When you think about painting your home, the first few things that come to mind are the types of paints, usage of paints and the preparation required for the job. Home painting may seem to be an impossible, gargantuan task for some, but it's totally possible to tackle the job yourself.
Types of Paints
Latex based paints, which are most commonly used for interior home painting jobs, come in two finishes:
On average, a one-gallon (3.78 L) can of paint usually covers an area of 400 square feet in one coat. The thicker the coat you're applying to an area for home painting, the higher the consumption of paint per square foot. Also, the amount of paint may vary with the kind of surfaces you opt for. If you want a textured surface, painting it will require more coats and thus more consumption of paint.
There are online calculators available for you to plan your paint usage requirements. Try costing out with several different types of finishes, and then make an informed decision. Once you have your paint quantity estimations, buy all the paint required at one time to reduce the chances of colour variations.
As for colour choices, use a colour wheel to ensure colour harmony is just right. Trust your instincts when making the final choice. Follow the colour combinations defined by the colour wheel and once the right combinations are chosen, first apply a primer in a shade similar to the basic colour selected.
Preparing for Home Painting
Whether or not you choose to hire a professional painter to complete your home painting project, or choose to do it yourself, preparation of the job site is a crucial component of the task. The main part of prepping the job site involves removing items from the work area so that they do not become hindrances for the home painters. Moving furniture away from the walls and covering it with drop cloths is also important. Painters will require easy access to a water source, so they can clean their brushes and tools easily. Be sure that kids and pets are not around the work area either!
Next, you can move on to prepping the surfaces. Walls and ceilings should be washed with a mild soapy solution. If there's any flaky or peeling paint, just scrape it away.
A useful home painting tip is to leave a good amount of the same batch of paint for any touch up jobs later. For surfaces that should not be painted, cover them with a good quality painters tape. If you are doing a home painting job yourself, start by painting ceilings, then move on to the walls and finally the doors and windows. This sequence reduces the risk of having to touch up later. Home painters should invest in a top quality roller to ensure a smooth finish.
By taking the proper precautions and preparing your job site, your home painting job can be a very successful one. If you end up starting a project you can't finish for any reason, just call a professional painter!