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Tips for the Interior Home Painting Process

October 7, 2014

Tips for the Interior Home Painting Process

Interior home painting is a quick and easy way to change the feel of a room or spruce up an existing color. But, before starting, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some painting tips and tricks, so your final product turns out exactly the way you want it.

Preparation is the first, and most important, thing to do.  Even if you decide to hire a professional painter instead of painting the room yourself, you can still prep the space before they come, which will save you money by not having to pay them to do it. First, clean the walls to be sure there is no  dirt, dust, or stains. This is particularly important around kitchen sinks, stoves, and other appliances. Grease spots and soap scum will interfere with paint adhesion, and dirt and dust can get trapped under the paint, giving your finish an uneven look.  Patch any holes and repair any cracks to create a smooth surface.

If you want to hire someone to do the painting for you, be sure you find someone reputable who has strong references. Ask around to see if your friends or family have used anyone in the past that they would recommend. Next, have them give you a definitive quote based on the size of the area and how long they think it will take. Also find out from them how much paint will be needed.  Once you find a quote that is appealing to you, put the agreement in writing with all of the specific information. This will help you avoid surprise costs at the end of the project. Be wary of painters that add additional charges for things like moving heaving furniture.

What comes next is the most exciting part: choosing the right paint color. Darker colors make the room look smaller and more intimate, while lighter colors give the impression of wide spaces. If you’re having trouble deciding on a final color, purchase a small sample container of each of the colors you are considering and paint a small section of your wall with each color to see which one best fits the look you’re going for.

Lastly, choose the finish of the paint. Flat finishes are good for hiding imperfections, while glossier finishes reflect more light and are easier to clean.

Chris George Homes
Oklahoma City Realtor
Let’s get in touch: 405.843.8188

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