Looking to breathe new life into your home and give your space an updated look? A fresh coat of professional paint may be just what you need!
Before you dig out that dusty old roller brush, make sure you understand the 10 professional rules of painting a house. They not only ensure your safety, but also the durability and look of the finished result. After all, you don’t want to repeat this process in just a couple years, do you?
What happens if you don’t know and follow the rules?
1. Alway use high-quality equipment
Step into your local hardware store and you’ll see a variety of different paints, brushes, and other painting staples – do you know what to choose?
For brushes, not only do you need to choose a style that matches the specific type of work you’re doing (for example, an angled brush for window trim or a wall brush for large surfaces), you also need to choose the correct brush material.
With paint, be sure to research and choose a top-performing brand. You also need to ensure your paint is a good match with:
- The space
- The item being painted (wall, cabinet, door, built-in, etc.)
- The surface type
Cheap rollers and brushes can leave fuzz on your wall and streaky brush marks. With the wrong equipment, you may find it difficult or even impossible to produce the desired result.
Remember: the cheapest option produces the cheapest result.
2. Choose colors carefully
We typically recommend avoiding bright colors on your walls. Most people who opt for a more vibrant color (like purple or green), often have regrets about their decision a few months down the road.
Even if you’re choosing a neutral color, choosing the perfect shade can be difficult.
A good way to make sure you end up with a color you love is to think like the pros. Here are a few tips:
- Consider the size and style of your home
- For interior painting – the natural lighting available (lighter colors will help a room feel brighter)
- For exterior painting – your neighborhood’s personality
- Your overall personality and how color can reflect those traits
Once you’ve identified a few possible colors and shades, bring a small sample of the paint color home and test it on your walls.
Don’t forget about the sheen of your paint, too! Remember that the higher the sheen, the higher the shine.
Learn more about picking paint colors like a pro.
3. Protect the surrounding area
Painting is a messy job. At Bluenote Painting, we call on years of experience and best-practice knowledge to take special care of your surroundings and prevent messes. But if you’re inexperienced and doing a DIY paint job, it’s safe to assume that you’ll likely get paint everywhere.
Always take the time to protect the areas of your home that you don’t want splattered with paint. This is particularly important when painting the interior of your home.
Use painters tape to ensure your brush doesn’t hit baseboards, ceilings, or other areas you don’t want to paint. Cover floor and surrounding areas with a drop cloth and tape it down where necessary.
And don’t forget about light fixtures and electrical outlets! Remove fixtures and wall plates or cover and seal completely.
4. Prepare your surface
Always start with a clean, smooth, blank slate. Painting over cracks or chips might feel like the easiest option, but it’ll produce low-quality results. It’s in your best interests to properly prepare the surface and ensure it’s in the best possible painting condition.
Before you begin…
- Remove loose, cracked, and peeling paint
- Sand the surface to ensure its level and smooth
- Remove caulking as necessary
One more thing: don’t forget primer! Omitting primer or using low-quality primer will jeopardize your efforts completely.
5. Keep an eye on weather
Work with the weather, not against it. No matter if you’re painting the exterior or interior of your home, it’s a good idea to take a look at the weather forecast before starting to paint.
Generally, the best temperature to paint is between 50 to 90 degrees. Thankfully, here in Portland, it isn’t too hard to find a day that meets these requirements. However, you need to watch out for rain.
Too much humidity in the air will slow down your paint dry times. Plus, if you’re painting outside, a sudden downpour or extremely hot temperatures can ruin all your hard work.
6. Don’t rush – take it slow
There are so many steps involved before you can actually start painting that you may want to rush through the actual painting process. Don’t make this mistake!
Paint slowly and carefully, taking special care around edges and corners. Tackle one section at a time and allow plenty of time for the surface to dry completely before starting on a second or third coat.
If you’re painting inside, here’s a good game plan to follow:
7. Talk to an expert
If you you’re dealing with a unique or difficult surface, have no previous painting experience, or want a perfect and long-lasting result, it’s worth contacting a local Oregon painting expert.
When you consider the time, effort, and money that goes into a DIY house painting project, working with a professional painting company is well worth it – so long as you choose a company you can trust.
Read more about how to choose the best Oregon painter for your project.
How can we help?
At Bluenote Painting, your complete satisfaction is our #1 goal. We always want to exceed your expectations and are dedicated to high-quality craftsmanship and service.
We are a locally-owned and operated company and offer full-service interior and exterior commercial and residential painting services throughout the Portland area. We do it all – prep, prime, paint, and cleanup! Contact us today to learn how we can help make your painting project a success.