Interior painting does not come without its fair share of concerns, in fact it can be a bit overwhelming. The end result is going to depend on you and your understanding of current painting techniques. Some people will simply hire a house-painting contractor but that does not come cheap, therefore if you are looking for ways to do your interior painting and have it turn out professional, you have come to the right spot.
Interior painting is so much more than just slapping some paint on the walls; it can actually be a difficult task. You want to achieve even trim and straight lines between color transitions when you are painting or it will affect the rest of your d cor. Before starting, you need to decide on a color pattern for your walls and trim. For the trim, you should go a shade or two lighter to make interior paint stand out.
At this point you are ready to begin setting the walls up. You will want to use masking tape to cover the trim so it doesn't get the other paint color on it. You will want to only cover up to the edge of the trimming though, by doing this you allow yourself some time saving techniques you may find beneficial.
When you have finished with the trim transition to covering the baseboards in much the same manner. This is the best way to achieve a professional looking interior painting project. Masking tape is quite cheap; you should be able to cover all your boards for around . Moreover, you will save hours on your touch up and clean up times. Trim and baseboard areas are the most difficult to paint and wind up with a nice result.
Masking off these areas is a really simple task. Start at one corner of the wall and simply work your way to the next. Keep about eight inches of tape pulled out in front so that you are not pulling on the tape you have already placed.
For the upper edges of trim keep applying tape until you, make it to the corner. At this point, you will notice that there is tape you will need to press down. Wrap the rest of the tape gently on the front of your trim to prevent paint splatter. Your next order of business will be to prevent bleeding. The easiest way to do this is with a putty knife or other straight edge, run the edge along the crease between the wall and trim. This pushes the tape in tight against each surface preventing paint from sneaking past. When you get to the corners, it is a good idea to use extra tape and prevent bleeding around any breaks in your tape strips. This will insure you get a professional look from your interior painting project.
Once the tape is removed you will have perfectly solid edges that look very professional and people will take notice. This is the same technique the painters use to make their money, but you can do it simply with a little work on your part.
This technique will save you time as well as give you a great finished product. The old way of painting meant you had to take a brush and carefully paint along the trim and you still had clean up to do afterwards, this new method is much easier and less time consuming. You can get nearly perfect edging using this simple technique.
Another benefit of masking your trim is protecting it from paint splatters which can drip from your brush should you get too much paint in it. This is a common occurrence when you are doing interior painting. Cloths or floor mats will protect your flooring but you will need something on your trim as well, otherwise you will be spending a huge amount of time cleaning off paint splatter while you work.
Do not simply run to the dollar store to grab white masking tape, there is one little bit of information you need first. This type of tape was never meant to be used as painters tape. In fact, the adhesive on the back of the tape can actually damage your walls. You will want to pick up blue painters tape, which was created for this specific purpose.
When you have all the information and tools in order, you will be surprised how fast your interior painting can go. Remember to take you time removing the painters tape, wait until your walls are dry before removing. Otherwise, you could get some dribbles on your trim overnight. Once you can finally remove the tape you will be quite impressed with the interior painting you accomplished.