Winter isn’t necessarily the time of year when painting is on your mind but it’s a great time to start planning your paint projects for the Spring. Proper planning of a paint job is crucial and you must consider the time frame, budget and supplies needed to develop a realistic plan of action.
Take time now to choose your colors carefully, this is the biggest part of your budget.
The right color can change the look and feel of your home or office so you want to make sure you get it right. Always keep in mind the existing color of your walls and trims that have to be covered over as this can impact a new color’s performance. Consider the amount of both natural and artificial light your space receives. Depending on the palette you choose you may need to modify or upgrade lighting to get the most visual appeal from your new colors. Also think about the best finish for the space you are painting: High Gloss, Semi-Gloss, Satin, Egg-Shell? Visiting the store where you plan to purchase your product is your best option for finding colors and palettes that are best suited to the available paint brands. Bring color pictures of your project space on a smart phone or tablet to discuss with a paint professional who can answer your questions and make suggestions. Purchase sample size containers of colors ( Want to earn free paint samples? Ask us how! ) you are considering and paint several good size sections of wall and trim. View these sections over several weeks at different times of the day and in different light to decide if it’s really what you want. Ultimately you want to invest in quality paint that provides ease of application, smooth coverage and accurate color; once you’ve painted with premium paint you’ll never want to struggle with cheap paint again.
Invest in good paint brushes and applicators.
Don’t by default purchase the cheapest brushes available. At minimum purchase mid-range products recommended for your specific paint application and product. Think of it as an investment; if you clean, maintain and properly store them they’ll be good for future projects as well. A good applicator in conjunction with a quality paint also saves you time and money as they generally provide better paint coverage and generate less waste. Bottom line, if you want to have a DIY paint project that looks professional then invest in professional grade tools.
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