How To Paint

3 Easy Steps Even though we recommend you hire a pro. Remember, everyone starts as a beginner at painting. Just because you have never painted doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it a try. The money you save by painting your own house is money you can put into other home improvements. It can also be a fun thing for the whole family to do although time consuming. If you do decided on painting yourself attached are links to the supplies you may need. 1. Prep - Place a drop cloth on the floor or carpet. Fill a bucket with water and some general-purpose cleaner. Dip a sponge in the solution and clean the walls. Allow them to dry. - Fill any nail holes or dents in the wall with spackling compound, smoothing it with a putty knife. Allow the repaired areas to dry, then smooth them with fine-grit sandpaper. Wipe with a slightly damp microfiber cloth to remove any dust. - Mask or protect any surfaces next to the walls with painter’s tape. This includes the ceiling, windows, door frames, baseboards and any other trim. Use a sturdy stepladder to reach the high places. 2. Paint - Open the paint and pour some into a paint tray. Dip a medium paintbrush into the paint until the bottom half of the bristles are coated. Allow the excess paint to drip back into the paint tray before you take the brush to the wall. Starting at the top of the wall, paint a 2- to 3-inch strip next to the painter’s tape. Do the same in all the corners and next to all of the trim. - Slightly dampen a paint roller. Glide the roller over the surface of the paint in the tray, then pull it backward along the tray’s grate. You want to evenly distribute paint on the roller as well as remove any excess paint. The roller should be fully saturated but not dripping when you take it to the wall. - Start painting next to one of the corners. Release most of the paint by painting a zigzag shape, like a "N", about 3 feet wide. Roll the roller with up-and-down strokes over the paint. Roll as close to the masked areas as you can to help cover any brush strokes. Move on to the next area of the wall and continue painting in this fashion until the room is done. - Allow the paint to dry. Apply a second coat if the first did not completely cover the old color, then allow the walls to dry again. 3. Finish - Clean the paintbrush and paint roller well under running water. Remove the painter’s tape. I hope some of these tips have been helpful to you. Have confidence that you can do this job yourself. You will appreciate and enjoy it much more knowing that you or you and your family completed the job rather than hiring someone else to do it.

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