top painting blunders
15. Not buying the
right tools. Different paints, walls and wall textures will require different
tools. To paint around trim and windows, use a brush. For large, open areas, use
a roller. Textured walls will require a roller with more nap on the roller.
Not considering hiring a pro. Even with little or no experience, painting
can be fun if you enjoy it. If you don't, it might pay to hire a pro. Or, if your
spouse enjoys painting and you don't, have he or she tackle it with a friend while
you contribute something else to the home fix-up project. Hanby-Robie often recommends
best-friend painting teams over husband-wife ventures. "Very few couples
can do this" and stay on great terms throughout the project, she says.
Not prepping the wall. The steps before you actually start to paint are
the most important, says Hanby-Robie. Beginning do-it-yourselfers are so anxious
to get the paint on the walls, "they skip the most important step, which
is the prep work," she says.
Get all the furniture out,
don't just push it to the other side of the room. "When you get started painting,
you don't want to stop" and move furniture," says Gillingham-Ryan. And
before you start, give the room a really thorough vacuuming to get rid of all
the dust. Then patch or spackle any walls that need it.
Not having a plan of attack. One pro trick: When you apply a coat of paint,
go around the room with the brush and do all the edges and corners first, then
go back with the roller and apply a coat of paint to the rest of the wall, says
Using thick coats of paint. Paint isn't pizza crust. With paint, thin is
the only way to go. "Thick coats don't hold as well as thin coats,"
says Hanby-Robie. And many decorating pros recommend three thin coats of paint
when you do a room. It will dry correctly, cover your old paint, and give you
a great new look.
Not considering painter's tape. OK, this one is a matter of personal preference
and experience. Some pros will tell you not to waste the time, while others swear
it can make the results look really first rate. And you definitely don't want
to be without it if you're doing any sort of striped or geometric look that involves
painting a straight line.
Neglecting your tools. If you're doing the project over a number of days,
clean up every night. That means capping the paint cans and cleaning the brushes.
Ask about proper disposal of unused paint you don't want to keep. To keep chemicals
out of drinking water, most cities have a designated dump for paint cans.
Forgetting what colors you used. Keep a record of your color choices. "Write
them down in places you can find," says Gillingham-Ryan. "Record the
name, brand, number, and what room you used it in. Then keep a little for touch-ups."