A new paint job can make a big difference in the way your home looks. And, having the interior of your home painted is a relatively low cost and quick home improvement project. However, there will likely be times when there are areas of your house that need some touching up but not necessarily a completely new paint job. If you take the proper steps, you can touch up the areas that need it and keep your home looking good between paint jobs.
Make sure you have the right paint
The first thing you need to do if you want to touch up the paint in your house is to make sure you have the right paint. Do you still have some paint leftover from when it was originally painted? If it was painted within the last year or so you may be able to take the can to your local paint store and have it run through the paint shaker to take care of any separation that has occurred over time. If you do not have left over paint but know the brand and color you can purchase more. Make sure you get the sheen that matches what is already on your wall for flawless coverage. You may be in a position where you do not know the color that is on your wall. In that situation, you will need to get some professional help with color matching.
If there are any areas you want to touch up that are damaged, you need to make repairs. For small holes and knicks you may be able to handle the repairs yourself. If there is more extensive damage you may need to bring in a professional for help. Ultimately, you will get the best final result when repairs are done properly.
Clean the areas you want to touch up
Once you are confident that you have the paint you need and have made repairs for the touch up project, you can get started. Identify the areas you want to touch up and make sure they are clean. Remove any dust, debris, or grime that has accumulated on the wall. A clean surface is important if you want to have a high-quality finished product. Painting over a surface that is dirty will leave you with a splotchy finished product that will not last as long as you would like.
A little bit of preparation will make your touch up project go smoothly. Simply cleaning up the walls and dealing with areas that need touching up can give your home a fresh clean look between big paint projects. And, once you have the paint you need to do the touchup work, it will be simple to get it out again in the future when you have more touching up to do.