a great way to narrow down your color options for repainting your room. However, you should know that you can’t completely rely on these swatches to give you an accurate depiction of what the paint will look like on your walls. The lighting in a room changes throughout the day, impacting the color on your walls. Even the color of the carpet or other features of the room can influence how the color looks in the space.

Instead of selecting a paint based solely on the swatch, narrow it down to a few different shades and get samples of each of those colors. Test all of them on a large area of your wall to give you a much clearer idea of what your paint will look like throughout the day and how well it fits with your other décor.

You’ll Need More Than Paint

Obviously, you know you need paint and a brush or roller to apply it to your walls. But you’re going to need more than that if you want to paint the interior of your home in a professional manner. You’ll want a roller and a roller extender for applying paint to the majority of your walls’ surfaces. You should also have a step ladder for getting to those hard-to-reach places.

But you can’t rely solely on a roller; you’ll want brushes in several sizes to reach into the corners and paint along baseboards and other trimmings. Finally, you’ll need painter’s tape to protect the edges of adjoining surfaces you don’t want painted and a drop cloth to protect your floors and furniture.

Woman Painting Wall Blue with Roller

Your Walls Should Be Clean

If you want a beautiful, even coat of paint, you can’t just start painting—and no, you can’t just start priming either. Before you even begin taping, you need to clean your walls. It doesn’t have to be an incredibly thorough cleaning, but you should use a cloth dampened with soap and water to wipe off any wall you want to paint. This will remove any dust, dirt, or oil that’s accumulated on your walls so that you can get a nice, smooth coat of paint that adheres evenly.

Once your walls are clean and dry, you can tape off baseboards, electrical sockets, light switches, the trim around your doors and windows, and your ceiling.

Your Brushes Should Be Washed Too

No, it’s still not time to start painting. Your brushes and rollers need to be washed in cold water before you even dip them in the paint. This will remove any fuzz or debris from the packaging, and it will keep the paint from caking onto your brushes. But don’t worry, you don’t have to let them dry before you start painting; it’s perfectly fine to paint with a wet brush or roller.

Now, finally, you can start priming your walls, then painting. But of course, there’s a lot more to get a professional paint job than you might think. So, if all this sounds like more work than you were planning on, contact the Home Fix-It Divas for superior home painting service in Duluth, GA. We’ll take care of the hassle so that you can just enjoy your gorgeous new space. Give us a call today!