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The Quickest And Easiest Way To Paint The Inside And Outside Of Your Home

There's no doubt that painting will increase the value of your home tremendously. Even if your home is more that a decade old, there's always an impression that colors creates--that the home is new. And even if you had to sell it, it would fetch a higher value than if you had to leave it that way. So, the question is, can you paint on your own? Do you really need a professional to do it on your behalf?

Well, you can paint your house, both in the inside and outside the easy way. You don't really need to have a professional come over to assist you, unless the house is just too big to paint on your own.

Things To Consider

Just like any other project, painting needs to be planned before the actual task can begin. Firstly, you need to determine the color you want, and it must go with the decor style of your home. Secondly, you need to know upfront the tools you'll need for the job. Lastly, you'll need to work a rough estimate of how much it will cost you to paint both the interior and exterior of the house.

How To Choose The Right Color Scheme

Every house has a unique taste that needs to match what's painted on the walls. If you don't plan this part well, you could end up with what we call "decor malfunction", where everything else is just too exaggerated. In short, choosing the correct color will add an additional accent to the style of your home.

If you want to go the colonial way, you'll need to choose softer or neutral colors. If Victorian is your style, then the exterior will need to be painted with more unusual colors or even multiple colors.

Furthermore, you need to check the style of your landscape before thinking of painting the exterior. If you want to put your garden as the focal point of your house, then you'd do well with neutral colors on the exterior. The idea is to choose a color that doesn't clash with that of your garden.

Tools needed for the job

Every project starts with the correct tools, so you're going to invest in proper painting tools. A good brush would do the trimming, a roller would roll on the paint on the wall surface, and finally rags and plastic bags will help you keep everything else tidy.

Other things you'll need:

1) Shower cap to protect yourself when painting the ceiling
2) Wall primer to remove wallpapers that may have been stuck on your walls
3) Paint thinner
4) Primer
5) Painter's tape

First step...

You should start with the inside before painting the outside. You want the inside to dry faster, the outside can always dry at its own pace. Prepare the room you want to paint by removing furniture and anything that may prevent you from doing your work. Once in a safe place, ensure that you cover them with clothes so that paint spills can't stain them.

You may also want to get rid of other items such as cabinets, light fixtures etc. This is a good idea since lots of people end up dripping or staining paints on these items when they try to paint around them to save time.

Now it's time you prepare yourself to paint. Just wear suitable clothes and a shower cap. Wear appropriate shoes that are easy to remove to avoid tracking paint to the next room.

Second step...

Strip the walls of any wallpapers by using a quality primer. If your walls are not clean, prepare 3 tablespoons of laundry detergent to one gallon of water. And finally, if there are any cracks on the wall, you should seal them for even painting.

Third step....

Choose your ideal paint. Do you want water-based or an oil-based paint? The advantage of water-based paint is that they are easy to clean, plus they dry quickly. On the other hand, oil-based paints don't dry quickly, so they are ideal for woodwork and cabinets. Cleanup tasks can be accomplished using a paint thinner.

Tips to make your work easier

Once you've identified your color and gloss for the walls, start with a smaller brush to paint areas that the roller can't reach or fit. You can use a painter's tape to cover areas you don't want touched.

Roll the first coat of light paint in one direction. Then repeat with a heavier coat of paint on the opposite direction to hide any streaks that might be visible.

The Exterior

The exterior is so easy to paint, just wash the wall using a water hose and scrub with detergent until clean. You may also notice cracks, peeling paint, rust stains and even mildew. These are problems you can correct once identified.

Choose a quality primer for the outside too because this will make the paint stick on the walls better. You need to take your time while painting, so don't hurry. Paint from the roof towards the bottom to prevent streaks. And lastly, remember to paint in the right season. Extreme humidity will make the paint bubble.

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