An interior paint job can be a quick project that makes a significant difference in the look of your home. You can brighten up your place by swapping a dull, dark paint job for something fresh and vibrant. If you want to make your home feel warm and cozy, you can do that with your color choices. There are endless options when it comes to choosing paint colors for the interior of your house. Dreaming about how the interior of your house will look once the painting project is complete is a lot of fun. Before you get that new color on the walls, however, there are likely some issues that you need to address. Your interior walls need some prep before they are ready for a fresh coat of paint.
Items on the walls
Do you love putting art and family pictures up on your wall? Do you have shelves full of knickknacks and collectibles? It can be a lot of fun to personalize your space by putting things you love on the walls. When it comes time to paint, however, all those items will be in the way. Before painting day arrives, you need to remove items from the wall to make way for the paint. Artwork, photos, tapestries, and decorative items leaning against the walls all need to be removed and stored before it is time to paint. If you have removable shelves on the wall, it will be easier to paint if you remove those as well. Built-in shelves that are not easily removed can stay.
Walls covered with dirt and grime
Walls that are covered with dirt and grime are an issue that many homeowners overlook when it is time to paint. It can be difficult to notice that your walls are grimy, especially if you have lived in the home for a while. Walls typically get dirty gradually. You may not realize just how dirty your walls are until you start painting and compare the old to the new. If you are painting your kitchen, it is almost a guarantee that there is grime on the walls. You can wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove the surface dirt and grime. This will help the new coat of paint adhere better to the wall. Ultimately, your paint job will last longer and look better if you wipe down the walls before painting.
Damaged walls are another issue you need to address before an interior paint project. Walls can get damaged through normal, day-to-day activity. Small knicks, scrapes, and holes need to be addressed before you put a new coat of paint on the wall. If you have a large area that is damaged, you may need to have your sheetrock patched. Damage can show through – even after you paint – so be sure and take the time to make the necessary repairs.
Getting ready for an interior paint project will take some effort but the process is not overly complicated. You can tackle most of these steps on your own before it is time to paint. Your paint pro can address any other issues that are outside of your skill level – such as larger sheetrock repair – before painting.