Painting 101 | Vishion’s Guide to Painting
Are you looking for a new project to spice up your space? Giving your home a fresh coat of paint may be just what it needs to make it look new again. When giving your home an updated look, there are a few things to keep in mind to make it look professionally painted.
Choosing the Right Paint
Paint Sheens (Finishes)
Choosing the right paint depends on many different factors: what room it will be in, how much traffic the room gets, and the different types of uses the room will have. Different finishes are used for scrub-ability and stain resistance, hiding ability, good coverage, splatter resistance, and easy touch-ups.
Picking a Paint Color
When choosing what color is best for you, you need to decide what color family you are going to be using and how many colors you will be incorporating. Generally, we recommend using the 60-30-10 rule.
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Try Samples First
When repainting your home, it is very important to make sure you try out your colors before you paint the whole room. I recently repainted my bedroom and learned that the color you see in the can and on your sample paper can be very different from what it will look like on your wall. A good way to make sure it’s the color you dreamed of is to continuously view it throughout the day. Viewing your paint sample in different lighting will help ensure it is the right fit for you and your space.
Test Around The Clock
Once you’ve selected a few samples, try them out for a few days in their potential new home. Color tends to have undertones that can transform it when exposed to different levels of natural light throughout the day. Blue and gray tend to have purple undertones, and red and orange can have yellow undertones. Testing out paint samples ensures you aren’t wasting your time with the wrong color.
Paint Sampling Tip: You can cut out the baby paint cans and brushes by using peel and stick samples for your test. Companies like Samplize work with big-name paint brands for “amazingly accurate” results. Avoid the mess and stick-it instead.
Do Your Prep Work
When preparing your home for a new coat of paint, the first step is prepping the walls. It can seem like an arduous task, however, it is important to take these steps in order to get clean lines and a lasting paint job. Don’t forget to cover-up your home decor and flooring with drop-cloths and plastic to avoid pesty paint splatters.
Paint Prep Steps
- Tape off your moldings
- Move or cover furniture and decor
- Repair and patch any drywall imperfections with spackle
- Protect your floors with drop cloths
- Remove light switch plates, outlet covers, and doorknobs
Now, It’s Time to Roll
If you’ve picked your color, prepped your walls, and protected your decor, it’s time to roll. Painting might look easy when the pros do it but there are a few secrets to getting those crisp lines and full-color coverage.
When painting around your moldings, it is important to use a small angled brush to get as close as you can. Until you develop a steady hand, you should tape your moldings and edges using painter’s tape. Angled brushes help to get the paint into every corner, ensuring a smooth, flawless finish.
When rolling out your paint, you should always use the “W” technique. This PRO tip provides better coverage, invisible roll lines, and minimal paint drips.
Count your Coats
When in doubt, go with the PROS. Painting experts say two coats of paint should always be the rule of thumb, even if you’re rolling a darker color over a lighter color. If you’ve only painted one coat, don’t worry, your color can transform with that second swipe. Just remember, every project is different so always go with your gut.
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Kathryn DiSanti is a member of the Content and Marketing team at Vishion. With a background in journalism and brand marketing, Kathryn loves to explore new places, spend time with her dog and enjoy time with friends!