Painting Tricks for Professional Results Part 2

[full] Preparation Proper preparation prevents poor performance. How’s that for an alliteration? This is a true statement in painting your home and life in general. Most people are so overly excited to get their new wall color up that they just want to get out the rollers and throw paint on the walls. Hold on […]

Painting Tricks for Professional Results

[full]I have been an interior painting contractor for almost 20 years now. I’ve hired and trained hundreds of painters, many with little or no painting experience. With all of this experience under my belt, I wanted to take the time to share my expertise knowledge with all the homeowners out there looking to paint the interior of their homes, DIY style. So, today marks day one of a four piece series on how to paint like a pro.

No matter what size of project you have, every painting project has FOUR phases of the project:

– Pre-planning
– Prep
– Painting
– Clean up

You may think that you can skip a phase, but you can’t. You can plan or prep poorly, but that doesn’t mean you don’t plan or prep at all. I hear people say that a great paint job is ALL in the preparation, but I would argue that each phase is equally important.

Pre-Planning

This is where a lot of decisions are made about your project, as you should always begin by asking yourself an extensive list of questions. The problem is, many homeowners don’t know what questions to ask. Below I have listed a variety of questions that should shed light on any potential issues you may have and is a great place to start.

  • What will you be painting?
  • Why are you painting?
  • Are there areas that are damaged and need to be repaired?
  • What is my goal for the project?

These simple questions will lead you to ask similar questions such as:

  • What materials do I need?
  • Do I need a special primer?
  • Can I tackle the project myself, or do I need the help of a painting contractor?
  • How many color(s) will I use?
  • Where will I use those colors?
  • Depending on what you are painting, your skill level, and your past experience with materials, where will I buy my paint?

paletteThe hardest question for most homeowners to answer is “what color(s) will I use?” In fact, this is often what deters homeowners from painting in the first place. Because let’s be honest, white walls are a lot safer than the wrong shade of beige. If you are fearful about picking the wrong color, there are a lot of resources available to help. Some retail paint stores have designers or color coordinators on site to help you. You can also seek out and find your own color coordinator. Here at Walls by Design, we offer a free, no obligation color consultation to anyone in need of help.

Once you have answered all the right questions and gathered all of your painting supplies and other materials, it is time to move on to painting! Well, at least on to preparation.[/full]