Paint Like a Pro: Tips for the DIY Painter

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Spring and summer is a great time to take on painting projects. You can leave doors and windows open as you paint to let out the fumes. Plus, with all the natural light, you can get a better sense of how the colours will look in your space. But painting can be labour intensive and can take a long time if the steps in the process are not taken with order and patience. To minimize mistakes and save time (and your home from a so-so paint job), follow these simple tips:

  1. First remove all furniture and accessories from the room. This includes blinds and curtains. If there is an oversized piece of furniture that you prefer to simply push to the centre, make sure to cover it thoroughly with a tarp to prevent it from getting stained.
  2. Second, use plastic bags and painter’s tape in order to conceal all light fixtures and avoid getting paint on them.
  3. Third, using a screwdriver remove all outlet covers and set aside with their respective screws so as not to lose them.
  4. Check your walls for cracks, nail holes, or dents. Mark each spot with a small reference (pushpins, a black dot, or post-it flags work well). Using some spackling, cover each hole, dent, and crack and allow to dry well before you begin the next step.
  5. Now, scrape off any loose chips of paint and lightly sand the walls where there may be hard edges.
  6. Using painter’s tape, tape around your ceiling or molding and baseboards. Apply tape around windows and on any telephone outlets you might have not been able to remove.
  7. Using a roll of wood paper or painter’s cloth, set up a pathway that covers baseboards and catches paint drips that could happen during painting. Make sure to use tape to secure it to the floor and baseboards to prevent it from moving.
  8. Prime your walls first using a primer and then apply two coats of paint. These days, you can skip the priming step with a high quality all-in-one paint and primer.
  9. Once the walls are completely dry, gently remove all tape. Be especially careful, as you don’t want to remove any paint from the walls.
  10. Take a close look at your walls under lots of light. Look out for any spots that may require another coat or touch up which you can most likely do with a paint brush.