Few things can instantly transform the look of your interior faster than a new painting project. Changing the walls from one color to another is a great way to revamp the space and give it a whole new feel. Of course, painting the home can be an incredibly frustrating and time-consuming process if you aren’t an expert, which is why I’ve put together some great house painting hacks to help you with your next house painting project. Check them out now:
Make Paint Fumes a thing of the Past
One of the worst things about painting inside the house is the paint fumes that you are forced to breath in not only when you’re painting, but for hours and sometimes even days after. One of the best hacks I’ve ever come across then is the process of adding several drops of vanilla extract to your paint. It won’t affect the product at all., but instead of smelling horrible paint fumes, you’ll be treated to a lovely vanilla odor that makes the room smell divine.
Remember to Clean the Ceiling
Before you start painting, it is important that you remember to clean the ceiling even if you are not going to be painting it. You see, there is often a lot of dust and cobwebs on the ceiling and they can get moved around and end up on the walls as you paint. If they get mixed in with the paint, the finish will be poor, the walls will look dirty, and you’ll need to apply an extra coat. This can be so easily avoided by ensuring that the area is clean before you do anything else.
Line Your Paint Trays with Tinfoil
If it’s the cleaning up aspect of house painting that you hate, you can easily speed up the process by completely covering your paint trays with tinfoil. When you’re done, you can them simply remove the foil, and you’ll only have to worry about cleaning your brushes or roller because the trays will be spotless.
Use Fabric Softener
Speaking of cleaning your paintbrushes, did you know that soaking your brushes in fabric softener will have them looking as good as new in no time at all? If you’ve forgotten to soak your brushes immediately after use, however, soaking them in a bowl of white vinegar will soften up that paint and ensure that you can salvage them for the next job in no time at all.
Use a Swiffer for Perfectly Prepped Walls
Swiffers are great for getting your floors clean, so it stands to reason that they do an equally good job on the walls, right? When you’re painting, it’s important that you have a perfectly clean surface to work with, and the Swiffer will help you to achieve this much more quickly than going over every inch of the space with a rag.
Use a Wet Roller
If you want to ensure that you experience fewer drips and your paint takes to the wall better, lightly coating your roller with a small amount of warm water will do the job. Just don’t soak it or it could end up affecting the quality of your paint.
Get Clean Lines with a Paint Guard
There’s nothing worse that getting paint on the ceiling or the baseboards when you’re painting the walls. Luckily, there is a very easy way to prevent this, place a paint guard in the area you’re working on, directly above or below the line you don’t want to cross, and you’ll have no problems painting clean lines. You won’t even have to use decorating tape, which as you probably know, can be really fiddly!
Keep Paint Off with Petroleum Jelly
If you only plan to paint part of the wall and you want to ensure that you don’t get any drips on the parts of the wall you’re leaving as they are, cover them with a thin layer of petroleum jelly and any errant spills or inaccurate brushstrokes will only affect the petroleum jelly, leaving the walls free of paint.
Razor Drips Away
If you do get any drips, and let’s face it most of us will simply wait until they are dry and then either sand them away or cut them off with a sharp razor blade. Be careful when you’re doing this – the last thing you want is to add blood drips to your paint drips!
Paint Pads Get the Job Done Quickly
When you want to paint your walls really quickly, it can be tempting to use fancy gadgets to get the job done, but as you can see from these paintzoom.com complaints that doesn’t always work out well. What does work, however, is using paint pads. Unlike traditional rollers and brushes, these have a large flat surface area which has been designed to glide quickly and smoothly across walls. You can cut the time spent painting in half if you use paint pads as directed.
Avoid Roller Marks
If you’re painting your furniture rather than the walls, you should be sure to paint in one direction. This will prevent tell-tale paint marks that make the furniture look bad and which force you to apply another coat. Before painting furniture, you should always sand it down and prime it first, if you want it to look good.
Sand Before Applying Another Coat
It’s so disheartening when you spend a long time applying a second coat, only for it to dry with lots of lumps and bumps, forcing you to take further action to make the walls smooth again. Thankfully, this can be avoided by waiting until the first coat has dried and then lightly sanding the area with sandpaper to remove any imperfections. When you apply the second coat, providing you are careful, you will then be left with a perfectly smooth finish that makes your room look better than ever.
Are you a house painting pro? What are your tops tips for getting the job done quickly and achieving a professional finish that will make the room look fantastic?