We know why people try to paint on their own. Painting can be a fun project to take on, and from an inexperienced person, it can seem like an easy DIY project. We also often hear that people were trying to save time and money by taking on the project on their own. However, with the years we’ve had in the business, we’ve seen just about every mistake imaginable, and a lot of the time people regret trying to paint their house without the help of a professional.
With this blog, we’re hoping to educate you about the most common mistakes that we see in the business of painting homes. This might convince you to call us and have us handle the entire project for you. If you’re still convinced you can handle it alone, try to avoid these rookie mistakes, so that you don’t have to spend more time and money fixing them.
Here are six mistakes to look out for:
Not Protecting Parts You Don’t Want Painted
Normally, when we paint, we’re painting walls – not floors, cabinets or doors. Which means you need to protect these things from any stray paint that might be flying around. The easiest way to do this is by setting up borders using painters or masking tape.
Leaving the Floor Vulnerable
You think you’re not going to spill any paint because you’re so careful? Trust me, you will. But you won’t have to worry about avoiding this if you protect the floor. So buy some painter’s plastic or drop cloths to keep paint off the carpet. If you don’t want to buy some of these, cover the floor with old sheets or tarps that you don’t mind getting paint on.
Painting at A Bad Time
Here’s a pop quiz: should you paint when it’s raining outside? Even if you are painting an indoor room, the answer is still a big NO. Paint requires dry, warm conditions to cure properly. So paint the room on a warm day, when you can open the windows and help the paint cure and dry faster.
Purchasing Too Many Supplies
Often people don’t know how much to spend on supplies, and which various types of tools are actually needed. The answer is that you really only need a couple of paint brushes, some trays, some paint and a paint roller. That’s about it. Anything more might be useful, but it’s not usually needed.
Buying the Priciest Brushes
You know what matters in a paint brush? Bristles and being comfortable to hold. The bristles just need to work, and the brush should feel comfortable in your hand for several hours – because that’s probably how long you’ll be using it.
Painting in Sections
We devoted a whole blog article to this before. Don’t paint half a wall or half of anything, really. When you start a section, be sure to finish it in the same sitting. Otherwise, the coat of paint will be inconsistent and spotty.
If you’ve read through these mistakes and figured out that this project is more than you originally thought it would be, give us a call. We can work with you to provide you with the best paint job for your home and budget.