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Effective Ways to Paint Your Home

Posted by Chip Glennon on Monday, July 23rd, 2018 at 10:19am.

3 Painting Tips for HomeownersPainting a home's interior and exterior is an inexpensive way to give it a fresh look and feel. Homeowners that are looking to sell their homes, should consider painting as a newly painted home potentially helps sell the home. These painting tips help homeowners make it go faster without skimping on quality.

1. Get the Right Tools

When people head to the home improvement store to buy some paint and painting gear, they may be surprised by a dizzying variety of options available. Homeowners might want to consider buying the following painting tools before they start painting:

  • Drop cloths
  • Protective eyewear and masks
  • Rollers and roller covers
  • Paint trays
  • Handle extensions (for high walls and ceilings)
  • Brushes
  • Painter's tape

Roller covers offer different materials and size of the nap. People who have a wall with little or no texturing can usually get away with a thin nap. Textured walls may call for a thicker nap, to get in all the nooks and crannies.

2. Consider Paint Options

Most experts suggest adding a coat of paint primer to the wall before putting on a new color. This may be particularly important for homeowners who want to cover a bold or dark paint that is currently on the wall. Some paint styles come with primer built in, so that people can start to apply the color without having the extra step of primer. Whatever paint homeowners choose, they should research the best brands and the kind of finish they need. Paints with a high shine are durable, but reflective. Choices with a low shine look trendier, but can show marks more readily.

3. Buy the Right Amount

Purchasing too little paint can interrupt a project just while the momentum is great. Buying too much means that homeowners spend more money than they needed to. As a general rule, one gallon of paint can cover up to 350-400 square feet of wall or ceiling. Homeowners who can take the time might want to order a small can and test it on a wall to see how well it works. This will help them determine how much paint they will need. People who need multiple cans of paint should open each one to determine that the color is consistent.

With the right tools and enough paint, homeowners might be able to fully repaint the inside of their homes within a few days. And a newly painted ome, both inside and out, not only looks better for current homeowners, but should a homeowner wish to sell their Independence home, would look great to a new buyer as well.

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