Room Painting 101: A Beginner's Guide to Painting

Painting a room in your home might seem daunting, if for no other reason that most people are afraid of choosing the wrong color. But, don't let this fear dissuade you. Painting your rooms will not only allow you to personalize your home, you'll also find the task to be rewarding and satisfying because nothing changes the look and feel of a room like changing the color of the walls.

Still, you want to minimize the risk of having to repaint the entire room because it didn't turn out exactly how you envisioned it. So, our New Hanover County home builders have provided this beginner's guide to painting to help ensure that your project comes out perfect. Here's everything you need to know to get started.

Tools and Supplies

When you're tackling a painting project, there are just a few tools and supplies you're going to need to make the job go smoothly. These include:

  • Sheets or plastic tarps to cover the furniture and flooring
  • Painter's tape
  • Paint brushes and rollers
  • Paint trays
  • Paint
  • Stirring sticks
  • Flat screwdriver (for opening up paint can)

Choosing the Right Color of Paint for the Room

Visit your local home improvement store or specialty paint store and take a look at the paint swatches they have available. Choose a few colors that you think might look good in your room and take them home to see how the colors look in the space you are planning on using them in. This is more important than most people think because the lighting in your home is greatly different from that in the store so the colors can look drastically different in some cases.

You can also buy a couple of different paint samples from the store and apply them to one of the walls so you can actually see how the colors look in the room. Samples are much less expensive than buying a full can of paint and it provides the most accurate means of comparing colors in a room.

Understanding Paint Finishes

It is one thing to pick a color, but it's another to choose the finish. When it comes to picking the right finish, you have to take the surface you're painting into consideration. For example, if you're painting an area that receives a lot of traffic, such as the kitchen, bathroom, family room, or foyer, then a satin or egg shell finish are ideal choices because they are easier to clean than matte or flat finishes.

Meanwhile, flat or matte finishes are best used on walls that might have some blemishes because this type of finish conceals flaws and absorbs light.

Semi-gloss finish is ideal for things like molding, baseboards, and railings because this type of finish is shiny and provides a contrast to the flat paint used on the walls.

Primer Considerations

Today, many paint manufacturers have “two-in-one” products that come with a primer already built in. This type of paint can help you cut down on the number of coats you'll have to apply in order to achieve full coverage. This type of product is also ideal for walls that have been previously painted a darker color and for walls that have been repaired with patching compound prior to painting.

Tips for Preparing a Room to Be Painted

Like all projects, preparation is key to a painting project going smoothly. By taking these necessary steps before you start painting, your project will be easier and quicker to complete.

  • Clear away any cobwebs from corners and clean the walls using a mild detergent solution
  • Remove all switch and outlet covers
  • Repair nail holes, chips, and dents in the walls using a patching compound
  • Vacuum the room to minimize dust
  • Move the furniture away from the walls and other areas where you will be painting
  • Cover the furniture and floor where you will be painting
  • Apply painter's tape to areas you want to protect, such as your crown molding or baseboards

Once you complete these tasks, it's time to paint!

Let Trusst's New Hanover County Home Builders Help You Get the Home of Your Dreams

One of the true pleasures of having a home custom built for you is that everything is already done for you, right down to the painting. You simply have to move in and enjoy your new home. If you want to experience a wonderful home buying experience, one in which you are in total control of everything that goes into your home, then Trusst's New Hanover County home builders is here for you.

Call Trusst Builder Group today at 910-371-0304 to schedule a consultation. We'll build your next dream home in New Hanover County. Call us today; we look forward to showing you what we can do.