It seems like painting is a God given natural ability. Everyone should know how to paint, right? Pretty basic…..
Well there’s a reason people get paid to do this as a career! Not to mention furniture painting classes, lots of special equipment, and endless YouTube videos.
Painting is hard work and there are definitely some do’s and don’ts.
How do we know?
Well we have owned homes and like to DIY.
We have painted both exterior and interior, furniture, and more so you know we have made a few mistakes along the way!
Since we are the kind and generous sorts, we thought we would pass along…….
…..and just to let you know there is a bonus list of paint gadgets we recommend. Two for the price of one today…you’re welcome!
1) We vote with the Boy Scouts on this one……….. BE PREPARED.
If you are planning on painting over varnished furniture that’s a whole different ball game than wall painting.
Research what it is you are trying to paint to find the best products and techniques. Blog posts, YouTube Videos, DIY books, and friends can be great resources.
Our vote, do your homework and you won’t be sorry.
And the other part of “be prepared” is to take the time to get your item or area ready before you whip out that new amazing color.
2) Don’t buy every gadget out there.
REALLY! They don’t always make painting that much easier.
There are just a few basic things you really need….a really good paint brush, quality rollers, and good paint (paint samples can be a life saver). A sprayer can also be vary handy depending on the job.
Outside of the basic needs here are a few we recommend…
- Pour Spout (pictured above)
- Paint Cup with Magnet
- Extension Poll (if you have tall ceilings or are height challenged)
- Old sheet to protect your stuff (hey that’s a salvaged item!!)
There are some that like painters tape and some that don’t. A lot of tape issues comes down to more of a technique. It has to be applied properly and then removed at just the right time…when the paint is tacky. Wait too long and you may have ridges….too soon and the paint could smear, if you choose to use it.
3) The awesome, wonderful, and hard working employees at the home improvement stores and there to help you, but do keep in mind that they may or may not have as much knowledge as you may need.
Go into the store with a good idea of what you need first. See #1
And ask questions!! If they don’t sound like they know what they are talking about, they may be helping out in that department for that day. They could unknowingly give you advise that is wrong which could end up costing you time and money.
Yes there are a lot of people, products, and information that promise no sanding. In our experience, a light sanding is almost always required. But not always so…..back to #1
5) DON’T get a ton of paint on your paintbrush.
You just want the tip of the paintbrush with paint.
That’s as far as you dip, just the tip.
It helps control your lines, less drips, and easier cleaning (less waste too).
6) If you are painting over something dark with a light paint color (especially white) it is imperative to paint a nice even coat each time.
You would be surprised at the shadowing you will get if even one area is just a little bit lighter than another. And if you get shadowing, it may require you to completely strip it and start over…ugh!
You may be tempted to think “Well i’ll just put another coat on until the shadowing is gone.” you may need to think again. This doesn’t always work because the build up just keeps going and it might be too thick before you can get the desired result.
7) And along that note, don’t rush!!!!
If you make mistakes, it can take a huge amount of time to correct them, although we may or may not know this lesson first hand, read here. This is an activity that generally takes a little time so be patient, grab a beverage of choice, and turn up the music.
Hopefully you can benefit from some of the lessons we have learned.
Do you have any tips that you would like to share? We would love to learn as we still have LOTS of painting to do!