Tips To Help You Successfully Paint Your Home's Interior

Posted on: 24 July 2017

Painting the interior your home is an inevitable task, as your home's interior painted walls get scratched and damaged, needing regular maintenance. You can paint the interior of your home by using the right tools and techniques. Here are some tips to help you through this process.


Before you begin to apply a new coat of paint onto your home's interior walls, you need to clean the surface area of dirt, debris, and oils. Over time, the walls inside your home collect lint, dirt, and residues from the air, especially if the walls are within the space of your kitchen. Cooking foods can put oils and other grease particles into the air and onto the kitchen wall's surfaces, which can prevent your new paint from adhering properly.

Fill a bucket with warm water combined with a couple squirts of degreaser liquid dish soap, such as Dawn. Dip a sponge or a rag into the warm soapy water, wring it out until the cleaning rag or sponge is moist, then wipe the walls to remove any build-up. Repeat this process until the walls have been cleaned and allow them to dry. Be sure to wipe down any ceilings and baseboards you plan to paint as well. Ceilings can easily collect food splashes and baseboards can collecting dust from the floor.


Next you want to take some time to lay down painting tarps over floors, furniture, and other areas you want to protect from paint splatter during the painting process. Even during the most careful paint application, paint droplets can fall from your roller or brush and land on nearby surfaces, so be sure to cover them. Move any furniture from the room, then cover the rest with painting tarps, sheets, vinyl tarps, or old curtains.

It can also be helpful to use masking tape to cover any electrical wiring or electrical light sockets you cannot remove from the walls and ceiling. Take the removable electrical switch plate and covers from lighting and electrical sources, then use masking tape to cover the remaining protrusions. Masking tape is also helpful to cover and protect permanent railings and other components you cannot remove.

Apply the Paint

When you are ready to apply the paint, don't rely on masking tape to keep paint off a nearby wall, ceiling, or baseboard. The application of masking tape is very time consuming and most tapes won't fully adhere to the surface you are trying to protect, which results in paint seeping and running beneath the tape to cause a mess. In fact, many professional painters don't use masking tape to block off their painting surface area's edges.

When you apply the paint, use an angled paint brush to cut a straight painted line on the edge of your painting area. Use a steady hand to help you accomplish this. You can practice applying the paint in a straight line, then use a wet cloth to wipe off any mistakes as soon as they happen so they don't dry onto the painting surface.

Use these tips to help you paint your home's interior. To learn more, contact services like Hemlock Painting.