Preparation is one of the most important elements of planning a do-it-yourself paint job for the interior of your home. In order to make your project go as smoothly as possible, you should not only plan the color and the type of paint you wish to use but you should also plan out the best ways to prevent spills and protect your painting equipment. Here are some ideas that you may want to try in order to make your paint job hassle-free.
Choose The Right Drop Cloth
Painting is likely to result in drips and accidental spills, this is why you will need to protect your flooring. For this purpose, you can buy drop cloths. There are two main types of drop cloths, these are plastic drop cloths and canvas drop cloths. The best type to buy are the canvas ones, this is because, unlike plastic drop cloths, canvas drop cloths can be easily folded around doorways and tucked into corners to thoroughly protect flooring. It is also easier to lay canvas flat to prevent anyone from tripping over bulges in the fabric while painting.
Invest In A Paint Grid
A paint grid is a rectangular, metal or plastic screen that contains holes. You can hang it inside your paint bucket and use it to remove excess paint from your rollers. In order to effectively use a painting grid, you should only fill your paint bucket halfway before inserting the grid. This will leave you with enough room to dip your roller in paint without the bucket overflowing and to rub your roller against the top of the grid to remove excess paint.
Protect Your Brushes And Rollers
Cleaning your brushes after painting is an important step to preserving your equipment, since hardened paint can render brushes and rollers unusable. However, if after a hard day of painting you do not feel like washing out your brushes and rollers, you can scrape off the excess paint, wrap them in plastic food wrap and place them in the refrigerator. Your brushes and rollers will be supple and ready to use the next day if you use this method.
Getting ready to paint the interior of your home requires planning. However, it is one of the most rewarding do-it-yourself projects you can do around the home. The joy of seeing your home looking beautiful is well worth the time and energy that it will take to paint your home yourself. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from Northwest House Painting.