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How to renew your walls: the basic to-do list for painting walls

How to renew your walls: the basic to-do list for painting walls

Painters often come across many clients and friends who want a fast, easy and most economical way to change the look of theirs homes or offices. “I am ready! I am ready to paint my house. “How can I make sure I do everything right?”  Painting the walls is the fastest and most economical way to renovate and upgrade your home, so that  you fall in love with your home again!  However, about one in 10 people say they postpone painting because they do not know where to start.

So, with the help of our professional painters of Gkikas Painting in Montclair, we have prepared a handy to-do list with the basic tips, the necessary tools and tricks to achieve a professional result, whether you are painting for the first time or painting regularly.

You will need:

• The wall colors of your choice

• A roller and a tray

• Brushes – a medium size, a small

•  A stirring blade for the paint

• Paper tape

• Plastic covers (for covering furniture and lighting)

• Cardboard (for covering the floors)

• A ladder (to get to those difficult points)

1. Choose a shade

The color of your walls has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room, so it is important to do it right. If you can not choose the right  color for the room you can use application in your mobile that allows you to view your room every nuance LIVE before the paint, so you can try different colors before handling brushes.

Once you find the perfect shade, you can go to the product page and calculate exactly the quantity you need to buy and make the right painting preparation following the next steps.

2. Ready for the paper tape

Cover the sockets, frames, skirting board, ceiling frame and anything else you do not want to paint, with paper tape. Make sure you apply it in a nice, straight line so that the line of paint on the wall when peeling off the tape is just as nice.

3. Cover everything!

It is a good idea to remove all the furniture from the room, but if this is not possible, then cover them with plastic covers or an old sheet. Plastic bags are an economical and easy way to protect things like lighting fixtures.

Lay a piece of cardboard under the surface you are painting. The paint can splash your floor, no matter how careful you are, so the right advice is “keep your clothes, to have half”!

4. Dust your walls

For an extremely smooth finish, it is important to dust your walls before you start painting the walls. A quick pass with a dry cloth is usually all that is needed. Pay attention to the corners on the ceiling, where there may be cobwebs.

This is also the right time to scrape irregularities from the surface of your wall and remove any old nails or screws, filling the gaps with  trowel putty.

5. Start painting the walls!

You do not need to normally use primer on walls that have already been painted, so you can open your buckets with wall paint.

Dilute the wall paint according to the instructions on the package. Mix your paint with the stirring blade and pour a little into the tray. Use the medium-sized brush to make the cuts, passing through the edges of the paper tape. Use the roller to paint the rest of the surface. The key to achieving a smooth, even finish is not to overload your brush or roller with paint.

Allow the first coat to dry and then apply the second coat. You may need a third coat if you are going to make a very large color change (eg from very light to very dark).

6. Remove the paper tape

While the paint on the wall is still fresh, carefully peel off the paper tape. If you let the paint dry, you run the risk of peeling off pieces of paint with the paper tape. If this happens, just correct these points with a small brush

7. Take a step back and admire the result of your work!

That’s it! Now you have smooth, beautiful walls waiting to become the backdrop for the rest of your décor! Allow the putty to dry for a while before proceeding to interior painting. Also if there are bumps a good sanding is required.

Best tip!

When using a roller, paint by making V-shaped or W-shaped movements, instead of up or down or right-left. This will result in a smooth finish without “rolls”.

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