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2 Uncommon Painting Tips for Homeowners

Painting the interior of a house is a common home improvement project that many homeowners take on. As a relatively inexpensive upgrade, and one that many homeowners can complete themselves versus hiring a professional, painting has easily become one of the most popular home improvements across the U.S. While the concept of painting interior walls seems quite simple, there are a few easy tricks and tips that can help elevate your painting and make touch-ups later down the line much easier.

#1 – Label the Light Switch Covers

This is one of the best painting tips and yet one of the lesser-known. When painting your rooms, simply remove the light switch covers and use a Sharpie to write the brand and name of the paint used in that room on the backside of the cover. This allows you to always remember what paint was used in each room, ensuring that even if you run out of paint, you can have the perfect matching paint ordered for touch-ups without digging for old paint cans in the garage.

#2 – Box Your Paint

This tip is particularly useful when you’ll be painting a large area that will be the same color. As much as we wish that each gallon of paint could be an exact perfect color match, unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Instead of using one gallon of paint at a time, pour all the paint into one large “box” (make sure to use something that won’t leak) and mix the paint together thoroughly. This will help blend any shade differences or pigment changes and allow for an even and consistent paint color throughout your home.

As with all painting projects, you want to be sure to plan out where each paint color will go prior to opening and purchasing paint. Always purchase high-quality painters’ tape, rollers, brushes, and trays, and do a thorough cleaning and prep of the space to help avoid any imperfections in your final outcome. Lastly, depending on the texture of your wall, you’ll want to ensure that you purchase rollers with the proper nap. High texture areas will require a thicker nap, whereas smooth drywall will require far less.

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Additionally, consider the type of paint finish you want for each room. Matte finishes can help hide wall imperfections, while glossy finishes are easier to clean and more durable in high-traffic areas. Don’t forget to protect your furniture and floors with drop cloths, and always use a primer if you’re painting over a darker color or a newly repaired wall. These extra steps will help ensure a professional-looking result and make your paint job last longer.

Narek Harpo
the authorNarek Harpo