Applying a fresh coat of paint is the easiest — not to mention the least expensive — way of brightening your living space. But just like any other DIY project out there, painting is a potential health hazard and should be approached meticulously. As you strive to do a good job, ensure that you are taking as much care to protect your health and that of any other persons in your home. Paint fumes can harm you in many ways and can produce some very unpleasant odors.
The color of the walls, doors, windows, and trim can be the difference in whether you find your Macomb County home comfortable or not. It can even influence our thoughts, moods, and most importantly, it reflects our personality. However, painting is often a tedious and time-consuming activity that a lot of homeowners dread. As a result, many homeowners are compelled to live in a poorly painted space even if they don’t like it.
But if you are tired of staring at the boring white walls, you can take on a do-it-yourself home painting project to improve the interior design as well as change the mood in your home. Try several different colors and patterns to create a specific mood in the room. Here are a few interior painting tips to help you out.
Get the Right Supplies
Before you embark on your DIY home painting project, ensure that you have got everything you need to do a good job. Get a strong stepladder, roller extenders, and a good quality brush. With these three items on board, you will be able to do a quality job, safely. The extenders and the stepladder will keep you from overextending your body — or forced to stand on the tip of your toes — to reach far corners of the room which greatly reduces the risk of injury.
Prep the Rollers and Brushes
Rollers and brushes can leave fiber and other types of debris on your walls after applying a fresh coat of paint. It may seem negligible, but these loose fibers that come from brushes and rollers can really compromise an otherwise stellar painting job. Get rid of them before you start painting. On the brushes, you can tug on the fibers by rubbing the brush against your hand, gently. Remove debris from the rollers by using the painters’ tape. Wrap it backward on your hand and press it against the roller.
The Room Needs Prepping, Too
Besides prepping your rollers and brushes, prep the room too. You will be able to do a much better job when everything is out of the way. Emptying the room would be ideal but if that’s not possible, move large pieces of furniture to the middle of the room and cover them. Also, remove the build-up of dirt, dust, and other debris before you start painting.
One Room at A Time
Wet paint gives off fumes as it dries. These fumes, depending on the type of paint used, produce certain odours that can render the room inhabitable at least of a day or two. If you decide to paint your home, the best way to go about it is by painting one room at a time to make sure that you have someplace you can catch a breath of fresh air as paint dries in the rest of the house. Bedrooms, specifically, need a lot more time.
Painting the different rooms in the house separately makes the process a bit easier and the smell bearable. If you have to paint the whole house all at once, make sure you have a place to sleep at least for the night. You can spend the night at a motel or a friend’s house if the smell is too strong for you. But that does not mean that you have to spend the night in your freshly painted house, there are ways to reduce the smell or make it clear out faster.
For instance, you can light some scented candles to neutralize the paint fumes or better still, place a bucket (or several buckets) of water in the middle of the room to absorb the solvent paint vapors in the air inside the room. Leaving the windows open for some time and using a dehumidifier can also help. Cutting up some onions or leaving a bowl of white vinegar in the room could also be an important addition to your fume clearing arsenal.