If you plan on painting your whole house, an exciting job is ahead of you! You’ll be able to say goodbye to old and boring colors and give a fabulous new look to your home. There are a few crucial things to consider before painting your whole house. Here we will provide you with the five most important tips, regardless of whether you’re doing a home painting project alone or with professional help.
1. Right Preparation
Before painting your walls, doors, windows, or wooden furniture, you must clean them thoroughly and let them dry. Wipe down the dust, debris, and dirt before applying the paint. It helps the paint adhere properly to the surface you’re painting. You’ll also need to tape off (mask) the adjacent surfaces you don’t want to paint or which are painted in a different color – walls, window trims, light switches, and outlet covers. You can use a plastic drop cloth or rosin paper to cover the floor and keep it safe from paint drops and spills.
2. Getting enough supplies
Make sure that you have all the supplies you’ll need for painting your whole house before getting started. This includes a good quality paintbrush and a roller, along with roller extenders and a sturdy step ladder. Buy enough plastic drop cloth and masking tape to protect your floors, furniture, and doors during painting. You don’t want door paint on your walls or vice versa.
To avoid overspending or running out of paint in the middle of the work, calculate how many buckets of paint you’ll need to cover all the surfaces. Measure the length and height of the walls to calculate the square footage of each wall surface in your house. Don’t forget the primer, and decide how many coats you’ll use. If you put primer on the walls, one coat is usually enough. If walls are not primed, you’ll probably need at least two coats of paint.
3. Protection of your furniture
You should shift most of your furniture to another room during painting. Empty the rooms as much as you can. Even though you may struggle to do all that, painting your whole house will be much easier and faster when there is nothing in your way. To protect your favorite pieces, consider hiring professionals for moving your furniture into a storage unit while you are having a home painting project done.
It’s too daunting and complicated to move heavy items from one room to another, so renting a storage unit and moving the most of your big and bulky furniture seems like a wise thing to do. Let the experts do the job of protecting your furniture before transporting it to storage. They will wrap your furniture while using only the high-quality pads, ensuring the protection of your items from scratches during the transport. It’s best for all the remaining furniture pieces to move them to the center of the room and then cover them up with drop cloth.
4. Make good choices
Many colors are available on the market, and the color spectrum seems endless. You should discuss colors with your family and make a final decision according to your style and the effect you wish to achieve. You can go with pastel shades or even some eccentric, dark shades – which can add depth to the space. Keep in mind that small rooms with not enough natural light require brighter colors to open them up and make them look and feel larger.
Before buying colors, buy a test sample first and do a test patch, just to be sure that you chose right. Carefully check if the sample color is a good fit for your house. It would be best if you observed the paint during the day but also at nighttime. If it looks nice on your walls, you can proceed. However, if you’re not sure that you have chosen well, buy more samples and repeat the process until you find the perfect shade.
5. Get all repairing, restoring, and/or refurbishing work done before painting your house
If you need to do any additional work at home beside the wall painting itself, plan it on time. If a piece of furniture needs to be repaired or restored, now is the right time. Maybe you are planning to change the windows, doors, or plugs soon, but it’s better to do it before the paintwork. Also, now is the right time to restore the paint of your kitchen cabinets. We recommend leaving that job to the professionals to achieve the best possible results.
Adding new paint to them is a chance for your antique, vintage kitchen cabinets to get a new and fresh look and become unique. The professional painting of your kitchen cabinets will not only be done with the highest quality industrial wood coating, but you’ll also have a 5-year warranty.
Few bonus tips and final thoughts
If you happen to have a mold problem, you should sanitize it before the painting and then use an anti-mold solution diluted in the paint.
After all the work is done, let the paint dry completely. How much time will that take depends on:
- The sort of paint
- How many coats you applied
- The season of the year
- Level of humidity in your house
You can buy a small home dehumidifier to speed up the process of drying. It’s even possible to rent an industrial-grade dehumidifier (the kind they use on construction sites), and it’s a great solution when you’re in a hurry to come back to your daily life and routines.
Another point to keep in mind is that different surfaces of our homes have different requirements. Therefore, make sure they are adequately secured so there is no damage. When painting wood, carefully choose the paint, and use a protective coating/finish to ensure longevity.
Obviously, you can live in a part of the house that isn’t currently being painted, but it’s better to organize going to a friend’s place or your parent’s home to sleep for a few days. That’s especially important if you have small children and pets. Be sure to “evacuate” them right at the beginning of the process because the paint fumes can harm them. Small children and pets can also damage the paint, unwillingly. On the other hand, if your children are older, painting can be a fun family activity.
New paintwork done in your home will not only completely change the interior look, but it will also increase your home’s value. You’ll have a different overall feel to your house, and it will bring new fresh energy to your life.