To err is human... Making mistakes is part of living, however some mistakes are easier to prevent than others. Whether you decide to hire professional painters for your home project, or if you have decided to tackle the job by yourself, there are some common mistakes that happen while painting that are easily preventable. For example:
- Not prepping properly - The end result is the most important thing right? So why not spend the extra time it takes to prep the right way to ensure a finished result the first time around? People that decide to paint their home interior themselves and not hire professionals more often than not, try and get the job done as fast as possible. Not properly prepping surfaces such as baseboards, windows, trim, etc... can make your home project turn into a nightmare if not done right by requiring you to have to either repaint areas a second time, replace accents and furniture, or by not having clean, straight lines. No one will notice the mistakes more than you after you are done, so make sure to take the extra time to properly seal cracks, apply tape in a straight line, cover furniture, remove switch plate covers, and check areas with fresh paint multiple times to ensure no underlying color is showing through.
- Skimping out on materials - You may not realize how expensive it will be to paint your home interior until you are at the store filling up your shopping cart with supplies. Tape, rollers, brushes and paint can all be bought at various prices, but this is for a good reason. The old saying "you get what you pay for" is all too true when it comes to paint supplies. Cheaper rollers and brushes will have you frustrated and tired from dipping in the paint tray/bucket more times than you need too, while struggling to avoid unsightly brush strokes will wear you down from using cheaper brushes. Cheaper tape will peel off at the worst of times (especially while you are in the middle of painting), and cheap paint will become dirty and dingy in a short period of time.. It's worth the extra money to buy the higher quality supplies, trust us on that.
- Dripping paint - This sounds like a no brainer, but for first time painters, you will walk away from your painted walls frustrated with constantly scraping, or wiping off paint from the floor and surrounding surfaces. Knowing how much paint to put on the rollers and brushes comes with time, but dipping or rolling with the philosophy of "less is more" is all too applicable. You can't go wrong with applying less paint to your rollers or brushes, for if you do you just simple have to dip or roll them a little more. If you dip or roll too much on however, you will likely end up dripping paint on the walls, floors, and other areas.
- Not cleaning up after - Painting can be exhausting, and when you are finally finished painting your room or floor, the last thing you want to do is clean up. Think about the last time you went to the store, bought ingredients, and spent hours in the kitchen preparing dinner. After dinner has been made and eaten, the last thing you want to do is collect the dishes and start cleaning up. Painting is a little different with respect the the materials that have gotten dirty. Earlier we mentioned that spending the extra money of higher quality brushes and rollers is essential, but not properly rinsing out and cleaning your brushes and rollers will be even costlier. High quality brushes particularly can last a long time if you take proper care of them. As soon as you are finished painting, make sure to thoroughly rinse out your brushes, and rollers (depending of how much life they have left)
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