Have you ever tried to paint a room in your house and ended up making a big mess the getting discouraged about trying to paint anymore? Or maybe you are just afraid there will be big mess to clean up if you try to paint your home’s interior. We have a few suggestions that can make the painting process a lot cleaner for you.
Start with the Ceiling
It may seem counter-intuitive to the average homeowner, but it’s best to start by painting the ceiling. You want to paint around the fixtures and put down drop cloths as you go to keep dripping paint from creating a mess on the floor. You can use a ladder and a paintbrush or a roller brush with an extending handle to take care of the ceiling, but once you have that part out of the way, the rest isn’t nearly as complicated or messy.
Use Smaller Brushes for More Detailed Work
It’s tempting to use the same brush over the entire room. It saves time and money since you only need one brush that way, but you can end up painting over portions of your fixtures, such as the light switches, light fixtures and electrical boxes. You can place tape around the edges of these fixtures and then be extra careful by using smaller brushes for finer and more detailed painting. This will help you avoid unnecessary cleanup later, and we suggest taking your time and purchasing all the brushes you need ahead of time to limit your frustration.
Use Paint Sparingly
One of the biggest mistakes that amateur painters make is soaking their paintbrush is a lot of paint for every stroke. This not only makes for lumpy painting, but it also makes a big mess everywhere. On top of all that, it wastes a lot of paint, and you will be far more efficient and clean if you only pull out enough paint to cover the brush every time you dip into the paint can. You want the paint to look clean and smooth on the walls, and the best way to do that is to use only small amounts of paint at once.
You also don’t want to paint large areas at once. Don’t try to go for large brush strokes across your wall or ceiling. Instead, work about one foot at a time. Each stroke should be about a foot long, and then you should go back over that stroke once or twice to ensure all the paint is smoothed out.
Take your time and smooth the paint as you go to ensure there are no lumps and to keep all the surface the same paint depth. It may feel time-consuming to paint in this manner, but it creates a better finished product and eliminates patchiness and streaking.
If you use these tips on your next interior paint job, it should go much smoother and be far less messy than what you have experienced in the past.