How to Paint the Interior of a House

Tired of your home’s old and boring look? Let’s paint it! Painting the entire interior of your house can turn a dull home into appealing scenery. It can also help increase the value of house and earn higher sale profits. However, you need to plan it properly because painting requires efforts and skills. Engaging yourself in painting is useless and stress-free unless you know how to do it rightly.

Develop a vision

First thing you need to do is to develop a vision as it will help you regulate the whole process smoothly. Take a tour of your house or just the rooms you want to paint and write down your thoughts on color while considering the sunlight coming from the windows. Colors can be quite tricky. Light shades play well with any sort of room size and structure while dark colors require a spacious place with a lot of windows allowing sunlight to enter. Those who are planning to sell their house sometime sooner should go with neutral as they feel welcoming to the buyers. Some people don’t have the guts to take the risk. They should use some photo editing application and edit the picture of room in it with your favorite color to know how it would look after the paint is done. But as long as you are redoing the paint just for your satisfaction or pleasure, go crazy! You like bold, go with it. If you’re confused between two different shades, apply them both on a single wall and see if they make a nice contract. You can also paint two walls with one shade and the other two with a different shade of same color. Also consider the gloss level of the paint. Glossy paints are easier to clean and ideal for rooms with higher humidity such as bathroom and kitchen. While, flat paints are perfect for large walls and ceiling and help cover wall blemishes.
Develop a vision

Make a very educated guess

Painting the interior walls is nothing like painting furniture or outdoor fence. You have to be very careful and do everything according to proper measurements. Start with estimating the area you need to cover. Measure height and width of each wall with measuring tape. Metric system is the basic way of taking measurements everywhere in the world but in the United States of America, the unit of square feet is used to give the coverage estimation. The simplest way to find the area of a wall is to multiple its height by the width. Make a detailed list containing all the measurements of all walls you need to cover. While taking measurements of walls with windows, don’t forget to cut the window area from the overall area estimation. Once all the estimation are taken correctly, you can use them to determine the number of gallons required for each wall. Round up all figures as you don’t want to run short on material while painting. If there are some walls with angled ceilings, the estimation won’t be correct unless you follow a proper measuring method. You can consult an expert in this matter as calculations for an angled ceiling can get too tricky. One thing you need to understand about painting interior walls is that you cannot follow mere guesses but appropriately measured estimations. It would help you arrange sufficient amount of materials to carry out the project properly without giving any middle pauses.
Make a very educated guess

Plan the workforce

The task of painting interior includes a lot of work that cannot be managed by one person. If you don’t want to hire a professional crew and interested in attempting the task yourself, consider a few helping hands at least. There will be a lot of work including furniture moving, materials gathering, wall measuring and floor covering. You need a team of 5-6 people to paint one-story house. Get as many people as you can on the first day of the job as this is the time when most of the work will be done. Create a team that must include measurement expert, cutter, trimmer, coordinator and caulker. All these people will help you complete the whole project smoothly in a professional way.

Plan the workforceYou and your team must take safety precautions to avoid getting paint in your eyes, hair or mouth. Wear painting gears such as eye masks, hair caps and rubber dress. Don’t inhale paint as it disturbs reparation and causes breathing issues. Make sure you all wear face masks and caps while painting the ceiling especially.

Prep the house

Prepping is very much important. Wash the windows and walls and remove the peeling paint and wallpaper. Don’t forget to sand the surface with sanding paper to let paint adhere to it quickly.
Prep the house

Prime

Primer coat is necessary before paint application to enhance the final look. Usually white primer coat is used as it seems quite ideal for dark paints and covers unpainted surfaces impressively. Not all surfaces require a prime coat so you may skip this step according to surface and paint color requirement. The previously unpainted surfaces absorb the first application quickly. Therefore, it is highly recommend applying the prime coat first so your paint coatings won’t look dull. Moreover, if you’re using a light color, a prime coat will allow the paint to reflect its true color. But one thing to keep in mind is that never apply a darker prime coat for lighter shades as it will prevent the paint color to appear in true shades. Same goes for the darker shades. Use a light shade to prime the surface so when you apply the dark shade, it will appear in its true color. Some don’t find prime coats as necessary as paint coats and argue on its use. Well, prime coat is important in many ways. It doesn’t only allow the top coat to appear rich in shade but also covers the roughness of the surface and provides a smooth area for application. Prime coat allows the paint to adhere firmly and give a fine even look. If there is any damaged area, you can seal it with the prime coat so when you apply paint, the damaged part won’t be noticeable. Primer improves the adhesion and prevents the paint from peeling off or breaking any time sooner. Nowadays, many paints come with inbuilt primer but it is still highly recommended to opt for a separate prime application. It preps up the surface in a better way and provides smoother texture. When priming the area, cover the surface that you don’t want to paint like window sills and door trims.
Prime

Choose the right spray paint machine for the project

If you want to use a sprayer for interior painting project, make sure you use a right model. There are different types of paint sprayers such as HVLP sprayers, airless sprayers and air compressed sprayers. The airless spray models are most versatile tools offering professional level finish. While HVLP sprayers are usually handheld machine that sound pretty comfortable for beginner do-it-yourselfers. Consider how big or small your home interior project is before buying a sprayer. You also need to check the fluid viscosity limitations of tools.

Choose the right spray paintIt’s very much necessary to isolate the area you want to paint with a sprayer. Make essential preparations like spread the drop clothes on floor, use plastic sheet to cover things and painter’s tape to cover the door and window trims. As sprayer spreads paint droplets in the air that can go anywhere, cover everything you don’t want to paint. Whether you are working outdoors or indoors, covering things is essential when using a paint sprayer.

Practice on scrap pieces of wood or drywall.

If you have no experience of using a paint sprayer then practice first to avoid flaws. There are a few things you need to keep in mind while holding the sprayer and applying paint. Hold the tool in a way that paint comes out horizontally and keep a distance of 6 to 12 inches from the surface for a consistent application. Maintain stiffness in your wrist and move steadily without making abrupt movements. When you are painting ceiling or any other horizontal surfaces, prefer using tip extension for better paint application. Make sure you start moving from left to right steadily as soon as the trigger is pressed. Don’t make pauses and keep your hand in a motion until the trigger is released. After first coat, start the next application and this time increase the distance by 1 to 2 inch to get a very thin and strong layer over the base coat.

If your paint spray is not providing satisfactory application, try adjusting the viscosity level and fan pattern to improve the results. You can also adjust the tip orifice and pump pressure to enjoy desired application.

Conclusion

Whether you are planning to sell your house or just looking forward to a changed look, painting the interior is the best option. It doesn’t only brighten up the place but also increase the property value. You can accomplish the interior painting projects without a professional help by following a proper procedure. Just lend a few helping hands and gather high-quality materials and tools. Follow above guidelines and choose a good paint sprayer to make home painting project easier and stress-free.

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