Interior painting is one of the cheapest ways to make your home look better. These home interior painting tips will save time and money.
1 Day Before Interior Painting Day
It’s not an official holiday but it will get you off to a good start. Empty the room or at least move furniture to the center of the room. Remove outlet covers, light switch plates and doorknobs. Cover the floor and any furniture with drop cloths and plastic.
The number one home interior painting tip is that the more you remove and cover, the less you have to clean.
2 Wall Repair Prior to Interior Painting
Paint adheres better to clean walls so wash with mild soap and water and use a stain blocking primer on any stubborn stains. Fill nail holes and minor cracks with light weight spackle.
3 Get the Right Type of Paint
If you don’t know what the pre-existing paint was made of, test it first by rubbing with a white cloth dipped in alcohol. If the paint rubs off, it’s acrylic or latex. If it doesn’t, it’s oil. You’ll need primer if you’re going to apply latex over oil.
4 Additional Interior Painting Materials
Invest in good quality rollers and brushes to help avoid fuzz and streaks. You’ll also need at least one 5 gallon bucket and rolling screen (fill the bucket with about 2 gallons at a time, dip the roller and roll the excess off on the screen) and some rags. Razors can scrape excess paint from glass and tiles.
5 Blue Tape for Interior Painting
Blue tape is the home interior painting tip that changed my life (or at least made my afternoon better). This low stick masking tape is easy to handle and won’t peel off primer or paint.
6 Which Way Do You Go?
Paint ceilings and then walls and then trim and then doors.
7 Wet Your Edges
Overlap marks happen when you paint over a dry edge. Keep a wet edge and paint away from it.
8 How Much Paint is Enough?
Generally, you need about a gallon of both primer and paint for every 250 square feet. You can confirm the exact amount with your paint store.
9 Home Interior Painting Tips for Safety
Protect yourself from paint fumes by having good ventilation and fans. Take a break in fresh air if you start feeling faint.
10 Best Paints for Interior Painting
The premium paint for interior painting is Benjamin Moore Aura (about $55 gallon). Home Depot’s Behr Premium Plus (about $23) also gets good reviews but requires more application time and effort to achieve good results.