Paint Your Home DIY

Home Improvement

It’s true, painting can be fun. Of coarse, this is assuming that you prepared the walls properly, have the right tools, and you have the time to do it. And if you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, a fresh coat of paint is essential.

What You’ll Need To Start Painting

• the paint 
• several drop cloths 
• a can of paint thinner 
• several brushes, 4, 3 and 1 ½ inches 
• 2-3 buckets 
• a tall ladder 
• as many rags as possible
• a roll of painter’s tape 
• a roll of aluminum foil 
• newspaper 
• paint edger 
• rollers 
• roller pan with screen 
• roller extender 
• roller handle 
• masking tape or painters tape

Types of Paint

There are a few types of paint that you should know about:

First, there's latex or water-based paint. This paint is used when there won’t be much need for washing. Next, we have enamel, or oil-based paint. This is used on woodwork and places that could have a lot of fingerprints. They are easier to clean due to their glossy finish. Enamel paints are often used in bathrooms and kitchens.

Remember if you are painting to prepare your home to sell, use neutral colors like white, beige or light gray.

To estimate the amount of paint that needed, multiply the perimeter around the room by the height of the walls. This gives you the square footage of the room. For ceilings, multiply the length by the width. Remember, one gallon of paint covers about 350-450 square feet. You’ll want to overestimate this to account for touch-ups.


It’s Time To Start Painting - The Process

When you begin painting, remember to cover your head and consider using safety goggles since you’ll be painting the ceiling first. You should start on top and work your way down – ceiling, walls, then trim. Paint the ceiling’s width instead of its length so you’ll have a wet edge to work with. When you paint over your head, paint across your body, not along it. This will minimize your back and neck strain.

When you begin by "cutting in" the paint, use a trim brush, then start painting a three-inch wide strip along the top of each wall where it meets the ceiling. Always do one section at a time, then use the roller to paint the surface of the wall. This will make it easier to blend between the brush and roller. Use this technique around the doors, corners, baseboards and windows prior to painting your walls.

After painting the ceilings and walls, paint the trim. After protecting the floors and walls with tape, start with the edge closest to the wall. Using a 2- or 3-inch brush, apply the paint. Keep rags handy with water or paint thinner to wipe up drips and spatters. Remember to paint top to bottom, doing the baseboards last.

Cleaning Up

Once you completed your painting, or even if you’re just done for the day, you should clean your brushes and rollers so they can be used over again. For water-based paints, use soapy water to wash your brushes and rollers. For oil-based paints, use paint thinner, soap and water. Put the paint thinner into the bristles, squeezing out the paint. After rinsing with water, apply more paint thinner to work out the additional paint. Finish up by washing your brushes with soap and water as many times as it takes to get all the thinner out. Clean the paint trays with thinner or soap and water. Let it all air dry.