HOW TO PAINT A ROOM... BEFORE THE JOB
Invest In Prep Time
When anyone tackles a job, it is very important to understand just how critical it is to properly prepare the area so as to avoid costly mistakes and messes.
If, for whatever reason, you should choose not to hire a professional , it would be wise to focus on the prep work so as to be able to foresee any issues and take proper care to preserve anything you wouldn't want to get soiled.
CLEAR THE AREA
Prepping a room definitely starts with making sure to have enough room to maneuver. Remove any large furniture from the room you are working in. Experienced painters will know that it’s just not worth the risk of painting around grandmas antique dresser only for the sake of saving ourselves a little work. It’s just not worth it. So let’s move that couch or bed and we won’t have to worry about getting tripped up and making a mess. Smaller furniture like side tables and dinning room chairs can usually be brought to the center of the room and covered with plastic sheeting if required.
It is a good idea to remove all fixtures from walls and doors so as to avoid getting paint on them.
Next, clean all surfaces and allow to dry thoroughly. Wash away any soiled spots and dust thoroughly before the anyone gets to work. Working with clean surfaces will always be the best way to ensure that everything dries without imperfections.
Once the surfaces are ready to work on, it is time to place your protective coverings such as drop-cloths on the floors or plastic sheeting over the furniture and so on. The precautions you take, like using tape on baseboards, door or frames, and along the floor to secure some other covering to the wall, depend on your level of skill and confidence but they are always recommended to some degree in order to ensure professional results.
MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE
There are a few things to consider when choosing paint. There are basically two types. One being water based, otherwise known as latex. And the second being oil based or alkyd.
Oil based is usually less expensive and is more durable. You would preferably used this type on trim around doors and windows as these usually encounter more abuse and in washrooms as the humidity will negatively affect water based paints. There is a downside to alkyd products, though. For instance, it will take a longer time to dry and emits strong fumes which may become noxious if not properly vented. Cleaning oil based paint is also more laborious, requiring the use of solvents.
Latex is known to be the easiest to work with and usually used to perform the bulk of most jobs including wall and ceilings in general living spaces. Latex products can be cleaned with water.
Most types of paint are available in a variety of finishes ranging from matte and velvety to gloss enamel.
Always remember to thoroughly mix before using. This is very important in ensuring a quality finish.