Color may be a matter of taste but painting the walls is not such an easy task as it may seem. Here are the most common mistakes most people do when painting the walls and tips about doing it the right way.
Miscalculating the amount of paint
The most common mistake is to either overestimate the surface or underestimate it. Maybe two containers of wall paint will be enough? Or not… The solution is to take your time to measure and calculate everything before going shopping. You need to measure the surface of the walls: multiply the length with the height of the wall and you’ll find the necessary square footage. To this result add another 15% to 20% for a consumption safety.
Forgetting about the ceiling
Many people give up painting the ceiling because it’s time consuming and tiring. With the passing of time the ceiling gets a gray tint from the dust in the atmosphere and we may not notice, but the ceiling also needs fresh paint from time to time. A great tip is to paint the ceiling in a lighter tone than the one on walls, not necessarily white. For a lower ceiling avoid using cold and dark tones. When you start the painting process, always start with the ceiling so that any splashes on the walls can still be easily wiped off or painted over.
Choosing the cheapest paint available
A frequent mistake is to choose a low-cost paint. When it comes to paint, colors, opacity, range and scrub resistance are very important. You should consider what you expect from your wall paint and not blindly resort to the cheapest paint bucket. A high quality paint has a also high opacity and offers very good coverage. Lower quality paints, the cheaper versions, don’t offer such good coverage and you’ll need to paint in at least two or three coats This will increase the paint consumption and in conclusion raise the overall costs.
Not covering everything with painter’s tape
Maybe some plastic sheeting on the floor will be enough? Wrong! You’ll need to cover every single element in the room starting with the door frames, window frames, sockets and light switches, furniture and finally, the floor. The painter’s tape will come in handy especially for the smaller pieces like sockets and light switches. Make sure to line up the edges of the tape precisely.
Skipping the primer
You may think that cleaning the walls and applying the primer means just extra working time, but it’s actually a very important step in painting correctly. The primer will help the paint stick and will also reduce the number of coats you have to apply. The primer is notably useful when applying a lighter color over a darker one.
Not pre painting the edges
I’ll just start in the middle of the wall and use the same roller for the edges… This is a very common mistake. You have to start with the edges and corners, the taped sockets and light switches, the door and window frames. For this process use a flat brush or even better, a corner roller. Always work your way from top to bottom and you’ll paint just like a pro.
Too much heat
A common practice many people do, is to turn up the heat when painting. This is actually incorrect and it doesn’t help the paint to dry faster. In fact it’s better to have a slightly cooler room temperature. If you’re painting in the winter you can simply turn off the heat to ensure the paint dries uniformly.
Incorrectly removing the painter’s tape
Wait until the paint is well dried to remove the tape, right? Wrong! You don’t have to wait too long to remove the painter’s tape. The paint doesn’t have to be very dry because the edges will look uneven. Wait just a little more after applying the last layer and carefully remove the tape, that way the paint is still elastic and small errors can be easily fixed.