You just bought your new home, and now you want to personalize it to your exact tastes. What’s one of the easiest ways to do this? Paint it! Painting is a simple weekend project that most homeowners can tackle, and will really make your home say it’s yours. Here are some tips that will help you to get the results you want.
1. Make sure the painting surface is clean. Although your home may be new, there’s still plenty of dust and other small debris on the walls. Give the painting surface a quick wet wipe down to make sure it’s clean.
2. To prime or not to prime? Although many people will tell you that you always need to prime, this isn’t exactly true. As long as you have no major stains and/or damaged areas on your walls (which you shouldn’t in a brand new home), it’s ok to skip the priming. New homes should have walls that are in good condition and are ready for another coat of paint. However, if you have any dark or super bright colored painted surfaces, you’re better off putting a coat or two of primer on them before applying a coat of paint. Also, it’s always better to buy paint and primer separate, don’t fall for the Paint & Primer all-in-one combos, they just don’t work as well!
3. Mix paints together. Although the paint can might say you bought the same color, each batch is a slightly different color. To avoid having different shades of the same color, mix several cans of paint in a large bucket to ensure a consistent color.
4. The key to clean lines. Oftentimes homeowners are surprised when they peel off their painter’s tape and see rough, jagged edges along the tape line. The key to get crisp lines is to 1)Press the tape down firmly, and 2)Paint over the tape with a paintbrush with just a bit of paint. Again, make sure there is just a bit of paint on the brush, otherwise the paint will seep under the tape and look bad. In addition, paint over the tape several times, making sure to let each coat dry in between. After you have done this, you’ll be able to paint over the tape with a roller without worrying that the paint will seep below.
5. Paint “W”s and feather edges. It’s impossible to have a continuous stroke, at some point or another you need to dip your roller and get some paint. To reduce the transition lines between strokes, you should do two things. First, paint walls in a “W” pattern, meaning in the shape of a “W.” Paint the “W” the whole height of the wall. By doing this, you are randomizing the edges, which will make it harder for the eye to detect where your seems meet. Second, make sure to feather the edges of your strokes. You can do this by pushing lighter on your roller at the edges of your strokes. Generally you want to feather your edges when your roller is beginning to run out of paint.
6. Sand trim in between coats. Generally, trim pieces are painted with a Semigloss paint. You’ll easily be able to tell if they are, because semigloss paint will be shiny and easy to wash. However, semigloss paint also makes painting a bit more difficult. Before painting over a coat of semigloss, be sure to lightly sand it down. This will enable the new coat to stick, otherwise it will peel off very quickly. It does not mater what gloss type you paint over the semi-gloss, this step needs to be done for any gloss level. However, this step is generally not required when painting over any other gloss levels than semi-gloss, unless the paint is in bad condition.
With these keys in hand, you’ll be able to paint your new home at the same quality as a professional. If you’re still looking for a new home, why not check out American Classic Homes. Our company has several new communities in the Seattle metro area and Eastside, including new home neighborhoods in Sammamish, WA, Renton, WA, & Mercer Island, WA. Our quality-constructed new Washington state homes are built to accommodate all types of families, including multi-generational families, with a lower floor bedroom/den and bathroom with shower. Check out our new home WA communities including Cornerstone Estates (Sammamish), Pine Grove (Sammamish), Saddlebrook (Renton), and Lakeside Estates (Mercer Island).