Nothing puts a new lease on life for a room—or even an entire home—like a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But while this task is certainly easy enough for the average homeowner to undertake, it’s important to arm yourself with some helpful information before you get started. This article will teach you three tips for ensuring that your paint job comes out looking like that of a professional.
Blot—don’t wipe—carpet spills.
Even seasoned experts are bound to drip a bit of paint here and there. When painting in a room with hardwood floors, this isn’t that big a deal; a wipe or two with a damp rag will easily lift away fresh paint droplets. Unfortunately, accomplishing the same task isn’t quite as simple when painting in a carpeted room.
The natural tendency is still to try and wipe—even scrub–the paint away. But this will only make the problem worse, by pushing the paint deeper and deeper into the fabric of the carpet. Instead, keep a spray bottle of water handy. When paint drips on the carpet, mist it thoroughly and then blot it up with a clean rag. This will lift the paint away without resulting in any permanent stains.
Remove excess fuzz from rollers.
Fresh rollers often lead to a common—and highly exasperating—problem: tiny pieces of lint embedded in the dried paint. Thankfully, there’s an easy trick to keep this from happening. Before you dip a roller in paint for the first time, pat it down with the sticky side of a piece of painter’s tape. This will lift away all of the loose bits of fuzz that would otherwise end up stuck in the paint. Wrapping the tape around your hand, sticky side out, is the easiest way to accomplish this.
Ensure crisp strikes by using caulk.
A strip of complementary-colored paint at the top of a wall can add a whole new feel to a room. On the other hand, if the dividing line isn’t perfectly crisp, it will leave a sloppy impression. Painter’s tape is commonly used to help prevent this problem. But paint still manages to seep beneath the edge of the tape a lot of the time.
A more reliable means of achieving a sharp border between contrasting colors is to use latex caulk. Begin by placing a line of tape on the wall so that its top edge is where the dividing line will be. Now lay a bead of latex caulk along the top of the tape. Then smooth the caulk up into a thin layer along the wall with your finger.
Now remove the tape and paint the lower section of wall the desired color. Once the paint has dried, all you have to do is carefully peel off the thin layer of caulk. You should find that the two colors are separated by a nice, crisp line.
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